Apr 25, 2009

Spinspinspin

My new spindle from Jesh! Isn’t it pretty? It’s so much better than the one I had before.

 

I still need a purple spindle too, though. Just because. Purple.

 

I think I’m improving. This is going to be plied and hopefully be used to make babystuff. We’ll see how it turns out. Spinning is very addictive, it’s so hard to stop once I get started. If I had a spinning wheel, I fear I’d never do anything else. Something about watching that fluffy fiber being turned into yarn is so incredibly satisfying.

 

Sorry about the ugly picture. I can’t wait to move and get that beloved daylight inside! That will probably help improve my mood too, I worry about too much silly stuff. It’s not good to be worried all the time!

Apr 22, 2009

So…

Instead of doing something useful tonight, I’ve spent the time doing… nothing! I did finish a tiny sock though, that counts for something, right? And we looked at apartments today. Will need some more space soon, obviously. The apartment we’re moving into, is in the same building. With big windows! I can’t wait to actually see daylight inside… and have a view! The kitchen and bathroom are bigger too, so despite still living in the same area, I guess I’m quite happy with it. Of course I’d prefer to move to Quebec, but that’s impossible for now. Baby steps! At least there will be no more mold in the bathroom (ugh).

 

I bet the cats will love the new view! We’re going to get a bird feeder thingie to further improve the kitty entertainment center.

Apr 19, 2009

Tawashi time!

It’s been a while, but yesterday I started crocheting some tawashi again. I found a pattern in the “Enjoy Fairytales” book that is really fast and easy to make, and great to clean with as well… so working up a pile of those!

 

The bag you see in the background is my next project: Miniature socks (not baby socks yet) in lots of fun colours. I plan on using them on key chains, and maybe if I ever get a miniature sock blocker, they can be used on that too. I don’t know if I make them large enough for that though, I tend to like them more chibi style (short and chubby).

 

Apr 17, 2009

Rainbow!

Thanks for all the good wishes yesterday, it’s appreciated :) Needless to say I’m excited – and terrified!

 

This is what I’ve done the last two days: Knitted yet another headband. I used cotton thread, the kind meant for embroidery (but not the kind that splits into several plies).

 

My hair desperately needs some dye too, it’s kind of sad-looking at the moment.

 

Oh, and I got sewing machine oil! A huge bottle of it, I don’t think I’ll ever need to buy another one o.O

 

In other rainbowy news, I think I’m going to knit a bunch of little fishies in rainbow colours and make a cheerful baby blanket! Looking at the Elann yarns, hopefully they’ll restock on colours soon. The Peruvian baby silk would be nice. I think. If it’s not scratchy despite what they say.

If I buy a little bit at a time it should be affordable.

Apr 16, 2009

Apr 13, 2009

Amazingly cute Super Mario amigurumi!

Lookie what I found on my way around the intarwebs!

 

 

t0fugirl over on etsy makes all these great amigurumis, and she does it way better than I could ever have!

 

I wonder if she’d be willing to sell the patterns… maybe if enough people ask? :D

Apr 11, 2009

Breaking news: I procrastinated!

desktop

 

Instead of doing anything useful tonight, I spent my time finding a new wallpaper and icons for my desktop. These things are important, you know. Spring calls for a change! I was going to have a hi-res photo of strawberries or blueberries, but found this and liked it better because the icons actually show up, instead of disappearing into the background.

I think too much about these things.

 

Now if only Vista would let me change the color on the #?%&# taskbar!

 

Oh, and icons+wallpaper are from pixelgirlpresents.com, which is currently on the very top of my favourite bookmarks if you take a little peek to the left.

Apr 10, 2009

Almost chocolate day!

I’m eagerly awaiting the chocolate induced coma that will happen soon.

 

Nothing special to show today. I worked some more on the new tawashi, but had to stop because of stupid arm.

 

So instead of a finished tawashi, here’s a random picture of a notebook, my new Sakura Stardust pens and my very favourite robot necklace.

 

 

I think it’s about time to write a pen review again soon as well. I’ve gotten lazy.

Apr 9, 2009

Theme Thursday - Mushrooms

Last minute, I know, By the time you read this, it will be Friday. But it was posted on Thursday, so the title still stands! Hah!

Someone posted a picture of this pen on flickr. I really really want one! Does anyone know where I can buy it? The brand is Q-lia, and the person who posted the picture bought it online – but the store in question doesn’t have it anymore! charges £5.45 for it, and that is before shipping :(


Adorable crochet patterns for mushrooms. Make your own little mushroom forest!


A set of vintage mushroom jars. Yes, a set. You get 4, in various sizes. The large cookie jar for mom, family can fight over the rest ;)


Vintage paper weight. For those papers you don’t want flying all over the place. Or just to put in window to look at the sunlight shining through. Mmmm shiiiiny!


Magnet clips, for fridge and important notes that hopefully people will see (how can they not, when the clips are so cute?)


Mosaic tiles. Could make for cute magnets.


Adorable fabric. From Japan, obviously.


I love all the various lampwork beads people come up with. Here’s a few examples of the fungal variety, from different sellers on Etsy. I have some of these. Still trying to figure out what to do with them, it has to be special!


This seller has so many vintage craft supplies, I can’t visit her store without drooling! She once had a hot pink 60s case for sewing supplies. Hot pink! I’m still sad I couldn’t get that one.

Darning mushrooms. In wood or bakelite.


Decole is a Japanese brand that has a LOT of cute mushroomy stuff. Just look!


A gnome chillin’ in a terrarium full of mushrooms!


Knitting mushrooms. I used to have one of these as a kid. Mine had a white stem with a green ring around, though. I wonder where it is now. Would be fun to have again.


Cross stitch your very own game over mushroom – pattern from spritestitch.com.


If you liked the previous link, you’ll probably like this one too. Get a set of Super Mario mushrooms for your desktop!


Ok, so it’s a mushroom cloud. But come on. It’s funny. I want one. No toilet is complete without!

Don’t copy that floppy (hat)

I would have posted this last night, but our internet connection decided it was a good time to take a break. Hey, internet, YOU DON’T GET AN EASTER HOLIDAY! Hah.


An all garter stitch, sideways knitted hat with shortrows for shaping. I liked making this. I will be making more. Once I get my hands on some bamboo needles in the right size – because I’ve given away the needles I had to keep myself from using them, they’re just not good for my wrists. (Denise interchangeables).




Oh, and I received some Sakura glittery pens yesterday. Stardust, I think they called them. They’re very shiny! I like shiny! Did you know, it’s nearly impossible to take pictures of glittery writing? Who would have guessed? I should have guessed… :p


This is my calendar. As you can see, I’m very much looking forward to Sunday. There’s the hope of getting another brownie… and I seem to recall demanding a bucket full of chocolate from Jeff. Easter is all about the chocolate in my soon-to-be-created family tradition. This picture is very small. Somewhere along the way I started caring about those who aren’t as spoiled as me with internet speed and bandwidth. Me, bandwidth conscious. I never thought I’d see the day.


(And of course, once I went to get the link to the image, I discovered that I had accidentally uploaded the ridiculously huge, straight-from-cam file. Hah. Very funny, house gnomes.)


P.S. Copy Ms. Floppy all you want, it’s hardly an original idea :p

Apr 8, 2009

A lot of time spent doing very little

I coloured in an entire page of my notebook.

It was more tempting than certain chores, you see. I don't have yarn anymore, so no knitting can be done. Yes, I feel sorry for me too.

Conclusion:


I have a lot of pink and purple pens. (Which does not, by the way, mean that I have too many, or even enough. Just for the record.)


I need more yellow.


Thin pens are not good for colouring large areas.


Paper covered in ink likes to curl.


The purple and orange Uniball Signo 207s have great coverage.


All my pens dry very fast. Even the thick ones.


Only one pen decided to bleed through. A Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint. Stupid thing even stained the next page. Then again, it was the only one without gel ink. As far as I know. I don’t know very much.


I don’t like Pentel Sliccis as much as the Hi-Tec-Cs. Might be because of the way I hold the pen. The Sliccis are actually scratchier for me. Apparently I always have to be different.


***


I’ll probably do something similar in tones of one colour later. If I get really bored, or try to avoid doing dishes.

Apr 6, 2009

Summary of the last two days

 

Stared wistfully at sewing machine. Procrastinated. Stared at sewing machine again. Hung out on Ravelry. Thought about sewing. Never actually left computer.

 

Took pictures of Izzy. Took more pictures of Izzy. Finally got one where she didn’t move around. Yes, that’s a guitar from Guitar Hero 3 in the background.

 

Knitted some more on the hat that turns my hands green. Scared husband with green hands.

 

Took pictures of Sebbie’s paw, because that was the only part of him that didn’t move around all the time. He hates it when I take pictures of him. Tried getting an unblurry picture with low shutter speed. Got two. Both of paw. Fun times. It’s a lovely chunky paw, though. He’s strong!

 

I also:

- Fell asleep while sitting on the couch. With Izzy on lap. She didn’t mind.

- Spent lots of time on Ravelry. Even contributed to the VLT.

- Watched The Village because Space decided it was the day of lame horror movies.

- Coloured in parts of a page in my notebook. Just colours. Doesn’t look like anything. But I get to use all my pens, which is what counts.

- Made cinnamon pancakes. Tried blueberry honey. Liked our Grand Marnier maple syrup better after all.

- Drooled at yarn. And fiber. And the Harmony wood knitting needles.

- Tried hard to finish hat. Gave up.

- Tried grafting a wristwarmer again. Gave up. Why can’t I do it? I’ve done it before!  Garter grafting, you broke me! Now I can’t do any kind of kitchener!

- Wondered why I cannot for the life of me graft anything in garter stitch, despite following instructions to the letter.

- Decided to make easter decorations (bunnies and chickens!). Found appropriate acrylic yarn. Husband did not squee enough, so changed mind. Put yarn back. Also could not find my bag of stuffing anywhere.

- Tried to work on new tawashi. Got angry at it. Put it in time-out.

- Snuggled with cats.

- Snuggled with husband.

- Decided that post office can wait until tomorrow. Hoping for better weather.

- Turned apartment upside-down to find knitting supplies I don’t need anymore, to spread the love.

- Used our “new” washing machine. Impressed by the fact that it cleans. Clearly it was about time to replace the old one.

 

There. More than you ever wanted to know about my life :p

Apr 4, 2009

Yumm!

Jeff made tabouleh today. Apparently he’s a lot better at it than I am. Because it was very, very good. So good that I’m eating it even though I’m not really hungry, I just wanted some!

Apr 3, 2009

Sunshine, shoes and brownies

First of all, I’m sorry. I completely forgot about Theme Thursday yesterday – went to bed early after a day of waiting for someone to deliver a washing machine. They never showed up, but this morning they did, so now we have a new-old washing machine. Yay! It’s almost shiny, and looks a lot more fancy than the one we had (old machine died after emptying itself all over the floor a couple of times).

 

I got my kitty shoes too yesterday (thanks Dad!), so today Jeff and I went for a walk to celebrate. It was all sunny and nice.

 

Admiring my shoes (ignore faded hair, happens every winter):

 

My shoes, my shoes, look at my shoes! Meow! We met some dogs on the way. My shoes hissed at them. Then they meowed happily the rest of the way.

 

After all the effort spent watching people deliver and install the washing machine, we were starving, which led to us stopping by our favourite restaurant (Thank you government, for the small GST return. Perfect timing!).

 

Mmmmbeer. See that 9% there? That’s one of the reasons why I love Quebec. Good, strong beer. It went surprisingly well with the brownie mentioned below.

Yes, we did have food. But I didn’t take pictures of it, too busy eating! So you won’t get to see that today.

 

Look what the waitress gave us! Best brownie I have ever had, AND it was free! I didn’t eat all of it, in case it had milk in it – but I did eat half, figured that would be safe. Didn’t want to ask since I would be so disappointed if it did have milk, better to take a chance and get delicious brownie.

I had already started eating before taking the picture, which is why you see some crumbs and stuff… trust me, you wouldn’t have been able to wait either! It was a lot darker than it appears in the picture too… almost black, droolworthy chocolate!

Apr 1, 2009

Want!

yoko_mouse_pad_j60


It’s a mousepad.!


With Yoko from Gurren Lagann!


And squishy boobies for the wrist to rest on!


How awesome is that?


(answer: VERY!)