Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pre Ho!Ho! Update

 Well it is getting close to Christmas day and it is past time for an update.

As promised are the pictures of my "Apple Cider" aprons made for the Tie One On challenge of the same name.The full apron is made from apple fabric that my friend Deina gave to me this fall and the half apron was actually a curtain that I purchased this past \spring at a second hand shop. They were great fun to make and I look forward to the next challenge.

Apple Cider Full Apron

Apple Cider 1/2 Apron
 We had a few busy weeks at knit club at Read's with plenty of show and share.Here is Joanne's moebius as modelled by Nathalie and Deina's hat.I apologise for the poor quality of the photos. I had only my cell on hand.

As you know I have been working on a mixed media fiber challenge hosted by London Wul of Moncton. Here are a few photos of my work thus far. I seem to be stuck on the exact right hair and hairstyle for this 3D wall hanging. I will look in my doll making box and come up with something.

Sketch and pinned head
Stuffed face

The group met at the Homestead for supper on Wednesday evening and a great time it was. I mean really the Homestead does serve very filling food and wonderful pies. Our Deina had called ahead and reserved a peanut butter pie for us. Thank you for that Deina and the Homestead agreed even though they don't normally offer that particular pie on Wednesday. If you have never had their peanut butter pie you simply must go and try it, it is divine. Since it was our last meeting before the holidays I made the ladies a darning egg each. They were fun to make. I purchased the wood eggs and the wood coat rack pegs at Michael's. My sweetie of a hubby did his magic with drill and glue and assembled them for me. Then the fun began! I got to tole paint them and varnish them and then give them as gifts. Very satisfying.

Darning Eggs
Half the eggs

Half the eggs
 The group will not be meeting again until mid February 2011.
From my house to yours I wish you all a joyous and peace filled holiday season.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Happy December

Well happy December to one and all and yes I am finished my holiday shopping, no my tree is not up yet. I usually put the tree up the week of the 10th. This year should be interesting with the kitten. No I am not decorated yet either. I do that with the tree. Baking,baking! What is that? I used to bake like a mad woman for the holidays but since there is just DH and myself I just do light baking. You know a few of our truly favorite things. Quite frankly I am not a great baker. My cookies are usually too brown on the bottom and my cakes don't rise as high as they should. So I usually make peanut butter balls and shortbread cookies. I used to make peanut butter brittle now I just buy it along with chocolates and other goodies.

This past week at knitting was great. Deina shared the moebius cowl she completed. I never particularly cared for them but Deina's is great as can be wrapped around like a small ponchette.
Deina's Moebius

Joanne shared her lovely pink and white crocheted baby blanket she completed for someone where she works.
Joanne's Baby Blanket

 I shared 2 pairs of socks I completed. The striped pair are just basic knit using 2 at time magic loop from the toe up. The yarn is North Pole, Victoriana. The fair isle socks are from a class I taught at Cricket Cove and is a modified Paton's pattern. Modified from DPN to 2 at a time magic loop.
My Socks

I want to share with you all the new and wonderful present I bought for myself. I purchased a set of Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles from Zen Yarn Garden. I purchased the small set to use for knitting socks and lace. I received the set with the very lovely red case. Delivery was quick and I received a lovely note from the proprieters. I have not actually knit with them yet. I have just fondled them and looked at them but I plan to road test them on my days off. They are very pretty.

Hiya Hiya Needle Set

My Mum was down last weekend I took her out for supper and by the time we left the restaurant there was quite a snowstorm. I realized how awful my tires were. Does the term slip-sliding away ring a bell? Thank goodness I was scheduled on Monday for servicing and having my winter tires put on. Of course it has been raining for 2 or 3 days now and the snow is all gone but I know it will return and I am ready. It was good to see Mum and I gave her, her Christmas presents. I hope she likes them.
I haven't been spinning much. What with teaching class, working and studying for my recerts ans them doing the recerts at work there hasn't been much time. I didn't go last Sunday due to the bald tire thing. I couldn't get out of the driveway. I should be able to make spinning this coming Thursday and look forward to going to London Wul with the ladies.
Our next meeting is Wednesday night, December 8th. This will be our last meeting at Read's before we break for the holidays. Hope to see you there until then stay warm and cozy.