Noro Lacy Batkus update

Just stopping in to show you how this thing is going. I’ve officially hit the half-way mark, and now I’m decreasing!

I also started the second ball of Noro Sekku. I’ve reversed the colourway, so the stripped pattern should be mirrored on the other half. That’s the plan at least.  Noro can be a little unpredictable. Here’s a pic with some bonus Bo.

Easter away

We went back to Minden for Easter.

It was a nice break from Ottawa and all the stupid stuff going on here. Not that I can completely escape it, but you know, getting out of the city helps to add some perspective on things.

We had a good visit with my parents in Minden, and the weather was pleasant enough. We rented a car to get up there, since ours died recently. I got to see this little guy, Pups. His age is definitely showing, but for 14, I think he’s still going fairly strong.

Isn’t he a funny little guy? I miss Pups already.

Bo had a great time running around my parents’ house and back yard. He got along with Pups much better than he did at Christmas.

I just realized now that I didn’t take a whole lot of bloggable pictures while I was home. (Oops.) I think that means it was a good visit.

Crispin Glover at the Mayfair Theatre

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for ages now.  A while ago, January 27th & 28th, actor, author, and filmaker Crispin Glover was in Ottawa at the Mayfair Theatre. I’ve been a fan of his work since I was about 14, so I had to go. We attended both days, so we had the pleasure of seeing his slideshow/reading/performance, saw both his films (What is it?  and It is Fine. Everything is Fine!) and met him! It was pretty cool. He also did a q & a after the films, and it was probably the most detailed q & a I’ve ever attended. He’s very thorough, and apparently some people don’t like that, but I thought it was pretty solid. He tells you a lot about his films and his process and I think that’s important, since some of his films can be difficult to digest. That’s why he tours with his films, and why you can’t get them on DVD. It works well for him.

And I found out Crispin Glover is a raw vegan. Or at least that’s what he said. And I found this instantly endearing. It makes perfect sense that he’s a raw vegan.

He was also really nice. He took time to talk to us and answer our dumb questions.  And he shook my hand twice and signed my books.

If he brings his tour near you, please go see it! You’ll feel good knowing that he’s out there doing this neat weird stuff. I know I do.

Another Noro Scarf (Lacy Baktus)

I’ve been working on this scarf for a while now. I started it in the car on the way home for Christmas, and have just been knitting it on and off since then. I’m using the Lacy Baktus pattern. Size 2 needles.

I’m still on the first ball of Noro Sekku (#8) and I think I’m pretty much at the half-way point of the pattern. The yarn is going a lot further than I thought it would, which is nice. The yarn is 50% cotton (17% wool, 17% nylon, & 16% silk) so it’s not scratchy or too hot. It has a nice drape too. It’s too bad it’s been discontinued.

 

New Knitty.com

So the Spring +Summer 2012 Knitty.com is out, and as usual, there are a few things I’m particularly liking…

Gemini

Isn’t it pretty? It’s simple and clean and even reversible. I’m going to give it a shot with Elann’s Sonata Soft, in Alaskan Blue.

Carousel Socks

Holy crap! These are nuts! I need to dig through my stash and find something suitable to make them. I’m not sure if I’ve got any colourways that transition smoothly enough. The construction of these look pretty cool too. Something different.

Now I just need to find time to knit!

A dog coat for Bo

I’ve been knitting more lately! Bo’s been letting me sit on the couch and knit, a first since we adopted him. He’s definitely in that “teenage” phase, but we’re seeing a nice calm Bo emerging more and more. It’s nice.

I have started and frogged several dog coats since we got him. He’s got a unique body shape, being a dachshund & jack russell mix. He’s long like a dachshund, with a huge chest. It’s the chest that keeps tripping me up. I found a free pattern called the One-Piece Dog Sweater, and it’s somewhat solved the giant chest problem. It’s open between the front legs, so I can just avoid that whole area that never fits him in other patterns.

So here’s the finished coat. It’s double-stranded black & purple Read Heart Supersaver. Two little wooden toggle buttons hold the bottom tab on. Pardon the crap on the floor in that pic, he’s ripped up a couple toys recently.

Trying to take photos in natural light is a challenge around here with Bo. Here’s some photos from an attempt this afternoon.

 

Knitting… I remember that

Busy busy!

Remember when this used to be a knitting blog? Yeah. Me too. I swear it still is a knitting blog. It’s just kind of being eclipsed by current goings-on. This is post is about knitting, so stay with me here.

I first need to tell you about The Littlest Bobo. He is doing well. Yeah, he’s accumulating some dumb nicknames, but I didn’t name him “Bo” and it’s not my fault it rhymes with a lot of stuff. As I write this, he’s passed out on the couch beside me. He had his neutering stitches out on Monday, and the vet said it healed up nicely. Bo was really good about wearing the head “cone”, and we were very cognizant of any attempts at licking/chewing of stitches, so that’s probably why. He hated that cone at first, but by the last few days he was actually helping us put it on him by pushing his head through the hole. Especially before bed – it became a bit of a ritual and he got some late-night snacks out of the deal. Luckily, he seems to respond really well to positive reinforcement. Or maybe he’s just awesome, I don’t know.

There is one thing… he can be annoying when I’m knitting. He loves to grab balls of yarn and run around like a crazy dog. It is HILARIOUS to him. I’ve packed everything away so he can’t eat any yarn or get into trouble with it, but it kind of sucks not being able to sit on the couch and just knit away. Baby steps, I guess. My parents’ dogs went through that phase (i.e. puppyhood) where they chewed everything and wanted to play with everything, but eventually they chilled out. Or at least they figured out it’s better to chew on toys & treats, and there’s no shortage of those around here. Like everything, I just need to give it time. He’s still a little dude.

In the meantime, I’ve invested in one of these GoKnit pouches by KnowKnits, a small one in Navy, and it helps a bit. Bo’s not as interested in my knitting if he can’t see a ball of yarn moving around. Also, I’m only attempting to knit when he’s really tired or acting chilled out already. There isn’t a lot of holiday knitting happening, but luckily, I think most of my gifts have already been taken care of. It’s under control… I think.

Prince at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa

We went to see Prince last night at Scotiabank Place here in Ottawa. Part of his “Welcome 2 Canada” tour. I’m so tired and sore today from dancing for 2+ hours, but what can you do? It was worth it. I never thought I’d get to see him live.

I’d post some photos from the show, but we weren’t supposed to take any. I took some, but I’ll be a good girl and not post them here.

Prince and his band were amazing. Very tight, very visually entertaining. He always has women musicians in his band, and that’s awesome. They played pretty much every song I wanted to hear. Some were part of medleys, which was ok with me. I’d rather they play a few verses of a song than not play it at all. Purple Rain was played in full (of course) and it was fantastic (of course). When they shot purple & gold glitter (see above pic) out near the end of the song, it was pretty much perfect.

Shockingly, they did several encores. As the last encore started, we ditched our seats and ran up next to the stage, as Prince suggested. That was pretty sweet. We were right up with the people who paid $500 for VIP tickets. We danced around with a bunch of other folks who were similarly into it.

And yeah… if I had one complaint, it would be that the audience kinda sucked. I think it’s an Ottawa thing, to be honest. I’ve noticed it at Bluesfest before, mostly in bigger venues. No energy. Just kinda phoning it in, if they’re into it at all. All take, no give. When Prince tried to get people to sing along, it was almost dead. Half the audience seemed to just sit down and wait before the band came back for encores. Some left. It’s like they don’t know how concerts work. Like when Prince said everyone should come up to the “dance floor” in front of the stage, we were the only ones in our row to go! It was truly bizarre.

Anyhow, other than that, it was pretty decent. Prince knows how to put on a show.