Sunday, January 19, 2014

Training mode

It's that time again for the armchair athletes to challenge themselves through the Ravelry "Ravellenic Games 2014" Too bad we had to change the name, the new one is quite a mouth full. 
I finished this shawl the end of December and so far this month I have knit 2 small  neck wraps.
Here ...
and here...
and I managed to crochet another Sir Knight Helmet.  
So I think I am just about ready. I may try another neck wrap between now and the opening ceremony.
Crazy Canadian that's me. Team Canada Go!

This is the pattern I am going to  knit for Sochi

Andrea's Bl├╝tenpracht ... Pomp of Flowers

The pattern can be found here:

Did I mention I am also taking a couple of university courses online at the same time?  I figure I can knit and watch lectures at the same time. 
Now that life has resumed a little more normal pace I hope to post more often and share my projects, my ideas and maybe even some lace patterns I am planning. 

Knit on....

Monday, November 25, 2013

Still knitting

Time has flown by and I have been remiss in my posts. So much going on in life these days besides knitting. Here is a start from last year.
Moc a socks, I knit for a charity bazaar. I think I got 8 pairs knit for this year. More pictures later and yes they have beads. Just wait till you see the others.
My brother and sister in law were headed to Wales last spring. I had to make them a wee red dragon to ride in  the car. He has become their travelling companion. His latest trip was to Graceland.
Mini sweaters for the Christmas tree

Just love my "Maple Shawl" Knit with Twisted Fibre Arts Evolution Yarn, Muse 50% silk 50% merino. The pattern is called "Blight." Of course it has beads too.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Stitches Midwest 2012

The hotel service was "platinum," the classes were excellent everything was above what I expected. The market place was very exciting. As a registered attendee we had first peek on Thursday evening. When the doors opened it was like a "cattle drive," as my husband described it, as we poured through the doors.
That's me in the green jacket.
Friday was the session on designing skirts and the meet the teacher's luncheon.
omg there I am again!

Nicky Epstein at our table.
The Student Banquet was delicious and it was a treat to have Antje Gillingham at our table her ruffled skirt design was gorgeous.
Contrary to what many believe, as I talk a good fight, I find getting up in front of hundreds of people is very intimidating. The ladies at my table talked me into entering the Student Fashion show based on the number of knitter's who had commented on my shawl in the hall when we were waiting to enter the banquet room. My heart was pounding and my knees were shaking but I did it!! ... and loved it.. lol
MMario Knits, Queen Anne Lace, Misti alpaca lace weight yarn.

I went to the PJ party Sat evening but I was so pooped and there was no where to sit I gave up and went to bed.
Franklin Habit and bear.
merino and silk laceweight, couldn't resist the mug
You should have seen me trying to be nonchalant as I lugged my carry-on to the plane. "What, this bag? it is as light as a feather?" Did you know that yarn is duty free? Need I say more?
some linen + more linen ... ooooo

recycled blue jeans yarn ... ahhhhh
yarn bowl for stranded projects or for two on the go at once @.@
I waited 15 years to go to Stitches and it was everything I hoped it would be. To all the lovely knitters I met, thank you, it was wonderful spending time with all of you.
Four days surrounded by like minded fiber enthusiasts and praise given and received by ones peers was very gratifying. Strike that off my bucket list!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Next Up On The Needles

Lycaena Helloides

Primo Lace 1,000 yd skein

Butterfly Wings Shawl by Ray Whiting (Ruth Park for Knitivity) I want to use some beads just trying to decide where to incorporate them into the pattern.
detail of shawl knit by Linda Jo Park (mother of the designer)

Stitches Midwest countdown

♪ The Hills are alive with the Sound of Music!  ♪

Holiday Monday here in Canada. Not really a stat holiday but fortunately my employer has a family reunion this weekend so he gives us a paid day off. Lucky me.
The Maple Shawl is finished. The yarn "Muse," from Twisted Fiber Art, is a dream to knit. They call this an evolution dye. very clever. Not crazy about the original name of the pattern, however, I did add a scatter of beads to represent the spots that appear on the leaves at the end of summer.
"Blight" by Deborah Frank.
Stitches Midwest:
I have my class tools package ready. E ticket printed, insurance info printed, patterns printed and copied to my tablet. Still have some "homework" to do. Haven't packed my suitcase yet, but I do know what I am taking. My old tote bag is kitted out with all things "sheep." One hopes the airlines will not give me grief over my accoutrements.
Almost ruined Sandy's washing machine felting this puppy!

Plans have changed and I will be flying out on United Airlines this Wednesday and coming back on Sunday. I have been waiting 15 years to go to "Stitches." I first heard about these conventions when I had the Wool Shop. It has been on my "Bucket List" ever since.
I am pressing on with my "Games" challenge piece for Ravelry. This is the closest I will ever get to competing in anything athletic. Today I expect to pass 50%. There is no way I will finish before I leave for Stitches so, I will have to take it with me.
Not looking like too much yet but we do have an eye. More pictures to follow.
I have 21 hours of classes booked at Stitches Midwest. Talk about sensory overload! Every one, from the Estonian Cowl to Franklin Habit's Edging class to reading a Japanese Crochet pattern, is going to be very exciting for me.
Stay tuned, if you are so inclined.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Knitting Bucket List

Well, we survived the move to the apartment, barely.
It was enough to make you weep. Under all that clutter is the furniture.
Would eventually be a dining room.
Still digging out from under the unpacked boxes, which have been confined to the "spare room."
The last frontier, bravely go.......

 I went on a seek and rescue last night for my set of  rosewood double points. The elusive things are just that ... elusive. They will turn up sooner or later. One must remain pragmatic when one moves or one runs the risk of complete melt down. Humour there.
Birthday flowers were much appreciated what with moving AND achieving Senior Status! I look a trifle exhausted!

I did come across my lace weight cardi, a WIP, which I gladly knit on last night. Beautiful hand dyed Primo Lace from Knitivity, which just happens to be the same colour as my car... Once it is knit and blocked I think it will become a staple in my wardrobe. I am loving the little pearls I am kniting into an otherwise perfectly plain little cardi. Have not done a stitch on my Dad's picture the CBN I started at the house. My concentration just hasn't been to that point. Crazy busy at work. The most I have been able to manage is knitting on my second Phydlbits sock.
I came across an article about bucket lists and knitting. Ever since the movie Bucket List; which by the way if you haven't seen it you should; there have been bucket lists for everything.  The knitting thing of course appealed to me. So here are some of the things I want to Knit before I kick the said bucket:
The Princess Shawl from Heirloom Knitting, I have the yarn and the needles, just no time at present.
Spanish Armada

The Spanish Armada Shawl by MMarioKKnits, I want it in black. I mean if you are going to do it lets make it as hard as possible.
That's two things give me time I am sure I will come up with more. ;0)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

10,918 stitches later

 Captain Jack Sparrow is finished.
 I have packed my yarn scale or I could have calculated how much yarn I actually used. I went into the second ball of black and almost finished the ball of dark blue. There is quite a lot left on the other balls. He will be a pillow cover after we move. I just packed him away in his project box for the time being.
I have already started the second project using the crochet by numbers technique with a slight modification because I can't leave any good idea alone. This one is a special pattern generated by Todd Paschall for me from a photograph. I am going through embroidery floss like water. It only has 22,436 stitches! Holy crap.
This just the beginning, I do like the way the floss shines. More will be revealed later unless your on Ravelry and then you can see it on my projects page. If this turns out as well as I hope I will have it framed professionally. All this and working and packing to move.

Monday, April 30, 2012

"Captain" Jack Sparrow

Hold onto your crochet hook! I have just discovered a new obsession. (as if I needed another one) Take a moment and go visit this site Crochet by Numbers and click on Gallery. Then come back, I will still be here.
Now, pop over to Lee's website . Impressed??? Well, I am.

10% April 12th
Knit Picks Palette wool with a 3.5mm hook
25% complete April 15th

40% complete, April 23rd
50% complete, half way there, April 25th

60% complete, April 28th
70% complete, April 30th
Free pattern from  Lee Mac, "totallee" on Ravelry, she is a fantastic fiber artist. Very talented lady with a great sense of humour; love her "vlogs."  I am totally addicted ( pun fully intended, Lee).
 Todd, "toddapaschall" on Ravelry, has made me two patterns from personal photographs and I am learning how to make my own patterns.
Just because I have nothing to do except finish pack a whole house and move in four weeks. Cue hysterical laughter.
I will add updated pictures to this post so you can see the progress.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Remember Logan's bear?

Logan: " Can you keep a secret?"              Bear: "Forever."

You have a fuzzy.

Playing Peek-a-Boo

You can tell they are related, they have the same smile.

The bear was a success. Mom and Dad were happy and appreciated his heirloom status. Here's hoping "Bear" gives many years of quiet confidence to my young Grandson.