WIP Weds: The KW Knitters Fair Adventure

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First things first, if you missed it on Friday Basic Bra Making Part 1 is up, part 2 will be up on Friday.

 Kitchener Waterloo Knitters fair (sorry tried to put logo here, but no go :0(

There is only one event in the knitters year that my DH & DS are happy to take me to.  The Kitchener Waterloo Knitters fair. We got up bright and early, well I did, and after some poking and prodding were on our way. A bunch of local knitting friends carpooled, we bumped into them at the Tim Hortons coffee shop on our way. Kitchener, Ontario Canada, is about 2 hours from where we live. The drive across the north part of Toronto on Hwy 401 was uneventful. Like a guided missile the little echo found it’s way without the usual detours my guys are so fond of. They knew I meant business.

Just one of the aisles of fun! Lots and lots of venders, and bunches of good stuff!

Just one of the aisles of fun! Lots and lots of venders, and bunches of good stuff!

Unfortunately the only way I can do these events is in my wheelchair, with my two motors (DH & DS). We toured the rows and rows of venders.  My guys disappear to pick up a Christmas present or two for me, they stuff them in the wheelchair backpack and think I don’t know ;0)

I caught glimpses of friends among the amazing array of knitting stuff, I saw several old friends who brought me up to date on other old friends. Some good news and some sadly not so good news.

This picture is fuzzy because of yarn fumes!

This picture is fuzzy because of yarn fumes!

My DH bought me this button and gave it to me with a wink.

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I am proud to say I did absolutely no stash enhancement. Most of what they had I can get at my Soper Creek Yarns, my LYS has just about everything. They do mail order if you are interested…

Treasures!

Treasures!

Can you have to many needle gauges and stitch markers?

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And these are just what I need for my circs

I bought Patterns (linked the ones that are on Ravelry)

Lavender Fields shawl by Natalie Servant and Mieka sweater by Perl Grey (which is far nicer than in the pattern pic)

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Hooded Scarf with Pockets by Cathy Payson (DS got all excited when he saw this, He says “Any man that wears this fears no one! Please make this for me” what could I say?

Think I'll make this out of vintage.

Think I’ll make this out of vintage.

Opal Sock Bunny – I love stuffed Bunnies! and Sea Silk Wrap by Glenys Little

I have been told by DH that this bunny would be a great companion for Maurice

I have been told by DH that this bunny would be a great companion for Maurice

Bought this at Soper Creek yarns on Tuesday, thinking Brown Bunny for DH.

More shades of brown than shown in photo.

More shades of brown than shown in photo.

I wasn’t supposed to know about this purchase at the fair. I am a big fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman. The book has since disappeared. ????????????????

I wanted this book but hadn’t got around to buying it.

So we finished up getting high on fibre fumes.  The real reason that the guys like to go to this event… A&W for lunch afterward. We got on the road and headed home. The traffic was beyond bad, bumper, to bumper for almost 2 hours (which made it a 4 hour trip), with 3 very tired people. We finally got to home to B-ville. Pulled up at Walmart for some supper supplies. I headed for the washroom on autopilot, I walked into it and suddenly stopped thinking I had walked into it not sure where I was. I must have given the woman at the sink a funny look, because the smiled and said “Yes, you are in the Ladies room” and smiled. Hahaha!

Then I thought caffeine might help, so I headed for the coffee place. I must have looked so dazed, the lady in front of me in line bought me a coffee.

All in all a delightful day!

Well between recovering from the weekend, working on The Basic Bra Tutorial and The Plan, things remain busy around here.

FYI Update on Titanium clavicle:  DS took a follow-up trip back to the fracture clinic. He is officially out of a sling! He’s healing nicely. The Surgeon recommends no professional football for 6 weeks till be gets the all clear. Being a specialist book worm and computer geek, no problem. He has declared that the scares are the result of fighting with ninjas, he winks, says it’ll impress the girlz. Great news, he can ride “Harley” again. He’s one very happy camper!

FO’s 2013 = 90  

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 77

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 28 + 21 = 30

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)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

Some new items in my Etsy shop this week.

FO Friday: And this was supposed to be a quiet week!

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DH’s Birthday, Maplefest (annual local event), Chapters book browsing, seeing Iron Man 3 (which was awesome!) watching Leafs tear your heart out, Craft group, lunch with the girls, Knittin club and Physio followed by lunch out with MiL (who has completely recovered, yay)  and through all this I am beavering away on my Dawn till Dusk Lace shawl, this has indeed been a humdinger of a week…

I’m in the middle of a pile of projects, embarrassed to say nothing done this week. Well started weeding the garden, we dug out 2 dead bushes and filled the planters with fresh soil… and making plans for the big event for my DS (more to come on this next month).

I adopted a couple of new books this week :0)

The Knitting Stitch Bible by Maria Parry-Jones

you can never have too many stitch dictionaries!

and Take-Along Knitting

Found on ravelry: Damask by Kitman Figueroa I liked this so much I bought the pattern one day I will knit it.

I have been enjoying reading other people’s blogs, I’m going to start linking to some you might enjoy too :0)

Blog visiting:  Peacefully knitting with Tina

Inspiration to add to my large collection of what happened next in the Austen novels.

What am I reading? Mr Darcy’s Diary by Maya Slater

Picked it up as a discard from the local library. Very entertaining so far.

Another useful tutorial:

Toe-up socks 2 at a time by Tii Casa (part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

This weeks musical interlude:

The Last Saskatchewan Pirate by the Arrogant Worms another great Canadian band! :0)

Current WIP List (15)

    1. Mile a minute afghan 1st crochet project 20% done 
    2. Piles of Smiles socks a new pattern I am working on 30%
    3. Sssydney and friends two more to do
    4. Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift (due May 25) 5%
    5. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
    6. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    7. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    8. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
    9. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%

FO’s 2013 = 36

WIPS 2013 = 15

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

Stash Used 2013 = 34

Books 2013 = 15 + 1 = 16

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

FO Friday: My Treasures from the DKC Knit Frolic :0)

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I didn’t get much done this week, but I promised to share my treaures from The DKC Knit Frolic in Toronto Ontario Canada April 27th.

Purchased  – 5 skeins from Grand River yarns 

Hope to make a summer tshirt from this.

Hope to make a summer tshirt from this.

2 balls of sock yarn

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a pattern book

The smallest size for me ;0)

The smallest size for me ;0)

a From Sweet Paprika designs

  Theme and Variations

some smaller odds and ends

Top left clockwise: sock needle storage case, folding bag for shows, plastic safety pins, double ended crochet hook on a ring, 2 sizes of stitch markers.

Top left clockwise: sock needle storage case, folding bag for shows, plastic safety pins, double ended crochet hook on a ring, 2 sizes of stitch markers.

A new flyer for my Lendrum Sprinning wheel and drive bands and connectors

Lendrum flyer, drive band, treadle connect.

Lendrum flyer, drive band, treadle connect.

As far as finished objects, this week was a bust…

However the weather has been splendid and Harley and I are out and about

Harley is my electric Geobike, first time out every season is a nail biter for me, till I get used to him again.

Harley is my electric Geobike, first time out every season is a nail biter for me, till I get used to him again.

Wow!, awesome! Showed the guyz and they said NO! :0( They are no fun… Harley would so love to be yarn bombed, maybe I could start with my helmet :0)

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Current WIP List (13)

    1. Mile a minute afghan 1st crochet project 20% done
    2. Sssydney and friends two more to do
    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 = 36

WIPS 2013 = 13

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

Stash Used 2013 = 34

Books 2013 = 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)

FO Friday: New Knitting & Notions

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Good morning all, hope the week has been treating you well, and you are recovering from the holiday festivities. This is not a resolution, but I am planning to lose 20 lbs. this year. My mother has the right idea, ask someone who has lost weight and kept it off. So I am taking advice and reducing my intake of white foods. Think about it, Bread, potato, rice, sugar, cream… kinda makes sense. I’ll let ya know, I’m a carboholic so this might not be so easy!

Meanwhile I have nothing finished yet. Started a sweater Jan 1.

However I did get some after Christmas fibre related treats from DH and that with some Christmas $$$ he got me this. I think he feels a little sorry about my delapidated state. I have physi-ow today, so things should start to improve soon.

I had been looking at this book for most of the year, a great reference for construction of almost every type of top-down sweater.

7 skeins, including the trade-in, I really hope I have enough.

7 skeins, including the trade-in, I really hope I have enough.

With Sweethearts permission I exchanged one ball of yarn and purchased the six remaining balls for my Pure and Simple Topdown swing pullover.

and exchanged the larger knitting pattern folder for the smaller one, it fits better in my knitting bag.

Oh, and for after Christmas leftovers a recipe.

It was even better the next day for lunch, must make extra food next time, or limit consumption by guests ;0)

It was even better the next day for lunch, must make extra food next time, or limit consumption by guests ;0)

Turkey Dinner Casserole by me:0)

Yes totally simple, using leftovers and adding in, if the guests ate some needed ingredients. Tasted as good as the original dinner! I wouldn’t use Turkey gravy, makes it too oily and heavy, hense the soup… Enjoy!

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

1/4 cup of milk + 1/8 cup left over coffee cream (wanted to use it up)

1 1/2 cup Diced Cooked Baby Carrots

1 cup Cooked Mashed Turnips

1 can Diced Potatoes (none leftover from dinner)

Mix these ingredients together in large Casserole

1 can of Cranberrry sauce spread over top

and spread the remains of the turkey stuffing over top of that.

If you find yourself short of anything you can substitute eg. stove top stuffing or   whatever vegetables you have on hand.

Bake uncovered at 350F for 45 mins to 1hr.

This was a big hit around here!

The first audiobook for this year: Wuthering Height by Emily Bronte

read here

FO’s 2013 = 0

WIPS 2013 = 7 + 1 = 8

Stash Used 2013 = 0

Books 2013 = 1 + 2 = 3

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

FO Friday: Boy, have I been busy!

First things first! Here is the Jar for November!

The Jar Nov 1,2012

I started it last March.

Finally finished the Drop Stitch scarf

I seldom knit scarves anymore, but this one was a great take along project, and the yarn was awesome.

I am finally blocking the Oaklet Shawl 

I made a few alterations to this pattern.

I like a more pointed centre line, so I continued the pattern to the centre and reversed it on the other side. If you are going to do this, watch that inc, and dec balance out, or it will not work.

I also purchased an interesting pattern from the LYS, “Turkish Bed socks” it can also be purchased from Ravelry.com

Today’s Music: “Somebody That I Used to Know”Walk off the Earth this is a Canadian group that is doing rather interesting things!

Musical favourites to date

FO’s 2012 = 59 + 2 = 61

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 = 4 – 2 = 2

Stash used 2012 =  67  + 2 = 69

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  34

Thanks again for visiting,

cya on Weds.

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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WIP Weds: OMG! How Bazaar, and Christmas is coming!

Good Morning all! It’s Wednesday yet again. Happy to report that “Harley” my Gio-bike has returned from the shop. So I am motoring around town again.

The weather is becoming cooler here in south central, Ontario, Canada. The Annual Apple festival was on Saturday.

(bet you can’t guess what the farms grow around here :0)

The trees have begun to turn. Autumn is in full swing..

The Annual Church Bazaar is at the end of the month and I am still in christmas present high gear (only 69 days to go).

Sorry, wee bit long today, lots to share!

Progress on my 3 wips:

October Socks:

October socks and current book “Mr Darcy takes a Wife” by Linda Berdoll – great follow-up to “Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! (see review further down)

Drop Stitch Scarf:

Drop stitch scarf – truly yummy yarn! Sorry poor pic…

Oaklet Shawl:

Oaklet shawl with beads – about to but in the monofilament safety Line (8lbs fishing line) before starting the lace section of the pattern.

I bought “Nifty Knit Dishcloths” this week.

I plan to knit a facecloth, and gift them with a bar of soap in each stocking this year. Well that’s the plan!

Book this week: Mr Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

Ever wondered what happened after Pride and Prejudice? This is a really delightful read, evidence I am reading it again. Wickham and Lydia continue in their selfish ways. Jane and Bingley are very happy. Mrs Bennet would still try the patience of a saint! Elizabeth and Darcy are very much in love. Realize, Miss Austen probably wouldn’t have continued the book in this way as she was a maiden lady, born in 1775 and died in 1817. This book is a much more contemporary and intimate portrait than would be acceptable at the time. A totally delightful and slightly racy read.

Music: As promised Gregorian Chant. I think this the hymns of St-Hildegarde of Bigen, I hope you like it, it’s very soothing.

Webwalk: “23 weird but awesome knitted things” (think outside the box)

and finally a Willow break :0)

Her Willowness looking quite regal, she was fed up with all the Jack pictures and insisted on a portrait of furry purrrfection :0)

FO’s 2012 = 55

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 4

Stash used 2012 =  67

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  32

All the Best,

Take Care and cya Friday

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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WIP Weds: Birthday books & Progress

What do you give the constant knitter and reader? Other than the best niece in the world who loves books too for a visit ? A gift certificate for a bookstore with a knitting section :0)

“Stashbuster Knits” by Melissa Leapman

here is a review

and “Socks a la carte 2: Toes up!”

here is another great review

(the errata found here)

And my guilty pleasure

The Trouble with Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

In the fifth in Lathan’s bestselling series, George Wickham returns to Hertfordshire bent on creating trouble, and Elizabeth and her newborn son are thrown into danger. Knowing that Wickham has nothing left to lose, Darcy and Fitzwilliam rush to the rescue in a race against time.

Untangled #6

 I plan to do 10 of these

XL coffee cup sweater

And I am well on my way, 6 of 12 XL Coffee Cup Sweater done.

Tuesday was movie night with Sarah, my niece. This week we saw Disney’s “Brave”. We really enjoyed it. A mother daughter movie for all ages.

Last week we saw “Madagascar 3” not as good as the first 2, and if you are Canadian be aware there are some jabs at Canada. Sarah liked it, I didn’t!

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WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

cya Friday Take Care

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