Saturday, July 21, 2007

Kool Aid Fun!

Got some knit picks colour your own in a swap this week and have done some dyeing. I went and bought 20 packages of kool aid at the grocery store and the lady was shocked to find out I wasn't going to drink it haha

The left one is some Gjestal Naturgarn no. 1 and the last three are knit picks. The only one that didn't really photograph true to colour is the right hand one. It has a lot more pink in it. Oh well and the left one has a bit more orange. I'm excited to see how these will knit up. Haven't been doing much knitting. The weather was nice up until a few days ago so we were still spending time outside. Went swimming in the lake on Monday (SO nice!) and on Tuesday I went out fishing with my brother (and basically went swimming again since I had to go rescue his hook from a rock ledge) I ended up catching a 4lb jackfish though - biggest one we've caught all summer. If I wasn't so sick of gutting jackfish I might've kept it to cook for everyone but we just let it go.

That's my update! I have one more skein of Naturgarn left so I might go and dye that. I'm trying to figure out the best way to get really vibrant colours (the colours look extra vibrant in the pictures but they aren't as vibrant as I'd like).

Sunrise - 3:44am
Sunset - 2:06am

Temperature - 11C (overcast)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Some updates today!

First I have a knitting update. I finally took pictures of the stuff I've finished in the last little while (and one of the things I have in progress).

Here are 3 pairs of mittens. The first one is knit using Peace Fleece and the other two are knit using Elann's Highland Wool.

Here's a pair of mittens in progress. I haven't had much knitting time lately so they're taking longer than the should. Knit using Elann's Highland Wool (same pattern as the above mittens but I added a colour).

Here's little miss Dolly no pants. The reason she doesn't have pants is because the pants are frustrating the hell outta me and I just can't bring myself to work on them. Truth be told, I'm not happy with her little shirt either but she's going to stay in it for now. I used a completely different yarn than the pattern called for so she turned out A LOT bigger than she was supposed to (which is fine, I actually like her that big). The only problem now is that the clothes in the book don't fit her (she was supposed to be knit with fingering weight yarn and the clothes in worsted). I haven't done a lot of clothing construction (beyond socks and mittens) so making up my own shirt and pants pattern has been a lot trickier than I thought. You can't see her hair very well in this picture but it turned out REALLY well and I'm really pleased with it.

Now for my other update. A little over a year and a half ago I got braces. We're finally coming to the end stretch. Today the orthodontist took the braces off and then put them back on but in a different position (The orthos switched during the treatment and she wasn't happy with the positioning of the previous guy's brackets. Turns out too that she doesn't think I should've gotten those two bottom teeth out - gahhh!). Anyway, I took my camera today and got a picture of approximately what things will look like.

I look a little crappy because I had to get up at 7:30am to go to the appointment and we were up until close to 2am last night. (You can click it to see it larger if you so desire). My teeth felt soooo smooth and looked HUGE! It was really weird to see them without the braces. So, when the ortho put the braces on, she used a different kind - basically the traditional ones - so I got to pick out colours for the first time - yay!

I wasn't prepared for getting colours but I like my choice. I'm thinking about getting pink and yellow next time or even just all pink. We'll see. I'll probably change my mind a hundred times before my next appointment (August 17th weekend).

Anyway! There's my update for now!

Sunrise/Sunset - N/A
Temperature - 25C

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Decided to start a new blog to hopefully keep everything in one place. I haven't done much knitting lately since the weather here has been awesome (totally what you wouldn't expect for the arctic) so we've been spending a lot of time outside - mainly at the lake fishing. Just from being outside this past week I have the darkest tan I've had in years.

Hopefully if I can keep motivated to post on a regular basis I'll to a temperature and sunrise/set thing at the end of each entry and I'll try to get a picture from out the window on a semi-regular basis.

Right now I don't have a lot of knitting content. I have two pairs of socks and a pair of mittens on the needles right now (those are the things I'm actively working on, I have an embarassing amount of things that are half finished sitting all over the place - yikes). I just got an awesome birthday shipment of yarn from my parents. A friend of my mum's is one of the largest wool producers in western Canada so I just got 35 (I think? or 40?) hanks of 100% Canadian grown and spun wool in a bunch of really great colours. I'll get a picture of that soon too.

Anyway! I think that's all for now. I might post some more later on if I get some pictures taken.

Sunrise/Sunset - N/A
Temperature - 25C (feels hotter)