Monthly Archives: June 2010

Self-Imposed Yarn Diet.

Today I was at the London (Ontario) Food Festival, eating some Thai food and Jamaican beef patties, when I got a call from Corey. I volunteered to bring him some food, so we sat on a bench near his workplace while he ate. This bench happened to be about 6 metres from the front door of a higher-end yarn shop, which had two signs in their windows: “50% OFF EVERYTHING” and “Closing Sale!”

Yarn goodies.

I raced home, wrote down some patterns I had queued on Ravelry and the type of yarn I wanted for them, and drove back to the shop.

I paid for the yarn with weak knees, and drove home in a trance. I missed putting on my turn signal three times. I never forget to put on my signal. I signal when I’m driving out of our apartment parking lot in the middle of the night when there is no moving car in sight. When I got home, I had to have a short sit-down with my yarn and calm myself.

After some thought, I came to the conclusion that I will go on a longer yarn diet. I just finished a 2.5 month yarn diet, during which I bought two skeins yarn to make gifts. But it’s time for desperate measures. I am inspired by this blogger’s post about her own yarn diet.

This Yarn Diet ends on June 26 next year, or once I use up 90% of my stash. I have enough yarn for four sweaters and some small projects, plus I need to finish my Sylvi.

There will be exceptions! Souvenir yarns from special places that I visit or yarn purchased to make gifts for others are generally okay, in (low) moderation. I also have several skeins that won’t work well unless I pair them with other yarns (currently not in my stash), but I will evaluate each situation accordingly and do my best to make do with what I have.

Now that that’s over with, onto today’s loot!

Noro Kureyon.

1 skein of Noro Kureyon
Project: Socks, inspired by these socks in progress. This blog belongs to a fellow librarian from my program, so when I saw those socks in person, I knew I was going to be making socks out of Noro Kureyon sooner or later.

Noro Silk Garden.

4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden
Project: The ever popular Noro Striped Scarf, which became even more popular after Jared Flood blogged about it.

Rowan Felted Tweed.

7 skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed
Project: Rowan is expensive, and the good stuff is never on sale! These will become a Manu, designed by Kate Davies of needled.

And finally,


9 skeins of Koigu Premium Merino.
Project: The Pas de Valse by Marnie MacLean. I hope beyond hope that I calculated the yardage correctly. I’m thrilled about getting Koigu on sale for this pattern! I stood there for several minutes picking a colour, and decided to go with a soft pink that resembles the original. I like the idea that it will be a flowy, feminine cardigan.

Add all that up, and you get this:

Happy Gem.



Even though my class schedule is not very busy this semester, I still feel like I have a lot of work to do, which means that my knitting gets pushed to the side. (The addition of World of Warcraft to my life has nothing to do with knitting going on the backburner… or does it?)

I actually did start working on the Sylvi a few weeks ago, and managed to knit up nearly one front piece. More worries about sizing have prevented me from continuing though. I think it’ll be a tight fit, but with blocking should fit comfortably. Fingers crossed.

Aside from that, I have been knitting coasters. Yes, coasters. I don’t really knit items for “in-the-home.” Actually, if I can’t wear it, I generally don’t knit it. Some exceptions apply, but I mostly enjoy knitting garments for myself. That said, I haven’t been able to concentrate much on anything except these:

Mitred squares.

Mitred squares. Aren’t they beautiful? I’ve been using the leftover Noro Kureyon from the Feather and Fan shawl for Corey’s grandmother, and the colour is working very well even for these small squares. I cast on 50 stitches, and threw in some purl rows so that the ridges are further apart and you can see the colour nicely.

Now I have visions of making blankets out of mitred squares in Noro Kureyon, but I’ll only have six squares before my yarn runs out. Coasters it is.

Laugh Tracks.

I have a rule about my TV watching. It’s not a particularly strict rule because I break it every week on Mondays at 8pm to watch How I Met Your Mother. But as a general rule, I do not watch television shows with laugh tracks.

There are a few comedy shows that I enjoy. I watch Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, The Office, Community, and have indulged in several Arrested Development marathons in the past.

One common element among those shows is that none of them feature a laugh track. There are two main reasons why I generally can’t handle watching shows with canned laughter.

1. I think I’m smart enough to know when to laugh, and when not to laugh. If a joke’s not funny, I’m not going to laugh at it. If something happens that wasn’t meant to be funny and I think it’s hilarious, I’m going to laugh at it. I don’t need prerecorded laughter to help me along and I’d rather not deal with it, see below.

2. It really takes away from the real comedy of the show. I willingly watch How I Met Your Mother because I think it’s genuinely funny and intelligent (most of the time), but also because the performances aren’t affected by laugh tracks. In other shows, oh let’s say The Big Bang Theory, I find that the laughter is often overwhelming, louder than HIMYM, and lasts longer than necessary. It’s become a part of the show, part of the viewing experience. With HIMYM, I can ignore the laughter pretty easily; it’s in the background. On BBT, it really affects what’s happening on screen.

If you want to see what I’m talking about, watch this clip from Big Bang Theory, with the laugh track removed.

If a show can’t deliver funny comedy without a laugh track to guide the audience, I’m just not interested.

Check out the history of laugh tracks in this Wikipedia article. Did you know that in 2009, of the seven shows nominated for Best Comedy, How I Met Your Mother was the only one that featured a laugh track?

The moral of this story: Neil Patrick Harris really does make everything better.

Little Owl Font.

For my birthday yesterday, a friend from my program got me my own font from I practised my penmanship, wrote the letters in one go, and now I have my own font called Little Owl:

Little Owl Font.

My penmanship will forever be digitally preserved.

My 26th birthday consisted of breakfast sausage, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Sainte Andre triple cream cheese, Community, flowers from my parents, a thunder & lightning storm, going to see Date Night at the theatre, free movie tickets because the storm made the film flicker a few times, and an incredible dinner at Bertoldi’s Trattoria, which Corey said was a treat from my parents. We ended the night with a mini Buffy marathon.

All in all, a good birthday!