WIP Weds: 1 Saturday till Christmas!

Christmas fire

It’s been a rough couple of weeks, still very wobbly and trying to keep up. The guyz have been great. Got a bit done since last Wednesday, funny since I feel like all I’ve been doing is reading my new book. Well only a few days left, need to get back to work!

Andy’s Capp #6


All 6 are done!


Tina at my LYS  is doing a little decorations Kal on Facebook


Soper Creek Yarns this is the link

Shoulder Shawl 


Buttermere  my Kal for Dec


Northman Mittens 

Still have to do thumbs and lining. I began reading "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harness

Still have to do thumbs and lining. I began reading “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harness

 Christmas Music: Handel’s Messiah

Current WIP List = 14 + 1

 FO’s 2013 =  109 + 3 = 112

WIPS 2013 = 14 + 1 = 15

 Stash Used 2013 = 96 + 3 = 99

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 =  40 + 1 = 41

Thanks again for visiting,

cya  Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

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Happy Valentines Day

For my Valentine, my heart will always be yours :0)

Wishing you all a Happy Valentines day! Pattern for “Little Hearts” found here.

WIP Weds and FO Friday: Final Post before Christmas 2011

Well only 4 sleeps till the big day.

Tonight The Durham Handspinning Guild meets for our annual Christmas dinner out. Like last year we are meeting at Zante’s in downtown Bowmanville for supper. I look forward to the delightful banter, joking and fine food with great friends. There are only 4 of us currently, but we are busy doing demonstrations during the spring and summer months and get together for the DKC knit frolic, Kitchener Waterloo knitters fair, Campbellford Spin-in, The Gathering and other notable events. This year in a spirit of fibre I have made each of them a knitted Christmas Ball. (shhh don’t tell!) here is another pattern I am fond of.

The gifts are finished and most of them wrapped, the stocking stuffers are ready to be stuffed. The tree has been trimmed, and I am making the Gingerbreads this evening. As I mentioned before, we are hosting the In-laws for Christmas eve supper. Prime Rib with Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding and Veg. with stollen for dessert. This will be the first Christmas that we take over from my MiL cooking the festive meal. Changing the guard is a little wrenching, however it will do her good to just sit and enjoy!

Then we head to Church for the 11:00 service. This is my favourite service of the year, church is dark and candles are lit and the hymns are beautiful. I sing in the choir, there is something very magical about seeing all those faces each lit by a single candle. At the end of the service we file out into the snowy Christmas night everyone wishing Merry Christmas with lots of Hugs and hand shakes. ( I don’t know if there will be snow this year), then we head home to bed.

I Like handmade ornaments on the tree, Mom the china painter did the chickadee and I smocked the ball.

Christmas morning, we have Chelse bun served with Tea by the tree (or sometimes in bed if my son is in a hurry to get us up) Once up and dressed we head over to my parents home (a 10 min drive across town) to celebrate with them. Sadly this is the year my brother and his family are not with us from Wisconsin. We will miss them terribly, hopefully they will join us next year. We spend a lovely afternoon with my parents and watch the Queen’s Christmas message and prepare the Christmas dinner. My husband’s family joins us for supper, and we have a nice evening visiting.

Boxing day, DH and my DS visit the computer stores for the sales. I put my feet up and prepare for New Years!

Well this is the last post of 2011, it has been a full year with lots going on. Many FO’s, many books read, a garden planted and harvested. All in all an eventful year.

Wishing you a

very Merry Christmas

 and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Blessings to you and yours.

For more fun and festivities visit Tami’s Blog

FO Friday: Ginkgo, Booties and Decoration!

Good Morning all you fibreholics. Have you finished your Christmas preparations? I am almost done! The biggest thing I had to do was for Mom. Tah Dah… for more info look here.

Gingko Shawl

Well for more fasinatin Friday go to Tami’s Blog!
Have a nice weekend,
only 9 more sleeps to Christmas!

FO Friday: Hurry, Hurry, Christmas is coming!

Christmas Balls are multiplying around here,

and the Gingko Shawl for my mother is almost completed.

Meanwhile I have finished my Christmas gift for you

pattern xl-cup-sweater 3

Merry Christmas, I hope the season brings you all that you deserve and more!

Visit Tami’s Blog for more festive treats :0)

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FO: Christmas Decorations as promised

Winter has arrived, we had major flurries on Weds. and it is getting cold enough to wear the winter, winter coat as opposed to the fall coat or the winter coat.  We also have a basement, upstairs, and an up-upstairs. Did I ever  tell you we are a bit of an odd family? Well back to the preparations for Christmas. This will be the first year MiL will come here for Christmas eve dinner (my DH is of german extraction) at 85 yrs she has finally passed the torch to us, as BiL in not kitchen friendly. DH is taking great pleasure planning and replanning the festive dinner for his Mom.  On Christmas day it will be dinner with my parents (I am of english extraction). It is amazing how well it has worked out over the years, never any conflict over who to go to when at Christmas, and we have always lived close enough to make the trip to each house a pleasure.  My brother is not so lucky as SiL’s family is in the states so we only see them for Christmas every other year, and this is not the year… I always miss them when they don’t come up from Wisc.

Well, here are the promised Christmas Decorations, beware they are really addictive!

First 3 Christmas Balls

Also finished One of the Hats

Darling Hubby was so nice as to model :0)

For more Finished Object Friday visit Tami’S blog
Thanks for stopping by!
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FO Friday: Tah Dah!

Good Morning all, nice to see ya :0)

Finally finished the Christmas Sock, miracle of miracles before Christmas! Will be presented stuffed with small presents.

Look here for details.

Christmas Stocking

Not really impressed with the gusset instructions, basically there were none!!!! This is not a pattern for a beginner it is not clear! The charts are good but, I would give this pattern a poor rating otherwise.  Experience required. However I have to admit, I am delighted with the end result.

Pattern: Light Foot from Red Bird knits

Knit on 4.5mm circ in Kertzer Northern Worsted.

Well that’s all for this week.  Visit Tami’s blog for more FO Fridays.

Too-dah-loo (wave)

Techniques: Icord, all I can find…

I like to put up useful links to help us all out, here is what I could find on icord.

Thanks Judy, Oftroy and Kelly

Simple Icord: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&mid=1EEA81FE42AAA562159C1EEA81FE42AAA562159C&FORM=VIRE5#

Icord applied bind-off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEbaZ6COOYk

Icord applied bind-off ssk (Part 1): http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&mid=3A58284402B9B340785B3A58284402B9B340785B&FORM=LKVR13#

Icord applied bind-off kitchener st ends together (Part2): http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&mid=2CE1999ADA872DFF18272CE1999ADA872DFF1827&FORM=LKVR27#

Icord applied cast on and selvage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIBqbSJzqXY&feature=related

Built in Icord:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQOavWd7ehM

Icord flower: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&mid=9B2F2642E34F14D560D49B2F2642E34F14D560D4&FORM=LKVR9#

Mother’s Day

Daisy Bookmarks

Mom on the left with a close friend of the family

What a lovely Mother’s Day, sunny and clear. Met up with my parents at church and went out for lunch after. Gave Mom some Hybrid violets… she has a lovely collection. I made these little bookmarks for both Mother and Mother-in-Law. Rather proud of the daisy. I don’t crochet, and I made some duds before these ones.

Daisy video Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP3G8ddECMk&feature=related

The Leaf came from: http://www.frecklesfamily.com/2011/05/finished-it-friday-4/

Came home to mowed and weeded lawn, and some new ebook downloads. I read a lot of 18th and 19th century literature.  The University student, who has no $, spent time searching for novels on my wish list. I think I’ll keep him for another year.

Free Patterns: Flowers

Every now and then I need a decorative touch like a flower for a knitted project. Here are some interesting ones

knit2gether rose lesson: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&first=141&mid=7906F69614F9A41EDA207906F69614F9A41EDA20&FORM=LKVR18#

Judy’s pink flower sm (part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_ZDB3Su9Hc

Judy’s pink flower med (part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyZzlcLpuik&feature=relmfu

Judy’s pink flower lg (part 3):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OllWS53p428&feature=relmfu

Judy’s Icord flower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPoy9O5BxWw&feature=relmfu

Strawberry and leaf bookmark ( Freckles family):  http://www.frecklesfamily.com/2011/05/finished-it-friday-4/

Ok I don’t do crochet but even I think I could to this daisy…

from aikido daisy (no sound only visual – cool): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP3G8ddECMk&feature=related

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