Monday, November 28, 2011

♥ favorite things ♥

Ive just ripped my knitting back to zero this afternoon since the sock was too tight on his foot but I wanted to talk to you so, I thought you might like to take a peek at a few of my favorite things around here. A while back we were sharing favorite things on our blogs and I thought it would be fun again.

Our Christmas Cactus is beautiful these days. I sprayed its leaves with a spritz fertilizer and it reallllly liked it.♥
Here is a piece from a cute coffee set I found at the market. I love to display it as a decoration in the kitchen. Ive never used the actual set yet. ♥
 My oatmeal dish from when I was a wee girl. My Dad tried many tricks in his day as papa to get me to eat my meals. No easy task! This dish he bought for my breakfast. Every morning, he would put hot cereal inside with brown sugar and milk and ask me to eat until I could see my picture. I believed him that it was a drawing of me. I cherish this dish. It has a long crack now and it feels really brittle. Ive hidden it in the cabinet but take it out when I miss him.
kinda looked like me? ♥♥♥

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tweed Dog Coat

''I have to pee!!''

''man, it's hot in here with this on!''
 A favorite vintage pattern of mine from the good old Beehive days. I bought this booklet at W.A. Hodgins in Shawville when I started knitting full-time close to 20 years ago...Many times I admired this little coat and thought it was too difficult for my skill level. At the time, I owned a Miniature Pinscher. He was rather tiny in stature compared to our newest Pup. A Pug/Pinscher mix. In fact, it was very easy to knit.

I used 3.5 mm needles and worsted weight Diamond Galway 100% wool in three colours. Left over stuff from other knits.

One modification I like is a small opening for latching the leash at the neck front. I also omitted the zipper.
I did not bother blocking this knit for photos and the end flipped up for a while but settled down after one use.
I was excited to try it on him! In the photos, I had just arrived home and he was in a hurry to run outside and do his business but obliged to my request for photos...his ears display his eagerness to comply!

The snugness is actually a good thing. The coat stays in place even when we play fetch.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Kissy Kat Hat

I think I knit this three times before I was satistfied with the tension and snug fit Chloé requested. It is made of a DK weight pure Alpaca in a natural beige on 3.5 mm circulars and Dpns with some 100% Angora embroidered into the ears that were stitched seperately then sewn onto the crown. (I think the positioning is ok). I used the same ears for Mr. Fox of Tiny Owl Knits design. They fit purr-fectly!

It was tricky placing the ear flaps. I made those first than cast-on the remaining stitches needed for the ribbing. The braids were the finishing touch. I do want to reknit this pattern and pin down my notes for Ravely. Maybe after Christmas.

P.s. no more thumps in the night! :) We moved the creepy commode away from the chilly corner and it sleeps through the night. Gage has moved into his new room as well. His Papa made his bed from a tree the beavers had cut-down last year. Very cool Canadian bed! Now I want to knit a throw with beavers in lumberjack colours.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Creepy Commode

What old house doesn't make noise at this time of year? The change in temperature makes the siding ping and the nails shrink in the walls...

Chloé has been settling into her new b i g bedroom. Realllly diggin' the space and the double bed and the two windows and all that space and the bookshelf and all that space!

In that room are our old bedside tables on casters with three drawers we bought about 15 years ago. These tables were actually office furniture made of cheap pressed wood. Len assembled them and I suspect he tightened the screws more on one than the other because the one on his side of the bed has periodically made noises at night.

The odd tapping; the odd crack sound that would wake us up or freak me out thinking there was a mouse inside.

Anyways, those tables are in the master bedroom now and it's Chloé's turn to occupy it and two nights ago she heard Knock....Knock................KNOCK coming from one of the tables.

The third knock sent her flying into our room. I was still reading. Her eyes were bulging and her heart was racing. Papa said 'sleep here with us tonight'. Without a second of hesitation she was under the covers between us and thank god for the seam of our mattress or else I would have had no place to sleep at all.

I tried to explain to her that the corner where the table sits is the coldest corner of the house and that makes the wood shift and she replied ' Yeah, I know Mum, it's called paranormal activity!'


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Snowflakes in my spider webs

With summer ending and the twists and turns of a few weeks passing, I've been off the blog. Sorry about that.

You see, it's my fifth time in grade 4. I know. Let me tell you that it still kicks me hard in the hind parts.
The homework!

I worked that grade twice myself, and now I am coaching my third wee folk through it and it really eats up my energy in the evenings. Gazou is not a happy scholar like his older sister. Cripes! I've reinacted the scene from the Exorcise at least twice (where the head turns around...) School keeps calling to ask me to discuss progress reports and I kinda resent that at this point. Let's just get through this without taking up half my day off every other week please. People don't realize that self employed adults actually don't get paid time off to run around to meetings. Obviously...

Anywho, I have been knitting. Non stop really. But, with very little to show for it. That's my Motto!

The 100% Wool blanket is still in pieces in a bag by my bedside. There it will lay, I'm afraid until new years, since Christmas is GASP so close I can smell it. Those commercials are really bothersome!

I wanted to make Tiny Owl Knit gifts this year for my loved ones. Let's pray.

-Hey, I wonder if the 100% wool blanket warrants me the right to put up the cool Wovember button from Needled? I am coveting all of Kates clothes, accessories and landscape. Swoon!

The shop has been a steady stream of frilly scarf knitters. I am a bit sad this yarn was born. I hate it with a growing passion but as my sister reminds me, it pays the rent! Where are all the Wool lovers, eh? Did I open my store in the wrong country? I am beginning to wonder about this. And the frilly scarf yarn keeps expanding...I've had to put other yarn on sale to make room for the Polyester sparkly ribbons...makes a country girl wanna run for the hills.

In any case, I am happily designing a cat hat for Chloé at the moment and it is on the third lap around my circular needles. I think I have the size to fit her wee head now. I did not swatch. Could be why it is slow going. The Tweedy Dog Coat is half way there. I can't wait to show you! Pistou will be a picture of Sherlock!

It was my sweet sister Donna's birthday last weekend and she dropped hints about being in the need of a new Great Gatsby Headband. The first one was stolen lost in the move to her new home. I tried my new Baby Alpaca Cashmire yarn for this very special occasion. One skein is exactly the right amount needed to have enough for a crocheted flower on the side like the first one I made. Let me tell you, the Sandnes Kashmir is so wonderful! I'm not bitter.

Chloé is modeling Great Gatsby III

Halloween was here too....

A Cereal Killer

A wanted dead or alive cowboy

Things are shuffling around the hearth these days. Ivy has been staying with friends while attending a new school which means the master bedroom stands empty. She has high high hopes of her own rented place soon. I hope it all works out. She survived a car crash a few weeks ago so that puts everything else she wants to do into a less scary perspective for old Mum.

Len declared it was high time we redecorate the house (thank God!) and he even had the brilliant idea of offering me a sewing room. Everyone jumps one door down and gets new paint colour and a new bed, the works. I am so excited about having an extra room for my crafts and storage. purrrr....