Sunday, September 9, 2012

Knitting Experiences - 5 years later!

I was reading back through the blog today trying to find a reference to something that I apparently didn't ever blog about (big surprise right? ;) ).  But I did come across this, posted almost 5 years ago just as I was getting more serious about knitting and thought I'd post it again and see how much has changed in my knitting.

Mark with bold the things you have ever knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL

Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit (haven't taught a child but have taught other people)
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
(currently knitting a shawl to wear for a wedding, not one I'm in though!)
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone eles's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads

Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere

Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

So, encouraging to see how many of the items on this list turned from italics into bold, things I wanted to try that I have.  Also surprising to see a few items I didn't think I'd want to try have turned into things I've done. A few new things added to the list of what I'd like to try, nice to see I still have some new things to try in knitting, not something I think I'll ever run out of :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Weekend at Sick Kids Celebrity Bonspiel

Don't have time to do a full blog post about this weekend right now, so will instead post the letter I just sent to all my awesome sponsors (surpassed my fundraising goal & will have a higher one for next year!) and some pictures from the weekend! (picture of the skips by Anil Mungal, remainder mine)  Huge thanks also go out to the organizing committee, Jeff, Pete & Kevin, and the corporate sponsors who made this event possible, especially Capital One for this event & all you do for curling!

Hi all!

I wanted to send you all huge thanks for being my sponsors in the Celebrity Bonspiel for Sick Kids this weekend. It was an amazing time and such a great event. The overall event ended up raising more than $100,000 (before the silent auction started which also did well) which is $25,000 more than they raised last year so thank you all for your generous donations!

Our Celebrity Skips for the weekend - from Canada and across the globe!
(Photo by Anil Mungal)

I was placed on a team with Heather Smith-Dacey (the skip from the Nova Scotia team which has been at the Scottie’s for the last 2 years) and got to play against Silvana Tirinzoni (skip of the Swiss National team), Crystal Webster (skip of Team Alberta at 2011 Scotties and beat out in Alberta semi-finals by team Nedohin this year) and Teri Lake (lead for Smith-Dacey’s team). Our team had a great time playing and missed out on the playoffs by less than 2 points.

Ryan Fry watching Sara Carlsson's game vs Rachel Homan

Throughout the weekend it was a lot of fun to sit and chat with all the curlers, the amateurs and the “celebrities”, all sitting around having conversations you would find at any curling club after a game. It was also really interesting to watch the celebrity skips on the other draws and get to see them play up close.

Glenn Howard vs Alison Kreviazuk
The Brier Tankard also made an appearance
  Saturday night was a banquet and dance and a chance to find out just how hard the celebrity curlers can party (just as well as they can curl!) & I had a great time partying and dancing with Alison Kreviazuk (who knew me from Twitter), Rachel Homan, Kaitlyn Lawes, Tracey Horgan, Eve Muirhead, Heath McCormick and a host of other young curlers.

Me & my skip for the weekend, Heather Smith-Dacey
So thank you again so much for the support, it means a lot to be able to give back to such a great cause!!