Tuesday, January 29, 2008

On My Way!

Well I started the Civil War Shawl! I finally got up the nerve to give it a go. I did not use the DPN's for the beginning. I give up. I don't use them well AT ALL! In fact it was a disaster. I used the magic loop method and I'm okay with it. I have completed the first 35 rows. It looks cool, I am loving the yarn from Sarah's Yarns. It is very soft and I love the Slate colour. I figure if I follow the set weekly schedule then I may have a chance of finishing it this century!

I also finished the socks for my father. The ones that I ran out of yarn for. I finally found another ball at my LYS. He likes them and they fit well.

I started the Socks of Kindness yesterday. I am using Lorna's Laces sock yarn in the Amish Colourway. I absolutely LOVE this yarn! OMG, I don't know why I waited to use it! It is SOOO soft and beautiful. I will definately put this yarn on my TO USE AGAIN list!

This past week we, the Knitter Piper and I, went to a knitting group meeting. We had fun it was at a local bakery and cafe. We arrived around 6:30 - 7ish and started talking, knitting and laughing. We mey some really nice people and I think we will continue to meet with this group.

Oh well I will keep this post short and sweet. I have things to do (knit!), places to go (LYS) and people to see (fellow knitters!)

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

It's DONE!!!

I finally finished and blocked the Shetland Shawl and it looks great! I am very happy with how it blocked. I was a bit worried since I had done it in some mystery yarn. (acrylic blend I think). But I did some research online and found out that if I pinned it down and steamed it , it may work and it did! I don't know who it is for yet but I'm sure someone will like and appreciate it.

I had an onlooker for part of my blocking effort this morning.

I have also been working on the Jacobean Socks. They are coming along. I am almost finished the second pattern repeat on the leg. I decided to do them top down unlike the pattern which is toe up. This pattern is an easy, straight forward one. I like how they are turning out. The yarn is soft and nice to work with and I LOVE the colour.

This week I joined the World Yarn Swap. Well not really, I was too late signing up and apparently so were a few others and rather than miss out on taking part another lady and I decided to do a swap outside of the group. I will take part next month "officially" but for now my partner Mairin is very nice. She is from Galway in Ireland and we seem to have a few projects in common. We have been in touch via email a few times and are deciding on what type of yarn we are looking for. It really is exciting and fun. I am going to go out this week and see if I can find some unique Canadian yarn for Mairin. And she is doing the same with Irish yarn. I can hardly wait!

I am impatiently awaiting for the yarn to arrive for the Civil War Shawl. Now that the Shetland Shawl is complete I am REALLY excited about starting this one. I hope it arrives this week from Sarah's Yarns. They have assured me that it is on it's way!

I have also decided that I would like to try knitting a few Christmas stockings for next year. I saw them on Sunneshine's blog http://sunnelite.blogspot.com/. She has done a BEAUTIFUL job and has inspired me to give one a try!
Wish me luck!


Last Sunday was our Highland Dance studio's Christmas Ceilidh. It was postponed in December due to a huge snow storm. I twas alot of fun. There was tonnes of food for everyone and the highland dancing, piping and singing were great! We even did a gift exchange between Dancers..this is what I received from my Secret Santa...

It's a Beautiful ceramic ornament that says "Merry Christmas" on one side and "Pipe Dreams" on the other. It is also in our dance Studio's tartan, MacLeod of Lewis. My Secret Santa picked the perfect gift for me as I collect unique ornaments!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Pay It Forward!

You've probably seen the Pay It Forward on a blog here or there. I signed up with Jen at purplejenknits earlier today. I am very excited about this concept. I think there are not enough things done in life that don't require some form of payback.

The Pay It Forward Exchange.
It’s based on the concept of the movie "Pay it Forward" where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. I will send to anywhere in the World as long as it doesn't involve space travel!

Have a great day and Pay It Forward!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

What do you mean 1 ball is not enough to make a pair of socks?!

I bought a ball of On Your Toes DK sock yarn to knit a pair of socks for my father and I have run out! OH NO!!! The socks are about 3/4 of the way done. I really like the colour and the weight of the yarn. It is a brown, grey and black colour and is soft. Now I have to wait until my LYS orders more yarn! They only had 1 ball in each colour, and they are not sure exactly when they will be placing another order...so I wait...

Today is the day that our Highland Dance studio is having their Christmas Ceilidh. The original date was the big snow day in December and it was cancelled. My daughter and I are dancing in it this afternoon.. I figure the delay just gave us more time to practise! LOL I will let you know how it went in the next few days.

I am hoping to cast on another pair of socks tonight. I want to try a toe up sock in the Jacobean pattern. However I am NOT comfortable knitting toe up, so I may do them top down. I will decide when I start! I am going to try them in a lovely fuchia coloured sock yarn. It is Socka brand from Austria. It's very soft...

Last Thursday my friend, Della, the Knitted Piper and I went to a Meet up for the Burlington Knitters group. We met at a local pub and had an enjoyable time. Met some interesting people and learned a few things. The group is going to try to meet twice a month so it should be nice...

We also joined the Civil War Shawl Knit along. It is a beautiful large shawl that we decided to try. We ordered the yarn from Sarah's Yarns online and are patiently awaiting it's arrival so we can start. We are going to be a bit behind the group but we are okay with that!

Well I have to go and get ready for the Ceilidh...I have to celtic step dance my way to fame! LOL

Monday, January 7, 2008


I need coffee!

Well it will be back to our regular routine in about 10 minutes when I wake my 16 & 14 year old. I am NOT looking forward to the attitude that I am going to get when I wake them for school. They have pretty much slept till they were ready to get up all holiday long. Unless they were working early (which only happened 4 times). Their regular time for tising is 6:30 and I think the earliest they got up was 11. OMG to be a teenager again...naaaw!! wouldn't do it again if you paid me!

Yesterday was a busy day yet I didn't accomplish all that much. I drove my daughter to work at 7:00 am then came home and went back to bed until I got up at 10. Then at 11 I got my son up for work and drove him there at 11:30. I returned home to spend a little time with my DH. Then I had to pick up my daughter from work and take her right to dance class. There I met my girlfriend and we went to Port Colborne so that she could pick up the antique dresser that she bought. It was a nice drive and it turned out to be a Beautiful dresser. We left there (I knit a bit on the way back) and went back to pick our daughters from dance class, then proceeded home. I later had to take my son at 8:00pm to his hockey game. I seemed to be out alot yeaterday but didn't do too much and then my day was over.

Today, after the kids leave I have to get ready for work. I have a busy day planned. I have to get alot of furniture ready to ship to the USA. So I won't even get to surf the net...oh well I can later I guess.

Tonight I am going to attempt to get more of the sock that I am making for my father done. I made him a pair for christmas but apparently I mad ethem too short in the leg. So I decided to knit him another pair. I bought the yarn, On Your Toes DK Boot sock yarn, but I only bought 1 ball and should have purchased 2. I really don't think that one will be enough. So I called my LYS and they have to order it in for me. They don't have any more of the same colour! This is my luck. Oh well I will show my dad what he has coming and hope they order it soon! I will try to post some pictures later. I like the colour, they are brown, black and grey.

Well I ahd better go and wake some sleeping time bombs...wish me luck...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!


I hope everyone starts off the new year with good intentions! I always do but things happen and I never seem to accomplish everything that I intend to. OH well. I guess I will try again...

We went to my Dad's for dinner on New Years. It was wonderful. As usual we ate too much food! and there was lots left over so we took some home! Yummy! My brothers family was there too.
It was nice to spend time with the family and NOT have a TV on in the background. I really enjoyed our visit.

I started a pair of socks on boxing day for me out of some Tofutsies yarn that I received for Christmas. I did the Yukon leaves pattern. They are really nice however they are too small for my foot. So a girlfirend with smaller feet will get them! WOW she is not going to expect them at all. I ended up finishing them yesterday. I love the holidays. I get to knit more! Woo Hoo.

I spent yesterday (my day off) with my 16 year old son. We went to my LYS to exchange a ball of sock yarn for a more interesting colourway, and then to get him a new iPod. He suffered through the half hour in the LYS in order to get to the electronics store, without a complaint I might add! Once we got home he was right on the computer registering and loading the iPod with his music. He was a happy boy!.

I then left the house to meet my DH at work and we went to visit his parents. We had a nice visit with them as well. Then we went off to the mall to spend our Christmas gift certificates! I really enjoyed the time I spent with my DH, as the time over the holidays was VERY busy and we were sick at different times.

I am hoping tonight to have a fire and sit and watch TV and Knit of course! What a perfect evening that will be!