Off the needles: Stockholm Scarf

December 24, 2010 § 4 Comments

A little over a month ago, I asked my mom what she wanted for Christmas, and she said she didn’t want anything because she had everything she needed. To my surprise, she added, “Why don’t you make me something?”

The last time I made something for my mom for Christmas, I was like…5. And it was one of those ornaments that you made in kindergarten with your face planted on a laminated construction paper star. I had really bushy eyebrows back then…

Anyway, my mom had seen me wearing my Purl Ridge Scarf that day, and really liked it, so she asked if I could make her something like it, but in teal.

I spent the next few weeks researching patterns on Ravelry and Google, trying to find the perfect eternity scarf and the perfect yarn to go with it. I found a few patterns that I thought would be okay, and then fell in love with Julie’s Stockholm Scarf pattern for its simplicity and style! Because my mom has a shorter neck (sorry mom…), wearing a low draping scarf would suit her better than some of the other eternity scarves I was considering, which are worn higher up on the neck.

I combed the city for the perfect teal, but had no luck, so I ended up ordering some Knit Picks Merino Style in Kenai! I was a bit worried that the colour wouldn’t be anything close to what I saw on my computer screen, but it was PERFECT!

Unfortunately, the yarn took an extra long time to get here, so by the time I got it, I had only a couple of weeks to knit. Between work and having a social life (hard to imagine, I know…), I was left with a total of 6 evenings to knit this up. And I must be the slowest knitter ever, because I used every single bit of those 6 evenings to finish it in time for Christmas!

C/O: The pattern calls for 252 stitches, but because I used US8 instead of US10 needles (I got better stitch definition with the smaller needles), I cast on 301. On the downside, it took EXTRA forever to finish.

Knitting Style: In the round (pattern is written for flat knitting). I posted a chart on my Ravelry project page for knitting in the round.

Yarn: Approximately 4.5 balls of Knit Picks Merino Style in Kenai (about 550 yards)

Dimensions (after blocking): 7.5″ x 30″√ł (60″ around)…would’ve liked to have done the full 14″ width, but I was pretty short on time…

Bind off: Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

Extra Specialness: Since I didn’t really like the smell of wet wool, I spritzed some of Philosophy’s Falling in Love on it during the blocking process.

Want to knit this too? Check out Julie’s blog for more details!

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Stay Tuned…

December 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

There have been some exciting things happening on this end. I don’t want to get too much into it, but hopefully, there will be some good news in the new year. If everything goes well, there will be some big changes. BIG. And exciting.

EXCITING!!!

Christmas is less than a week away, and I still need to find something for Trav. The gift I originally bought him ended up being a duplicate…my fault for not being observant. IT WAS SUCH AN AWESOME GIFT. In any case, he now knows what it is. He appreciated it, and said it would have been an AWESOME GIFT if he didn’t already have it…

So I guess it’s Plan C (Plan B was the AWESOME GIFT, Plan A didn’t work out because I don’t own a Visa card).

This week is going to be ridiculously busy. Monday night is reserved for cookie decorating. I accidentally triple booked Tuesday night (whoopsie), but I might be able to make everything work. Wednesday night is a potluck with my Engies, Thursday night is my “last minute” shopping expedition, and Friday, we’re off to spend Christmas in the Country! Then on Saturday, we have 2 family gatherings, so we’ll have to drive back into the city before dinner. From December 26 – January 3, I’ll be “relaxing” by reading 2 textbooks, a few papers, a thesis (I’m actually interested in the subject matter, believe it or not), and a novel for a Book Club I joined. Then it’s back to working full-time, and paying the rest of my bills…HURRAY FOR HOLIDAYS!!!

The countdown continues…good luck everyone, and have a very Merry Christmas!

A Christmas Party and a chicken lottery!

December 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

Sorry for the quick, somewhat awkwardly-written¬† post…am on my way out to do some much needed Christmas shopping!


Yesterday night was Trav’s company’s Christmas party downtown. It was definitely more enjoyable this time around than last year, which was a few days after I had my second major eye surgery (will talk about this one day). The decorations seem a lot brighter and festive with two eyes open!

I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with dress shopping. I love it because it’s exciting and new…but I hate trying on a dress and finding out it’s nothing like what you imagined it to be. Plus, trying on clothes can be tedious, especially in the winter time when you’re buried under layers of clothes. And you get gross and sweaty.

Since I am no style guru (I rarely go shopping for myself), I brought my friend, Nhi, along for the ride (she’s great to shop with, although I almost had a panic attack after figuring out how much I spent that night…). Nonetheless, we succeeded in finding a dress, along with some denim leggings (I’m sorry, “jeggings”…really???), a jacket, and a belt for the dress.

Below are a few pictures of what I ended up with after 2 weeks of hunting/researching (yes, I go to store websites so I can scope out what I want before going there and freaking out at all the options…it keeps me sane):

Bracelet from Aldo Shoes

Dress from RW&Co., black belt from Garage Clothing

Earrings from Aldo Shoes

Clutch from Payless Shoes

I have been searching and searching for a comfortable pair of black heels for who knows how long. The ones I bought for another occassion were gorj, but they killed my feet after 10 minutes! And I had to stand for an hour! It was horrible. So, not wanting to spend another pile of money on shoes, I went to Payless and picked up these:

Black suede heels from Payless Shoes

 

Ridiculously comfortable. Unbelievably affordable. High-five for bargains!

Not wanting to dampen our festive spirit, we decided to cab it to the event rather than risk driving downtown during rush hour. This was the second time I’ve ever taken a taxi (the first time was in Toronto, where we got hopelessly lost on our way to York University…), so I was a bit nervous. However, the experience wasn’t terrible (although traffic going into the parkade was, which blocked up the intersecting streets), so there is a good chance we will do this again next year.

I am a total backseat driver though.

In any case, the night went well, and I met so many people…I probably won’t remember their names next year, however, they all seem to know who I am because I bake cookies/brownies for them every month. And that is why Travis is their hero. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help me in remembering names or faces…

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At work yesterday, my boss came to me and asked if I knew a Mr. Kelly from a small town just west of the city, since Trav grew up in that area. I asked my boss why, and he said that Mr. Kelly had won the “Chicken Lottery.”

“So, how much money did he win?”

“Uhh…he didn’t win any.”

“What??? Did he win chickens or something?”

“…pretty much.”

HOLY COW, HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!

I’m sorry, but Farmers are terribly cute.

You can’t go wrong with “pretty tasty”

December 7, 2010 § 1 Comment

Ugh.

I’m a pro when it comes to time management…at work.

When it comes to everything outside of work, it’s a complete disaster.

Christmas is less than 3 weeks away, and I’ve found presents for MAYBE 1/5 of the people on my Excel spreadsheet (that’s right…there’s nothing wrong with nerding it up during Christmas season!). I am making gifts for 2/5, another 1/5 is being taken care of by “others”, and the remaining 1/5 is well…still up in the air. 20% complete. I’m almost there.

PANIC.

I honestly don’t know where I’ll have the time to finish all of my handmade gifts. I’ve got two active projects on my needles right now, each requiring at least a week to finish, and the other two projects haven’t even been started, and they’re another challenge! In total, I’ve got 5 projects going (including my Port Alice Scarf), and I’m counting down the available days I have left to complete them. AND…I just found out that I have a very important progress report that was due almost 2 months ago, which I only started tonight…

It just gets better and better.

I spent the weekend baking some wonderful treats for Trav’s co-workers. We had discussed this idea on Friday, however, I misinterpreted this as “go all out” and ended up doing this:

I made 3 different sugar cookie flavours: vanilla, chocolate, and chocolate molasses spice (which was supposed to be gingerbread, but for some odd reason, I didn’t have any ginger in my fridge or spice rack).

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Molasses Spice Sugar Cookies

Unfortunately, only 10 of each flavour survived the transport between Trav’s apartment and my apartment, which was upsetting. I only had enough ribbon for 10 bundles anyway, so it worked out in the end (plus, I got to eat the broken ones)…but it took ALL WEEKEND. And part of Monday morning, which we will not discuss…

And then, when I brought the bundles back to Trav’s place, he said, “Oh…honey…I can’t give them these! They won’t appreciate it…”

…Oooooooh my goodness you did not just say that to me…

EVERYONE appreciates pretty. And EVERYONE appreciates tasty. Therefore, EVERYONE will appreciate my efforts in baking and packaging these cookies with the utmost care and affection, or so help me God

sigh

I need a pick-me-up.

All wrapped up and ready to go!

Deliciousness can be real...

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