Saturday, February 28, 2015

Still About

I am still alive. And knitting.

It feels like I post so much on Facebook that the blog is redundant. But I don't like that feeling so I am going to be blogging more.

I've also felt like the weight of expectations are crushing me and I am stressed to the max. Work, family, and my health (or relative lack thereof) have me at a precarious brink. I have a couple of weeks holidays booked at the end of March and am trying to sort a getaway but it will likely end up an incommunicado staycation.

I have been knitting, else I'd undoubtedly be posting from a locked ward. do they allow cell phones? that might be an option for a nice quiet getaway. though I'd not likely be permitted my best knitting needles
I have knit the puppies blankets.





They were meant to be Xmas prezzies, but well, the puppies love them, and me, all the same.

I am working on an afghan for my new leather love seat. I finally got shot of the visibly well used sofa. it is still adequate structurally, but is in need of a slip cover. it's in temp storage for a future home. The new love seat reclines!! I know. I feel absolutely spoiled. The afghan is a simple old shale pattern and knit with Bernat Blanket.


I have a deep love for this yarn. It is decent chenille and though my rough hands catch on it relentlessly, I adore the cushiness of it.

I have also pulled out the Ch√Ętelaine Mystery X (no longer a mystery - lol!! It's now called Secret Victorian Garden.) and have rediscovered how much I love cross stitch. Especially with hand dyed cottons and silks. Mmmmmm I feel artistic when I cross stitch. Even though it's all charted, it's deeply satisfying to my soul. I have gotten much stitch in the last couple of days.





I wish that the metallic threads photographed better.
And there are beads to be placed in the empty squares. I can't sew them on until all of the stitching is completed as the would likely break under the embroidery hoop/frame. Best 'til last!!

The puppies are a constant joy. They have such distinct personalities and habits. Chica, though she is younger gets fed first because in the morning Petey requires a certain amount of attention and petting from me before he will eat. Even though/if he's slept with me that night, he won't even sniff his food until we've had our time.
And he's jealous. If Chica or Toby (Lee's dog) are getting any attention whatsoever, he's there like a shot, bossing them out of the way.
Chica is more aloof, though when she wants to play she will yip until she gets played with. She loves fetching her little ball; she knows to bring it to the blanket at my feet. Petey has no interest in "bring it"; he's quite content to lay at my feet.



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Saturday, August 30, 2014

You Can Take the Girl Out of the Country

I've been on a knitcation this week. It has been excellent!!
I've been knitting my way through several TV and movie series - Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek, Supernatural - and aside from some Back To School laundry & shopping it has been all knitting, all the time!
Today I took 3 hours out of my day to do down 4.5 dozen corn.



Shucked


Blanched


Shocked


Kernels cut off


Cobs after mandolin


Cobs after being scraped clean with a knife


Sweet milky meat below the kernels


Gloved up after the obligatory mandolin injury. Not serious - just sliced lightly through the nail and into the bed. Not very deep or long. And certainly not the worst that I've done to myself.


Vacuum sealing. I can't even describe how much I love this machine!! Even with having to clean out the drip tray after every bag (mmmmm, corn milk!!) it's a tool I can't believe that I waited so long to purchase.


13 bags (most just over 1.5lbs), a meal of corn on the (actual) cob and 16 cobs that I am freezing to try this.
Probably not especially economical, but it's local corn and in the winter when we eat it the taste of late summer will be priceless.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

There and Back Again, a Knitters Tale

If to err is human, I am feeling especially human!!

I was knitting away on Irish Coffee,


feeling pretty good but just a bit hesitant. I don't know why - I had read through the pattern (and it wasn't my first babycocktails pattern so I was comfortable with their format), I'd knit & blocked a swatch, I was set.
I finally figured it out. For whatever reason I had swatched and was knitting at a 5sts/inch gauge not the 4sts/inch called for!! GAH!!! Absolute idjit mistake and I don't know how I messed that up from my brain to the needles but there was nothing for it.



As luck would have it I had Monday & Tuesday off and Lee is still out in BC on work, so it was Mission Knit Fabric.



Mission Accomplished!!

Poor Toby has been missing Lee a lot and he misses the puppies too. Today he dug one of the holes that Petey & Chica had started a bit deeper and had a lay down.



He looked so forlorn, but nothing drags him out of the doldrums like his favourite game!!


After 45 mins it started raining so he conceded to the weather and gave me a break. I swear, Toby would rather collapse from exhaustion that give up playing ball.



As you can see the Chuckit is well loved. If I'm lucky I can eke about 4 months out of the ball. Chuckit needs to either make them sturdier or send us a few freebies!!

I have been kept super busy at work with Back to School in full swing and cleaning up in the back room. I finally had the chance to sort out the ribbon mod, fill it and adjust the counts. A small piece of perfection if I do say so myself!!



Back to the needles - I close tomorrow night so I can knit late tonight. I'm really hoping that the storm clears away so that I can see some of the Perseid meteor shower.


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Bloggable

July was a challenging month.
The weather has not been kind to my head, but I have meds and a drug plan so I shan't complain over much.
Amanda has been struggling. She's had much to deal with the last few years and has kept so much bottled up for so long. And of course being a teenager is not making it easier. But she comes from intelligent and sturdy stock and we are getting through a day at a time.

On the good news front, I have finished one of the mystery projects and am onto Irish Coffee by babycocktails out of Steamer Trunk by Mrs Crosby for Julie.


Top down, that's the v opening on the neck.

I have been remoted (promoted to the job that I previously had; yes, I unvented the word) to Dept Mgr!! I have Crafts & Stationery - I know, perfect for me!! It's not great yarn but it is yarn nonetheless and all the other crafty things!

The puppies are doing very well and Toby is a good big brother to them.









They are such fun - a lot of work, but I get so much pleasure from their antics and company. They have been a good bit of comfort and distraction for Amanda as well and she has been so good helping with their training.
They have such distinct little personalities as well. Chica is a little whirlwind, initiating most of the play and is always the one leading them into trouble. Petey is a chill guy, much more laid back and easy going but so eager to please.
Chica absolutely worships Toby! She pesters him relentlessly and collapses into submission trying to win his approval. Toby is alternately irritated by her then protective when he thinks that Petey is hurting her when they play.

We had a bit of a hail storm the other day!


Some of the pieces were the size of a small marble!!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

It's That Time of Year!!

Relay for Life is just around the corner and I need to ask for your support.

This is the 10th year that the DKC has had a team and we are planning all sorts of fun yarn related activities for children of all ages! We will of course still be knitting and spinning the night away - creating yarn and scarves filled with love & hope for Survivors.

All donations help to support research and the services provided by the Cdn Cancer Society. I don't know what I would have done without the support of their driving program!!

Donate or join our team here. Thank you!!!