Stashbusting, Projects using Leftovers!

Would you trust these guyz?

Would you trust these guyz?

DH’s Birthday on Monday, so for “The Lord of the Rings” biggest fan.

Bombur’s Traveling socks

His favourite gift is always socks!

His favourite gift is always socks!

Went to a Family Baby shower on Sunday. 

Toddler Tootsies – my design

Little socks decorated the parcel

Little socks decorated the parcel

Pine Forest Baby Blanket

The expectant mother was more impressed with the socks... lol

The expectant mother was more impressed with the socks… lol

As some of you know I have a few on going projects to suck up leftovers from my numerous projects.

Left over Cowl – Fingering 

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Beryl Blanket – Fingering 

63 + 4 = 67 Hexes

67 Hexes

Box of Boxes Blanket – Fingering

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Not sure what to do with Dk bits and pcs.

Maybe Stone Soup Throw – in Dk

I plan to do Hexaghan Blanket – for my Worsted odds and ends. 

WIP List = 10

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  9. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  10. A Sun Hat #3  started Apr 11/14

FO’s 2014 = 19 + 2 = 21

WIPS 2014 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 40

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 12

Thanks again cya next week :0)

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

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WIP Weds: Bumper crop of Babies coming!

Well yesterday was a breath of spring 8c, today winter is back with a vengeance -5c. I am supposed to be buzzing around today, but with 4″ to 5″ of snow expected I am not sure.

Busy knitting for 5 babies expected sometime April – June. Feels like everyone I know is expecting.  

Tweed Baby Blanket

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Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 – I’ve made these before.

Crown Hats – I was thinking that a few of these would be good.

I am continuing to work on

Hill Walking Socks

Opening the sock for heel insertion.

Opening the sock for heel insertion.

Butterfly’s shawl  test knit

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Left over Cowl

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finished one round of chart only 7 more to go

Well I wish you all a warm and cosy day.

WIP List = 13

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  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. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  10. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  11. Butterfly’s shawl in red – Feb 14/14 Test knit
  12. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14

FO’s 2014 = 14

WIPS 2014 = 13

 Stash Used 2014 = 34

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again 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: A Busy Week

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It has been a rather nice week. “The Plan” is chugging along, things are dropping off the WIP list. The weather has been getting fractionally warmer. Still wearing the wooliez, but the sun is out. Been out twice for supper with friends.

Went to the Theatre to see “An Affair to Remember” (starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) on the big screen. I love old movies, what a treat!

The Plan Progress

Wednesday: Mile a minute afghan – Done!

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Having finished this I completed the first

Lovely & Thick Roses Socks (Jan/Kal)

Having decided that these heavy socks would not fit in my ankle boots, I am making boot cuffs instead.

Having decided that these heavy socks would not fit in my ankle boots, I am making boot cuffs instead.

Thursday:

Book: Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski

(A continuation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

Finished reading this delightful and unusual take on Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s relationship. Totally recommend this slightly off beat book. You may have to acquire it in eformat, as this book was purchased from the last copy shelf. Unfortunately I was so absorbed that my knitting ended up getting ignored.

WIP List = 12

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

 FO’s 2014 = 3 + 1 = 4

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 1 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 =  16 + 3 = 19

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 =  1 + 1 = 2

Thanks again cya next week :0)

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

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Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket and on Ravelry.com 

WIP Weds: Adding a few to the list…

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After last weeks craziness, I am hoping for a more restful week… The weather here in Ontario is lovely, and sunny. Good for sitting outside with a cuppa and knitting, while listening to Bach!

Need to move the fire pit and bring down the coffee table. My wireless works out here too!

Need to move the fire pit and bring down the coffee table. and my netbook works out here too!

The Boyz put up the awning and gardening season is about to begin :0)

From Dawn Till Dusk shawlette / scarf  deadline is coming fast!

The dark pink makers are the half way point, all down hill from there :0)

The dark pink makers are the half way point, all down hill from there :0)

Must be done by May 25th.

Mile a Minute Blanket This has been a delightful experiment!

Coming along nicely! I have another stripe ready to attach.

Coming along nicely! I have another stripe ready to attach.

 Sassy Summer Satchel  MayKal 

The ball on the lower right has much more of the centre green than appears in this picture.

The ball on the lower right has much more of the centre green than appears in this picture.

Piles of Smiles socks  a new pattern I am working on

Really makes plain old stripes dance!

Really makes plain old stripes dance!

Found on ravelry: OctoCrush Hat by Ellen Taylor. Nice summer sun hat

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

Blog visiting: Of Yarny Notions: Tales of a Nerdy knitter

Another useful tutorial: A Sock Surgeon’s Afterthought Heel Technique I frequently use this technique, or knit in a waste yarn so there are no ends to darn in!

This weeks musical interlude: The Best of Bach (this is a whole album)

And last but not least what am I reading?

The Golden Thread: A Readers Journey Through the Great Books            by Bruce Meyer

A wonderful overview of the seminal works of Western literature and why we still read them. I’ve read this several times and still find new insights. Just finished the Bible and am working on Homer’s Odyssey.

Highly recommend this to literature lovers.

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
    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 = 13 + 2 = 15

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

Stash Used 2013 = 34

Books 2013 = 14 + 1 = 15

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: It’s a secret, more clues part 3!

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Yup, the Yarn Challenge continues and I am making progress!

Another Hint! Can you guess yet? Clue 3,

Clue 3

Clue 3

Clue 1, Clue 2, The readers that guess right win a prize!

Not a Poncho, little bag, or a tea cosy, keep guessing…

Woot! we have a winner!

Yes this is a bunny! Right this is the leg. Karen at http://nothingbutknit2.wordpress.com/ wins!

Sea of Dreams Blanket

This little blanket is for a silent auction fundraiser in June.

This little blanket is for a silent auction fundraiser in June.

Love the way this is working up, thanks for the inspiration mrsmommy a friend and a really talented knitter!

Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift

My cousin is getting married in July, so lots of time to make this.

My cousin is getting married in July, so lots of time to make this.

Lovely yarn!

Rereading:  Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

A fanastical Quest, ala Princess Bride, set in ancient china. I read this many years ago. My son just finished it, so I thought I would read it again…Delightful! 

Position is everything!

Position is everything!

Jack ran out of naughtiness and fell asleep

Current WIP List (13)

    1. Soper Creek Yarn Challenge
    2. Dripping with Lace-Your First Knitted Lace Shawl -A wedding gift
    3. Top Down Swing PulloverOne sleeve done
    4. My Spring SocksMy design
    5. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    6. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    7. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost
    8. Kelp Forest Shawlette very close to done
    9. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry

FO’s 2013 = 22

WIPS 2013 = 11 + 2 = 13

Used of purchased patterns from Rav = 35 – 7 = 28

Stash Used 2013 = 19

Books 2013 = 9 + 1 = 10

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: The Celebration Continues!

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The festivities continue! My 2nd Blogaversary was yesterday, 

Last Friday’s gift was Toddler Tootsies pdf  so today I have a 2nd present for you :0)

Micah’s Blanky

Great gift for a Baby Shower, or child’s birthday. At 24”x36” it is the perfect size for a crib, stroller, or a car seat.This comfy little blanket is knit from the bottom-up with Garter stitch borders and a flat edge stitch detail. Knit in worsted, so works up quickly. The lace design is worked over 4 rows with only 2 lace rows to remember.

Micah's Blankie

Micah’s Blankie

So on to my Works in Progress, it is Wednesday after all!

DH has been bugging for a new hat since DS pinched his. Truth is they both need a new one! Well I had been thinking about doing The Modjeska Hat that  texaspurlgurl gifted me last month. So here we go!

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I modified the pattern by making a facing rather than ribbed edge. Living in Canada, my fella prefers a double thickness over his ears.

I continue to work on what I have now dubbed my Christmas sweater!

Moved to box as it is getting too large for my bag, and my furry children were getting too interested in it.

Moved to box as it is getting too large for my bag, and my furry children were getting too interested in it.

It may not be done till next Christmas ;0)

I have been Spring cleaning or fresh starting would be more accurate.
In shuffling through my Ravelry pgs.

I realized I have purchased 34 patterns and have only made 6!

New List! I love lists they make me feel so organized!

Current WIP List (9)

    1. Beryl BlanketLong term project
    2. Easy Peazy Shawl – almost done
    3. Kelp Forest Shawlette very close to done
    4. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry
Audiobook I am reading while knitting:
Walden by Henry David Thoreau Read by Gord Mackenzie. I read this years ago, and found in it a call to simplification of life.

Book this week: The Warden by Anthony Trollope (Ebook)
I am so fond of The Barchester Chronicles Series I bought the Complete works of Anthony Trollope for my Kobo (only $2.88) There are books in this collection that are no longer in print, plus other writings and biography! This book is a particular favourite. The main character is such a nice little man and you really feel for him all the way through. Delightful, a classic worth reading!
Music offering: “Great Big Sea” was such a success last week here is
Old Brown’s Daughter beautiful  acapella.

FO’s 2013 = 5

WIPS 2013 = 9

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

Stash Used 2013 = 2

Books 2013 = 8

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

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

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FO Friday: Twas the Last post before Christmas

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I have to admit I am hopeless about sending Christmas Cards!

So this year I am going virtual.

This will likely be the last post before New Years.

Merry Christmas

Happy news! MiL is no longer stoned (as my DH pronounced to his mother, always the good and thoughtful son that he is :0)

The ERCP procedure worked a dream, 3rd times the charm. She is free and clear of Gallbladder, stones and all for the first time since last January. Now she can actually enjoy Christmas dinner.                              The best Christmas gift for us all!

I have a sweet treat for you.

Here is a fast and super easy recipe for Mincemeat Squares

an old Christmas favourite from my mother’s family.

2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 1/2 cups Mincemeat

15 oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

Mix ingredients together, Bake in well-greased 9″x 12″ pan

on 350F for 30 mins. Cool then Cut.

chop candied cherry and decorate top with a small piece.

I finish the Picot edged baby blanket

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It was a good fast and practical baby blanket to knit. I recommend this pattern. This basic blanket was lovely and warm on my legs as I knit it and will be a good stroller or car seat blanket. I used 2 balls of Northern Worsted, knitting the first ball expanding to the 1/2 way point and finished the 2nd ball reducing to the end.

During my travels Christmas Shopping, I hit the Dollar Store (a chain of stores in Canada, that has most items in the $1 – $2 dollar range, think up scale five & dime) to get some Christmas wrap and stocking stuffers. I lucked out!

Totally cat proof bags, till they learn to open zippers!

Totally cat proof bags, till they learn to open zippers!          Look all you wanta guys, Wahahaha!

This weeks Christmas audio book: A christmas treat my Dad used to read to my Brother and I.

Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

More favourite Christmas Carols:

Coventry Carol by  Loreena McKennitt

And Amid the Winters Snow by Kings College Cambridge Choir

For other music links and other Audiobook links

FO’s 2012 =  76 + 1 = 77

Patterns from my own Library = 6 + 1 = 7

WIP’s 2012 = 4 – 1 = 3 (plan to start the year at 0)

Stash used 2012 = 85 + 2 = 87 (stunned by this total!)

Beryl Blanket Hexes = 48

Books = 45 + 1 = 46

All that remains to be said is,

I wish you all a Joyous and Merry Christmas,

and to you and ours a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Next Year

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