Friday, December 23, 2011

Wanted and Needed

So it's December the 23rd and yesterday I picked up the Ashford Jumbo Flyer, 2 jumbo bobbins and some practice fibre from Heidi at London Wul. It certainly was nice to see Heidi again and that she had the above waiting for me at her shop made it even better. I definitely needed the flyer as I want to start spinning some bulky weight yarn to make Lopi type sweaters etc..

Jumbo Flyer

The bobbins are drying having been treated with Minwax. I haven't spun since late October due to a sprained shoulder but I had to try the flyer out and so spun a bit this afternoon. I like it! I like it a lot! The sliding hooks on this baby work like a dream and I just know the flyer and I are going to be great pals.

I am always on the look out for needles and of course I had to snag a set of Knitter's Pride interchangeable Acrylics as well as the chunky set. The set is quite nice. Very reminiscent of Knit Picks except the cable is a little thicker. The joins are quite smooth and the tips just sharp enough. I purchased my set from WEBS and the very day they arrived here I discovered in the Mary Maxim catalogue that arrived the same day that Mary Maxim is also selling these needles and to my delight my LYS, Cricket Cove is now selling the straight and DPNs . Yeah!!
Knitter's Pride Acrylic Interchangeable Needles
I finally managed to finish DH's Lopi sweater this morning. Hooray!! Go team! This is the first sweater I have knit him and I am well pleased with the fit. Note to self, gauge swatches really do work! Who knew? The colours are a bit blah but as DH is a mechanic and tends to attract grease like a magnet the colour is probably just right.

DH and Barclay

 Well that shall be it until after The Day. I hope everyone has a joyous, safe and wonderful holiday.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Party and Eats!

Well it wasn't really a party but our groups annual Holiday supper at the Homestead Restaurant. As usual I ate far too much. Thanks to Nathalie for the nice stitch markers. Note the coffee motive on them. Does that gal no me or what? Thanks to Deina for the nice bag she made containing homemade jam. Yum! Thanks to Therese for giving us all special cards thereby making a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation and to Doris for bringing the lovely angel pins she had made from some of her china mugs and to JoAnne for delivering fudge. Yum,yum,yum! We will be taking a break and meeting at Read`s in Riverview on January 11th, 2012 at 6pm.

Stitch markers and Deina`s gift bag containing jam
Tomorrow DH and I head down to Halifax to deliver Christmas presents and goodies. I am the first to admit that I am a basic cook and baker. There are things I make on the stove top that make very good holiday sweets. Such as Church Windows and Chocolate Macaroons. I also make a very good Peanut Butter Ball. Below is one of four trays I made up after physio today to take to family. It also includes Rice Krispie squares. Thanks to my physiotherapist Chris Mercer for that idea. Below the picture find my peanut butter ball recipe which is so easy you`ll be amazed.

Peanut Butter Balls
1/2 cup peanut butter (any kind you like)
1/2 cup icing sugar
some sifted cocoa
some sweetened coconut (shredded or flaked)

Mix the peanut butter and icing sugar together. Form into balls and roll in coconut or cocoa.
You can also form the balls around a large nut, maraschino cherry before rolling.
makes 12-16

That is all there is to it. Honestly! That is it. If you find there a little dry roll them in a bit of melted butter before rolling in coconut. I also like them rolled in a crushed pecans and coconut mixture. Really there is no limit to what you can roll these in. They can be dipped in melted chocolate as well.

Well that is all for now.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Early Monday Morning Mobile Update

It is just after 5:30 am here and because my Mum and I discovered on Saturday that we both purchased the same outfits for my brother's girls for Christmas I shall be leaving for Walmart soon to return the ones I bought. I thought that it was kind of funny that we did that.
The photos are of the  dumpling bag I made for my Aunt Marjorie using Alafos Lopi. The outfit is for my Great Niece Victoria. The Ribbed Jacket is a free pattern by Debbie Bliss.I made the body out of Patons Classic Wool, Petal Pink. It took 2 balls and the ribbing, hat and, mittens are Bernat Baby Jacquards Florals,Rosebud. The mittens are by Ruth Bendig and the pattern is Toddler Mittens on a String. The hat pattern is a free Bernat pattern Frilly Top and Tootsies

Dumpling bag

Victoria's Set

I felted a pair of mittens using Briggs and Little's Regal this weekend. Let me tell you if you want to knit a garment that it'll take a lot to shrink it this is the yarn to use as it took about an hour in the wash to shrink them. They did turn out quite lovely. I  used Catherine Vardy's pattern purchased at Cricket Cove. I also purchased the yarn there. CC has 30% off selected yarns on Fridays until Christmas. I will put a photo up after Christmas as they are a gift and I know the recipient reads this blog.

Tonight the group is meeting for annual Christmas meal at the Homestead restaurant before we take our holiday break. Yummy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Deina's Sweater

Deina's sweater she made as a gift for her DIL. The pattern is by Norah Gaughan called "Peace" and is made with Berrocco puma. Lucky DIL.
Mobiley Yours

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Camera Eating Photos

Well I did  have a few photos of my morning sock class that I had taken with my phone but they seem to have been eaten by some mysterious photo eating monster!! I was pleasantly surprised that all of my students had completed their socks. I hope you all continue making socks 2 at the same time on 1 circular needle.
Hubby drove me to London Wul on Saturday. I hadn't been since October. Heidi has some lovely sparkly fiber that she has dyed for sale. Even though I can't spin right now I bought a bag of yummy purple. I have been working on a few little projects like a sweet little cardigan for my year old niece. It is a free pattern by Debbie Bliss found at the All About You website.I have completed 5 Dumpling bags and plan to make at least 1 more. Thanks to Nathalie and Deina for your felting tips. I was having quite a time getting the process to work consistently. Your tips to use a pair of jeans in the washer and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda in the water seems to have done the trick. I used Plymouth yarns Galway Paint 100% wool on this one. They are such cute little project bags. I but a skein of Briggs and Little Heritage in rust at London Wul to make myself another one.Three others are gifts and one is too small (that one I made before the felting tips).

My Dumpling bag
Yesterday I decorated the house for Christmas. I used about a quarter of the usual amount of decorations. Just have to put the tree up this weekend. I would send of gifts but have been waiting for my Avon order and last week I ordered a special something, something from WEBS for my daughter. Otherwise I am good to go for the holiday.

We are meeting at Read's on Wednesday,December 7th. Next week we will be meeting at the Homestead restaurant in Riverview for a little supper and chat before the holidays. Until Wednesday then.