Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Tee knitted the Fancy Silk Socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. Tee lives in a small town in Northern Ontario, and as you can see from the picture, knits beautiful socks. I am extremely envious as this September, Tee will be attending Lucy Neatby's knitting adventure on Salt Spring Island.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Islay, our precious six month old shih tzu, has become the "outdoor dog", when we went to pick up her up Bill (in an attempt to be funny), was asking "is she a guard do", "will she run the fence line" and similiar unsuitable questions for a companion dog. Little did I know that his questions were a prophecy waiting to come true. She loves the great outdoors (or at least our back garden), romping with her two brothers (one large, one small), barking at intruding birds, blowing leaves, and errant snow flakes, and yes - she does run the fence line. I could not resist taking the camera out this morning and capturing our girl in the snow.
I have been productive over the last few days, I have finised a sock mate (Bunny Blueberries), grafting the toe this morning and blocking the afternoon, and I have turned the heel on another. I have also completed my Valentine Exchange - I think it turned it rather well.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The pattern is very easy to follow and actually fun to knit as the squares knit up rather quickly. It's short row shaping, lots of wrap and turn, although I am not picking up the wraps, my personal choice. When the squares are completed you join them using Cascade and pick up and knit a border all around. When you see the completed picture on Knitty you will have to knit this blanket, the colours and flow of the pattern are amazing. It can be knitted two ways, 24 individual squares or knitted all in one, pattern directions for both are on the site. I know that there a some knitters who are not fond of the way Kueryon knits up, the constantly changing colour, but for me that is the appeal. When I started during the summer I had enough yarn to finish 1/2 the blanket, I held off finising as only one of my LYS sells Noro, and it's about a 45 minute drive and they only stock a few colour choices. Early in January Rams Wool, had a 2 day 30% of everything in stock sale. I took advantage of buying the Noro and the Mission Falls 1824 that I needed to finish and start both blankets. I am almost 100% sure that I will finish the Lizard Ridge before I begin the Log Cabin. If you are interest in the Lizard Ridge there is also a KAL that you can join while you are in the process of knitting.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I received an email from my Uncle Alex, who isn't really my uncle but my dad's cousin, which makes him my second cousin on my dad's side. He, my dad and my Uncle Tommy (another of dad's cousin), were the best of friends when they were lads. The email totally caught me off guard, Uncle Alex received a scanner for Christmas and is transfering some of his slides onto computer files. This is what he sent me. The lady in the blue cardigan is my great-grandmother Agnes Walker, the lady beside her is her daughter, my Auntie Chrissy, (Uncle Alex's mother), Uncle Alex is in the front holding his daughter.
I only have a few pictures of my great-grandmother so this is truly a wonderful gift. I am sure she took her glasses off for the second picture purely out of vanity. My grannie was very special to us, she and my Granpa Jake raised my dad, they were his surrogate parents, and because she had been a dancer my dad became a dancer and she paid for his lessons. By all accounts my father was a wonderful tap dancer and eventually became his dance teachers partner. She bought my sister and I party dresses to go to an Esso Christmas Party and took us to see Jack Milroy as Buttons in the panto Cinderella. She lived well into her 90's and never lost her sharp tounge (for she had one) or her sense of humor. These pictures have brought back a wealth of memories, on one of my trips back to Scotland she gave me her amber necklace, which I still have tucked away. When she was in her 90's and our son was a baby we took him to meet his great-great-grandmother, as she held him in her arms, tears came into her eyes, she looked at him and then she looked at me and said "I never thought I'd hold another baby". We all thought that she would live to be 100 and receive the letter from the Queen, but unfortunately she fell and broke her hip, this limited her mobility and she began to decline. She was a force to be reckoned with, she was little but she was mighty.
(the age of the pictures - at least 40 years)
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
During half time she likes to take a nap.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
If you are not a sknitter and are jumping to get started the Tsarina also has a Tsocks 101 kit that comes with everything you could possibly need to teach yourself, intstruction book with colour pictures, needles, and enough yarn to knit 2 adult pairs and 2 children's pairs of socks.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Hot chocolate and cake. Three wonderful pincushions from the very talented Betz White. These were a Christmas gift to myself after looking at them for ages on Etsy. One of the cups did come from Etsy, the other from the Wool Shack (in Australia) and the cupcake came from Inspireco. They are constructed from recycled sweaters that have been felted. Betz has a book coming out sometime next year, with 30 felted projects, if you every need inspiration check out her blog, you will leave it feeling rejuvinated.
Two spectacular gifts from my husband. This book is a little costly but a portion of the proceeds benefits The Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. It's marketed as an Illustrated Biography but it's as if you were looking at her scrapbook. It's a treasure trove of pictures, playbills, even a birth announcement for her first son Sean. The cadid and professional pictures of Audrey are spectacular and her beauty inside and out will take your breath away.
This gift was a total surprise, not the kind of thing I would ever expect Bill to buy. The original Dr. Who with William Hartnell, I remember sitting in front of the tv that November night and being captivated by the Dr. and his grand-daughter Susan. Who would have thought that 43 years later the Dr. would still be captivating.
I found this book purely by accident at Borders while browsing for Christmas gifts. I had to buy it, and actually went back and bought another to send to my mother. It is absolutely charming and if you are a Beatrix Potter fan you will adore it. I am hoping to find the time to see Miss Potter soon.
For any child this book would be a wonderful introduction to the world of Beatrix Potter. It's full of drawings, letters, cards and journals as it weaves through her life. At the back of the book, under a secret compartment, is a copy of The Tales of Peter Rabbit.
This is a joyful book that you will rediscover over and over again.
Monday, January 8, 2007
James, begining the rest of his life!
He left this morning for the long drive to Colorado, he hopes to be there on Wednesday afternoon. His car is loaded to the roof, and beyond, the only space left was the drivers seat. The rain stopped and the sun began to shine as he stepped on the driveway, a very good sign. His furniture will be shipped and should be with him in about 2 weeks, until then he will be sleeping on an air mattress.
He will be gainfully employed, as soon as he finds a job, we have no doubts about that.
Bill and I both got a little upset (ok me more so), and so did James but this is truly what he wants, and we support him 110%. I couldn't stop myself and had to take these pictures (every mother out there knows exactly why).
Today is the beginning of James new life, and my fathers 73rd birthday, truly a special day and a day that we rejoice.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!!!!!
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Noir has taken a shine to the yarn and kept pulling it out of the basket as I was trying to take the picture.
James and Bill are packing up the car for tomorrows start to Colorado. We shall miss him, but when you decide what it is you want to do with your life you want it to start now, no waiting. He has strong wings, so we will let him fly.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Friday, January 5, 2007
3 Red Scarves for The Red Scarf Project, I will mail them on Monday along with Starbucks Gift Cards and some imported chocolate bars.
This has been a fun project, I know they say to make them generic so either a male or female could wear them, but I strayed from the path. I have 2 very girly scaves, and 1 rather male. The one on the far right is fluffy and even has a little fun fur down the middle. The center is the male scarf, it is reversible, its a knit row, and a p1, k1 row. The cherry red on the left is a soft fun fur with flecks of yellow, blue, green and purple, it has a fringe of red and white i-cords. I have enough red in my stash to knit a red scarf every other month this year, I hope to mail 6 scarves in January of 2008.
To see more Red Scarves take a trip over to Norma.
Banff (9 year old lab/bloodhound - adopted from the Humane Society when he was 12 weeks old). I took this picture on our only "snow day" so far this winter. As you can see he loves to rub his face in the snow.
Scotia (7 year old shih tzu - adopted from Humane Society when she was 3 - poor baby had a very hard life - now she lives in luxury). There will never be any pictures of Scotia in snow, as she does not like the great outdoors, and goes outside only when it is absolutely necessary. Scotia is my baby and why I love shih tzu's, if I did not have Scotia I would not have gotten Seil or Islay.
Whistler (8 year old terrior mix - adopted from Humane Society when he was about a year old). Loves the great outdoors, in all kinds of weather, and would gladly give his life to protect what he loves most - his family and his home. A watch dog to be reckoned with. (only fear - the vacumn cleaner).
Islay (you met her earlier), arrived in October when she was 10 weeks old. She will have her 1/2 year birthday on January 13th. Islay came from a breeder near the Maryland border. This is the first puppy we have bought in over 10 years, but we had a very sad summer and lost two beloved dogs, she was a gift from my husband, and she is a joy, and an absolute clown.
Jasper, who we lost to cancer in early June. She was 10 years old and was much loved, because she gave much love. She will be with us always.
Seil, a lovely wee shih tzu who we had for the briefest time, but loved dearly, we lost him to epilepsy in August.
If you are wondering about their names, they are all named after places we love, in Canada and Scotland. Our son started this trend when he named Jasper after his favorite place in Canada.