Handspinning Demo with the Girlz

Saturday after a delightful lunch at Timmies.  (Tim Horton’s for those nonCanadians, look it up on google)  

The Durham Handspinning Guild

The Durham Handspinning Guild

We three headed to Darlington Provincial Park to Handspin for Pioneer Day. We have been doing this for a number of years.  It’s always loads of fun. We spin answer questions and visit.

Superwash Merino

Superwash Merino

This stuff is a joy to spin 

I actually have more on the bobbin now.

I actually have more on the bobbin now.

Butterfly’s shawl is finished

All that was left. More on this next week.

All that was left. More on this next week.

Little Varya 

A little more progress

A little more progress

Linus scarf /shawlette

I have finished my last shawlette. I plan to revamp my wip list, more on this later.

I have finished my last shawlette. I plan to revamp my wip list, more on this later.

The Jar July/14

The Jar July/14

WIP List = 12

  1. Linus scarf 
  2. Little Varya Started July 29/14
  3. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  4. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  6. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  8. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  9. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  10. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  11. Simplicity Lace Scarf  
  12. Shazzas Bucket Hat for my June Kal group
  13. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit

FO’s 2014 = 31 + 1 = 32

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 1 + 1 = 12

 Stash Used 2014 = 56 + 1 = 57

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 20 + 1 = 21

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

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WIP Weds: Soper Creek Yarn Challenge

Currently we are having sunny but really nasty cold weather. I am rebelling and put flowers along our driveway!

Currently we are having sunny but really nasty cold weather. I am rebelling and put flowers along our driveway! 6 to 8 weeks till spring in this neck of the woods :0(

Quick note today, I’m out and about for Ash Weds. Church, then the craft group, lunch with friends and off to Knit nite at the LYS. Busy, Busy! Have a nice day. Wishing you all the best through the Lenten Season. 

What a pleasant surprise! My Mittens won 2nd prize in the Yarn Challenge :0)

  O Canada Mittens 

 I’ve made a good start on my Left over Cowl

Chart 1 completed

Chart 1 completed

This is the Jar for Feb 2014

Feb 2014

Feb 2014

WIP List = 11

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

FO’s 2014 = 14

WIPS 2014 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 34

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again cya Friday :0)

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Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Years all!

For info on the past year there is a short note on my last post

Well it has been an active year.

As I look back on my New Years Resolutions for 2013, I am stunned by the number of things I finished this year.

In 2011 – 105, 2012 – 78,

2013 – 112 It’s been a good year!

Update on New Years Resolutions for 2013

 

#1 I will Complete 7 WIP’s that have been sitting around. Done!

#4 I will make ALL items for the Church Bazaar and craft sales from stash! 98% success with this one!

#7 I am counting making my studio usable as a minor success. However the Guyz tidied the house for Christmas and the a lot of stuff has disappeared and 4 laundry baskets are missing, I am guessing where… back on the 2014 list!

#8 I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2013 Woohoo total success!

All the Andy's Capps and 2 scarves.

All the Andy’s Capps and 2 scarves.

And my niece in her “Piles of Smiles Cowl

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#9 I will make my DH and DS each a Hat Another success!

This years Resolutions!

  1. Success!
  2. I will knit both sweater patterns my DH gave me for Christmas 2012! One is almost done
  3. I have given up on organizing my stash, instead I will parcel up 13 projects with pattern,  stash yarn etc that I will make this year! Ok this sounded like a great plan, and yes I did parcel up 13 projects ready to go…still there nothing happened. Going to add one more for 2014…
  4. Success!
  5. I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves  (update this lasted for 20 days last year) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
  6. Goal this year, significant stash reduction! Again!
  7. My studio will be dumped out and made into a haven for Knitting, sewing and scrapbooking! Well it is a mess, but a usable mess!
  8. Total Success!
  9. Success Woohoo!
  10. Last fibre related resolution, I will spin more. I have been spinning a little more, and started sewing more this year too. (see resolution #7)

Added Resolutions for 2014

  • Of the 14 wips I am starting the year with if they are still on the list next New Years, they get frogged!
  • I am going to invest in Shelving and containers and organize (sort of ) my stash.
  • I will join Fibreholics anonymous (Just kidding :0)
  • I am going to reinstitute The Plan: I will cycle through the list of wips one a day till this list gets to a more manageable size!
  • I am going to use more none virtual patterns, I have loads of knitting books, magazines and patterns I should use them!

Total of 10 Fibre Resolutions for 2014, we will see how this goes :0)

The Jar 2013

The Jar Dec 2013  I fill this jar with scraps trimmed from my knitting each year. This year 63gms, (2013 it was 40gms).

The Jar Dec 2013
I fill this jar with scraps trimmed from my knitting each year. This year 63gms, (2012 it was 40gms).

In the spring I will put it all in an onion bag and hang it outside for the birds to use for nest building.

I begin 2014 with WIP List = 14

  1. Buttermere  my Kal for Dec 
  2. Shoulder Shawl  v2 started Nov 14/13 
  3. Northman Mittens  Started  Dec 2/13
  4. My Favourite Scarf Ever  Started Nov 2/13
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  6. Iced Cardigan  Started Oct 1/13
  7. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  8.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  11. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  12. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  13. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  14. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13

 FO’s 2013 =  112 (34 more than 2012)

WIPS 2013 = 14 (7 more than 2012)

 Stash Used 2013 = 99 (11 more than 2012 and I just might have invested in a little more fibre in 2013)

Sewing FO’s = 4 (4 more than 2012)

Books 2013 = 42 (6 less than 2012)

Thanks again for an interesting and eventful year, It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

cya next year :0)

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WIP Weds: It’s Fall here in Canada

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The leaves are beginning to change, and the weather has been lovely. The air smells like nature is getting ready for bed. Our local farmers market is full of produce.

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 We have started the count down till Christmas. My Brother and his family will be with us this year, so I am also thinking of gifts for 8  people. I have started by looking at my WIP list, and I am also looking in my Ravelry queue for ideas.

I have 3 people over 78yrs, 4 people over 45yrs (1 already looked after) and 3 people between 18 and 23yrs (1 already looked after) Total people at Christmas dinner this year will be 10 people, it’s been 2 years since we have all been together for Christmas!

Christmas knitting: Cabled Hood with Pockets for DS

The actual colour, slate grey

The actual colour, slate grey

It’s been 20yrs since I did any real cabling. I want to thank my friends Shazam and Tina for the assistance with the foundation row.

This photo shows the cable better.

This photo shows the cable better.

This Sept Kal for the Carry along forum on Rav: 

Balls up! 

Just under the wire! Both done for Sept Kal.

Just under the wire! Both done for Sept Kal.

Moving on to Oct Kal for the Carry along forum on Rav: 

Iced

Making this shawl collar chunky sweater for Oct.

Making this shawl collar chunky sweater for Oct.

The Jar for Jan/Sept 2013

About an inch and a half left to fill...

About an inch and a half left to fill…

I’m recycling my vintage glasses! Brass frames, they were expensive frames back then. I bought them to wear with my business suits, briefcase and high heels. They are 25yrs old, cat chewed arm, scratched up, and missing a nose pad now. Happy Camper, I was actually looking through the buffet for something else, found almost ready to expire coupon and my old glasses that were not fit to donate to charity! Don’t know how they survived my medical retirement, all the moves, spring cleaning and purges to be reborn!


Using my mad negotiation skills, got the price from outrageous $109.00 plus tax to recycle them to $40.00 flat, for reading glasses lenses, then I  pulled $50.00 gift card from  my pocket told her to keep the change. lol
New/old improved Brass framed reading glasses… Priceless, and they are recovering the chewed ear pcs and installing new nose pads.

Assorted buttons that are really to small to be used from my button Jar :0)

Assorted buttons that are really to small to be used from my button Jar :0)

To celebrate I invented a new eye glasses chain made of buttons. The lighter side of the me that was, and has been reborn after cancer and career change :0)

Current WIP List (8 + 2)

  1. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  2. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  3. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13  
  9. Mr Bunnstible  started Sept 17/13 – finished Sept 26/13
  10. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  11. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  12. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  13. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  14. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13
  15. Calimetry Started Sept 6/13 finished Sept 6/13

 FO’s 2013 = 92 + 2 = 94

WIPS 2013 = 8 (+ 2)

 Stash Used 2013 = 77 + 2 = 79

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 = 32

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday: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: Tomorrow’s the day!

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Tomorrow morning at 10:00 am the Judging begins, the stress begins!

The Handspun Article  is done!

60" x 9"  30% Seacell / 70% Superwash Merino 2ply fingering, 16wpi, 172yds, 35gms

60″ x 9″
30% Seacell / 70% Superwash Merino
2ply fingering, 16wpi, 172yds, 35gms

Doll dress, with Underwear and a Hat 

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Not the best pic of the hat

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and undies

These were a little fiddly but fit well.

These were a little fiddly but fit well.

I made up this post on Tuesday night, I have till Thursday morning to finish these.

Working on mittens,

Mitten #1

Mitten #1 – classic 2 needle option, done on a circ

Baby Blanket if I have time I’ll finish this.

Have about 7" more to knit. Not sure it's going to the fair this year.

Have about 7″ more to knit. Not sure it’s going to the fair this year.

My 18 Entries: class 56

Wish me luck!

The Scrap Jar as of August 31,2013

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Current WIP List (11)

  1. Foots first Socks – my design  45% done started July/13
  2. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  ( 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67 + 3 = 70 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  15. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  16. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13

FO’s 2013 =  84 + 4 = 88

  97 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 =  71 + 3 = 74

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 25 + 1 = 26

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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

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Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

FO Friday: The Plan, end of round 3

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The Plan began July 3, 2013. Yes I am dying to start something new. I have decided to organize some future projects. I have bagged a few things with pattern, and needles. I will start something when I get down to 7 wips!

The beginning of a new month, another look at this years scrap Jar.

The Jar August 1, 2013

The Jar August 1, 2013

I can’t believe it’s almost full, I’m going to have to start squishing it down soon.

Wednesday

SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater

Making good progress!

Making good progress!

Both sleeves done, except the cuffs. Beginning work on the body. Feels lovely and cushy, should be comfy when done.

Thursday

Top Down Swing Pullover

I am so close to finishing this, Urggh!

FYI, I am getting a hate on about knitting straight stocking stitch for miles and miles… never again!

FridayThis will appear next weds as I am working on it today.

 Fanflower Fling 

What I’m reading: Dear Mr. Darcy by Amanda Grange

I received this book from my family for my Birthday. They know how much I like Jane Austen. I am really enjoying it. It’s epistolary, a book of letters between all the characters describing “Pride and Prejudice” from each characters point of view. Truly delightful, and insightful, I highly recommend it!

Update on my DS’s condition: He got his Titanium Clavicle on Tuesday. These last few days have been very painful for him. He insisted he is going to work today. New job, and he is worried he will lose it, so he’s pushing himself.

Yes he’s stubborn! We’ll see if he can last the day.

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Rose Harbour Shawl 70% done started Jun 28/13
  2. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  3. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 + 4 = 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  4. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Next week :0)

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FO Friday: Work, Work, Work!

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Super busy!

I know it seems a little weird that I’m working on everything at once, but there is method in my madness. I am trying to get an assortment of small things ready in a short period of time. Some of these are good carry alongs, some aren’t.

XL Coffee Cup Sweater (2)

Still have to make a few more of these

Still have to make a few more of these

Drip Stoppers (7)

and

Cable Braided Head Band

Hahaha, this one was sold right off the needles :0)

Hahaha, this one was sold right off the needles :0)

Untangles (4)

I have one more of these to do.

I have one more of these to do.

 race for Life 2009 chemo cap 

Chemo Hat made from lovely Bamboo yarn.

Chemo Hat made from lovely Bamboo yarn.

And last but not least The Jar! 

5 months of scraps!

5 months of scraps!

Current WIP List (12)

    1.  Drip Stopper   (11 done)
    2. Untangleds (4) done)
    3. Mile a minute afghan 1st crochet project 25% done  
    4. Piles of Smiles socks a new pattern I am working on 40%
    5. Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift (due May 25) 5%
    6. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
    7. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    8. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    9. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
    10. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%

FO’s 2013 =  53 + 19 = 72

WIPS 2013 = 15 – 3 = 12

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

Stash Used 2013 =  47 + 3 = 50

Books 2013 = 18

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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