Monday, July 30, 2007

Baby Ducks and Mermaids

Yesterday was a perfect day for sailing! Nice and cool on the water, the fabulous Toronto skyline, an onboard BBQ, and someone else to cook for me - who can ask for more!

And these to boot!
As the Captain BBQ'ed our dinner, this little family swam by. Awwww, there were 4 little ducklings with their Mom. I resisted the urge to scoop one up and take it home. Something about the Mom being super pissed, and the uh, Little Dudes not being too overly impressed with their new roomie. And the Captain had issues with the little guy possibly pooping inside his new car.

No fun.

So, thanks everyone for your laughs and giggles over my fun afternoon last week! And it was something to laugh about. I did and still am, that's for sure.

And I did start something new. Because I can. No, I feel no shame. No, I do not hear my other WIP's calling out to me. Lalalalalalacan'thearyoulalalalalalala.

Now, I won't ask you to guess as to what it is, because it doesn't look like much in the picture. It said to me - "Knit me! I've been in your stash far too long! And I'm so much easier than Diva!". Meet the Mermaid. From Hanne Falkenberg. Oh yes. She of the modular knitting in need of a Short Row Intervention. I love you Hanne. But let us discuss these never ending short rows, 'k? But, they do make for a lovely piece. Now, what you see above represents around 4 hours of knitting.

Four hours, because -

1. You start off with around 462 miles of I-cord, then pick up your required amount of stitches from there.

2. Watching "Apocalypto" while knitting Mermaid is not such a good idea. I switched to socks when I realised - damn, the Maya really didn't speak english...

3. Watching "The Bourne Identity" while knitting Mermaid is also not such a good idea. Jason Bourne does not just say "ah to hell with it", and give up trying to figure out who he is. Again, switch to socks.

Gandalf and Atticus insisted on checking out the finished product.

"Dude, check 'em out! They smell just like Mom! But...I don't get it Atticus, do they come off her feet?"

"Lemme check... (paw on my leg). I don't know... Weird huh?"

Some Lisa Souza sock yarn in the Mahogany colourway. Nice! I like them much better now that they're done, I was pretty meh about the colourway when I was knitting them up. They were worked on 2.25mm's, I think. I say "I think" because I use my Mom's old size 13's and they're around 50 years old. Anyway, they do the trick.

And a last shot of the Toronto skyline at night, heading back to the Marina.


Lorraine said...

Bridge- the Toronto skyline is lovely. The water is so nice.

I told you that you would like the socks- the Dudes sure do.

Michelle said...

You'll make a great mermaid! :) Checked out the link and the finished piece is beautiful... I am pretty sure one of the rainey sisters knit it as well. Your colors are beautiful!
Glad to hear you had a much needed "better day"!

Marina said...

I think I would have been able to guess that! My favourite colours!

That's a beautiful skyline. So lucky to live there. We've only got a "cesspool"!

Love your Amphora. It's gorgeous!

barbp said...

I can't wait to see how your Mermaid turns out, and I love the mahogany socks. What a beautiful day on the Lake. Thanks for sharing! There weren't any seagulls around were there? *wink* (running away)

Lynn said...

Great pictures and GREAT socks!! I totally relate to knitting during anything Bourne. Cant have anything mindful at ALL. In fact I get very littel done during these types of movies.

Jewel said...

I love those socks!! The Toronto skyline is so pretty. I think I have to come and visit for myself. Glad the Little Dudes approve of your socks!

Chris said...

Oh, it looks like a simply lovely day! And probably good you didn't take a duckling home - I'm thinking the Little Dudes would've snacked. *sniff*

Pretty socks! And wow, you started Mermaid? Good for you! Heh, now Marina will probably start to bother me about starting it... Do you have Amy's spreadsheet that's supposed to make it easier?

Brenda said...

Glad you had such a great day for sailing. Great photos of the Toronto skyline!

Mermaid is quite a project, but it will be beautiful.

I think Chris is right about the Dudes and the ducklings. Best you left the ducklings in the water.

Rebekah said...

I'm so jealous of your sailing adventure! I would have attempted a duck scoop myself.

And thanks for the reminder that I need to watch the two previous Bournes before I go tot he movies. I always forget until the last minute.

Carrie K said...

That is way too much I-cord. But Mermaid is so tempting.....

Wow, that looks like a blast on the water! Cute duckies.

Sonya said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a beautiful day for sailing. We've had a mama duck with about 6 babies on our side of the lake this year. Now the babies are big and we can't tell who the mama is anymore.

Nicole said...

How lovely! And while I would love to join you in taking home a baby duck, I don't think they would play well with the cats (either your Little Dudes or my Suzy). Ah well.

Traceyleezle said...

Oh yes, a much better time than busted sandals. Much better. Mermaid looks awesome!

Dipsy said...

Awww, these little ducklings are sooo cute - and the Toronto skyline rocks big time, I'd so love to see it myself one day!

Riggwelter said...

wonderful pics. your Amphora is beautiful!

good luck with the mermaid

bev said...

Mermaid is going to be wonderful, just turn on the radio while knitting. Or, do you sing along? That could be bad. Love the colorway on the socks and the kitties too! Toronto is beautiful. Must get there one day. Maybe I should pick up Jewel so I will have company for the ride.

miyamojo said...

Hooray for you!
Amphora completed - lovely!
Socks completed - lovely!
Survived the '3 strikes' day!
Beautiful day on the water..!
You sooo deserve to start Mermaid!
m :)