Sadly, all good things come to an end…

Well it has been absolutely beautiful, sunny day, with warm, light breezes, simply gorgeous! A great day for a new start!

But, sadly all good things come to an end.

As wordpress.com has a limit on uploads and that’s it!

I have really enjoyed my experience here with this host, however it’s time to move on.

Kittens with Mittens is signing off for the last time. 

Thanks for sharing your time and comments with me.

Here are some of the great things shared on this blog…

Travelling Women Shawl

Since my first post on Jan 22, 2011
Project 1 -2011: One skein shawl

To this last post July 4th, 2015. There have been 617 posts, and 26,173 visitors.

I guess we covered a little of everything, the good times and one or two sad ones. Places to go and things to do. Funny things, useful things, and shared things.

Some stash diving! Believe it or not this collection of awesome sock yarn has out grown the boxes, since this was taken. But as usual, I have a plan!

Some stash diving!
Believe it or not this collection of awesome sock yarn has out grown the boxes, since this was taken. But as usual, I have a plan!

Something special Afternoon Tea shawl

Something special things like my
Afternoon Tea shawl

And some very quick and useful projects. The Yarn ball Cosy!

And some very quick and useful projects.
The Yarn ball Cosy!

Some longterm stashbusting projects  This is my Beryl Blanket made out of odds and sods of leftover fingering yarn.

Some longterm stashbusting projects
This is my Beryl Blanket made out of odds and sods of leftover fingering yarn.

The antics of my furries Cat inspection of the Scrap Jar (Jan 2013) just one of many jars of clippings that grace our local birds nests each year.

The antics of my furries
Cat inspection of the Scrap Jar (Jan 2013) just one of many jars of clippings that grace our local birds nests each year.

Some projects that made me smile.

Some projects that made me smile.

A little Handspinning here and there. Singles Spun on my Lendrum, will be 2 ply laceweight when finished

A little Handspinning here and there. Singles Spun on my Lendrum, turned into 2 ply laceweight

I have shared my reading habit, which covers a surprisingly substantial amount of ground. 27 Books Bedside table and yes at the time I was reading them all! There is a new pile now!

I have shared my reading habit, which covers a surprisingly substantial amount of ground.
27 Books Bedside table and yes at the time I was reading them all! There is a new pile now!

I also enjoyed giving a Bra Making class. Hopefully I took the mystery out and gave you some simple tools to make your own.

A few sewing lessons; I also enjoyed giving a Bra Making class. Hopefully I took the mystery out of Bra construction, and gave you some simple tools to make your own.

Though I mostly covered knitting, this was and is something that I use almost everyday. Assorted buttons that are really to small to be used from my button Jar :0)

Though I mostly covered knitting, this was and is something that I use almost everyday.
Assorted buttons that are really to small to be used from my button Jar :0)

Wishing you all the best. I have deeply enjoyed my time here.

I am looking for another host for my blog.

If I find one I will add the address here so you can find me.

Take care, signing off…Bye for now

Happy Canada Day!

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Now that’s Canadian!

After the adventure of the exploding cans (long and messy story); we decided that Hancs pulled pork on a Bun with fries was the way to go on Canada Day.

So we were driving down the road and there waiting at the bus stop this was a tall kid. He had a hockey stick over his shoulder with a big Canadian flag tied to it. Canadian Eh?

This Dutch kid is about to launch a system to let the oceans clean themselves

Clean up the Oceans! A small idea can make a big difference. This may not be the only solution, bit It’s a step forward.

Quartz

Ever since environmentalist Charles Moore discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997, the most common representation of human attempts to deal with that trash vortex have been depressing photos of albatross carcasses filled with plastic debris, plus a few abstract infographics of the Pacific Ocean’s circular currents.

Compared to that, the image of a blue-eyed boy standing in front of the pile of trash he collected is a relief. Add the fact that this particular boy is about to lead the largest expedition in history to map the spread of trash in the Pacific Ocean, and relief legitimately upgrades to hope. And when he says that—within one year—he will launch the first global system for cleaning the world’s oceans, it’s worth listening to his story.

Boyan 2 Boyan Slat

In 2011, while diving in Greece, then 16-year-old Boyan Slat noticed that he was surrounded by plastic bags, rather than fish. Back to…

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Tools: Nostepenne for Knitters and Handspinners

Good Morning all.

I apologize for the radio silence recently.

My son had is 2nd post graduate, Commencement,

My awesome son!

In September he goes off for yet another round of University, this time for a Bachelor of Education, and he has begun a new job as a line cook at a local restaurant. They are training him. He figures this is an excellent skill to have, as cooks are always in demand and he can work it around school.

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I also celebrated my Birthday, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. Another trip around the sun!

There have been some developments at church also. Our Rector is retiring so there has been a lot of things to do. I have been working on a couple of programs that need to be in place before he goes. He will be greatly missed. However we look forward to welcoming a new incumbent in September.

Well, I’m back!

Tool: Handy tool to add to your project bag.

Nostepenne, I have several of these. Easy to make, or get on Etsy.com. Basically a ball winder with no moving parts. Really useful for Knitters and Spinners. Makes a centre pull ball! 

Here is a video on it’s use by Ann Kingstone .

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What have I been working on?

Namaste Yoga socks #2

These are for Toronto Sick kids Hospital, Rehab Yoga program.

Be Basically Warm 

something brainless to knit when in a group!

Itasca Poncho – Kal 

Planning on travelling this summer and as I use a wheelchair sometimes, a sweater is just not practical. Thought this would go with jeans.

WIP List = 9

  1. Namaste Yoga socks #2
  2. Be Basically Warm
  3. Itasca Poncho – Kal 
  4. Without Moonlight #2 
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  9. My Fair Cardi 
  10. Namaste Yoga socks #1  
  11. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal 
  12. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – frogged!

WIPS 2015 = 9

FO’s 2015 = 25 + 2 = 27

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 23 + 2 = 25

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Sock Knitting Machine, make your own!

Just when you’ve given up ever having a Sock knitter!

A 3D printer can be used to create this circular knitting machine.

3D-Sock knitting Machine

Well if you can make friends with someone with access to a 3D printer; here is an open source program to manufacture one, supply list and instructions included!

Here is a video showing it being made!

and How to cast on.

I call that awesome!

I have a Plan!

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal

Only a few more rows to go!

Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser done!

Namaste Yoga socks #1- Finished!

My design, will publish soon.

This is a fundraiser for the Sick Kids Hospital Yoga rehab program.

Aquisition: Crown Jewels by The Yarn Therapist

Self stripping, designed for shawls! I have plans on knitting this on my vacation :0)

WIP List = 9

  1. Namaste Yoga socks #2
  2. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  3. Without Moonlight #2 
  4. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done! 
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  9. My Fair Cardi 
  10. Buttermere #2  ran out of yarn!
  11. Zuzu’s Petals frogged I have a better plan
  12. Namaste Yoga socks #1 – done
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done 
  14. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser – done

WIPS 2015 = 14 – 5 = 9

FO’s 2015 = 23 + 2 = 25

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21 + 2 = 23

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

In a Spin

As most of you are aware, I not only knit, I also Hand spin.

The weather this morning was so nice, I pulled out my wheel and started to work!

Light grey Romney like wool. Thinking of Mittens for the fellas.

Light grey Romney like wool. Thinking of Mittens for the fellas.

I’ve been making singles, 229gms worth! Now to ply, that should take no time. The end is in sight; Mittens here we come! What are you working on? Pictures please!

I don’t add yardage until the spinning is actually finished, washed and blocked. Singles are spun “Z”.

Namaste Yoga socks Just turning the heel on sock 2.

Working on my Pretty Basic scarf for May Kal

Only 3 more Eyelet rows then finished! May even get it done before next months Kal, lol

WIP List = 11

  1. Namaste Yoga socks
  2. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  3. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  4. Untangled #4
  5. Without Moonlight #2 
  6. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  8. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  9. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  10. My Fair Cardi 
  11. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done 
  12. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn! 
  13. Zuzu’s Petals – frogged
  14. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – frogged

WIPS 2015 = 14 – 3 = 11

FO’s 2015 = 23

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

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