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  • 02:41 @calizamatilda aww thanks miss. #
  • 02:42 I started knitting a new pair of socks! they are made out of cherry tree hill yarn in a colourway that looks like a crayon box. #
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I don't really like how this one turned out, but I couldn't not post a picture of Trippy wearing the little scarf (actually the beginning of a slipper) that I attacked him with...

I've been so busy the past few days that I've been taking photos but never actually getting around to posting them, so I put a few more under here.Collapse )
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baby bolero

I am attending a baby shower next month, so I knit up a little something.
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flowers on campus

I feel like I'm cheating by posting photographs of flowers so often but there are so many beautiful ones coming out right now that I can't help it...
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Today was the last day of our weaving class! here is my finished scarf - the warp is brown mohair yarn, and the weft is my handspun yarn. I am so happy with it, I've already worn it out to dinner.
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weaving class scarf

I'm taking the second half of my weaving class this weekend. We're all making scarves.
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I spent a good chunk of the afternoon weaving another strip for a big fuzzy blankie. It's gonna be so soft...
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(Just to explain in case you missed it: I've borrowed dothewu's photo-a-day idea because I'm trying to get into the habit of taking photographs more often.

Handspun Merino Silk

This is some yarn I spun yesterday. It is wool and silk and so it is super soft and will be so cozy once it's knit or woven into something.
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Blanket Panel

I've started weaving panels for another blanket... Apparently I like handwoven blankets.
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Baby Goats at Wellington Fibres

There are baby goats at Wellington Fibres! I spent a long time taking photos of them, but the coolest thing was that, because the ladies teaching the class while Lorne and Donna were away are not the most agile, they asked for a volunteer to climb over and help one of the babies convince Momma that letting her kid nurse would be a good idea. A very strange experience, but neat nonetheless.
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Warping the Loom

I took a weaving class at Wellington Fibres this weekend. This is the loom just as we were putting on the warp. I think I had just finished dressing the loom.
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crocuses

There are so many crocuses in our backyard right now - two of the beds are just full of them.
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I'm trying to get into the habit of taking photos more often, so I'm going to borrow dothewu's idea and start posting a photo a day. Here's today's photo:

seedlings

I started some seeds for the garden a couple days ago; the snow peas are just starting to root.
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Resistance to power is a form of sublimity. --Longinus

I have been studying all day and I still feel behind, but that is just the way it goes... I have tomorrow night to study for a midterm, and I have already finished the essay that is due on friday, which is a big relief. I don't have SSN commitments until Friday afternoon. This week is going rather more smoothly than the last few have gone and it's been so good. I just wish I had a little more knitting time. Right now I pretty much have to content myself with puppy-walking breaks and thursday night knitting group.

Random fact: Today I came home from class and found that I had mail waiting for me. Apparently I won a door prize at Book Expo last spring! It turns out it was a silly Reader's Digest book and cd set about 1950s rock and roll, you know, one of those cheesy sets you find in the discount section of chapters... but it was still pretty nice to have won something!
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Just out of curiosity, if it so happened that I had found myself with a couple tickets to the matt good show on Oct 21st in Guelph, is there anyone out there who might like to go with me? I'm pretty sure I can think of several people on my list who might be interested...

PS. Comments screened just because it minimizes potential awkwardness, I guess

PPS. Yeah, I like matt good. you wanna make somethin of it?

Current Mood: amused amused

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"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose.... The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of time.
But it was a beginning."

--Robert Jordan

Aside from meeting Mr. Jim Rigney, better known as Robert Jordan, once at a book signing in Toronto, I've only known him through his epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time, a 10,000+ page story which I've been reading since the ninth grade, and also through reading his blog. But when I heard the news this morning, that he had lost his battle with amyloidosis, I cried. I cried because while I'm mourning the death of a person I only met once, and only spoke about 40 words to, at a book signing where he met hundreds of people, dammit I'm also grieving a little for Rand, and Mat and Perrin and Nynaeve and Elayne and Egwene and Aviendha, and Thom and Moiraine, because these are characters I've been reading about and rooting for for years now, and now RJ won't be here to see them, when the final book is in print - which it will be, eventually - kick the Dark One's ass on the rocks of Shayol Ghul. Like them or not, his books had a massive following, and Jim Rigney will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace.
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New Naomi Klein book!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kieyjfZDUIc

::goosebumps::

....the book trailer was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, who is very cool...
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Pray for rain and safe evacuations....
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This Is Just To Say

I forgot
the leftovers
that were on
the cafe table

and which
would have been
perfect
for lunch

forgive me
i was distracted
so confused
and yet certain
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Yesterday, I made peach crisp to take over to a friends house for dessert. Peaches are just in season here so it turned out beautifully and tasted so good. Here they are before I put the crisp topping on, just sprinkled with some brown sugar and cinnamon:

Peach Crisp

One of the strange things about me is that I'm allergic to raw peaches but I can eat them cooked, so I always love finding new and interesting ways to prepare them.

I had a bunch of bananas which had gotten overripe a few days ago, so those turned into banana muffins. I've been nibbling on these with my breakfast all week:

Banana Muffins

And, this whole gardening thing is totally paying off! We've had a constant supply of lettuce since mid-July, along with a near-constant supply of cherry tomatoes. My regular tomatoes, however, have been sluggish. The first crop has only just begun to ripen. I have enough that I'll be able to make a little salsa on Friday, once I exchange some of my cucumbers for some of Protagitron's jalapeno peppers...

Tomatoes from my garden!

I think I may also attempt to oven-dry a few, and make pasta sauce or tomato paste out of some others, and once they begin to really come ripe in large numbers my mom and I will do some canning.... There are too many out there for us to eat them all fresh, that's for sure.

As if that weren't enough, I also think I'm going to make a pot of sweet-potato chili once I get some more zucchini from my two plants... There are a few that are almost big enough to pick, they just need a little more time.
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Some mind-expanding links for you:

The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher <--read this one even if you read none of the others.

How the public school system crushes souls.

"I'm a Saboteur."

This is why nobody protests, why nobody pays attention. This is why so many people hate themselves, even if only a little. In my opinion, anyway.
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The best thing I've seen all day: The Bayeux Tapestry, animated.

(saw this on Neil Gaiman's blog!)
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Pay It Forward meme: I will send a handmade gift to the first three people who leave a comment requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don't know what that gift will be yet, but you will receive it within 365 days. The only thing you have to do in return is "pay it forward" by making a similar agreement on your journal.

The "gift" you send doesn't have to be handmade. It can be fic, icons, whatever.

Custom knitted toques/mittens, anyone?