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

come join me in the blogpond :0

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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: 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

come join me in the blogpond :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

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

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.”

Gio-bike: Update, Harley is home and DS is fine!

Ok, never again! “Harley” our friendly little Gio-bike is home from the Gio Doctor, and my hair is 20% grayer. DS (age 22yrs) drove him home down hwy 2, and we lost sight of him in traffic. Between B-ville and Oshawa, traffic goes 80 kph. We circled around looking for him, he was gone! I was freakin, hey I’m his mom right! Well we gave up and headed home, stopping at Timmies of course. We got back on the road and about 6 blocks from home there was Ben running out of juice and putting along at a slow walk, almost out of juice… question answered can he take it to school, ya but he will have to walk back lol.

FYI: Examine your bike carefully when purchasing!

  • Harley had a problem with is pedals, they were falling off. I understand this is a common problem with this bike. The dealer after a load of song and dance tapped the pedals to the place they attached on the bike, and screwed them on. (It is illegal to ride bike here without them)
  • The smaller kickstand was also not positioned so it could be used, it tipped the bike off-balance. They bent it out more, now it is fine.
  • The fork stand was difficult to use, they have oiled the spring, don’t know it I can use it I was not strong enough before oiling. DH and DS can.
  • I read the literature available on the web, and once the battery gets into the red zone it takes 4 hours to recharge (initial charge is around 12 hrs) this depends on how cold it is outside.
  • Cold weather can also reduce distance per charge by as much as 20%

Yes I have this conversation everytime I knit in public…Grrr

A Stitcher’s Haven‘s photo.

Got this from Brigitte's newsfeed.

Thanks Soper Creek Yarns for passing this on.

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