The slippers for my dad are complete. Lily has put in a request for a pair of her own. As of late she has been requesting many things. First the fingerless mitts, next a new ear flap hat (I haven't started it yet) and now slippers. What does she think I do all day? Just knit?!?! LOL
A cowl for my sister; it's finished but I didn't get an FO shot of it:
Two more cowls, one for my friend Christine's birthday (purple) and one for my boss for xmas:
Slippers for my uncle (shown) and dad (not finished yet):
Four pairs of fingerless mitts, though I forgot to take pictures of the blue pair. Two pairs (purple and blue) are teacher gifts, one (black) is for the person I have at work for Secret Santa and the fourth pair (purple variegated) are the ones my daughter begged me for.
Oh and I also finished my Cygnus cardigan. It does still need blocking and buttons, but otherwise it's finished (and it fits!):
Right now I'm working on what I believe to be my last xmas gift (Dad's slippers). After that I am probably going to cast on for Ethan's Greyson sweater. He's pretty excited.
For four years we have played host to an Elf on the Shelf named Jerry. He's a sweet little guy, doesn't get into much trouble, he just loves a good game of hide and seek. Monday evening Ruby found where he was hiding and helped expose him to the rest of us.
We usually don't put up our Yule tree until the 15th of December due to Owen's birthday being on the 14th and we like to keep the celebrations separate. However, on Wednesday Ethan asked Owen if we could put the tree up (no decorations) before the 14th and Owen said yes.
So far the girls have been good about the tree. Last year Ezra mostly ignored it. She stole a couple ornaments, but she didn't wreck anything. I didn't know how Ruby would react. She's a little bugger, so it could be anything.
We have a big Santa hat wearing bear so I figured I'd set it up beside the tree and keep my camera on the ready. The results, thus far, have not been disappointing.
I've always been blonde, but as I've aged it has gone from a nice light natural blonde to a dark and dingy blonde. I've been having it bleached (or sometimes coloured, usually red) for about 7 years, but for the last year or so I have been growing it out. Yesterday I decided it's time to get back to blonde.
I had some pretty dead ends as well, so I had her take about 5cm off the bottoms and clean it all up with some long layers. I'm happy with the result. :)
This little gaffer is Oliver. He's my hairdresser's kitten. He's only about 5 months old, but he's a big boy. He is so sweet. He likes to snuggle on laps under the cape while she's doing her client's hair. My lap was no exception. He got up, snuggled and purred like mad. Next time I won't wear black.
It's really no surprise (if you can tell by the content, or lack thereof, in this blog) I haven't been running much lately. Like not at all. I can still run a decent 5km without dying, but my distance went from an easy 15km back down to an easy 5km.
Today is the day that all changes.
I need to find a way to make myself accountable, so I'm putting it in writing.
Today I begin my quest to train for another half marathon (21.1km). I'm hoping hubby will join me, however, if he doesn't that won't make or break my plan.
My co-workers are having a baby girl in January and her name will Lydia. I work with the woman of the co-worker couple, Amanda, she's a fantastic lady. She loves Beetlejuice, skulls, black and red and animals. So I decided to knit baby items to suit her likes.
My most recent FO is a cowl for my Mom for xmas. I used Lion Brand Heartland in “Hot Springs”. It is actually one of the better acrylics I’ve knit with. Very soft and not splitty at all. I don’t know that I’ve used any of the Lion Brand products before, but I can say I’ll likely use this one again. The pattern is Harvest Loop.
My newest knit is a Honey Cowl for my friend who has a birthday coming up. I'm about halfway finished, but don't have any decent pictures to share. This is the third time I've knit this pattern. It's a really great cowl. I'm using Wandering Cat YarnsBarn Cat in Wicked Nights.
Michael started working for a new company a couple months ago. It's a really great company with a fantastic crew. He's really enjoying it. I'm happy for him. It's right up his ally. One of the nice things about this company is they understand how important family time is so two weekends each September they offer free tickets to Canada's Wonderland for employees and their families. The day we chose to go was Sept 10th. The weatherman was calling for rain all day (and even a tornado watch) but that didn't stop us. It poured down rain on our drive there, but we were not worried; we had our handy dandy Dollarama rain ponchos and were completely prepared to be soaked.
However, the rain stopped, and despite the mostly cloudy sky, the day was perfect. Lineups for the rides were short (the park was not very busy at all -- probably due to those tornado warnings). The longest we waited for any ride was about 10 minutes.
We took a picnic lunch to eat in the parking lot. H…
Last weekend was a weekend of birthdays. On the 19th my youngest son, Ethan, turned nine. We had his birthday planned out for quite some time. He'd been target shooting with Owen using Owen's bb gun and getting pretty good at it, so we decided it was time for him to have his own bb gun. He was over the moon. We live in the city so he hasn't actually used it yet, but this weekend we'll be heading to a safe place for him to use it.
On the 20th my daughter, Lily, turned thirteen. I was planning to get her a Pandora bracelet, but hubby had other plans. I had shown him, like I always do, a cute SPCA kitten that had come into my store for adoption. I don't show him all the kittens, just the ones I think are exceptionally adorable. He must have had an epiphany, because when I got home from work he decided we needed to get that kitten for Lily for her birthday ... we discussed we'd sleep on it, but I had the girls at work put the kitten on hold until noon. At 11am I sa…