Tools: Nostepenne for Knitters and Handspinners

Good Morning all.

I apologize for the radio silence recently.

My son had is 2nd post graduate, Commencement,

My awesome son!

In September he goes off for yet another round of University, this time for a Bachelor of Education, and he has begun a new job as a line cook at a local restaurant. They are training him. He figures this is an excellent skill to have, as cooks are always in demand and he can work it around school.

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I also celebrated my Birthday, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. Another trip around the sun!

There have been some developments at church also. Our Rector is retiring so there has been a lot of things to do. I have been working on a couple of programs that need to be in place before he goes. He will be greatly missed. However we look forward to welcoming a new incumbent in September.

Well, I’m back!

Tool: Handy tool to add to your project bag.

Nostepenne, I have several of these. Easy to make, or get on Etsy.com. Basically a ball winder with no moving parts. Really useful for Knitters and Spinners. Makes a centre pull ball! 

Here is a video on it’s use by Ann Kingstone .

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What have I been working on?

Namaste Yoga socks #2

These are for Toronto Sick kids Hospital, Rehab Yoga program.

Be Basically Warm 

something brainless to knit when in a group!

Itasca Poncho – Kal 

Planning on travelling this summer and as I use a wheelchair sometimes, a sweater is just not practical. Thought this would go with jeans.

WIP List = 9

  1. Namaste Yoga socks #2
  2. Be Basically Warm
  3. Itasca Poncho – Kal 
  4. Without Moonlight #2 
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  9. My Fair Cardi 
  10. Namaste Yoga socks #1  
  11. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal 
  12. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – frogged!

WIPS 2015 = 9

FO’s 2015 = 25 + 2 = 27

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 23 + 2 = 25

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Sock Knitting Machine, make your own!

Just when you’ve given up ever having a Sock knitter!

A 3D printer can be used to create this circular knitting machine.

3D-Sock knitting Machine

Well if you can make friends with someone with access to a 3D printer; here is an open source program to manufacture one, supply list and instructions included!

Here is a video showing it being made!

and How to cast on.

I call that awesome!

I have a Plan!

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal

Only a few more rows to go!

Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser done!

Namaste Yoga socks #1- Finished!

My design, will publish soon.

This is a fundraiser for the Sick Kids Hospital Yoga rehab program.

Aquisition: Crown Jewels by The Yarn Therapist

Self stripping, designed for shawls! I have plans on knitting this on my vacation :0)

WIP List = 9

  1. Namaste Yoga socks #2
  2. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  3. Without Moonlight #2 
  4. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done! 
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  9. My Fair Cardi 
  10. Buttermere #2  ran out of yarn!
  11. Zuzu’s Petals frogged I have a better plan
  12. Namaste Yoga socks #1 – done
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done 
  14. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser – done

WIPS 2015 = 14 – 5 = 9

FO’s 2015 = 23 + 2 = 25

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21 + 2 = 23

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Event: Happy Victoria Day Canada!

I have to admit I have been percolating a bunch of ideas.

Let me see, what first?

Remember these Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Yoga rehab program. Well I don’t like them! They are like standing on marbles,

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

so I am making up a more comfy pattern that can be easily sized up or down.

Namaste Yoga socks – for Sick Kids Hospital Yoga Rehab Program. (My design)

Namaste Yoga socks - and my new project bag. It reminds me of my first reader, guess that is a bit telling ;0)

Namaste Yoga socks – and my new project bag.
It reminds me of my first reader, guess that is a bit telling ;0)

I’ve also been motoring away on my latest Kal. Must finish by the end of the month!

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal 

 At 201 stitches, starting the border.

At 201 stitches, starting the border.

Oh, and all you Canadians out there Happy Victoria Day!

Queen Victoria, the longest serving monarch in British history. Elizabeth will reign longer in a few months.

Queen Victoria, the longest serving monarch in British history. Elizabeth will reign longer in a few months.

FYI: For you non-Canadian types;

Elizabeth is also the Queen of Canada, as was her Great, Great, Grandmother, Victoria.

Canada is part of the Commonwealth of Nations (one of 16 nations Elizabeth is Queen of)

We are a sovereign state, with a Constitutional Monarchy.

Therefore we celebrate with a long weekend, and a few fireworks! 

We are taking a stay-vacation. Almost as good as a vacation, but you can sleep in your own bed with your books, knitting and kitties. Kitties don’t like it much, lots of hiding going on.

WIP List = 14

  1. Namaste Yoga socks
  2. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  3. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  4. Untangled #4
  5. Without Moonlight #2 
  6. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  7. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  8. Zuzu’s Petals
  9. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  11. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  12. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  13. My Fair Cardi 
  14. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done

WIPS 2015 = 13 + 1 = 14

FO’s 2015 = 23

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Something new!

knitting with cat

It’s been another rather busy week. I’ve been beavering away finishing a few things, and starting my next Kal.

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal

3 pattern repeats

3 pattern repeats

 One pair of Yoga Socks done and handed in 

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Published 2 new Patterns on Ravelry.com this last week.

Be Simply Different scarf – a freebee 

Be Simply Different

Be Simply Different

and The Herman Hat 

Made for our friend Herman

Made for our friend Herman

I came across 2 interesting Articals:

A Quick Guide to Stitch Markers and 

Make your own Stitch Markers

by

WIP List = 13

  1. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  2. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  3. Untangled #4
  4. Without Moonlight #2 
  5. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  6. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  7. Zuzu’s Petals
  8. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  9. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  10. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  11. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  12. My Fair Cardi 
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done
  14. Be Simply Different Scarf  
  15. Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab
  16. 6X6″ afghan squares or Ukrainian Orphanages (2)

WIPS 2015 = 16 – 3 = 13

FO’s 2015 = 19 + 4 = 23

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 6 + 1 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Charity Knitting: Stitches to make the world a better place

knitting with cat

Spring has sprung in these parts, shorts and tshirts have been pulled out of winter storage and sandals are abroad in the land. The sun is shining and the cats are at the front door watching the kids heading off to school. 

Jack and Willow watching the kids go off to school.

Jack and Willow watching the kids go off to school.

The garden is coming up flowers too.

Tulips and Grape Hyacinths

Tulips and Grape Hyacinths

Meanwhile I have been working on a couple of Charity projects that my local LYS is sponsoring.

Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab 

I leave a long tail when casting on. Weaving back and forth at each pattern repeat. Works for me! Knitting these magic loop.

I leave a long tail when casting on. Weaving back and forth at each pattern repeat. Works for me!
Knitting these magic loop.

Raglan Baby Cardigan (Top-Down)by The Students of Subway Academy II

A 6 month sized cardigan for the Church Craft Sale May 30th.

A 6 month sized cardigan for the Church Craft Sale May 30th.

6X6″ afghan squares or Ukrainian Orphanages 

One a week, to be delivered on Knit night. 2 so far.

One a week, to be delivered on Knit night.
2 so far.

FO: His Birthday Socks

Finished these beauties just in time for my sweethearts Birthday. Every year he asks for socks for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Christmas. He doesn't always get them, but this is a special one so why not?

Finished these beauties just in time for my sweethearts Birthday. Every year he asks for socks for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Christmas. He doesn’t always get them, but this is a special one so why not?

WIP List = 15

  1. 6X6″ afghan squares or Ukrainian Orphanages (2)
  2. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  3. Untangled #4
  4. Without Moonlight #2
  5. Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab
  6. Be Simply Different Scarf
  7. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  8. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  9. Zuzu’s Petals
  10. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  11. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  12. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  13. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  14. My Fair Cardi 
  15. Simplicity Lace Scarf –  Kal/feb2015 almost done
  16. His Birthday Socks

WIPS 2015 =  13 + 2 = 15

FO’s 2015 = 16 + 3 = 19

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 13 

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 19 + 2 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Event: DKC Knit Frolic in Toronto Ontario Cda

knitting with cat

Whata busy day Saturday! My friend Bonnie and I set out for Toronto, (about 45mins east) it was a lovely bright sunny day. 

First up went to the DKC Toronto Knitters Frolic with Bonnie Bedford-Jones who did a stellar job of getting us there even though the DVP was closed and traffic was heavy. Bumped into bunches of knit night friends and enjoyed all the enthusiastic fibre fiends, and the lovely knitted items they were sporting. Knitters are the friendliest bunch of people.

Fibreholics congregated at this incredible annual event!

This line looks long, and it was however this event is so well organized that we were in in no time!

This line looks long, and it was however this event is so well organized that we were in in no time!

We arrived nice and early as I was booked for a family occasion in the afternoon. Yes the line up was long but full of happy and enthusiastic knitters, festooned in beautiful hand knitted items. 

DKC Knit Frolic 2015

First stop The Purple Purl!

Always busy!

Always busy!

Found this lovely ball of Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal fingering in red. (What not blue or purple?)

Lovely Merino/cashmere

Lovely Merino/cashmere

The off to Dye-Version

I invested heavily here last year, so restrained myself this year. ;)

I invested heavily here last year, so restrained myself this year. 😉

The off to see the girls at Raventwist

Look at the delicious colours!

Look at the delicious colours!

And I bought Charcoal gray :0)

I just love Starry fingering, this is Spider woman.  I have a plan!

I just love Starry fingering, this is Spider woman. I have a plan!

And in my perambulations I kept finding knitters that I know.

Some of the giirls from my Knit night group having too much fun!

Some of the giirls from my Knit night group having too much fun!

and

Other lost souls, high on fibre fumes, also from my Knit Night Group.

Other lost souls, high on fibre fumes, also from my Knit Night Group.

And this rather talented friend

Wearing her latest creation

Wearing her latest creation

and another friend showing me her precious

I spotted this beauty at the frolic. 

It’s called “Vine Bolero” by Emily Johnson. Made in dk. Sadly either I am too fluffy or this pattern is designed for woman who are less Rubenesque! I am contemplating how much alteration would be required to make one to fit…

I stopped at the Fleece Artists Yarn tasting and received a lusciously soft skeinette of BFL,

DKC Knit Frolic 2015 Yarn tasteing at Fleece artist booth BFL

The Volunteers were busy winding skeins into balls, to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Very well organized too. You can go shopping and retrieve your ball, neatly wound for a small donation, very convenient!

Very well organized too. You can go shopping and retrieve your ball, neatly wound for a small donation, very convenient!

These just followed me home! Raventwist- starry fingering

These just followed me home! Raventwist- starry fingering “spider woman” Charcoal gray, Debbie bliss “Fine Donegal in Red. a BFL samplette from fleece artist. 2 small project bags. Lucet and tool, stitch markers disguised as a necklace, a needle case, notions case, a knitters abacus, a card weaving shuttle, and 3mm 40” magic loop circs.

The best part is enjoying the knitwear parade, I like how people are willing to tell you where the pattern for the item they are wearing came from and what it’s made of etc. Only knitters would get it.

One lady informed me that a knitters hand shake is petting something hand knitted someone else is wearing! Lol!

I guess a Spinners hand shake is picking chaff off of something hand knitted someone else is wearing!

Bonnie and I had a wonderful time. We headed home and as my fellas had to cross paths with us on the way to my next engagement, we decided to stop for a delicious lunch at a restaurant along the way. The guyz picked me up from there and we headed to Brantford Ontario, another (2 hours west) for Ashleys first Communion. 

Isn't she pretty, and she was marvelous! Family and friends went out for dinner and a visit afterward. We were quite a crowd, I love being part of this big happy family!

Isn’t she pretty, and she was marvelous! Family and friends went out for dinner and a visit afterward.
We were quite a crowd, I love being part of this big happy family!

We had a great time with family and friends. It was almost midnight by the time we finally made it home.

Totally exhausted, but fell asleep with a smile on my puss!

WIP List = 13

  1. Untangled #4
  2. Without Moonlight #2
  3. Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab
  4. Be a Little Different Scarf
  5. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  6. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  7. Zuzu’s Petals
  8. His/Hers Socks 
  9. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  11. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  12. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  13. My Fair Cardi 
  14. Simplicity Lace Scarf –  Kal/feb2015 almost done 

FO’s 2015 = 16

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 13 

WIPS 2015 = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 19

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

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