As we were waiting for the kids I couldn't resist asking our guide Colin to pose in front of the sheep with my sock. Even though he thought I was nuts he good naturedly agreed!Just how does one explain the Yarn Harlot to non-knitters?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This one is right outside both the back door and patio doors off the family room. As I am working just down the stairs from the open screen door I can smell the blooms.Of course, I am also living on a steady diet of antihistamines and allergy drugs, but it seems a small price to pay for such beauty that lasts such a short time.
Now if I could just get the rest of my yard work done. I still have bedding plants that need to be planted and the yard hasn't had its spring clean.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
And here is Katie, trying to stay awake before the early morning bow-in.
The kids were in an in-school tournament and competed in point sparring, weapons matches (another dirty word!), and since they are now old enough and of a high enough belt level, light kick boxing. Katie is actually very much a girly-girl, but still loves kempo. This is the kid that asked for numchuks for her 7th birthday. If they made them in pink she would have been in heaven!
I actually got some knitting done today! The kids had to wait over an hour after the bow-in until their matches started so at least I had the forethought to take along a sock I am knitting.
I finished this sock in the winter. It's Opal Petticoat 1291 and was the 3rd sock I ever finished. I like my socks bright and colourful!
Friday, May 16, 2008
This week Katie got her green belt in Kempo. It take approximately 1 year to get a new colour belt and this is the kid's 4th year. Christopher's green belt will be coming up shortly. They are always so proud when they pass the test for a new belt. And so are mom and dad.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
The sock yarn came from another Etsian and Ravelry member, Fritzl, or Ruth on Ravelry. I have loved her yarn from the first time I saw it so when I finally had a bit of money in my Paypal account I broke down and got some. I can't wait to start knitting with it!Good thing I got another pair of socks off my needles this week end so that I can start a new pair. The Opal Zircus in pink is finally done. It took me for ever! Making the row counters for my own Etsy shop has been taking all of my time. I have never worked so hard for so little money. : )
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Katie was the smallest one in her class. In the competive classes the kids are required to put the dogs that are normally "table dogs" up on the table so the judge can go ever them without having to bend right down to the ground. Being so tiny Katie isn't able to do so, but the judges for juniors are good about helping out and being very encouraging to the kids. You can see Katie barely able to keep her hand on the lead as judge Lori-Ann Fischer checks Kai's bite.
While she didn't place in her class, Katie had a great time and was thrilled with the loonie she won just for competing.
As for me, well, I consoled myself with a trip to a local yarn shop and bought my own consolation prise of a new ball of sock yarn.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Kai and Bentley are bathed, brushed and ready to go play showdog. Road trip!
Necessity is the mother of invention. A show lead is holding the light around Susan's neck.
Pooped out and ready for the dog show tomorrow morning.
Or to put it in the simplest terms - rings on the chain indicate single rows (in the photo my needle is through the first ring so I am on row 1). Each of the larger beads on the bottom part equal either 10 rows or a complete pattern repeat (in the photo I have moved the circlet below the 3rd bead so here I have completed 3 pattern repeats. If I had been using the complete chain with 10 rings then it would mean that I had finished 30 rows).