Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday's Tin of the Week

The sign of a true friend, Canadian Yoga Girl, ate the chocolate and gave me the tin!  It's Canadian chocolate and when living abroad, like we do, we covent our homeland sweets.



No calories on this "backside!"
The Martini Knitter

Friday, February 14, 2014

And I’m Off to a Fantastic Start!


It’s that time again, The Ravellenic Games.  This year “the peeps” in charged said that you were suppose to challenge yourself in a project.  I’m would have to say that I’m not really challenging myself in any of my projects but I am refining my technique.  How’s that for an answer? I am steeking a project and I am making some complicated cables, so yes, I would call that challenging even though I have done these both before – not the project, just the technique.

I playing again with my old team, Team Apathy and nothing has changed with them since the London Games of 2012.  Meaning this, they really could care less if we win or lose; and in all honesty, I have no clue what team won in 2012.  I was under the impression that we are all winners, as we finished our stated projects.

I spent a few weeks in between knitting wanderings, as I would call it, deciding on what to knit.  I was going to knit 2 pair of socks. I have the projects all laid out in their respective project bags with their instructions right next to them.  




But like anything in my life, I completely re-vamped my project choices once I saw the list of events. Even while typing this post up I forgot the name of the sock patterns and had to go and look at what I chose again.  (Business Casual and The Yarn Harlot’s Earl Grey Socks) That’s how fickle my mind can be from day to day, knitting project to knitting project.  For those that know me, I know that this comes as no surprise …

I took 2 projects from my hibernating Ravelry project page and added them to the Ravellenic Game’s WIPs Dancing Event.  I’m over half way finished with both of my chosen projects: my Freyja cardigan and the Guilder scarf.

I apologize for the photos.  The sun was not up yet when I
took these pics of the scarf.

The Shaker was in the shower and I had to hurry to
take a pic of the work-in-progress before he got out!

But here’s where I am sad, I am receiving a “virtual medal” this year for my effort.  I was sooooo excited in 2012 to buy a commemorative pin marking the glory of me crossing the finish line with my finished knitted socks that I made for Gin. Only because I can look at the physical pin every time I walk into my sewing room.  It sits neatly on my shelf in there.  


This time I get a virtual pin to add to my Ravelry page and my blog.  Great! Another thing to figure out how to attach to my blog.  I wonder how many hours that will keep me away from my knitting?  I know, such a great attitude right? But what I was excited about that I could physically see by looking at this pin everyday that I started and finished something in a given period without too much concern.  Remember, I’m on Team Apathy and they don’t care whether or not I finish.  And bonus! All the money raised went to the Special Olympics.  So these kinds of posts were going around my team’s discussion boards and then our fearless leader found out that a lady is selling them and the proceeds are going to the Special Olympics again!  Double woo hoo for me! I couldn’t wait! I placed my order! 

Cheers!
The Martini Knitter

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday's Tin of the Week



This tin I have been coveting for many many months.  It’s one of my favorites. Olive and her son found it while out and about one day. She got it because both of us live with “gamers” and we both could appreciate this nice, tiny tin. 




Thanks Olive!
The Martini Knitter

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday's Tin of the Week



We got this very nice little tin in our Christmas package from Christina this past year.  The Shaker loves to sail but has been difficult since moving abroad.  He does hope that after all the travel and eating/drinking our way through Europe that he can return to the US and sail once again in the San Francisco Bay. 

Christina said that I could use it for my knitting notions but I think that The Shaker is going to take off with this tin and use it for himself.

Thanks Christina for thinking of The Shaker!
The Martini Knitter

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday's Tin of the Week




This tin definitely needs an explanation.  The Shaker’s family has small rustic cabin in the Big Horn mountain range of Wyoming; about a 45-minute drive from Sheridan, Wyoming.  His family gathers every summer to stay here and fish and to commune with nature. 

However, I am not a fisherman at all.  I just don’t get it. I have tried.  Really I have. But it’s completely frustrating to me to throw a line in and just wait.  I am not a patient person.  I can be – if I have my knitting needles with me.  Well, when I realized that his family was very nature like, I thought there is no way that they are going to take me, this San-Franciscan-city-girl into their lives until I realized Mrs. Secret Service was just like me!  Her husband, The Shaker’s cousin, works for the US Secret Service – sorry to say I have no clue what he does and I think I would like to keep it that way.  Anyway, she is just as craftsy as me and probably more so! 

She sent this tin to me at the end of last year but I wanted to wait until 2014 and to start this year off with Tin of the Week with moose kisses … Though, I think I’ll just stick with my martini …


Thanks Mrs. Secret Service!
The Martini Knitter