WIP Weds: Sprouting Sleeves

Well the Operation is over! Hopefully we will have MiL home today. She is doing fine.  Four small holes and no gallbladder, she has already returned to her usual fiesty self.

Well, the you know what hit the fan today…

– MiL is still in the hospital, lots of pain!

– My Dad has a foot that is broken in two places, 6 weeks on crutches

– DS’s blood sugar was 21 yesterday and this morning still 10.5

Can we start wednesday over again this one sucks!!!!

I have been working away on  “Sprout – Growing Roots”.

I decided to make a modifications to the Raglan portion of the pattern. The increase rows in the pattern asked for either Kfb, M1 or Yo. I opted for Kfb, however on the right side of the cable there was some unattactive laddering.

Hunting around I found an old Latch Hook (which I am adding to my knitting tool kit) and picked up the ladder and tidied up the increases.

 I think this really improved the appearance of shoulder seams.

New and improved raglans!

Book: Nero Wolfe: The Door Bell Rang by Rex Stout

I’m a big fan of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin! This book is a great read, as usual against all odds Nero catches the murder and Archie is his charming wise cracking self. I’ve always had a crush on him :0)

FO’s 2012 = 26

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 7

Stash used 2012 =  38 + 1 = 39

Yarn Diet target  21 balls used (diet over Yay!)

Stash Purchased 2012 = 54 + 3 = 57

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 46

Books =  16 + 1 = 17

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FO Friday: Sharing something for all those with kids graduating!

I don`t have much to share this friday, as is becoming usual I am off with MiL sorting out more Pre-operation stuff.

I continue work on Sprout – Growing Roots, and reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

However, yesterday my brother posted a letter that I would really like to share with you. My 18 yr old Niece is Graduating High School and going on to College.

I imagine there are a few parents out there in this position or you may know a young person how is heading out into life.

My father wrote both my Brother and myself letters when we entered university.

I cherish mine and I think Sarah will cherish hers.

Look here if you would like to read it,

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Letter: From my Brother to His Daughter on her High School Graduation

A Letter from a Father to His Daughter as she ends her High School Career and goes on to College… I think this deserves a “Best Dad Ever Award”

This is the letter I sent to Sarah to be opened tonight at her Graduation Night Lock In Party.


What you need to know:

You’re now an adult (sorry).

More and more the responsibility for who you are and what you do is yours. We will always support you and love you.

Only people that know you will love you, so don’t be afraid to let others get to know you.

Education is the key to your future and now is the easiest time to get it or lose it.

Your life will change more in the next ten years than it has in the past eighteen and more then it will ever again.

Money will not bring happiness, but the lack of it does cause misery.

The secret to a great relationship and marriage is not just finding the right person but being the right person.  Because you must want to give your spouse everything and live only for the time you have together.  It should never be a matter of need but of loving who you are more with them than without them and wanting to give all of yourself to them for the rest of your life above all else.

God loves you.  Trust and believe in him, because he trusts and believes in you.

Don’t ever date or become close to someone you don’t trust.

Never let anyone abuse you, hit you, or talk down to you.  Walk away from anyone who does and don’t go back.  Anyone who does these things once will do it again. Contact the authorities if warranted and come home.

I know it’s hard but try not to worry.  It’s only interest you’re paying on something that may never happen.

We all make mistakes but our mistakes don’t make us who we are.

A car is more than transportation.  It is freedom and independence.  Get your drivers license.

Keep in touch with friends and those you love.  That’s the best way to keep them, and it’s the only way to know when they need you, and to know they will be there when you need them.

Friends don’t owe friends.  One of the true tests of friendship is that you want to give to that person, help them, and be there for them, without expecting anything in return.  This must go both ways.

Vote whenever you can. Know who you’re voting for and why. It doesn’t take much time but it is a responsibility not just a right.

No man is worth giving up being yourself or what you want in life.  Never date or marry a man thinking that he will change or that you can change him.  It’s like electronics, you don’t try to fix them you return them (but this must be done during the warranty period not after you’ve kept it for a while hoping it will somehow fix it’s self).

Always be clean and well dressed.  You never know when God will send your future husband around to meet you.

If you like the boy and would like him to ask you out again, order the chicken.  If you don’t wish to go out with him again order the Lobster and the most expensive desert on the menu.  You will have a great meal and it is very unlikely he will call again.

You will be known by what you do, not what you say you’ll do.  Do your best to always keep your word, and say you’re sorry if you hurt someone.

Don’t swear, it’s a bad habit and a hard one to break.

Possessions can be bought with credit as well as cash.  Don’t be fooled by someone who looks like they are successful.  Take people as they are, not for what they own.

Boy’s lie.  (so do girls but boy’s don’t care)

Sleep is important, but who you sleep with is more important.  Sex is the most personal and beautiful thing you will ever do with another person so be sure it’s the right person (preferably your husband).  Another thing, men fear ghosts in their bed so don’t have any.  Don’t let regret be the memory of your first experience.

It’s not what you think is important, but how you spend your time and money that shows what is important to you.

Live life fully and how you want.  Don’t wait for someday.  Too many people die waiting.

There is true happiness in giving that helps others.

Pray, God know your wants and needs but just like people God likes to hear it in your own word so he knows your not just taking him for granted.

If you can’t decide, don’t decide, think on it then make a decision.  If you don’t decide others will decide for you and you only have yourself to blame.

What’s right for you is not always right for others, and others may not agree with you.  Screw em, if its right for you and you’re not hurting anyone else do it anyway.

Don’t shy away from debate or from discussions with others who you disagree with.  These conversations help you understand why others think as they do and test what you believe.  But don’t argue.  When you argue no one is listening.  Just say you agree to disagree and change the subject or walk away.

Don’t judge others.  You don’t have to agree with what a person does or is or says, but don’t think that any of these things completely define who another person is.  We all come from different places, experiences and outlooks.  Be open to look beyond differences and see the person as a whole and accept them that way.

You owe your employer a day’s work for a days pay.  Respect your job and your employer or find another job.

What you’re paid and what titles you hold do not define success.  Only you can define success for you.

Remember to always strive to make a life not just a living.  After you are gone those that will remember you are those who loved you, not those who paid you.

If you feel you should get more, be promoted, treated fairly, or given something, ask for it.

Very rarely in life will you be given anything you truly want or need without asking for it.

Wear waterproof shoes in the rain.  Having wet socks all day sucks.  Bring a jacket when you’re going to be out for any length of time.  You can always leave it in the car, but a jacket in your closet won’t keep you warm.

Always support the Packers and follow them at least a little.  That way you’ll always have something to add to any conversation where two or more guys are together.

Men can only focus on one subject at a time and are best with topics that are not personal.  If you want to keep a guys attention find his interest and learn about it.  If he sees you’re interested in something he’s interested in his new focus will be you. (This is sad but true).

Don’t take advantage of others.  It’s wrong and does not make you feel very good about yourself.

Always dream.

Don’t just dance like no ones watching, live like you don’t care who is watching.

As my mom use to say, “Don’t worry about what others are saying about you, because you’d be more surprised how little they are talking about you”.  Gossip is trivial and short lived.  People who would talk to you about someone else behind their back are talking about you behind yours.  Don’t waste your time with them.

Whenever possible get out and enjoy the arts.  It enriches the soul as well as the mind.

When you see or hear something you like say so.  Everyone especially artists need affirmation because there are enough critics out there already.

Travel, it broadens your mind and helps you to understand people and history.

Write it down, dates, numbers, and names.  You may remember but you’ll have a back up if you don’t

Always send or say thank you.  You feel better for doing it and people need to hear it.

But most important remember we love you.

WIP Weds: Sprout – Growing Roots and life gets interesting…

Let the festivities begin! MiL had her pre-op appointment yesterday, today is the eco-cardiagram (cancelled this morning, now on Friday), then a GP appointment on Thursday. Next Tuesday is the operation day, with an overnight stay due to her age. She is not a very happy camper, she thinks far too much fuss for gallbladder removal! She has no daughters, only sons so I’m it! Doing my best to help her through this. She has never had any major health issues, and like most people isn’t dealing very well with body betrayal. Hopeing she will be back to her fiesty self soon!

Meanwhile back at the ranch…

I have been working on “Sprout – Growing roots”  love the buttons and yes I know it was not on my WIP list, but it is made from stash!  I wanted something to knit in waiting rooms.

(week 3 of Yarn Diet)

Sprout – growing roots with Buttons

Some developments in the Garden as well

Shade Master Locust – 15 years old

And the flowers are up

Iris – these started as a spade full from a neighbour, they are about ready to be divided.

Sometimes things just show up

I don’t know where these Columbine came from, but they are lovely!

Book: Finally got my hands on “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Steig Larsson. My DH and DS keep pilfering it. Threats have been made, hopefully I’ll get to finish it this time.

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 = 26

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 6 + 1 = 7

Stash used 2012 = 36 + 2 = 38

Yarn Diet target  21 = 18 + 2 = 20 (one to go!)

Stash Purchased 2012 = 54

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 46

Books =  16

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FO Fri: Happy Victoria Day Weekend from Canada!

Victoria Day (in French: Fête de la Reine) is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria‘s birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning Canadian sovereign‘s official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada. The holiday has been observed since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign’s actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country on the fixed date.

Wingspan for the Carry along forum


And The Chinook Scarf for the Carry along forum

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 =  24 + 2 = 26

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 8 – 2 = 6

Stash used 2012 = 34 + 2 = 36

Yarn Diet target  21  – 3 = 18

Stash Purchased 2012 = 54

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 46

Books =  16

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Well I’m off for a long weekend, cya next week.

WIP Weds: What’s next?

Don’t you just hate finishing something and not having something at hand to start?

I so enjoyed doing Wingspan, which you will see on Friday, that I was at a loss as what to do next.  After a few false starts I began work on “Chinook Scarf”, so I started to look through my stash.

I am on the 2nd week of my Yarn Diet.

James C Brett Woodlander Dk from stash!

Close-up of edge, beginning the decease section!

Chinook scarf half way!

Say good-bye to “Abigail”, yes she is about to be frogged.  I looked at her, then looked at me, and realized she was not designed for the fluffier among us. So she is history, and will become something more suitable.

Abigail Vest that was…

Well have a nice week, cya Friday all being well.

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Mothers Day: With my guys :0)

Mothers day with my guys! Saturday, first stop garden center. Purchased a lovely “Lambert Closse” rose bush for the naked spot in my front garden. As we live in the great white north (Canada) this Explorer Series Rose should be perfect. It has a Tea rose form, is a small shrub, multiflora, with nice sent, mold, blackspot and mildew resistant. Lucky me this rose comes with installation :0)

Each Mother received a hanging basket of flowers.

After church on Sunday, our mothers gathered here for chicken BBQ, with MiL Potato Salad, my carrot salad and Mom’s dessert. Boys BBQ’d chicken.

FO Friday: What this little sweater taught me…

Hello, it’s Friday again. First of all I’m still on my Yarn Diet! (week 1)

Finished Puerperium Cardigan in 6 days, what a delightful sweater to knit.  I altered the pattern a little using worsted instead of dk, which took this from a 15″ chest to a 20″ chest. I made it a little larger so it would fit a little longer.  Little man is so little right now, at only 14 days old. I’m hopeing that this sweater will still fit in the fall.

What I learned from this sweater: I sometimes have moments of illumination, this sweater had the curse of not finding the right buttons. I finally settled for these buttons. When it came time to sew them on I really took a close look at them trying to decide how to orient them. I put the button down to thread the yarn and the button flipped over and the back side was just what I hunted high and low for… on the card you couldn’t see the back. This button suited the yarn perfectly!

Surprise buttons!

This is a top-down sweater. I knit it from collar to heam placing the sleeves on waste ribbon. I use very narrow ribbon to hold stitches, it is cheap, it’s easy to pull out and it doesn’t leave tell tale fuzzies. I then attached the buttons, then divided the remaining yarn into two balls with special attention as to the direction I have been knitting on the ball.  I measured the diametre of sleeve opening (times 3 = 1 row), times 5 = 4 rows garter st + 1 row cast off + 6″ for tail made slip knot on both balls. Rewind balls and knit sleeves. Little complicated but guaranties sufficent yarn for both sleeves. Note only wasted 8″ of yarn!

Puerperium Cardigan – Finished!

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 =  24 + 1 = 25

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 =  9 – 1 = 8

Stash used 2012 =  33 + 1 = 34

Yarn Diet target  21  – 1 = 20

Stash Purchased 2012 = 54

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 46

Books =  16

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WIP Weds: I need to go on a YARN DIET!

My long-suffering Hubby gently informed me that my yarn acquisition has greatly exceeded my consumption in the last week. What with DKC Knitfrolic (12 balls of hard to find lace weight) and the Maplefest yarn sale at Soper Creek Yarns (9 balls – 8-50gm balls of 4 basic colours of regia sock, and 1 Ball Vintage Color for Puerperium Cardigan) maybe 21 balls is a little much He was really very nice about it. He supposed I was preparing for the fibre famine of 2013, when all the sheep will go on strike and take the other fibres into hiding with them… he did smile when he said it.  So I am attempting to go on another yarn diet.

No more purchases till I have knitted at least 21 balls of yarn…

Yup, I’m off to a flying start with new baby just arrived and May Carry along forum in full swing, I am one busy Bee!

Working on Wingspan for the May Carry along Forum

Wingspan: 5 of 8 points done!

Have yarn for Chinook scarf for the May Carry along Forum

James C Brett Woodlander Dk for “Chinook Scarf”

 and Puerperium Cardigan for baby Jackson.

Puerperium Cardigan for Jackson, knit in worsted on 4.5mm

This weeks book: I just love Lynsay Sands sense of humour, and this book is no exception!  Another Argeneau Family story, the family tries to help Christian find a mate by telling her he is gay… needless to say things get complicated for him! The Argeneau family is based in Toronto Canada which also appeals to me, although this one takes place in St Lucia. Highly recommend this series if you are a fan of Paranormal Romance (my guilty vice :0)

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 =  24

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 8 + 1 = 9

Stash used 2012 =  33

Yarn Diet target (21)

Stash Purchased 2012 = 45 + 9 = 54

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 46

Books = 15 + 1 = 16

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FO Friday: Gift pattern for Newborn, A Cocoon Enjoy!

Well it has been a busy week, The knitfrolic, a new babies, Craft group, Knitting Club, Organizing a Craft sale at church in July, (more on this later)DH’s birthday, and New pattern released. Rather tired but a feeling of accomplishment this week :0)

First Cocoon this week Owlie Sleep Sack

Second one: Barley Corn Cuddle Cocoon & Hat

Quick and easy, for those last-minute Baby gifts that are sometimes necessary. This it a bottom up pattern, it takes 100gms of worsted yarn, and knit on 4.5mm / 7US needles. Patterns for both the Cocoon and the Hat, sized for a Newborn baby. (NOT meant for babies to sleep in unattended.)

Barley Corn Cocoon w/ Hat

Here is the PDF, I hope you enjoy it!

Pattern Barley Corn Cuddle Cocoon

And the Jar May 2012

The Jar: March to May 2012

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 = 21 + 3 = 24

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 =  7 + 1 = 8

Stash used = 30 + 3 = 33

Stash Purchased 2012 = 44  + 1 = 45

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 46

Books = 14 + 1 = 15

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