Archive for the ‘motorcycle’ Category

Yes. I know. I promised you pictures a month ago. But then the sun went away, and it has been cold and raining. The garage not being the most well lit place it really requires a sunny day for pictures not to look like ass. Finally, today, it is sunny, my camera is charged and I had time to go out and nose around. Also time to edit and post! So here you go.

bright light






Single lamp


Under pressure

As you can see, today’s editing was fun with filters, shoo! I do love messing with my photos when I can.


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I may have mentioned before that Joey likes motorcycles.  He likes bikes like I like yarn – they’re our favourtie raw materials to build stuff with.  And, of course if you like bikes you have all the stuff to go with right?  And it’s fun if you can make your stuff a little more unique than everyone else’s.  This past winter, Joey’s project was spiffing up his helmet.  It wasn’t in really bad shape, he just wanted to make it more interesting.  I thought it was time that I showed you what he did.

Joey's Helmet


Helmet art

Every helmet needs a monster

Stick dragon

It’s all done with Sharpie Paint pens if you’re wondering.  I drew the monster (duh).  Punky drew the motorcycle with the flames out the back.  Joey did the rest.  If you see him, say hi.  He’s friendly.

Now that it’s warm out again, here’s his current project:

Tin Man

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The Minions are always out there making new fiends, I mean friends, and this time it is Sheri and co over at the Loopy Ewe! Sheri has little contests every now and again, and the question this time was: What do you do with your little leftover balls of yarn?  An excellent question!  The answer, of course (provided in this case by Loopy blog reader Ruth), is to make Minions! Woot!  Thanks for the shout out Sheri, and keep knitting Ruth!  And if you’re looking for a bit of variety in your leftover knitting may I suggest the Tiny Toys? Actually, I also think that a Draggo striped with leftovers could be pretty awesome too.

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Spinning update:

Mystery Batt #1 has been spun!

Very fun, and  I think the yarn is fun too.  There’s not much of it though, what should I make with it?

Knitting update:

Still working on the socks mentioned earlier.  they are plain stockinette, and look really good, but I was feeling the need for more of a challenge, so I got out my Selbuvotter book and the yarn I bought a while ago for some mittens.  However, as much as I love these colours together it was not to be.

The pretty variegated yarn doesn’t have enough contrast with the green, so you can’t see the pattern.  Since the whole point of Selbu mitts is the pattern I started over. 

Much better.  The contrast is even better in person.  I am doing NMH #7 with the cuff pattern from NMH #9 which I liked better.  So far it is going swimmingly.  Swimmingly enough that I spent far, far too long looking at other stranded mitten patterns on Ravelry this morning.  I like a lot of them, and lucky for me Mostly Mittens and Magnificent Mittens are being re-released soon.  And since we are on the topic of obsession – any one know where I can get a copy of Latvian Mittens for a normal price?

Summer update:


Fresh Strawberry jam.  ‘Nuff said.

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Hello all you knitters! Happy Inexplicable Knitter Behaviour Day! 

Inexplicable Knitter Behaviour Day, if you are unaware, springs from the mind of Stephanie “Yarn Harlot” Pearl-McPhee as a way to celebrate the launch of her new book in Toronto.  As tends to happen on popular blogs people who don’t live in T.O. soon spoke up, asking to be included in the fun.  (Full info available here)  Here then is my entry in the Freestyle Canadian category:


My current sock for Joey seen pictured against the whiskey barrels on the Seagram lands in downtown Waterloo.  These barrels were, I believe, used for ageing Seagram’s Crown Royalwhisky.  When the Seagram company was sold the historic buildings were turned into condos and offices.  This stack of barrels stands near the old buildings and is a popular spot for taking goofy pictures.  Kinda like this one.  Heh.

(If you want to see more Inexplicable pictures, check the Flickr group here)

Now, someone standing outside of a public attraction, such as the barrels, and taking a picture of unfinished knitting is, to most, pretty inexplicable.  I can easily imagine some one driving past me thinking “What, in the name of whiskey, is that person doing?”.  But do you every get this reaction from others when you are just knitting?  I’m sure most of us have at one time or another.  But here’s the thing.  I don’t think this reaction is confined just to knitters.  I’m willing to bet that no matter what your hobby there is someone out there who thinks you’re a few crayons short of a box.  My hubby for example – he likes motorcycles.  So what, you say, lots of people like motorcycles.  Yes.  But do lots of people build their own?  I don’t mean that he’s restoring a vintage one, or even repairing a junker.  I mean that he is putting one together from the frame out.  And just like I know that socks are available for really cheap at Walmart, he knows that motorcycles are available already in one piece, ready to ride. 

Joey is also a runner.  Again, lots of people run.  Most people don’t question that he runs.  It’s good exercise, lost of people run, it gets you outside – there are lots of good and easily understandable reasons to run.  The strange looks and “Why would you want to do THAT?” comments crop up when people hear how far he runs.  This past January he completed the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge at Disney World.  This is a 2 day race consisting of a 1/2 Marathon on the fist day and a Full Marathon on the second.  That’s 21 km/13.1 miles on day 1 and 42 km/26.2 miles on day 2.  When I say that Joey runs, I don’t just mean around the block. 

My point here is that anyone who has a hobby likely puts up with the weird looks, the smart-ass comments, the glazed eyes when they mention it to muggle friends.  So why do we do it?  Is it the urge to create?  To compete? To prove yourself?  Or maybe my motorcycle-mad runner says it best: 

“Sure I could just go out and buy a motorcycle (buy socks/only run 5km).  But what fun would that be?” 

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See what I put up with?


That would be the famous Joey himself, happily working on a motorcycle wheel he is preparing for sale… in the dining room.

Does anyone else have this problem?

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