August 26th, 2005 - Done!

So upon much great advice, I have decided not to fringe the shawl (Mom doesn't have a lot of opinions about my knitting, so when she does, I listen!). The shawl is now all packed up and ready to go.

I cannot believe that in 24 hours I will be on a plane to leave for my wedding. MY WEDDING. The summer has gone by very quickly. I could not be happier that I am marrying the love of my life, and this is one decision I know is right and I will never regret.

Thank you all so much for your comments and support while I was knitting my shawl. I will have lots and lots of pictures to show you when I get home. Wish me luck for Wednesday!

Graduation 2002

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August 23rd, 2005 - Done?

I think the wedding shawl might be done. Or not. All I know is that I LOVE it already.

*click for larger image*

I am trying to decide if the shawl needs fringe or not. Originally my intention was to put fringe, but it has blocked out quite long (68"), so now I am not sure.

Excuse the bisaro pose. I never know what to do with my hands

Reclining on the couch

So loyal readers, fringe or not to fringe?

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August 22nd, 2005 - What's This??

Could that be a wire in my hand?

Could be!

You will just have to tune in tomorrow to see!

In the meantime, here are some pictures from the flooding that occurred in Toronto on Friday night. Being from Toronto, flooding is something I have never seen in person, but damn this happened so fast. One minute we were watching the lightning out the window at work, and the next we were trying to find buckets to contain leaks, move cars out of waist deep water (the security guys had to rescue a friend of mine out of her car with a rope) and watching our road turn into a river.

(all pictures taken from the Star, the Post, and the Globe)

The road that is missing there? That is right by my work, where the Black Creek washed away the road. I hung around late at work on Friday, and when I left, it took my an HOUR to go 1.5 km (much less then a mile). I gave up when I saw other people I worked with walking towards me, telling me that they had abandoned their car in a parking lot and were going for dinner. I didn't get home until 10pm (5 hours after I should have). But you know what is amazing in all this? No one got hurt, including 4 people who got washed away in the Don River. Everyone is safe and sound and will live to tell the tale. Way to go Toronto Emergency Services!

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August 18th, 2005 - The Good and Bad

The good? Progress is still plugging along on the wedding shawl, and it has now reached the point where is can actually wrap around my shoulders

The other good? Check out this afghan that Drea is just finishing up.

That's crocheted ladies. In the heat this summer. Laying on Drea's (right) lap. Truly unbelievable. And the crazy part? It is a gift for someone. Mind boggling, and beautiful.

The bad? Our lovely Aven, shown above left, is leaving us

Aven and her husband Mark are moving out to New Brunswick, which is very very far away from T.O. It is funny how you get to know two sets of people in the knit blogging world. Those who you follow strictly on the blogs, and those that you meet in person. I of course am still going to read Aven's blog when she is gone, but I won't get to meet up with her at the SnB on Wednesdays. And I will miss her greatly. That's it, you are not going Aven. Although, you know if you go you are going to become my Fleece Artist junkie. Just sayin'. We will miss you Aven, and we hope that you have a wonderful and exciting year!

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August 16th, 2005 - Stillwater

All I have to say is *oh my*. The girls took me to the Stillwater Spa this weekend for my bachelorette. I had never been to a spa before or had a facial, but I am hooked. It is almost as bad as CrackSilk Haze. So. Yummy.

It was the kind of place where you get to roam around in a fluffy white robe with flip flops eating biscotti and drinking interesting teas. I have never been so spoiled, and I will definitely be back. There are pictures somewhere (Alison? Angela?) so hopefully I can post some this week.

Progress is moving slowly on the wedding shawl, but it is coming. No picture today, so I thought that I would finally do the meme that Aven tagged me with. This is the first meme I have ever done, because it is the only one that has been worth doing.

id·i·o·syn·cra·sy

Pronunciation Key n. pl. id· i·o·syn·cra·sies -A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.

Write down five of your own personal idiosyncracies.

1. I wiggle my toes very quickly in my sleep/when I am relaxed. Cracks TJ up every time

2. I obsessively shut doors and cupboards. I cannot leave the apartment, even if it is a complete disaster, without shutting all the closets etc. Same goes for the shower curtain

3. I must sleep on the side of the bed that is closest to the door. (this makes things difficult in hotels because TJ must sleep on my right. Sometimes you just can't have both). I will arrange my furniture at home so that I can sleep with the door closest to me

4. I like to yell at the TV. At horrible shows, commercials, etc. There is always me with my commentary. Even if I am all by myself. I will say things to the people on TV that I would never say to them in real life. I have no idea what causes this. It has been known to shock people.

5. As mentioned before on this blog, I tend to forget to breath when I am concentrating really hard. This tends to be problematic.

There you are, my not so secret secrets. I am not going to pass it along, but anyone that feels like doing it, go for it.

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August 12th, 2005 - Bring it On

I know these progress pics must be killing you with boredom, but I have actually hit a monument

I am now more then halfway through the repeats! And the reason for this is that I have realized that I am only going to knit 8 repeats instead of 9. Whoo hoo! So I think that I actually have a good chance of finishing this on time. Especially since tonight TJ is going to Guelph for his bachelor party and I have a whole evening to myself.

I am not sure how many of you are hockey fans, but in my household it can turn into a bit of a war. See, I have been a Leafs fan since, well, birth. I stuck with them through the ugly 80's (when I was oh, 5 or so), I have stuck with them through the joke of a coach they have right now, and most recently through the strike. Oh yeah, and the fact that they traded my Whitby (hometown) boys, Roberts and Nieuwendyk. And that they have just signed Lindros (grrr). TJ is from Sarnia, where the only priority in life is that you hate everything to do with Toronto. So he is a Dead Things Red Wings fan. This morning I woke up to this picture on my Mac desktop

October 5th, the wedding bliss will be over. Bring it on dude, bring it on.

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August 10th, 2005 - Progress

Believe it or not I am actually making progress on the shawl, albeit slow

I really wish that it was going a little faster though, because I still have 5 1/2 repeats to go with only 3 1/2 done.

Here is what I figured yesterday - with 18 days to go until the wedding I had 6 repeats to go. That means I need to knit at least a third of a repeat a day. 16 rows. Not so bad. Oh, except that I need to have time to block it. So I should up that to 1/2 a repeat a day, with that having me finished on the Sunday or the Monday before we leave. Oh, and then there is the fringe. Yeah, ok. Yipes! Must. Knit. Faster.

I wish I wasn't getting such an urge to knit something else. Somebody slap me!

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August 8th, 2005 - Fantastic Weekend

The party this weekend was absolutely amazing

65 of my friends and family over two backyards (thanks to my great neighbours who let us pull out a section of the fence) with lots of food, drink, and laughter. Even Curlie Girl, Norm and Reba were able to come and stay over. I had a great time with this much too generous group, and I will definitely remember this for a lifetime. A HUGE thank you has to go out to my parents and missbedora, because without them this would not have happened. Thanks so much guys!

Another great thing happened this weekend.

Above you see the last crappy assed picture that I will be taking with my crappy assed HP piece of junk battery eating digital camera. TJ and I decided to buy a mutual wedding present before the party. Isn't he pretty? I am still learning all the bells and whistles, but it is such a great camera. I have used the model before this one quite a bit, so I knew that this one was the one that I wanted. Happy camper!

I worked a tiny little bit on my shawl this weekend, but I didn't get very much done because of the party. This week I really need to buckle down and get a bunch done, or else I am not going to be able to wear it. You can see the countdown up in the top right....starting to get scary!

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August 4th, 2005 - Paper Towel

I spent last night sewing a dress for the wedding party my mom is throwing for us this weekend. (Have I mentioned how amazing my parents are? They made more then 130 hamburgers this past weekend, FROM SCRATCH, they have baked, made salads, gardened, you name it - they've done it. All so they can have 80 of my friends and family in their backyard. You guys rock!) So I wanted to have a cute little white sundress to wear. It was a nice easy pattern - too easy in fact. The stomach of the dress would fit if I were about 5 months pregnant. Oh, and despite the fact that it is lined with fusable interfacing, it is still see through. And the worst part is that the embroidered white fabric looks like Bounty paper towel. *Sigh* I will see if I can recover it tonight.

But onto the good stuff....ThreadBear! When TJ mentioned that need needed to go to Holland MI for business, I nearly lept out of my seat. "Lansing's on the way to Holland! I will only come with you if you let me make one stop"

This store is unbelievable. There is sooooo much yarn, and it is sooooo organized. No rummaging through laundry baskets on the floor filled with goodness knows what at who knows what price. Just beautiful yarns, on beautiful shelves, prices, and great samples through out the store. And it is huge.

The owners, Matt and Rob, seemed super nice, but as Steph puts it I had a bit of "Canadian Reticence" and was too polite to interrupt what they were doing to talk to them. But I did mention at the cash that I was from Toronto, which they were a happy to hear.

So, stuff? I got yer stuff

Dark chocolate brown Cascade 220 for a ribbed cardigan. I have decided that I finally need to knit a cardigan after a year+ of knitting

Green Cascade 220 for a bag design that I have rolling around in my head. If all works out with this one, I may look into selling the pattern.

And my favourite, some pink Calmer to make this from Rowan 35. Oh how I can't wait to dive into this one, the yarn is very soft and stretchy. But the wedding shawl comes first!

If you are ever in Lansing, it is definitely worth the stop at ThreadBear. You can even stop just to pet the puppies. :)

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August 3rd, 2005 - A Lucky Bunch

I am pretty sure that if I was a person on this flight yesterday, I would be buying a lottery ticket this week. I am in absolute shock (and soooo happy) that everyone made it out ok. When I came out of work yesterday, right beside the airport, the smell was horrible. And when I arrived home, this is what I could see out my window

That isn't your usual Toronto smog, that is burning jet fuel. It took forever to get home last night (not because of the plane crash, but because Yonge St. was closed for an apartment fire, go figure) but we were glued to the news as soon as we got home. The flight crew and the emergency workers deserve medals; it is unbelievable that everyone got out ok. Lucky lucky lucky.

In other less dramatic news, TJ and I spent part of our weekend in Holland, Michigan. TJ had to meet with some clients on Monday, so he sprung me loose for the day.

Stepping foot in my fourth of five great lakes.

It isn't called Holland for nothing - apparently Dutch settlers picked this area on the coast of Lake Michigan to set up shop, so to speak. Here I am at the wooden shoe shop at the Dutch Village.

And this, let me tell you, was one of the best (and largest) ice cream cones I have ever eaten. Strawberry Cheesecake....yum.

While we were driving for hours on end, I did manage to get some knitting done

Two repeats down, seven more to go.

For anyone who knows their Michigan geography, you will know that to get to Holland from Sarnia, you need to drive through Lansing. You got it people, ThreadBear. The fruits of this trip, on display tomorrow.

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