Sunday, October 30, 2005

In celebration of Halloween...

I thought I'd revisit the days of my childhood where I would wake up early on Saturday mornings, sneak downstairs, turn on the tellie and settle down for a good hour of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein! It is my favourite children's show of all time. Sadly, most of the people I know don't seem to recall it at all.

To this day I still have memories of the psychedelic Wolfman who introduced me to the great rock of the '70's, Grizelda the Ghastly Gourmet who turned me off of cooking, The Librarian who read me haunting fables and nursery rhymes, and The Professor who introduced me to everything from Newton's Law of Motion to the conservation of angular momentum. And then there was the wonderfully creepy poetry read by Vincent Price when he introduced each sketch. What's not to love in a show like this?

The show began in 1971 and ran and reran for the next 25 years. It last appeared on Showcase in 1997. The original masters of the show were then destroyed (sniff). All that is left now are the shortened American versions on DVD... apparently complete with laughtracks (gasp! ick!).

Does anyone else remember this fantastic canadian children's show? I'd sure like to know! In celebration of all things creepy, take a trip back to the '70's and check out the chilling, yet hilarious characters (most of them all played by one man, Billy Van) and hope that one day they'll have another show like this for children of this decade... hey, it can't be that bad right? I turned out ok......
mwa mwa mwa mwa mwa!


Thursday, October 27, 2005


I just found this FutureMe site which I thought was quite interesting. Remember how in grade school or high school you had to write yourself a letter and then it was mailed to you after a certain amount of time? You'd read it to see how things were going when you wrote it and how they have changed since then. This is similar but in email format. I've written myself an email that will be sent back to me one year from today. Hopefully the goals I have set for myself will be accomplished or atleast well on their way to being accomplished when I receive my email next year.
You can also read some of the interesting emails made public by others who have written their futureselves.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Happy B-day!

Happy Birthday Gus!
Happy Birthday to my dear Trini Gran!
81 Today!

Monday, October 17, 2005

soon it will all subside

I finished my hat last week. This wknd I convinced pk to take me to Michael's where I made a 'few' purchases towards my creative endeavours. I again stuck my $50 limit. It's extremely difficult to be surrounded by all those wonderful craft supplies and walk out with only 3 purchases! I have numerous ideas in my head that need to be made. A sweater for me, some matching gloves for my hat - maybe a scarf too. With the funky 'knifty knitter' circular looms i bought, I want to try each of different sizes out - to make hats, sweaters, gloves, blankets... everything! I'm in total knitty mode which I'm sure is hitting the boiling point on the Annoyometre - pk's eyes glaze over now when i start babbling about some stitch that i can't figure out or what colour i should choose for my next project. sorry pk. this knit craze is only temporary and will subside soon...'ish'.

Rant of the day:
Pants for women have an insufficient supply of pockets. Why can I not find a decent pair of pants that I can throw my wallet and my keys into? Most frustrating of all, what's the point of fake pockets?! I hate to pick up a pair of pants that look great, only to discover that there's no 'pouch' under that pocket flap. I know it's supposed to be so that there no wallet bulge to disrupt the shape of a woman's arse... but why can't I have the choice to avoid 'fashion' and just be comfortable?


Wednesday, October 12, 2005


I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. I had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday, pk and I ran a few errands and then we went to The Knit & Stitch Shoppe :) pk picked out some yarn for his new hat and I picked out some yarn for myself and a pack of double-sided needles. I had to restrain myself and stick to my limit of spending no more than $50. I left the store quite proud of myself having spent only $47 :)

On Sunday morn we made Blueberry Crumble in the slowcooker to bring to my aunt's place for dessert. (It turned out wonderfully yummers) I started pk's hat and then we went to my aunt's in Langley for Thanksgiving dinner. My aunt created some wonderful dishes. salmon, stuffing ( my fav), callaloo, rice, turkey, and bean salad. For dessert there was cake (for my cousins b-day) pumkin pie, and our blueberry crumble.

On Monday, after a nice sleep in, I worked on pk's hat which I finished in time for pk's splendid dinner of baked squash and vegetable soup (from the slowcooker of course).
Here's the finished product:

Yesterday I went to my first North Van Stitch n'Bitch. It was nice to get out and meet some people with the same crazy interest in knitting. They meet every tuesday for knitting and other craft projects. Should be interesting to go every once and a while to keep myself motivated with all things crafty. I worked on kitting my new hat which I am hoping to finish this eve or tomorrow.

i should get back to work - at pk's work redesigning their new media kit.


Friday, October 07, 2005

Yarn Heaven

For the past few weeks I've been searching for the hat and mittens I knitted last winter. I went through all our boxes again and again but my search was fruitless. I didn't want to believe that I may have lost them in the move. The thought that the first hat I've ever knitted was missing made me very glum indeed. See below.

Yesterday I reluctantly accepted the idea that they may be lost forever and decided that I'd knit myself a new set to make me feel better as soon as I finish my little kitty blanket.

Jasper has claimed my papasan as his own. I can no longer sit in it without cleaning off insane amounts of cat hair so I decided to knit a little blanket to cover my papasan. Hopefully he'll sit atop that so that my chair can remain relatively fur free. I'm about halfway to completion on the blanket. This morning I was searching for my hair elastics to pull my hair back while I knit. My hair is finally out of that 'inbetween' stage so I can keep it out of my way now. I opened a small bag that I thought may contain my elastics and what did I find?

My hat and mits!!! (and elastics)

So today I'm extremely delighted to find that my hat and mits were not lost and now even more excited about knitting a new set just for fun :)

(btw, that sweater in the pic is my very first sweater project. The sleeves are a bit short but that's what I get for not using a pattern - can't seem to follow a pattern for the life of me)

I have another reason to be excited this wknd. Tomorrow I'll be going to The Knit & Stitch Shoppe (the only knitting store in north van). It looks like heaven. I can't wait to run my hands over all the textures and take in all the vibrant colours of so much yarn in one place. Maybe I'll get pk to pick a colour or two so that I can make something for him. I want to knit something for pk regardless of the Sweater Curse. I've been advised to avoid the sweater curse but I'll take my chances.

I found a North Vancouver Stitch N'Bitch this week so I've joined and hopefully I'll be meeting up with fellow knitcrazies like me on Tuesday nights. I'm looking forward to it.

On Sunday pk and I are going to my aunt's house for Thanksgiving. I haven't seen her in ages!
Gone knittin'