Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Weeks that Were...

Pant, pant, puff, puff……

Made it! Phew! Just gotta catch my breath for a minute…..OK.

My poor little blog! Oh how I’ve missed you – deprived of a chocolatey post for just over THREE weeks….

Well, there’s simply no way that I can summarise the last few weeks without writing a Ben Hur sequel; and there’s only so much "Ben Hur" that the earth can endure in its 4.5 billion years!

So……. I’m gonna have to reach for my pretty pink yellow highlighter. Oh I hate being succinct – honestly – I can’t be succinct to save my life!

As you guys read in my last post, my cousin Sina came to visit. We explored every little nook and cranny for miles. We visited St. Jacob’s Market, Kitchener Market, Waterloo Busker Carnival, Pinery Sunday Market, Trails End Farmers' Market, Kettle Point, Ipperwash Beach, Sarnia, Grand Bend, and loads of little spots in between.

The most impressive adventure was to Niagara Falls. I've been there three times before, but am totally awestruck every time!

And of course, every night from 8-24 August we watched and kept medal tally as the Olympic Games in Beijing progressed. Sina was of course encouraging the German athletes from her chair, and I was of course screaming “go Aussie go” from my chair. And the results? Australia = 46 medals; Germany = 41 medals and Canada = 18 medals. Go Aussie, Go Aussie [hehehehe].

As if our adventures and the Olympics weren’t exciting enough! Sina had some unwelcome excitement of her own. First she was bitten on the arm several times by a sick feral kitten. A staggering $800 later (= doctor’s fee and 5 hour wait at the bloody hospital) together with a bunch of antibiotics, and she recovered nicely. Although, I think the shock of the bill is still lingering!

Just after that, she unknowingly handled some poison ivy! Thank goodness there was no allergic reaction, but we still took precautions, monitored her for a few days, and got her the necessary creams.

And lastly, Dave (her car) decided to chuck a sickie in a 10min only parking zone, and had to be towed and repaired. Poor Dave was in hospital for six days!

Despite her (mis)adventures with us, Sina learned to quilt, and finished a beautiful panda pillow case. Here she is with Roxanne who taught her to quilt:

She also endured several knitting meetups [cleverly disguised as afternoon teas and dinner]. Tried everything we did – couldn’t lure her over to the knit side! Although I hasten to add she was spotted fondling a beautiful skein of rabbit and merino blend that Alana brought along to a Ravelry get-together last week…..

Thank you so much to all my knitting friends who made her feel so welcome and part of the group.

And now she's gone.... I miss her already [sniffle, sniffle].

So what was I up to "knitting wise" during the last few weeks? Well for starters, I knitted Sina a Brangelina Hat from some Sirdar Ultra Chunky that I got for 75% off at the final, final, final Cloth & Clay sale at their booth at St. Jacob’s Market. Hey, I scored BIG there! 75% of EVERYTHING that was left. Oh God I wish I had had hours to browse the boxes and boxes of books, magazines and pattern leaflets! But alas, I was not with a fellow knitter and a 20mins browsing was the most I could manage.

I did manage to scoop a couple of books, a shawl pattern and four skeins of beautiful yarn – all for the amazingly low, low price of $37 and some change. And I can tell you this: one of the books alone had a price sticker of $47.99!!

I also managed to finish the Pink Confetti Hoodie I started on 3rd August for my adorable little niece Jaycee. It turned out quite well, although I’m disappointed by two things. First of all, the pattern called for a 6 inch zipper that was IMPOSSIBLE to get (other than a heavy duty black denim jeans zipper with metal teeth). So that really sucked. And secondly, the way the pattern was written for the zipper facings made it really, REALLY awkward to attach the zipper nicely. I tried everything to fix it and finally left it the way it was.

I will knit this pattern again, but will make changes for a 7 inch zipper and I will re-work the zipper facings.

Oh jeez, I’m rambling. Time to hang up the keyboard and feed my starving fish!

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