Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Royall Weddings and the Like

Not much going on. I am working all week until Friday morning.So I will have to watch the Royal wedding taped later on television when I wake up on Friday.Like I would get up and watch it live at 2am. Yeah I would! I was married July 18th,1981. I was the same age as Diana when she married Charles. We were living in Ontario then. I got up and watched them get married. My groom was tall, dark and handsome. Unlike Diana and Charles we are still married. That'll be thirty years in July. Prince William was born in June, 1982. My daughter in October, 1982. That means both are in their 29th year. I watched with the world the weddings of Andrew and Edward as well as the break ups of Diana and Charles, Andrew and Fergie, Anne and Mark. The births of their children. With the world I grieved at Diana's funeral. I was pleased that Prince Charles was able at last to find happiness with the love of his life Lady Camilla. I along with the rest of the world wish Prince William and Kate Middleton all the best.

 I am finishing up a pair of socks that I found down in the bottom of my knitting basket. I am certain I started them a few years ago! I have also spun some lovely light fingering weight polwarth. I spun it and plyed it on my new Ladybug and will perhaps make a scarf or shawlette with it.

Well that is all for now. The knitting group meets at Read's tonight at 6pm.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Shawlette


Just a quick blog as I am working nights this weekend and need my sleep. Have you ever wanted to knit a shawl but were to frightened to undertake such a task? Well there are many, many patterns on Ravelry for small shawls or shawlettes that are gorgeous and easy to knit. My last post showed you Heidi Wulfraat's shawlette Heidi's Plumsweet Picot and I completed another shawlette using Patons Kroy Socks FX, Clover Colors. It just screamed shawlette at me. I found the pattern on Ravelry. It is Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante. I think it is lovely and found the pattern to be very easy to make.

Traveling Woman shawlette

A closer look

 So be ye not afraid there are shawls out there that a novice can knit.
Have a Happy Day

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Excited Me!

Well, Wa-hoo!! I have just emailed off my registration for the 11th Annual Maritime Spinners Retreat taking place in the Gaspreau Valley of Nova Scotia this October and is being hosted by Gaspreau Valley Fibres and The Potluck Spinners. I even booked my room. If you are a spinner,spinndler,weaver or you just love fibre these spinning retreats are fun and informative. Did I mention that they are fun? This will be my third and I traded three work shifts to be able to go. I just know it will be a great time.

Knitting group last Wednesday was fast paced and fab!! Lots of knitting and chatting going on.I love hearing what everyone is doing. This week we will meet at Read's in Riverview at 6pm on Wednesday the13th. Bring a project and hang for an hour or so.

Just so I can show that I truly do knit I have uploaded a few finished projects. The shawlette is free pattern by Heidi Wulfraat of London Wul called Heidi's Plumsweet Picot. It can be found on Heidi's site or here as a free Ravelry download. I made mine from a skein of Fleece Artist seawool that my pal Deina got me last year. I believe the colour is Victoria.

Plumsweet Picot shawlette
  I also knit a couple pairs of socks from Wendy D. Johnson's book Socks From The Toe Up. The green pair are Trail Socks yarn by Fleece Artist and the pink pair are Kertzer's On Your Toes Bamboo, Blooming Pink 0333. The patterns are for the green Serpentine and the pink On-Hold Socks.
On-Hold Socks


 I finally managed to spin a skein of silk up for Deina. She had a kit of silk hankies for a scarf that she asked me to spin. I spun half on my Ashford Traveller and half on my Schaht Ladybug ad then plied them on my LB.
Spun Silk Hankies

 I also finished plying the black Corriedale Top with some light green fibre from London Wul. I am at present knitting it into a pair of socks from the book The Sock Knitter's Workshop, pattern Garter Waves on page 100. I am doing both socks on 1 circular needle.
Black&Green 2 ply wool

 Well that is all for now. I will see you Wednesday night at Read's or I'll see you around town. Now I am forcing myself to do some housework before nap time as I have to work tonight. I am forced to work to support my hobbies.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ladybug, Ladybug ...

Well exciting day yesterday! I am on vacation and as you know I spent a few days of that spinning fiber with my DD in Halifax. The plan was to head to Maine for a few days and visit Halcyon Yarns, the Spunky Eclectic and various other fiber related shops along the Maine coast with my DH in tow. Alas, it was not to be as the weather has been most uncooperative and saw fit to blast us with snow. I was not amused on April Fools Day to wait out the snow. It just was not funny. DH saw that I was a little down and wanted to know exactly what I was going to Maine to shop for.When learning that I was considering a new spinning wheel he was just amazed.
                           DH,"You all ready own 2 wheels dear."
                           Moi,"Dear. Spinning wheels are like shoes. You have to have as many as you can so that you are assured of the exact right pair for every mood and every outfit."
                          DH,"Well can't you get what you are looking for from around here?"
  He is a lovely man and rather clever at times. I must say he is very accepting of my passions.
  The hunt was on for a Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel in our area. I had done quite a bit of research on line and decided this would be the wheel I would most like to try. In an ideal world I would be able to try every wheel out there ( I live in hope) but let's face it this is not an ideal world. After more online searching I found a dealer not more than a few hours away. Que Sunrise Mercantile located just outside Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. I have met the proprietor Suzy at 2 spinning retreats and was delighted after a quick email to her that she telephoned to let me know that she had 2 (now 1) Ladybugs in stock. Ain't life grand? That whole ideal world thing was coming my way after all. So on a snowy morning (that was just yesterday folks) DH and I headed out for a leisurely drive to check out a few Ladybugs. Suzy is a charming lady and her shop is as well. We were greeted very warmly and Suzy set me up in an out of the way corner in the cafe to try the wheels. I fell in love with the first wheel. Are you surprised? Browsed around the yarn, fibre, books and gift ware. Paid for my purchases and had a lovely lunch in the cafe with DH before heading out into the snow for home.

Sunrise Mercantile

Me and Ladybug

Suzy of Sunrise Mercantile

DH waiting patiently in the Cafe
  It was a grand day. I have my new wheel. Which is very quiet, easy to treadle, and is cute to boot. Yes life is good.
  Speaking of which I was to let you all know that I did indeed manage to get my Keurig coffee maker to work last week. There were just a few grounds clogging the dispenser and a safety pin did the trick and it was unclogged and I was able to have my usual Morning Blend.Yum!
Knitting group met last Wednesday night and Doris shared the lovely baby blanket she made for a friend who is expecting and Deina shared a finished hat she made for 1 of her grand-daughters (they are twins so Deina has made 1 for each). Such a nice Nana.
Deina's hat in Noro

Doris' baby blanket

  The Riverview Read's knitting group will meet this Wednesday evening, April 6th at 6pm and the Cricket Cove group meet again April 18th 19th at 6:30pm on Tuesday.

  Well I guess my trip to Maine will have to wait until this summer or fall. Hmm, I wonder what I shall shop for then?