Friday, September 30, 2005

The Adventures of my Head

After I pulled my head out of my ass this morning I found this through Torontoist. Which promptly made my head explode with the sheer excitement of knitters organizing themselves for a car free extravaganza! The yarn! The knitting! The TTC! I need some scotch.

Now the question is: do I want to use my "down" day on Saturday to enjoy laundry, cleaning and running errands OR do I want to go for a free for all of knitting and pick up the pattern for the Flower Basket Shawl my SP so kindly recommended?

Let me consult my crystal ball....

I lost my head this morning...

up my own ass.

Sigh. The morning was great up until I got on the streetcar to go to work only to realize that my transit pass was in my jacket from the day before. Normally I would have paid the exorbitant fee in change but I'd just emptied my wallet into the jar that is known as our savings account.

The TTC guy actually made me get off at the next stop where I had to walk home to get the bus pass.

That's right 30 minutes late for work.

Updated: I also forgot to put one of my orthotics in so now I have one foot that's happy and one foot that's like WTF?!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Oh sweet sweet stash

The new facilitator of luxury yarn purchase: eBay.

Have just bought some Rowan Kidsilk Haze in liqueur at half the price that I could by it at the LYS *and* it's free shipping. Am currently desperately trying to find a shawl pattern (SP hint) that is doable for a newish knitter with crack silk. Am very excited to give lace work a go. There is something even more divine that such an old craft is being facilitated by the modern idea of eBay. Anachronistic maybe?

I also won an auction of 9 balls of Rowan All Season's Cotton in Teal. I'm not sure what kind of knitting I'll use this for...there are a couple of ninos on the way so they might be getting some gear.

There's also 8 balls of various sock yarns that have been accrued this month thanks to the Kitchener Waterloo Yarn Festival.

When all is said and done I've hooked myself up for some high quality knitting for the fall. Just in time for my new month's goals.

I'll post some pics of this month's projects next week (blogger is not behaving with my pictures now) desperately trying to finish a couple of xmas/birthday gifts so as to prevent the pre-Christmas stress fest.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Inappropriate? Me thinks not

via Lady Marmalade

Hints for my Secret Pal Spoiler - I love coffee and I *LOVE* swearing. Much to my mother's constant chagrin.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Happy Birthday Charlotte!

Things I know about my sister:

1. There is no one, I repeat no one that has my sister's sense of humour. She can find a funny in the most innocuous of moments - then she'll share it with you and it will make you laugh when you least expect it weeks afterwards.

2. Charlotte can tell me I'm full of shit in a way that will make me pee my pants laughing at myself. Charlotte has a way of calling people on their BS in a way that they don't feel judged. I wish everyone had this talent.

3. Charlotte has the most beautiful luscious curly hair in the whole world and the softest glowing skin I have ever seen. No small feat considering she generally works in conditions of extreme heat and chemical processing

4. She's the only person I have ever met who loves reading and water so much she has figured out how to read in the shower with minimal damage to her book. That being said I never lend her a book with the expectation I will get it back in the same dry form.

5. Her circle of friends has been carefully nurtured and protected from the moment she has picked them. They will protect her and embrace all of her idiosyncrasies without question as will she theirs. Her friends are all geniuses and fabulously talented.

6. She used to pound out the fuckers that would call her racial slurs in the schoolyard in New Brunswick. If you fuck with her or anyone she loves she will pound you out 20 years later without question or regret. Not enough people stand up for themselves and those they love. It's my sister who inspires me to talk back more.

7. My sister is a chemical engineer and she speaks a language of energy and water conservation for big business that puts my Greenpeace rhetoric to shame. The man should listen to her (and I quote) "visionary capital theories" because GAS IS NEVER GOING TO GET CHEAPER

8. Charlotte refuses to spoil nieces and nephews under the age of 2 because they will never remember or understand what the hell you're doing. She will instead snuggle and smooch and chat with them incessantly. You will never catch Charlotte treating a child like a baby but always like a person - she respects their vision of the world as much as she does yours.

9. My sister's memories of our childhood are completely different than mine. She is 15 months younger than I and without her memories and perspective I would miss out on a view of the world that expands my life exponentially.

10. She has never had a heck of a lot of fear. When Charlotte was 11, she was the first kid in the family to jump off of the "suicide" level of Echo Rock at the cottage thus forcing the over 20 year old man quotient to follow her lead else face the public shaming of the family.

Yo Botie!

I can't believe we made it to our thirties. Happy Birthday Tania;

Things I know about Tania:

1. Tania is true to herself - she knows what she needs and wants and goes for it or doesn't, she owns her talent and her passion like no other.

2. Tania is a rocker babe in every way.

3. She has the ability to up everyone's *hard core* quotient just by being in the same room with them.

4. Tania is an unequivocable talent when it comes to visual arts be it sewing, painting, photography or any other form.

5. She is an amazon goddess - when she stands next to me I think she is at least 6 foot 2.

6. Tania loves to watch and rewatch action and gangster flicks - Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels, The Italian Job - she also loves to talk through them as well. If I watch a movie with Tania it is for the conversation and wine as much as for the viewing.

7. People love being around Tania for her quiet comfortable moments and for her high impact lust for life - she will include you in all of her peaks and valleys and your life will be richer for it.

8. Tania is one of the best huggers I know.

9. The number of people I feel comfortable enough to go on all night debauchery rides with I can count on one hand...Tania is without question one of the top three.

10. Tania, never willing to shy away from sexiness, loves to dance inappropriately with her close friends and we all *love* it.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

To go where no man has gone before....

Opal yarn - 3 hours - protection is the highest priority

This doesn't do her justice. My local Apple Store didn't have any screen guards in yet - so I knit one.

I am delighted with self and new podcast obsession and

Come to Mamma you saucy slut!

I get to pick up my new toy today. Shiver. This is the sexiest picture of her I've seen to date and my panties are on the floor I'm so excited.

That's right. I said it.

Thank you PIC for the delightful treat, not only are you patient and supportive of an oft times abusive wife...but you facilitate my nerd outs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Song of the Morning

They Might Be Giants - Flood - Istanbul

Cheerful music yo!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Eat this metal Matey!!!

Happy Talk like a Pirate day.

Dread Pirate Bonney here.

Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!

Git yeir own name limey!

This hour in knitting rage

Well, luckily for my stash reduction goal I've completely lost any will to see the outside world this month.

I now understand the bitch that is quitting smoking. My lack of patience for almost everyone is blinding and my inability to distance myself emotionally from any conflict or criticism is crippling. I've become a Hitchcock movie.

A moment of silence for the rock that is my husband....

My joy quotient right now is full extracted from these unmatching beautiful holeless socks. I love them and if anybody fucks with them I will use a well dressed striped foot and stick up their....sorry sorry.....just got ahead of myself for a second. Anyway - here they are! I started them in July, ripped the heel 3 times and finished them last night.

I never in a million years thought that I would be so happy knitting the Clapotis shawl/wrap but the Koigu shimmers and the science of this pattern is miraculous to me. I'm just under half done and I never want to finish this...

Something new this month is cabling. My first cabling is for the Keplar sweater - I've done two armbands and will be starting the waist tonight and throughout the week - tv is my only friend that doesn't want to make go postal....probably because I don't have to communicate effectively with it. Seriously people, when CSI Miami is more appealing than a patio night you know I'm in trouble. Caruso is such a pansy.

The next project will be to finish my Rowan Biggie Knit Cardigan using the 10 balls of biggy print that I got on eBay for a third of the price! I finished the back of it in the spring but wouldn't knit it during the heat of the summer. Fall nights are perfect for it. I'd love to have it done for Thanksgiving up at my cottage. I can't wait. It's my favourite holiday.

So if anyone is reading this right now - you need to call my husband and take him out to do something fun and remind him what I was like before I started quitting smoking and raging against everyone.

Friday, September 16, 2005

The talent pool

My uncle is a genius wood worker - he's never really sought out recognition for any number of personal reasons. Since my aunt retired they've both been doing a lot of networking and investing in their talents (which I might add are enormous).

They just had a photographer come through from New York to take some pictures of their home which my uncle pretty much completely redid. It is spectacular:

The song

The song in my head this morning was: Sinking Hearts by The Organ - Album: Grab That Gun. I don't think that there is any other reason besides the fact I picked up the album on Wednesday and listened to it at work yestereday.

I will say this, it makes me smile when I wake up with CanCon in my head that isn't Barenaked Ladies or the Tragically Hip. Love it.

Since I'd started to monitor what songs I wake up with in my head I haven't had any. I'm happy it's started again.

Jason tried to get Rockin' Robin stuck in my head by singing at me last night. How's that for hot pillow talk?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I have a Secret Pal!!!

It's so fun to bring back the concept of pen pals in this day and age when finding people in other countries with similar interests and tastes is done through the interweb.


Am very excited to send out the first package of love!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

First of the threes - an assessment

They say that when you quit smoking the hardest parts are the threes:

Three hours - check
Three days - check
Three weeks
Three months.

As of 9:30 this morning I will have been exactly 72 hours sans delicious but stinky cigarette. Since September sixth I've had 2 glasses of wine and a half a bottle of coors light - way down from my average of 3 glasses of wine/night. Shockingly, I haven't been sleeping so hot.

As of last night at 10:30 I had finished the first sleeve cable on the Keplar sweater, setting up the heel in my 2nd knee sock and a total of 12 repeats on the Clapotis. Knitting: check.

J is holding up under the enormous weight of my complete lack of patience and random rage. The side effect 'they' don't tell you about would be the decreased interest in getting it on. Am tired and cranky and obsessed with knitting and keeping my hands busy....waaaait a second!

When all is said and done I can still feel my legs so I guess it isn't all that bad. I can't wait til the three week mark. Maybe I'll be able to have a boozehag night without wanting to smoke. Dare to dream.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Bush takes another dump on his constituents

This guy iss is magical.

Nothing says emergency relief effort like taking away the minimum wage legislation that allows the workers to survive.


Waking up with a little green bag.

Lately I've been waking up with a song in my head - the song usually sticks around until my first couple of cups of coffee. I've decided to start making note of the songs to see if there's any pattern.

This morning I woke up with the song Little Green Bag by George Baker in my head this morning. What does it all mean? Is it the day of one hit wonders? I hope not - we start our systems upgrade tonight at 5:00.

Have had 1 cigarette at 10:00 pm last night after chairing a board meeting. Zero Alcohol. 25 Hours. I am feeling a little Emily Roseish but I'm sure I'll make it through.

Fun fact: After 72 hours the biological addiction to nicotine is gone, at least that's the word on the street. I just found this website to help - I love our health care in Canada. Just the fact that we can get FREE advice on anything is amazing to me.

By this schedule my delicious coffee will start to taste even better:
  • Within 8 hours carbon monoxide level drops in your bodyoxygen level in your blood increases to normal
  • Within 48 hoursyour chances of having a heart attack start to go downsense of smell and taste begin to improve
  • Within 72 hours bronchial tubes relax making breathing easier lung capacity increases
  • Within 2 weeks to 3 months circulation improves lung functioning increases up to 30%
  • Within 6 months coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve
  • Within 1 year risk of smoking-related heart attack is cut in half
  • Within 10 years risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half
  • Within 15 years risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Monthly Goals: September 8 to October 6

I was going to ignore the option of having goals for this month. Yeah, that's right comfortably striving for mediocrity for the month but then....inspiration to go hard core this month shmucked me upside the head.

Hard. Core.

This means the goals for the next 4 weeks are:

1. Zero tolerance cigarette smoking. Thus far going well I've been awake for 12 hours....I feel hopeful that I won't turn into Emily Rose like I did last time...maybe Zyban is my way. Updates to follow

2. To facilitate the cessation of my habit I will be a teetotaller for the next for weeks. Zero tolerance boozing. Sigh. As a functional alcoholic this makes my martini, scotch, beer loving self sad. But I will press on.

3. Knitting front - Stash knitting only. Make note yarn junkies, I have not limited my ability to buy yarn - just to knit the new yarn up. Hopefully I'll see you here.

4. I will continue the completely alien pattern of losing weight. I'd like to lose 5 lbs by October 6th if you please.

5. Due to the aggressive goals this month this will be my final goal - To be a tourist in the city that I live in. I would like to do 4 things 'Toronto' that I have yet to do. This week I will be visiting this Strange Little Girl in the Annual Cabbagetown Craft Festival

From Ms. Pesky herself - Cheney getting told off on national television. Oh Joy!

Secret Pal 6...The Interview

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I am a yarn snob. Acrylic makes my teeth hurt like I've bitten aluminium and I don't like novelty yarn - I'm a vanilla knitter.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I would love to spin but alas, I'm still mastering knitting - I crochet to use up ends into granny squares but that's about it.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
No allergies but stale smoke is grodie to the max...and I'm constantly quitting so I'm pretty sensitive to it.

4. How long have you been knitting?
Since 2000 on and off.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, yes I do.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I really love cedar, sandalwood, vanilla....mmmm...I love woody smells they make me think of outside (as I stare wistfully out of my office window)

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Meh, not so much. After I gained 60 lbs worth of delicious belgian truffles while living there nothing over here really tickles the tastebuds so much.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Mosaics and pretty much lots and lots of knitting

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I love pretty much most music - I love listening to new indie bands and finding new music. Having said that I also love Yo Yo Ma. Man, that cello kicks it for me on rainy days. I'd like to learn more about classical and opera.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love dark rich reds, blues, oranges, - I guess I love the warm colour factor. I'm a winter but I don't know what that means. Colors I hate? Puce never sounds good.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have a kitty named Smudgie. I love him

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
Sigh. Um, uh, I'd like to get my MBA and project manager's designation then open up a consulting firm specializing in change management for small to middle sized businesses and have a kid or two

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Am loving alpaca, merino, silk blends and cotton

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Acrylic. Ouchee makes my teeth hurt thinking about it.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Socks, shawls and sweaters (in particular knitting one that fits me...or anyone...sigh)

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks for sure

17. What are you knitting right now?
A pair of socks in Opal. Clapotis in Koigu KPPPM. A sweater in Rowan Biggy

18. What do you think about ponchos?
I'm getting a shnickle bored with them.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Bamboo and aluminum

21. Are you a sock knitter?
Yes, yes and yes

22. How did you learn to knit?
I took a class at a LYS with a girlfriend after a night of drinking martinis I love martinis.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
1.5 years

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
I'm a big fan of all things Breathed. Opus would be my favourite. My favourite animal/bug is the dragonfly.
25. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas...

26. Is there anything that you collect? CD's, DVD's, books

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? None but I pick up Interweave the most regularly

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on? See the wish list - but overall I'm pretty happy with my book inventory right now.

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another?? Shawls

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

For my brother

Dear Big Brother;

You are an amazing friend, brother, father and person. The limits of your loyalty and love for those close to you amazes and astounds me every day. If only those qualities allowed your heart to be unbreakable and unbruisable.

You communicate love to those in your family and communities with your support, your humour and your sheer drive to fill your life with adventure that you share with all who are willing to go on the ride.

I wish I knew how to make time go by faster to make the sad go away but since I don't I'll just give you tons of smooches and hugs followed by tequila to numb the sad for a short bit.

Seriously, get ready for the drop by sibling visit......just cause I don't have a car doesn't mean I can't become a brother stalker.

Love J

Monday, September 05, 2005

Labour Day Weekend - farewell sweet summer

I've been at my cottage for the debauche that is Labour Day weekend in Canada.

Texas Hold 'em was the name of the game and after winning the first game I've ever played I proceeded to prove to the world that I cannot hide any of my thoughts or emotions behind a poker face. My face is not biologically engineered to allow for lack of expression leading to my ass getting smoked.

Alice in Wonderland came to visit here:

I finished a pair of socks for my sister in Jaeger that I had redone 4 times and finally have holeless heels. Praise Jebus. I'm also about a third of the way through Clapotis. Youpee.

Happy Labour Day everyone!

Friday, September 02, 2005

The Month in Review

I just wanted to see how I'd done with my new month's goals from August..

1. Finish second striped sock with Fortissima Socka
- Done - I had to frog and reknit both of these beautiful bad boys but my sister loves the holelessness.

2. Finishing ripping and restart Sonnet with beautiful deep red Alpaca yarn from Lettuce knit. nummy!!
- Meh. Sonnet wasn't doing it for me so now I have 9 skeins of beautiful alpaca looking for a suitable pattern

3. End the month with less weight on my ass then when it started...for the love of pete when will the ass growth end?!?!
- Lost the goal poundage of 4! Youpee!

4. Eat one complete meal a day that is totally locally produced this should really be no biggie what with southern ontario being in full fruit & vegetable bloom right now.
- I pretty much was able to do this but it was harder than it should have been - it's distressing to me that the best way to buy local is to go to a farmer's market - how do our stores not sell local?

5. Finish the book The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
- not even close

6. Pick up my yoga where I left off - at 2 classes minimum per week.
- Yeppers and it feels fantastic

8. See one comedy show per week.
- Didn't happen so much...but slooowly am getting back in the game

9. Bring smoking volumes down to a civil 1 - 3 per day.
- Not even close. Gross me out. September here I come.

What the fuck is going on!?!

I've been avoiding the overwhelming amount of information pouring out of all media outlets about that bitch Katrina's wake. So catastrophic and so tragic is the loss of life and the inability for the victims and survivors to get aid that it hurts my heart.

[Aside - Speaking of aid don't get suckered by the ass wipes that come out during tragedies like this donate here for Red Cross, here for Salvation Army - do it)

Don't get me wrong - cities like New Orleans and San Francisco are pretty much begging for natural disaster (you may have to watch an ad) what with San Andreas and living below the Gulf of Mexico.

I think that stories like this that scare me the most. People have clearly reached the end of their ropes - where are the uplifting stories of neighbours helping neighbours? Of course, if I had to go three days without drinking water or food, after losing everything, watching bodies float by and walking through sewage and oil polluted water. I might actually lose my shit too. I can't even imagine what these people are dealing with now.

Issues like this one just make me wonder just how many resources are getting filtered through Iraq. As far as I can see the big Bush and Homeland Security just aren't packing the punch that they say they can. Where is the federal government?

Chertoff said Thursday that 4,200 trained National Guard military police would be deployed in the city over the next three days, quadrupling the law enforcement presence in New Orleans.
"Fourteen hundred military police trained soldiers will be arriving every day --- 1,400 today, 1,400 tomorrow and 1,400 the next day," he said.

"Frankly, what we're doing is we are putting probably more than we need in order to send an unambiguous message that we will not tolerate lawlessness or violence or interference with the evacuation."

Yet, the first contingent of those promised military police were not scheduled to arrive until late Thursday night -- and only 100 Guard members would be in that first wave, according to Pentagon officials. Pressed about the other 1,300 promised troops, officials would only say that they were on the way.

This was today for god's sake


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sunday Stalking at St.Lawrence Market

That's right J - I see you from across the busker's stage. Nicholas Hoare - eh? What...are you buying books? From an independent bookstore? What are you a liberal comedian? huh? huh? Can't see me cause I'm sitting behind the three brothers in the front row that are beating the shit out of each other - yeah that's right I'm like a chameleon. Give the busker the judgemental glare - GIVE IT!

I'm crushing your head!

See you at home sweetie.