Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Yaycation!

Today, I finished my cable cardi!

Isn't it super pretty? I love love love this cardigan so much. The Malabrigo worsted is sooo soft, and so cozy. It's like wearing a hug. I know it's going to need a lot of shaving (especially at first!) but it is so worth it. It was a dream to work with and it's a dream to wear.

I love absolutely everything about this cardigan. The fit, the cable, the closure- I wasn't sure if I was going to go shawl pin closure, zipper, buttons or what. Then my coworkers suggested the clasps. They're perfect! They suit it so well. At first I had them spaced further apart and starting up higher, but I took the top and second from bottom off and re-spaced them so they're all lower. It's much better now.
I'm so happy this is done, I am going to wear it all weekend! Andrew and I are spending the weekend in Seattle for ECCC. It should be a lot of fun- I get to meet all his webcomic friends, and we'll spend the weekend meeting the usual assortment of generally awesome readers and cool people.
And now I get to do all that wearing a kickass new sweater, heck yeah!

This is another project I'm working on, a ten stitch baby blanket. It's for one of the scores of pregnant/new parent people that we know, who knows who gets it yet!
I have to start packing yarn projects. We get back from Seattle Monday, and then leave on Friday to NYC for our honeymoon, yesss! I can't wait!
In the meantime, I'm a little under the weather today and feeling kinda dizzy, so I'm heading off to bed super early in the hopes I can kick the buns of whatever is making me feel so lousy before I head off to America.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Rainbow!

Here is the rainbow cardigan earlier this week, with the first sleeve done.
Look at it's sparkly magnificence!

It is finally, finally finished. I thought I was never going to get this done, but I'm actually wearing it.
I love how it turned out. The lower arms are a wee bit tight, but that doesn't bother me. It only ever bothers me when upper arms are tight.
It needs a good blocking, but otherwise it is all done! I love the colours and the fit, and I'm so pleased that it actually turned out just how I planned. When does that ever happen?

Life has been a wee bit crazy for me and things are happening around here. Some of it I can't even talk about yet, but most of it has been positive. Hubby and I spent the weekend in Niagara Falls having a mini-vacation, getting in some practice for our honeymoon next month. I can't wait.

This is the American falls- it was so gorgeous with the snow piled up in front. And I was impressed with the low light photos my camera took.

And here we are in front of the falls, with me decked out in a great deal of handmade yarniness. Andrew isn't wearing his scarf, for once.
It was a great vacation. So relaxing, we both needed it. I can't wait for the honeymoon already... that trip comes with a yarn crawl, aw yeah! Then again, we'll be in Seattle soon for a yarn crawl, and that also includes a bit of yarn shopping.
I'd better get back to it. Gee, darn.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Winter Blahs

I have some serious winter blahs going on. I think the whole city has the same thing. It's been so cold, so miserably cold for so long. Spring can not come fast enough for me! Really, though, I'd just like one day with nice sunshine and temperatures above freezing. One degree above freezing would be ok.

Thankfully I at least now have something to help keep me from freezing at work, where there is something wrong with our heating system. Here it is before blocking.

I finally finished my Bel shawl, and I am so happy with it. This is it after blocking.

I got around to blocking it yesterday, although I'd already been wearing it two days. I got so many compliments at work with it unblocked, I can't wait to see what people say now that it's blocked. I love how the edging turned out, and I'm so glad it didn't open up too much. I wanted a snuggly, snuggly warm shawl, and thankfully I got it.

Last weekend my crochet projects were not playing nicely with me. I had to pull out more than I accomplished. I came out of the weekend with less finished on both of them than I had started with.

Thankfully, I also finally finished this cross stitch! I love how cute the birdy is, and I can't wait to get it backed and hung up. I did a teeny little strawberry after finishing this, but I'm going to be starting another big project soon.
I also finished my lecture last weekend, and that means I have finished both my extra projects outside work. It's so nice to come home and not have anything else on my plate (other than needing to draw a piece of art for Andrew's book, which is coming out very soon). It means that I can focus on more important things- specifically, going to visit my grandparents more often now that they live closer. We're going out today, and my parents are going to be up to visit too. I can't wait to see everyone!

I've been working on hats- I finished one for Andrew, and I'm almost finished mine. Then I think I will turn back to my rainbow stripey cardigan. I love it, but after pulling out the sleeves for the third time, I'm feeling a bit burnt out. Still, I think it's time to give it another go. Sigh.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Rough Weekend

This has been a rough weekend for me. I've been stressed out lately- the cold, the extra work I've been taking on, everything has just felt like it's been piling up, ya know? So I was really excited for the long weekend to get a chance to relax.
Friday night I found signs of moths. Signs bad enough that Andrew and I spent all day Saturday cleaning. I did well over 24 loads of laundry, and spent a bunch of money on that. Still, at least the apartment got cleaned, and hopefully this is the last of the moths. I'm gonna be extra cautious from now on.
Yesterday I went out to the store to grab some groceries and stuff for people coming over. Husband gives me some money to help because of the excess laundry costs. I get to the store, reach in my pocket and find the money is gone. Sigh.
Thankfully the rest of the day was fantastic. We had friends over for our usual DnD session, which was full of nonsense and laughter. Then most of them stayed, and a few more friends came over for a "blackout party", ie we turn the lights out, put on candles and pretend there is a blackout. Mostly we ended up playing video games, which really didn't fit the theme but no one cared because we were having a good time.

Then this morning I woke up and found one of my little froggies had died. I don't know how, but I'm gonna miss that little guy. They're such cute and fun little pets, I hope my other little guy isn't too lonely on his own.

I have some friends coming over for brunch soon, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them.

I was really hoping for a relaxing weekend. Well, I suppose you can't always get what you want. I'm glad my friends made it at least a weekend where the good and bad balanced out more equally.

Thanks to the horrid moths, most of my projects are bagged up right now and I didn't feel like working on them, so instead I was working on my cross stitch this weekend. I finished up the tail decoration bit and am getting very close to completion! I'm really excited because this is my first cross stitch, and I want to do a few little wee ones in between this and my next big one, which is going to be a super fun nerdy Firefly cross stitch.

I hope you all had wonderful weekends, and have friends (and partners) like mine who make the lousy times much better.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rainbow Cardi

I am currently obsessed with the cardigan I am making. It is getting so close to being finished and I just can't wait to wear it.
Also, I got myself a pretty new camera with some gift cards I got for Christmas, so I have been snapping photos of everything. It's really fun- it's a mirrorless camera, so it's a bit like a small DSLR. It even has interchangeable lenses. It also makes a very satisfying snap when you take a picture. I might be a little bit in love. I might also be annoying my friends and husband a bit.

Anyway, my cardigan. So yesterday I was pretty sure I was going to finish the buttonband, so I had to choose buttons.

Here they are sitting on the cardigan. I love this sparkly yarn, it is really doing it for me. The sparkly/neon combo makes my heart so very happy. 
I brought the buttons in to work to get Kate's opinion, and she pointed out that the flowers did kinda make it look a little juvenile. She was right, and both me and the cardigan are young enough looking as it is!

Here is the cardigan currently. Buttonband done, working on the first sleeve. It looks like I'm even going to have enough of the neon to have the sleeves striped all the way down. Yay!
I am going to need to reinforce the edge of the buttonband, though. I put the buttons and holes right in the middle, and I probably should have put them closer into the body. Oh well, that's the beauty of crochet. Add a few solid, snug rows on the edge and it'll look great and avoid the dreaded wobbly band. I might also sew reinforcing stitches around the buttonholes. If I'm not too lazy.

This beautiful thing was a present. Actually, yarn and bowl both. Kate got me the yarn a few years ago. But the bowl was this year, and isn't it amazing? My best friend got it for me for Christmas. It's so pretty. It sits on my desk and I have been using it a lot. It's really nice for keeping my yarn in place while I watch shows on Netflix and crochet.

Alright, I need to finish getting ready for work, and get my cardi packed up to work on the subway. Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Finished Things and Things on the Hook

I just finished this set. It's a baby blanket for a little guy I hadn't yet made anything for. I started it with the other colour of this mulitcoloured sock yarn I bought, but I was doing a really labour intensive pattern with fingering weight. It was silly.

The project got restarted with two strands and this spare DK I had leftover from the scarf I made Andrew last year. It was so much faster, the blanket just flew off my hook. It was a lot of fun. I had enough yarn leftover for another project, so this sweet little cardi was born. I had fun with it, too. It just needs some snaps and maybe some buttons now.

This isn't anything exciting, but I like the colours in this cowl. I love the rainbow yarn and it sits in front of the cash register at work staring at me. In Septmeber I finally gave in and made myself this little cowl with some black wool. I started it with white wool, but it looked way too young.
I think I might get a chunky yarn and do up a sample of this pattern for work. It really is easy and looks pretty cute when you finish.


I still need to get pictures of me wearing this cardigan, but I looove it. It's snug fitting with a zipper and has just a bit of motorcycle jacket look. The only issue is that I kinda stink at putting in zippers, so you might notice the bottom comes to a bit of a point at the end of the zipper. Whoops.
Otherwise it looks great and is super flattering and comfy. Can't beat it.

This is another project I finished and have been wearing like crazy, but I'm not going to show much of it because I think I might write up the pattern and try to have it published, eek! Don't you love the acorns?

And now for the stuff I'm working on still!

I started this cardi with Paton's Metallic because it's so shiny and fun. The stitch pattern takes awhile, but I'm going to switch to shallow half double crochet after the yoke for a soft, relaxed looking cardigan- I hope!

This is my Little Mermaid dress. Well, so far. I was planning on wearing it to my brother and sister-in-law's beach wedding at New Year's, but clearly it was not finished. My sweet little nephews were along on the trip, and playing with them in the sand just seemed like a much better priority than worrying about finishing a dress. Maybe next New Year's- this has gone on pause because a floor length dress isn't quite practical, even for me who will wear a fancy dress anywhere!

I haven't been working on my spinning much, but I've done a little bit here and there. It's fun, but it's a lot more work to pick up than my hook. Still, I can't wait to finish this batt! It's so pretty, and I'm so excited about the chain plying that's letting me make it something of a gradient.



And this is just some fun shots of the yarn I'm going to be working on next- this gorgeous stuff is going to be turned into a simple top-down cardi. Sparkly white and neon, I can't wait to wear this!




Sunday, January 12, 2014

One Month to Get Back to Normal- Ha!

I was so optimistic. Just over a month and things were getting back to normal- suuure they were.
It took longer than a month, that's for certain. It wasn't until after Christmas and the holidays, the trip to Cuba for my brother's wedding and the week off from work that I really started feeling back to normal. The chores that were exhausting after the wedding are starting to get done again, the apartment is... well, it's not clean, but it's better, and I'm actually able to start taking on other responsibilities again. I'm even doing things like joining a ball hockey team.

So apologies for the long delay. Hopefully now I will be properly back. Here's a few of the things I did while I was absent from the blog.

I am so proud of the veil, and excited about the photos I got of it- mostly the ones from our pro photographer.
Here it is just after finishing.

Here is the blocking process- it looked so cool while I was blocking it!

Check out the detail of the row of beads I added- I also beaded the picot edging.

And here it is being shown off at my wedding with some of my stitching friends looking on. They admired it suitably. 

And some Christmas gifts! This was for my sister in law- it's a squishy washable wool. The pattern was really fun to do, and I hope she'll get use out of it.

 
This rather boring but soft and warm hat is for my big brother. Hopefully he likes it- Andrew liked it enough to request one for himself, and I know my other brother wears his a lot.

 
I made this hat for my best friend with some yarn I'd been drooling over. I was seriously tempted to keep it myself, though. I love how it turned out, and I love the colours. I really want to make myself something from this yarn (it's a new colour of Sirdar Folksong Chunky, striped with white in Patons Shetland Chunky if you're curious).


But the presents I am most proud of are the ones I made for my amazing little nephews. They were visiting from China for both my wedding and my brother's wedding, and I had so much fun with them. This little sweater and the blanket are from Beastly Crochet, and they were a lot of fun.

I especially loved making this blanket. Even though I had very little time and had to really push myself to finish it, it was so cool watching all the robots take shape.
It was also neat to learn a bit of embroidery as I added all the details on to it.
As predicted, the 1 year old and the almost-3 year old didn't care a bit about their presents, but everyone else was suitably impressed. Really, I made them for me. I knew the kids wouldn't care, but I'm so happy to have made them something special.

I had such a wonderful time with my nephews- during the time they were around, I got to know them a lot better and by the end of our time together, even the little one would grin and point to me if you asked who Auntie Lynn was. 
Possibly the best thing I got this year was the last day with the older one- he wanted to ride the bus with Auntie Lynn to the airport, and we got to snuggle up and talk about what lives in the ocean, and who lived in the houses, and tell stories. Then he came wandering back over to my seat on the plane and wanted to climb onto my lap and hear more stories, which I was all to happy to provide.
It was a great New Year's for me, I only hope the rest of the year continues to be this great!