Saturday, January 23, 2010

I have been knitting, really!

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I love to knit- I really really do. But lately, I start a project, and half the time, I don't finish it- it either has a problem, or I don't like it anymore, or I wish I had dome "X" differently. I dunno. It is like a slump, but I am still knitting. I just hope it passes soon! Here is a sampling of my latest endeavours.....


Hat for my sister-free pattern from Twist Collective-Lang Millecolore

Scarf for a friend- Lang
Hat for me- Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky (I also made a neck warmer)


mitts for Annie- Noro Kureyon (I just used the other end of the ball for the stripes and checks)



Hat/hood for a friend-Lavold wool angora-I used a pattern for a guide (http://carissaknits.blogspot.com/2008/10/heelhead-scarf.html)


A baby bonnet-a variety of sock yarns-based on a pattern on the net (I don't have it here- but I will quote it when I find it)


Baby Uggs-Berocco Suede-again- pattern is free on the net







A small triangular shawl- my own pattern- Impulse of Delight BFL fingering


A cowl, my own design, from a gradient dyed yarn- again- Impulse of Delight



So you see, I really have been knitting, just not finishing everything! I am heading to Montreal on February 6th to give a workshop on a scarf I have designed-more on that later-I think I have enough pictures on this one!!!!!
I am going to go and try to finish something. See ya.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!!!!




Just a quick moment to wish all a happy holiday, a safe time, and a sweet time with family and friends. And knitting. Of course!


All presents should be knitting related, right? Or maybe some of them. Yeah, that works.


Good night- gotta go wrap more presents. And finish knitting that hat, yeah, the one for tomorrow morning.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Some Sunday Morning Pictures

Since I haven't posted ANYTHING for awhile- here are some pictures.......
First of all- this is a moebius cowl out of some beautiful gradient dyed BFL by the lovely Ruth from Knitting on Impulse. This particular one was a sunset type of colourway. I used maybe 2/3 of the skein-it was a gift for the long suffering school secretary.

Secondly- what the hubster does on the weekend-no, not chain saw dueling (can't you just hear the banjo music playing????) But helping a friend clear cedar from his property. You can see the house under construction in the background. (By the way-Sean is on the left in the red)
And Halloween food..........
With a devilish side.......... (amazing what one can do with dip and a bit of ketchup on a toothpick)
And, of course, a gratuitous shot of the Bear. Looking sad. I was going to work and he was trying to demonstrate his displeasure.
By the way- he puts his feet up to his ears like that. He often does that and then puts his head down under his hind legs!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I'm alive!

I swear I am- just really busy. I guess it is because I didn't really take time off this past summer (well, except those 5 days I took off-I worked all summer on a Ministry writing project), but I am finding it difficult to recharge. I am also working pretty hard at school. And what is all this insanity about the flu virus? I tend to believe the saner, wiser heads that say, "Yes, H1N1 can be bad. But it isn't as bad as it is hyped up to be. So just do your best to keep healthy."So far, the most kids I have had out are 5 (out of 25-but not all were flu related). I haven't been to an H1N1 virus vaccination clinic yet. Around here, the people who are supposed to go are those in the high risk groups. So- HERE IS MY SOAPBOX RANT....What IS it with people who are perfectly healthy but absolutely insist they have to step ahead of the high risk groups and get their vaccinations????????? I know of many seemingly normal people who have decided that the health of someone who has an ongoing risk (which could be quite serious) is not important to them. The only thing that is important is getting the H1N1 flu shot BEFORE ANYONE ELSE. Stupid stupid stupid. I realize that some people are saying there may not be enough to go around in this round. So- I am healthy- I will wait until the next round. But what about these others? The people with severe asthma, or wee babies, or people with other ongoing health issues. What about them?

I really don't get this strange phenomena-step on anyone you want in order to get what you want. but soothe your conscience by saying "I am only doing it for my kids". Hey- I am teaching my child how to keep herself healthy. When she was 3 1/2 years old, she was blindsided by a severe virus that tries to shut her liver and her pancreas down. Not something I would ever want her to go through again. However, she is healthy now. She is strong, eats the right foods, and has learned the lessons of "Wait your turn." and "Take care of your fellow man." Other parents have taught their kids "Push ahead of everyone." and "It's right if you get something out of it."

Makes me worry about the future of the human race.



Onto knitting news, since I can rant about this all day!

I have knit a hat and mitts for a newborn to be (scheduled c section for mama is the 18th) We know it is a little girlie, so the set is very pink! (Pictures to come) This wee baby also has a sister-who is 2. We got her a tutu skirt from Old Navy so she can dance for her new sister on the day she is born.

I have also been knitting hats and mitts and Christmas ornaments (they are over at Wool Tyme in Kingston- go and see!) And I have a couple of sweaters on the go. I burned my right hand fairly badly-so until all the peeling is over, I won't be knitting too many things!!!!



And that's about all for now!!!!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sunday morning fun

Tomorrow, I plan on making a trip up to the WILTON ROAD MOTEL to the Woolen Mill, for their annual OPEN HOUSE~~~~fiber and yarn and demos and even some alpacas!!!! Hand dyed yarn, curly locks (dyed in fabu colours) for felting or thrumming, lots of specialty spun yarn. Maybe even some lamb chili.
It starts at 10:00 and goes until 4:00-just at the turn off to the 401 in Odessa.

Be there or be square.

By the way- go on over to bea's blog, admire the most beautiful Abby and Gus, go and visit her etsy store (I have a bag or two- LOVE them!!!!!!!) and enter the contest (only open until tomorrow- in all the craziness at work- I forggot all about it!!!!!-Sorry Bea and pups!!!!) Mosey on over to here http://bea-blacksheep.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This kind of says it all

Mr. Bear is not exactly thrilled with everyone going back to school this September.



Enough said.

Monday, September 7, 2009

My baby is growing up!!!!!

My baby (well, she is all of 11 going on 22) went out and babysat for an hour yesterday. The "babysittee" is a sweet little 2 year old neighbour. Her daddy was out in the yard working, and mommy had to run some errands, so Annie was called into service. Sean and I were here if she needed anything. Anyhow, she came home very happy and very proud of herself. She said she didn't want any money for it (that will change, I am sure). I asked her how everything went, and she said, "Mom, I never got how important wet wipes were, Until today." I said, "A diaper incident?" She responded with,"And how." Well, her first real diaper (she took the babysitting class last year at school. One of the teachers offered it for 10 and 11 year olds, to get them ready for taking the "real" class and getting the certificate). Then Annie said," I am going to thank Madame (the teacher who gave that club) for that class. Boy! Did I need it!!!!!" So, all is well.


And other news-my husband has long been a fan of Princess Auto. And lookee lookee-He got into the flyer!!!!! He is a tech teacher at Napanee District, and he had his kids build a bio-diesel chopper!!!! (He rides the bikes around the block- I swear it is a "guy magnet"-the men kinda swarm around them!)

The flyer date is September 1st to 13th, if you wanted to check it out yourself. (The Princess Auto flyer goes across Canada). (You can click to make it bigger)



I am pretty darn proud of him.


Onto knitterly news- I started the "Travelling Woman" scarf/shawlette (Ravelry project). I used some BFL fingering from Impulse of Delights in the "Dancing Moss" colourway.
I swear this colourway is made for being happy. I now want to make a LARGER version- using this yarn. Ruth doesn't have any left in stock. BUT-if you have some and want to sell or trade-leave me a note. It is Impulse of Delight's fingering BFL, in the "Dancing Moss" colourway.
Off I go to spend a lazy Labour Day. We had a salmon BBQ last night with some friends-it was a hoot. So today is lazy day.
Have a happy Labour Day, whatever you do!