Saturday, July 28, 2012
I am a huge fan of all things Sherlock Holmes. It was my first adult book when I had just graduated from A.A. Milne and I even had a comic strip version of the Hound of the Baskervilles when I was in grade 6.
I have read most of the stories, seen most of the movies and even read spin off books like the wonderful Laurie R. King Beekeeper's Apprentice series.
I watched the new Sherlock Holmes steam punk movie twice on our long flights to and from Africa.
The new series by BBC is awesome and the fans are awesome, too. There is a website that is totally focused on sourcing the items from the series called Wear Sherlock BBC and a wonderful group on Ravelry called 221B. They are the most extraordinary readers and knitters! I love that the props are so valued.
This is probably my biggest geek thing.
My gifts included electrictree yarn and money to go on a yarn crawl! The kids gave me yoga clothes and supplies (because yoga is the new knitting) and we ended up at the new Batman movie on the huge screen of the new theatre. Great movie. Great fun.
I will remember the love I felt on this day.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Cloth Shop, a quilting store that used to be near Urban Yarns on 10th Ave. I bought some owlie fabric and asked about what to use to stuff hexipuffs for the Bee Keeper's Quilt. Well, she gave me a bag of scraps of wool quilt batting left over from her last project. Just gave it to me. I was trying not to squee. Thanks so much. I haven't started my quilt yet, but the jar of blue left over sock yarn is just waiting for me to finish my mitten banner.
My Hope shawl, I hope.
Circle Craft, a crafters' cooperative, I chose a hand made silver and gold ring with a leaf motif. This is a fun way for us to shop for my birthday presents, because he doesn't like choosing on his own. I also bought myself a pearl bracelet and earrings from a favourite jeweller, Janis Dean Johnson and some adorable stud earrings for Em by the amazing June Hunter. I will definitely visit her shop again.
Shameless Hussies, doing a fundraising car wash/ art installation on our way to the party.
A very fun birthday with great people. A satisfying summer weekend with enough fun to wear me right out. Today is a bit overcast and a great time to snuggle up with some wool and books. Also my kind of fun.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Work was really challenging. My patients are in their last days, weeks and are feeling the feelings and having the thoughts that might accompany that. I was less than effective with one lady, but redeemed myself the next day with my coworker's assistance. It's not about me, and I'm not there to make them feel all sunshine and lolipops, but I do wish to be effective and let them know they are cared for.
I'm off for a week. Emily has her first apartment and we need to buy a desk so I can keep my old one.
Scott repainted his room and we put the old queen size bed in there.
The weather has changed from stifling hot to thunder, light showers and great wind. I'm glad we could sit by the pool last night with friends. I'm glad we can breathe deeply the cooler air today.
Make your own happiness.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I'm so tired from the exciting day and late night, but feel energized and ready for new knitting challenges.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Pueperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker seems to be the one for my yoga teacher. I like the "green tea" colour. She's due in September. No rush, but at this rate I may miss the due date.
electric tree and start the Queen Anne's Lace Pi shawl. I love knitting pi. I'm going to the Yarn Harlot talk on Wednesday and I have to have some real knitting to work on. I want to belong to the tribe.
amy's advice and wrote myself an encouraging message in a bottle. I will keep it on my desk as a secret. One day I will forget what it is and then have a nice surprise.
Taize is done. I could have knit it longer, but I have made other shawls too long. I am happy with how it feels on my neck. The colours will cheer up the grey winter.
I did do two rows on my black shawl. It's not so bad, but requires focus and attention. Do those mix with summer sun?
Wild Cat Express cafe and corner store and had a lovely dinner on picnic tables. Fun.
This morning I cooked pasta for a Greek Salad tonight, because that's how hot it is.
I have 150 photos of our trip for scrap booking and I have to prepare crafts for the Vacation Bible School next month.
We bought a new bed and, before it is delivered on Tuesday, I had to get king sized sheets and comforter (more work than I had hoped). Scott emptied his room and is painting it Steeplechase (pale grey green) for our queen bed to live in. I will get a sometimes guest room, he will get a nice big bed when he's home, and his furniture can go with Em when she moves out in September.
Lots of linky today. Hope you are making the most of the fun that can crop up in summer. And knitting a bit.
Friday, July 06, 2012
I also knit in airports, planes, in the back of the pickup when we were (rarely) on paved roads, at the campfire, and many delightful hours with Elizabeth in her front room.
Back to work this week and I was so happy to be back with my nursing friends and the great place where we work.
Knitting at home has been a bit more of a challenge. I started a girl sweater and found out my nurse friend is having a boy. Just setting it aside, not ripping. I also started a kimono for my yoga teacher, but it was turning out big enough for her 4 year old. Ripped that last night. Boo. I want something tiny and soft.
I knit on my charity scarf from some left over muppet fur while we drove last weekend. Looking forward to not having that on the needles.
Have not opened the black shawl.
Finished the July square. Yay.
Today I hope to catch up with my best friend and get some goals. I always gather my thoughts better with her.
Have a wonderful weekend with some delightful knitting.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
We'll have a night in with Aylmer buns* and Mad Men. Plus I get to go to yoga this afternoon.
The quiet schedule allows more knitting. I finished my Taize shawl, and the 12 inch square for the swap. I did start a baby sweater yesterday and knit on my charity scarf in the car. The tiny mittens are behind schedule.
Minter Gardens for lunch and a stroll in the garden. In the evening a choir friend is coming over to swap knitting for quilting. Great plans ahead.
Hope you are enjoying a memorable weekend.
*Aylmer Buns were created by MIL
2 cups shredded ham or sausage
2 cups shredded cheddar
1/4 cup green relish
1/4- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
Spread on buns and broil in the oven. Enjoy with your family.