Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hello, hello, hello....Is there anybody out there? Just nod if you can hear me....

Well hello. I know it's been a long long time but let me first start off this blog by saying that depression is a debilitating, painful, soul-sucking, energy-sapping condition (disease?) And I thank modern science and the big old nasty pharmaceutical companies that make billions from it. I don't mention this because I want to discuss this in here because that's not what this blog is for. I only mention it to explain my lengthy absence. I am feeling MUCH better and I can function now and my goal is to get to a place where I can toss the little helpers that work oh so well.

Okay, that aside, now I can tell you the things I've been up to. I've been knitting a lot of different things. When my "crash" occurred, I was just making that yellow scarf with the beads. I really enjoyed that and I plan to make more of that pattern. I will make changes and create my own pattern for the next one.

I learned Entrelac! Where have you been all my life Entrelac?? Wow, it's a lot of fun and looks amazing with self-stripping yarn like Noro. I look forward to blogging about that!

I'm working on a pair of socks for a friend using Berroco Sox Metallic. I selected the Fox Faces Socks pattern by Nancy Bush that I found for free in Ravelry.

The other really exciting thing is that I am going to Wellington Fibres Mill in Elora, Ontario this week to look at....are you ready??...a SPINNING WHEEL! I'm so freakin' excited it's not even funny!! I feel like a kid at Christmas. That will be fun blogging about my adventures to the mill.

I made a several Candle Light Cowls a few weeks ago. They were a lot of fun and really fast to work up on a 16" circular needle. I'll blog about those later too.

Well, the weather here is really crappy lately. It's been a very cold spring and lately it hasn't stopped raining or at least overcast. Today there's a low hung cloud right above us and it's around 99% humidity. When the wind blows the tree, water sprinkles down on me here on the deck even though it's not raining out. My hair is starting to look like an afro...hehe.

I've got a heavy sweater on out here on the deck getting a little more done on the Fox Sox trying to keep out of the cool breeze. It really looks like the sun is trying to push its way through the thick grey mass above us. The Bob-O-Links are going bananas all around me and I keep hearing a hawk out near the bush lot. There's a
Grackle that nested in the hole in our maple tree right in front of the deck. It's being all noisy because I'm sitting here but it just better get used to me. I'm certainly not a threat. As I've been typing this blog, a hummingbird came by and hovered right beside me, not 2 feet away. I guess it saw the vibrant blue yarn on the table beside me.

Directly behind where I'm sitting right now is a 100 acre parcel of pine trees and then beyond that, a sheep farm. A few minutes ago the donkeys that protect the sheep let out some VERY loud brays. I guess something bitey was nearing the sheep. We have lots of wild dogs and coyotes around here. We've even seen a few wolves and occasionally the odd cougar might happen by.

Well, I just wanted you guys to know where I've been and hopefully I'm back. I can't make promises but I'll do my best.

For those of you that private messaged me from twitter, sorry I didn't respond. I just didn't have the energy...NO insult intended. I truly appreciate your concern.

Later Fibre Peeps

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 36 - Becca's Cowl and The Reason for a Road Trip to Listowel

If you know me, you know I don't need a lot of encouragement to head on over to Listowel on the quest for yarn.

My eldest son's lovely girlfriend, Becca, texted me on Saturday wondering if there were any nearby yarn shops to go to, she needed some bulky yarn to make this cowl pattern she found. It was 12:00 when she sent the text and the only nearby LYS closes at noon. I asked her if she wanted to go to Listowel to The Yarn Factory Outlet because it's open until 5:00pm on Saturday.

So off we headed on the quest for yarn. It was a very nice drive. Earlier in the day there wasn't a cloud in the sky but the sun was reflecting off the bright white snow. My eyes are very sensitive to the sunlight so I was quite happy that the sky had clouded over obscuring the sun.

The yarn that Becca picked out was the Kertzer Tweed Montage like I used on my Lofty Ear Flap Hat and Mitts but in a different colourway. She got the colourway that I have here waiting for a project.

After a short detour through the Timmie's drive-through for a mocha, we went back to their house (they live across the road from our farm) and she cast-on the 34 stitches on 8mm needles as required in her pattern. I let her do a few rows of stocking stitch and then I showed her how to do the cable required in her pattern. It was a 20 stitch cable so 10 on the cable needle! That's a big cable!

Becca is the young lady that learned to knit on her own and knit a dish cloth. She came to me and said she wanted to learn how to knit socks. I kinda said that the normal progression isn't Dishcloth-Sock, there's usually a few different projects in between but she wanted to. She picked it up SO FAST!! She did indeed knit a pair of socks! I was thoroughly impressed so I was quite confident that she would pick up cables easy-peasy (lemon squeezie).

Ya think?:

Becca is AWESOME! I can't wait to see the finished cowl.

I didn't get much knitting done today. After I left Becca and Mike's house, I went home, got my hubby up and we headed out for a nice supper with Brenda & Norm and Dan & Evelin. When we got home from there I made a cake for Ed's birthday which we plan to celebrate at Sunday Morning Breakfast Club.

Here's the cake before I put it into the cake carrier. It's a little tall so the very tips of the whipped cream got a little flattened but it wasn't bad at all.

It's a Black Forest cake. I used a packaged Devil's Food Cake mix for the base cake. Sprinkled liberally with Kirsch then assembled with real whipped cream and sweet pitted cherries that I get at a Mennonite market nearby. The chocolate on the outside is shaved milk chocolate. The cherries on the top are maraschino. I didn't use the sweet pitted cherries on top as they aren't as "pretty" as the maraschino ones.

I think an extra lap around the farm on the snowshoes is warranted this week! Need to burn off the extra calories in this puppy!!

Until later,

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Day 35 - Eyelet & Wavy Cables Blanket

I didn't get much knitting done on Friday so I thought I'd show you all a blanket I made last summer. The pattern is Eyelet & Wavy Cables Blanket from Creative Knitting, March 2010.

I used a machine washable acrylic in a lovely blue.

Just a simple garter stitch border and then followed by this nice pattern. It's cables on one side and eyelets on the other so the blanket is reversible.

This is the eyelet side:

This is the cable side (my preference):

I think that if I were to make this same blanket, I wouldn't use the wavy cable. I would use only one and make a nice twisted cable. You can see where I made a mistake and did the same cable a couple of times.

Ahhhh, remember this weather??

I just went out and took this picture. I can't open that door because the snow is stack up against it so this is through the antique glass and then the screen door so sorry about the quality, but you get my point:

Until later,

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 34 - More Baby Things

The daughter of a friend is about to have a baby. I've never met the young woman but I still wanted to make a little something for her new baby. Problem is, we don't know the sex.

Everyone is telling me to think boy so I'm making a little set out of some Bernat Jr. Jacquards I have in the blue/green/yellow/white colourway. Now watch, it'll be a girl!!

I started this set yesterday and as of the writing of this blog, I have almost the last sock done. I love knitting small person things! They work up so fast. :o)

I have many passions and nature photography is one of them. I specially like sunrises and sunsets. I snapped this one with my iPhone the other night. I just happened to catch a glimpse of the sunset so I ran outside and got a few shots. It can change VERY quickly.

So, even though it's not fibre related, Enjoy!

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Day 33 - Knitting Stitch Markers

One of the other things I do with my time is make Knitting Stitch Markers. I used to make lots of bracelets and anklets but not so much anymore. I still have a large supply of finished jewellery and a very large supply of glass beads. I was going to start selling stuff like that online or in LYS but I just didn't get around to it but my friends all have really nice stitch markers ;o)

Here are some small cut glass bead markers in process, suitable for 3mm needle and less.

These ones are larger, will fit up to 6mm needle:

Here's a mess of psychedelic glass ones, up to 5mm needle:

Assortment of marker sets:

I love these ones!! These lovely glass beads are flat so they lay flat on your work. I use these ones the most!

I have these ones at a LYS nearby. I don't really shop there anymore so I should probably go get them. I had a spare piece of mirror glass so I made the little box they're in. (I'm also a stained glass artisan, if you didn't know that about me)

Here's about 1/3 of my glass beads on the bench in the glass shop. I love those balancing fish too. They're made out of glass and balance on their front fins.

I really should spend a day making a huge bunch of new markers but for now, the beads are here waiting for a nice knitted shawl that needs some nice beads.

Well, back to my knitting. I'm trying to get a hat/mitt/sock set made for the daughter of a friend who is scheduled to have her newest baby any time now. It was due on Feb 2 but still no baby (as far as I know).

Until later,
BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Day 32 - More Socks and Our Knitting Group

It's funny when you talk about knitting in public, like at a restaurant, it's amazing how many people you will find that either knit or used to knit (or crochet). There are lots of creative people out there.

I love to knit with groups of other knitters, you learn SO much! On Tuesday, we had our first Bitch & Stitch session in Dundalk at Dianna's house. It was awesome even though there was only 3 of us. I'm a complete moron though, I didn't take one freakin' photo while I was there. D-oh!

Dianna is working on a crocheted shrug with this lovely navy blue and rust yarn and she's also working on an pink crocheted afghan using the Pink Harmony from Bernat. She has a knitted scarf on the go too but I think she's going to frog that because it's too wide.

Brenda was working on her white modified fan & feather baby blanket and I was knitting a baby sweater for Dianna's granddaughter. Unfortunately, I went too far before the yoke reduction and had to unknit 3 rows. Then I got the yoke reduction done and then I knit too far and will have to unknit about an inch so I put it aside and pulled out my Bordello Sock to work on.

Dianna made us a lovely pot of coffee and we enjoyed each other's company and got bunch of stuff knit up.

We will be meeting again next week, this time on Thursday so hopefully Debbie will be able to join us.

Because I didn't take any photos while we were knitting, I thought I'd show you a couple more pairs of the socks I've made.

This pattern is called Eagle's Flight and that yarn is Austermann Step, with Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera right in the yarn. Lovely stuff to work with and extra lovely to wear.

These socks are made with Filatura di Crosa, Maxime Print. It's a 5-ply sport weight yarn and is also very lovely to work with. This is just the standard sock with a gusset and heel flap pattern. I don't like to do lace or cables with the self-striping yarn so much.

Next week at the B&S I will try to remember to take a few pictures ;o).

Until later,
BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 31 - I Think Socks Rock

For years I've wanted to learn to make socks but I was afraid of the very concept of working in the round on double pointed needles. My step mother would take ONE YEAR to finish a pair of worsted weight socks!!

So back in 2005 I decided that enough was enough! I wanted to learn to make socks. I bought a book (Patons #590, Pull Up Your Socks!) with patterns of socks and learned to make a pair of heavy worsted weight socks.

The very first pair I made with acrylic green yarn and I made them to fit my second son. Here they are on his feet:

The only thing I really couldn't learn from the text or the pictures was the Kitchener Stitch so the ends are just basically sewn shut. Thank goodness for Knitting, that's where I went to learn how graft the toe of a sock together and now I love to do it because she made it easy :o)

I then made myself a pair of acrylic heavy boot socks:

But as you know, acrylic is NOT warm and it wears very fast. But for my first two pairs of socks, this was fine yarn to use.

I bought a couple of balls of Patons SWS - Soy Wool Stripes in the Natural Plum colourway and made another pair of socks. I LOVED these socks until I accidentally put them in the washer with a load of something else and they got washed and felted before I noticed they were in there. Oh well, live and learn. SWS is 70% wool and 30% soy.

Here they are when I first finished them:

When Walmart was carrying more yarn, I found this neat self striping yarn. It was called Shaun Sheep Wool - and it was 100% wool. Unfortunately, right after I bought this yarn, they got out of all the specialty yarn and sell only Bernat and they're limited at that! If I want Bernat yarn, I'll go to the factory where it comes from!

Here's my Shaun Sheep Socks (and I made a hat to match)

Oh and yeah, I made that doily under the socks too. That was my crochet #10 cotton doily phase.

The next thing I found was the 4-ply fingering weight self-patterning and self-striping yarns! HELLO! I was hooked! I needed to buy new smaller double point needles but I was ready for it. I went out and bought a set of 2.75mm DPNs and a ball of Online Supersocke 100 seen here:

So I made these socks in 2006 I think and they are EXACTLY that same colour now after being washed hundreds of times. Most of the time I just hang them on the line in my laundry room after they come out of the washer but sometimes I just toss them in the dryer too. They DON'T shrink. The yarn is 75% superwash wool. Ya gotta love superwash!

I have made tons and tons of socks since these first few pairs but I just thought I'd give you a little of my background in knitting from time to time. Specially when I'm trying to get caught up a couple of days worth of blogs.

Until later,
BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Day 30 - A Little Bit of Beading

Well, I'm a few days behind again...d-oh! Sorry, but sometimes life just gets in the way and when it's time to sit down to write, I'm too pooped to blog. I'm playing a little catch up today while sitting in front of the wood stove with my doggies all asleep around me.

My first beading project was last fall when I decided I wanted to make a Swallowtail Shawl for my friend Evelin for Christmas and in place of the nupps, I wanted to put beads.

I used a mercerised cotton, don't know if that was a good thing or not but I fell in love with the yarn when I was shopping at Spinrite - The Yarn Factory Outlet The yarn is a lovely purple (grape) colour but I found it VERY hard to get the correct colour in a photo. Every time I tried to take a picture of it, it looked blue. So I had this great idea to put it on something blue and see what happens. It's closer but the purple was really like a grape colour.

It's Patons Grace, 100% mercerised cotton and it is such a pretty colour.

I really wanted a clear or some contrasting colour bead but unfortunately, the only beads available to me at hand were white but I think they look okay too. The Grace is Sport Weight so I used a 30/0 white glass bead and added them to the shawl using the crochet hook method. I found it very easy to do this.

Here's a picture of the beginning of the shawl (see what I mean about it looking blue?):

Here's the finished shawl on a loveseat:

Just half, the white beads represent Lily-of-the-Valley:

I would DEFINITELY do another beaded shawl. I have even smaller crochet hooks than the one I used to make this so I can see small beads on a lace weight shawl in my near future. Possibly made with Yellow Laceweight Alpaca??? Hmm.

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 29 - Baby Things Going Well and Second Sock

Oooh, I really like making little person things! They work up SO fast! I just started this sweater and I have the back completed and now I've started the left front. This DK yarn (Patons Beehive Baby Sport) is a lovely soft yarn. Yeah, I know...acrylic but what new mother wants to have to wash stuff by hand? I actually want her to use the item so meh, it's acrylic. Well, it's actually 70% acrylic and 30% nylon.

Here's my progress thus far:

I was at Brenda's house knitting for a while and I said that I just realised I needed a button for this sweater. A few minutes later she disappeared for a while, I thought to change the laundry load but when she came back she had a big box of buttons. She has them all organised by colour! I thought I was the queen of AR when it comes to stuff like that! Awesome, she's just as bad as me :o)

I took a few different buttons and when the sweater is assembled, I'll see which one works best. Here are the ones we picked as possibilities for the sweater:

They're all very beautiful and I'm sure one will work.

The other night I finished my first Fleece Artist Sea Wool Sock that I was working on. It feels über nice! Here it is on my footy:

Yesterday I casted-on the second sock and got the top border done. I like to have a pair of socks on needles for traveling in the car. Socks are GREAT car projects.

Well, I think I'll go knit for a bit while I do some laundry and stuff. Have a great day!

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 28 - Road Trips and Baby Things

Today was another Friday road trip on the search for some yarn. Brenda and her daughter Charlene and I headed out after morning coffee to Listowel, Ontario - The home of Bernat and The Yarn Factory Outlet It was a nice day, just around -6°C with grey skies, on the way back we met some pretty intense know the type with the big fat flakes.

I was on a quest for some yarn to make Dianna's grand baby a sweater. Charlene was on a quest for some Nifty Knitters so she can do some loom knitting with her young sons and Brenda wanted some yarn to make baby things as well.

We were able to find all of the things we wanted. We stopped at a nice little pub on the main road in Listowel called The Anchor and had a bit of lunch before we headed back.

Once home, I casted on the back of the sweater that Dianna picked in Ravelry. The pattern is Victoria Sweater with Lace Collar and Trim by Lisa A. Richardson. I got Patons Beehive Baby Sport yarn so it can be machine washed and it's very soft yarn. Pink for the main sweater and white for the lace trim.

Here is my progress as of blog time:

I'm making the smallest size and it's for a 12 month old but I do knit tight so it might be a wee bit smaller. The back is C/O 84 on 4.0mm and can you believe this? I DON'T have a 4.0mm circular long enough to do this. I had to use straight pins and it was really funny because we were talking about the different types of needles and which ones we preferred today and I said I prefer to work all flat items on circulars. HA! I cursed my own self. Oh well, it could have been worse. I could have not had a pair of 4.0mm straights.

More and more I see the advantage to interchangeable needles. I might just have to go back to Camilla Valley Farms and drool over their set of Addi-Turbo Interchangeables.

Well, everyone has gone to bed and it's just me an my old dog, Buddy, downstairs. I might knit a couple more rows before heading up the wooden hill to sleepy land so I'll see ya all tomorrow.

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 27 - Old Project, New Photo

I was busy rearranging our house this week, that was the reason I was late on a couple of blogs but while I was moving stuff around, I discovered a project I did many years ago.

When I first had my kids, I was a big crafter. I'd do anything going. I crocheted for years, I tried macramé, ceramics, pottery, cross stitch, needlepoint, and of course, knitting. Back then in the mid 80s, there wasn't a lot of local places to buy yarn and supplies. We had Lewiscraft but they were limited in what you could get.

That's where Mary Maxim came in handy. I was working full-time and raising a family so I didn't have time to drive all over the place looking for supplies so I ordered kits through their mail order catalogue long before the Internet was around.

I wasn't very experienced in knitting and didn't know how to do any fancy stuff but I was able to get through a few projects. Unfortunately I don't have most of them nor do I have photos of them.

But what I did find when I was cleaning and rearranging this week was a vest I made for my eldest son who will be turning 25 in May. It's a horrible acrylic yarn but I think I did a fair job on it! I'd like to chart out the pattern and make another one now with good yarn and with the knitting knowledge that I have now! :o)

Here's some pictures that I took today of a vest made almost a quarter of a century ago.

Well, I decided to head up the wooden hill early tonight with my knitting bag in hand and furry beasts in tow. The dogs are snoring away in here and I'm knitting a bit on my Fleece Artist sock. I love the feel of the yarn and I can't wait to wear it.

Have a good night everyone and happy knitting!

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Day 26 - The Weekday Breakfast Club and Knitting

Just let me start by saying I've written this blog post already and when I toggled the blog software to the background while I went to the Flickr App to look for a picture, I lost all my text!! Damn! I had a great blog post almost finished when this happened. My own fault! Save and Save Often! I need to heed my own words of advice! Oh well, live and learn and here we go again. :o)

I live in a rural community near to the village of Dundalk, Ontario. I'm on a farm about 8km from that small village so I don't really have neighbours. My son and his girl friend own the property closest to us and it's still a fair walk to their house. The only other neighbour that I can "see" is not worth even talking to :o( They are NOT nice people. So here I am out here in the middle of BFN with my four dogs and lots and lots of yarn. My hubby and sons work in the city and don't come home every day.

Because of this, I go into town most days to have coffee at the restaurant. It's not a very big place but it's nice and their coffee is decent and the wait staff is awesome! I need to go into town to talk to "humans" as I've always said. You can talk to dogs a lot but if they start answering you, you know you need to go talk to other peeps. :o)

We started this Breakfast Club thing a few years ago. My hubby and I would go to the local restaurant for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and there we got to meet some people. We've carried on the Breakfast Club tradition for the last 8 years and have added a couple of more people along they way. There are 8 of us that are the "core" breakfast club people but others join us from time to time.

Brenda and I are two of the weekend Breakfast Club people that meet during the week as well. Recently, Debbie has found herself in a situation where she gets to come to weekday breakfast club too.

Last year, Debbie bought a ball of Sirdar Big Softie and just recently she finally found a set of 12mm needles that were required to do the pattern that they gave her at the store where she bought the yarn.

Yesterday, she brought the yarn, needles and pattern to breakfast and between Brenda and I, we got her cast-on and going on the scarf pattern she has. I only helped her cast-on, Brenda was beside her so she showed her the knit and purl stitches and then after a few rows of that, there was some K2Tog and YO to deal with. She did really well!!

Here's a couple of pictures of Debbie with her new scarf:

Look at that needle!! Holy! Looks like a broom handle! lol. But seriously, Debbie hasn't knit since she was a teenager so I'm totally impressed how well she picked it back up again. She also has a brand new baby grandson. Hopefully she'll get into it as much as we do and start knitting cute little boy things.

We also have a couple of new faces to join our Weekday Breakfast Club. Dianna and Andrea. Dianna crochets and has knit in the past and she picked up a bunch of yarn and started a knitted scarf last night. I can't believe her progress already! She has a ton done and I'm sure she'd have more done but ran out of one of the yarns she was using. Andrea is a crocheter. We got all the ladies to join Ravelry so now we should have more projects floating around soon.

Not to leave anyone out we also have Charlene, that's Brenda's younger daughter. She comes once in a while to Breakfast Club too. We'd like to see her more out there! Charlene is working on her first ever knit project, a scarf made with Bernat Jacquards in worsted weight.

Well now my blog is caught up to today. I've been busy around the house rearranging furniture and such and haven't been on the computer much at all this week. I'll try to be a better blogger, I promise :o)

Until later today,
BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Day 25 - Felting

My experience with felting is minimal, well...purposely felted items anyway. Who here hasn't accidentally felted a knit item before? A couple of years ago, I made a pair of mittens for my best friend, Meg. They were made with Debbie Bliss' Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran in this sage green colour that reminds me of her (My BFF Meg, not Debbie Bliss).

Here they are unfelted:

And here's a picture from after they were felted:

It was an awesome pattern called: Aran Felted Mittens #132 by Shirl the Purl of Cabin Fever.

I was not able to felt them myself as I don't have a top-loading washing machine so one of the people that works at the store I used to attend felted them for me.

I finished half of the Cable Felted Bag before Christmas and have the second half on a needle somewhere. I really need to pull that out and get it finished. I bought a bunch of Patons SWS - Soy Wool Stripes at the Bernat Factory Outlet sale last summer.

Here's a couple of pictures of half the bag:

I really like the colours in this colourway and the way SWS slowly shifts from one colour to the next. It's a lovely yarn to work with and feels nice on the hands. This is a UFO that I really want to get done before the spring.

I have other felt projects queued up to do like some slippers that I saw and fell in love with. I'm nervous about the sizing aspect of felting. I mean, it's not like after you knit the item, felt it...there is no size adjusting at that point!

I should find the socks I made with SWS when I first started sock knitting. I really really loved them. They accidentally got into the regular wash and got loaded in the machine and came out thick and small. They might make a pair of heavy sock type slippers for a small child.

Here's a picture of my SWS socks BEFORE they got accidentally felted:

Ciao for now!

BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 24 - Toys

I spent almost all day doing housework and laundry and did very little knitting. I did a few rows of the Fleece Artist sock but don't have much to report on there so I thought I'd show you some things I have made in the past.

Last year I gave in to the temptation and started to knit some toys. It's VERY addictive! The first pattern I did was of a little funny looking sheep. Then I did a giraffe and then I found Barbara Prime of Fuzzy Mitten and her patterns on Ravelry.

I LOVE her patterns. They are all so cute and reasonably priced. The only difference I did was I worked them all in the round and her patterns are all written to be worked in the flat and seamed together.

Here is Alice Alpaca in the purple heart sweater and Johnathan Livingston Lamb in the blue Filatura DiCrosa hoodie.

This is Harriet Hare in a Crofters DK Fair Isle Effects dress.

This is a pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits, called Oddment Hedgehog. Also available on Ravelry.

There are lots more toys that I've made and lots of different outfits and I'm going to get back into this soon but for now, I'm going to finish my sock. I'm going to relax for a bit and hit the hay early tonight so I can get the rest of the furniture moved around tomorrow.

Good night all.
BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre.

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Day 23 - Kertzer Tweed Montage, What To Do?

This is the yarn I used on the Lofty Cable Mittens and the matching hat. I REALLY loved this yarn! It is lovely to work with and feel so soft. And it contains 56% real wool so it's WAAARM. So the last time that Brenda and I were in Owen Sound at Riverside Yarns, she had a few balls in her sale bin. There was only one colourway that she had two balls of, all the rest were singles and you need more than one to do the set.

So I don't know what to do. Should I make another set of the same pattern? Or should I find something else to do with 300 grams (450 metres or 500 yards) of this lovely bulky weight yarn?

Off Topic:
It was a fairly busy weekend. We got our son and his g/f a new wood stove so that chewed up a large part of Saturday and then we went to their place for supper on Sunday night. It was really nice seeing the lovely fire burning away and their house was perfectly warm! That crappy wood stove that was in their house when they bought it was a hunk of junk! It was too small to build a normal fire and the way it was designed, you couldn't get the cleaning brush through it. The only redeeming quality it had was a glass door and Becca likes the glass door.

We found one at the TSC Store in Orangeville that had a scratch on the side and the flue handle and a couple of dents, but nothing severe. Unfortunately, this is the only one they had but it was on sale for a few hundred less because of the few small blemishes.

Here's the very first fire in the brand new stove:

I LOVE that my son and g/f live RIGHT across the road from us. We live in rural Ontario so there's not a lot of peeps around here. Even them, I wouldn't walk to their house if I was in a rush. It's almost 1km from our door to theirs and they are our closest neighbours. I can't see their house though, there's a line of evergreen trees in the path so we both have "privacy" from each other.

I swear I'm not one of those mothers that shows up all the time or anything like that. I only go over if invited and if we are going to "drop by" for a minute, I ALWAYS call. The one upside for them is that when I mow my lawn in the summer (6 acres) I go over and do theirs too (2 acres) with my massive lawn tractor. I love to mow the lawn :o) And I try to do it (weather permitting) when they're at work.

Well, back to my household rearranging. I am having such a hard time making our stuff fit into this little farm house. We're talking renovations...I hope that will commence this spring!

Bye for now.
BevKnits with your daily dose of fibre.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 22 - The Socks Progress....slowly

I didn't spend a lot of time knitting today. The places where I get lots of knitting done on the weekends tends to be in the truck while my hubby drives. But today I spent all my traveling time either texting or catching up on Twitter and Facebook.

After supper I finally got working on my sock. I finished the leg, did the heel flap, turned the heel and picked up the gusset stitches.

I still find this sock a bit tight for me. It's not bad enough to frog, that's for sure!

When we were out today at the TSC Store in Orangeville, my hubby got me this cute little guy! I think he's so sweet! Every time I look over at it, it makes me smile :o)

See, I caught the little guy trying to do some of my knitting.

Okay, all together now...Awwwwww.

Hopefully I won't be as lazy tomorrow and get more knitting done. We're going over to our DS1 and his GF house for supper tomorrow night. I'm really looking forward to that!

Until tomorrow,
BevKnits with your Daily Dose of Fibre.

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