Tuesday, August 28, 2007


I have come to an interesting realisation. I knit to unwind, to destress, to relax. I worked my last shift at my (now old) job a little over a week ago, and I don't start my courses again until the fifth of September. Also, my family is currently in Italy, they left about the same time I got off work. So really, overall, I am pretty relaxed right now, and when I am relaxed, knitting seems to fall by the wayside somewhat. Frankly, I haven't been doing much of anything at all, I don't know how I have managed to waste this much time, but it is a much needed break. Once classes get underway, I will have plenty of procrastination to do, so I should get updating again sooner or later, but for now, I'm going biking! Whee!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Heh, my bad

Right, those photos that I said I had? Definitely forgot to upload them. Here they are now, though. As I said, these were taken with an old 35mm (Pentax K-1000, my mother's from her university days), and are complete with the odd finger in the shot (no matter how much I shoot, I *always* get a finger now and then. I like to think it adds a human touch.)

(oh, and these are all on ravelry as well, for those using it)

Swallowtail 003

Swallowtail 004

Swallowtail 001

Swallowtail 005

Swallowtail 006

Swallowtail 002

Swallowtail 007

Swallowtail 008

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Odds Fish!

This summer has been all about the book for me. (No, not The Book, the book, one of them there trendy slang terms for reading). I get enough time off during the day at work to do some reading, I read in bed in the evenings, and on my days off (yes, I knit too.) I've chewed my way through Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Harry Potter (5, 6 and 7), a number of books by Jasper Fford (I like to keep my evenings reads relatively light), Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders (I've yet to read Robinson Crusoe), Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (a short play), and now I'm starting The Troublesome Offsping of Cardinal Guzman, by Louis de Bernieres (I love Captain Corelli's Mandolin) and I also picked up a copy of Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita. But the single most interesting book I have read this summer has been the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. Usually when reading, I want to get to the end, I like the writing style, so I want to see how the author wraps it up. But when reading The Scarlet Pimpernel, I just wanted to know what happened next! I can't think of any other book (or movie, or play, or anything) that had me pumping my fist like a frat boy at a football game when the protagonist pulled a damn clever one over his nemesis (and since I was laying face down in bed at the time, maybe it wasn't the brightest idea either). Anyway, Scarlet Pimpernel, definitely made my reading summer!

The Swallowtail shawl is winging it's way across the country right now, and look! (I broke out the 35mm, I couldn't let it go without getting *some* visual record).
I am working on Exchequered from the Spring '06 Knitty, and have determined that my method of holding yarn, it does not work for double-knitting, but I am playing with it, and it is coming along reasonably (thank you, Alice!).

So how are you all? What have you been reading? Knitting? How are you spending your summer months otherwise? For those of you who are students (like me!) , are you ready to go back?

Monday, August 6, 2007

A(n) FO! Without pictures!

So I finished the Swallowtail shawl this morning, and it is currently drying out in it's blocked form in my living room (will be done by morning).

But I can't show you any photos.
Because my camera is in PEI.
Without me. (I have never been East of Ontario, and have always wanted to go to the Maritimes)
That camera puts on so many more miles than I.
Also, I will most likely be shipping the shawl to it's recipient (in Newfoundland, funnily enough) well before my camera gets back, so... no photos on that one for a while I don't think.

Other than my spare minutes feather and fan scarf, I now have no more knitting on the go, or really any ideas for next projects. Help?

Finally, it is organising time! Do you read my blog? Am I linked on your blog? I want to update my reading/linklist/bloglines, so let me know if you want a link(back)!