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Monday, October 30, 2006
i promise and i deliver
Photos! Ok, not the most interesting photos, but photos none-the-less. Yannick isn't home, and neither are his feet, so I will wait to post Birthday Sock photos once I have one or the other around.This is some yarn I bought in Florida while on our honeymoon. Isn't it pretty?

In Hallandale, right near my grandmother's condo where we stayed the first week, is a yarn shop:I had to go in there. No really, HAD to. See, my mom had sent me down with some embroidery floss to exchange for the proper colors for her, so I can't be helped if I spent some time browsing the yarn selection while I was in there, could I? I was primarily interested in finding some Tessin yarn by Muench, as this was supposed to be one of their distributors, but they didn't have any in stock. So I was about to leave when I spotted this colorful hank hanging on the wall. It's called Anne and it's by Schaefer and I love the color combination. The above photo shows how bright the colors are in real life, but doesn't show the subtle variation of orange/ochre/mustard/forest/earth that the non-red or black parts are. This photo (without flash) is much too dark, but shows that little section a bit better. Of course, you're still missing the crimson/burgundy/wine/cherry variation that the red section goes through, but I'm not spending an hour with the camera so this is the best you'll get until I knit with it.
I have no idea what it will be. I don't want to waste it on socks that won't often get seen. It's fingering weight, and one hank has a whopping 540 yards. And it's superwash. Any ideas?
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 6:38 p.m.   1 comments
Saturday, October 28, 2006
excuses, excuses
I haven't posted in a while, but I have a reason for it, I swear. I've been trying to figure out what to do with my blog, because my hosting provider wants to charge me more money for having all these photos. They want me to remove older photos or clean out my archives...not something I'm willing to do because it's my blog and I want all my old posts and photos intact.

I think I've figured out what I'm going to do, but I've been avoiding posting because I didn't want my storage to overflow before I could get around to doing it. I don't know how to do what I'm planning, so it will be soon, but just not yet. In the meantime I'm going to try blogging as normal.

So what have I been up to? I finished Yannick's Birthday Striped socks and forgot to take a photo, so hopefully I'll remember to take one this weekend and post it. Once I finished those, about a week and a half ago, I moved on to a stuffed elephant for Robyn for her baby shower. I haven't let myself work on anything but that because I need to have it finished in time. I'm not going to post a photo of the elephant until after the shower because even though she picked it out, there needs to be an element of surprise, no?

Other than some knitting, I haven't been doing much. Yannick and I went to the knitting meetup last Wednesday (last week) and lucky me got to pay a $37 parking ticket that Yannick got with my car. (Robyn picked me up at work and Yannick took my car to come meet us...forgot that the hours for metered parking have changed and didn't bother reading the signs). Don't send me nasty emails- I know it was his fault and he should have paid, and he will pay me back. But he has a habit of letting tickets sit around and I didn't feel like waiting until the $37 becomes $100 because he misplaced it. Not when it's on my license plate. Beyond that I've been really boring. Staying home most nights, weekends too. Doing some knitting, some napping. The highlight of last weekend was babysitting for Jackie and Kevin's son. Tomorrow we'll get to see Yannick's nephews (I guess I can call them my nephews now too, huh?) when we go over for dinner. And that will wrap up another boring week.

Next post: photos, I promise.
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 1:31 p.m.   2 comments
Thursday, October 19, 2006
wanna see what i did to my hair?
Remember those wedding photos of mine? Remember how long and blond my hair was?

Knowing I wanted it so long and so blond for the wedding drove me nuts because all I could think about was cutting it and changing the color, like I do every few years. So once I was back from our honeymoon and had a day off I went to the salon.This isn't such a great photo, but that's 'cus I'm cropped out of a living room scene of about 30 people. This was at a party the weekend I had the hair done (the only reason it looks good, because it hasn't had that flip-under thing going on since!). I don't know why I'm biting my hand, but the photo is meant to show you the hair.
Not such a great photo of the hair, but I have so few of Yannick and I that I couldn't resist posting it.

You like?
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 9:28 p.m.   3 comments
Saturday, October 14, 2006
new knitting store in mtl and to carin
So I've been pretty mum lately on what's going on in my life...partly because there's not much to tell. I've been really zonked at night and once I get home from work I usually veg in front of the TV. Once or twice I have the energy to take my knitting out and put it on my lap, but I really haven't done much. I did get a burst of productivity this week, as earlier in the week I turned the heel and finished the gusset on Yannick's Bday socks, and last night I got up to 170 rows completed...200 rows gets me to where I can decrease for the toes. Blah blah what does this mean? Hopefully before the end of the weekend I can knit something else!

I have a dinosaur to knit for my cousin Phil and Lisa's son Oliver, an elephant to knit for Robyn's future child (that we'll go buy the yarn for on Monday), I'd like to finish my Honeymoon Shawl even though I don't know when I would ever wear a shawl, and I really want to finish my Clapotis before winter officially gets here. Then there are the Bowling socks to get around to before Hanukah, and my Enchanted Forest cardi to work on eventually, and all the million or so other projects I either want to knit, or have to knit.

Last night Robyn, Kadi, Jennie, Caroline, Angela and I represented the Montreal Knits group at a knitting thing at a new knitting store that opened up on St-Hubert street. I'm going to totally murder the name of the place but it's something like Effiloché and it's pretty cool. Lots of Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden, Regia, Berrocco yarns, Recycled Silks, Uruguayan hand-dyed wool (Malobrogo or something?) and other funky stuff. No Patons or anything like that, in fact the only acrylic I remember seeing was some rayon and stuff mixed in with the sock yarns or the Berrocco stuff. But if you're looking for something cool or different, or gorgeous colors, go! Lots of knitting magazines too and tons of needles, especially a lot of bamboo needles. Because it's also a sewing shop, there were tons of buttons and ribbons and odds and ends like that. You'll know it's the right place because the original Clapotis is in the window, and you'll see others of Kate's patterns there, including the really, really cool felted trick-or-treat Hallowe'en bag. (By the way, are we still putting the ' in Hallowe'en? I thought I read somewhere that we don't do that anymore.) I think I might put in an order for some Dale Baby Ull when they get it in next week. I'm too chicken to drive to St-Hubert but the owner said she'd ship it to me if I wanted, so I might just get my hands on some. She had one ball in last night as a tease, and I got to squeeze it. Mmmm...

Edited to add: I almost forgot the best part! I bought some yarn last night. I limited myself to just one thing...a 100g ball of sock yarn. I know, like I needed more, right? But wait- there's more! The sock yarn has Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil in it! It conditions your hands while you knit, and your feet while you wear the socks. The oils are supposed to last for about 40 washes, and the yarn feels so very soft with it. I bought it in a mix of light greens and pinks figuring I don't have any girly socks.

I woke up early this morning before work so I did another 10 rows on the sock (180 rows down, if you're still counting) and am about to go get dressed and split. Tonight we'll grab some dinner then go over to our friends Steph and Steph for some coffee and dessert, and I don't know what we have in the works for tomorrow but I know we need clear out the basement to make room for my parents' old wall unit so there might be a cleaning day in the cards for me. Ugh.

To Carin:
Hi! Wow long time no see! I think the last time I ran into you was...I remember it was somewhere. Was it at Concordia or at the B'nai Brith building on Ct-St-Cath? I would have replied privately but you left the comment as anonymous so I don't have an email address for you.

How on earth did you find my website? And thanks for the compliment on the knitting...I can do a few things well. :] I'd ask you a whole bunch of questions but if you email me directly instead of leaving a comment then we can take this off-blog.

p.s. Wanna know something funny? I don't know if you're still there, but every time I watch Debbie Travis I look for you. Caught you on screen a few times here and there. I always yell to whoever is near "I used to know her". They usually don't care.
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 8:57 a.m.   2 comments
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
For Nicole
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 8:21 p.m.   1 comments
wouldn't it be cool if...
Does anyone remember those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? The ones where you got to the end of the chapter and it said something like "What do you do now? If you want to find the missing hamster, go to page 60. If you want to ride your bike to soccer practice, go to page 4."

Now that DVDs are so popular and have the "chapters" capability that allows one to jump around the disk, wouldn't it be cool to have a "Choose Your Own Adventure" movie? It would mean a lot of filming for the cast, but so what? And I don't just mean for kids, although the possibilities there are endless. But think of a thriller, or horror movie. YOU tell the character where to hide, or whether or not to cheat on his boss, and the movie plays out the consequences of your choices. I think that would be awesome!

(I know they did something similar with the DVD release of -I think- Final Destination 3, where you could choose whether a character lives or dies based on the flip of a coin. I'm thinking of something different, a truly interactive movie.)
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 3:12 p.m.   0 comments
Friday, October 06, 2006
you've waited long enough...WEDDING PHOTOS!
Yannick's family:
His sister Brigitte, her husband Matthieu, me, Yannick, his mom Nicole, his dad Marcel
Brigitte & Matthieu's sons: Justin (5), Alexandre (10), Nicholas (9), William (3)

My sister Laura, my mom Betti and me.

The huppah is the wedding canopy we got married under.

Me under the huppah.


Me in the bridal room.

I love this garter, my shoes, earrings, necklace, bracelet, veil, bouquet, hair comb and our wedding rings.

He's so cute!

Me again.

My parents' and in-laws' favorite photo of me.

Me and my sister Laura

Getting married! Under the huppah there are Yannick's parents, Kevin (his best man), us,
the minister who married us, my parents and Laura (my maid of honor).

The bridal party (row by row):
Richard (our good friend), Jon (my cousin), Mike (my brother), Robyn (my cousin)
Julie (one of my best friends and Rich's wife), Kevin (Yannick's best friend), Kevin (our good friend)
Yannick, me, Aaron (my brother), Nicholas (Yannick's nephew), Stacey (my cousin)
Laura (my sister), Justin (Yannick's nephew), William (Yannick's nephew), Debbie (one of my best friends), Jackie (one of my best friends and Kevin's wife)
Alexandre (Yannick's nephew), Vanessa (my cousin)

Laura was my maid of honor, Kevin was Yannick's best man, Rich, Kevin, Jon, Mike and Aaron were our ushers, Julie, Jackie, Debbie, Robyn and Stacey were our bridesmaids, Alex, Nick, Justin and William were our ring bearers and Vanessa was our flower girl.

posted by Jennifer Lori @ 10:20 a.m.   9 comments
Thursday, October 05, 2006
i'm really behind but
to all those who came to my blog while I was on my honeymoon and complimented the Poodle Skirt...thank you! I'm so happy that my tutorial could help even one person, much less the bunch of you who thanked me for putting it out there, and telling me that you needed something like it and found my link. Whether you found me by browsing or via Craftster...thank you!
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 8:41 p.m.   1 comments
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
but not wedding photos, I'm still going through those.

This is the progress on Yannick's Birthday Socks. I'm not letting myself knit anything else until this pair is done and on his feet.Check out that symmetry! I managed to get them both started at exactly the same spot! I like fraternal socks every once in a while, but this pair twinned up perfectly!

This is the Honeymoon Shawl (Fiber Trends' Shoalwater Shawl). It will be next to finish once the Bday socks are done.You can't tell from this photo (lace photographs horribly pre-blocking!) but this shawl is actually pretty big so far.
I tried to show a bit of the lace, but since this pattern is more flowy- than patterned, it doesn't show well.

Remember the Bowling Socks? I'm thinking they'll be a Hanukah gift now, as I have a lot of stuff I want to knit before next summer...and the time keeps ticking away.

On a last note, here's something we found at the Dollar Store near my grandmother's condo in Hallandale. Proof that you can buy anything in the States.Moses- the Action Figure!
posted by Jennifer Lori @ 5:48 p.m.   2 comments
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