Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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.