Thursday, August 21, 2008

Finished Object! (Well, almost)

It's my so called scarf! I don't remember the yarn...the tag is not where I am right now. But I will get back to you on that. I believe it's Manos del Uruguay.

It was such a fun and fast knit ^.^ I absolutely looooove the colors.

I only used one skein, which was __ yards. Grr me and leaving the details. Oh well.

I used size 10.5 bamboo circulars. I started with size 8 circs…which was not a very good idea. But I bought the yarn (amongst other yarns) and the needles when I was on vacation so it was all I had. I like the 10.5s since it makes a much softer fabric but not too loose. And when I changed to 10.5s, I only cast on 26 stitches because I didn’t want my scarf to be that wide. I love the pattern, though. So pretty!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Oh, Canada

It's been about 2 months since I went to Montreal, but, better late than never, right?

I went for the National Concrete Canoe Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, amongst many other sponsors.

Canada was lovely. There was this mix of architecture that is similar to San Francisco (with the modern and not-so-modern buildings) except the genre of the not-so-modern buildings. The weather was also very similar, which was great, because I loooove cold weather. Yes, I know, I'm strange.

On to the canoes! The host school, École de technologie supérieure (ETS), had a stunning canoe. Great graphics and they raced pretty well too (There's more to the competition that that, but that's the interesting stuff =P...I'm on our graphics team, sooo yeah, I'm a little biased).

I really liked the stands for this school's canoe.

Polytechnic University had a great mix for their concrete. The used "green" materials - recycled glass and some other stuff I don't remember...But the glass made their base look so interesting with the little specks of colors.

Of course, our canoe had the best graphics ^.^ Our theme was the Free Speech Movement and we called our canoe VoCAL. Our stands are supposed to be the collumns in Sproul Hall. The people on the canoe are Mario Savio and our officers.

The whole experience was great. I think the only part I didn't enjoy was the uber high sales tax. But still, really fun. And wait! I got to go to a yarn shop on the trip. The Competition provided us with metro passes and we had some free time to go exploring. I didn't get to see the underground, but I did go to Mouline Yarns, which was walking distance from the Lionel-Groulx stop. I bought some yarn...a lot of yarn, I think. If I remember correctly, I bought two skeins of Malabrigo (my first!), 4 skeins of Noro (two of silk garden and two of one other type that I don't remember), and what I think is Manos del Uruguay...but I don't remember...I also got some addi Naturas to knit with for the rest of the trip and on the plane. Speaking of the plane, I had a terrible flying experience on the way back, and an okay one on the way there, but the trip was definitely worth it.

Well, I think that's it for now. I might post a little more before school starts since I started a few new projects...and haven't finished any ><