WIP Weds: Gardening, Knitting & World Cup

Wildflower garden, I asked DH not to mow around the tree in the backyard and seeded it for the bees, some paper wasps have set up housekeeping in my bird feeders :0)

Wildflower/ Butterfly garden, I asked DH not to mow around the tree in the backyard and seeded it for the bees, some paper wasps have set up housekeeping in my bird feeders :0)

Weather is lovely today.

Enjoying a quiet day, knitting in the shade and visiting knitting blogs.

Glamshell shawl 

Just starting the lace border

Just starting the lace border

My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 

This photo doesn't do the colours of this sock justice.

This photo doesn’t do the colours of this sock justice.

The Scrap Jar for June

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My house is the home of the World Cup fan club. At one point our car was covered with little flags, we are down to one.  My DH is so pleased the German flag is still there. Having told you this, I wanted to pass along a funny Minions clip about the World CupIf you don’t watch soccer you may not get it, but it’s funny anyway :0)

WIP List = 12

  1. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks
  2. Glamshell shawl started Jun 24/14
  3. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  4. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  5. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  9. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  10. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  11. Simplicity Lace Scarf  
  12. Shazzas Bucket Hat for my June Kal group

FO’s 2014 = 27

WIPS 2014 = 11 + 1 = 12

 Stash Used 2014 = 52

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 14

Thanks again cya next week :0)

(Note for the summer I will only be posting on Weds.)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

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WIP Weds: Happy Halloween all!

Happy Halloween everyone.

Photo: :)

Just too funny not to share lol

Andy’s Capp Two, – Done!

Both sizes: smaller 9 1/2" larger 11"

Both sizes: smaller 9 1/2″ larger 11″

4 more to go!

Oct Kal for the Carry along forum on Rav: Iced 

This is going to be a hang over into next month. The collar is just eating the yarn, and going on and on!

This is going to be a hang over into next month. The collar is just eating the yarn, and going on and on!

Getting ready for the Church Bazaar on Saturday

Did some beading.

Cross weave Bracelets

Cross weave Bracelets

and raided the button Jar for these

These are fiddly but fun

These are fiddly but fun

and a second one,

Roses, Pinks and a little burgundy

Roses, Pinks and a little burgundy

and one more

Violets and purples

Violets and purples

If they don’t sell look for them on Etsy next week.

The last opportunity to vote. vote here!

I’ll let you know on Friday what it will be

Is anyone interested in a Sports Bra, Ladies Underwear, or Unisex Boxer Shorts Tutorial? I am thinking of making some and will record the process. Please list which you are interested in. So far there has been one vote for a Sports Bra. Anyone else want to weigh in? I will probably be doing an example of each. So I am going to try a poll to determine which to plan first.

Current WIP List (7 + 2)

 

 FO’s 2013 = 96 + 1 = 97

WIPS 2013 = 7 (+ 2)

 Stash Used 2013 = 84 + 2 = 86

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 = 34 + 1 = 35

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)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket 

Psst! Only 8 more Saturdays till Christmas!

and on Ravelry.com  

WIP Weds: The Plan!

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I have a plan! I’m going to work on one WIP everyday, and report the WIPs and FO’s on Fridays. My object is to get this list to a manageable size. First I have to track down all these little suckers. Like dust bunnies they’re everywhere. :0)

Note it will take 2 weeks to work through all my WIP’s

Saturday

Rose Harbour Shawl 

Like this pattern. Making it to wear to the wedding I'm going to this summer.

Like this pattern. Making it to wear to the two weddings I’m going to this summer.

Sunday

Eileen Dress

Just about done.

Just about done.

Monday

The Jar June 2013

The scraps since January 1st 2013

The scraps since January 1st 2013

Isla lace Pillowcase edge 24″ so far

This edge has to be done for an August wedding.

Making 2 lace edges to be done for an August wedding.

Tuesday

A Box of Boxes Blanket (18 + 3 = 21 sq)

I did 3 more large squares.

I did 3 more large squares.

I am getting as much as I can on each project in the day allotted. I am not going to start anything till I get a few off the list. Life may get in the way some days however I intend doing a few rows before bed on those days.

Meanwhile we have installed a new sock delivery system utilizing sock source, cat and destination (with cat treats)

Willow just tries to get the sock off. Jack comes bounding downstairs at the shake of the treats... I had forgot my socks upstairs and DH decided to make Jack useful.

Willow just tries to get the sock off. Jack comes bounding downstairs at the shake of the treats… I had forgotten my socks upstairs and DH decided to make Jack useful.

Current WIP List (14)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl
  2. Eileen Dress 
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge 
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (21 squares)
  5. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
  6. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
  7. Mile a minute afghan 1st crochet project 25% done 
  8. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 75%
  9. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket 60%
  11. SPROUT – Growing Roots vest 60%
  12. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl 85%
  14. Camellia shawlette –  5%

FO’s 2013 = 73 + 3 = 76

+ 81 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 =  13 + 1 = 14

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 8 (30 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 60

Books 2013 = 19 + 2 = 21

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday:0)

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

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WIP Weds: Zonked!

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On friday I told you about all the firsts I would be involved in last weekend…

My friend Bonnie and I went into Toronto for the DKC Knit Frolic!

2013 DKC knit frolic - Bonnie and I high on fibre fumes :0)

2013 DKC knit frolic – Bonnie and I high on fibre fumes :0)

Lots of people and potential treasures

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Some friends from home

The Girls!

The Girls!

 and hi Debbie D! (wish I took your picture too)

Treasures that came home with me :0)

I will highlight my purchases on Friday, so you can get a better look.

I will highlight my purchases on Friday, so you can get a better look.

 First Communion of my Cousins little girl.

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First Birthday of their little boy.

1st Birthday Party

1st Birthday Party

and I actually learned to Crochet a strip of Mile a minute afghan 

Dk weight yarn

Dk weight yarn

well more like a foot in and hour… Cool, my only crochet accomplishment has been granny squares to this point!

Really good video instruction!

Background for this success story: Crochet has never really appealed to me, I had a brush with brain tumors, a few years ago. Stuck in bed with mobility issues, and knitting being a little too much to wrap my head around, my darling mother brought me a crochet hook and a Ball (a round ball) of yarn, and a book… needless to say the book and hook went into beside table drawer and ball is still on vacation with the dust bunnies somewhere! Totally frustrated…who wants to crochet anyway (this was probably a really bad time to start a new skill) DH brought me a spindle and a hand full of fibre, tranquility was restored :0)

and the Scrap Jar for April

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Oh and Jack is famous, he’s in the Guardian Uk news 

And after all this I am Zonked!

Exhausted

Current WIP List (13)

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

    1. Sssydney and friends two more to do
    2. Mile a minute afghan 1st crochet project
    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

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FO Friday: Declaration of War!

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Yes War has been declared!

Leftover SockYarn Bunny season is open!

Image courtesy: knittingpatterndepot.blogspot.com Thanks!

 

Beryl Blanket = 42 + 10 = 52 1/2 (Hexes Finished so far)

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There is a puff version on ravely, that didn’t appeal to me as much. I don’t think it would survive the boyz and the furry moths! Here is my first experiment with half Hexes to even up the salvage, at the bottom edge.

Box of Boxes Blanket = 9

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Just came to me one night as I was drifting off. I have odd balls of sockyarn leftovers I want to use up. The full squares are 5″ and quarters are 2 1/2″.

I have to find a project for DK, Worsted and Bulky yarn Bunnies next! Anyone with suggestions?

I finished the Modjeska Hat for DH late last night

Fits him nicely. He wares a rather large hat and he doesn't like ribbing, so I modified the pattern with a facing. It go very well with his winter coat.

Fits him nicely. He wares a rather large hat and he doesn’t like ribbing, so I modified the pattern with a facing. It will look good with his winter coat which is this green and black.

Found on Ravelry: My Fair Cardi by Julie Farmer

This freebie caught my eye sometime ago.

Music to knit by: Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Audio book for the day: Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Current WIP List (10)

    1. Beryl BlanketLong term project
    2. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project
    3. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost done
    4. Kelp Forest Shawlette very close to done
    5. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry

FO’s 2013 = 5 + 1 = 6

WIPS 2013 = 10 – 1 = 9 

Used of purchased patterns from Rav = 34 – 6 = 28

Stash Used 2013 = 2 + 2 = 4

Books 2013 = 8

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Weds

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

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And Jack’s back in Jail again!

He goes to jail everytime he bugs Willow. He is spending less time in Jail, but he hides under the chair when he sees me get up, to but him in it :0)

He goes to jail every time he bugs Willow. He is spending less time in Jail, but he hides under the chair when he sees me get up, to but him in it :0)

WIP Weds: Stashbuster and Funny Story

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I was just thinking over what I had to say this week.  I really didn’t have that much to say. Then this happened and I had to share.
Well jack made me laugh and I mean really laugh. Willow went to the Vet last week, and we were told that she is turning into a basket case because of Jack. He sees her as a mobile cat toy. So yesterday I began a program of incarceration for assault on Willows. Every time he made her hiss and or jumped on her, I stuffed him in the cat carrier. I tracked him all over the house and in he went. This went on all day. Just before I sat down to do the finishing touches to my post, he was at it again. I got up, he looked at me (kinda shrugged) and headed straight to the carrier, walked inside, turned around and waited for me to shut the door. He knew he had been naughty. At 8 months old he’s pretty smart. I somehow think that this approach to discipline is not having the desired effect…Rofl!
WANTED: Lucky Jack AKA Jack - for willow assault, repeat offender.

WANTED: Lucky Jack AKA Jack – for willow assault, repeat offender.

One of my New Years resolutions #6 is to use up more stash, so I have been looking for useful little projects for leftovers. Just love this one, and it is a great carry along project!
Yarn Ball Cozy by Kerstin Geiger a very useful, freebie pattern.
I use this large mug, to rangle the little ball of yarn. I pass the ball through the handle.

I use this large mug, to rangle the little ball of yarn. I pass the ball through the handle.

This is a Large one, I think I’ll be making a few more. They come in to sizes, one for 100gm and one for 50gm balls of yarn.

The Large one takes about 14gms Small one about 12gms of fingering or sock yarn

My knitting mug, and Willow who has no interest in knitting unlike Jack.

My knitting mug, and Willow who has no interest in knitting unlike Jack. I think she just looks at this as a peaceful place where Jack won’t bug her, and she likes me of course.

Keeps centre pull balls in order right down to the bitter end.

Pure and Simple Top Down Swing Pullover
I continue to work away on my sweater. When I started the next ball I went back and knitted the Neck edging and darned in the ends. Once I complete the rest of this ball on the Body of the sweater, I will go back with a fresh ball and work the sleeves, Then tuck them inside the body and continue with what remains of the yarn to whatever length the torso will be. I have 7 skeins, this should tell me if I need another. I usually knit much finer yarn, so this is working up very quickly and the yarn is lovely and soft.
The actual colour is more indigo.

The actual colour is more indigo.

Did you see this on Ravelry: I am going to start linking things I see on Rav that appeal to me and that you might have missed. This week, Biscotte’s sheeps – Les moutons de Biscotte Socks by Louise Robert aren’t they gorgeous, I am going to knit these someday!

My current WIPS

Music Link: Tomás Luis de Victoria  music from the 16th century Spanish Counter-Reformation. This is a BBC4 program, an over view of his works. I spent sometime in my youth in Spain and visited Avila, where he was from. Truly lovely! 

FO’s 2013 = 0

WIPS 2013 = 8 + 1 = 9

Stash Used 2013 = 0

Books 2013 = 3

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

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Funny: Oh Deer!

Obviously the Deer are not being cautious enough about using Deer crossings!

The Interview

The scary thing is that this person has a license, at least she is only rubbing out deer.

My favourite comment: “How did she get a driver licenses … no wonder she has a problem at deer crossing signs, I bet signs that show, Bridge Ices Before Road and Slippery When Wet signs really shake her up. Of course without these people, we would have nothing to laugh over.”

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