Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bittersweet

When it's not there, it's not there.


I really, really wanted to make this lovely bag, I really did. But, after finishing that bitch of a strap, and reading that was only half of it, I decided that this fling was over.

I consulted with my peeps on Ravelry, and they all said the same thing. FROG IT. Hey, I love the fact I won this prize from Virtual Yarns. AND - I love the 3-ply Hebridean wool, and the colour. I just really don't love the knitting part of it. And I cannot stomach the thought of knitting another stitch. So, I'll unravel it. And, to make that sour taste linger just a little longer - I'll be unravelling 2 strands of knitting, as the yarn was held doubled throughout. Whatever I end up making with this yarn better be damned good...

Hey, did I ever show you this?!



My Isobel of Mar? I'm pretty sure I did show you a pre-blocked version of it. Lorraine was kind enough to re-block it for me, as it really needed a good spin in her washing machine. AND - it does fit much better. I'm still looking for some nice buttons for it, and she'll be ready to wear out in the big world.

"Wow, Cousin Finnegan sent me an e-mail?!!"

And a picture, Gandalf!

"Life's so busy these days. I live in Nova Scotia now. By the ocean! I'm pretty sure those waves are out to get me though. They keep chasing me! Here I am, tired after a walk trying to figure them out. Moving rocks! I got some new toys! OK, so it's a pink turtle - so what?? My big cousin Atticus drinks water out of a flowery bowl. And he's no less a boy cat. This does NOT in any way make me any less of a boy dog either..."

This year will be the first year since 2005 that I haven't spent my birthday in St. Catharines with my sister and sister-in-law. They moved to Nova Scotia a month ago - which is a cool thing! I'll be able to visit them out there next year, and that will be a lot of fun! I'm pretty sure Finnegan will remember his Auntie Brigitte.

My birthday is this upcoming Wednesday, and I will admit to being a bit sad about it. But only because I remember the good times I had in years past, celebrating in St. Catharines. Not about my age though - I'll be 41, and proud of it!

Anyway - the good news is that they are all settling in nicely in Nova Scotia. They will be building their new home on the shores of the Atlantic. In the meantime, they are living in a little cottage, which is right next to the plot of land that the house is being built on. And to welcome them to the area, Maritime style - Hurricane Bill showed up on their doorstep. Can you imagine Atticus in a hurricane?! Oy...

"I'd sleep through it. Hey, can I go to Nova Scotia?!"


"I may surprise you. Maybe a hurricane would not bother me at all. I mean, c'mon. I'm not that bad..."

"Yeah you are!"

OK. Next week! I'll 'fess up to something I may have started working on that I should not necessarily have started working on because of all of the, uh, other things I have on the go...

14 comments:

Lorraine said...

Bridge- So happy that everyone is settling in down east- think of spending some time out there- how great will that be?

The VY bag wasn't meant to be, so what else are you working on?

Sonya said...

That Finnegan sure is a cute one. And there's nothing un-masculine about a pink turtle or a flowery water bowl.

Isobel of Mar looks fabulous! The frogged 3-ply is a great color. Does it know what it wants to be yet?

Chris said...

You do know that I'll be personally delivering your present a bit late, right? :D

miyamojo said...

Finnegan looks like a puppy! That ocean air must be doing him good. Nothing wrong with pink.

You're so lucky you live close to Lorraine. We all need a friend like her to save the day. :)

Happy Birthday!

Shannon said...

Just in case I forget to tell you Wednesday, Happy Birthday!

mrspao said...

Oooh happy birthday for Wednesday. I'll slip a surprise in your package - sorry I've not had a chance to mail it yet but I will now I'm feeling better.

Better to frog that bag than knit unhappily. I do like Isobel del Mar.

Carrie K said...

You'll find something to knit with the yarn, I'm sure.

Finnegan is so darn cute!!

So what are you working on that you shouldn't be - spill.

Michelle said...

Oh, I hate when that happens! i am sure you will find the perfect pattern for the yarn; it is lovely.

I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow! Do something extra`special for yourself... a mani/pedi? a trip to the lyS? a big scoop of ice cream? or maybe all three :) You deserve it!

carolyninalaska said...

Hope you had a great birthday.
Happy Belated Birthday!

Isobel looks wonderful. With 3 ply going out, I gave in and ordered an Isobel for myself.
I think you're making the right choice about Thistle... if it's painful to knit, just frog it!

Bridget said...

Always better to admit something won't work, and move on.

Finnegan is so cute! I'm so jealous that you'll be visiting Nova Scotia before too terribly long.

Isobel looks amazing. I'm glad Lorraine was able to save her for you. 'Cause otherwise, well ...

And in case I don't get computer time tomorrow - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

knitseashore said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope you did something special, even if you couldn't go to Nova Scotia this year.

Good for you for frogging that bag! Life is too short...

Michelle said...

Sob! I will miss lorraine?! I hope everything is ok. I totally understand the "too busy to blog" syndrome but I am sad non-the-less.

Rebekah said...

YOur sweater is gorgeous!

I've always wnated to go to Nova Scotia, my grandmother was born there.

Traceyleezle said...

I've said it before and I will say it again, "Frogging is good for the soul."

I'm always partial to Finnegan photos...I wonder why?