Saturday, November 19, 2022

Year of Handspun Socks

I recently completed my challenge of dyeing the fibre, spinning the yarn, and knitting twelve pairs of socks in 2022 -

I learned a lot, tried new things, stepped out of my box, and had lots of fun.
I am really happy with the results, and have socks to last me a while.
More details can be found on my Ravelry page for the project.

I finished a couple of weaving projects (more tea towels - my favourite to weave)-

Both of these projects were stash busters. The above are made with cotton,
and these are with cottolin.
I used up all kinds of leftover yarn from different projects.

I have a long term cross stitch project on the go and recently joined up the border vine -

It is so nice when the ends join up!

My son and husband made a box (for the cat's bed)-

They used some old pine shelves from our last house, and a laser cutter to add the design.

Photos from Around-

Sunrise.
Another sunrise. This one with sundogs after a storm.
The curious one - Maggie comes out to inspect anything that goes on the floor.
Molly was so happy to have snow again - she loves to push her ball in the snow and then search for it.

All the best!♥︎

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Catch Up

Canning season is finally wrapping up (just a few more things to make), so time for a catch up!

I finished a couple of pairs of socks-
#10 for 12 pairs of hanspun socks in 2022,
and #11. Both 2x2 ribbed socks.
My son made me a pair of sock blockers out of a piece of acrylic and the laser cutter.

I made a new pair of slippers - the pattern is the Wayfarer Shoes from Twig and Tale. Genius pattern, easy to sew (all the seams are enclosed), and really nice to wear. I made mine out of an old wool skirt that I felted, the lining is a bit of leftover quilting cotton, the sole is some moose hide with a some thick wool from an old coat for the lining. I did a bit of embroidery on the toe before sewing everything together. I have a few more pairs planned. My friend Raewyn makes the small version for her grandchildren and they are so cute!

I also made a charcuterie board for my Mom (she asked for one).
This is from a leftover thin piece of Russian Olive from when my son and I made a bench a couple of years ago. He used the laser cutter for the apple design in the corner.

I helped to roof the garage last month and loved the view of the gardens (the big cement square is the old cistern for the house water, now it collects rain water). Everything did so well this summer - we had enough rain and heat.
We had a great harvest from the vegetable garden!
We have never grown such big onions (the biggest were from seeds I had started in the house last March).
The Swiss chard was beautiful all summer (the freezer is full for winter smoothies).
Lots of produce was canned! Those shelves are 2 feet deep, and they are full - mainly tomato, and apple based products. I tried a few new things this year (caramelized onions, antipasto, apple ketchup...) that I was really happy with. For about 2 months something was canned or frozen just about every day (the freezer is full of different types of zucchini cakes). It is a lot of work, but so nice to have home made products all winter. I am sure that we eat something from the garden every day of the year (nice to remember when we are snowed in with -40 temperatures in the middle of January).

It will be nice to have time for other things now.

Photos from Around - 

That time of the year for stubble burning.

Lovely fall colours.

We went for a drive and saw this interesting old building/grain elevator(?) nearby.

A blog post isn't complete without pet pictures!

All the best!♥︎

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Tour de Fleece Results and More

Tour de Fleece was last month and these are my results -

I spun everyday for 24 days. 
I spun 784g of fibre and ended up with 2,506m of yarn

I am currently knitting a Nightshift with some of the yarn.

I recently finished #9 of 12 handspun socks for the year.

I also finished knitting another Easy (my 4th - love these).

Photos from Around - 

The garden is doing well - canning and freezing season is well under way.
Honey is also flowing- we are up to 27 litres of honey so far and expecting one more harvest before settling the bees in for the winter.
Morning walk.
Fresh vegetables from the garden always impress me with their beauty.
Miss Maggie has her favourite spot (can you see the 'J' on her belly - I think she was destined to be my first pet).
She comes for walks - panting away in the heat.
She doesn't take any nonsense from her best friend.
She also didn't like when this little one came.
After watching our security camera footage we saw that a lady had shaken this little cutie from a box into the ditch along the highway behind our house. I had seen a car slowly drive up, turn around, and stop, then speed off. I assumed that they were lost and checking the map. When this one caused such a commotion for our pets I checked the camera (it has a better vantage point).
He was only slightly harmed by Miss Maggie, the dog is gentler - found him and laid down beside him until we came. He has since been taken to a shelter (cost me $100 - shelters are overrun after the pandemic), and he has been adopted. I hope life is better for him now. 
I already look after one cat that someone dropped off, and can't take them all in.
I don't know the people's circumstances, but I still can't believe they thought leaving this little cutie to fend for itself was the only option.
Miss Molly running in the tall grass yesterday morning.

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Half Square Triangle Quilt

I finished the half square triangle quilt -

I made this with 4" HST (squares cut to 5", HST trimmed to 4.5").
The quilt is 100" square, with a 25x25 block layout, using 625 HST blocks.
I used wool batting (Hobbs Tuscany), and free motion quilted it on a domestic sewing machine with Essential Pro thread, in an all over meander pattern.
Our bed is an old double bed that has been modified and now fits a queen mattress.
I wanted a "plain", old fashioned quilt that I could use with some smaller quilts.
This was a really nice quilt to make. Before starting I had thought parts of the process would be tedious (trimming HST), but every step was enjoyable.
I am really pleased with how it came out.

I sewed a dress -

I have made this pattern a few times and am always amazed how well it comes together (odd shaped pieces, and very few instructions).

I am still working on knitting 12 pairs of handspun socks in 2022 -

This pair (#9 for the year) is simple stockinette.

Tour de Fleece started on July 1st (and ends July 24th)-

TdF is an online spinning event held at the same time as the Tour de France.
I am hoping to finish spinning some BFL wool for a sweater (the two bags of fibre at the bottom of the photo), and to spin the five bundles of Targhee wool for a Nightshift Shawl.

Photos from Around -

Wildflowers are blooming
Bindweed
Wild roses
Storm clouds
The garden is growing well. The bees seem happy there too.

Drone photos taken by my son -

Vegetable garden
Interesting patterns in the neighbouring field
Our yard is so green, makes a nice change from the last couple of years of drought (the drought and gravel road dust had a bad effect on the shelter belt trees as most are dead).

All the best!♥︎
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