Saturday, October 29, 2005

Happy Halloween

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Still looking for a halloween costume?  I'm still up in the air myself, but have found eons of inspiration here at the New York Village's Halloween parade.  How fun that must be, hey?  Litterally thousands of pictures of great costumes.  

remember mixed tapes?

Completely unrelated--remember these?  Japanese blogger Not Wild Style has put together a collection of hundreds of images of blank tapes in Cassette Jam 05

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

No crochet

Via kraf-o-la, this book by Jess Hutchison may well save me from re-learning how to crochet. The crochet hook and I don't get along so well, despite any adminaration I may have for crocheted items. Do have a look--this free bunny pattern should whet your pallet.

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I've grown a small urge to crochet again, and have been secretly stalking these free patterns. Now that knit patterns are to be found, let's just say the crochet thoughts are out the window. Hooray, I've staved off the crochet hook for another day.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Shoptoberfest success

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Shoptoberfest was a success!  Love visiting Toronto (operative word: visiting); so much to see, nice switch to a faster pace.  The faster pace was much required, only a few hours of shopping time by the time I got into town on Saturday. 

Did a quick runaround downtown, spending most of my time at H&M, where a few purchases were made.  When you live in a government town, stocking up on non-government-worker wear is a must.  What a lunatic store though, that H&M, intense patience required.  3 floors of clothes and accessories thrown randomly throughout the store.   

Acrylic and grey, this H&M scarf broke my no-scarf-buying policy

No yarn shopping, the closest I came was picking up a few scarves.  That's right, I got scarves the easy way.  It's ridiculous how much I fell in love with this plain grey acrylic scarf.  Of all colours, and all fabrics: grey acrylic.  Toronto has some fun yarn shops though, in particular Knitomatic, Lettuce Knit, and the crazy mess at Romni, but I truly don't need any more yarn.  Honest.  So no yarn shopping this round.  Only yarn in the form of finished product is allowed in the house right now, anway.

I keep meaning to post a thank you for all the postcards received from the Postcard Swap. 

Swap Bot postcard swap

Clockwise from top, postcards from Lisa, Adam (K-State card), Melanie and Brad (no blogs).  Hope the trial run helped iron-out any Swap Bot bugs.  Imagine, organizing a swap without even one person having to juggle Excel graphs. 

Friday, October 14, 2005


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With a heavy heart, I'm passing on a yearly tradition, Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.  I've attended with Mr. Clickety Click since we met, and while he's in Waterloo zigge-zagge-zigge-zagge-ing it up, I'll be celebrating a new tradition: Shoptoberfest.   Off instead to Toronto for one-day power-shop--I see visits to H&M, some new shoes, and some downtown fun coming my way.  

2005: Oktoberfest becomes Shoptoberfest

Happy weekend, happy shopping!  

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


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Scarf swap scarf has arrived--hooray!  An utterly perfect Backyard Leaves arrived just in time for fall scarf season.  Perfect timing, Winnie, thanks a million.  ...Still amazed at how quickly you turned this scarf around.  

SYNO Backyard Leaves in Knit Picks Mernio Style

Thanks again Winnie, love it!     

Thanks Emily!

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Many thanks to Emily for the great SP5 gifts.  Love the stitch markers and the hand-dyed wool, and looking forward to trying my hand at the mitten pattern you sent along.  The chocolate's long gone, and the tea kept me warm on some chilly days this past weekend. 

SP5 stash

Thanks again, hope you had fun with SP5--have fun with SP6.  Cheers!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

California, Thanksgiving.

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Why does California get all the fun?

Fellow Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving. CBC's back next week, hoorah.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Postcard swap

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Postcard swap postcards: sent this week.  I originally thought I'd take the non creative route and pick up some postcards in town.  But, as I was shopping for just the right cards, a flurry of ideas came to mind.  I picked up some blank card stock instead, and jumped in to make a stack of black and white make-at-home vintage knitting pattern postcards. Knitting, Canadian, retro, fun. 


Postage is crazy, boy.  85 cents to mail to the US and 1.45 international.  For postcards!  Yeesh.

Saturday, October 01, 2005


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All knitting aside, folks, something serious: Snow fell in Calgary. Booooooooooo.

Calgarians step it up 15 feet in the winter

Kind of explains why they've built room temperature walkways 15 feet above the sidewalks, connecting the downtown buildings. I was impressed by the walkways when visiting, ideal wind chill escapes.  I was also quite impressed with the sign design--the cowboy hat, especially.  

On the plus side of this cruel winter reminder, I suppose mitten and scarf season is only a few weeks below zero away.  Bittersweet, hey?

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