Happy New Year 2013!

My DS usually spends New Years Eve with his friends, while DH and I go out for a romantic dinner together. Tomorrow the family will gather at our house for early dinner and celebrate the New Year. We always spend the first and last day of the year with the people we love.

I competed my MiL’s Scarf, it has ended up as a late Christmas Present

  

MiL christmas scarf finished with 2 1/2 hours to spare, New Years eve!

MiL christmas scarf finished with 2 1/2 hours to spare, New Years eve!

Where to go to see all last years projects on Ravelry.com

And the Jar, from March to December 2012

The Jar Dec 2012

The Jar Dec 2012

I think I’ll but it in an onion bag in the spring and watch for colourful nests.

My New Years Resolutions for 2013

  1. I will Complete 7 WIP’s that have been sitting around.
  2. I will knit both sweater patterns my DH gave me for Christmas 2012!
  3. I have given up on organizing my stash, instead I will parcel up 13 projects with pattern,  stash yarn etc that I will make this year!
  4. I will make ALL items for the Church Bazaar and craft sales from stash!
  5. I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves (well maybe this rule can be a little flexible? I need to get the yarn for #8) (update this lasted for 14 days last year) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
  6. Goal this year, significant stash reduction!
  7. My studio will be dumped out and made into a haven for Knitting, sewing and scrapbooking!
  8. I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2013
  9. I will make my DH and DS each a Hat
  10. Last fibre related resolution, I will spin more.

Last Years New years resolutions – How they worked out!

I begin the year with 7  WIP’s (Leftovers from last year)

This year I’m beginning by reading

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte on my new Koboglo. This was a free download. This is an old favourite, I reread it every few years.

I had to share this with you. A friend of ours quipped,

“In 2012, you got an Ebike, and an Ebook, you should tell your Efriends”

Bye the Bye, the Koboglo has been a steep learning curve, however I am beginning to get the hang of it, and like it better than my old Sony ereader. It holds loads more books (2gb can be upgraded to 32gb), needs a lot less chargeing it lasts a month, super easy to load new books on, and Kobo offers a wide selection of free ebooks. I like the self system and connectivity to the web. I wasn’t too sure about the touch screen till I bought a rubber tipped stylus. My hands shake and this was causing problems. I have downloaded  a bunch of knitting pattern PDFs so I can carry them around when looking for yarn or knitting. I also read at night in bed, DH loves the glo feature! No more midnight bed side lamp. I would recommend this  product. Warning, needs patience to get it working, after that it is a breeze. 

FO 2011 = 105  

FO’s 2012 =  78 (I did a few more large projects)

WIPS 2013 = 7

Stash used 2012 = 88 (stunned by this total!)

I will not mention yarn Purchased last year!

Books 2011 = 45  Books 2012 = 48

Well I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous and productive

New Year

Music to end the year: Auld Lang Syne

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

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How to Celebrate Christmas…NOT!

My mother painted this porceline Nativity set many years ago. I sits on the mantle every Christmas season

My mother painted this porcelain Nativity set many years ago. I sits on the mantle every Christmas season

I just got over the sniffles, yay!

After of 28 years of marriage, I have spent 21 (now 22yrs) being sick or damaged at Christmas.

I was feeling good, and a little sassy. Nasty cold behind me.

  • house clean and tidy, check
  • the tree was trimmed, check,
  • the food was purchased for the Christmas eve feast, check,
  • Dessert purchased for Christmas day Supper, check
  • Gifts made and purchased, check
  • parcels wrapped, check,
  • stocking stuffers stuffed, check.
  • Good nights sleep, check

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Get up in the morning, shower, dress, looking good, feeling better.

Proceed down the stairs…

Fall down the stairs!

Emergency trip to clinic, wait, wait, wait,

(did I say I had people coming for dinner?)

Trip to Hospital, X-rays, wait, wait, wait, wait

(did I say I had people coming for dinner??)

Emergency dept to see another Doctor, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.

(did I say I had people coming for dinner??? panic was setting in!)

Finally Doctor, the place was really busy, and boy did I have pain!

Loads of soft tissue damage to Right shoulder Rotator cuff and Right knee.

Upside nothing broken,

Downside feel like I fell downstairs, and got run over by a bus!

This is what happens when you step around a sleeping Cat!

DH was wonderful, finished up all the little things that needed doing, cooked roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, which was wonderful, and cleaned up.

Then we all went off to midnight Communion at Church. Somehow I felt a little better celebrating Christmas by going to Church. Not my best idea, but this is the part of Christmas that means the most to me, my family all together at church Christmas eve.  The evening was magical, as we left Church the snowflakes were sparkling in the lamp light, dancing in the air. It had begun to snow.

In the morning we had our own little family Christmas, DS, DH, myself and the furry children. Willow and Jack really enjoyed their “Marinated Mice” (toy mice in a container of catnip)

Then packed up parcels and headed over to my families for lunch.

The Tree at Mom and Dad's

The Tree at Mom and Dad’s

Everyone else arrived for dinner. Lovely visit with everyone!  My brother and his family were sorely missed, as my nephew was not fit to travel from the states after his knee surgery. Maybe next year…

This year everyone received a knitted something, scarves, socks, and washcloths. This was last years New Years resolution! Everyone was very happy with their gifts :0)

DH and DS gave me some lovely knitting related gifts

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and some patterns

I intend to knit both of these this year!

I intend to knit both of these this year!

and

BiL gave me a knitting book (well $ to purchase one)

received bunch of dvd’s, (Casablanca, Gone with the wind, Singin in the rain, A streetcar named desire, Dr Zhivago, Showboat, Anne get your Gun, Kiss me Kate and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) the family knows I have a thing for old movies. :0)

MiL gave me a Koboglow, not sure how it works yet.

and a set of new everyday dishes, from Mom and Dad. Our original set is looking a little dog-eared, what is left of it.

Well it is Boxing Day, and the guys dragged me into every Electronic store and I nodded and smiled, about gigs and ram and rpg, then they took me to lunch, so fun was had by all.

I am healing up but still pretty uncomfortable.

I want to thank everyone for making this Christmas a merry one in spite of everything.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Next Year

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FO Friday: Twas the Last post before Christmas

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I have to admit I am hopeless about sending Christmas Cards!

So this year I am going virtual.

This will likely be the last post before New Years.

Merry Christmas

Happy news! MiL is no longer stoned (as my DH pronounced to his mother, always the good and thoughtful son that he is :0)

The ERCP procedure worked a dream, 3rd times the charm. She is free and clear of Gallbladder, stones and all for the first time since last January. Now she can actually enjoy Christmas dinner.                              The best Christmas gift for us all!

I have a sweet treat for you.

Here is a fast and super easy recipe for Mincemeat Squares

an old Christmas favourite from my mother’s family.

2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 1/2 cups Mincemeat

15 oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

Mix ingredients together, Bake in well-greased 9″x 12″ pan

on 350F for 30 mins. Cool then Cut.

chop candied cherry and decorate top with a small piece.

I finish the Picot edged baby blanket

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It was a good fast and practical baby blanket to knit. I recommend this pattern. This basic blanket was lovely and warm on my legs as I knit it and will be a good stroller or car seat blanket. I used 2 balls of Northern Worsted, knitting the first ball expanding to the 1/2 way point and finished the 2nd ball reducing to the end.

During my travels Christmas Shopping, I hit the Dollar Store (a chain of stores in Canada, that has most items in the $1 – $2 dollar range, think up scale five & dime) to get some Christmas wrap and stocking stuffers. I lucked out!

Totally cat proof bags, till they learn to open zippers!

Totally cat proof bags, till they learn to open zippers!          Look all you wanta guys, Wahahaha!

This weeks Christmas audio book: A christmas treat my Dad used to read to my Brother and I.

Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

More favourite Christmas Carols:

Coventry Carol by  Loreena McKennitt

And Amid the Winters Snow by Kings College Cambridge Choir

For other music links and other Audiobook links

FO’s 2012 =  76 + 1 = 77

Patterns from my own Library = 6 + 1 = 7

WIP’s 2012 = 4 – 1 = 3 (plan to start the year at 0)

Stash used 2012 = 85 + 2 = 87 (stunned by this total!)

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 48

Books = 45 + 1 = 46

All that remains to be said is,

I wish you all a Joyous and Merry Christmas,

and to you and ours a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Next Year

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Weds: The Gift of Christmas all the way from Switzerland

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Hey! My Pay it Forward from Marigold’s Loft arrived, all the way from Switzerland! What a delightful surprise, with all the stuff going on, thank you so much Natalie. They really made me smile!

Fingerless gubbies

Fingerless gubbies

I am keeping them in the pocket of my favourite coat, so I am wearing them everyday :0)

The bad news. Today I am at a major hospital in Toronto, MiL is going in for a tricky procedure to remove a giant gallstone, that was leftover after she had her gallbladder removed. Surgeon commented he had never seen one so large. We are all very worried about her. Last 3 times were no walk in the park! Think I will work on Wellengang / Swell scarf for her while I wait. She prefers me with her rather than her sons, no surprise there, lol. Here’s hopeing she will sail through it!

Well I continue beavering away on presents as deadline looms!

Picot edged baby blanket by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

Just turned the corner

Just turned the corner

Ruffle Scarf #6

Leaving this one for between christmas and new year as I am not seeing the person till then

Leaving this one for between christmas and new year as I am not seeing the person till then

Wellengang / Swell scarf by Christiane Stemberg

Motoring along on this, must be done before christmas eve

Motoring along on this, must be done before christmas eve

I highly recommend this one for self stripeing fingering yarn, it really makes the stripes dance :0)

Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos
Shawl Collared Cowl, planning stage, this one has to be done for BiL B-day New Years day.

Shawl Collared Cowl, planning stage, this one has to be done for BiL B-day New Years day.

Christmas Audiobook:

The Grinch that stole Christmas  part 1 and 2

by Dr Seuss (Read by Boris Karloff)

One of my favourite Christmas Carols:

The Holly and the Ivy King’s College Cambridge 2008

For other music links and other Audiobook links 

FO’s 2012 =  76

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 = 3 + 1 = 4

Stash used 2012 = 84 + 1 = 85

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 48

Books = 43 + 2 = 45

Thanks again for visiting,

cya on Friday.

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

For links to my blogwalk come join me in the blogpond :0)

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FO Friday: Getting ready for Christmas

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Hello again! I continue to recover.

Not a very productive week.

Still working on my WIP’s, hope to get them done before the end of the year.

“Bombur’s Travelling Socks”.

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 If ya missed your The Hobbit Bombur’s Travelling Socks here it is.

With 11 days till Christmas I thought this would be a good read.

This weeks Audio book: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Story,  Merry Christmas enjoy!

   

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next Friday.

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WIP Weds: Good news and treats!

tami_wipGood morning all!

First of all, I am delighted to report that the St.George’s Craft Sale was a great success. We made more that ever before. We are well on our way to a wheelchair ramp for the church hall. Our small group is very pleased, and we are already thinking of having another in the New Year. :0)

Things are improving on the cold front. I was very disappointed that I could not attend the Craft Sale. I am recovering slowly, but bugs seem to like to hang around and tire me out. My fellas are both better, and taking great care of me and Willow and Jack have been snoozing with me.

Meanwhile I continue on my WIP’s

Ruffle Scarf #6

Not much progress here

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Picot-edge Baby Blanket

This is working up very nicely!

This is working up very nicely!

The Hobbit: Bombur’s Travelling Socks

Special features: Toe-up, spiral toe, with after thought spiral heel. Chart and video references provided. The sock for non-sock knitters!

In honour of the release of the Hobbit, here is a new pattern free to my Blog readers. It will be going on Ravelry sale on the 14th. 

Merry Christmas enjoy!

Ravelry page

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This weeks Book: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

#14 in the Dresden File Series

Was a really good read! Like usual from the frying pan into the fire. Harry has to save everyone, he has only 24hrs to do it, and only his magic and his brains.

FO’s 2012 =  76

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 = 2 + 1 = 3

Stash used 2012 = 84

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 48

Books =  42 + 1 = 43

Thanks again for visiting,

cya on Friday.

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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FO Friday: If it’s not one thing it’s another!

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Well, this week has been a total disaster! Missed Craft goup, Knittin club, Physiotherapy, and looks like I will not be going to the St. Georges craft sale or church on Sunday. Since I married 28yrs ago, I have been sick 21 times at Christmas :0(

If you have an opportunity, stop by The St. Georges Craft Sale in on Mill st. in Newcastle Ontario Canada. It will be on from 10 – 2:00.  

So this is all I got done this week sniff!

Favorite Scarf Ever

Great pattern highly recommend it!

Great pattern highly recommend it! 6″ x 50″

Ruffle Scarf #4

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Ruffle Scarf #5

Only one more!

This weeks Audio book: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

One of my favourites, written in 1855, along with “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, this would be a must have on a desert island.

Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,

13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24,

25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35,

36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45,

46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 (of 52)

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

FO’s 2012 = 73 + 3 = 76

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 = 5 – 3 = 2

Stash used 2012 = 81 + 3 = 84

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 48

Books = 41 + 1 = 42

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next Friday.

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

For links to my blogwalk come join me in the blogpond :0)

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