Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dear Santa...



Things were crazy insane just before Christmas and between finishing all my knitting projects, finishing the Christmas shopping and rushing to the hospital because of a kidney infection going to buy groceries fell by the wayside. I figured we'd be stuffing our faces with Christmas meals everywhere else but home and have a fridge full of yummy leftovers from all the relatives soon enough. If Rutty hadn't picked up some milk at the gas station on the way home from Langley on Christmas Eve poor Santa would've been eating dry Cookie Crisp.

Parade of Presents: Christmas 2009

Sushi Training Kit 1.0

Rutty's brother, Troy, lives in Ontario. For Christmas they fill a box with weird things they think the other would like. This year I wanted to throw in a few things for his fiancee, Caryn and her 4 year old daughter, Jordan, who we met on our visit this summer. Troy is big into sushi and Caryn was starting to warm up to the raw stuff while we were there. Jordan on the other hand claimed she loved sushi though she had never tried it before. I decided that for Christmas, I would make her a Sushi Training kit to foster that love for sushi.




The full platter of knit and crocheted sushi with a pair of chopsticks.



Tamago Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri and Ebi Nigiri with wasabi and ginger.



Two inside out California rolls with hand sewn beads for sesame seeds, two Salmon Maki, one Kappa Maki and one Oshinko Maki.

Other Things in the Box



To add to the Sushi Training Kit but with no relevance to it, I also made Jordan a pair of Piggy Mittens.




I made Caryn a pair of arm warmers using the "Fetching" pattern from Knitty.



And Troy got a striped toque.

Sushi Training Kit 2.0

My best friend from high school, Kayce, is also a big sushi fan. So I made another Sushi Training Kit for her 2 year old daughter, Riley.



Tamago Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Ebi Nigiri, two Salmon Maki and two Kappa Maki.



For Kayce's one-month old daughter, Naiya, I made a pair of soft merino wool baby mittens.

Cozy Things



A pair of soft alpaca arm warmers for my niece, Annabelle.



And by special request, a hat for my mom.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Stuff and Nonsense

I've noticed that in the last bit Rutty has had a string of blog updates for December to compensate for the lack of blog updates in November. Not that I'm trying to compete or anything, but I figured I should post something since it looks like I've done nothing for a month when in actual fact, I have been making stuff... lots of stuff... Christmas presenty-stuff that can't be posted till after Christmas. You'll have to take my word for it.
I signed up on Etsy and created a shop with the hope of having something to sell in January. I already have a couple of commissions lined up for after the holidays that I'm excited about. And also we're moving. The big purge to prepare for co-habitation with Rutty has sort of begun and panic and stress has set in. Normally we go all out on Christmas with the decorating but this year, it's been very busy and crazy and so the big Christmas tree is not going up and the excessive Christmas vomit all over the apartment will just be random Christmas loogeys.
I'm looking forward to the holiday break. My kidneys are sore. That's not an analogy for anything. My kidneys are just sore.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Round 'Em Up.

I've been busy. Since finishing all those viking hats for Tessa I've felt more inspired. I don't know if it's a knitter's high, is that even such a thing? I would equate it to a runner's high but on a creative level. Instead of feeling like I could run another 10K or fight a bear, I just want to make stuff. So the last few days that's what I've been doing. Making stuff. And not posting them on this here blog until now.

With the viking hat order out of the way I was able to get going on a bunch of requests from friends. One of the most persistent was Lucky Fatso. I started on a hat combining two kinds of yarn, one was camouflage and one was a pale green. I had just enough of the camouflage yarn for the main part of the hat but it was still too small. I ended up crocheting a band around the bottom with just the green. In the end the hat turned out way to girly so I kept it for myself. Back to the drawing board for Lucky Fatso's hat.



Completed November 7, 2009.

Jubbs and Teeners had a house warming a couple of weeks ago and I had planned to paint something for them as a gift. I'm not really sure why, but I didn't actually start the painting till the night before the party and of course I didn't finish it in time. They received it two days after and they seemed to like it despite the crappy hands. I am clearly not a painter. I have bumped up painting lessons to the top five things I'd like to take. I have recently put a check mark beside guitar lessons on this list. The viking hat order paid for my guitar lessons that I just recently started taking at work. Yes!



Completed November 8, 2009.

Last Wednesday was Remembrance Day, no work, no school. Nugget spent Tuesday night at my mom's and Rutty and I picked her up on the way to Caleb's 4th birthday party.
My mom and stepdad have been packing and purging in preparation for their move to White Rock in January. Each visit we've been asked several variations of "Do you need/want a (insert name of object to pawn off)" and we either go home with this item or we promise to pick it up in January before they move. Previous visits scored me a printer and a bunch of knitting and crocheting books. This particular visit we acquired an old ceramic piggy bank in the shape of a dinosaur and a ceramic pot in the shape of the Hotel Europe in Gastown (both made by me in high school art class), a bag of potting soil and a mother load of yarn and cotton crochet thread from my step-grandmother. The latter inspired this lovely dish cloth. The pattern was taken from the Stitch N' Bitch Happy Hooker Crochet book.



Completed November 11, 2009.

After the completion of this dish cloth which apparently resembles Tweety more than a skull I made another attempt at a hat for Lucky Fatso. I went with a simple cable knit hat from the Stitch N'Bitch Nation book.



Completed November 14, 2009.

Then after finishing this hat, I was on a roll you see, I started on a pair of knuckle gloves for myself because the pair I have was one of the first pairs I had ever made and they looked it. I was wired from an Americano and a Cappuccino from brunch at the Epicurean and I finished the gloves last night because I couldn't sleep. They're made from soft self-patterning Alpaca sock yarn.



Completed November 15, 2009.

So this morning, Nugget woke up with a fever and a head ache and it was way too short notice to get a hold of the grandparents for emergency babysitting. I stayed home from work to tend to my sick monkey and feed her chicken soup. We watched the remaining episodes of Season Four of the Gilmore Girls, Coraline and High School Musical. Coraline inspired me to start on these gloves with some yarn from the stash I inherited from my step-grandmother. (High School Musical made me want to stick my knitting needles in my ear. I checked my work email a lot during this movie.) I found a free pattern for Coraline gloves online but I have this problem with knitting patterns, I have trouble following the majority of them with their abbreviations and terms that I'm not familiar with. So I took the pattern for the knuckle gloves that I knew well and I modified it for closed fingers then I followed an image of the original tiny gloves from the movie for the striping pattern. The plan was to make these gloves for Nugget but I have this problem with gauge, I don't like doing test swatches to figure out the gauge and adjust the pattern. The fingers ended up being freakishly long which meant they were perfect for me. I have one finished glove that I'm pretty happy with though it looks like it belongs to ET or Arsenio Hall. I think it looks of normal proportion when its worn. Now for the matching glove...
You see, I have this problem with gloves, you have to make two and they have to look the same. So when modifying a pattern, one should really be writing that stuff down for reference for the matching glove. I apparently have a problem writing stuff down. Anyway, here's the finished glove with the image of the original gloves for reference.



Saturday, November 7, 2009

Last Minute

On Tuesday Nugget came home with a birthday party invite from one of her friends at school. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Kids have birthday parties. I assumed the party wasn't for a few days, we could pick up a gift on the weekend. No worries. Well you know what happens when you assume? I don't know. Something about a donkey. It's a stupid American phrase.

Then on Wednesday Nugget said I should call the birthday girl's mom to confirm pick up after school for the party on Friday. After school on Friday... what? Right... I probably should've looked at that invite a little closer. In my mind's eye I did a quick mental scan of my calendar from that moment, Wednesday 7:30 PM to Friday 3PM. So between sleeping, working till 6PM if all goes well in the day, making dinner and Buffy night (not necessarily in that order) there was no freaking way to squeeze in a trip to the mall. What can we get an 8 year old girl at the 24 hour SuperValue? How evil would it be to send Nugget to the party with a loaf of bread, a quart of a milk and a stick of butter?

Then I heard myself say "I'll make her a hat."
Nugget looked at me with what I call the "Duh" face and said, "Uh, the party's on Friday. Are you going to have time?"
I love how she has so much faith in me.
"Sure. I'll start now." And by now I meant after dinner.

So Nugget picked out some yarn from my stash and I started the hat just before Jubbs arrived for our weekly Buffy night. We actually watched an episode of Angel instead of Buffy. It was an episode about a magic stick that made people overly sensitive and made a bunch of cops cry. Then Angel fought some bad guys. It was awesome stuff. I should totally get a job writing the episode synopses for the DVD liners.

After Jubbs left, Rutty and I watched an episode of Six Feet Under and by the time I was ready to go to sleep the majority of the hat was done, I even managed to sew the flower and the ladybug on. Thursday morning I had Nugget try it on and it needed more length so I started crocheting the trim at the bottom. I brought it with me to work and finished it off during my lunch break.

Today when I got home from work I asked Nugget how the party was.
"It was okay."
I asked her if she had fun.
"Yeah."
I asked her if her friend liked her gift.
"I don't know."

Maybe we should've gone with a loaf of bread, a quart of a milk and a stick of butter.



Here's the finished hat. I love the texture of this yarn, I think it's called "Pooch". Kind of feels like those nubby bath mats when it's knitted.
Completed November 5, 2009.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Trick Or Treat

We're pretty big on Halloween at our house. This year's festivities started with pumpkin carving at Jubb's.



This was Nugget's vampire pumpkin with a broken fang. The big toothy ones were carved by me and Rutty.



The one on the left was supposedly the first pumpkin Rutty carved on his own.



Nugget was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz this year. My mom made her dress so that I'd have time to make this...



I went as Max from Where the Wild Things Are and won first place in the costume contest at work. Booyah.



Rutty and Jubbs went as Captain Hammer and Doctor Horrible. Despite the nerdiness of our co-workers and friends, very few knew who they were supposed to be.



Hurley was dressed as a skeleton version of himself. He was so upset with me for putting him in full doggy PJ's, he wouldn't even look at me. He has no idea how close he came to being dressed as a pumpkin.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And Seven....All Done!

Finally finished the order of seven viking hats for the Philippines. Yay!



Completed November 3, 2009



Here they are in a lovely little pile :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Number 6 !!!

Alrighty....one more to finish in two days.... Gah.



Completed October 29, 2009.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Five Down...Two More to Go

Finished the fifth viking hat of the big order at 2:30AM last night. Two more to finish in 7 days. I have all the horns and all the rivets done for the remaining two hats. Just need to get going on the actual hat parts. Oh the hat parts....



Completed October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Four Out of Seven

I've been working on this viking hat between Halloween costume making. I have three more to make in sixteen days. Yikes. I had my mom make Nugget's Dorothy costume this year out of fear that I wouldn't have time to make it. She finished it in an afternoon and it looks a billion times better than the ones we've seen off the rack in the stores. So with Nugget's costume all done and out of the way and the majority of mine completed, I can now concentrate my efforts on finishing this viking hat order. Costume pics coming soon.



Completed Thursday, October 15, 2009
while watching 30 Rock. Thanks, Meat Cat!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Three out of Seven...

Slowly chipping away at the viking hat order... Here's number three of seven.



Maybe by the time I finish the last of this order I'll be able to knit these in my sleep. Finished this one late last night. Gonna' start on another one tomorrow...
Completed September 20, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

And Another...

I started this viking hat a few days before Rutty and I left for Ontario. Knitting is banned on airplanes so I worked on it a couple of nights in Vineland at Troy and Caryn's, then a couple of nights at Amanda and Owen's in Cambridge and then one night at the hotel in Toronto. I took it as far as I could on the trip. I didn't pack any fiberfil with me so the assembling of the hat was done at home. I did manage to start on another viking hat during the trip though.
Five more to go....




Completed September 13, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Baby Baby Baby

A lot of people seem to be popping out babies lately so I've been busy making baby hats.
This one I started last Saturday after I finished Caleb's blanket.



It's a fluffy white bear hat with a blue felted flower. A gift for Woojung, one of our animators at work. She's expecting a baby girl in a few weeks.



Completed August 25, 2009.

Then I started this hockey helmet hat on Sunday, Rutty's idea. He wanted me to add hockey hair to the back though. I opted not to out of fear it would irritate the baby's neck. This was a gift for Jeff, our Animation Supervisor at work. Jeff and his wife, Kari, were expecting a hockey player on Monday but the little one doesn't want to come out to meet the world just yet.



It's a little bit difficult to see the shape without it being on an actual baby head but you get the idea.



Completed August 25, 2009.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Blankie

I finished the baby blanket I started on the trip back from Saskatchewan just in time for the birth of my brand new nephew, Caleb. While I can appreciate a challenge, I totally love the instant gratification when it comes to knitting. Being able to see something take shape is awesome and it takes so long to feel this awesomeness when knitting blankets. Hence, I am not a big fan of knitting blankets. The little munchkin was worth it though.



One of the first finished objects to be adorned with the new P-Nut Gallery tags I ordered.



The blanket is four squares x four squares with a crocheted border. Each of the blue and brown squares was knit with a different pattern for texture and to prevent boredom for me. Three of the white squares have bobbles, which I just learned how to do. One of the white squares has a letter 'C'. The brown squares are garter stitch.



Completed August 20, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Birthday Pressies and Other Stuff

Another Viking Hat...
with chin straps so it doesn't fly off her head while snowboarding.
I actually finished this back in July but didn't post it because it was a birthday present for Teeners and I wanted to wait to give it to her. I've spoiled enough birthday surprises by posting it first. Her birthday was at the end of July, we went to Saskatchewan, life's events held up giving this to her sooner and I just finally gave it to her last night.



Completed July 27, 2009.

Balls!

This is Palomino's Blue Ball Birthday Scarf. I designed this scarf specifically to cater to Samanta's love of balls. There are varying sizes of fiber-filled crocheted balls sewn onto this scarf with a few strategically placed so that when worn, balls hit her chin.



Completed August 4, 2009

Saskatchewan Road Trip

I started Sam's scarf the morning we left on our road trip to Saskatchewan. It was a 12 hour drive to Calgary which was our first overnight stop. I finished the main part of the scarf before it got dark during the drive. Before we even got to Saskatchewan I finished making all the balls and couldn't continue because I didn't bring any fiber fill with me. That was day 2 of the trip. Not expecting to finish the scarf so quickly, I hadn't packed any other projects with me and I was sad and sort of bored. Day 4 of our trip we stopped at a Walmart in Saskatoon before heading back home and I bought 3 skeins of yarn that was a mix of blue, beige and brown and started on a baby blanket for my new nephew that's due in September. This was me for most of the drive back home.



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Scott Pilgrim

To say Rutty is a Scott Pilgrim fan is a bit of an understatement. Last year he got me to ask Toady to bring him back a Scott Pilgrim shirt from Comic Con. He got me to read the books... I'm on book three...what? I've been busy. He also persuaded me to take this picture and enter the Not In New York Contest. We didn't win:( When he heard that Scott Pilgrim was being made into a movie, I think he just about peed himself he was so excited. And all the places we're going to visit in Toronto in September... are all the places from the comic book. Maybe we'll fit Sam's wedding in there somewhere between visiting Honest Ed's and Sneaky Dee's.

So for Rutty's birthday this year it only made sense to make him his very own Scott Pilgrim doll...uh...action figure.



I've been thinking of making him since May but only started on it last Sunday. I asked Rutty to send me reference for what outfit he wanted him in. There's a surprisingly short supply of colour reference online so I made up his shoes and gave him white tube socks with red stripes. His grey jeans roll up for when it gets hot out.



I followed the instructions in Beth Doherty's book: Amigurumi! Super Happy Crochet Cute for the basic shape, like I did with Penelope and Honey.



Completed Saturday, July 25, 2009 (3AM...hardcore)
Happy Birthday, Rutty! <3


Next on my list is Ramona...then Kim Pine...then Stephen Stills... then the evil boyfriends, umm... so they can fight... apparently...

Friday, July 17, 2009

MOO

My orders from Moo finally arrived! And just like the little pink sleeve on the packaging says, how very exciting! Minicards and stickers...I'm anxious to stick them to stuff.



The Girly Viking Hat

I finally started on the order of viking hats for some animator peeps in the Philippines. I have seven to make by Halloween, when Tessa comes back to Vancouver. This first hat is for Tessa, the lovely lady who spear-headed this commission. By special request, her viking hat has a pink fur trim at the base of the horns.



Six more to go....

Completed July 16, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pepper Bacon Vodka

I had another batch of Bacon Vodka infusing in the cupboard for a few months. This time I added some peppercorns to the mix for a bit of a kick. I did a shot of it last night, to taste of course, just before I bottled it. The pepper gave it a nice burn that disappears quickly but I found it over powered the flavour of the bacon. Next time I try this, I'll probably add the peppercorns closer to the end of the infusing period so that it's not as strong. The mission to create the perfect bottle of Bacon Vodka continues...
Everyone needs a purpose in life.




The one in the bag is a birthday gift for Tyler, bacon enthusiast.

Bottled Friday, July 10, 2009.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Show Us Your Tats

The next House of Ten "After Dark" art show will be a tattoo art theme show called "Show Us Your Tats". And since this is (apparently) the last After Dark show this will be the last show flyer I design. End of an era... Sniff.
Come out to the show on July 23rd.




Friday, June 26, 2009

Yarr! Or whatever it is Vikings say.

It's been almost a month since I knit something. Weekly project fail, I know. It pains me. And the looming task of knitting eight viking hats by October was starting to freak me out. So last week I started one commissioned by my friend Tanya for her husband. I pretty much free-styled this one since it's been a year since I knit a viking hat and I don't actually have a pattern. I changed this one up a bit from the very first adult viking hat I made for George. I popped my seed stitch cherry and used it for more texture on the brim and band instead of a rib stitch which was pretty exciting for me. Seed stitch looked so complicated that it intimidated me but it was super easy and thus I made it my bitch. I also used a worsted weight yarn instead of a chunky yarn like the other viking hats I've made. It meant knitting more stitches (there were 136 on this baby) but I think it looks cleaner. The horns are a better size too. I probably would've kept this one if it fit me but Tanya's husband's noggin is huge. You know what they say about guys with big noggins...they have big brains. That Tanya is one lucky lady.



One viking hat down. Seven more to go.

Completed June 26, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I Got Me Some Exercise

We made it up to the Grouse Grind on Sunday for a family hike. Rutty and I had low expectations about making it to the top considering our company: a 7 year old girl who gets a stitch after walking three blocks down the hill to the grocery store (Nugget) and a 30-something year old man who almost died going half way up to the quarter mark on his first attempt (Uncle Kevin). The plan was I'd go back down with them once the whining (Nugget), tears and heart palpitations (Uncle Kevin) started and Rutty would continue to the top so he'd at least get his work out. What we underestimated was the power of bribery (two scoops of gelato: Nugget) and pride (getting pwned by a 7 year old girl: Uncle Kevin). Nugget surprised us by effortlessly hopping up the Grind barely breaking a sweat. She was ahead of us for most of the hike, stopping to turnaround and wave at us like a little ghost girl leading the way. She sang songs, collected rocks and pine cones and trash talked Uncle Kevin. I managed to keep up with her, taking the opportunity to catch my breath when Nugget stopped to have a snack and tell me all the ways we could die right there on the mountain. Rutty fell back and kept pace with Uncle Kevin, who stayed true to form and flirted with some ladies between trying not to keel over and gasping for air. We made it to the top in just under 2 hours with no whining, no tears and no one had to be taken away in an ambulance. Nugget got her 2 scoops of gelato (1 scoop for making it past where Uncle Kevin stopped on his first attempt, and 1 scoop for making it to the top), Rutty got his work out, I got some exercise and Uncle Kevin can now say he did the Grind in under 2 hours on his Plenty of Fish profile. Success!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Here Kitty...

I finally finished the black kitty hat the other night.
It's been a rough few weeks but she's finally done!



Completed May 26, 2009