Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ski weekend :)

I had a great time last weekend with Heather, Mike, Em, and Ian at the cottage (even though we didn't have heat for most of it and it was *cold*)

Pictures will come when I find my camera under the piles and piles of piles I have all over my apartment.

In knitting news, I only have to do thumbs for my gauntlets, and I started knitting my so-called scarf in wonderful yarn that reminds me of veggies for some reason. Again, I'll post pictures when my camera resurfaces.

Thanks for a great weekend, guys!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

RIP: Heath Ledger

I heard on the radio this morning that Heath Ledger was found dead last night.

I'm not the hugest fan of his, but I did like watching his movies ever since I first saw him in the short lived TV show "Roar" back in high school.

And who can forget him singing in "10 Things I Hate About You"?

So, I'm sad that he's gone. His last movie, I suppose, will be the new Batman movie, where he played The Joker.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sometimes complaining pays off!

Whining about my paltry yarn stash paid off!

Thanks to Ru and Mel who graciously donated some yarn to me (and my knitting group at work). I hadn't had the chance to blog about it until now (I wanted to wait to get pictures on Ravlery first)

So, thanks! And there are pictures on Ravelry!


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Pass the pies...

I just came back from seeing "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (I keep wanting to say the demon barber of Seville, but I think that's an opera not a movie/musical) ;)

While the movie was very good, I don't think I'll be eating any meat pies for a while.

Tim Burton is seriously disturbed.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


The DVDs I ordered on Boxing Day have finally shipped!

Soon, I'll have season one and season two of Doctor Who for my very own! Which mean I can start saving up for season three (seriously, why are these DVDs so damned expensive?)


Friday, January 18, 2008

Peace and Hats

I had 40 minutes of serenity this morning while I was doing laundry. I bought Tetris for my iPod Nano (best $5 I ever spent!) so while my washing was going, I sat in the quiet laundry room (there are comfy couches down there) and played Tetris while listening to music. I didn't think about all the errands I have to do today, I didn't think about work, I didn't think about anything. Just Tetris and music. It was bliss.

And, since I've been getting requests, here are pictures of my Fatty Hatty!

trying to photograph myself...

hat with flash (so you can see the colour better)

hat without flash (so you can see the cables better)

I have lots of yarn left over, so if anyone has suggestions on what to do with it, let me know :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Twisty fun!

I'm only 4 rows away from finishing my first cabling (cableing?) project. It's so much fun!! I love the twistiness of it all.

But one thing I've learned is that I still don't like working with DPNs. I thought (since I was overly eager to begin this project and I had left my needles at home and Heather only had DPNs) that I would give them a shot. The yarn is sticky enough that the stitches don't fall off, but having 4 DPNs plus the one you knit from(with?) plus the little cable needles is far too many needles for me.
Pictures of the completed cabled hat will follow!


Monday, January 14, 2008

Dinos and Yarn

It was a fun weekend of friends, yarn, and dinosaurs.

Dee and Pete came for a visit, and we headed to Lettuce Knits for a 30% off sale (whee!). After taking pictures of my stash and putting it on Ravelry, I decided that I needed to stock up on more yarn... so I did :)

I love this Misti Alpaca. It reminds me of vegetables, for some reason. Even though it will shed a great deal on my black coat (like my other alpaca scarf does), I'm going to knit it into a scarf. But first, I'm making a hat out of this:

It's called Fatty, so I'm making a Fatty Hatty :) And I'm learning to cable! So it's a steep learning curve for me, since I'm knitting this on DPNs (when I usually knit in the round) and I'm doing cables. But I LOVE knitting with this yarn. It sticks to needles. It's fantastic.

So, back to the ROM. I guess it was the first weekend for the re-opened dinosaur exhibit, because when we got there, we found a looong line.

That's only part of it. And I'm still unimpressed by the addition to the ROM. It seems weird to me (and thank you to the few people who agree with me)

So we got in to see the dinosaurs. There were lots of nice bones and fossils, but it was crowded. I think I'll go back in a few months when things have settled down some and try again.

I remember this dinosaur from the old exhibit!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Things I learned by reading Wikipedia

Paris Hilton is a descendant of Zsa Zsa Gabor

Mozart's full name was Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart

The Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes phenomena "TomKat" has its own Wikipedia entry *sigh*

Uranus as 27 named moons: Ariel, Umbriel, Belinda, Titania, Oberon, Puck, Miranda, Caliban, Sycorax, Prospero, Setebos, Stephano, Trinculo, Francisco, Ferdinand, Cordelia, Ophelia, Bianca, Cressida, Desdemona, Juliet, Mab, Portia, Rosalind, Margaret, Perdita, and Cupid

Colugos are also known as cobegos or flying lemurs (misleadingly, since they are not lemurs and cannot fly).

Monday, January 7, 2008

New Years

It occurs to me suddenly that I didn't share any of my New Years pictures.

I spent the New Year with an old friend of mine from highschool, her boyfriend, and another friend of theirs. I had a great time! We played an awesome PS2 game called "Rock Band" (which I lurve) and I even tried playing a Wii for the first time! Then we walked to downtown Brampton for their fireworks and festivities.


and ice sculptures (brought to you by Bell)...

and fire pits for marshmallow roasting....

and acrobats!

It was a very pleasant New Years

Friday, January 4, 2008

Where does the time go?

So, I spent most of 2008 thus far working and playing the Sims 2. In fact, lately I've been coming home from work and immediately going to the computer to play, and have therefore been neglecting the hat I'm knitting for my sister's birthday (which was Jan 1st).

My poor Sims neighbourhood is very over populated. I can't bring myself to kill off the old Sims, and when each couple has 3 or 4 kids, you can see how the population would explode. Like rabbits. Virtual rabbit-like people that I control. This game rocks.

Speaking of rocks, my mom and I are going to see the musical "We Will Rock You", based on songs by Queen. Should be interesting. It was my mom's idea to go see it, which kind of surprised me.

Oh, and I've been playing with Ravelry a bit too. I suppose I have to photograph and catalogue my entire stash (the librarian in me just let out a mighty *squee*!) but I haven't had an opportunity yet. Perhaps when next I meet up with a knitterly friend, they'll inspire me to take pictures. Or at the very least, to finish my sister's hat.

Don't knit when you have a migraine. It leads to frustrating mistakes.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Peer Pressure

It may interest some of you to know that I've succumbed to peer pressure and am now on Ravelry.

User name: Mesembria

Do what you will with this information. I'm going to eat me some lunch.