30 December 2009

Kitten, kitten, kitten!

It's my birthday today, hooray! I'm 24, which is a mostly unexciting age, but I'm getting a kitten! Well, she is my present, but I don't get her till next Tuesday, because she doesn't turn 8 weeks till this weekend and also, she is being spayed and having her second set of shots on Monday. Gratuitous kitty cuteness:

kitten

new kitten!

More pictures to come next week for sure, and now I'm off to debate the merits of kitten sweaters. XD

26 December 2009

My goodness.

I am a terrible blogger. I think about blogging all the time, I just never feel like I have much to say... Now, however, I think my life has become sufficiently upset to blog about. Long story short, I ended up leaving school and moving home to my parents' house (after a looooong drive in a UHaul with my Dad). I've been back for a week today. Boyfriend and I are still together, just doing it long distance again. It's been a little hectic, but I've got a cute little room here at home; my parents cleaned out the computer room and let me have it, which is fitting, as the room used to be my bedroom when I was little. This is the first time I've had my own room since I was six years old, so it's a little exciting.

To give a small update from my last post, pertaining specifically to the small kitten we took in - well, she died. :( We kept her for about a month and she seemed to be doing really well, eating more and learning to use the litter box, definitely growing, and one morning it just all went downhill, really really fast. We don't really know what happened still, but the vet thought it might've been a preexisting condition, and anyway there was nothing to do for her, so we had to put her down. It was pretty awful and the bf and I were really devastated. We felt so lonely without her actually, and realized how much we loved having a little kitten, that the next day when our landlord's mother mentioned a farm near her house that was giving away free kittens, we went to go see and ended up with a new kitty, just like that. He was a cutie, but he was never quite the same for me. Bf kept him up in Canada.

Now though, I'm really missing having a sweet kitty to cuddle with, so I'm going to look for a kitten soon. We're going to an MSPCA farm tomorrow actually, and even though I don't quite have the money, I'm hoping to get a kitten - my birthday is Wednesday and I'm hoping my parents might gift me with a small, furry friend. :)

I'll definitely post if I get one! Till tomorrow!

01 October 2009

bad timing?

So I have discovered lately that I really, really, really want to knit big, happy, luxurious, knitterly projects. I don't want to touch any little cute toys of any kind. I want shawls, socks, sweaters, tams, scarves, etc. all the nice warm winterly stuff. Unfortunately, I still have to finish Nick's birthday present (his birthday was Tuesday), and then three more Tuppys by next week. Good god. I want to recast on the messed up toe for my hearts socks and complete my first pair of socks. I can justify casting on more socks before I finish my sweaters (yes, multiple are incomplete and on the needles) because they are portable class/bus knitting.

I think the worst part is is that all I want to do is cast on this sweet shawl (ravlink) that I saw the YarnHarlot knit a while ago. I want to make it in the same yarn because I think it looks lovely, just a different color. It's not the yarn that the pattern calls for, which was sort of one of my unofficial knitting resolutions, but that yarn is a crepe and my mind curls up in a ball in fear of such yarns. Blech. They do nothing for me.

So the other bit of news I have is that we got a kitten. :) My landlord found it outside in a bush in the rain, but he didn't want to keep it, so we're taking him. Or her. It's only about 2 weeks old so I really have no idea if it's male or female. For now, it's a cute grey kitty that I have to bottle-feed that has a strange attachment to my feet. :) Pictures later, when I can get it to sit still.

18 September 2009

bad

oh hai. it's me. the terribad blogger. I had all these intentions of becoming more bloggy when I moved to Canada, but it's been a month and all I've done is update my blog's layout. Ah well. C'est la vie.

So I'm here, in Canada. In Ontario, more specifically. I've started school (a whole week now) and things are going well. We haven't done too much other than slowly unpack all my stuff, reorganize the apartment and skip school orientation. ^_^ It was stupid, and believe me - I don't need to be taking sessions on "Surviving the Western Classroom". So we ditched.

Well, this is me saying that I'm going to try my best to blog more often. I have a project (possibly 2) to finish for tomorrow, so I will try to post on Sunday with some FO pictures.

And I get to see my Dad tomorrow, because he's got a 6 hour stop-over in Toronto on his way home from Japan - exciting!

26 March 2009

school!

So the other day, I was at work, browsing the internet and wasting time (much like I am now, in fact), when I got an email. I just figured it was more junk, like from e.l.f., who emails me about 10 times a day. Nope! It was from an email I didn't recognize immediately. Something like "canigny" and then my eyes scanned over to the subject line and I saw "Study Authorization" and had to remind myself not to scream for joy while sitting in my cubicle.

It's true! My application for a study visa was approved! Huzzah! In August 2009 I'll be moving in with Kyle (maybe sooner depending on the job) and then in September I'll be starting school! Yay!

And to make me even more happy, my yarn came in for my happy yellow sweater, AND I knit up a gauge swatch (this yarn is so soft, it's making me delirious with happiness), AND I got gauge. Spot on. Freaking amazing.

20 March 2009

new project planning

I am terribly excited. About a couple things. First, I'm going to see Kyle next month! This is exciting for a few reasons. 1] I get to see Kyle. Yay! 2] I get a whole week off work. OMFG YAY. You don't even know. ._.

The other thing I'm excited about (and which I've been researching at length, while I'm supposed to be working o_O) is the new sweater I plan on making. I have to finish Serenity first, as well as Mel's gloves/mittens (which are almost past the point of being useful, as it's steadily getting warmer outside) before I'm allowed to cast on this new sweater. It's called Global Warming, and I think it's supposed to be a pun because the recommended yarn is a wool, but the sweater is short-sleeved. I've decided it will be a much nicer summer sweater, as I'm not really into the whole layering short sleeves over long sleeves thing. Well, I was when I was 13, but not anymore. ^_^"

I'm going to be using Plymouth Royal Bamboo yarn (which is a worsted bamboo yarn) in colorway 02, a nice summery yellow. Not like, sunshine yellow, but not quite pastel either. I am sort of in love with it. >_>" I also got it on sale for $3.99 a ball, which makes me super happy. A whole sweater for $31! I have this terrible fear of running out of yarn, but I bought 8 skeins (which is more than 700 yds) so I think I'll be ok. This is a snug-ish sweater with tiny puffed sleeves and I'm doing a different neck. It'll be ok... I hope. o_O

The exciting thing about this sweater is that there's a lot of planning I have to do for it. I actually have to knit a gauge square and like, do math and things. It's going to be super customized. I plan on making my sweater a lot longer than the pattern suggests, as I like my tops to sit at my hips, or thereabouts. Also, I'm omitting the pocket. I want it to be a 'pretty' sweater, rather than a 'cute' sweater. Plus adding fabric to my stomach area is usually not kind to my attempts at not looking fat. >_< Also, I think I'm going to add some bust darts to maximize shapeliness. Aaaand I'm putting in a scoop neck, because high necked anything just doesn't really flatter.

So here's to a (hopefully) pretty yellow puff-sleeved, scoop-necked bamboo summer sweater! Hip hip, huzzah!

11 March 2009

babette

I apologize. I'm a terribly bad blogger. Truth be told, however, that nothing too exciting happens in my life right now. The biggest thing going on is the fact that I'm going to mail out my application for a student visa to go to school in Canada next fall (oh, by the way, I got accepted to Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, which is where Kyle goes to school). Hopefully all that goes through without a hitch.

On a crafty note, I finished my Babette Blanket (Ravelink):

SDC11105

pattern: babette blanket
yarn: Cascade 220 (100% wool)
tools: size 5.5mm crochet hook
comments: I really loved making this blanket. the squares were fun to crochet, and I loved seeing how all the colors blended into this fabulous blanket. it's been done for about 2 weeks now, but I've been snuggling up with it on top of my quilt every night, so I haven't been inclined to take pictures and post. :) fun fun fun.