February 2008

February 16th, 2008 - My Big News

First, thanks everyone for the comments on TJ's sweater. It is so nice to get the warm fuzzies from you guys.

Some of you know my big news already, but some don't. TJ and I have made the decision to move from Toronto, where I have lived for most of my life, to Roanoke Virginia. The company that T works for offered him a position there, and after much discussion (read: months) we have decided that it would be a good opportunity for both of us.

Once we made the decision, everything has happened very quickly. We listed our house and sold it in two days (with multiple offers, which was definitely a welcomed surprise) and we bought a house down there a week later. We are going to be moving out of our place here on March 6th, and then we should hopefully be settled down there around the 14th.

New House

This is a huge change for me, and admittedly a little nerve wracking. But I have met a couple of people down there already, and everyone seems super friendly. I posted on one of the Ravelry boards (Roanoke Valley group) and everyone welcomed me with open arms (keys?). It is amazing how the fibre community always comes through. I don't know what I would do if I wasn't a part of it.

The hardest part for me is certainly going to be moving away from my friends and family. Everyone, particularly missbedora and my parents, have been very supportive, and missbedora has even booked her first trip down to visit me on Easter. It is going to be tough, but with their support I know that I will survive and succeed.

From a crafting respect this move is going to be really really good. Because I am going to be on a spousal visa for a little while, I will not be able to work. So I am going to have lots of time to knit and finally some time to weave, which will be much appreciated. I also will be taking over a portion of the basement for my studio, which means I will actually have the proper amount of space around my loom. (Little did I know that a loom is like a pool table. You need A LOT of space around it to work).

So once March comes along, posting may be a little sporadic based on my internet availability. But I will have lots to tell you and share with you once we get into the new place. Thanks all for being such loyal readers!

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February 10th, 2008 - The Most Special Project Yet

I have been knitting now for nearly 4 years, and in all that time I have been promising to make TJ a sweater. I think for some reason I had a mental block that it was going to take soooo long because my hubby has a healthy strong barrel chest.

But I figured enough procrastinating, the man is a saint and deserves a special sweater. TJ was away a lot for work this fall, so I actually planned and knit this sweater completely in secret. I pondered through Unwind until I found an amazing tweed from Ireland (from a private spinner, so no brand name) and picked up EZ's Knitting Without Tears (link to amazon, but support your local bookstore of LYS).

The result?

A Seamless Hybrid in a warm grey tone. TJ opened this on Christmas morning, and could not believe that I knit this without him knowing. (I actually lugged this back and forth to work every day with another project on top of it and he never noticed - this might not be a good sign!).

This sweater is knit completely in the round, and has an amazing shoulder construction that ensures there are no seams at all.

I wanted to make sure that this one was going to last for a long time, so I thought a more traditional and simple design was in order. I took the measurements from another sweater that he wears quite often that I know fits him well.

This yarn is also very durable and has almost no halo after a lot of wear and being pulled in and out of my knitting bag a hundred times. It is certainly not as soft as cashmere or anything, but TJ and I are the same on that one - we like a good durable wool.

I hope my very handsome hubby gets lots of use out of it. And I will definitely make him another one soon (or at least within the next four years).

This is definitely my favourite FO, and certainly the most special. Love yah babe!

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February 2nd, 2008 - Another Special Birthday

Thursday was my darling missbedora's birthday, so I decided this year I would bust out the sewing machine for her gift. For my birthday TJ gave me Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts and I was chomping at the bit to make the pencil roll.

Off to the local Fabricland where the lovely and patient woman cut me 18 pieces of fabric in 10cm strips. Some piece work and time later...

Tada! I wish I could have taken a better picture of this, but I never seem to be home in the daylight.

When I was a kid I used to hang out in my grandpa's studio a lot, and he had a drawer where all his beautiful pencil crayons were set out in order by colour. I could sit and look at them for hours. There is something about ranges of colour that make me very cheery. So needless to say I had a lot of fun working on this one. I have most of the pieces cut out for my own as well.

I also thought I would make a cake as well, since I watched the Ace of Cakes marathon last weekend. I found an easy fondant recipe that uses melted marshmallows and icing sugar and planned out a present shaped cake. Other then the fact that my whole kitchen is covered in a thin layer of icing sugar, I think it turned out pretty good.

I used marshmallows to keep the bow on the top from collapsing, and stuck all the little pieces on with buttercream icing.

I think I will definitely make one of these again - the fondant even tasted ok! (Even better after several glasses of wine!)

So Happy Birthday missbedora! Who could ask for a better friend?

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