Sunday, August 26, 2007

quick trip to southern Ontario

I had to hit Welland for a wedding, so made sure to find some diversions there before I left. Farmer's market of course, because I have a one track mind and that's supposed to be Foodland Ontario:

I met a knitter from Welland on Ravelry and he gave me the lo-down. You should check out his podcast! He told me about a vegetarian vendor at the farmer's market, but it wasn't there this week. He also told me about knitting and crafty places all over the area, I wish I could've made it to all those little towns! I did get to Broadway Textiles, and the main LYS in Welland though:

Nancy the Librarian Action Figure liked the Welland Zine Library best:

Hit a yard sale and scored some Coronation Street loot, what great luck! Oh how I wish Spider would come back to the show with a good storyline. I wasn't watching it when he was a regular, so I only know him from when he came back to nurse Emily back to health after Richard Hillman twacked her over the head with a crowbar. He runs a juice bar in London and made her beet juice to replenish her.
Just for fun we went to Casino Niagara. I spent $5 and won $12!

Then we went to look at Niagara Falls, they're pretty.

And Magnolia climbed a tree:

Back home now, just in time to do some laundry and get to the Camera Obscura show tonight, yowza!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

take me to the riot

New Stars video for Take Me to the Riot. I bought the digital pre-release of their new album, thinking I'd be satisfied with that. It's great! But now they're saying the physical album will come with a DVD in September, so I guess I'll "have" to buy it again so I can watch the DVD. This quest to cut down on consuming plastic is really hard!

Did you hear that Propagandhi's record label went packaging-free!? Clever and daring vegan anarchists!

Speaking of riots, I actually spent a week at that resort in Montebello for a family reunion in the 1990s. There was no sense of politics there then.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Vegan Pal 2 - questionnaire

I thought I was waiting until partners get assigned to post this, but I just got a reminder to post. It was already done anyhow, so here goes.

I've been taking a break from swaps because I was late on the last few, but I couldn't resist signing up for Vegan Pal 2. One of the organizers is the fabulous Ellie, she was who I sent a package to last time. She's awesome: a vegan crafty librarian who likes cats. No wonder I like her so much, we have so much in common. The other organizer for this round is Cass, and she might have the best funniest blog name ever: Shut Up I'm Counting. The counting thing is the only drawback of SnB, it's hard to count stitches while you're shooting the breeze with friends.

So here's my Questionnaire:

1. What is/are your craft(s), & how long have you been doing it/them?

Knitting, cooking, sewing, whatever. I've been doing them all for a long while, but I'm still at the beginner-intermediate level.

2. Are you a vegan, vegetarian, veg-curious, veg-friendly or other?


3. Is this your first swap, or have you done previous swaps before? What makes a swap enjoyable for you?

I’ve done loads of swaps, just because it’s fun to get a package together. Nice to get something surprising back and see what other people made or got.

4. What is/are your favorite color(s)? Do you particularly dislike any color(s)?

Pink, purple, black are my favourites. Don’t really dislike any colours, but I don't really like "camouflage" print.

5. Do you have any allergies (such as pets, foods, fibers or cigarette smoke)?

No allergies, no pets, non-smoker.

6. Do you have any companion animals? If so, name(s) and type(s)?*

No animals, but I have a Blythe doll called Magnolia!

7. Do you collect anything?

Zines, music, tiny little things for Blythe dolls.

8. Do you have a favorite vegan food, snack or dish? If no fav that's vegan (for those who aren't vegan), what's your favorite food? (Hopefully your pal can find a vegan version!)

Any vegan chocolate or candy would be nice. Wha Guru Chews, Green & Black chocolate bar with the soft mint centres, whatever.

9. What are some of your favorite/least favorite tastes/flavors? (e.g. sweet, salty, chocolate, crunchy, smooth, tart, sour, spicy, thai, whatever - Help your pal get a feel for what kind of recipes you might like and/or never ever make.)

All of the above! Not overly picky, as long as it’s vegan of course. I like rice bowls, pad thai, easy fruity recipes.

10. What tools/supplies/accessories for your craft(s) are you wishing you had but don't? Also, what do you have TOO many of? (basically a wish and anti-wish list)

I could use more 4.5 mm needles, because I have so many worsted weight UFOs!

11. Are you on Ravelry? What's your handle?

Got in last week! I'm "pinkvegan."

12. Is there anything else you would like your pal to know about you?

I'm an archivist / media librarian, big fan of Coronation Street, I like hearts (the cutesy kind and the anatomical kind)

13. What scents do you like/dislike?

I like the smells of coconut, vanilla and basil.

14. Do you prefer fall or Halloween or some other Autumn theme?

Halloween, but whatever!

15. Just for fun - tell your favorite Halloween or Autumn related memory.

No real memory, I just love going for walks on crisp fall days and having hot chocolate after that.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

almost FO: painted ceramics

One of my crafty groups had an outing to a paint-your-own-ceramics studio. The pieces are already made, and are blank white. I chose a rice bowl with a hole for chop sticks. I painted the base in splotches of pink and purple:

Let that dry, then put green over top:

Before the green dried, I etched. The pink and purple were hardened enough that they stayed when I scratched the designs into the green:

Magnolia supervised:

Then I painted a little plate for her, with the same idea:

The studio is glazing and firing them, I'll pick them up next weekend and see the actual FOs. The colours always change with the finishing. In the mean time, let me know a nice rice bowl recipe!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

FO: a trilogy of boleros

I'm still waiting to get let in to Ravelry. I signed up on June 16 and at this point there are 1592 people ahead of me, and 13,665 are behind me. If you signed up and want to see where you are, check the antsy page.

So I can get some knitting done before I start spending my knitting time there. Melinda got me these awesome stitch markers (and lots more great birthday loot). They were made by Robyn, who I met at the last TTC Knitalong.

I went to a wedding in July and decided to knit boleros for the bride, the matron of honour and myself. Boleros are quick and easy to knit, the only hard part is deciding the size. I guess boleros are supposed to look a bit small. The wedding had summery fire colours, so the bride got reddish orange Blue Sky cotton, the colour is called Ladybug. For myself, Mediterranean, also Blue Sky cotton. Yes, I missed a yarn over on mine:

The matron of honour, who introduced me to the bride, loves green so I knit hers with a nice green organic cotton dyed by the people at Lettuce Knit. I finished knitting it on the bus to Kingston, at last moment. here it is on my knee, with my fancy GoKnit Pouch hanging on the back of the seat:

I knit in the ceremony and at the reception!! When the minister said she had to ask the congregation to stop taking photos, I thought she was going to say "put your knitting away and pay attention" but she didn't!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Simcoe Day!

It's Simcoe Day! And I didn't get to Lollapalooza. Ah well. John Graves Simcoe was the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (now called Ontario), and he did good things like abolishing slavery here and building Yonge Street.

I document my life in so many places: here, Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, a bunch of online forums. But I don't give away much. It's strangely good, and a little bit odd.

So many things I've meant to blog about this summer, but didn't get to them. I was sooo excited for The Simpsons Movie to open. I'm a serious fan and also it was opening on my birthday! I went with friends both human and Blythe:

Check out this list of music cameos on The Simpsons. One of my favourites:

I also meant to do an Ode to Manic Panic for their 30th anniversary, it was in July. I've been using it off and on for about 13 years, and these days I've got some Manic Panic streaks in Ultra Violet. Check out the song "if you suffer from a case of hum drum hair..." Not exactly a long-lasting dye, but it comes in good colours, it's vegan and it's tradition.

The bleaching was done by my friend Tyne over faux fish, while listening to The Go Gos. Not as shockingly purple as I'd hoped:

What else? Can't remember now. But here's something fun to click around: