Sunday, October 22, 2006

You know you want to...

Psst - I'm working at Lettuce Knit today with my friend Joyce.

Come and visit us!

Friday, October 20, 2006

It's Friday! No Rhinebeck for you Edition!

Unlike 99% of the knitting blogosphere I can be found here at home in Toronto imagining the sheer carnage of 1000's of knitters descending upon the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.

My personal dream is to rent an RV and go down with four spinners. Me driving, them spinning all the way down. In the perfect world the hot box event of the century would occur...

1. BMFA - Martha Wainwright
2. With Arms Outstretched - Rilo Kiley
3. Thin Blue Flame - Josh Ritter
4. Coyote's Song - Nobody & The Mystic Chords
5. Destroy Everything - Ladytron
6. Rock n Roll Fantasy - The Pink Mountaintops
7. It's A Disaster - OK Go
8. Ultimatum - The Long Winters
9. Clyde In New Orleans - Norfolk & Western
10. Omerta Bossa Remix - Isabelle Antenna

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Screaming with the thrilling highs...

So I was up pretty late last night studying for a test today. Shocking. It's amazing how quickly I lapsed into my old study habits of yesteryear.

J came home around 10:30 after working at his Short Play Festival for 4.5 hours. All he wanted to do was veg in front of some tv and chill - so he slapped on the Princess Leia headphones and settled in.

My favour of the week was asking him to undo a mutant baby sweater made out of Manos while he watched Family Guy which he graciously agreed to. All of a sudden I hear the telltale whirring that makes my heart sing.

I peaked around the corner and this is what I saw.

As if there wasn't already a million reasons this dude makes my heart scream out like it's on a roller coaster ride.....he's using the ball winder like a natural.

Step one to conversion.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Spa etiquette or Spetiquette

As a follow up to my previous post.

What does one do when one is standing butt nekid at a spa and recognizes/is recognized by someone...but you're not quite sure how you know each other?

There was much awkward eye contact but no attempt made to introduce ourselves. I have no idea if this woman was a comedian, clown, knitter, tree planter, blogger or some random kid I used to babysit in Manitouwadge (apparently they are all in university now).

I've bumped into at least one person from all of these spheres of my life in Toronto but this incident was weird cause I was naked! nude! and she was in a bathing suit.

What would you have done....

I totally got blitzed

Last night a few of my girlfriends and I went to Body Blitz spa. This is a spa that involves "Therapeutic Waters"...I know it sounds totally flaky. There are three different pools and two hot rooms - Dead Sea Pool, Green Tea Pool, a Cold Plunge Pool, Steam Room and Infrared Sauna.

Ever since my public health teachin' Momma talked to me about bacteria loving warm moist environments, steam rooms have made me gag a little bit. After a *thorough* inspection looking for any gross molds and slime I felt a little bit better - and the steam is infused with eucalyptus oil which felt divine on my chest which is still recovering from my cold.

On Tuesdays there is an "all you can dip" special for $35.00 you get access to the pools for as long as you want until they close at 8:00pm. My girlfriend Danielle and I went last month and we brought a bunch of trashy magazines and in between therapeutic cycles we would lounge and read/knit/zen.

It's the perfect place for Naked Knit Girl

In the middle of a busy week in a busy city at the end of a busy day. A women only spa. You can go nekid or in a bathing suit whatever you're most comfy in. They provide flip flops, towels, and bathrobes. The only really rule is that you relax and take your time - do what feels right - sit in silence enjoying the heat of the steam room or the dead sea pool.

It's the perfect way to end a work day. You will find me here once a month especially during the cold wet rainy winter that is coming through.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

This just in: The new iPod Nanimette syncs to the weather

So here in Toronto we're experiencing some spectacularly grey and dismal weather. Think Jacob Two Two and the Hooded Fang. Dreary, wet, dark and cold.

Generally, I don't mind the craptastic wet days but would prefer to spend them in a civil way - curled up in my duvet with a hot toddy and some sweater knitting. It's in this way that my job really gets in my way. If it wasn't for the enormous amounts of money! power! and influence! I'd be off like a whore's dress on prom night.

I had an early morning meeting this morning and as I was hurling myself out the door (late)the snitty rain and sulky wind the world seemed cruel and full of foreboding. The weather isn't even dramatic enought to be raging or tempestuous it's more just whiny.

My iPod demonstrated it's new capability to harness the mood and ambience of the weather and shuffle in only songs that would have been spectacular...if I was with knitting, toddy and duvet. As if to taunt me the Love Button (pet name) proceeded to throw these taunts at me: Reading in Bed - Emily Haines, He Brings Out The Whiskey In Me - Amy Millan, Hay on Fire - Ladybug, The Greatest, Cat Power.

Has this happened to anybody else? It's an eerily perfect software capability...

Friday, October 13, 2006

It's Friday and I'm still alive

I don't think I've been that sick in years. Crippled to the point of not being able to knit more than a warshrag...

Am feeling better and thank god because its the Friday the 13th meeting of the Drunken Knitters. The Spotted Dick....after 5:00pm! I'll be there around 9:00 when I'm done my 3rd part time job.

1. Girl in the War - Josh Ritter
2. Shadow and Shadow - The Prids
3. Oh Lately It's So Quiet - Ok Go
4. Why You Gotta Do That Thang - The Russian Futurists
5. Winning - Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
6. It's a Disaster - Ok Go
7. Time Stretched Like Light - Ben Kamen
8. The Night and I - The Heavy Blinkers
9. Spirituosi (Shape) - Isabella Antena
10. Doctor Blind - Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Doing the work of our people

I brought Stella up to our cottage for Thanksgiving. This is my favourite holiday on the best of days. My brilliant niece Maddy and handsome feller Gabe were digging on the fleece more than I thought. Gabe spent the better part of 2 hours on my lap drafting fleece like a natural.

Get 'em young eh?


After a whole summer of dubious craptastic weather (three 100 year storms blew through) we finally got a full weekend of gorgeous. J and I did some hiking up to the top of this rock. This is the perspective from the top.
We collected leaves and stuffed pumpkins. Watching kids disembowel pumpkins makes me give thanks....the ability to revel in the grossness brings joy to my dry withered soul.

And of course the gods they love to topple the trees. This bastard beat us....not before we'd used winching, pullies, chainsaws and a broom to poke it - my dad had to accept the Tree Services option.

In his words..."I've never met a tree I haven't felled" She was a worthy adversary.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

This just in!

So exciting! From my friend Beryl:

Double, double toil and trouble, knitters knit and yarn stores bubble. Did you know that knitting can be diabolical? Yes and to prove how crafty we can be the Toronto Knit Rabble will take to haunting Toronto's finest yarn stores on Saturday October 28th in our first ever TTC Halloween Knit A Long.
Check out my pictures from the last two big TTC Knit A Longs then go here to pre-register.

See vous play me like a drum

So I was at the FREE See Vous Play concert at Kool Haus on Sunday.

The night started out with an extreme sense of deja vu with Les Breastfeeders. It was like I was transported to a Bif Naked (before she went scrawny) show in 1995 at Foufounes Electrique (before it closed for the second time) in Montreal.

My hair was dancing on my scalp it was so loud - that kind of dancing is contagious. I just wanted to go all night.

Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton was next on the list. She's a beautiful songwriter so sad and unabashedly emotional it gave me the shivers. It only got better when I moved away from the girls that were talking loudly about how it was the music to kill yourself to. Nice.

When Les Trois Accords took the stage it was just after 11:00 pm and I knew that if I didn't get to bed before midnight my week would be the very definition of stinky ass - we rocked a little longer and left before Joel Plaskett and the Emergency took the stage. My cohorts and I had all see Joel in his homeland of Halifax so we weren't too disappointed to miss him though all reports point to amazing performance...

What a great night. Free concerts are amazing but when they are free CanCon concerts they reach divinity...such a great vibe and this event was full of my people - CBC nerds who love Canadian Indie music. Love. It.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I'm riding my own personal DiLorean...back to the past

I'm retaking Grade 12 Biology and it starts on Thursday.

I'm terrified that I'm not going to find my classroom and that the other kids are going to hate me.

Exactly the way I felt when I was 13.

Awesome.