Monday, September 29, 2008
I am feeling much better although behind in my housework and cooking to the point of not knitting too much. HD is now under the grippe. I warned him of the stages...1) you get the aches 2) you get the chills 3) you get sweats. Nothing a little wool can't cure.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The hat is knit in the round in garter stitch until I thought I might run out than I knit 2 together for two rows and with a darning needle I threaded the remainder of the stitches with the end of the yarn and pulled it tight. I stuffed the hat with a towel so it would stretch to its wearable size and needle felted the design free hand. The whiskers are a small piece of yarn I untwisted. I held the three plies close together and needle felted the middle leaving the six ends loose to be the whiskers.
Because we all have a soar throat and cough I decided to give Pepper her scraf right away. She was really happy and I think it made her feel a whole lot better. I was itching to take a picture of this. Scratch off one finished Christmas present. Ahem.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Thursday was a big day for Bergere. I had volunteered to walk for Cancer research with my kids school in remembrance of Terry Fox. Hooffin' her all the way and my son and his classmate talked my ear off. I came home with a blistered toe and the first aches and pains of my new cold but at least it was a really great cause and I have both legs to stand on. No complaining here. It made my son really happy to share this event with his Mum.
If I feel better, I might start to spin again. HD asked me a few days ago; when would I start to spin again? God bless him for asking because this means if I do spin he won't complain that the house is messy and dinner is leftovers...
The idea is to make yarn from Frieda's fleece to knit the top down sweater. This will take me years but what he doesn't know is fine with me.
Pass the kleenex. Ah crap, I forgot to buy some.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I went for a walk through the yard and found a lovely bush of flowers. The bees were quite delighted with this plant. I have no idea what it is but it is beautiful.
I am knitting this yarn these days. I am making something special for a very clever girl which involves making 'bumps' and that is all I can say. Fun project that I can't broadcast just yet.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I love this yarn. A very Yarn Harlot friendly colourway. Pepper's winter coat is brown with blue accents so I think this should work. I am hoping that I don't run out of yarn because I really find this hat fetching. I love reclycling the leftover yarn instead of archiving it forever in my yarn box.
Sort of fun to take this picture with a "cat curled up on the couch" effect. It is very fetching. I am sure Pepper will love it! (sorry my camera is taking poor pictures lately. It could be the photographer!)
P.S. looks like I scared away all my beloved commenters. Believe me, I wasn't threatening to send you all unwanted acrylic!! I will send my bag of unwanted icky yarn to the friperie if I have too. Please come back : )
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This yarn is bulky. The needles are the biggest I have ever used. In fact, when I read the pattern I had to puzzle for a minute. I am a metric gal and the pattern is american... I fetched my Ultimate Vogue knitting tome to check the conversion. I gasped to realize I needed 9 mm needles. Geez Louise, do I have 9 mm needles?? I bought a box full of needles at a flea market many years ago and it has my back in all knitting situations.This season, the executive committee of the Ottawa Knitting Guild has decided upon a mitten challenge. I have never participated in these challenges (three so far since I have become a member). The lovely prizes given to the winners always make me wish I had at least tried. So this year, I hope to get my mittens done in time. I can't stop thinking about the "let it snow" mittens in the fall issue of Vogue Knitting. I had not noticed them there until Nicole pointed them out to me. I have blue and white mitten yarn in my stash so I think the stars have aligned.
I have visited my stash this morning trying to find my blue yarn. I went through the whole thing and made a pile of yarn I don't want anymore. Most of this is baby Astra I got on sale. If anyone wants this, please leave a comment and it is yours!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This morning, it is a cool 1 degree celsius (forgive me, I cannot find the symbol for degree, help!) It was a full moon last night in a crispy clear sky. It wanted to freeze but it did not.
The night before, a wicked wind was blowing hard outside and our dog was nervous and cold. She click, click, clicked all over the main floor for part of the night. She then came into our bedroom and paced there for a while too. Suffice it to say, she kept us awake. I made a decision to set up her crate in the kitchen last night. Lock her up. We put her bed inside and a wool blanket over the crate to trap the heat. After the wee folk were put to bed last night, we were sitting around the kitchen table and all you could hear was Zzzzzzzzzzz from inside the cage.
Poune slept all day yesterday, all night last night too. Lucky bitch. But, we slept very well ourselves and guess what time it was when I poured my first cuppa? 04h35! I finished my lace scarf waiting for the sun to come up. It was lovely. I wish I could do this more often. Call me this afternoon around 16h and I will be singing another tune Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I made myself a template of my buttonhole that I positioned to guide me.
After all is done, I decided to give this cardi to Ivy for school. She loves black and it fits her so well.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I tacked in even more ends of Sir swing cardi while local designer Sally Melville spoke to us about embracing change. I have no problem with change such as: summer ending and the kids are back at school, thus I get to have the serenity of an hour of quiet knitting at 14h everyday.
Sam the ram and Sue the ewe were there! Aren't they magestic? I sooo have to fork over the dollars to buy these patterns. Now that my sheperding has left the building, it might be nice to have a small flock of 'silent' sheep. They are way less smelly and eat much less hay. Looking on the bright side of things as usual.
A trip to the museum would not be complete without a quick trip to the third floor to visit the Wildcat Café...an exhibit that HD built back in the day (10 years I think). I remember him pouring over the plans and pictures of the original WildCat café of the Yukon. He nearly went nuts trying to build a crooked log building instead of his usual perfectionism in standard. We are very proud of his accomplishment, it looks great!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
That and the new bed I sleep in now...I am a new girl!
I decided upon these buttons for Sir Swing Cardi.
I miss my lovely button store we used to have here in Buckingham...sniff.
I found some black grosgrain ribbon for the button band. I have to sew button holes with a sewing machine for this project. I thought this was an interesting aspect. I was grateful to find some time to tack in ends on my sweater while waiting for Dr Tran today. No where near the end of the ends. I am blogging instead of tacking too. Sigh. I may not have this done for the Vogue Event tomorrow.
Lo and behold I found 5 meters of a black Toile de Jouy fabric today. Ivy went nuts when I got home. The whole point of buying it really. She has been coveting this fabric for months. I can't believe I found some today!! I still have to manage a backing piece of fabric to the duvet cover I promised to make. I hope to find something less expensive yet classy.
I still have curtains to concoct$$$. Would you believe I did not shop any yarn store today? All day I kept hoping to find a new one along my way. It's a disease.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I am frantically sewing up Sir Swing Cardi. I have a million ends because my Callista yarn had several knots per ball. I am delighted that the first sleeve fit. I was afraid the armpit was too tight. Tomorrow I will buy some grosgrain ribbon for the button band.
And guess who I found looking out the window this afternoon? My dog can tell time. She gets the left over sandwich crusts and looks forward to the bus.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
She lived in a river boat...
The little leaf lace scarf that I've decided to name...Trenchy.
A good beginners lace. I think lace gives this colourway a little nod in the right direction.
I was making good time until I turned the page in my book and started to follow the chart instead of the written instructions. Now I have several missing stitches. Doh! Now, how did I manage that?
I am making this to tuck around Ivy's neck when she wears her new trench coat.