Monday, June 30, 2008

Knitting...Finally! and a Bit of Dancing.

Late on the 20th of June I got my WoolGirl Sock Club June Kit. OMG I was so happy as I was in between pairs of socks to knit and could start it right away. It was a beautiful kit. I loved all the little extras. Jen is great! DD fell in LOVE with the yarn and since she collects FROGS it seemed like the perfect match. The pattern is called Froggin and the yarn is the sportweight Dashing Dachs. I started the sock that weekend then got sidetracked with other things that Life tosses at you. and didn't get back to it until this last weekend. Needless to say this is taking a bit longer than I expected. AND to make matters worse. I got the leg done and started to work on the heel flap when DD tried it on...OMG it was too tight! So I ripped it out and started it again this morning. HOPEFULLY this time it will be okay, fortunately she only wants ankle socks.

These are the Sailors Delight socks from the book 2 At A Time by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. The yarn is Miss Babs Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock & Baby Yarn in the colourway Woodland Viola. This yarn was so soft and wonderful to knit with. I loved it. The pattern was simple and weasy to memorize and they fit great! They have been done for a bit but I didn't get them posted.

These socks were knit this past weekend. The pattern is Thuja from Knitty and the yarn is a Finnish sock yarn I received in the World Yarn Swap. It is a thick warn sock yarn and I guess I didn't figure the needle size would make a huge difference. They were originally knit for my DH, but they wouldn't go over MY foot so DD thouht she would likehem. BUT alas they didn't fit her either, so they are going to the first person that they fit! We are going to the Embro Highland Games tomorrow and there are a few dancers that they may fit, so first come, first get! I will keep you posted as to whom the recipient is! It reminds me of Cinderella!

DD is dancing at the Embro Highland Games tomorrow. And since it is Canada Day and I will be closing my store I get to go with her! This is the first dance competition that she has been in since last November. I really enjoy the outside competitions as there is so much more to see at the highland games. If you have never been to one, you really should go at least oncec in your life! DD will be dancing 4 dances so I should be able to get a bit of knitting done as well.

This past weekend we had our end of the Dance Season BBQ. It was an enjoyable time, the food was great and the company was good. The kids had a great time 'swimming' in the hot tub! So now the only dancing will be the optional classes during the summer. DD has told me that she will only be going to a few, as she is going to camp for a week and then off to a friends cottage... I get to have most of my evening to myself at least until September when regular classes start again. WOO HOO!

Well off to work I go!

Have a great Canada Day tomorrow and to my friends south of the border...have a great Independance Day on Friday!

Happy knitting!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

All Tattoo and No Knitting!

Well another Tattoo has passed. It was a great success. The girls dancing was wonderful and the pipes and drums were fantastic. This is a picture heavy post...

This past week end was pretty much all Tattoo. I did have my knitting with me but it was too dark to knit!

Friday evening was a practice for the dancers and their pipe band for about 2 1/2 hours. It was really weird seeing the pipe band playing and marching in regular street clothes and not in their tartan uniforms. I have seen the girls dance before many times but never a pipe band out of uniform!

Saturday I worked until 3, so DD got a ride to the tattoo for 1:00. I finished work and DH, my father and I went to the performance that evening. It was a great tribute to our military men overseas! They also had all of the vetrans in the audience stand up. What a wonderful round of applause they received for their efforts. In addition to the traditional pipe and drum bands and the brass bands there was a group called Mackinaw. There were a Quebec step dance performance group. They were fantastic.

I met up with DD after the tattoo at 10:30 and we headed home.

Sunday, the dancers had to be there for 1:00, as the performance started at 2:30 and they needed to get ready. I helped do some of the girls hair and assisted them in getting ready. Once all that was done I got to go and watch the performance again.

After all the old and new friends were bid a fond farewell, we left about 6:00.

It was a wonderful weekend filled with friends, dancing, bagpipes, drums and no knitting! I truly enjoyed it but I hope to get some knitting done this week!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ducks, Socks, Quilts and Dancing!

This was walking across my lawn the other morning so I had to take a picture. Tiger REALLY wanted to go and play with the little guy, but I had to say NO!

June is here. Woo Hoo! Work has been crazy lately! School is almost over. Knitting is coming along.

As for knitting, I have done a bit more on the Feather and Fan Sweater. I figure if I take it slow then I can't get frustrated with it! I am almost finished the feather and fan part. I will very soon be onto the main part of the body...the dreaded stockinette stitch. I have only an inch to go...WOO HOO! I am so loving how it is looking. This Soya yarn falls and drapes so nice, I can hardly wait to wear the sweater.

Finished a pair of Apple Harvest Socks. They were made from Flat Feet yarn . They turned out great. I put them in a plain bubble envelope and sent them off to DH's cousin with no return address. They took 4 days to arrive. I received a very happy phone call saying that they were PERFECT!

I started another pair last Sunday. They are called Sailors Delight and are from the book 2 At a Time. I am using Miss Babs Yummy sock yarn in the colourway Woodland Viola. This yarn is SOOO soft. I would Definately use it again.

This weekend is the Canadian Military Tattoo and DD is dancing in it. There are 2 performances, one on Saturday evening and the second on Sunday afternoon. It should be interesting, I am going to help out on Sunday as I have to work on Saturday. Della is going to be there on Saturday and Sunday to do anything that needs to be done. She's a good egg!

The Georgetown Highland games are this weekend as well. We have not gone to them in the last 4 years as DD has wanted to take part in the tattoos. Her goal is to dance at the Edinburgh tattoo in Scotland.

Hey My friend Della received a few skeins of yarn as a thank you gift and she gave me a skein of the most beautiful lace weight yarn I have ever seen (it's on the right side of the picture). The colour and softness are wonderful! It is from the Knitting Goddess in the UK and is a cashmire and silk blend.

Not to change the subject or the project but I had to attend a wedding shower this past Sunday. Now I didn't know the bride to be or the groom for that matter. She is a second cousin to my DH. But I figured that I should go and make an appearance. So I decided on Thursday evening that I was going to make her a lap quilt. I looked through my stash to see what I had and found some blue, green and yellow fabric that would work. I also found the PERFECT backing fabric there too. I cut out the quilt blocks on Thursday night after DD's dance class. I got home from work on Friday and pieced it together. Then proceeded to quilt it. I finished it at 11:15 Friday evening. All I had left to do was hand sew the binding on. I worked Saturday till 4 then started the hand sewing. I FINALLY finished it Saturday evening. Wrapped it all up Sunday morning and was off to the lovely shower. It was a beautiful day and I had a very nice time. I was very glad that I had gone. I even got quite a few comments, all positive, on the quilt!

Well that's enough for now! I will see if I can sneak a picutre or 2 of the Tattoo practice and post them here!.

Have a great evening and happy knitting!