Monday, March 31, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008


So I know there is a craft fair thing on in town this weekend and I think 'no, I won't go. Must. Save. Money.' Then I had a bunch of enablers...

1) co-worker informs me that Fabricland is having one of their 50% of EVERYTHING sales
2) mother reminds me that Cloth Castle has a sale the last Saturday of every month.
3) husband buys the groceries this week...

Yes, of course I went fabric shopping! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehehehehe and I got some lovely stuff:

3 blouses (I made one of these in plain brown last week and got a bunch of compliments on it therefore I must make more)

2 summer dresses, cuz well... cute!

and 1 satiny top for going out. Not that we go out much, but darnit these shirts are so expensive in the stores so I want to see if I can make one on my own.

And now for your regularly scheduled knitting content :) Progress on the Caitlin Pullover is slow and steady, I can't wait to wear this one! Starsky has less progress, but it is still coming along nicely. This is the finished lower body and start of a sleeve on the Caitlin.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Goal Update

So we're a quarter of the way through 2008, time for an update on the 'Goals for 2008 ':

Lose 20 lbs! Lost 15lbs so far and re-evaluated my goal, going for another 10lbs.

Learn. Thai cooking class and Photography class are complete and were both awesome. I actually took a second photography course because I liked it so much. Greg is looking into getting us scuba diving lessons this year as well.

Actually figure out this whole politics thing. I'll get around to it, I swear.

Home: tile backsplash, bar stools, and window coverings that the cats can't destroy. Done, done, and almost done (only the dinning room, office and gym left)

Compile a cookbook of my favourite recipes and publish it through Blurb. Cancelled. Why? Well in order to lose weight and also as a result of a nutritionist coming to talk to everyone at my work we adopted the Clean Eating Diet which is amazing and we have both never felt better. Unfortunately that means a lot of my favourite recipes are things we can't eat anymore... so yeah. Cancelled.

I really need to clean out our 'stuff' so Garage Sale this year, promise! I have a stash of stuff ready to go for the summer (actually a whole closet full). And I'm going to talk to my grama about having it at her house, maybe make it a whole family thing.

House insurance, I know our coverage isn't enough, and that's just tempting fate people. I are dumb. I are now smart and adequately covered.

Go skiing again, it's been years. Ski Trip was a blast.

Go on one of the following trips: West Coast Trail (still looking for a trail partner), Houseboat vacation, Cruise somewhere hot. Greg is looking into the cruise, and I found a partner for the West Coast Trail, but she would like to do this next year, so 2009 it is :) I have also been invited to Las Vegas for free - my uncle is sending me, my mom and my two aunts for my mom's 50th birthday in October. So I may not get the cruise or houseboat vacation in this year... depends on if there is time/deals.

Pay off at least $3500 of my credit card debt. Don't gasp, yes it's high, and yes I know I need to learn from past experience... I'm working on it.
Another one I've been putting off is insurance, I don't actually know what my life insurance coverage is, only that I have some through work. Must get that figured out.
I have lumped these two together for one reason Suze Orman. I've been reading, in fact I've devoured two of her books since February. I admit I suck at money, until now that is. Her books have really opened my eyes and I feel like for the first time in my life I am really getting all my financial ducks in a row. Admittedly I have a lot of credit card debt to pay off, but now I have a solid, feasable plan to attack it. So we can mark these as in progress for now, but I'm feeling very good about it.

Knit only from the stash or gift yarn until it runs out. Which is plenty, trust me. I have been SO good in this respect. I only slipped once and that was recently. I got the promotion at work and wanted to celebrate. So one slip up in 3 months isn't really that bad. Right?

How is your 2008 so far?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Plants and how they die

I have a history with plants... it's not a proud or happy one. I kill them. Not that I mean to, it just sort of happens, they are either neglected too long or overwatered, or well I don't really know. All I know is that I'm no good at it. However the rising cost of fresh herbs in the supermarket has driven me to try once again. Here is what I have so far (picked up some pretty spring stuff too, just for fun).

Tips, tricks, or any kind of help you can give me would be much appreciated. I am the suck when it comes to plants (seriously, my husband just laughed at me when I brought this all home... for an uncomfortably long time).

There has been much progress on both sweaters I'm knitting right now, but as the long weekend is just getting started I won't post pictures until it's over - just to see how far I can get :) Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sweater Addict

Not one, but two at a time :) I was getting a bit sick of laceweight, fingering, yarn overs and tiny needles. Not that I no longer love lace, but I just really felt like knitting a sweater, or perhaps two... Here is the progress to date:

Caitlin Pullover knitting in the round like pretty much everyone else that has picked up this pattern. LOVE IT!

Starsky, knitting up super fast and soft. I cannot wait to wear this bad boy to work :)

Monday, March 17, 2008


I have broken my yarn fast! I admit it, I bought yarn. Let me explain how I justified the expense: I got a big promotion at work which will pay a lot more money, I worked my butt off for this job so I deserve a reward or two, and I haven't bought yarn in about 6 months.

I saw a sweater online that I simply had to have, this one. Then I remembered Starsky and how much I wanted on of these for work, the air conditioning is killer. Caitlin Pullover and Starsky it is! I bought Lana Gatto Wool Gatto with the main colour being grey for the Pullover and have already done my gauge swatches - ready to get started. I also bought Patons Shetland Chunky in a lovely medium blue and am already done 4 reapeats of the leaf pattern on the back. I love knitting with Chunky yarn - so fast!

I'll post some pics of the progress later this week :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Another Finished Scarf

I love the way this scarf turned out. It's for my Grama for Christmas, I know, quite an early start on Christmas... meh. It was fun to knit and I loved the Silky Wool. Also I heart my lace blocking wires, jus' sayin' :)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


I'm so happy to have finally finished this scarf, it feels like it took forever. I love it! Greg helped me pin it out for blocking last night before the ladies showed up for Knit Night. I heart Knit Night :)

I have a few projects on the needles right now and am anxious to finish them up as well. Hopefully at least on more FO this weekend... maybe. I have the green scarf for my Grama, Merino Lace Socks for myself, and I started a cute little baby jacket out of yarn I have had forever, it cost $2 at a garage sale! I'm thinking the scarf will be the next on to come off the needles, followed closely by the baby jacket...

Also, it's March (can you believe it?) that means the year is almost a quarter over. Time to take a look at those New Years Goals soon and update them. But more to come on that later in the month.