WIP Wed: Happy Halloween!

Hello everyone! Happy Halloween

Photo: :)

Where more pumpkins come from!

I hope everyone out there that had a brush with “Sandy” is ok. We had 87km winds and a lot of rain here along the north shore of Lake Ontario in Canada. The boys put everything that might fly in the garage. Lucky we have a new roof so we were warm and dry. Very short lights out. Some trees came down and some people had basement flooding. Unfortunately, a women was hit and killed by a large glass sign that blew down in the wind in Toronto. We are still very wet around here… liquid sunshine till friday.

The Bazaar on saturday was a great success, in spite of the cold and rain. The hot lunch went over very well. Business was steady all day. (sorry I was too busy to take pictures) Everyone did a great job, and it was nice to see so many people who braved the wet weather.

I was very pleased with the response to my FO Friday post, about Contemplation on the “To do List”. I have made a big change in my gift giving. A few will get a larger handmade gift every year, others will get a small handmade gift, yet others will get one once in a while, and more than a few will get something special via retail. This relieves the pressure and allows me to enjoy the creative process and allocate my time more effectively.

I have been working away on my Drop stitch Scarf

Just about done, maybe tomorrow. The marker in the middle shows progress today.

Have to block the Oaklet shawl. Hope to have it for friday.

This weeks Music:  Last Rose of Summer – Singers: Hayley Westenra, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha

This weeks Book: Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan

Second in the Sea Haven novels, so far so good. The premise is that a group of women who are elementals, each has an affinity to some element. I liked the last one “Water bound”. hoping this one will be as good.

FO’s 2012 = 59

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 = 4

Stash used 2012 =  67 

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  33 + 1 = 34

Thanks again for visiting,

cya on Friday

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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FO Friday: Contemplation on the “To do list”.

 Mixed martial arts and crafts posed, what I feel is a very important question last week. Refering to a post by The Underground crafter about reconsidering the list of people on your list that are given Handmade gifts. I have given this a lot of thought. With 2 months to Christmas I am reviewing my gift giving.

Over the last few years I have attempted the impossible, a little something for everyone. Looking back, I was spending most of my year working on lovely stuff that some of my loved ones never wear, or value. In examining my feelings on the matter, I have decided this doesn’t hurt my feelings, but it does make me sad. Maybe if these people received only the occasional handmade gift it would hold more meaning.

There are some thickies in my family tree who see this kind of a gift as cheap, handmade equals more junk for the back of the closet or drawer, needless to say these people are the first to go off my list, gift cards I think.

So in attempt to rationalize the list, I am going to trim it down and reconsider the size and amount of time, and money I am investing in this endeavour. After all this is supposed to be for the pleasure of making and giving!

I have decided to give priority to those closest to me. I cannot show the gifts yet as those who will receive them read my blog on occasion.

The still to make for list:

My DH and DS both are very pleased to receive that little parcel of handmade specialness :0) (maybe more than one gift each)

My Mother is a crafter and gets it (medium gift, I already give her handmade on almost every occasion)

My Father tries, but it must be useful and come with a book. (so something small)

My Brother and SIL, I have come to the conclusion the one handmade item between them will work best.

My BiL really appreciated the Handspun hat I made him a few years ago. (occasional gift list)

Maybe list

My MiL doesn’t really want a gift at all and tends to put them in a drawer… (purchase something special)

Niece – Occassional list

Nephew – purchase something special

Bumped off the list

Thickies in my family tree who don’t get it! (this covers a few people)

Ready for the Bazaar tomorrow!

Book of the week: Water Bound by Christine Feehan

Another of the Sea Haven novels that began with the Drake sisters. Rather good read.

This weeks Music: “Bailero” – Sung by Netania Davrath

FO’s 2012 = 59

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 = 4

Stash used 2012 =  67 (this FO used left overs)

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  32 + 1 = 33

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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

WIP Weds: Getting ready for the Bazaar

Hello all, the weather here in Canada continues wet and cold this week. The leaves are starting to fall from the trees. The family out west in Calgary Alberta is reporting snow!

On Saturday we are having our annual church Bazaar. This is an old-fashioned event, bake tables piled with handmade pies, squares, cookies, jams and jellies. The craft group will load the tables with handknit articles, christmas decorations, and crochet items. There will also be a silent auction and a tea room.

We are all working madly trying to get things ready. I have most of my contributions packed ready to go. I just have to finish up a few more Here’s a Tissue 4u here is the pdf.

Three so far!

I continue to work on my October Socks, several test knitters are working on them. If you would like to be put on my test knitter list please contact me via Ravelry.

Only a few more inches then I can insert the heels. This is a carry along project, so it only gets attention when I’m out…

I am also plugging away on my 2 projects for the Carry along Forum for October.

My Drop Stitch Scarf is now 25″ long.

This project is going really slowly due to Bazaar projects. Hopefully I can get it done for by the end of the month.

My Oaklet shawl is now at the border stage.

Note the safety line, I use 8lbs fishing line with a bead at the end for wrangling purposes. I modified this by carrying the centre line through the border.

This weeks book: Hidden Currents by Christine Feehan

The seventh Drake sisters novel, I found the beginning rather disturbing however it is picking up. So far not my favourite, will let you know after I finish it…

Musical interlude: JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
“Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”
Leopold Stokowski & his Symphony Orchestra

This piece of music holds a special place in my heart, it was played as the recessional at our wedding (28 years ago).

FO’s 2012 =  57 + 2 = 59

Patterns from my own Library = 6

WIP’s 2012 = 4

Stash used 2012 =  67 (this FO used left overs)

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  32

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)

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 & FO Friday: I’m Back!

I hope all you Canadians out there had a lovely “Thanksgiving”

I’m back! Well at least on my feet. After some excellent care from the people at Bowmanville Hospital, my Family Doctor and Bowmanville Physiotherapy, I am feeling better than I have in some time. No more wheels! I am still taking it slowly and carefully. My heart felt thanks for all the kind wishes and support from everyone here and on fb.

The upside of being stuck in my chair on and off for 4 weeks,

read 5 books,

and have 3 Christmas presents in production.

October Socks – my design

October Sock with Spiral toe and after thought Spiral heel

for my darling son, who held me while I was weeping in emerg

Drop Stitch Scarf by Christine Vogel

This is part of the Knit along forum for Oct. I think this will be for my BiL

Oaklet Shawl by Megan Goodacre

This is part of the Knit along forum for Oct. I knitted this for the first time in May last year. I’m thinking number 2 will be for someone special. It’s a secret :0)

I have been wiki-walking my way through my favourite music on you-tube. Have you heard of “The Celtic Women“? Here is a concert, really worth a listen! In the middle of the concert there is an aria that is incredible, Lascia ch’io pianga Aria from Handel’s opera “Rinaldo”, performed by Hayley Westenra. Not my usual music. I will start linking something once a week if you like… amazing what you can find :0)

FYI: Watch for the newest promotion at the grocery store!

Get one kitten in your case of bottled water :0)

Jack in the Box (6 months old) and still cuddly!

FO’s 2012 = 55

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 4

Stash used 2012 =  67

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

 Books =  27 + 5 = 32

Take Care and cya Friday

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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

Wip Weds: Just about ready to hand in Fair entries!

Life is getting a little busy this week!

Looking for prayers today, my nephew in Wisconsin is going in for surgery. His knee was badly damaged in a football game this week. Doctor is going place screws through the right side of his knee, across the two broken pieces and up from the right side into the top of the bone.  In six weeks or so these screws will be removed and the ACL  will be sown back together.  After that it’s physiotherapy for four or five months to get everything working again.  Surgery is at 2:30pm.  When offered Wed or Thur for the surgery my nephew chose Wed so he could go to the game on Friday against Osseo.

 Tonight is the first “Knittin nite” at my favourite LYS, yay. I have missed this group over the summer. On Thursday get my entries ready and handed in at the fair grounds between 8-10am. DS goes back to start his 4th year of University. On Friday I have physiotherapy in the morning, lunch with my MiL and giving a knitting lesson at 2:30pm, then to Fair to see the entry results. Saturday off to the Kitchener / Waterloo Knitters fair. This is the only knitting event that my guys take me to. My DH, and DS take turns driving me around the enormous halls full of fibre! Then we go to lunch on the way home. Sunday I will be spinning all day in the Bunny Barn at the Fair with the “Durham Handspinning Guild”. Hope to see ya there :0)

The Jar – I haven’t decided if spinning fibre scraps are Jar worthy.

The Jar Sept 2012

Handspun Artical is complete

and Tea Cosy is well on the way.

My unfortunately named Tea Cosy

This year I have a long list of entries. (items with an * are in production)

  1. Tea Cosy *
  2. Shawl – Afternoon Tea shawl
  3. scarf – wingspan with beads
  4. Cowl – horseshoe cowl
  5. Cardigan Childs – Autumn cardigan
  6. Headgear – Because of love beret
  7. mitts – Arc mitts
  8. Any other knit garment not listed – Barley Corn Newborn Cuddle Cocoon
  9. Socks – Sue’s Boxes with a twist socks
  10. Christmas stocking – Christmas Sock
  11. decorated hat – Easter hat
  12. child’s stuffed toy –  Pookies
  13. small novelty item for Bazaar – Untangled #5
  14. handspun skein – 2ply seawool
  15. handcrafted jewellery – Rosary
  16. small christmas tree decoration – Christmas Balls
  17. handspun article – 100% Superwash Merino Claret Cowl

Current WIPS

FO’s 2012 =  52 + 1 = 53

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 6 – 1 = 5

Stash used 2012 = 64 + 1 = 65

Stash Purchased 2012 = 79

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  25

Take Care and cya next week

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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

The not so FO Friday: Claret well on the way

Good morning everyone!

Here in Canada we are beginning the Labour day  Holiday weekend.

I am beavering away on my Claret Cowl. The yarn is done and the knitting begun.

I decided at the last moment that the fair judges needed a little eye candy and added beads every 8 rows.  They are slowing me down a bit, but I think I can get it done by next Thursday when all entries must be in. Hopefully I can get my tea cosy done too.

Working on 4.50mm circ

I cast on 99 st instead of the 88 st in the pattern

close-up of beads

Currently reading: Tenant of  Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

I read this some years ago and just picked it up to reread. Written in 1848, (Anne died in 1849) the second of the two novels she wrote (Agnes Grey 1847) I don’t understand why Anne Bronte is not as famous as her other sisters. She was over shadowed by her far more popular sisters Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

In this novel,the main characters, Hellen and Gilbert, have a very difficult time of it, but everything comes out right in the end. Virtue triumphs, the depraved get their comeuppance. I highly recommend this book the writing and langauge make this a really and excellent read!

My Fair entry List

Current WIPS

FO’s 2012 =  52

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 6

Stash used 2012 = 63 + 1 = 64

Stash Purchased 2012 = 79

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books =  25

Take Care and cya next week

WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

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

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