Watcha doin Weds: Snow!

It's hot!

Reporting first snow of the season! It’s cold out there. Curled up in front of my virtual DVD fireplace, knitting and listening to Flanders Recorder Quartet LIVE concert @ Seoul 2009

Winter bring it on!

My Mother gave me a fireplace for Christmas some years ago (on DVD) Low maintenance, no heat, but warmth...

My Mother gave me a fireplace for Christmas some years ago (on DVD) Low maintenance, no heat, but warmth…

Iced Cardigan – One sleeve done!

Totally cushy and comfy!

Totally cushy and comfy!

Shoulder Shawl take 2

As some of you know, the original of this shawl was the result of an all night knitting marathon. In a fit of insanity, I ripped it out as the sun came up. trying to reconstruct design from photos.

As some of you know, the original of this shawl was the result of an all night knitting marathon. In a fit of insanity, I ripped it out as the sun came up. trying to reconstruct design from photos.

Currently reading: A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages by Martyn Whittock. Really interesting read, I love social history.

Andy’s Capp #4

Only 2 more to go after this one :0)

Only 2 more to go after this one :0)

My Favourite Scarf Ever

37" so far

37″ so far

Another Eye Glass Cord for Willows Pocket on Etsy

Meanwhile in the Great White North, Jack has been up to mischief…

Jack decided to take a run in the snow. He dashed out the front door, didn’t wait to be picked up. Sat in the snow looking around, then dashed down the side of the house and squeezed under the fence. Meanwhile I headed downstairs through the house and opened the back door. He streaked in and gave me a look…
Why did you let me do that it’s cold out there!
He went to Cat jail to warm up.

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Psst! Only 4 more Saturdays till Christmas!

Current WIP List – 13

 FO’s 2013 = 106

WIPS 2013 = 13

 Stash Used 2013 = 91

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 = 37

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

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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)

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WIP Wed: Progress in the war on WIP’s

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The Soper Creek Yarn Challenge

My entry unveiled!

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another view of Briar Bunny

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The good news, my friend Frances Ivy won with her Jubilee vest by Cecily Glowik Macdonald. See it on Soper Creek Yarns on fb.

I continue to work away on my WIP’s list.

From Dawn Till Dusk shawlette / scarf  

Working on chart C, 2nd repeat

Working on chart C, 2nd repeat

Huston, we had a problem… Yes I had to frog from 1/2 way through chart B, transition between chart A & B run amuck! Back on track now finished 1st repeat of chart B. Life-lines! Lace weight is a pain when things start to go pear-shaped. Otherwise enjoying this project :0)

Ruffle Scarf 

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and started something new for the craft sale in June

I’m thinking up a new pattern Sssydney the Sssnake and Friends

Doing a whole passle of these guyz, they are blind right now, need to put eyes on. I rather like hoe the tongues worked out.

Doing a whole passle of these guyz, they are blind right now, need to put eyes on. I rather like hoe the tongues worked out.

Another installment of found on Ravelry: Sassy Summer Satchel by Tanya Thomann

This weeks musical interlude: THOMAS TALLIS, Spem in Alium, Motet for 8 Choirs, I Fagiolini/R. Hollingworth (composed in 1596)

Trent Durham Area Day of Celebration 2013 was last Saturday

here are the highlights…

Current WIP List (11)

I am starting to note how close to done my WIP’s are.

    1. Camellia shawlette – A wedding gift (due May 25) 5%
    2. Top Down Swing PulloverBoth sleeves done 80%
    3. Beryl BlanketLong term project  (60 hexs)
    4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (17 squares)
    5. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost 90%
    6. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry 80%

FO’s 2013 = 29

WIPS 2013 =  11

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

Stash Used 2013 =  33

Books 2013 = 12

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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FO Friday: Declaration of War!

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Yes War has been declared!

Leftover SockYarn Bunny season is open!

Image courtesy: knittingpatterndepot.blogspot.com Thanks!

 

Beryl Blanket = 42 + 10 = 52 1/2 (Hexes Finished so far)

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There is a puff version on ravely, that didn’t appeal to me as much. I don’t think it would survive the boyz and the furry moths! Here is my first experiment with half Hexes to even up the salvage, at the bottom edge.

Box of Boxes Blanket = 9

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Just came to me one night as I was drifting off. I have odd balls of sockyarn leftovers I want to use up. The full squares are 5″ and quarters are 2 1/2″.

I have to find a project for DK, Worsted and Bulky yarn Bunnies next! Anyone with suggestions?

I finished the Modjeska Hat for DH late last night

Fits him nicely. He wares a rather large hat and he doesn't like ribbing, so I modified the pattern with a facing. It go very well with his winter coat.

Fits him nicely. He wares a rather large hat and he doesn’t like ribbing, so I modified the pattern with a facing. It will look good with his winter coat which is this green and black.

Found on Ravelry: My Fair Cardi by Julie Farmer

This freebie caught my eye sometime ago.

Music to knit by: Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Audio book for the day: Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Current WIP List (10)

    1. Beryl BlanketLong term project
    2. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project
    3. Easy Peazy Shawlalmost done
    4. Kelp Forest Shawlette very close to done
    5. Ruffle Scarffor the fall Bazaar so no hurry

FO’s 2013 = 5 + 1 = 6

WIPS 2013 = 10 – 1 = 9 

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

Stash Used 2013 = 2 + 2 = 4

Books 2013 = 8

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Weds

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And Jack’s back in Jail again!

He goes to jail everytime he bugs Willow. He is spending less time in Jail, but he hides under the chair when he sees me get up, to but him in it :0)

He goes to jail every time he bugs Willow. He is spending less time in Jail, but he hides under the chair when he sees me get up, to but him in it :0)

WIP Weds: Top and Toes

Hello all! <wave>

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Guess what I’ve been up to! It has been so warm around here, all the snow has melted off the front lawn. So much for living in the Great White North. I’ve decided to Spring clean in January…

I was looking at my Ravelry Queue and was shocked that it had 647 projects in it, so with a little trimming here and there I am down to just the essential 562 :0)

And Knitting!

Pure and Simple Top Down Swing Pullover by Diane Soucy

Working on the left sleeve, still to finish body and right sleeve.

Working on the left sleeve, still to finish body and right sleeve.

Toddler Tootsies (my design)

Toddler Socks for my 2yr blog anniversary :0)

Toddler Socks for my 2yr blog anniversary, gift pattern coming up :0)

Did you see this on Ravelry:   This week Modjeska Hat by Tracey Grzegorczyk  this pattern was on my queue wish list. texaspurlgurl generously gifted it to me last month. She noticed my Scrap Jar on Ravelry Radar and sent me this treat.  Hope to make it for DH soon.

Book of the week: Mr Darcy takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

I have read this many times, a great continuation of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. This is the first of 2 books about Darcy and Elizabeth. I like how Linda Berdoll, depicted their evolving marrried relationship. I enjoyed this book so much, I purchased it for my new Ereader. Well worth it as I reread favourite books every few years. This is one of a few dozen, especially after reading “Pride and Prejudice”. (read recently)

Audiobook of the week: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Music Link: Fields of Gold Sung by Sting

FO’s 2013 =  3

WIPS 2013 = 9 + 1 = 10

Stash Used 2013 =  1

Books 2013 = 4 + 3 = 7

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

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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

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Happy New Year 2013!

My DS usually spends New Years Eve with his friends, while DH and I go out for a romantic dinner together. Tomorrow the family will gather at our house for early dinner and celebrate the New Year. We always spend the first and last day of the year with the people we love.

I competed my MiL’s Scarf, it has ended up as a late Christmas Present

  

MiL christmas scarf finished with 2 1/2 hours to spare, New Years eve!

MiL christmas scarf finished with 2 1/2 hours to spare, New Years eve!

Where to go to see all last years projects on Ravelry.com

And the Jar, from March to December 2012

The Jar Dec 2012

The Jar Dec 2012

I think I’ll but it in an onion bag in the spring and watch for colourful nests.

My New Years Resolutions for 2013

  1. I will Complete 7 WIP’s that have been sitting around.
  2. I will knit both sweater patterns my DH gave me for Christmas 2012!
  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!
  4. I will make ALL items for the Church Bazaar and craft sales from stash!
  5. I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves (well maybe this rule can be a little flexible? I need to get the yarn for #8) (update this lasted for 14 days last year) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
  6. Goal this year, significant stash reduction!
  7. My studio will be dumped out and made into a haven for Knitting, sewing and scrapbooking!
  8. I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2013
  9. I will make my DH and DS each a Hat
  10. Last fibre related resolution, I will spin more.

Last Years New years resolutions – How they worked out!

I begin the year with 7  WIP’s (Leftovers from last year)

This year I’m beginning by reading

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte on my new Koboglo. This was a free download. This is an old favourite, I reread it every few years.

I had to share this with you. A friend of ours quipped,

“In 2012, you got an Ebike, and an Ebook, you should tell your Efriends”

Bye the Bye, the Koboglo has been a steep learning curve, however I am beginning to get the hang of it, and like it better than my old Sony ereader. It holds loads more books (2gb can be upgraded to 32gb), needs a lot less chargeing it lasts a month, super easy to load new books on, and Kobo offers a wide selection of free ebooks. I like the self system and connectivity to the web. I wasn’t too sure about the touch screen till I bought a rubber tipped stylus. My hands shake and this was causing problems. I have downloaded  a bunch of knitting pattern PDFs so I can carry them around when looking for yarn or knitting. I also read at night in bed, DH loves the glo feature! No more midnight bed side lamp. I would recommend this  product. Warning, needs patience to get it working, after that it is a breeze. 

FO 2011 = 105  

FO’s 2012 =  78 (I did a few more large projects)

WIPS 2013 = 7

Stash used 2012 = 88 (stunned by this total!)

I will not mention yarn Purchased last year!

Books 2011 = 45  Books 2012 = 48

Well I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous and productive

New Year

Music to end the year: Auld Lang Syne

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

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