FO Friday: Looking forward to a weekend of Firsts!

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TGNP (Thank God No Physio) today!

Saturday promises to be a lot of fun.

Bonnie and I are heading into Toronto for the DKC Knitters Frolic!

This is a first, because I have never been on a road trip with my friend Bonnie! I will report on this Wednesday…

First Communion of my Cousins little girl. Here is her gift.

Handmade Catholic Rosary.

Handmade Catholic Rosary.

First Birthday of her little brother. Here is his gift.

Size 2 for 1st Birthday :0)

Size 2 for 1st Birthday :0)

and  there will be a large family party on Sunday.

Finished a few friends for Sssydney!

Sssydney's friends

Sssydney’s friends

and an XL Coffee Cup Sweater 

Doing these for the Craft sale in June.

Doing these for the Craft sale in June.

Both Sssydney and XL Coffee Cup Sweater are my freebies on Ravelry.

The usual installment of found on Ravelry: Milly by Vanessa Ewing  would look rather nice over a tank top.

and I came across this rather good Crochet Tutorial for Mile a Minute Afghans. I am going to start linking anything I find that might interest you… Look under Techniques and Video Tutorials :0)

Current Book: Badger’s Moon by Peter Tremayne

The Sister Fidelma stories are set in the middle of the 7th century, mainly in Ireland. She is a Celtic religieuse, a legally recognized lawyer and sometimes Judge. So far I am really enjoying it. There is an interesting and informative introduction which explains the Celtic legal codes of the time.

Current WIP List (12)

I am starting to note how close to done my WIP’s are.

    1. Sssydney and friends six done a few more to do
    2. Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift (due May 25) 5%
    3. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
    4. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    5. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    6. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
    7. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%

FO’s 2013 = 30 + 6 = 36

WIPS 2013 = 13

Used of 37 purchased patterns from Rav = 8 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 =  33 + 1 = 34

Books 2013 = 12 + 2 = 14

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Weds: The War continues…

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Sssydney the sssnake and friends 

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XL coffee cup sweater – to be one of many for Craft sale in June

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From Dawn Till Dusk shawlette / scarf April Kal

Really lovely lace yarn. Using thread for lifelines.

Really lovely lace yarn. Using thread for lifelines.

A non-knitting project, a Catholic Rosary for a first communion on Sunday. I was at the LCS with my diagram collecting all the odds and ends for this project, a women looked at me like I didn’t know what I was doing…she was totally right! lol

Making Catholic Rosary

Making Catholic Rosary

The Catholic Rosary has 10 beads (decades) and 5 decades, between the cruciform beads.  

I have only made Anglican/Protestant Rosaries in the past.

So after lots of research I took a stab at it.

This is a Protestant rosary. Unlike a Catholic Rosary, there are 7 beads (weeks) and 4 weeks between the cruciform beads.,. The Catholic Rosary has 10 beads (decades) and 5 decades, between the cruciform beads. A crucifix or cross ia acceptable on an Anglican Rosary (cross is more common)

This is a Protestant rosary. Unlike a Catholic Rosary, there are 7 beads (weeks) and 4 weeks between the cruciform beads.,. A crucifix or cross ia acceptable on an Anglican Rosary (cross is more common)

Knitting technique video link:  Tubular Bind-Off from VeryPink Knits Just love her instruction videos!

Found on Ravelry: Philosophers Walk Socks by Lesley Melliship one talented knitter, this is her 1st pattern on Ravelry and it’s a freebie

Current WIP List (13)

I am starting to note how close to done my WIP’s are.

    1. Sssydney and friends one done a few more to do
    2. XL coffee cup sweater for Church craft sale
    3. Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift (due May 25) 5%
    4. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
    5. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    6. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    7. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
    8. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%

FO’s 2013 = 30

WIPS 2013 = 12 + 1 = 13

Used of 37 purchased patterns from Rav = 8 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 =  33

Books 2013 = 12

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Diet wk 3: The next step

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Well thank goodness the Grapefruit diet is over (not that I was that diligent about it)

This week I am Getting started week one of Winning Points Weight Watchers Program.

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I did this program a few years ago. It is much easier to stick to as it is more flexible. However if you want to eat the WW products be prepared to spend serious $$$.

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Having said that the Raisin bread is very good and only 3 points for 2 pieces plus some margarine 4 points for breakfast, not bad.

Weight Watchers points at this weight = 24 / 29

Day 1: 24 pts

XL coffee DD 1/2 decafe – 3 pts

(2) slices WW Raisin Bread w/ marg – 4 pts

1/2 Red Grapefruit – 1 pt

Sandwich: (2) WW bread – 2 pts

(1) egg fried with spray – 2 pts

mayo – 1 pt

Dill Pickle – 0 pt

1/2 c Tomato cocktail – 0 pts

1 c spaghetti and sauce – 6 pts

Salad / Dressing – 2 pts

Garlic Bread – 3 pts

Day 2: 29 pts

XL coffee DD 1/2 decafe – 3 pts

(2) slices WW Raisin Bread w/ marg – 4 pts

1/2 Red Grapefruit – 1 pt

Sandwich: (2) WW bread – 2 pts

(1) egg fried with spray – 2 pts

grated cheddar – 1/2 pt

onion – 1/2 pt

2oz sunchips – 2 pts

XL Coffee – 3 pts

Cornbeef hash – 9 pts

(1) Egg – 2 pts

Day 3: 22 pts

XL Coffee – 3 pts

(1) slices WW Raisin Bread w/ marg – 2 pts

 Chicken Salad –  5 pts

1c Rice – 4 pts

2 Masala dosa – 8 pts

Day 4: 25 pts

XL Coffee – 3 pts

1c Cereal – 2 pts

1c 1% Milk – 2 pts

Sandwich: (2) WW bread – 2 pts

marg – 1 pt

Ham – 2 pts

Lettuce, Tomato – 0 pts

XL Coffee – 3 pts

Falafel w/pita – 10 pts

Day 4: 25 pts

XL Coffee – 3 pts

WW Bagel w/marg – 4 pts

Banana – 2 pts

Perrier w/1″ apple juice – 0

1 c Fried Rice – 8 pts

(2) Spring Rolls – 8 pts

Weight at start of diet = 205 lbs

Current weight = 201 lbs

Weight Watchers points at this weight = 24 / 29

Target = 185 lbs

Weight loss so far = 4 lbs

Ultimate Target = 165 lbs lose 40 lbs

FO Friday: Meet Sssydney!

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Here is Sssydney, I’m still working on his family…

Currently he ssslithering up a pencil, but he could wrap around just about anything.

Currently he ssslithering up a pencil, but he could wrap around just about anything.

These guyz work up really quickly!

Here is the Sydney snake and friends pdf

and Hubert the Briar Bunny has returned from his trip to the Yarn Challenge at the LYS

DH started calling him Hubert, he hasn't commented so I guess that's his name ;0)

DH started calling him Hubert, he hasn’t commented so I guess that’s his name ;0)

Knitting technique video link:  Emily Ocker’s circular cast on, I used this for both Sssydney and Hubert

Found on Ravelry: Frigging Princess by Anna-Lena Thiel This one just tickles my fancy :0)

Current WIP List (12)

I am starting to note how close to done my WIP’s are.

    1. Sssydney and friends one done a few more to do
    2. Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift (due May 25) 5%
    3. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
    4. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    5. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    6. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
    7. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%

FO’s 2013 = 29 + 1 = 30

WIPS 2013 =  11 + 1 = 12

Used of 37 purchased patterns from Rav = 8 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 =  33

Books 2013 = 12

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Wed: Progress in the war on WIP’s

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The Soper Creek Yarn Challenge

My entry unveiled!

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another view of Briar Bunny

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The good news, my friend Frances Ivy won with her Jubilee vest by Cecily Glowik Macdonald. See it on Soper Creek Yarns on fb.

I continue to work away on my WIP’s list.

From Dawn Till Dusk shawlette / scarf  

Working on chart C, 2nd repeat

Working on chart C, 2nd repeat

Huston, we had a problem… Yes I had to frog from 1/2 way through chart B, transition between chart A & B run amuck! Back on track now finished 1st repeat of chart B. Life-lines! Lace weight is a pain when things start to go pear-shaped. Otherwise enjoying this project :0)

Ruffle Scarf 

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and started something new for the craft sale in June

I’m thinking up a new pattern Sssydney the Sssnake and Friends

Doing a whole passle of these guyz, they are blind right now, need to put eyes on. I rather like hoe the tongues worked out.

Doing a whole passle of these guyz, they are blind right now, need to put eyes on. I rather like hoe the tongues worked out.

Another installment of found on Ravelry: Sassy Summer Satchel by Tanya Thomann

This weeks musical interlude: THOMAS TALLIS, Spem in Alium, Motet for 8 Choirs, I Fagiolini/R. Hollingworth (composed in 1596)

Trent Durham Area Day of Celebration 2013 was last Saturday

here are the highlights…

Current WIP List (11)

I am starting to note how close to done my WIP’s are.

    1. Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift (due May 25) 5%
    2. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
    3. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    5. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
    6. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%

FO’s 2013 = 29

WIPS 2013 =  11

Used of 37 purchased patterns from Rav = 8 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 =  33

Books 2013 = 12

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Diet week 2: Only 5 more days!

 Diet clipartIt’s 7 days into Grapefruit Diet (here is PDF) with 5 days to go and I have to admit I am not and never have been a big fan of Bacon for breakfast, but I do enjoy the Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice with poached eggs.

This diet is heavy on Meat and Vegetables and so far I have not been very hungry as I lose.

There have been lots of challenges, sticking to the diet when out and about has been a problem, especially as I am a coffee addict. Cutting down to one coffee a day has been HELL! 

I was so good on Thursday night at Knitting Club!

I had a Skim Milk Cafe Latte and said NO! to a piece of this delicious looking cake…

Knitting is a piece of Cake!

I confess I cheated a little on Friday (a spoon full of rice), and a lot on Saturday I was at a conference (they provided a packed lunch with egg salad sandwich, fresh veggies, pickles, olives, and an apple. I didn’t eat the brownie!)

Boy do I ever miss Bread!

Why am I trying to trim down?  That’s a good question!

My family are almost all diabetics, I am not yet, and weight is a factor for developing it.

– I have physical limitations due to illness and I hope reducing will improve my stamina.

– I also have arthritis in my back and feet, hope this will help with pain.

– Lastly, yes I am tired of shopping in the fat and dumpy section of the clothing store!

Weight at start of diet = 205 lbs

Current weight = 201 lbs

Target = 185 lbs

Weight loss so far = 4 lbs

Ultimate Target = 165 lbs lose 40 lbs

Trent Durham Area Day of Celebration 2013

Trent Durham Area Day of Celebration 2013

I attended last year and enjoyed it so much,

I was looking forward to going this year.

It started with registration from 8:30 to 9:30 (I was a little late but still managed to enjoy a coffee before it started)

Then into St Peter’s Anglican Church, Cobourg. A really beautiful old Victorian church, light and airy with impressive stainglass and marble memorials. The service began at 9:40.

This years theme was “Hidden Treasure: Discovering Gods Kingdom”

An excellent band “Wine before breakfast” from Wycliffe College lead us with music.(I have linked the versions of the hymns where I could find them)

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The Service opened with the Gathering of the Community,

Hymn: Jesus Come, for we invite you

The Apostolic Greeting

The Collect for Purity

The Gloria (I totally enjoyed this, haven’t sung this for years!)

Opening Prayer

First reading – Proverbs 2:1-11

Hymn: Jesu, Joy of our Desiring (this was the processional at our wedding)

The Gospel reading – Matthew 13:44-46, 51-53

The Creed

Athem: The Power of the Gospel by Ben Harper

Plenary “A Romp Through the Bible” – Dr.Sylvia Keesmat A delightful sprint though the themes in the bible, done with hand drawn bristle board pictures, clothes pegs and a clothes line… great presentation!

11:15 Then off to my first workshop: Praying the rosary with Deb Irwin & Lyn Bradshaw. Great presentation, last year Deb Irwin gave the workshop on making Rosaries that I attended. This was a great follow-up. I make Protestant Rosaries for fundraisers, but I couldn’t help myself, I bought this one.

This is a Protestant rosary. Unlike a Catholic Rosary, there are 7 beads (weeks) between the cruciform beads.

This is a Protestant Rosary. Unlike a Catholic Rosary, there are 7 beads (weeks) between the cruciform beads.

12:15 We adjourned for lunch. Coffee and a box containing a choice of sandwich, in my case egg salad, olives and pickles, a small bag of raw veggies with cheese, an apple and a chocolate brownie, and coffee. Nice conversation with people at my table.

This is only part of the group that was there

This is only part of the group that was there

Then off to the book table. “Journeys: Books, Gifts and Meeting Place” is a new Anglican Bookstore that is attempting to fill the gap left when the ABC Bookstore closed. I liked their selection, bought an NRSV Bible and Beginning Prayer by John Killinger

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At 1:00 Workshop two began: The Kingdom of God in Icons. Well researched and lovely visual presentation. Discussion of symbolism, history, the nature and use of Icons in prayer and meditation. The art was stunning!

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At 2:15, back into the church to finish the celebration of the Eucharist.

Hymn: Athem by Leonard Cohen

Bishop Nicholls Reflect

Prayers for the people

The Peace

Offertory Hymn: Take my Life by Scott Underwood

Prayer over the Gifts and Blessing of the Rosaries

Eucharistic Prayers

The Lord’s Prayer

Breaking of the Bread

Communion Hymns: Seek ye First the Kingdom of God and The Kingdom of God is Justice and Peace (Taize chant)

Prayer after Communion

Blessing

Hymn: Guide my Feet

A terrific day of worship and fellowship, it was raining and cold outside but warm within…

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