Monday, April 22, 2019

Another Type of Creativity

With all the renovations going on I haven't had much crafting time, but I did finally get a vest that I have been working on into one piece. 

this photo is washed out
It started with the back and knit until the end of the armhole, and then stitches were picked up for each front. Now that everything is joined into one, it is much easier. 

closer to the true colour
The pattern is Capture a Cozy Moment by Carol Sunday (a paid for pattern on Raverly). It is a very straight forward pattern, with a lovely brioche collar (all knit stitches, not a purl in sight!). I am using some handspun Merino, that I dyed and spun a few years ago. I don't have enough yarn to make it like the pattern, but it still should be a good size for a vest. I will just keep knitting until I run out of yarn.

In the top photo you can also see what we have been working on - new hardwood flooring! I get to lay out the boards - another type of creativity - joins can't be too close, needs a good mix of colour and lengths... lots of fun, and so worthwhile.



With all the boxes of flooring being used the little cat lost her favourite perch to look out the window (I did put in a new box for her to watch the birds).

Now for more photos of my surroundings -

the full moon last week
raining in the distance
so calm
full moon reflecting on the pond
coming home after Easter dinner
 All the best!♥︎

Monday, April 15, 2019

Weaving

 I recently wove a table runner for my sister -


The brown warp was a commercial yarn (Harrisville Design Shetland in the colour way Teak), and the natural was some hand spun yarn from one of the raw fleeces I was given (the person who gives me the fleece is a friend of my sister). The style of weaving is Overshot - a two step weave, with two colours/shuttles.

fresh off the loom
With the warp I experimented with different treadling patterns to create different designs. More details can be found on my Ravelry page.


This was the first time that I wove a whole project in overshot, and I can't wait to try it again.


The overshot sampler project was from this book - Next Steps in Weaving by Pattie Graver (I really recommend this book if you are a new weaver or what to experiment with different types of weaving).

Now for some photos of our area -

a flock of swans!
water in the ditch at sunset
wide open spaces!
All the best!♥︎

Monday, April 8, 2019

Painting

Since I have been blogging every Monday for over a year I don't want to stop, I don't have much to talk about. The only thing going on around here seems to be home renovations - which are going well.


This is the fifth home that we have renovated (one of our homes didn't need work). It is exciting for me when it is painting time (that's always my job and I love it). It is when our house really becomes our home. We changed things in our bedroom - removed a couple of small closets and added a walk in closet by taking some space and giving it back in another spot to the adjoining bathroom - making it a better layout.


After a warm weekend the snow has really gone down and the pond is full (like a private lake - it does have a dock, and my son takes a little boat out on it).

All the best!♥︎

Monday, April 1, 2019

A Little Crochet Project

A little finished project this week - every time I crochet I remember how much I love it!


The pattern is Easy Peasy Catnip Mouse from Mollie's Blog of Stuff. I made it from some of my first handspun yarn - so it is quite dense with lots of twist, it should hold up quite well. I stuffed it with some leftover wool batting (no catnip). It is a very easy pattern. The tail is the start of the project, with a row of single crochet to give it the twist, and for extra strength (which is good, since Maggie likes to hold the tail with her teeth, and kick it with her back legs).


Although she didn't seem too impressed at first,


She loves it. As I am writing this, she is busy playing with it.

The snow is really melting around here -

early morning ice
snow in the fields is almost gone
lots of water in the yard
All the best!♥︎

Monday, March 25, 2019

Finished Gnome

The last clue of the mystery knit along came out today and I finished the gnome!


Surprise! It's a girl gnome - apparently all gnomes have beards, although this one is a leaf, and she has long braids. It was lots of fun to make. She is 12" to the top of the leaf on her hat. The pattern is Gnome MKAL by Sarah Schira - she is planning another mystery gnome in the fall.


I finished a skein of yarn. This one is from a very coarse section of a raw fleece. I thought it would be perfect for a weaving project. It is about 84g and 200m.

Since there isn't much crafting going on around here, I thought I would share a couple of photos of what else I was up to this past week.


I scraped stipple off the ceiling! Luckily it had never been painted, so came off relatively easy.


It is just really messy/dusty. Amazing how much stuff was up there.


The walls and ceiling are being patched where walls were removed (a little 'railing' was left where the stairs to the basement are). We have opened up the area where the kitchen, living room and dining room are.


Something I learned from Instagram this week was how to peel a mango with the edge of a glass - it works so well.
the little cat has her collar off 
The snow is really starting to melt,


and geese are migrating! Spring is here!

All the best!♥︎

Monday, March 18, 2019

A New Collar

The second clue for the Gnome Mystery Knit Along was released recently and now the hat is made.


The hat is finished with a cute little leaf (seems to be a theme...).


I finished spinning the sock yarn I made with some raw fleece that I had cleaned, dyed and carded.


I started a pair of toe-up socks. The pattern is Plain Sight by Lisa K. Ross - from the newest issue of Knitty (a free online knitting magazine).

Our little outdoor friend got a new collar this week-

she is trying to back out of her Elizabethan collar
Since she seems to be here to stay we decided to take her to the vet - she has had her shots, been spayed and tattooed. She has adapted really well to being inside and has turned out to be such a nice, easy going cat (if you had told me that two weeks ago I would never have believed you). She loves watching TV - especially hockey, also might be addicted to the iPad, and loves sitting on laps. Our children had hamsters and fish when they were younger but this is our first pet that walks around the house - she is quite entertaining.

bird watching
Renovations are in full swing at our house (as you can see from the photos new floors are going to be put in - hardwood instead of laminate and vinyl flooring). My son made little steps out of the boxes for the cat to look out of the window since she wasn't supposed to jump.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, March 11, 2019

Finished Sweater and Socks

I am so pleased with my new sweater!


It came out really nice, and is lovely to wear.


Check out the almost 5 foot snow drift in front of me!

I also finished knitting a pair of socks-


This was another take-along project.

More details about these projects can be found on Ravelry - link for sweater, and link for socks.

I started another knitting project-


This is the first clue of a mystery knit along - Gnome MKAL by Sarah Schira, that started today and has four clues (the last clue comes out on the 25th of March).

All three of these knitting projects are knit with yarn that I spun from raw fleece that I was given from a local farmer.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, March 4, 2019

Still Progressing!


My sweater is still progressing nicely - I just have a bit more to knit.


I did finish combing another bit of raw fleece - this one just over 100g.


As part of my experimenting with the raw fleeces, I tried dyeing it in a pot for a change. I find that the spun yarn is easy to dye, but the unspun fibre doesn't take the dye as easily. Dyeing it in a pot seemed to work really well.


I am making a three ply yarn, I hope for socks (the above photo shows the dyed fibre, drum carded fibre and the first spun bobbin).

cleaned fibre drying

I also washed up another raw fleece.


The big news at our house is that finally renovations have started! So many different kinds of baseboards and trims.
the cat watching the partridges from her perch
4' high drifts and more blowing snow
All the best!♥︎

Monday, February 25, 2019

Finished Socks


Mainly I have been knitting away on a sweater (I think it will make a nice spring jacket, and spring here lasts about 20 minutes, so I want to make sure I will be able to wear it when that happens). Sleeves are knit and I am about half way down the body.



I did finish a pair of socks made from handspun. This was my take-along/waiting room knitting - so simple, two-at-a-time, 64 stitches, top-down socks.

Now for the photos of our surroundings-


A fox was captured on the trail cam!


And fox prints in the fresh, hard packed snow.

This past weekend we had some snow on Saturday, then blue skies and 50km/hr winds on Sunday, which made for some interesting changes in the landscape-

windy and clear skies

In the above photo you can see the blowing snow, and to the left the top of a 6' high shed, the drift on the left must be 7-8' high!

4' drift across the driveway
drifts in the trees
The cat still likes to come for a walk -


 All the best!♥︎