FO Friday: The year begins!

Sick gromit

I started the year right, I am in bed with a nasty cold.

Northman Mittens 

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I have been working on the linings, they are less complicated and perfect to knit when groggy.

Hoping to get back to “The Plan” next week. I intend to begin working on one project a day from my WIP list, till they start dropping off the list.

WIP List = 14

  1. Buttermere  my Kal for Dec/13
  2. Shoulder Shawl  v2 started Nov 14/13 
  3. Northman Mittens  Started  Dec 2/13
  4. My Favourite Scarf Ever  Started Nov 2/13
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  6. Iced Cardigan  Started Oct 1/13
  7. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  8.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  11. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  12. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  13. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  14. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13

 FO’s 2014 =  

WIPS 2014 =  14

 Stash Used 2014 = 

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 

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WIP Weds: The Plan takes to the road

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We spent Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in Ottawa, Canada, attending a wedding and generally touring around our countries’ capital.

Friday

Packing and family organizing day. Trying to remember everything. So no knitting.

Then The Plan goes on the road!

Saturday,  Sunday, and Monday

I decided that one project should go on the road with me, as I didn’t see that other than during the 6 hour drive each way. I thought I wasn’t going to get much work done on it.

All about love shawlette  Done!

Very happy with this, not only quick and easy, it is lovely and cushy.

Very happy with this, not only quick and easy, it is lovely and cushy.

 Foots first Socks – my design

These are larger than I usually make. The intended recipient has big feet :0)

These are larger than I usually make. The intended recipient has big feet :0)

Saturday: 6 hour drive, (it was a little farther than we thought) DS read “Little Fuzzy” by H Beam Piper. DH drove and I knit, the weather was perfect!

Got to Motel in Plantagenet, unloaded then drove back to Ottawa for an early supper. Toured around, went to the Byward Market, then drove around to see the Parliament buildings.

Our countries capital

Our countries capital

Supreme court, Christ Church Cathedral, and past 24 Sussex Dr, (The Prime Minister didn’t invite us in for tea)

On Sunday we enjoyed the Buffet Brunch at our motel. The went off in search of a Church. Took a bit of looking as this area is predominantly Catholic and francophone. The priest at the local Catholic church in Hawksbury directed us to Trinity Anglican. A lovely old church, built 10 yrs (1846) before St Georges Newcastle (1856). Later in the afternoon we went to the Wedding.

Very best wishes for a long and happy life together Kyle and Jenny.

Very best wishes for a long and happy life together Kyle and Jenny.

Here is a link if you want to see more

Morning smile: On the way home we saw these signs along the road.

I guess they attempt to sprint across the road in an 80km zone. I suspect this is to let you know what the bump was that you just ran over lol

I guess they attempt to sprint across the road in an 80km zone. I suspect this is to let you know what the bump was that you just ran over lol

Monday we left well before dawn, got home at 11:00am. We dragged in the luggage, fed the furries and crashed in bed. I don’t remember much after that. DH was on call, so we needed to be at home… If I wasn’t so tired I’d kick him!

Tuesday and Wednesday

Totally wrecked from the weekend, did absolutely nothing.

Current WIP List (11)

  1. Foots first Socks – my design  40% done started jul/13
  2. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  ( 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67 + 3 = 70 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  15. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  16. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80 + 1 = 81

 96 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11

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

Stash Used 2013 = 69 + 2 = 71

Sewing FO’s = 1

Books 2013 = 23 + 1 = 24

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WIP Weds: What something new?

tami_wipHonest I couldn’t help it! (Blush)

It has been a very busy week and

 I started something new anyway. All about love shawlette  for my kal group.

Friday

 Fanflower Fling 

A few more rows and I will begin the lace portion.

A few more rows and I will begin the lace portion.

Round 4 of “The Plan” begins!

Saturday

Lovely weather to get out and Hand spin with my friends.

We have been demonstrating Hand spinning at the Darlington Provincial Park Pioneer day on August long weekend for many years. Always fun to visit with each other and talk to the public about what we do. Then home to start my new project.

All about love shawlette  

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for my Carry along Kal Aug.

Sunday

Rose Harbour Shawl 

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Monday

Isla lace Pillowcase edge 

Didn't get much done on this.

Didn’t get much done on this.

Tuesday

Box of Boxes Blanket  

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Got only 1/2 a square done today. We had a family event out of town and this is not really a travel project.

So I took All about love shawlette  to work on in the car.

A 2 1/2 hr drive, a little knitting and a little reading.

A 2 1/2 hr drive, a little knitting and a little reading.

Good time was had by all. Happy Birthday Kim.

The Birthday Girl

The Birthday Girl

Did a little gardening this week too.

The garden is lovely this year, a great place to knit :0)

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Update on DS: Things continue to heal. (for more info see previous posts) He is almost completely off pain killers now and sleeping soundly at night. His arm is still in a sling and will be for another week or two. He is not allowed to do anything with it for at least 6 weeks. He has been amazing really, going to work and not complaining about his shoulder at all. We are very proud of his attitude about his condition and his job. I do wish he would rest more, but at 22 yrs old I guess he has to do what he wants to do.

Current WIP List (11)

  1. All about love shawlette  10% done Started Aug 3,13 for (Aug Kal)
  2. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 + 4 = 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  15. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10 + 1 = 11

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

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22 + 1 = 23

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cya Friday :0)

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FO Friday: The Plan, end of round 3

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The Plan began July 3, 2013. Yes I am dying to start something new. I have decided to organize some future projects. I have bagged a few things with pattern, and needles. I will start something when I get down to 7 wips!

The beginning of a new month, another look at this years scrap Jar.

The Jar August 1, 2013

The Jar August 1, 2013

I can’t believe it’s almost full, I’m going to have to start squishing it down soon.

Wednesday

SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater

Making good progress!

Making good progress!

Both sleeves done, except the cuffs. Beginning work on the body. Feels lovely and cushy, should be comfy when done.

Thursday

Top Down Swing Pullover

I am so close to finishing this, Urggh!

FYI, I am getting a hate on about knitting straight stocking stitch for miles and miles… never again!

FridayThis will appear next weds as I am working on it today.

 Fanflower Fling 

What I’m reading: Dear Mr. Darcy by Amanda Grange

I received this book from my family for my Birthday. They know how much I like Jane Austen. I am really enjoying it. It’s epistolary, a book of letters between all the characters describing “Pride and Prejudice” from each characters point of view. Truly delightful, and insightful, I highly recommend it!

Update on my DS’s condition: He got his Titanium Clavicle on Tuesday. These last few days have been very painful for him. He insisted he is going to work today. New job, and he is worried he will lose it, so he’s pushing himself.

Yes he’s stubborn! We’ll see if he can last the day.

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 70% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 + 4 = 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10

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

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22

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WIP Wed: The Siren call of the sewing room and Surgery

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Yes I am trying to ignore the siren call of the sewing room. After the great success of The Dress, I have a Jacket pattern and another dress pattern with fabric and notions, quietly whispering to me from the sewing room.

Thinking McCalls "D the white one",  New Look "A" the white one, and Butterick "B" the striped one. We'll see...

Thinking McCalls “D the white one”, New Look “A” the white one, and Butterick “B” the striped one. We’ll see…

Meanwhile Willow has been put on a die-et. She is not very happy about it. She sits and stares at me, looking sad and flabby.

The sleeping Willow, 14 lbs of cat

The sleeping Willow, 14 lbs. of cat

Friday

3) Box of Boxes Blanket  24 + 4 = 28

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Poor Willow is on a diet, she was hoping that the blanket was eatable.

Saturday

4) Beryl Blanket

63 + 4 = 67 Hexes

63 + 4 = 67 Hexes

Sunday

5) Mile a minute afghan

4 + 2 = 6 strips

4 + 2 = 6 strips

Monday

6) Pine Forest Baby Blanket  (29 chart repeats)

Pine Forest Baby Blanket

Pine Forest Baby Blanket

Tuesday

7) Sea of Dreams Blanket

Ok nothing done on this.

The morning started with my DS going to the fracture Clinic for a follow up, At most 2 hours. 14 hrs later, after surgery to tie the 4 pcs of bone back together, a titanium clavicle the whole day was gone. He was a real trooper. I left my knitting at home, but thank goodness for Kobo ereaders.  He is home tucked up in bed, probably very uncomfortable for about a week. So this project will have to wait till next week. 

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 70% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 + 4 = 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 90% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10

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

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22

Thanks again for visiting,

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FO Friday: A Life Lesson on Determination

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A Life Lesson: Determination

It’s been a hectic week, beginning with a wedding, ending with my DS determined to go for training  for his new job with a broken clavicle. He said that “they are paying me to train to do this job, I have to go“. This was two days after he got the job. Note that he broke his collar bone on the way home on the first day after orientation, on the third day he was back at work. He had been at work for an hour and surprised this trainer by making a sale and making a commission. He was exhausted and hurting when he got home, and very happy he went. I am so proud of that stubborn determination, that at times has made me pull my hair out.

I am still working on The Plan, beginning round 3, even though I am really want to start something new.  

I am determined to get down to 6 wips before I start anything else!

Wednesday

1) Rose Harbour Shawl 

Two chart repeats in one day.

Two chart repeats in one day.

Thursday

2) Isla lace Pillowcase edge 

Finished one 40" edging. began second edging.

Finished one 40″ edging. began second edging.

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 70% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 90% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10

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

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

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WIP Wed: Wedding, The Plan and Broken Bones!

FOfridayThe Wedding! I wish my dear cousin is as happy in her marriage as my husband and I have been over the years! Congratulations to the Happy couple!

Congratulations Debbie and Ryan

Congratulations Debbie and Ryan

Well the plan continues.

I started out with 14 wips, have finished 4, 10 more to go.

As round 2 comes to an end, I have to observe that it has been enlightening. I get up each morning and look at the list and see what the day will bring. This has imposed some discipline on my knitting. I have decided to limit my wip list to no more than 7, this is up for some adjustment… 

  1. Carry along project
  2. socks
  3. shawl
  4. larger project
  5. sweater
  6. a gift
  7. something for the Bazaar.

Friday

Pine Forest Baby Blanket 

Not much progress

Not much progress

With everything that was going on only 2 rows on this one

Saturday was the Wedding day!

Another great photo, note that their dog is in the frame on the table.

Another great photo, note that their dog is in the picture on the table.

So I have an excuse. This one got no customer attention. I planned to do some in the car on the way to the wedding, and then forgot it at home!

Sea of Dreams Blanket

I'm including this picture because I feel a little guilty for ignoring it.

I’m including this picture because I feel a little guilty for ignoring it.

Back to the routine…

Sunday

SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater

Just about finished sleeve one and began sleeve two. Plan to get the body and button bands on before I finalize the sleeve lengths. Gives me a chance to try it on.

Just about finished sleeve one and began sleeve two. Plan to get the body and button bands on before I finalize the sleeve lengths. Gives me a chance to try it on.

I consider this major progress!
Monday

Top Down Swing Pullover

The next round should finish this

Tuesday

Fanflower Fling

Making progress!

Making progress!

Thought things would calm down for a while…

Good news my DS finally found a job! Hurray!

Ok, DS got to Toronto on bus and then train, got orientated at the new job, and came home on the train… then it went all pear-shaped! Running for bus, he tripped and broke his right clavicle, proceeded home on bus. Major pain, checked him over and the right side felt mushy. His mother frog marched him to emerg. He is now sporting a stylish blue harness for a month. He has training for the next 3 days! Three more trips!

See, no over reactions here, as his a mother I have reasons for worry!

My furry children are fine!

Willow and Jack

Willow and Jack

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 40% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  30% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 80% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul

 

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10

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

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday:0)

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