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 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.

My Favourite Music, Enjoy!

Here is a list of my favourites from my exploration of the web…Enjoy!

FO Friday: Fair results… 2012!

Busy, busy :0)

My nephew is recovering nicely from surgery one. Thank everyone that sent their best wishes.

Tomorrow is the Kitchener / Waterloo Knitters fair. I’ll tell you all about my weekend next week.

So here goes, 17 entries this year

Tea Cosy – Purple tea cosy of sex – 3rd

Shawl – Afternoon tea Shawl – 4th

scarf – Wingspan with Beads – 4th

Cowl – Horseshoe Cowl – 3rd

Cardigan Childs – Puerperium cardigan –

Headgear – Because of love beret -2nd

mitts – Arc mitts –

Any other knit garment not listed – Barley Corn Newborn Cuddle Cocoon –

Socks – Sue’s Boxes with a twist socks -4th

Christmas stocking – Christmas Sock – 1st

decorated hat – Easter hat – 2nd

child’s stuffed toy –  Pookies – 4th

small novelty item for Bazaar – Untangled #8 –

handspun skein – 2ply seawool – 2nd

handcrafted jewellery – Anglican Rosary – 1st

small christmas tree decoration – Christmas Ball –

handspun article – 100% Superwash Merino Claret Cowl – 2nd

(2) 1st, (3) 2nd, (2) 3rd, (4) 4th, (1) 2nd show special

Total Prizes $32.00

Last year

Well off to the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Fair on Saturday


Demonstrating Handspinning and Knitting at the Fair on Sunday.

I tell you all about it on Wednesday :0)

Current WIPS

FO’s 2012 =  53 + 1 = 54

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 5 – 1 = 4

Stash used 2012 = 65 + 1 =66

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)

WIP Weds: On The hunt for Erratas!

Yup, I am hunting the wild Errata, note there is a new category on my Blog.

Under “Categories“, “Book Reviews Knitting” are the “Erratas” (publishers corrections) I have found so far. Yes this is turning into an obsession. In future when I review a knitting book I will try to find any links to Erratas for you and make a link, there will also be a reference as to number of corrections, and what pages.  If I have reviewed a Knitting Book and you have the link to an errata  could you please add it to this page to assist others, thanks :0)

Note also I have added a page at the top of my blog for My Designs. I am doing a little blog cleaning and reorganization, to make it easier to navigate… comments appreciated.

Back to my WIP’s (for details see links to

Simple Ridges Shawl don’t like crocheted edges, as I don’t crochet! After much thought and graphing I came up with something satisfactory. Will post when completed!

Only a few more repeats to finish Cosy Winter Shawl My design

Roarin Cloche was ignored this week.

Immie Blanket remains in the footstool. Love the frost flower pattern.

Beryl Blanket too

Pine Forest Baby Blanket got a lot of attention this week.

 11 days and counting without stash enhancement

Starting to go through withdrawal.. 

For more “Works in Progress Wednesday” hike over to

Tami’s Blog and be amazed :0)

List of Shawls I would like to do

My list of want to does

Yes there are a few more for this list… maybe 12 shawls for 2012?

Knitting: 78 Projects in 2012

A new year a new list for 2012!

83 started – 5 Frogged = 78 finished this Year!

For more detailed list with pictures see “This years finished stuff”

  1. Sue’s EZ Toe-up Socks (my design) (Jan)
  2. Simple Ridges Shawl (Jan)
  3. Hugs and Kisses Socks (my design) (Jan)
  4. Irish Hikers Scarf (Jan)
  5. Safety line marker for after thought heels (Jan)
  6. Three Tams (A) (Feb)
  7. Three Tams (B) (Feb)
  8. Liddle Pouch (Feb)
  9. Little Heart (Feb)
  10. Easter Bunny (Feb)
  11. Arc Mittens (Feb)
  12. Walk in Shetland (Mar)
  13. Because of Love Beret (Mar) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  14. (3) Pookies (mar)
  15. Small Lace Bag (Mar) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  16. Horseshoe Lace cowl (Apr) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  17. Not so Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf (Apr) from my library
  18. Afternoon Tea shawl (Apr) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  19. Owlie Sleep Sack (Apr)
  20. Barley Corn Newborn Cuddle Cocoon (my Design) (May)
  21. Wingspan  Carry along Forum Ravelry (May)
  22. Puerperium Cardigan (May)
  23. Chinook scarf (May) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  24. Untangled # 1 (June)
  25. Untangled #2 (June)
  26. Untangled #3 (June)
  27. Untangled #4 (June)
  28. Untangled #5 (June)
  29. Ankle socks in ”Fabel” (June)  Carry along Forum Ravelry
  30. Untangled #6 (June)
  31. Untangled #7 (June)
  32. (11) XL Coffee Cup Sweaters (Sept)
  33. Untangled #8 (July)
  34. Untangled #9  (July)  Carry along Forum Ravelry
  35. Untangled #10 (July) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  36. Wingspan #2  ravellenic2012 (jul/aug) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  37. Claret Cowl (made of handspun) (Sept)
  38. Purple Teacozy of Sex (sept)
  39. Charybdis Socks  (my Design) (Sept)
  40. (6) Here’s a Tissue! (my Design) (Oct)
  41.  Oaklet #2  (oct) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  42. Drop Stitch Scarf (oct) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  43.  Snakes & Ladders Washcloth (Nov)
  44. Remember November (Toe-up spiral) socks  (my Design) (Nov)
  45. Reversible Textured Dishcloth #1 (Nov)
  46. Handledsvärmare Påfågel  (Nov) Carry along Forum Ravelry
  47. Cabled Feather Cowl (Nov)
  48. Blissful Moss Rib dishcloth #1 (Nov)
  49. (2) Blissful Moss Rib dishcloth #2 & 3 (Nov)
  50. Elfish hat (Nov) frogged
  51. Reversible Textured Dishcloth #2 Red (Nov)
  52. Fabulous Fake Fingerless Mitts (Nov)
  53. Ruffle scarf #1 (Nov)
  54. Frill Seeker Scarf #2 (Nov)
  55. Ruffle Scarf #3 (Nov)
  56. Ruffle Scarf #4 (Dec)
  57. Ruffle Scarf #5 (Dec)
  58. Picot edged baby blanket (Dec)
  59. Favorite Scarf Ever (Dec)
  60. Wellengang / Swell scarf (Dec)
  61. Immie Baby Blanket (Sept) Frogged
  62. Roarin cloche (Oct) Frogged
  63. Abigail Vest (may) Frogged (Yuck!)
  64. Knitting In Nature Beaded Moebius Carry along Forum Ravelry (Jul) Frogged

WIP Weds: New Year and New Year Resolutions!

It’s a New year and as I look around my livingroom, peeking out from around the furniture and under couches and chairs, are the partly hidden stash bunnies of 2011. Stash busting last year disposed of alot of these guys, but some of their friends moved in and multiplied. Lets face it I am a fibreholic! My studio is entirely unusable. I tend to sit in the living room anyway right? Well with major embarassment I am presenting this mess.

Livingroom Stash Bunnies hiding behind chair – cleaned up!

Studio before

Still working on this!

Secret Spinning stash in DS Room

Have to finish the studio first <blush bright red>

Now I have aired the closets so to speak, you will have a better understanding of my proposed resolutions…

I declare January “Stash organization Month”! – I did clear and organize the stash in the livingroom!

New years resolutions 2012 – and how they worked out!

    • I will organize and catalogue my stash – Part 1 done: Livingroom  (Livingroom a tip again have to start fresh in 2013)
    • I will remove the secret spinning stash from my sons room (promise) this was supposed to be temporary while we were renovating. My DS has been very understanding about his mothers habit. <blush> (Well took till November, but all the boxes have been removed! Note his room is still a mess, books all over the floor and on every surface! University!)
    • I will make parcels of at least 12 items to be made out of stash in 2012 done!
    • I will reduce the stash by relocating to new homes as gifts and donations – some done, need to do more! (I am continueing in the campagne in 2013)
    • I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves (well maybe this rule can be a little flexible?) (update this lasted for 14 days) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
    • My studio will be dumped out and made into a haven for Knitting, sewing and scrapbooking! Still working on this one!
    • I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2012 (see #3 and #4) – working on this onedone for 2012!
    • 90% of Bazaar items this year will be made out of stash. – done!
    • I will make my DH and DS each a pair of socks –  Hey! Done!
    • I will make a large, complicated project! Done! Afternoon Tea shawl
    • Last fibre related resolution, I will spin everyday even if it is only 15 mins before bedtime! I have not managed this yet!

I begin the year with 7 WIP’s (Some are leftovers from last year)

  1.  Sue’s EZ Toe-up Socks (these are my own design) done
  2. Simple Ridges Shawlette (started last year, got bored) done
  3. Cozy Winter Shawl (my own design, will publish later)
  4. Roarin Cloche (this pattern was designed by a dear friend)
  5. Immie Baby Blanket (another unfinished last year project)
  6. Beryl Blanket (the adventure continues)
  7. Pine Forest Blanket (have selected the yarn from stash!)

Well as you can see I have plans… DH, who thinks he is a very funny fellow, has declared that he will be monitoring progress and will update my blog with reports!

14 days managed without stash enhancement

Hopefully I will do better next year :0)

Updated April 24, 2012

Watch for further updates as I begin this years adventure.

Meanwhile thanks for reading my ramblings,

Waddle over to Tami’s blog, there are more fibreholics over there  :0)

Reading List: 2012

Another year of reading…

  1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (this is an old favourite) EB (Jan)
  2. 60 Quick Baby Knits from Cascade Yarns (see errata) SC (Jan)
  3. Magic in the Wind by Christine Feehan #1 Drake Sisters series (Jan)
  4. Twilight before Christmas by Christine Feehan #2 Drake Sisters series (Jan)
  5. Uncle John’s Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom reader 22nd ed. (Jan) Great bedtime reading!
  6. Oceans of Fire by Christine Feehan #3 Drake Sisters series (Jan)
  7. Dangerous Tides by Christine Feehan #4 Drake Sisters series (Jan)
  8. Safe Harbour by Christine Feehan #5 Drake Sisters Series (Feb)
  9. Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee by Robert Van Gulik (Feb) #1 1949
  10. Turbulent Sea by Christine Feehan #6 Drake Sisters Series (Mar)
  11. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Apr)
  12. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (May)
  13. The Door Bell Rang by Rex Stout (June)
  14. The Girl that Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  15. The Haunted Monastery and The Chinese Maze Murders by Robert Van Gulik (Feb) #6 1961 & #2 1951
  16. Mr Darcy takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll (my favourite P & P sequel)
  17. Canada: A Portrait in Letters by Charlotte Gray

List of Knitting Books Reviewed

Here is the list of Knitting Books I have reviewed so far…


  1. A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt
  2. Reader’s Digest The Essential Stitch Collection by Lesley Stanfield & Melody Griffiths
  3. 2-at-a-time socks  Melissa Morgan-Oaks (see link for errata)
  4. Toe-Up 2-at-a-time socks  Melissa Morgan-Oaks (see link for errata)
  5. Wrapped in Lace: Knitted Heirloom Designs from Around the World By Margaret Stove (see link for errata)
  6. Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman (n0 erratas reported)
  7. Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd (see link for errata)
  8. Knit Socks! 17 Classic Patterns for Cozy Feet by Betsy lee McCarthy (see link for errata)
  9. 400 Knitting Stitches Potter Craft (no erratas reported)


  1. 60 Quick Baby Knits from Cascade Yarns (see link for errata)
  2. 50 Fabulous Knitted Borders by Rita Weiss
  3. Knitting in Plain English” by Maggie Righetti
  4. 50 Fabulous Knitted Lace Stitches by Rita Weiss
  5. Charted Knitting designs: Third Treasury by Barbara Walker
  6. Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor


  1. The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd


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