Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rainbow Twist

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I recently finished Rainbow Twist as a store sample. It was a quick knit, using up 63% of  a skein of Katia New Nepal on US17/12mm needles. This was a fun afternoon project, very quick to knit. I haven’t ever done a 14 stitch cable before - that was quite interesting!

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These would make up great Christmas gifts for friends, family or your child’s teacher.

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You start with a provisional cast on so that you can have live stitches at the end to join the end by grafting it shut. This is not the first time I’ve done grafting with a provisional cast on, and I absolutely love the end result. This one is a win-win!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Melissa’s Gaptastic Cowl

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My friend Melissa turned 40 this year and had asked me for a handknit cowl so I decided to knit her a Gaptastic for her as a birthday present. I sent her the James C Brett color card online and she picked out the Marble Chunky color she liked, MC19.

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Because Melissa is petite, I decided that knitting the Gaptastic to 15” wide would be way too big on her, so I only knitted to 10” wide before casting off. This used up .69 of the skein. I knit this up on 9mm (circular) needles.

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I actually absolutely love this color and the 10” wide as well, that I think I am going to make one for myself, probably in the same color. I kind of want one in the purple (MC19) and the grey/black tonal one as well, MC11, shade card here).

This one was a really quick knit, in under a week. I am sure if I had a full weekend to myself I could have knit this one in one weekend, but with 3 kids, 2 of them in sports, that’s not an option!

Happy 40th Melissa!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Banks of Certain Rivers

The Banks of Certain Rivers is now out on paperback! The kindle price is under 4$ as well. I read this book back in the spring of 2013, and gave it a 5 star rating. I remember having read a bunch of crappy novels before it, and was pleased to have read something good.

At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about Neil, a father of a teenage boy, whose wife was in an accident which led her to become a vegetable in a comatose state. Neil started seeing his mother-in-law's nurse, behind his son's back. I can understand that he wants to move on with his life, as his wife would never come out of her coma. As the story went on, I became more and more understanding of his situation, and no longer considered him cheating. If I ever end up (knock on wood) as a vegetable, I would want my husband to move on, providing that it was for sure that I wouldn't be able to rebound back out of the coma. I also wouldn't want to be kept alive if I were a vegetable, but that's not what I am talking about here. I was immediately drawn in to this story and wanted to know how it all played out. It wasn't predictable and could have gone in different directions, which had me guessing throughout the novel. Was he going to lose his job after the video of him went viral on youtube? Would his son Christopher accept his apology? Where was Chris after he ran away? I am glad that everything worked out the way it did, in the end. The story all came together nicely. 

The supporting characters were very likable and realistic. They all drew me in as we met them in the book and was drawn into the book right from the prologue - wanting to know more, as the novel was set up very well. 

I liked the use of the emails from Neil to Wendy at the end of some of the chapters. I liked how it added a little extra to the story by giving us some more private/personal thoughts. I was sad to see the emails end once the email account that Neil's friend set up (so that he wouldn't know the password) expired and the emails he was sending bounced back. 

I also liked the way the story wrapped up in the end in the last chapter, giving you information about what the characters were now up to. I hate it when a novel leaves you guessing at the end, but this story doesn't do that to you, and I appreciated that. 

I really loved this novel and it was well written. I was able to connect with all the characters and the storyline was realistic. I enjoyed reading this and recommend this novel. I cannot wait to see more by Jon Harrison. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Habs Experience

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Friday night, I got to experience the experience of a lifetime. Jamie & I were supposed to go out for dinner to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary, and when he told me that he turned down playing on ice at the Bell Center for his teammates’ birthday, I told him that we could go out for a late dinner, is he crazy!???

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When we got there, we got to go behind the scenes of the Bell Center. As a Habs fan, this was extremely amazing. (Above Zamboni Parking and where the Zamboni comes out to clean the ice).

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We walked down the hallway where the “away” team gets dressed before games. That was the locker room the boys were in to dress.

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The birthday boy went all out and borrowed official practice jerseys from the Habs, for Friday night’s game. He even went to the extent to get plaques made for all his friends/teammates with everyone’s first name initial & last names. This was a very nice added touch.

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This was the view, before the game, behind one of the goalie nets.

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(Left) The view from center ice.
(Right) This is where the Habs come out from their dressing room before games. The doors were actually unlocked and we peaked in (curious of course!) but there were nails and wood everywhere, as it’s all under construction.

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(Left) My tush is on sacred ground. This is the bench that the Habs sit on during games.
(Right) Jamie & I.

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The boys actually sang their own rendition of the National Anthem before the game. I recorded them singing. I need to upload it to YouTube one of these days.

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My brother’s girlfriend (left) wanted to learn how to knit, so during the game she worked on the knit stitch). I got some knitting done on a gift that I will talk about later this week.

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The boys playing.

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When the game was over, the boys all shook hands. And then they decided they needed to do some stretching.

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I got to go on the ice. Some girlfriends brought skates to go on afterwards, however since we were going out for a late dinner after, I didn’t bring skates this year. Maybe next year if we get to do the same thing again next year. Next year I would definitely bring my skates & get on! We were 5 ladies in the 21,273 seats that the Bell Center has. (3 girlfriends, 1 wife (myself) and 1 sister of the players).

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It was definitely an experience I’ll never forget. I’ve never gotten the opportunity to do something like this before, and I don’t know if this will be an annual thing that Jamie will get invited to, or not. Regardless, it was a lot of fun, and it was very awesome. No other words to describe.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9 Years

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Today is our 9th wedding anniversary. It’s amazing how quickly 9 years fly by. 9 years, 3 kids, 2 businesses and lots of love, healthy, and happiness (ok, and lots of yarn too – I had to throw that in there!) Here’s to 99 more!

Kitty

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This little cutie was found on my front steps yesterday morning. He ran from my stairs to the street and a local lawn care guy almost ran him over with his truck. He rang my bell (I was still home before work) to see if he belonged to me. We tried looking around for the mom, with no luck. I thought it was only 2-3 weeks old. He has a bit of an eye infection, but hopefully with meds, that could be cleared. I took a diaper box with a towel in it, and I brought him over to the cat vet in my shopping center where my shop is. The vet tech who took the cat in said he is probably around 3-4 weeks old, could probably eat on his own and that he is so cute that she'll probably take him home for her mother. I was so happy that he will get a good home. I can't even imagine what could have happened to him had he been left on the street.
I tried to keep him but Quentin was petrified, and the final answer was no! Maybe in a few years once the kids are older…

ETA: The vet emailed me to tell me that he's doing well, and they named him Grizzly. Grizzly is a local company that does lawn care and they felt that name suited him because of whom found him! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A birthday hat

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I knitted up another one of these Ribbon & bow beanie hats for my cousin’s daughter who just turned one. This is my 3rd one of these, the first two are store samples. I knitted them up to show how the Berroco Vintage & Berroco Weekend knits up. If you want to feel them or see them they are on display at the shop. Because our winters are so cold in Montreal (actually, she’s in Toronto, but their winters are almost as bad), I think I am going to knit up a 2nd hat for her in a superwash wool, and this hat will be a fall/spring hat, since it’s cotton.

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This was a very quick knit on 4.5 mm (US 7) needles, knit up in a day. For the 1-2 (age) size I used up 41g of Berroco Weekend in Lilac and 15 grams of white for the ribbon and the bow.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Striped Trap

I just finished knitting up Striped Trap by Andra Asars, which is a free knit-a-long pattern by Berroco Design team. It was a simple knit, which the color change made more interesting. I absolutely loved working with the Boboli Lace and the Folio, both by Berroco.

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I knit this up (as per pattern) until I ran out of the Boboli Lace. I needed 1.6 skeins of Folio to match the 1 skein of Boboli Lace. I used a 4.5mm needle (US 7). This Shawl/wrap had to be blocked once done, as it’s all stockinette stitch and was curling in on all sides. After a good blocking, it looks great. It’s now hanging in my shop and ready to be admired!