Friday, March 13, 2015

Pause Ended

I got the clarification for the sleeve count on Cloud City, so I can officially un-pause it. However, Michael flies home tonight and knitting lace with him around is almost as impossible as knitting lace with the kids around, and today (after school) marks the beginning of the kids' March break, so I've officially re-paused it. They have a week off school, so I won't be touching it at all for at least that long. Once they're back in school I will work on it while Michael is off gallivanting or whatever. I just don't expect a lot of progress over the next two weeks.

In about an hour and a half I have to head to the airport to pick him up. Well, I don't really have to leave that early, but I keep trying to get the truck to the car wash but every time I drive by there's a HUGE line up. I'm thinking there won't be much of a line up at 11:30 at night. HA. Winning.

His 3rd flight of the day ... and the longest three hours ever

I finished the baby hat and cast on for a baby cardigan. I figure I might as well have something on the go I can concentrate on while I've got busy people around me.

I hate waiting. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

On Pause

Cloud City is temporarily on pause while I await confirmation regarding a stitch count for the sleeves. I can see it peeking at me from atop my piano, just waiting to be picked up and knit on. I am really looking forward to getting it done. I know it will still take some time, but the yarn (Wandering Cat Yarns House Cat) is so soft I can't wait to wear it.

I decided to cast on for another baby hat to add to my collection. I headed to my yarn totes and when I opened them I realised two things: #1 - I really need to organize them and #2 - There is a lot of old yarn in there I will never use (so, part and parcel to #1 I'm going to donate it). Anyway ... I found a lovely sport weight teal to knit the hat. I think I will make a baby sweater with it as well. Maybe white and teal striped.

I have been looking at sweater patterns to knit for myself once Cloud City is done. I have found a couple I really like. Nice and long and cosy looking. Perfect for a summer night, once the sun has dropped, when I'm sitting on the deck or camping.

My favourite two (so far) are Big Sister and BlueSand Cardigan. They're both knit in DK weight, which will be nice. Another one I adore is Holden Jacket but it is an aran weight knit, so it would be better suited to wear in the autumn and winter. At least that's the theory I'm going with.

Today was a run day. Sensei and I headed to the local indoor track and ran 5.4km. It's nice having an extra person to run with. It keeps me motivated. The other day he sent me a text saying he had done a run and I had almost convinced myself I didn't need to run that day. Who would know, right? Then his text came and I thought "well if he ran I have to." You know, since I'm the one who kicked his ass into getting running again. Don't worry he repays me by kicking my ass (figuratively) at karate class. Tuesday's workout in the dojo was a tough one. It felt good though. Can't wait for tomorrow's class.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Good morning and happy Monday! The weekend was good, an hour short thanks to daylight savings time, but good nonetheless. Waking up at the new 7:15am was difficult this morning, thank Maude for coffee.

I didn't get as as far with Cloud City as I had wanted to (must be that missing hour), but I did manage to get to row 17 of Chart 1. Knock wood, except for a minor error which was easily sorted, it's going well.

Today is dedicated to laundry and housework. I'll be making time for yoga and knitting as well, but I've got to get the boring stuff out of the way first ... so I better go and get it done. Cheers!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Did I say Lamb?

Maybe I jumped the gun on the lamb thing, because the very next day we had some rather lion-like weather. Snow, freezing rain, just a generally yucky winter storm, and after a day of higher temperatures (-4C ish) the temperatures plummeted again. Minus double digits again. When I woke up this morning it was -19C. So yeah, maybe I should have said lion. Or lamion. Or liamb. Either way it seems like the lion and the lamb are getting along and conspiring against us.

I was getting pretty far in the first birthday sock. I had the heel turned and had picked up stitches for the gusset and then the worst thing happened. I realised I dropped a stitch somewhere in the heel and I tried to pick it up and fix it but my efforts were fruitless. I had to frog it. I'm not saying I won't cast on again, but I know at this point I won't get them done for his birthday so I will be focusing my attention on Cloud City.

Birthday Sock FROGGED

I finally got Cloud City cast on again yesterday. I'm ready to start into the charting, but I've got a little boy staying home from school today and tonight Lily is having a friend sleep over, so I'm not sure how much I will get done; aka how much uninterrupted knitting time will I have? Hopefully I can get at least the first chart done by the end of the (very busy) weekend.

Ready for the charting!

TGIF ... Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Monday, March 2, 2015

In Like a Lamb

Welcome to March. The month where everyone begins to get excited about Spring ... and then we get slammed with another snow storm. I'm not worried per say but March has started out very calm. Very lamb like and as they saying goes "in like a lamb, out like a lion" (or vice versa). Though it is windy today, so maybe that's a lion's roar and this truly is the end of our wintery weather.

Today feels weird. I don't have to run today. I might run anyway, but I don't have to. There's no pressure. I am definitely going to do yoga at some point, but the running thing, I'm not sure yet. My Sensei just sent me a text asking if I felt like working out (karate) but I've dedicated my day to laundry, grocery shopping and ensuring my children don't die from neglect*, so I won't be hitting the dojo this morning. Oh yes, it totally benefits them to have a wicked cool and fit mom, but I'm thinking clean clothes and food are pretty important too. LOL 

Knitting. Yup. I have been. I knit yet another super cute baby hat. Lily has made me promise if she ever has babies I will make her babies rainbow coloured items like this one.

Not sure why it is sideways ... weird.

Last night I cast on the first sock of Michael's birthday socks. I'm hoping to have them done by his birthday (which is in 23 days) but I'm not holding my breath. The socks are my "while the kids are home" knit. I'm re-casting on for Cloud City (test knit for Valerie) today too (aka "while the kids are at school" knit). These two projects are going to be my main focus for the next little while. Hopefully they both go smoothly. I don't foresee any issues, but it is me and sometimes my brain likes to eat cotton.

WCY Alley Cat Sock - Maine Coon (I think)

The sock looked like that *insert arrow pointing up* last night, but I made a mistake and started a 2x2 rib over 72 sts rather than the 1x1 rib I had planned to do. Simple mistake really seeing as the baby hats I've been knitting are 72 sts and 2x2 rib. I've cast back on and got it right now.

Have a great day!

*In case some idiot decides to read my blog and jumps to a conclusion ... I'm making a joke ... my children are not neglected. They are happy and healthy and loved. Fed and clothed. I'm just a little behind on the laundry.