Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Knitting Through a Heatwave

is possible. It's not comfortable. Sweaty fingers will slow you down. Litres of various beverages will be consumed, which in turn keeps you sweaty. Wash, rinse, repeat. All worth it, though. Yes. Definitely. 

Now I'm just debating on whether I will start the sleeves before the body, or visa versa. Thoughts?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Throwback Yarn for a Throwback Cardigan

Stash dived and found some vintage Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Tonal to knit The Throwback during some hot, muggy weather. I haven't knit a sweater/cardigan in quite some time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Winter Months...

Get things done. I'm currently in the midst of yet another snow storm and my daughter's 5th snow day from school within the last two weeks. Lucky kid. So, much knitting time on my hands...or in my hands. ;)

I just finished this last night. Game of Tones shawl. I love it and look forward to using it. It's very soft, using Knitpicks Chroma Twist fingering in Groovy (unfortunately discontinued) and Knitpicks Stroll Bare Glimmer. It's hard to see the glimmer in the pic, but trust me, it's shimmery and lovely. 

Water for the Elephants socks for my friend. She is wonderful and deserving.  Knit using Knitpicks Stroll in Pumpkin and Knitpicks Stroll Glimmer in Peacock.

 I decided to change the elephant's trunk to turn up for luck and also placed the elephant motif on the top of each foot.
Again, I love the Glimmer and it's not scratchy at all. Very soft.

Now to finish some socks and fingerless mitts.

Knit on...

Friday, August 10, 2018


Just look at my project progress bars in my sidebar. 


I want to knit all the things.

I just can't finish all the things. 

I mostly get to the 50% completed stage. Then I'm like a duck attracted to all the shiny and cast on another. I suppose I need to live up to my name, but at what point do I go from always casting on to I can't wait to wear my hand-knitted (insert knitted article of choice here), today! 

The project I'm currently really enamoured with is the Game of Tones shawl by Stitchnerd Designs. I will admit, (I am a reluctant Game of Thrones fan -- I just don't like to jump on the bandwagon) that it was the name of the shawl that caught my attention as opposed to the actual design. I always like to have several snuggly shawls about the house to throw on when the chill sets in -- they're just so cosy -- and hence proceeded to shamelessly chuck my other wip's to the side.

The planning commenced. I thoroughly enjoy the planning process. I scored some discontinued Knit Picks Chroma Twist in Groovy and paired it with Knit Picks Bare Stroll Glimmer, both in fingering weight. I got everything prepared so I could work on it during a three hour car ride to a wedding. It's a simple knit with a fabulous effect. The glimmer is wonderful and makes the shawl twinkle in the light. I love it. 

I love it and yet it's now sitting on my table waiting for me to pick it up to finish. 😞

Granted, it has be hotter than Hades. Anyone else have this problem? Am I just weird? 

Don't answer that.

I've also been sewing. I want to make it clear right off the start that I hate sewing, though I do appreciate the fact that I was able to learn the basics in home-ec class in school. 

I have a very old sewing machine. Made in Poland. Heavy -- as in hernia inducing heavy. I bought it when I was fourteen years old...just because. It has followed this haterofsewingthings throughout all these years. I'm fifty-mumble-mumble. BUT! I loved all these project bags I've been seeing some wonderful knitter's using. Cute drawstring bags with delightful patterned fabrics. So, I bought some fabric, looked up some tutorials then dusted off and oiled good ole' Matilda. (My maternal great-grandmother's name) and because there are just some things you will never forget how to do, this happened...

Three Small Sock Sacks.

A medium Lil Knot Bag

They are really stinking cute!

and lastly, my version of a Field Bag. I'm quite proud of this one. My first time using french seams!

We also have a new tyrannical kitty, named Echo. 

My beautiful Miku passed suddenly a year ago from saddle thrombus.

Hmmmm, almost four years to the day that I last blogged. Maybe I should change my blog name to The Leap Year blogger. lol

Stay strong. Knit on.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oops, We Did it Again

She's growing on us. She is also an incessantly barking dog, so I don't need to change my "About Me" on Blogger. We've had her since mid April and she just turned 14 months old.

I'm also knitting. I hope to finish this pair of socks for my mother.

These are Lingerie from Knitty First Fall 2011, by Maria Näslund. Very pretty. The heel is a pain in the ass, though.

I also very excitedly joined the Outlander MKAL that's being hosted by Jimmy Beans Wool on Ravelry.  Designer is Rachel Roden. Having been a devoted fan of the series since it was first published in 1991 and anticipating the "OMG, I've been waiting forever for this to happen" tv series, I could not pass this up! Aye!

Yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in the two limited edition colours dyed especially for this MKAL in Beauchamps (blue/green) and Fraser.

Clue 3 is out tomorrow morning. Oddly enough, still haven't seen the first episode of Outlander. It finally airs this Sunday here in Canada. Glad I had the project to not feel completely left out.

I've completed other projects. Just wasn't much in the mood to talk about them. Then, didn't have much time to talk about anything since we added a new dog to the pack.

Maybe that'll change.

Maybe not. 

Thursday, May 09, 2013

ARIES: APRIL 10, 2000 - MAY 8, 2013
I lost my best buddy suddenly yesterday evening. She was loving, loyal, trustworthy, funny and one of the loves of my life. I'm going to miss her dreadfully and a little piece of my heart has gone with her...but, I'm glad to share it, just like she shared hers. RIP, my BoBerries. I will always love you to bits and pieces.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...