WIP Weds: Soper Creek Yarn Challenge

Currently we are having sunny but really nasty cold weather. I am rebelling and put flowers along our driveway!

Currently we are having sunny but really nasty cold weather. I am rebelling and put flowers along our driveway! 6 to 8 weeks till spring in this neck of the woods :0(

Quick note today, I’m out and about for Ash Weds. Church, then the craft group, lunch with friends and off to Knit nite at the LYS. Busy, Busy! Have a nice day. Wishing you all the best through the Lenten Season. 

What a pleasant surprise! My Mittens won 2nd prize in the Yarn Challenge :0)

  O Canada Mittens 

 I’ve made a good start on my Left over Cowl

Chart 1 completed

Chart 1 completed

This is the Jar for Feb 2014

Feb 2014

Feb 2014

WIP List = 11

  1. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  2. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  3. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  4.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  9. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  10. Butterfly’s shawl in red – Feb 14/14 Test knit
  11. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14

FO’s 2014 = 14

WIPS 2014 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 34

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again cya Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0) 


Ravellenic 2014 awards

Alpine Abode Enhancement (1)

Charity Curling (4)

Free Dance (1)

Junior Ravellenics (1)

Nordic Colorwork Combined (2)

Sidecountry Challenge (1)

Beading Biathlon (1)

Stash Skeleton (3)

Hat Halfpipe (1)

Scarf Super-G (1)

Lace Luge (1)

Single-Skein Speed Skate (1)

WIPs Dancing (1)

FO Friday: The Ravellenic Games 2012 Finishing up with the Handspun Heptathlon

The Olympics are drawing to a close, as are the Ravellenic Games 2012.

My final event the Handspun Heptathlon is done!


Seawool: 30% seacell / 70% Superwash Merino

On the swift

2ply fingering 16wpi, 172yds

Lendrum Handspun seawool singles

My Single Treadle Lendrum Spinning wheel

swift by Alvin Ramer of colbourne, ontario Cda

My Swift by Alvin, he also does beautiful woolcombs

Now to get ready for the Orono Fair, in September.

The question was asked “What do you plan to do with your skein”

This year it will be for the Handspun skein entry in our local fair. Next year probibly Handspun Artical, probiby a shawlette. We live about an hour east of Toronto. Our local fair is a traditional Canadian country fair, with sheep shearing tractor pulls fruit and veg judging, Jams, jellies, pies etc. On Sunday my spinning group “The Durham Handspinning Guild” meet to spin for the public in the “Bunny Barn”. We are there from 10 – 4:00 if you would like to join us, knitters are welcome :0)

FO’s 2012 = 51 + 1 = 52

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 4 – 1 = 3

Stash used 2012 = 63

Stash Purchased 2012 = 69 + 8 = 77

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books = 20

Take Care and cya next Wednesday,

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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

FO Friday: The Finish Line and racing forward on a wip

Done all done! I have been working away on the Ravellenic Games 2012 for team teamcarryalongkalgals2012.

Tada, finished Wingspan in 20hrs, 53mins, with Total of 76 beads (an extra bead at the tip of the wings at the top edge) Cast on during the torch lighting, finished Wednesday night at 10:25pm EST. I might add this is only knitting time, not including sleeping, eating, trips to the emergency vet (Jack is back to his cuddly normal self), weddings, etc. For more details see the last couple of posts!

Wingspan with beads!

Wingspan with beads on 78st.

Entered as Eventcharity:

Will be donated to St. Georges Anglican church to raise funds for wheelchair ramp

charity rowing

Entered as Eventoneskein

of S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes 4 Ply with Aloe Vera fingering


Entered as Eventbeads:


Total of 76 beads (an extra bead at the tip of the wings at the top edge) beads progressed from 5 on the bottom of the first wing, adding one extra on the end of each wing to wing 8 and 12 beads.

Entered as Eventshawl: well shawlette


Entered as Eventstash: This yarn has been in my stash for years :0)

stash medal

Since I finished this so quickly I decided to enter my

Cozy Winter Shawl/scarf
Cozy Winter Shawl
Entered as Eventwips
To enter this category: WIP Wrestling, Work on an existing project. You must not have worked on the project since May 15, 2012. (this certainly qualifies) The project should have been started by you. If someone else started the project, you should have done a substantial amount of work on it yourself before the May 15 cut off.
I started this December 1, 2011, my challenge is to get this done before August 12,2012. Embarassed to say, this is my own design, pattern is ready for publishing, object 90% done. My only excuse is no excuse lol

Oh and my Darling sweetheart bought me this

on Wednesday night, delivered today <Happy Dance>

My very own Gio-bike, it’s electric! Zero to 33 km per hr, it has a bike alarm, storage under the seat, glove box, and trunk.

Weee more trips to LYS, freedom!

If my son is good I may let him borrow her.

I am not allowed to call her “Betzy”, I need some suggestions please…

she is tealish blue :0)

Did you know we have a Garter Snake in the backyard called SSSydney, he’s ssshy…

FO’s 2012 = 50 + 1 = 51

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 4 – 1 = 3

Stash used 2012 = 61 + 2 = 63

Stash Purchased 2012 = 69

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books = 20

Take Care and cya next Wed

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

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s


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.

An Award: The Versatile Blogger!

I want to thank Michelle at  Will knit for food for nominating me for the

Versatile Blogger award, I am totally flattered!

Here are the conditions of The Versatile Blogger Award: – Thank the person who gave you this award. – Include a link to their blog. – Next, select 15 bloggers that you follow regularly or have recently discovered. – Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile blogger-award. – Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Nominees: In honour of my favourite bloggers!

  1. Tami @ Tami’s Amis for being a creative hub on weds and friday’s
  2. Nicole @ Keep calm craft on another hub that puts inspiration onto the web
  3. Susan @ Crochet Addict who makes me wish that I could crochet more that an amoeba
  4. Beth @ Visions of Sugar Plums I can almost smell the goodies in your pictures
  5. Marigold’s loft  great recipes with detailed pictures and a hub of creativity
  6. The Magic Onions Fairies live here.
  7. Just winging it is a really yummy cooking blog
  8. Whimsey Weds with the melrose family, always something new and interesting
  9. Ginny at Yarn Along beautiful photography, lovely projects and children
  10. Vanessa @ MMAC A talented multi interest blogger with a querky sense of style I just love
  11. Nanette @ Knitting in Colour wows me every time, a visual treat, and bubbles too!
  12. Gwen @ The Cat hates my knitting Gwen is not only a great and talented  friend, but she has the wackiest sense of humour and a delightful slant on life. I hope this award will get her to post more!
  13. My son @ Musings from upstairs Because I love him and he has alot to say
  14. Freddy @ The Oshawa Ogre The best, bar none, BBQ blog on the planet, (Think Moink – recipe here)
  15. Hanneke @ The Dutchess Cooks I wish I could cook like Hanneke, correction I wish I could go to Holland and have Hanneke cook for me!

And of course I read  Will knit for food regularly

7 Things about myself

  1.  I am an unapologitic fibreholic, a house is not a home without substantial fibre stash
  2. My family get nervous when I announce I have a plan
  3. I get nervous when I don’t have one (see #2)
  4. I knit, handspin, weave, bead, sew, and read
  5. I believe in celebrating everything!
  6. I wake up in the middle of the night and have to write down pattern ideas before I can go back to sleep
  7. I am living with Cancer, it has been 19 yrs and counting. Cancer is not always a death sentence, I am living proof!


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