Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Traveling Woman and Ishbel were knit using Silky Wool that I bought off of Kirsty. Ishbel is knit in a Pink colour and Traveling Woman is a dark purple. Each Shawl took less than 2 skeins of yarn. I was quite pleased with how they turned out.
So now after that we are all back to work as usual. There are no more long weekend until Christmas...too bad!
Keep on knitting!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I will follow the rules and pass this onto 3 other deserving Magical Crafty people!
A :-) from Knit and Run
Paula from A Piper Knits
Zonda from Z Knits
Thank you again Nancy!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I was just wondering how 2 people who grew up in the same household, with the same parents, same experiences can be so different in their lifestyle choice and parenting style.
I mean really, how does one sibling become indifferent to the same rules and teachings that they grew up with and yet the other one tries to live by them...
Now don't get me wrong...the upbringing was not rigid or strict unless the situation warranted it. The home was well kept, the children were in activities and looked after. So to stray that far from it is beyond my thinking.....
I just don't get how they can be THAT different.....is it really Nature vs. Nurture? Maybe after they leave home? Is one stronger than the other or is it something else? I don't know.....
Point to Ponder.....
Monday, August 31, 2009
DD is taking part, first semester in The Bronte Creek project. It is a leadership program that focuses on the environment. She will earn 4 high school credits and learn alot. She is really looking forward to it.
DS is going to go back for one more year of High school as he would like to take 2 more sciences and a math. He figures that if he takes those credits then he will have NO problem getting into Memorial university for Oceanography / Marine Biology. He is going to go to the school that he went to for grades 9 & 10. That school id about a 1/2 hour drive from where we are now but he wants to take music as well and they have a Wonderful music program and very inspiring teacher as well! So who am I to argue!
I have repaired - darned - sewn a pair of Highland Dance hose for a dancer, that had numerous holes and a few split seams. I couldn't match the colour of yarn so I had to spin a few yards in order to fix them.
I also started a pair of socks. The pattern is written in Finnish. It is called Bombadil. One of the girls in the Sketchy knitters made them and translated the pattern. I like how they are turing out. They have trailing leaves on them.
I also started a plain sock for DS's friend. They are in a self striping yarn.
I finished the Clapotis. It turned out okay. I ran out of the original dyed yarn and had to use part of the make up skein but unless you are looking for the difference you will never notice. I did okay with regards to attempting to match the kool-aid dyed yarn. I am pretty impressed with myself! I made the clapotis a bit longer that the pattern called for. It is not as wide as I thought it was going to be when I blocked it. I may give it to someone for a christmas gift. I haven't decided yet. Either way I am happy with the way it turned out.
I will try to post a few picutres either today or tomorrow.
Keep on Knitting!
Monday, August 10, 2009
The socks that I was working on last post for DD's friends mom are done and gifted. She loves them. She was so shocked that I would consider giving her a pair of knitted socks....I love to knit them and then give them away. I feel good inside...so in reality I am selfish for doing it since I get something out of it too! I will post a picture of the completed socks tonight.... The pattern was Copper Penny socks from the book Knitting with HandPainted Yarn. I changed from the Blackrose pattern that I started with. I didn't like how it looked with the yarn. The yarn was Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in a lovely red, pink and yellow colourway! The yarn was very soft and I enjoyed knitting with this yarn.
The next pair I knit was for DD's Friend, D. He made a comment to me one day that IF I wanted to knit him a pair of socks that he would love them forever.....I told him probably not for a while and when I found out that he had size 13.5 feet. I figured it would be a LONG while! LOL But the suck that I am I decided to knit his pair next...OMG do you know how long it takes to knit a 13.5 sock....TOO BLOODY LONG!!!! But since I gave him the pair on Friday, I don't think he has taken them off! He really likes them too. The pattern was Barcelona by Helen Waites. I only knit the pattern on the leg portion of the sock, not the top of the foot. The yarn was ONline SuperSock 100.
I also started a Clapotis. I do believe that I am the last person on the planet to knit one of these...
I am using KnitPicks Gloss yarn in the sock weight. It started out as being the colour Porcini, but I decided that I wanted it to be a purple colour...so I Koolaid dyed it. It is a heathery burgundy colour with some dark purple bits and brighter pink bits. I am happy with the colour that it turned but I was an idiot and only dyed 3 out of the 4 skeins (don't ask...). I tried to dye the lone skein and it came close but not quite, so I think once I have it all finished I will over dye the Clapotis a darker purple...since that was what I originally wanted in the first place. Neither picture is really the true colour. I am making great progress on it. I believe that I am 8 repeats into the main section. It is a very quick knit, with just enough interest to keep you awake.
Aestlight Shawl using Curious Creek Fibers Wasonga in the Old Kinsale colourway. It is a dark blue yarn that looks so rich and feel so soft.
Also, since my last post, my 2 kids have been on and returned from their 17 day canoe trip in the Temagami area with their Youth Group. There was 15 of them in the group this time and my 2 were amongst them. They had a blast. Unfortunately it rained a good portion of their trip but then being teenagers I don't think that hampered them in any way shape or form. They canoed about 250kms over the 17 days. They had rest days and paddling days, but mostly they had fun days. They were so tired and dirty when they got home...I couldn't tell where the tan ended and the dirtline began! *LOL*
While DD & DS were away, DH was on afternoon shift and that left me alone every evening. So I went visiting. I was at Della's house a few evenings, we worked on the knitting machine, trying to make the highland argyle socks for our dancers. Della came over to my house and we got a few things cleaned up and moved around. and I had a Sketchy Knitting night. The time passed quickly but was enjoyable and I got alot accomplished...
Well that is about it for now.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
First off...DS Graduated from High School! Yea!!! Grade 12 is done with...Woo Hoo! He received a scholarship award from the Burlington Lions club for community service. What a surprise for him. He was thrilled. (So was Mom! *LOL*)
Now for the Knitting...
I have been busy and here is the proof...
I received my WoolGirl Sock Club kits. One of them went MIA so Jen sent me a new one. It is gorgeous! The yarn is Curious Creek and the colourway is Kinsale. The blue is Beautiful!
The other kit that I received was the 'It's Raining Cats & Dogs' theme. It was a really fun kit as well. The yarn is Dream in Colour Smooshy and is a brindle sort of colour similar to Tigers fur. The goodies that were also included are great! What fun Jen must have had putting these together!Air Raid socks as my Death socks for Sock Wars and a friend loved them so much I had to knit her a pair! Here they are. They are knit using Malabrigo sock yarn and a 2.75mm Addi Circular needle. I love them and I know she does too!
Insidious pattern from Sock Wars, so once I died I decided to give them a try. Here they are. I knit them using KnitPicks Essential Kettle Dyed yarn in the gold colourway. They turned out pretty good. I like the 'strong' heel that the pattern uses. These were the first cables that I have ever done on a sock...
Cropped Raglan Sweater a try. I really like this and it was very easy and fast! I knit it out of dish cloth cotton. It is soft and I figure that it will wash like a rag, which in my world is a good thing! I even got to use my shawl pin that I made.
Mr. Greenjeans Sweater as it wasn't sitting right. It is blocking right now. The girls at my Sketchy Knit Night helped me to fix what I needed to so it would look okay. I love those girls!
DD's best friend's mom is going through some trying times right now in her personal life right now and I wanted to do something for her. A little while ago she commented on a pair of socks that I was knitting and how much she liked them so I decided to knit a pair for her! I know hand knit socks can't fix all the problems in the world right now, but if we keep on knitting them maybe one day they will! At the very least they make someone smile.
I am using Fleece Artist sock yarn in a colour that I picked up from Linda's Craftique last Saturday. The pattern is Blackrose. It has a little bit of a lace look without being too busy.
Last Saturday was a crazy day in my world. I think I drove all over Hell's Half Acre then. I had top be in 3 places that day. I was supposed to go to Chatham for a Highland Dance competition to seel dance shoes but Della didn't have anyone to look after her dogs for the day. And it was going to be a LONG day! So I volunteered to stay home and tend to the hounds. She went with her DD. They had a good networking day.DH went to his brother's annual golf tournament in Guelph. They call it 'Puke and Putt 2009'. It is the 14th annual one and with a name like that you can guess how much fun they have.
I was also going to meet up with Kirstie from my knitting group at her LYS and visit there for a while.
So here's how my day went...I got up and drove DH to Guelph for 9:30ish (about an hour drive) then headed back to Oakville to tend to the dogs (mine included). (about an hour drive). I hung out with the hounds (Hasia, Betty, Lucy and Tiger) about 2 hours and got some knitting done. It was a nice sunny day and we sat outside...well I sat, they ran and flopped!
I got a call from Kirstie saying that she was leaving her place and that if I wanted to get ready soon she would meet me at the yarn store. That was about 2ish. So I left the dogs and headed out to the next city over. (about a 20 minute drive) I arrived a bit before Kirstie and met my Sock Wars assassin, MarionK. Apparently it is common for people to hang out at their LYS on a Saturday. What a great afternoon I had. There was coffee and cake, great company, as well as the Yummy yarns. It doesn't get any better than that! I think we finally left at about 5:30ish. I know we closed the store.
I headed back to check on the dogs and to pick up my Tiger....After staying with the dogs for about 45 minutes I got the phone call from DH telling me it was time to head back up to Guelph (another hours drive) to pick him up. So I called Della to tell her that I was leaving the dogs alone again (she was on her way home at that point) and headed out to my home to drop off Tiger.
I got to Guelph about 8:30, stayed for about a 1/2 hour, said 'Hi' to everyone that I knew and we, (DH and I), headed home (another hours drive). We got home around 10ish. I was done! I had a great day but I figure I drove about 350kms. I am glad that the golf tournament only happens once a year. I much prefer being a passenger in a vehicle as I get to knit. This driving alot sucks!
This is a picture of Tiger the next day! He was so tired after his day of visiting his girlfriends that he couldn't hold his own head up...he had to use his hedgehog...LOL
On that note...I have rambled enough...Happy Knitting!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Meanwhile, Della and I went to Windsor on Saturday for a dance competition....we went to sell Ghillies. Our company, The Tartan Ghillie, was asked to attend to sell the dance shoes. The dance competiton was a small one but held in a lovely setting. It was at Fort Malden in Amherstberg.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I also started the Sock Wars sock pattern Insidious. I like it alot and was tempted to give it a try as my killer socks but decided that I wasn't up to the challenge of the left and right socks being different. So I started it the other day! I am using a semi solid yarn from Knitpicks. It is Kettle dyed fingering yarn in the gold colour. I will post pictures later if I get a chance.
Tomorrow evening is my Sketchy Knitting Night. I am really looking forward to it! Ilike getting together with the girls, we talk, knit and laugh!
Well that is about all for now.