Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumba aka Stinky Jim 1998-2014

Absolutely heartbroken, can't talk about it right now.  Love my baby boy, XOXOXO.

Monday, October 06, 2014

NHL All Stars Day!

A totally non-knitting post.  On September 30 there was an NHL All Stars game held at our local arena to help raise money for a local group trying to build a skatepark for the kids.  Last year was the first year we ever had one here, it was a Maple Leafs Alumni game.  (Basically, there's a team of former NHL players along with three or four local players who pay to play with them.  They take on a team of all local players, each who have paid to play as well.  It costs more to be on the NHL team, of course.)  This year there was an added bonus -- in the afternoon there was a hockey clinic for atom and peewee aged kids who were registered with our local minor hockey association.  It was limited to 25 kids, cost of $20 to cover the ice rental, so of course the Littlest One who starts his first year of peewee next week, got to go!

So a lot of the players ended up getting here late, their flights were delayed.  So the kids started out on the ice with Gary Leeman (on the left) and Dennis Maruk (on the right).  In the middle behind the net with the Calgary Flames jersey is the Littlest One.  (Though I should call him the Youngest One cuz he ain't so little!)

And I can honestly say that these two men are two of the nicest people I've ever met.  Great guys, Dennis came in the locker room after the clinic and signed a picture for each kid there.  About halfway through the clinic Al Iafrate arrived.  He's in a conversation here with TLO, apparently he asked Al to show them his slapshot.  (He held the hardest slapshot record for 16 years, his was clocked at 105.2mph.  In 2009 it was beaten by a measly .2 mph.)  He didn't, of course, if a shot like that hit one of the kid it'd be game over.

The other NHLer who helped with the clinic was Mike Krushelnyski.

Posing at the end of the clinic with the kids.  My new boyfriend, Mike K (ahem!), has his arm around TLO on the back row.

So after the clinic when Dennis came into the locker room TLO took of his stinky, sweaty Calgary jersey and got him to sign it.  He wanted the others to sign it, too, but I told him he couldn't barge into their locker room, so he said he would knock, lol.  However, the organizer of this fine event gave him an all access pass, so upstairs he went in his stinky, sweaty gear, to get more autographs.  I didn't have a pass, so I was waiting outside the room for him when a lady came to the door and told me to come in.  Bonus for Mama, she got to meet the others, too!

Dennis Maruk

Gary Leeman and Stephane Richer

Bob Sweeny and Mike Krushelnyski

Al Iafrate

So now the Calgary Flames jersey gets retired because of all of the autographs on it.  The guys were all super nice.  Ray was a little on the quiet side, but I guess he wasn't feeling the greatest, he had a bad cold.

After supper was game time.  This was just before they started.

The only one I didn't get to meet was Ron Duguay - -his plane was so late that he got to the arena just as they were announcing the players.  He got out of the limo and into his gear and right onto the ice, lol.  But since TLO had an all access pass he got to go to the locker room between periods and got his autograph on the Calgary jersey as well.

The coolest part of the whole game to me was between the first and second periods, the all stars play the local novice team.  It was just too cute!

Final score of the game, the local players 2, all stars 7.

It was a good day!!

Happy knitting!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Can You Believe It?!

But I made hats!!!  First up is a Space Invaders hat for the Oldest One, the vintage video game freak that he is.  The pattern is called Invading Your Earspace.  I used black Patons Decor and leapfrog Patons Canadiana.  I upped the size to 4.5mm needles. Cast on 90sts, dec one stitch after ribbing, I cut 22sts from the pattern. (Design section A 2 times, B one time, A one time.) If I did it again I’d do less ribbing, maybe 15 rows only. I also omitted the knit round between decrease rounds when I got down to the last four or five decrease rounds. I just decreased every round for like the last 4-5 rounds.  Ravelry details here.  

Next up is Open Studio.  I have knit this one before.  I added one pattern repeat to this one, the yarn is Briggs & Little Regal in lilac.  Other than adding one pattern repeat the pattern was knit exactly as it was written.  Ravelry details here.

The last hat was knit for a friend of mine.  It is for her five year old daughter, so I downsized the needles to 4mm.  The yarn is Patons Canadiana in leapfrog and rainbow.  I did the pattern exactly as written, only changing the needle size.  I wish I would have had larger, solid white buttons for the eyes, but alas, no, so it is what it is.  I must say I find it pretty darned cool.  Ravelry details here.

I also cast on a baby blanket.  At first there was no plan for it, I just wanted to knit a baby blanket.  I have a friend now who is pregnant.  It might go to her baby.  She is at about the halfway point, same as the blanket, lol.  The yarn is really nice for being mostly acrylic.  Mary Maxim Woodlands, 90% acrylic, 10% alpaca, machine washable.  The color is denim.  I really wanted the plum, but it was out of stock at the time I ordered it.  The pattern is Sunny Baby Blanket.  Ravelry details here.

I did break down and cast on a pair of socks.  I also have two pairs of slippers to make by request.  A friend wants a Space Invaders hat knit for her grandson, I have another friend waiting for socks... if only I had more time!!

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


It would probably be a shock to come on my blog and not see socks, lol.  And that's all I have to show today, but I do have a hat completed, just not photographed yet, and I have another hat on the needles and some dishcloths.  For the first time in a long time I have no socks on the go!  What's up with that?!  But I foresee a pair being cast on in the near future.

But first, I have four pairs of socks, all knit with Patons Stretch Sock.  They are all plain vanilla socks, the high cuffed pair is a 2x2 rib that goes into a stockinette foot.  I used the leftovers from both pairs to make ankle socks.  The first ones are grape gumballs, Ravelry details here.

The next pairs are spearmint, details here.

And, unfortunately, school started up a couple of weeks ago.  I say unfortunately because it means the end of summer, and winter will soon be here.  I like the fall, but I don't like the cold and snow that follows it.  Here's the boys on the first day of school.  They were actually happy, contrary to the looks on their faces (fighting over who would get the front seat!).  The Oldest One started grade nine, he goes to high school now, and the Littlest One started grade six, he goes to middle school (junior high).  Both kids are in French immersion, and both started new schools this year, I have no more elementary school kids. :(  

Happy knitting!

Friday, August 22, 2014

More Socks

Summer has flown by way too fast.  Hard to believe that less than two weeks til the kids go to school again. Ugh. 

More socks to show.  I whipped up a pair of ankle socks for my friend, M, out of leftover cherry sours Patons Stretch Sock.  Ravelry details here.

And two more pairs of Stretch Sock socks, both are pumpkin spice.  Ravelry details here.

Tomorrow we are off to pick the boys up some back to school sneakers and a few other things we need.  I think I will start some Christmas (gasp!) shopping, too.  Lots of gift cards happening this year.  Then we are off to a friend's camp for the night, pitching our tent for the first time this year.  There are several of us going out with our kids.  The Oldest One is staying home, though.   He's a big Nascar fan, and heaven forbid he miss a race even though we have Fibre Op now and tv boxes we can record on.  So he is going to his grandparents' place for the night.  I will have to pack some knitting to take.  I'm itching to cast on that baby blanket I want to knit, but I may just stick with socks and take a hat that I've been working on that keeps getting put on the back burner.

Happy knitting!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Flying By

Summer is, that is.  I hate the fact that it is almost the middle of August, and it will soon be time for the kids to go back to school.  That means getting up early mornings, lunchboxes, and the worst part -- cold weather will soon be upon us.  But alas, there's nothing I can do about it, so life goes on.

All of my FOs to show today are -- SURPRISE! -- socks!  I do have a couple of projects on the needles that aren't socks, but there are socks on the go as well.  First up are a pair of socks for me, plain old 60st vanilla socks knit with Mary Maxim Twinkle Toes in blue ice.  Ravelry details here.

A pair of 2x2 ribbed cuff vanilla socks knit with Patons Stretch Sock in fruit slices.  I really, really liked this color.  First time I'd used it.  Ravelry details here.

I also got a pair of 60st vanilla ankle socks out of the yarn. Ravelry details here.

And another pair of ribbed cuff vanilla socks out of Patons Stretch Sock in cherry sours.  I would have liked this one better had it had a bit more lime green.  Ravelry details here.

A few weeks ago I ordered some yarn from Mary Maxim along with two friends.  I bought this to make a baby blanket.  Not that I need a baby blanket for any reason. I just like to knit one once in awhile.  Seems like I usually get to make one once a year.  Right now I don't have anyone to give one to, but once the fall hits I'll start one, and I'll have a use for it some day, I'm sure.  The yarn is Mary Maxim Woodlands, 90% acrylic, 10% alpaca.  It's really, really soft.  The color is denim.  I really liked the heathered plum (think that's what it was called), but it was backordered.  Maybe I'll get it another time.  I think I will use the Sunny Baby Blanket pattern.

Lastly, a knitting friend who just moved up the road from me (like seriously, a one minute walk, I can stand at the end of the driveway and wave to her, lol) went on a road trip with another knitting friend the weekend before last.  She brought me back some Koigu KPPPM for going up and looking after her kitty while she was gone.  Very pretty, I think I will make myself Show Off Stranded Socks.  I made those a long time ago for BFF, I really liked the pattern.  Great for variagated yarn.

Had Bell Fibre Op installed today.  Switched phone, internet, television, the whole package.  So far so good.  Can't get one of the bedroom tvs to connect, so an installer has to come by some morning soon to fix it.  I tried everything the call centre tech told me to try, no go.  The television is MUCH clearer, and so far the internet hasn't kicked me off.  Normally by this time of night I would have been kicked off a dozen or more times already.

Happy knitting!