Yarn-Over, Ligature… Same Difference.
lig·a·ture [lig-uh-cher, -choor] noun. — Printing. a character or type combining two or more letters. (Yarn overs aren't all that different)

I gave up on the Saigon scarf (rav link). Not because there was anything wrong with the pattern per se, but I do feel that the photo was a little misleading. The scarf was photographed on a child (how did I miss that?) and so it looked about twice as wide as it actually worked out to be. I guess if I had read the dimensions, I would have realized that right away, but I didn't. So, I frogged it, and started over with a new pattern from a knitting lace book I purchased.

The pattern is called Victorian Ruby (rav link) and can be found in Victorian Lace Today. It's a fantastic book, and I'm really enjoying kitting this piece. I'm almost finished the first section!

I finally finished off a piece that's been hanging around for about a month. I knit this neckwarmer on a wim for my friend Rin when I was home visiting last month, and was waiting on buttons. I ended up ordering them from Prisma on Etsy. The buttons are awesome, and I'm mailing out the scarf next week.

There's more sad news on the socks. This is the second pattern I've tried with this yarn, and I've had to frog them again. It's just so disappointing. The yarn has absolutely NO give, and so if I'm off even slightly, I can't get them over my foot. I am so frustrated. This yarn did not want to be Jaywalker *sigh* I'll finish the lace piece above, then I might try a different pattern. Ugh.

In happier news, keep watching for my blogoversary contest coming up! I've been getting a lot more comments lately, and they've been brightening my day. Thank you.

We're getting married next september (that's 2009, not this year), and I guess we probably should have started looking for venues sooner, but oh well, what can you do.
We went for a drive last weekend to Rockcliffe and found this AWESOME pavilion. The Rockcliffe Pavilion is a stone gazebo that overlooks gatineau and the river. It's beautiful, and we booked in on Tuesday for our ceremony. Yay!

I stole these pictures from various places around the web.

I have also started working on a plan for origami flowers instead of real ones. I made this (vastly oversized) cherry blossom today, with Chris' help ^^:;

I have been plugging along at Muir all week… I'm so sorry that I have nothing else to show for it.

Sorry for the lack up updates everyone. I have been doing very little knitting due to working 1.5 jobs. Leaves very little time for anything other than work.

Melanie saved me on Thursday night and took me out to the tavern for knitting. That was good. ^_^

1. Dancing to the music in my head while alone at home makes me happy.

2. The last time I made tea I nearly forgot about it.

3. When I drive I'm happy.

4. I saw a lot of babies while standing standing at the bus stop today.

5. Give me strength, give me confidence, give me patience.

6. Next week I am looking forward to finishing up this freelance contract.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to meeting a deadline, tomorrow my plans include knitting and Sunday, I want to talk to our friend Blip about music for our wedding coming up next year.

I forgot to mention! Susan B. Anderson is hosting a contest on her blog here! This give-away is fantastic!

And now back to other stuff…

I took the plunge earlier this week, and have committed to Hat Attack 2: The Death Hat Always Knocks Twice. I found out about Hat Attack 1 when it was nearly finished, so at least I was able to follow the assassinations, even if I didn't get to participate.

This time around, though, I get to join in the mayhem. I ordered my yarn on Thursday, and I hope it arrives in time for me to swatch it out. I'm a little nervous since she's trying to get us all going for a very specific tension. Nervous, but also very excited! Just you wait until September, we'll see how well I do!

I'll be sure to post a photo of the yarn when it arrives.

I also managed to accumulate more yarn this week. I was at Knit-Knackers on Tuesday, looking for yarn that might be suitable for a contest. Yes, I said contest! My blogoversary is coming up, as well as my 100-post mark, which I think is cause for some kind of celebration. Maybe you guys can help me get the word out… I'll post more info closer to the actual contest date. I'm aiming for October, so maybe I'll have time to make the prize(s?) bigger. ^__^

But anyway, I also bought some yarn for ME! Particularly, some Gems

and some Mirasol Hacho.

Muir is coming along. Slowly but surely. I'm definitely getting bored with this pattern. It was helpful to attach the last ball of yarn today (albeit large balls of yarn). I'm also having trouble finding the time to knit, since I've been working during the day for my full-time job, and then freelancing at night. That means I can only knit on the bus and at lunch. And knitting on the bus is getting harder the closer to the end of the summer we get (more people on the buses). I need to find more time! Lace just takes up so much more energy than other knitting… *sigh* Anyway, It's time again for another progress photo:

And now for some end-of-week silliness. Stolen from another blog I read: Five on Friday. My top five favourite things this week:

  1. My fiancé surprised me with a movie on Tuesday night; Helvetica (a documentary). It was fantastic.
  2. Dinner and gelato with Poeticknits on Wednesday night
  3. Watching some guy not know how to park as he proceeded to knock over a bike rack on the side walk.
  4. Rain. I love rain.
  5. Finishing another ball of yarn (and attaching the last one!) for Muir.

Friday Fill-In #85

1. The last meal I had at a restaurant was a CBC (Chicken, bacon and cheddar) sandwhich at the Elgin street Diner Wednesday night..

2. Stress is something I intensely dislike.

3. The full moon is pretty… is there one out tonight?

4. "For the Win" is one of my favorite local expressions.

5. Sometimes it's best to grit your teeth and bear it.

6. The Dark Knight is the best movie I've seen so far this year!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to more knitting, tomorrow my plans include a haircut and Sunday, I want to work (not really, but I have to)!

Last you all heard of me, I was rushing out the door for a week off back in KW with family and friends. It was a great week off, and I got lots of knitting done. I was even able to acquire more yarn! (like I needed it)

I started off the weekend by knitting up a quick birthday gift for my friend Alex. It was well-received :) I hope to have a photo soon!

I was bad and barely touched Muir. I could convince myself it was because I didn't want to knit it in front of the receiver, but then I'm just lying and making up excuses. I've really come to the conclusion that I hate this yarn. Not so much the results of it, but physically working with it is just unpleasant when compared to the awesome fibers I could be knitting with otherwise.

Take, for example, the Saigon Scarf. Knit Picks Gloss Lace, Silk and Merino. It's lovely, soft, and moves through the needles alarmingly quickly. *sigh* I am in love with this yarn, and it's all I want to work on right now.

Close-up of chart 2:

Close-up of chart 4 (in progress):

Which might explain why this neckwarmer was so hard to work on. It was a spontaneous gift for a friend I was yarn-shopping with, and though it felt nice and soft in the skein, the 100% nylon got old real quick, and i just wanted it done. At least it was over-with fast, and I know Rin will be happy with it. She's picking out buttons so I can finish it off for her. :)

I'm late, but I was on vacation, so whatever XP

  1. If I could travel back in time, I'd go to the land before time.
  2. Give me love or give me space?
  3. I am listening to myself for once.
  4. Somewhere, someone is thinking of a new reality crap-show.
  5. I'll always be five.
  6. My idea of a good time includes yarn and pie.
  7. And as for the weekend, Friday night I looked forward to flying home for the weekend, Saturday my plans included celebrating a birthday (not mine) and Sunday, I wanted to spend some quality time with family!

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