Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Great Mail Day today

I'm so excited today. I received to parcels in the mail that I've been waiting for. One is a gorgeous teal necklace from Lee's Hope Jewelry in Pennsylvania. A portion of the sales of the jewelry go to support research for Ovarian Cancer. The necklace is gorgeous and best of all, it fastens in front which is ideal for this lady with gel nails, and it has a big enough clasp that I can actually fasten it myself. Love, love, love it . . . I'll be on the site again soon ordering more jewelry.

I also got my parcel from Knit Picks. I'd ordered 2 balls of Stroll fingering yarn in a wine colour, some gorgous bamboo needles and a fluffy black sheep tape measure. I'm going to be using this yarn to make the Haruna shawl from Ravelry. It was a free pattern download and looks easy enough to put together. This will be my challenge for this year and if I can get it finished by summertime, then I'll have something to wear when I go out or when I'm sitting outside in the evenings.

What a wonderful day!

While I've been waiting, I've been making a simple garter stitch shawl with some bulky yarn that I have. For the last two years, I've been trying to make a vest out of this yarn and I always get to a certain point and lose count and mess up. I think the wool was trying to tell me something. Maybe I shouldn't be making this pattern. So, the other night, while I was re-watching Lost, I picked up the yarn and needles and cast on 3 stitches. I'm increasing at each end to make a triangular shape, just to use up the yarn. When it's finished, I"m thinking I'll crochet some coloured flowers to attach to the edge to dress it up a little. This is my creative piece for this year where I'm creating my own design - hope it turns out all right.

What are you working on? If you need some inspiration, check out some of the other knitting blogs. A couple of my favourites to visit are Mary Jane's Tea Room and Tiny Owl Knits . . . I love their patterns and always feel inspired after reading them.

Happy knitting!

Friday, March 2, 2012


Are you addicted to a particular website? My addictions are facebook and recently Pinterest. If you haven't joined Pinterest yet, you should at least check it out. The inspiration there just from the photographs is worth it. If you do a search on your favourite craft, up pops inspiration, patterns, links to blogs, etc. I could easily spend hours a day on there - but have to keep reminding myself that there are things to do around the house.

It's Springtime!

After a depressing winter which saw me say goodbye to my mother for the final time, I've managed to deal with the grief by crocheting. While my mother was in the hospital, I started a baby afghan, it was easy to work on while sitting at her bedside for hours at a time. There is a great yarn shop in the town where she lived and I bought several balls of purple/lavender yarns and proceeded on making this blanket. Last week, saw me finally finish it. I'll post pictures soon. I keep hoping that one day I'll become a grandmother and these little blankets and baby sweaters will be used but in the meantime, I'll just keep making things because they give me great satisfaction.

After I finished this blanket, I did some searching through the knitting blogs I follow and on Ravelry and found a gorgeous shawl pattern that I have to make. It's called 'Haruni'. The shawl pictured is made out of Stoll Tonal Yarn from Knit Picks. After reading through the directions, it's easy enough to make - may take awhile to finish but it'll look lovely. I went onto the Knit Picks website and ordered 2 balls of Stoll Tonal Yarn in the Wine colour - which is a mixture of reds and purples. It looks lovely and rich and will be perfect for summer evenings. I also went a little crazy and ordered some gorgeous Harmony wooden needles to knit the shawl with and a little black sheep tape measure. You can never have enough tape measures and I love the whimsical ones. Now, I'm waiting for my yarn to arrive - which should be next week, if Canada Post is quick.

While I'm waiting, I'm also in the midst of spring cleaning my house. Where did all of this dust come from? I'm purging a lot of stuff. IT's time for a change and I'm tired of a lot of the things we have around here - so out with the old to make room for some of the things I'll bring home from my mothers house. I brought back all of her houseplants - so far so good - they all still have green leaves, so that's a good sign - right? I've always been a hoarder, probably due to my childhood when my father used to give away all of my stuff to anyone who admired it. But there comes a point in ones life where it's time to clear out and reduce the amount of stuff that is stored. I'm looking at a lot of my stuff and I'll be putting lots up for sale. I have Quilters Newsletter Magazines from the 70's - in fact, I have several years worth of them, plus many other quilting magazines that would be a treasure to someone. They're filled with patterns and hints and good articles too. I haven't got to my fabric stash yet - but that'll need to be thinned out a little too - although I'm not sure how I'll be able to part with any of it. Maybe I'll just have to make a bunch of quilt tops and then one by one, tie them or quilt them and either hang onto them or give them away to charity.

The next few weeks are going to be fun. A lot of work, but fun getting rid of things that are no longer needed and finding homes for items that still have a purpose, just not in my home. Now, I have to train my family to keep the living areas of the house tidy. That will be a major challenge in itself.

I hope today finds everyone happy and healthy and working on some special projects. I'd love to hear what you're working on. Let's inspire each other!