Simple should not be this hard!

I’m having some “issues” with the Montego Bay scarf I’m knitting.

Simply put…every few inches I mess up, don’t realize it till I’m a good 2 inches along. When I do finally realize it the air goes a little blue around me, frogging ensues followed by some reknitting.

The only reasons I haven’t thrown it to the ground and stomped it to bits is it’s a really fast reknit and Dude! It’s an STR Rare Gem and it’s flipping gorgeous!

Summer of Scarves

I’ve found my knitting has recently been inspired by the european tourists coming into my work sporting simple yet elegant scarves that seem to “make” their outfit. The standard outfit is a simple and unremearkable (jeans, skirts etc paired with a simple teeshirt) but the addition of the scarf seems to add this air of wimsey or sofistication, depending on how the wearer carries themself.

As I tap into my inner Isadora Duncan (minus that whole unfortunate death part) all of my previous WIPs have been forsaken for some scarfy action…

Montego Bay scarf, Sock That Rock Light weight in Rare Gems, #8 (5mm) Denise Needles

Baktus Scarf, Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Blackberry, #5 (3.75 mm) Addi Lace Needles

Strangling Vines Leaf Scarf, Handmaiden Sea Silk, #4 (3.5mm) Addi Lace Needles

There is also yarn set aside for a clapotis, chevron scarf,Old Shale scarf, flutter … I’m going to be busy for a while…

Knitting Personals

Fancy black halter dress seeks shawl for casual encounters.

(photo from the Patagonia website)

Picked up this little number at my local MEC while shopping for some equipment for Chris’ and my upcoming trip. It’s super comfy and I can wear it during my bike commute as it has magic wicking powers! May pick up another one in red but in the meantime… there are so many shawl possibilities…

Return of the Fleece…

I got THE CALL last thursday from Wellington Fibers…my fleece were ready and waiting. Did I want to come and get them or have them shipped?

Seeing as I’m of the vehicularly challenged persuasion I opted for having them shipped and have been anxiously awaiting their arrival.

They were so worth the wait!

4.40 Lbs of dark brown Lincoln. It’s just too soft for words and makes me a bit sad that my first Lincoln fleeces were so poorly processed by the mill I had sent them to. This was back when I had first started spinning (will not name names as it is a moot point now…) and had yet to learn of the joy that is having one’s fiber processed by Wellington. Suffice it to say I’m beyond pleased with the final product I get back from Wellington and recommend them to anyone who will listen.

3.07LBS of Romney and oh sweet jeebus! It’s fleece like this that make me want to break all the laws and raise sheep in my back yard! This is a beautiful thing that if I have grocked the lay of the land should spin up into a gorgeous natural heathery yarn (the other fleece shoudl do this as well)…If I get the yarn right I see some serious cables of the Viking persuasion or something in a Gansey might work too!


I need a hair cut.

More importantly, I need to find a stylist I like enough to return to.

Suggestions are welcome, I’m looking for someone who can give me a great goop and go style and will not use the straight razor.

The Plan v1.5

Thursday afternoon I met with the career councilor to discuss my plan to go to school for Tourism Mgmt and what if any funding options are available to me. Turns out there is bupkis, this more than a little frustrated me and I *may* have had a slight moment in the woman’s office. Lisa, (my councilor) felt bad that she had said something that set me off but I explained that this was a good thing, I had had a few encounters at work over the previous few days that actually made me take a moment and really think if this is a field I want to stay in.

So now there is a revised version of The Plan. My current short term goal is to upgrade my computer skills to make me more marketable and a long term goal of attending University part time and work towards a Bachelors of something I’m going to enjoy. I’m already having great fun coming up with all sorts of degree combinations, my favourite so far being a double major in Women’s Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies…I would be insufferable!

I’m excited by the possibilities and seriously freaked by the logistics of doing it all.