V Knits

My name is Venus. I knit as much as possible, while juggling work and various other activities. Currently, my yarn sprees hinder my ability to save up for trips and other important things. But I'm not apologizing.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Happy Blog Day to Me!

Today, my blog is one year old! It really doesn't seem like it's been that long. But there you go. I finished my May socks, with yarn to spare, maybe even enough for a second pair.... We'll see. But for now I will keep my needles free until my June yarn from Mama-E arrives.


Various pattern's rolled into one. (The Veined Leaf Instertion pattern is from Knitting on the Edge.)

C*EYE*BER Fiber Yarn (100% merino)
I used only 1/2 of one ball.

2.25mm bamboo dpns (set of 5)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

'Til There Were No Stars Anymore!

Best. Show. Ever. I can't even say how much fun I had yesterday! The BF and I got down to the Commodore Ballroom for around 5:30pm and got right in line behind the 5-8 people that were already there. We made quick friends with everyone around since only really big Hip fans were stalwartly enough to even get tickets. We speculated as to who might be the opening act, and some of us talked about how good the Sam Roberts Show was the night before. After going through rigorous ticket-acquiring processes ( involving names on lists, credit card/ID checks, fingerprinting and DNA testing) we were let in at 8pm and the BF and I promptly snagged a spot on the front line to the stage, just right of dead center. (I was at the very front and the dear BF stood as a barrier directly behind me.) Bought us some gig shirts and buckled down for the long haul. We took one look at the stage and realized it was the same setup as the night before, which meant only one thing. Sam Roberts Band would be opening for the Tragically Hip. It was fantastic! That line-up is the best of Canadian rock, hands down. Everyone in the place was on pretty decent behavior and we all did our darndest to rock out as hard as possible. AND! At the very end of the show Johnny Fay, the drummer came over to where I was in the crowd and passed off his drumsticks. But the two huge guys on either side of me grabbed at them too. You would think this would end is disappointment but wait! I was not about to give up! I got right in there and wrestled one of the sticks away from both of them. Then they duked it out over the other stick, decided to break it in half but ended up splintering it. I wrestled a drumstick away from two big guys which is a pretty cool souvenir from the show. Needless to say, I am one pleased girly. And to top it off, the shirt I bought is green, perfect for this month's Project Spectrum. Ta-da!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Lean green knitting scheme

Well, May is soon ending and I only have one sock almost done. Humph. I don't know that I will have the pair done for the end of May because I can't decide how I want to finish them off at the cuff. I took the 'leaf vein instertion' from Nicky Epstein's Knitting On The Edge and decided on making the socks shorties for summer weather. But now finishing it off is proving to be difficult. Anyway, here is what I have so far, being shown off with my beaut of a guitar. (Notice I finally have my camera back! Woo-hoo!)

This weekend is going to be an eventful one. Completely not yarn/knitting related, but fun nonetheless. Yesterday the BF and I went to the (sold out!) Sam Roberts Band Concert. They were awesome. And I wasn't expecting much of the opener, Ben Lee but he was great too. The girl he was touring with, Lara Meyerratken, also great. (She tried to call me up on stage but the bouncer wasn't allowed to let me up.) And tonight. TONIGHT! We are going to a sold out show to see the Tragically Hip. Some say you are not really Canadian if you don't have a place in your heart for the Hip. I've wanted to see them for a long time and the fact that they are playing such a smaller-than-usual venue makes me feel lucky to be going. Okay, I have to go now and get pumped up for tonight!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Everybody's makin' babies!

Which means that I will be making use of some of the baby-suitable yarn I have in my stash. There are a couple ladies that I work with who are recently announced as pregnant. I have some baby socks started from a while back that I will be pulling off the backburner and probably a baby blanket. Maybe I could try for a lil' sweater too. I've also been testing out a bit of cross stitch, inspired by an article in the April/May issue of BUST. I will show it off when it's done. And for anyone that cares, it's concert central here for the next couple of days. Sam Roberts is tomorrow night, and then, AND THEN!!!!!! I will be seeing the Tragically Hip at an oh, so sold out concert at a nice (read: not a stadium!) venue. This was a far fetched wish of mine to see them in a more intimate setting, and this Friday I will get to! I am so excited. This excites me more than yarn. Yeah, I know.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

In lieu of my camera

Isn't it pretty? With just a glance of sunlight? This picture is from a while ago. It is yarn I was test dying with Kool-aid. I thought that since I won't been able to pick up my camera from repairs until this weekend, I'd use this picture to add some green for Project Spectrum May. I really can't wait to get my camera back. My trigger finger is itchy.

In somewhat knitting-related news, I was bellydancing today. Yeah I know. What does bellydancing have to do with knitting? I will tell you. I was at my work's annual Staff Conference, in which they offer many varied courses for us workers to take, to raise morale and all that stuff. (This is where the bellydancing took place) and for some reason, when I was registering for the courses, I didn't sign up for the introduction to lace knitting. Why didn't I sign up? Because I thought it might be too basic for me. Not the right choice! I realize now that I should have signed up to socialize with fellow knitters, not just to learn new techniques. Why am I such a dummy? Oh well. But I did find out that the lady running the course is a fellow worker from the same department as my boyfriend. How about that? And wouldn't you know, she's joined Project Spectrum as well.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

May is here!

And so is the yarn! Thanks so much Mama E! I'm casting on right away. Can't blog, knitting.