Hello, and welcome to my blog. I'm Saff, a canadian cosplayer who really enjoys making costumes. My main focus is Musicals and such, especially from the Musical Cats. I really enjoy anime and japanese culture and love to go to conventions to learn and see more. I also love to knit, and that's what you'll mostly see on here. Enjoy and have fun.

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Feb 2, 2007
*SQUEAL*!!!!

I can't believe it! I got a Socks that Rock Sock Club membership! I was on the waiting list and managed to get to be a part of it.

I can't wait! I'm still a STR Virgin and I'm totally looking forward to a year of beautiful socks!

I just had to dance excitedly around my blog for a minute about this.

I know I can't ~really~ afford this, but you know what?! I don't really care right now, I'm in the STR Sock Club!!!!

And besides, it's going to go over an entire year, and it's totally worth it.

Plus, sock yarn doesn't count when it comes to Knit from your stash... just ask Wendy at Wendyknits, or any of the other members.

-saff

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Not a picture post, but a poetry post

In honour of the second annual (silent) poetry reading - found here I present you my poem, or rather Monologue.

This comes from William Shakespeare's The Tempest and is one of my favourite monologues of all time. It is spoken by Ariel, and is one that I have committed to memory for recitation when I try out for RenFaires (none of which I've been accepted to, stupid improv)

Anyway, enjoy:

The Tempest: Act III, Scene 3

You are three men of sin, whom Destiny,
That hath to instrument this lower world
And what is in't, the never-surfeited sea
Hath caused to belch up you; and on this island
Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men
Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad;
And even with such-like valour men hang and drown
Their proper selves.
You fools! I and my fellows
Are ministers of Fate: the elements,
Of whom your swords are temper'd, may as well
Wound the loud winds, or with bemock'd-at stabs
Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
One dowle that's in my plume: my fellow-ministers
Are like invulnerable. If you could hurt,
Your swords are now too massy for your strengths
And will not be uplifted. But remember--
For that's my business to you--that you three
From Milan did supplant good Prospero;
Exposed unto the sea, which hath requit it,
Him and his innocent child: for which foul deed
The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
Incensed the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,
Against your peace. Thee of thy son, Alonso,
They have bereft; and do pronounce by me:
Lingering perdition, worse than any death
Can be at once, shall step by step attend
You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from--
Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls
Upon your heads--is nothing but heart-sorrow
And a clear life ensuing.

Thank you.

-Saff


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Jan 28, 2007
The First of the Photo Posts!

Whee! Ok so yesterday I had a little photoshoot with my knitting and sewing projects and now I have a lot of photos for you that I can put over a bunch of posts! (yes I will drag it out as long as possible so that I actually have things to post about...)

Over the month of January, I'm trying to finish a lot of my UFO's prior to the start of Project Spectrum. This way I won't feel so bad for casting on new projects. Therefore, this will be the post of the (almost) FO's because I actually have a bunch of them already.

First on the list we have a baby sweater for my Pseudo-nephew (My mother's, boyfriend's son's child.... yeah... ). This is the Daisy pattern from Knitty in a navy blue acrylic (all my baby things, at least for newborns are made out of acrylic for washability). I added a bit of needlepoint to the sweater, it was my first attempt so it's not overly fantastic, but it gets the point across.

I have very cute bear buttons to go with it. They haven't been sewn on yet, here's a sort of pic, not very clear, but believe me, they're adorable.

Sorry it's so dark, I guess the flash didn't go. We've had horrible weather around here for picture taking.

And another thing for the new wee one, a Big Bad (Boring) Baby Blanket from Stitch and Bitch. I started this when we weren't sure if wee one was going to be a boy or a girl, so it's a bright blue. It took forever and was VERY boring to get to the finish.

Now, the way I see it. The mom and dad deserve something too, considering that the mom had to deal with being pregnant, and the dad had to deal with a pregnent mom.

Therefore, mom is getting this lovely hat and wrist warmer set made from some wool I got in the booty swap.

The dad happens to be a major Maple Leafs hockey fan, so I'm making him this really cool scarf.

This is my first attempt at illusion knitting. I think it's coming out really nice. I just didn't get quite the right angle to have the maple leaves look perfect.

So that's some of the FO's I've got done, at least for the new baby.

And since I was asked about the Hello Kitty sweater I had in the last post. I got the pattern from Oslofia when I joined her Hello Kitty KAL. It was a very simple drop shoulder sweater (Make 4 rectangles) with a simple intarsia/ fairisle pattern on it. I'm not sure if the pattern is free any more, or just if you joined the KAL but you can check it out on her site.

Next post I'll show you all the other finished objects I have as well as some UFO's. I've got a bunch of work to do before Feb 1 and the start of Project Spectrum, we'll see how well I do.

And now I'll let you know that I've been so lazy this week that it took me from Monday till now to get this post from start to finish. Oh well.

-saff



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Jan 19, 2007
A beloved finished object

Sorry!! I know I promised pictures, but I've caught a cold and it's kicking my butt.

I'll see about getting some good quality pics with my new camera this weekend and showing them on here.

For now, I'll let you look at an adorable kid pic..



This wee one lives in Northern Ireland, and she's wearing a Hello Kitty sweater that I knit a couple of years ago. It was sent over last Christmas, but didn't fit. I recently got this pic in my email. Apparently, wee one loves the sweater so much that her parents have to wait until she's sleeping to get it off of her so it can be washed.

She says the Hello Kitty is a picture of the cat her family has as a pet.

I'm just glad that the sweater is getting love because I really just made it because I love Hello Kitty and had no one to give it to.

This wee one just got lucky.

-saff

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Jan 6, 2007
Back again and pumped!

So, after a very eventful year (one in which I actually posted for a while) I ended up completely and totally ignoring this blog. This was something I felt horrible about, however, due to the fact that this semester totally and completely kicked my butt, I think I have a bit of an excuse.

As it stands, I managed to survive the semester with 3 A's, 2 B's, and 2 C's.... 4 more months and I'm on my way to becoming a career woman.

For a while anyway.

I am going to forwarn everyone that this post is going to be horribly boring because I don't have any pictures. However, I will have pics soon, and they will be much better than any you've seen before because my Fiancee and I hit the boxing day sales and got a camera that actually works.

Now, to sum up last year, I got very little fully accomplished, got injured a fair amount, and went drastically (for me anyway) into debt.

So, I pledge to make this year much better. It's looking up so far.

For starters, on December 8th my boyfriend (yes the one I'm making a sweater for *gasp*) proposed, and I accepted. Then for Christmas, his mother increased my needle supply by a fair amount with some very pretty needles (they're cheap aluminum but they're pink, blue, green!!!).

I managed to hit
Lettuce Knit, frequent haunt of Amy and The Yarn Harlot. While there I got the yarn for BF's sweater, Lamb's Pride worsted in a light gray, dark gray and blue... I'll go more into that on another post. I got some Sea Silk for my wedding shawl, some Trekking sock yarn, and some Nature's Pallet in Jet Black for BF's dress socks.

The big thing for me is that I managed to find a nice beginner's drop spindle and a bunch of wool to try out. I got a sample pack that had 5 colours in small bunches that I was going to use to try out. The first colour that I tried ended up being somewhere between worsted and bulky, however there were no slubs and it's really neat to have it sitting on my dresser. The second batch was a lot thinner, closer to a worsted and much more uniform in width from start to finish.

I look forward to finishing these little batches and starting in on my "Gummy Worm" coloured wool... believe me, the colours are as delicious as the name. After that I have a bunch of "Wildberry Jam" to get into.

My poor stash is still very much filled with icky acrylic but I intend to deal with that by making my very own "blankie" as created by Shelly over at The Heathen Housewife. If nothing else, I can put it on the floor as a really cool rug... heck knows the acrylic could stand it. I still have a love hate relationship with my acrylic.. I love it for all the reasons I said in a post below, but I hate it because there's so much yarn that's softer or prettier but out of my price range that it drives me nuts.

As I said to my one friend, I love yarn, all yarn, every yarn and the yarn that I always seem to want the most is the yarn that I can't have, even if I may have screamed my frustration with said yarn just yesterday, take it away from me and I'll do anything to get it back.

As part of 2007 I am joining two year long knit alongs or create alongs. I am joining Wendy's knit from your stash along, and Lolly's Project Spectrum 2.0. Now project spectrum will not be all knitting, I have a few costumes that I need to finish that fit in the colour schemes and hopefully it'll kick my butt into gear.

That is if school doesn't kick my butt first.

We'll see. Until then, rest asured, I'm mostly back. Posting, as always, will be slow  but at least now I'll have prettier pictures.

Till Next Time

-saff

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Sep 24, 2006
Less Gloomy, and a self portrait

I have been knitting, I promise I have, I just haven't been able to take pictures of it lately.

I'm currently speeding through a 14 week course in 2 weeks, and have 2 very big reports that I have to do up. After October 4, however, I'll have a bit more time (hopefully).

So, until then, here is this weeks Saturday Sky (well... it's Sunday so mine might become Sunday skies, merely because I work pretty well all Saturday.)


A little less gloomy but not by much

You gotta love September, this is how my area of the world looks most days, we get a bit of sunshine, but there's always the cloud covering at least half the sky.

I've also recently joined Self Portrait Tuesdays (or Challenge I think it's called now) and September's challenge is to have pictures that involve other people who are important to us.

So I took this picture.


Me and Chris for Self Portrait Challenge

This is Chris, my boyfriend. He is important to me because he is the one who helped me heal, he kept me going, and he's my other half. I don't think I could have made it through the last 4 years without him. I didn't have a happy childhood and due to that I have a number of issues. He doesn't judge, he doesn't walk away when things get too hard, he just supports me where he can. He may not know the best way to deal with a situation, but he helps me get through it just by being there for me.

Now, you may think that it's a rather bad picture of him, but I like this picture. This shows how our relationship is and what we have to deal with a lot of the time.

I am off in my own little world, having fun, trying to forget about my problems, and getting distracted by the pretty things that come along.

Chris is worried/concerned, keeping a watch on what's going around, and always there to catch me when something goes wrong. If he didn't watch out for me, no one really would.

The brick wall is all the difficulties that have happened in my life, abuse, depression, and disorders that I've gone through that caused me to build a wall between me and the rest of the world. This wall was what Chris had to break through over the last 4 years to find the real me, and to help me heal.

The space between us is everything that gets in the way of us being fully happy together, our mothers (mine being selfish and self serving and always just assuming that when she calls, I'll come, and his having had him to herself for most of his life and not really ready to fully give him up to a new woman in his life). This is a space that has gotten much smaller over the last little while, and space I hope will disappear in the near future.

And as said, I HAVE been knitting and I will hopefully get pics for you soon. But until then I must get back to my reports.

I can't wait till after the 4th.


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Sep 17, 2006
A gloomy sky


This is my sky outside my doorm room for my Saturday Sky.

So, we've had quite the wet week this last week. Not that I'm complaining, I actually quite like the rain. It also gave me time to do little bits on my knitting. Not enough to actually have any good pictures of progress mind you, but some.

I actually have a picture of my current room to show, because I'm amused by it.


One side of my room.

So, these are my shelves in my room (I actually have a wonderfully sized room, in this picture I'm standing at the end of my bed (to my left) and i've got enough room to sit beside my bed on the floor and stretch my legs out towards the shelves without having to scrunch.

Now, the reason I find this picture so amusing, is that most of the boxes in it, including every box on the top shelf, contain my stash, or rather 2/3 of my stash. My boyfriend and his mother could not believe the amount of boxes I kept pulling out of closets and pockets of space where I'd shoved them during my 2 month residence with him. There's still some stash at his place and some more on the shelf in my closet space here.

The thing that makes me sad about my stash is the fact that it's really not that good quality. I have the quantity, but most of it is Red Heart acrylic. I'm working my way through a few rather large afghans in an effort to rid my stash of the icky cheap acrylic so that I can make way for some nice soft acrylic, wool, blends, and bestill my heart maybe a bit of mohair, alpaca and cashmere (faints at the thought).

So while I sit here and try to figure out the best bus route to get me to my grandmother's in the next half hour, I shall leave you.

Enjoy the weather where you are, hopefully it's more cheerful than mine.

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Sep 14, 2006
Slowly but surely

Well, after a rather difficult double move (my BF to his new place, me to res) I'm finally, mostly, settled. Hopefully now I can get back into knitting so I'll have something to put on here.

I really am trying to get onto a schedule of sorts. Not just with this, but with my life. I'm almost thinking that I'll do what some other knit bloggers are doing and actually put in tidbits of my life on here. Don't worry, I'll still show my pretty knitting, which I know is what you people all come to see. But I figure that if I don't just restrict it to knitting, then I might actually update a bit more.

Unfortunately I don't have my pictures of my new room or I'd post those now, in fact, I'm currently at my school, waiting for work to start and not in my room, due to the fact that it's my roomie's one year anniversary with her BF and well... they deserve some privacy.

Silly me also thought that I could go from 4 months of no dance at all, straight into 7 hours of dance a week with no penalty... ugh, I forgot what an ab workout you get... sitting and moving is now difficult, but I keep going because I love it!

Anyway. I won't bore you with much more details. I'll try to get pretty pictures for you tomorrow. This blog will probably soon have a number of college days pics, but don't worry, I'm not a partier. Just amused by the situation I'm in.

Till next time

-Saff, the boring and unposting >.<


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Aug 27, 2006
I was going to show you yesterday...

There were many things that I planned to show you yesterday.

Pretty things, like my newly finished set of
Stashbuster Spirals



Started sometime in February, finished yesterday, made in Fortissima (I believe) and very pretty! (I'm very curious though, why my ribbing always seems to be looser than my stocking stitch.)

I was then going to tell you, that while I really liked making these, the are too big (hence the bagging at the ankles), and that I really hate the figure 8 cast on (even though it saved me from having to to Kitchener stitch)



I was going to mention that even though I liked the clean look of the heel, it was way too difficult for me to wrap my head around, and I really didn't like the feel of it... but that could just be because I made the socks a size too big.

Continuing from there, I was going to tell you all about my new sweater. The one that has the front and back done.



The sweater that I made out of some random balls of Wool Ease that I had lying around my stash... the sweater that I decided to make striped... and didn't put the ends in while I was knitting it... the sweater that may be fringed on the inside for extra warmth.

I was going to mention that I happen to be worried about running out of the white, since I'm doing 2 white for every coloured and the white is the accents as well. The front and back each took nearly one whole ball... I have one ball left for the sleeves, and a bit extra from the two other balls.

I don't know if I'll make it.

I was going to tell you that this is this sweater:



From this book:



(apologies for blurriness... was taken with digital camera as scanner is busted)

And I was going to tell you that this book, when I first got it, wasn't on my top list of books to take patterns from. I got it for my birthday last year, flipped through it, then put it on the back of my shelf, figuring that these patterns didn't really thrill me. Then, I looked again. One of the great things about this book for me is that most of the patterns are simple, made out of easily found (and inexpensive) yarns - like TLC Heathers for example.

The other thing is, most patterns are easily fixed. The sweater I'm making now I have lengthened by an inch and a bit, and the sleeves will be full length rather than 3/4.

All in all, I fully recommend this book for people knitting for teen to 30's I'd say.. you might be able to squeek a couple sweaters for the older crowd, and there are some patterns for infants to preteen... of course, this is just the way I see it.

I was going to tell you that I like the patterns in this book enough that I've not only planned my next sweater to be from this book:



But in a moment of weakness, I went out and bought the yarn for this sweater (right yarn -for once- different colours):



I was going to tell you all of this yesterday,

BUT,

Then I found out that my Grandfather had a mini heart attack on Thursday and was in the hospital. So I went and visited him instead, he's looking good and should be out in a few days.

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Aug 25, 2006
Boyfriend sweater curse variation

So... I've heard of the boyfriend sweater curse, I've read about it, been warned about it, and heard drastic stories about it.

What do I do with this knowledge? I get a boyfriend, and decide to make him a sweater.

Now, there's a little explanation to go along with it.

First, I did not dive into a boyfriend sweater with a guy that I've just met, or have gone on a few dates with, or that I've been going steady with for 6 months...

This happens to be a guy who's been my best friend for the last 4 years and has gotten me through some incredibly rough spots. This is a guy who I've spent the last two months pretty well living with since my mother sold our house and I don't go into residence again until the beginning of September.

This is also a guy who allows me to do this to him:



He's gone to a bunch of things in costumes that I've made for him, and was even the instigator for making more. He's a very good enabler when he wants to be.

So, to thank him for this, I decided to knit him something.

Being smart, I asked him what I could knit him (rather than just present him with a surprise.) Since he works in a factory, that opens the doors a lot and doesn't usually achieve a temperature above 5 degrees Celcius in the winter, I started listing off scarves, mits, hats... small things that if he hated, I wouldn't feel upset.

Unfortunately, he claimed that he didn't want any of those as he would never wear them for fear of losing something that I'd worked so hard on. (I make a hat in 2 hours... out of cheap wool.... if he loses it, I'll make him another one, but he'd rather frame it).

So after 2 years of this, I finally came to a conclusion... I'd start with socks.

I've worked in this self same factory for the last 3 years, and believe me, winters are horrible. The first winter I worked there, I was sure my feet were going to freeze off, even when wearing 3 pairs of store bought cotton socks. The second winter I worked there, I had a pair of hand knit, kroy socks (my first pair) that I wore over my store bought cotton socks in my boots. My feet were wonderfully warm, I didn't have a problem, and I thought "aha!"

Socks would be something easy for me to make. My boyfriend has medium sized feet for a man, so I wouldn't be slogging away at this forever, and he couldn't claim he'd lose them, because they'd be on his feet, in his boots (if he figures out how to lose them with that, I'd be very impressed).

Also, I could make him a pair of plain, grey, stockingstitch socks for work, that he wouldn't really be afraid of destroying, because they're boring and easy to make. Then I'd make him a lovely black pair of dress socks with a simple stitch pattern that he could frame/ put on his wall/ stick in his wallet to pull out and say "my girlfriend made these for me" to his coworkers... etc...

When I brought this up to him (still being smart in case he had a real aversion to handmade knitwear) he mentioned that he would accept that, but also thought he might like a sweater.

I paused, this was different from the curse stories, seeing as my boyfriend had requested a sweater. Do I make him one and chance it, prior to the wedding (which isn't anytime soon)? Or do I hold off and possibly disappoint him?

I decided to feel my way around this before I jumped into anything.

That was when I realized that there is a curse to this side of the sweater making.

The boyfriend requests a sweater, but when you try to figure out what to make him (so that he doesn't hate it) his description is "Something nice that I can wear out on a date with you, like to dinner or the theatre".

Hmmm... well... herein lies the problem... "Nice" to me can be completely different from "nice" to him, and if I make MY version of "nice" the sweater might get shoved in a drawer with my boyfriend thinking *please don't let us go on a date or she'll ask me to wear that ugly thing again*.

So... I spent the next month and a bit showing him pictures of sweaters and asking him what he thought.

It was difficult but I've narrowed it down to:

- Plain colour, NO varigated yarn
- Simple pattern, as in, not too busy stitch pattern OR a single cable
- Crew neck
- Possibly a single wide horizontal stripe, but iffy on that
- Simple 2x2 rib on edgings
- Raglan or set in sleeve.

I think I can do this, I might take it as a challenge to do my first raglan.

But trust me, he's coming with me to pick out the yarn!

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