Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Therese's Socks

Therese has completed some nice socks. The yarn for the larger pair is from 'Biscotte & Cie' and is called 'Go Habs Go' `The two smaller pairs are made with 'Regia' from her stash.
Great socks Therese.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Finished Projects

I have been driving myself loopy looking for this photo for three weeks. Doris knit the two scarves and the little blue shawl. Great job Doris. JoAnne knit the two hats. Love the hats JoAnne. Nathalie knit the very nice pair of socks. Wonderful job Nathalie.
Now when my daughter remembers to take a few photos of the cardigan I made her for her birthday I'll upload those.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spinning Retreat

My daughter Ashley and I at the Mill River Resort in PEI at the annual Maritime Spinner Retreat.
  Spin, shop, eat, spin, spin, spin.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Minion Socks

Nathalie has been a busy knitter. Below are her Minion socks. Yarn from Biscotte  and Cie.
Good job.


Look at these two sweet baby hats knit by Therese. Great job Therese.

Some Finished Projects

Knitted by Nathalie is this beautiful pullover by Amy Miller called "Ice Shanty". Nathalie did a great job on this. She also knit the lovely pink shawlette using Heidi's Handyes from London  Wul.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Spinning Yarn on a Support Spindle

Well after almost a year with the lovely Russian spindle purchased at last year's spinning retreat I finally found a You Tube video that showed me how to use a support spindle. Thanks to Lori Rhone of Deerfield Creations for posting that awesome video. Actually I purchased an apple support spindle at my very first retreat and have never been able to use it successfully. Now I am able to use it and the numerous other support spindles I own. I'm not very good at it as of yet but at least I am able to spin on them to create a variety of yarns from cotton, camel, yak, excetera.
   I haven't been knitting much as it's been way to hot. I'm almost ready to knit the heel portion of a pair of toe-up-socks that I've neglected since this spring.
   I want to thank Heidi Wulfraat for the use of her wonderful cotton hand carders. Thanks so much Heidi and I'll see you on Thursday.
   I'll see everyone else this Wednesday evening the 20th of July from 6-8pm at Reads in Riverview for our usual knitting clutch.
   Right now I must get ready to go out to eat with hubby. We are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wooly Mason Jar Dye Workshop

Last Wednesday I had the good fortune to attend a dye workshop at London Wul. Hosted by owner Heidi Wulfraat and given by Lucy Richard creator of The Wooly Mason Jar Color Wheel Dyeing . Lucy is a proficient rug hooker and her workshop is wonderful. It's a full day and you leave knowing  that you can do this at home. The technique is great for dyeing wool fabric, yarn, roving and jersey. Lucy explains and demonstrates everything with great knowledge, humor and enthusiasm. I actually understand the color wheel now. Lucy calls it the color clock. With her method you get the same results every time. It's amazing.
  If you always wanted to dye wool, yarn or roving for rug hooking, knitting, crochet, spinning or crafting this is a must do workshop.

Baby Projects

Hi to everyone. Yes I still exist and yes I knit.
It's been hectic since my last post as my DD was quite ill in early March and had surgery in early June.
  A fellow co-worker and friend had her baby shower on June 3rd and I managed to make her little one a few things. She's having a boy very soon now.
  I knit one of my favorite all time baby cardigans. Debbie Bliss' Ribbed Baby Jacket in size 3 to 6 months. I used Lionbrand, Cotton Ease, colour#110 Lake. I knit a basic baby hat to match.
 I found this simple and lovely crocheted baby blanket pattern and made one using super soft Bernat handicrafter cotton in Off White and Robin Egg. It really is super soft. The pattern is by April Bennett with  Cuddle Me Beanies, Chevron Baby Blanket.
 I found a few patterns on Pinterest to sew up as well out of jersey knit and cotton knit fabrics. The pants are called "just hatched baby leggings" from made-by-rae.com . They are super cute and if I'd had more blue cotton knit fabric in plain or patterned I'd have made more. The hat pattern I also found on Pinterest and is the "Knotted Infant Cap" from Make Sew Baby. The t-shirt was a onsie pattern and I'm sorry I can't remember who it belonged to.
 The same Chevron Baby Blanket as above done in Berocco Vintage for my Great Nephew Hunter. I still have to knit him a jacket and hat etc. before mailing it.
 I started knitting this super easy pullover using Patons Lacette in white for myself.  It's suppose to be in chunky weight but I am knitting it loosely on 10mm needles. It is called "The Norwegian Skappel Sweater" original pattern byDorthe Skappel and the translation to English is provided.
Well more later.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Nathalie did a wonderful job knitting L'Enveloppe a pattern by Sally Melville. Great job Nathalie

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

JoAnne's Pizazz Poncho

Didn't  Joanne  do a great job crocheting her Pizazz Poncho?
Love the colours and  the fringes.
Great job.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hooked Rugs

Here are a few of the hooked rugs I've completed this spring.

Sisters 3 Bicycling
 The Sisters 3 is hooked using mostly worsted weight wool yarn. I did use a bit of my handspun and a smidge of glitter. It is 7inches by 27.5 inches. It depicts myself and my two older sisters when we were little girls. My eldest sister on the lead bike has a basket with our little dog Trixie Bell. My middle sister's bike sports a cool light and I'm bringing up the3 rear trying to catch up.  It took me two months to complete.
Fantasy Crewel Floral

This is my foyer rug. I used a #8 cut wool. The background is a very dark purple and the beauty line separates it from the black outer border. It's quite a large rug being 36 inches by 74.75 inches and it took me almost a year to complete from the day I designed it until completion.

The above is a Martina Lesar pattern called Abstract 4. It is 9.5 inches by 20 inches on linen. I fell in love with this pattern the instant I saw it on her website. Martina has so many beautiful patterns on her site. I have purchased two. I used a #8  cut on this so it hooked up very quickly, just 24 days. I carried the color of the wool strips over to the binding yarn.
I started hooking a series of 13 stair risers today. I would like to thank all the ladies that meet the first Saturday of the month at London Wul and the proprietor Heidi Wulfraat for all of their sage advice, support and encouragement.

Debbie Bliss Tunic

Last July I became enamoured with a pattern by Debbie Bliss from her Paloma book. The pattern is called Rib Yoked Tunic. It's a delightful pullover and I like it quite well. I used eight skeins of Berroco  Vintage Chunky in Aster.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Crochet Projects

Well you all know from my previous post that I do actually knit but when I see crochet projects that I love I can't help but make them.
I fell in love with Jenny King's  #9 Crochet Jacket from Noro Magazine Issue 7. I started it on March 14th and completed it in four days. I used five skeins of Knit Picks Chroma worsted  New England. My yarn gauge was unusually thin for a worsted weight hence the large hook size of 8mm/L. I purchased the yarn from Knit Picks a few years back when it was on sale. I’m so happy I did because it is super soft and I love the colours. I love the pattern and the finished product.

I also completed Nadia Fuad's Pizzazz Poncho. She has a great video tutorial on her website Yarnutopia . I fell in love with the pattern the moment I first saw it. I used 12 different Paton’s Classic Merino in small amounts from my stash; bright red, Aran, plum heather, black, magnolia, black tweed, aquarium, dark grey, orchid, lemongrass, rich red tweed and natural mix. A skein of Bernat Cashmere Earth. Briggs and Little Heritage orange and yellow. Tiny amounts of Berroco Vintage colors Oasis and Berroco Ultra Alpaca Peat Mix.
My poncho was asymmetrical so I shifted the back tab to the right and started in the 7th DC from center. I wanted a definite front with a V neck.
I have started a gorgeous knitted pullover pattern by Debbie Bliss from her Paloma book. It is the Rib Yoked Tunic . I'm making it using Berroco Vintage Chunky in Aster. I have the back completed, the two pocket linings and I have started the front. I have always wondered why most of Debbie Bliss's patterns are done in pieces and not in the round? Sigh! Oh well she's the designer and I'm certain she has her reasons.

Keep your sticks in the yarn.
Until  next time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Baby Gifts

Okay more baby gifts.
The Little Bug Cardigan by Laurel Young fit the bill for my co-worker and his wife's first baby/ They are having a girl so I did the graph on the right. This is an easy knit top down raglan in several sizes. I knit it for size 0 to 3 months. The bow is a modified version of the Miss Savannah Bow by Elizabeth R. Krueger first published on The Blue Sky Alpacas website.

I also made a sweet little baby blanket using the Granny Cocoon Shrug by Maria Valles from previous posts. I just stopped crocheting when it measured  31 inches square and added a plain chain border. I crocheted alternating sweet colours of peachy pink, mint, white and soft yellow. I hope they like it.

I also knit completed another Purl Soho caplet out of my handspun.
It's cozy and it used approximately 500 grams of fibre. I used 400 grams of Knit Picks Hot Red Heather, Wool of the Andes roving that I had purchased a number of years ago and 100grams of red merino fibre purchased at London Wul. As I said it is cozy.
Loving the woolly wool.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Crochet Cardi

I completed another crochet cocoon cardigan on Monday, March 7th. This one was a birthday present for my Aunt. I made it using Red Heart Comfort in Off White. I had about 2 yards left over out of the 16 ounces. My mother is modelling it. The pattern is by Maria Valles.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Stash Busting Crochet

More stash busting done this week but this time in crochet.

The following is a pattern originally posted by Maria Valles in 2014 and is her Granny Cocoon Shrug . It is more a recipe than a pattern and she links to Nadia Fuad's step by step video tutorial on Yarnutopia.
 I used seven different handspun yarns and an 8mm hook to make mine. It took about a day to crochet and is very easy and quite lovely. I love mine
 The other project I did I used up the four skeins of Rowan Big Wool "Spray" that I had purchased from Ram Wools in Manitoba. I had purchased them a number of years ago (that colour is discontinued) and they have taunted me ever since. I decided I needed another tote and found Alice Merlino's "Starling Handbag" pattern on Ravelry. I chose to make the size due to the size of the yarn. I used a 10mm hook and when complete added a lime green cotton lining. The completed size is 10 inches high from base to opening and is 21 inches wide.
Showing my chosen wool

 I think that is it for now. This week I'll be working to finish the two hooked rugs I've been neglecting.
P.S. If you liked the model I used for my shrug you may get an identical one. It was our snow shovel draped in a fleece lap blanket.

Outline Shawl

A few weeks ago I completed another of  Beata Jezek's Outline as a birthday gift for a friend. I used DK weight wool and just two different yarns. I started and ended with the multi-coloured Riot by King Cole knitting 12 rows and the body I knit 12 rows off white and 26 rows Riot. I used  almost all of the 2 skeins of Riot and about 1/2 of  my skein of white.

She liked it and for that I'm grateful.

Stash Busting Knits

This week I did some stash busting.
If you spin as a hobby as I do you may be like me and have multiple skeins of handspun that is too little to make a large project. I decided to make a favorite cropped cardigan using four different handspun yarns from my stash. The pattern is Kaya Cropped Raglan Shrug by Dawn Leeseman. I usually increase the length of the sleeves and body to modify it into a cropped cardigan.
Handspun cropped cardigan
I had purchased some lovely chunky Merino yarn when I visited Have a Yarn in Mahone Bayin July/2015. The yarn is by the Mineville Wool Project in colour Three Churches. It is a super soft wool with wonderful drape. I used the entire three skeins I had to make Purl Soho's free pattern Mountain Capelet. I modified it so my hands could come out by knitting the 3 purl rows and then knitting 9 rows before joining in the round. A super easy pattern.
Mountain Capelet

Deina's Hats

Deina is doing some stash busting by making hats. Love them.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Not Knitting

So I had to have an emergency appendectomy on February 12th. Not quite the Valentine surprise I was expecting and not a happy one at my age.
 I did complete the birthday Outline shawl gift but I forgot to take a photo. I'm hoping my BIL takes one for me as he delivered it to his mother, the birthday girl.
I'm working on a new pair of socks, a crochet baby blanket and a little hooked mat.

We're meeting at the usual place this Wednesday weather permitting.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mini Spinning Mum-Daughter Get Away

So what do you do when your daughter works shift and visits have to be carefully scheduled? Well you take a most enjoyable train ride to join up and you spend a few nights at a hotel spinning fibre and catching each other up on your lives. You also go to the LYS and shop

DD spinning on my Louet Victoria

Me spinning on my Lendrum

The following photos were taken on our visit to Dartmouth Yarns. A lovely shop well worth a visit.
My yummy purchases