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.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

So Spoiled!

Knitty highlights from my X-mas haul!

Nicky Epstein's "Knitting Over the Edge" from my brother. Ashley Page's "Sexy Little Knits" from my Fella's parents and a poplar drop spindle from my Fella!

But do you know what was utterly missing from my life? This swift.

From my dear sweet Fella.
This probably wasn't the most exiting gift for him to purchase but I absolutely love it!

And I think the first FO I will have for the new year will be socks for my Fella. The more I knit socks, the more I love to knit socks.

Other projects to be completed for the new year include my red cardi, spiral rag rug and an Ape zip-up hoodie (sewing project) for my brother.

I hope everyone has had a fulfilling 2006 and have good plans for 2007.
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 18, 2006

This December

This is the first year since ever that I haven't worked retail during Christmas. I loathed this time of year and very little of me would get into the spirit of things. I am happy to say that even though I still despise mall muzak Christmas carols, large groups of shoppers and tacky, over-priced decorations, I am more agreeable to the atmosphere this year. I have my mind settled in a homey, down-to-earth Christmas with lots of treats and food, family and friends.

Mmm, and the best gift a foodie like me can receive is.... Food! I had to share this one. A very good friend of mine gave me homemade peppermint patties! Aren't they gorgeous! And they taste fantastic. (Thanks Eri!)

Now for the things I've been up to this month (other than the obligatory Christmas shenanigans.)

This series of photos is a result of a recent trip to Value Village. It's my first attempt at a rag rug and I can't be happier. I love the colors!

Next, because I have temporarily abandoned my Evening in Eden Lace Shawl I will show you the results my mom had using the same pattern.

She knitted it up very quick. I think it only took her a couple weeks. Go Mom Go!

Last but not least, I finished and gifted a baby blanket for my Fella's co-worker.

Now that all my hard work is done, I am counting down the days until my Fella and I go up to visit his parents in Powell River for Christmas. Also, my birthday is quickly approaching which mean one thing. Cake. (A few days ago I was taken out to early birthday dinner to the Modern Club. If you live in Vancouver I urge you to visit this restaurant. It's at 3446 Dunbar Street between 18th and 19th Ave. The Modern Club. They serve Japanese-style savory pancakes called okonomiyaki's. They are to die for. You must go!)

I hope everyone is making the best of this festive season. Stay safe and I'll see you in the new year!

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Greatest

This past Wednesday me and my Fella were lucky enough to see Cat Power perform for the second time this year. This time it was at the Commodore Ballroom and she brought the Memphis Rhythm Band with her. (Some members of the band are on Cat Power's newest album, The Greatest.) The show was awesome, we were up front and center and we even got some good photos! Do you see that Cat Power lighter on the bottom left? Well, we were one of 3 people that were lucky enough to snag one at the show. The roadies came out on stage quietly and quickly sold them off.

What's this? Ah, some knitting content. Right, this is a knitting blog after all.

Here is a photo I meant to post last time. My mom and I decided to knit the same lace shawl pattern while I was visiting in Calgary. She is knitting one for a gift and I've been hankering for some lacework. In this photo we are knitting up test swatches. We decided to use cheap-o acrylic yarn for practice, then start on with the actual yarn meant for the project. My mom is about half way done her shawl and I have yet to finish the first set off the chart. When I have more progress to report I'll post a photo.