David Suzuki

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
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I’ve decided to name all the recycled yarn I have, because it’s annoying always having to say “some green cotton stuff” instead of “mystical mountain breeze” or something.

David SuzukiDavid Suzuki is the world’s coolest / hottest* environmentalist, so I’m naming this first yarn after him. It’s the colour of the earth, for one. It also looks a lot like Noro and he’s Japanese, so I think it fits. I’m not sure how happy he’d be that it’s 85% petroleum-based, but I think he’d forgive me, seeing as I am recycling the yarn. All those Owl magazines have had an effect on me after all.

Stats!

Fibre content: 85% acrylic, 15% wool
Care instructions: machine wash cold.
Purchased at: Value Village
Price: $4
Weight: I should buy a scale so I can measure how heavy it is.
Plans for the yarn: I’d like to make a few striped scarves with it, along the same vein as the scarf by brooklyntweed. A few garter stitch scarves could also be really nice. The yarn is very similar to Noro, so any pattern meant for Noro could fit here.

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OMG, I M totalz PO’d w/ IK

Thursday, June 7th, 2007
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Ayayayayaye!

So I subscribed to Interweave Knits in March (that’s 72 days or 2 1/2 months ago), and my copy only just arrived in Toronto about a week or so ago. It took two months to get to my doorstep. What’s more, they said that I would receive the Spring issue as well as the summer issue. Boy howdy did that so not happen. I am angered! Angered and enraged! Not only did it arrive heinously not-on-time, but it was also emblazoned with a big 29 across the front, as if to suggest that 29 post office employees had personally licked the spine as it passed through customs.

Interweave Knits Summer 07

Does anyone know what this 29 means? Because I think it is a rating of my anger out of 30.

I am actually not really angry (I am Canadian after all), but I think everyone needs a little fake angry post on their blog every now and again. The patterns are still all there (obvs), so it’s not like I hugely care. Still, if all my IKs show up with big frickin’ numbers on the front, I’m going to get royally ticked off. What kind of a resale value am I going to get on these babies if I have to clarify that “no, the number on the cover is not the number of individual semen samples that are sticking to the inside pages” or “no, the number on the cover is not the number of times I sneezed on it when I had bird flu”? I’d like to keep them, but if I have to de-stash at some point and the patterns really suck in one issue, I’d like to be able to sell or trade them.

Anyhoo, at this point I’m putting Canada Post ON NOTICE. You watch out, Canada Post. If you do this again, you will be DEAD TO ME.

Capture of the Fire-fish

Monday, April 9th, 2007
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Thor FishingI found the following while looking for tips on knitting fishing nets. This poem is so badass! I love the Finnish. Their poetry is so hard core.

WAINAMOINEN, the enchanter,
The eternal wisdom-singer,
Long reflected, well considered,
How to weave the net of flax-yarn,
Weave the fish-net of the fathers.
Spake the minstrel of Wainola:
“Who will plow the field and fallow,
Sow the flax, and spin the flax-threads,
That I may prepare the fish-net,
Wherewith I may catch the Fire-pike,
May secure the thing of evil?”

–From The Kalevala, RUNE XLVIII. Capture of the Fire-fish.

Anyhoo, my latest project is to knit a fishing net for the beau. He’s a catch-and-release type of guy, so he wants a little hammock to keep by the side of his boat so he can submerge the fish while he’s removing hooks. This page here (PDF) is a great step-off point for knitting fishing nets, and I believe I’ll be using it almost exclusively. Faster than knitting a sweater, that’s for sure! Next time we stop by Canadian Tire, I’ll have to pick up some wood (for the ends of the hammock) and a bunch of nylon line.

This is so exciting! I love learning this sort of stuff.

Shipping to Canada

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
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I’m keeping this as a list for myself and I figured some other Canadian folks could use this list, too. Here is a list of online knitting retailers that ship to Canada (as well as their Canadian shipping prices in US dollars).

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Yo Knitta’s so cheap, she puts sock yarn on layaway

Saturday, July 15th, 2006
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I used to think that I was being very cheap. I’d put off knitting the maybe-too-luxe garments I’d love to have although I could technically afford them. I desperately wanted to knit Butterfly, but even three balls of Kid Silk Haze was a thorn in my penny-pinching paw, let alone the additional price of the magazine. I thought I was cheap.

But then I read a post by Domesticat and I realized… it’s not my wallet that wants me to stop knitting. It’s Canada. Our home and native land? More like our home and inflative land. (You like that? I liked that.)

And now I’m comparing prices all over the place.

Three skeins of KSH: $35-$45 in Domesticat-land. $55-$65 in Eve-land.

A sweater in the US: I’ve heard $60.
A sweater in Canada: At least $90.

A pair of socks in the US: A smile and some home-baked buns.
A pair of socks in Canada: Like at least seven pies.

Shipping in the US: Free or low.
Shipping to Canada: Two (2) first born. That’s especially hard because you have to convince a friend to go in on it.

How much does a pair of socks or a sweater cost for you? Where are you from?

Happy Canada Day!

Saturday, July 1st, 2006
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At Saunshine:

Thanks to the bloggin world, I learn something new everyday. Today is Canada Day. It’s the celebration of the formation of provinces under the name Canada. It’s good to learn about cultures other than your own. Thanks Dorothy.

I think that’s really cute. Oh Saun, aside from the wire tapping in the states and the igloos we live in up here, we’re all pretty much the same. But I appreciate your interest in our culture. Any time you’re up in herre (sic), I’ll totally show you around and then we can eat beaver tails.

Um, they’re not actually beaver tails, don’t worry.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Friday, June 16th, 2006
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What’s this?

Knit Bloggers Frappr Map

I’ve just created a frappr map to locate the world’s knitbloggers! I’m curious to see where most of us are. I’m also hoping there are lots in Canada! I’m feelin’ kinda lonely up here :(

As many other knit bloggers have noticed, it seems like there’s been a lag in knitting and knit blogging recently. Many of us have fallen back on memes to keep our posting steady. Hopefully this can be another meme that people will take part in for the greater good. If this gets big, people can use this to organize get togethers (check out the map, find everyone nearby) or just to stalk.

If you’re reading this and you’re a knit blogger, add yourself to the map! And if you’re especially nice, you’ll post a link on your own blog to frappr.com/knitbloggers so that your readers can add themselves as well!
Let’s populate this map!