Monday, 21 January 2008

from mont sainte anne, avec amour (tons o pics)

My trip to Montreal/Ste Anne was rad!@ Hectic too, but worth it in the end. I rushed and caught my bus us to montreal wishing I could be a friggin lighter packer. I took a nap and when i woke up I got the itch to design a hat. DSC04104.JPG So I cast on some sts and knit an inch or so of ribbing.. and then I got frustrated. I knew the stitch I wanted to use - topsoul's, but I couldn't remember it stitch for stitch! argh, drove me insane... so i took a page from phlanauik. DSC04110.JPG i am jens crushing sense of disappointment On the upside, I had accidentally caught the express bus to montreal so time flew by and I was there in a flash: a full two hours ahead of expected schedule! Goodtimes! And I also remembered the stitch just as I was coming in to the city! DSC04300.JPG I started with a single eyelet then I thought why not go balls to the wall and double it up. I really like it. I'm using this great merino in a name i can't even begin to pronounce let alone spell but it's heaven and has great stitch definition, and SQUISHINESS oh is it squishy. Things went smoothly into the next day when we drove up to the mounain. This was my first glimpse of ste anne scary, can't even see the top boys are asleep in the back they missed chalets on stilts but were wide awake when we reached our studio- which was as CLOSE AS YOU COULD GET TO THE HILL!!! DSC04256.JPG DSC04257.JPG DSC04258.JPG Day one was scaaaaarrry. This is my frist season back since some serious knee surgery and Ste. Anne is HUUUGE. Like 5-14 times bigger than blue mountain big. huge. massive. It feels like it takes 20 minutes to just get up the gondola! 15 to get down the hill bombing it and ages when we would break to rest our(my) screaming thighs. I'm nowhere close to the level I want to be back at but I'm progressing fast on these do or die trails. DSC04186.JPG and my new goggles were crazy hot! DSC04182.JPG On the second day I wore my corduroy billabong suit that I got on the cheap through modelling a previous fashion show. That night I caught a great shot of the mountain blowing snow DSC04221.JPG Went to a bar, that was full of horny 18 y.o's grinding to every song. They even grinded to Gwen Stefani's SWEET ESCAPE! We were all quite amused. Mike and Chelsea in front of the grind cage DSC04249.JPG> oblig washroom shot oblig wip shot DSC04307.JPG last day and I went down both of those black diamonds in the distnace! Go me! DSC04180.JPG i didn't want to leave DSC04264.JPG had to get a montreal smoked meat club sandwich DSC04315.JPG DSC04318.JPG lord it was good. i'm not going to go into the drama that ensued once we left the chalet but trust when I say that I hate buses and coach canada. I've got a bunch more photos on the flicker here check em out. Here is where I am with my hat now. Photos taken after dimsum on the ttc with Jules & Bec. DSC04370 DSC04371 only the decreases are left to do, I'm torn between a flat closure method or if it should be puckered and gathered.. it'll be done before the weekend hopefully as I'd like to gift it to carley-Ann @ the Mod. Love that girl.

13 comments:

sulafaye said...

Looks like a fantastic trip (and can I just say that it cracked me up that with all of the crazy & fun stuff you did, only your knitting was "balls to the wall"!).

Glenna C said...

"i am jens crushing sense of disappointment"

Bwahahaha! Brilliant! That is particularly funny since I just re-watched Fight Club over the holidays. Sounds like you guys had a great trip.

Susan said...

Man, that made me miss living in Vermont...only 30 minutes from Montreal! The powder looks great, too. I'll have to check out West Coast snow, now.

Karolion said...

a grind-cage? seriously? I thought those only existed in movies. hahaha amazing.

I've never been to Canada but it kind of looks amazing from your pictures. Maybe when I get sick of America I will go there, or maybe Denmark(family and knitting!) Who knows.

P.S. I love your new hat with the baby cables!

Adriana said...

That looks like a wonderful trip! You totally triggered my memory with your pictures. I'm pretty sure I've been to St Anne! That's the trouble with travelling when you're a kid; you have vague memories of going places but you don't know where you've been!

I especially like the picture of the blowing snow.

junkdrawer said...

Looks like you had a great time! Where can I find that stitch patterns instructions? It rocks.

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orata said...

Cute hat! Your trip looks like fun.

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shannon said...

I'm with junkdrawer, I love that stitch pattern! please let us kniw how to do it seeing that you finally remember it. I wanna go balls to the wall to! :) I also I envy your abilities to board! I have tried it a couple of times, always ending up on my butt!

Aimes said...

awesome hat! thanks for the notes.. been wanting to make one for myself:)

mjm knitting said...

the hat looks good.

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lekkercraft said...

Looks like a really fun trip! I'm down with the skiing and the knitting, but mostly, I just want that sandwich.

Jennifer said...

Hi Jen (and Julie too!)...love reading your blog! What type of cast-on do you use for things such as the hat in this post? I get this ugly spreading thing when I start ribbed projects, and yours looks so nice right from the edge. Thanks in advance for the insight!