Thursday, August 30, 2007

Vacation Time!

Have you ever heard the saying - "Some people are like Slinkies - they don't do a whole lot, but it sure makes you smile when you push them down the stairs."?

Much like my interactions at work this week.


But, all that doesn't matter! Because as of now I am on vacation until September 10th! Yay me!! And during that time, I will be visiting my sister and SIL in St. Catharines; turning 39 (on Sunday); and going to the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's Fair with Lorraine (have you seen her new design, Guinevere?!) on Saturday the 8th.

And guess who I'm also visiting with in St. Catharines!

"What? Why's everyone staring at me...?" - Finnegan

Much to the chagrin of these fellows...

"So, I'm in charge? Right? While you're gone? Can I abuse my power? No?"

"Neener neener Atticus! Pffffttttt! Neener neen...oh hey, a hangie thing..."

But they will be in good hands, no worries there. Mae? She knows who's really the boss...

So, I've been happily knitting away on Grace:

Of course, black is not the easiest colour to photograph. Here's the back, in it's unblocked state. Once blocked, it'll bloom out nicely. I LOVE this pattern. LOVE. Dorothy Siemens is just a genius. Her patterns take all the guesswork out of absolutely everything - you don't have to figure out how to shape along the armhole and shoulder. It looks much more difficult than it actually is. I'm going to get a good head start on the front.

LOVE IT!

And here's another one I haven't posted about before:

Persian Tiles Blanket, from Virtual Yarns. It's from Jade Starmore's "A Collector's Item", and is going to be spectacular when it's done! WHEN it's done. Because you need to complete 10 repeats of the 50 odd stitch pattern (3 repeats per round, 179 stitches per round). Which is completely doable, however I finish this when I finish it. It's a project I'll work on when I can. I do love it - it gives me the satisfaction of stranded knitting, yet is only 2 colours throughout and simple enough to work on while watching TV.

I just can't think of the 500 rounds I'll have knit by the time it's completed. Or I'll never pick it up again.

My colours are Kittiwake (the light blue) and Shearwater. Both Michelle and I are working on this, although I think Michelle has a deadline...brave, brave girl. Because it's a long knit...

So, that's it! I'll be back next week, a bit older, a lot sillier and just as happy!

17 comments:

Lorraine said...

Brigitte- Have the best time ever. I hope you get alot of knitting done.
It looks like Atticus will have to be in charge. Leave him my number in case the little weenie gets out of control- he can call me and I'll have words over the phone.

I like Dorothy and her patterns.

Michelle said...

Oh those colors are fantastic! They really allow you to see the pattern and detail. Mine kinda blends together unless its outside in natural light. Thanks for the photo! :)
Have a knit-a-bulous vacation!!

Nicole said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE that quote! I must steal it! Bwahahaha...

Marina said...

Oh that's not much more than a sweater/cardigan body that has 320-350 stitches and ~200 rows ;-) Lovely colours!

Have we been seeing a lot of lace lately?! I'm not really a shawl person but those cute lacey tops always get me.

Hope you have a fabulous vacation and a Happy Birthday! Can't wait to see what you get after that 8 month diet. I thought for sure your first purchase would be at VY ;-)

Sonya said...

I work with some slinky people too! Have a wonderful vacation. I hope much knitting is accomplished. The Persian Tiles blanket is so pretty! So ambitious and so pretty! ;o)

Bridget said...

Oh, that saying is excellent! You can bet I'll be stealing it, too ...

Have a great vacation and a VERY Happy Birthday!

(And I hope things are, um, OK upon your return, and not rearranged as they are by our cats when we go away.)

Chris said...

Happy happy happy birthday!!! And I hope you have a fabulous vacation! Gonna miss you, tho... but not as much as those kitties. Well, maybe Gandalf will forget... ;)

I can't believe you can watch tv and do colorwork. Amazing.

bellamoden said...

Oh happy birthday! And have such a lovely vacation! Boy, I can't imagine what you'll come home to.... hee hee. But you! Have fun!

And your projects are amazing. Black lace? Not on your life! For me anyway.

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday! Have a great vacation! I'd leave Atticus Lorraine's phone number as she suggests; Gandalf looks like he may by looking for trouble.

Grace is a beauty! You are really making quick work of her too.

Traceyleezle said...

Happy, Happy, Happy PreBirthday!
Hewoo Finnegan *pats his cute noggin*
Kitties behave...Mae, hold the fort down.

Have fun girl!

Carrie K said...

Oh, so that's what your Persian Tiles looks like! Wow, pretty colors. Your black top looks pretty faboo too.

I don't think Atticus is asking if he's in charge. I think that's an accusation of abandonment.....

Finnegan! Such a cutie pie! Have lots of knitting/birthday/vacation fun!

And I've never heard that slinky saying before, but you can take it to the bank I'm going to be using it copiously this weekend.

miyamojo said...

Happy Birthday Brigitte!
Take lots of pictures at the fair!
Enjoy your vacation!
Grace and Persian look great!
Say 'hi' to Finnegan the smiling dog for me!
I'll miss you...! m :)

Jewel said...

Happy Birthday!

Have a fantastic time on your vacation. You're so lucky to go with Lorraine; she's a fun shopping buddy.

bev said...

Enjoy your holiday! And your captions for your pets are soooo funny. As a matter of fact, your posts always bring a smile! Thanks and happy knitting.

Dipsy said...

Awww yummy, these colours are a feast for the eyes, just what I needed on this gray and dreary day! Very beautiful!
Have a wonderful vacation - and hey, thanks for the quote ;)))

Rebekah said...

Oh now that is a saying I absolutely love. What a cute visitor you have!

knitseashore said...

Happiest birthday and vacation to you! I love the black sweater!! The pattern is exquisitie!

Hope the kitties enjoy their pet sitter and don't have too many parties. I know how it is...