Back home again!

Back home again!

A wonderful trip to the Maritimes everyone! We’re back home safe and sound.

I did fit in a bit of rug hooking on the trip. My daughter’s nineteen year old kitchen rug needed a new binding. Thanks to the help of online friends on the Wooly Mason Jar Facebook group I was able to find some Briggs & Little yarn to bind it. My daughter is very happy with the new herringbone edge.

I also was to the Hooked Rug Museum of North America, which I told you about in a previous post. Plus I was able to visit the Belfast Mini Mills to spend some birthday money on dyed roving to spin, or not, for my wall hangings.

Ah! I forgot to tell you my 60th birthday was while I was away. My younger sister, her Husband and daughter went all out. My brother, his wife, her sister, and her husband were also there. As was my eldest daughter and her husband! It was a full table with eleven of us for supper! My sister decided it warranted two birthday cakes: one chocolate and one white. But not just any white cake! My niece made a lemon blueberry pound cake of her own recipe, and glazed it with vanilla frosting. It was to die for! So yummy and moist. Don’t bother to request the recipe – she isn’t sharing.

I was able to reconnect with a cousin I hadn’t seen since childhood. That was cool. Turns out his partner is from a place my eldest sister has visited. We were meeting at my eldest sister’s place. She and my cousin’s partner had a great time talking about her home stomping grounds.

Now we’re home it’s time to get caught up around here. Today is household chores and make appointments day. Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Enjoying Our Break!

We’ve been travelling the Maritimes the last week, and will be for another while. We’re really enjoying thenice weather, beautiful fall scenery, fresh local produce, and friendly people.

We enjoyed a few days in Moncton area. I met up with rug hooker Gwen Dixon at the Moncton Market. It was great meeting you Gwen! I love the colours in Gwen’s work!

My family from Moncton area took us on a walk through some woods near Riverview. The trails had steep hills on them. I was wondering if this out of shape prairie girl could do them! I managed.

We also checked out the Homestead Restaurant for a wonderful meal of local fare. I Had fish cakes with chow, turnips and carrots, coleslaw, and a wild blueberry pie with ice-cream. Yum!

Family took us up the coast to see the Irving Memorial Chapel and Jean Irving Plantation. What a great variety of trees! We also went to walk part of the Bouctouche sand dunes.

Mostly we spent time catching up with family. Same as in Halifax. We made a mad dash to that fair city Sunday afternoon. We only stopped briefly at the very overcrowded and understaffed Masstown Market. The grapenut ice-cream, cheese bagels, and fresh strawberries made up for it though.

We took our adult children on a trip out the South Shore Bridgewater way. We stopped at Peggy’s Cove, the memorial for Swiss Air flight 111, the Hooked Rug Museum of North America, and Lunenburg along the way.

Family deserted me for the beach when we got to the museum! I had a great chat with Linda, the volunteer that day. I bought a lovely Lollipop Flowers rug made by a lady in Ontario. Thank-you!

We headed inland to South Brookfield and then south to Milton and back to Halifax on the main highway.

Part of the purpose of our trip is to scout out various communities and neighbourhoods to see where we might live. We checked in with a realtor the other day and spent over an hour discussing the situation. It could be a busy winter.

Last evening we were doing laundry at one of my daughter’s places. I found an old rug I had hooked on her kitchen floor, sadly in need of repair. The herringbone whipping had finally worn through after nineteen years!

The rug is now in my possession. I spent time today washing it, and pulling the remains of the old whipping off. We also went to Atlantic Fabrics in Dartmouth for some Briggs & Little Heritage yarn to re-whip the edge. I took time to hand wind it into a ball and then started whipping.

Our trip has been pretty busy so far. Hubby wants to sightsee tomorrow. I’m ready for some rest. I really want to finish whipping this rug before I leave. We’ll see what actually transpires!

New Restart Date

Hi everyone! The house did not sell during this summer. We are disappointed, but being realistic. We knew this was a possibility when we listed. The housing market in Regina has been very slow.

As a result Hubby and I are looking at taking the house off the market and doing a few renovations this winter. We have a short list and a longer list, based on priority and how long we plan to stay here. We are actually contemplating not moving at all. Rather, use the money we’d spend on moving on visiting our daughters and family down east annually. The decision, ultimately, will be made by our health.

At any rate, if the house does not sell by the end of the month we will be pulling it off the market, and pulling our stuff out of storage.

At that point my online store will be open for business!

I encourage people to call me after November 1st if you want anything from the shop. I do have supplies not listed online in the shop. Use the contact me form on the contact page to inquire.

Have a great week everyone!

Baking Spree

Baking Spree

Company coming and friends in need of help. So a friend and I spent yesterday afternoon baking.

We made: Saskatoon Lemon Bran Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Lemon Tea Loaf, Butter Tarts, Pinwheels, and Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns. Previously I had baked a batch of Oatmeal Cookies. I’ll split all this up between us and our friends.

Aside from the baking, as soon as we finish taking current company to visit their family, and help with our friends, we will be taking a bit of a break.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall. We are! Despite the house not selling. We are sorting through options now, trying to decide what to do. Likely this winter will involve some renovations.

Have a great week everyone!

I’m here!

I’m here!

Just a bit busy with extended family stuff. Still going to the gym three times a week.

Lately I’ve been knitting the Drop Stitch Scarf up. I’m over half done. I have several balls of the silk/alpaca left. I’m thinking a hat and fingerless mitts are in order. I’m looking forward to the next project.

I am done spinning half the purple singles for the yarn to hook into the South Korea rug. Need to get to storage for my spinning bobbins.

Have a great day everyone!

My Work Basket

My Work Basket

Today I decided to go through my work basket beside my comfy chair and see what was there that I could work on. I found a lot more than I bargained for! Some of these unfinished projects date back a decade or more ago!!! I’m going to try and work my way through them.

Not much happening these days. We enjoyed the weekend at Wascana Lake watching the Canadian National Championship Dragon Boat Races. We had friends racing in one of the boats.

TeamKorea – Canadian National Dragon Boat Races

I’m still attending a cardiac gym three times a week, which wears me out. However I badly need it.

A few weekends ago we drove up to Last Mountain Lake Wildlife Refuge and watched the various birds and waterfowl. The pelicans, black terns, and red-winged blackbirds were out in force!

We noticed a lot of building construction at the headquarters site. Looks like a new observation tower is going up, as well as a new information kiosk.

Pelicans at Last Mountain Lake Wildlife Refuge.

Two weekends ago we went out to Moose Jaw, SK to walk some of the trails in Wakamow Park, down by the river. Afterwards we stopped in at Grant Hall Hotel Lounge for appetizers, drinks, and dessert. We had a lovely time!

We’ve been enjoying our summer by going to places we’ve never been the entire time we’ve lived in Saskatchewan, or places we’d like to say good-bye to. We’ve been here 24 years now. It’s the longest we’ve ever lived anywhere. Now our children have moved east we have no family here. We are moving closer to family.

If you’ve been reading and made it this far, thank-you. Take care and have a great week!

Summer Living

I’m in the park, waiting for Hubby to get back from taking a young friend to her driving exam. I decided to go for a walk while waiting. There is time to notice lots of design possibilities around me.

Life is good right now. The house hasn’t sold yet, but we’re hopeful. The realtors are all saying it shows very well. But the buyer’s aren’t biting. I figure it’s just a matter of time.

Health-wise I am stable right now. That is good. I have two out of four doctors on board about the move. The other two are not crucial, but would be nice to have their input.

Artistically I haven’t done much. Mostly it’s browsing online for ideas and reading about other artists. I’m really discouraged with everything in storage. I have a knitting project, a needlepoint project, and a Hardanger embroidery project out to work on. I’m frustrated by all of them at the moment. I just want my rug hooking back! Sigh.

I’ve been trying to eat less heavy foods lately. So we’re eating less red meat and more vegetables. It’s nice. I notice higher energy levels.

Having said that, I admit to buying the fixings to make homemade butter pecan ice-cream and strawberry ice-cream. I modified the ingredients list to be more milk and less cream. Also less sugar. Tastes almost like Korean Bingsu. Yum!

I hope this post finds everyone enjoying the summer. Take care.

Monthly (?) Update

Monthly (?) Update

Hi everyone. I haven’t posted for a couple of reasons. 1) I’ve been super busy with the move and medical happenings. 2) I’ve been having website issues. I am not a happy camper on either front because they take me away from my creative activities.

On the medical front…MRI is done. No results yet, but I feel fine…except my back…which was the reason for the MRI. I’ll wait a while and see if I receive a phone call from the doctor’s office in regards to it. No call is a good thing. If I don’t hear anything in about a month’s time I’ll call them just to double check everything is okay.

On the moving front, the house has been up for sale for almost two weeks now. We had three showings the first week and two this week. Kind of hoping for more, but we shall see. Like I said above, I’m waiting for about a month for medical results, so if the house doesn’t sell right away I won’t be disappointed.

The sump pump fix was a waste of money. The seepage was coming in even with it, and it wasn’t kicking in at all. So Hubby, under my direction, re-sloped the land at that corner of the house, away from the house. Then he caulked some thick plastic to the foundation and covered it with red shale. I suggested he redirect the downspout into the alley instead of onto the lawn. We took the opportunity to outline the entire area and the front flower bed it abuts against with lawn edging. That will hopefully keep weeds down.

After that we had a couple afternoons of rain and saw no return of the seepage in the basement. So we had new carpet laid. Then Hubby painted the basement and installed baseboards. It looks positively lovely down there!

Still…some nibbles on the house, but no offers.

As for my blog…grrr! I’ve been trying to set up a system whereby I can post from my cell phone or tablet to my blog. This is supposed to be easy, but is not. I cannot get it to work…at all. It posts to my old blog, but not my current one. Very frustrating. I think I’ll be buying a new laptop in my future, to be able to post to my blog while traveling and before we get internet set up wherever we end up.

Nothing creative happening here. Though I am reading “The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Claire. It’s a fascinating look at the historical side of color. I’m having fun reading and sharing the stories with people.

Have a great day everyone!

Spring has Sprung

I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I wrote a blog post! I managed to contract another virus and was sick for all of March as well. April was spent furiously playing catchup.

We picked out new carpet for the basement, had the carpet contractor in, only to discover we had a damp corner in the basement. That is not unusual with a house over 90 years old. So we called in a basement contractor to look at it. They said we need a sump pump and are installing one as I write this.

After the sump pump is installed Hubby has some more wall repair and painting to do before the carpet contractor arrives with the new carpet early May. There should be no problem with that timeline…we hope. Two days after the carpet is laid everything is put into storage. We managed to rent a storage locker already for the beginning of May. Hopefully before the day everything goes into storage we will be taking loads to donation locations across the city.

As for creative projects, nothing has been happening. I have been busy packaging up wool and selling it to people, but that’s about it.

I’ve also been busy watching far too many YouTube videos on moving, selling and buying houses, the area we plan to move to, and budget binders (which we’re going to need due to the higher cost of living where we’re going!). It’s been a very exciting time.

Health-wise things seem to be looking up. I’m feeling much better. Unfortunately the medical system is under a great deal of stress in the area I’m moving to. I will need a family doctor almost immediately and there are none to be found. I have two leads and I hope and pray one of them pans out.

I’m growing weary of living out of boxes. We first packed up last February (2018) and have been living out of them ever since. I can hardly wait to be in a new place with our reduced possessions in their rightful places. I miss having a “home”.

We had a great Easter this year and hope all of you did too. I’ve got to get back to work selling things here. Enjoy spring everyone!

It’s Warming Up!

It’s Warming Up!

Wow! It’s only -5 Celsius out there today! LOL Well I guess it’s all relative. After about a month of -30 Celsius weather, this is downright balmy! Hubby is feeling better and is in the kitchen making Chicken Rice Soup. Yes, he caught that cold/flu bug after me and had it for all of 48 hours. I am soooo jealous! I wish I had short illnesses like that. I am looking forward to the soup tonight.

At any rate, after our two or three weeks of illness, we’re back at doing things around the house. Hubby is renovating and I’m back at the cardiac gym three times a week. We canceled the GoodFood meals. I found them to be great while we were sick and excellent quality and variety. However they are a tad on the expensive side. I can feed us 21 meals for what they were charging for 3 meals.

I made a menu plan and grocery list the other day before heading out grocery shopping. Picked up $120 CAD worth of groceries for about two weeks or more of food for Hubby and I. I found some good deals on meat. Came home and prepped the meat for easy use in meals.

I used to do mega-cooking. That’s where you cook all the meals for a month (or however long you want) at one time (usually over the course of a weekend) and put it in the freezer in meal sized amounts to pull out and reheat as needed. However that takes too much of my energy now. So my plan is to double cook meals. That just means making double batches of meals, eating one, and freezing the leftovers for later.

Hubby is still busy renovating the house. He is silent on when he thinks the house will be ready for sale. We’ll see. For now he is working on the basement, having finished all the upstairs BUT the front entry closet doors, which are an odd size.

I’m back at decluttering and selling used items online. Slowly getting rid of excess. I also had a good friend stop in and give me a sketchbook. An artist can always use one of those! She also brought her celery tops, which she doesn’t eat. As I was making chicken stock at the time, I just tossed them all in. Her timing was excellent!

As far as hooking goes…I have started hooking my South Korea rug and am not happy with it. I want to ‘fix’ it before posting a photo.

I also have not done any scrapbooking because of this illness. I need to have some photos developed first. I’ve temporarily given up on the idea of digital scrapbooking. The Forever program I was looking at requires a PC for full use of the site and I work on an Apple platform. There are work arounds, and I’ll have to look more in-depth at those before making a final decision.

I hope everyone has a great couple of weeks! I will be back then to post more.

Back from the living dead!

Back from the living dead!

I have been sick with a flu/cold/migraine combination this past week. It’s been miserable. On top of that, our vaporizer bit the dust. Hubby, bless his soul, would fill it up, turn it on, and shut the door. The entire room would become filled with acrid smelling fumes, like some damp wood with moss on it trying to burn. Yuck! I unplugged it for the last time yesterday and announced it was time to buy a new one.

During my illness Hubby was super helpful. He made all the meals and brought them to me, did the laundry and dishes, and stood over me looking worried more than he ought to have. Finally, to make the poor man feel better, and myself (he was beginning to have me worried!), I called our local 811 number. That number puts you in contact with a nurse who can help assess the severity of your situation. Basically, she told me to drink warm fluids, and cough up as much phlegm as I could. Nothing new.

Now I’m feeling a bit better I am working on another rug hooking pattern. This has been drawn on backing for over a year. I haven’t touched rug hooking in that long. Partly because of the move and everything being packed. Partly because of Dad’s death and illness, and my illness. And also partly because I needed a break from some of the poor attitudes I was finding in the rug hooking community.

This is not to badmouth or color the whole community, and it is not to point fingers. It is just a comment. I think some people are truly unaware of how they come across and how others react to them. It pays to think with your head and your heart, using a bit of compassion and common sense when dealing with others. I just needed to step back, regroup, and focus on my health for awhile, before continuing. It also helped to take time to work on other projects.

However, now I have picked up my next piece. My South Korean rug. I have sort of color planned it, but not totally. I know what colors I want in it. I’m just not entirely sure exactly where they are going to be in it.

People ask me how I color plan. I usually design from a color photo or series of photos I’ve taken. I print the photo on glossy photo paper and lay it on the floor or the table in natural light on a shady or overcast day. Direct sunlight is too harsh. Then I sort through my stash and pull out options that match colors in the photos. I don’t stop with just one option. In fact, I prefer five or more different types of wool or yarn (textures), depending on the pattern I’m working on.

When I have most, if not all of the colors represented, I package them up in zippered gallon plastic bags (depends on size of the project) and set them aside. That’s stage one done.

Stage two is usually on another day and requires cutting wool strips. I use a mixture of fabric and yarn, wool, silk, and nylon. Right now I do not have a good steady surface to cut wool strips. It was a real struggle to do this yesterday afternoon. We sold our good sturdy dining room table that was just right for the job. I had my Beeline cutter clamped to a wooden TV tray table, and was jamming it into the corner of the room against moving boxes with my foot to stabilize it enough to cut strips. My strips are none too perfect I’m afraid! Sigh.

Stage three is to set up my hooking area and start hooking. Not having hooked in awhile I need to build up wrist strength and agility again. I’m taking it slow for now…no more than an hour a day. I’m trying to make sure my technique is good so I don’t damage my wrist. I am also being cautious because I still have a bad cough, and the dust off the wool fabric is causing me to cough more. Not a lot of hooking done yet.

At any rate, here are some images of what I’m working on so far. I will be posting more on Instagram as my work progresses. I hope everyone has a great week!

Baby it’s cold outside!

Baby it’s cold outside!

Actually, it has warmed up since last night. But for the last two weeks we in Regina have been in a deep freeze of -30 Celsius or lower. I have two winter parkas. My friends laugh. I have the regular parka good to about -25 C, but when it goes lower I pull out my Eddie Bauer goose down parka good to who-knows-how-cold! It never disappoints. I’ve been wearing it the last few days, after finally finding it amongst all our packed items.

Yeah, packed items…about that move…sigh. This past week has been a string of medical appointments that have kind of left me whirling. There are, apparently, more tests to do, more medication to adjust to, and being careful of my stress levels to boot.

Hubby and I are trying to decide the best way to do the move. It is looking more and more like it will be a two stage move. Stage one will see us go into an apartment locally until the medical situation calms down. Then, once that is all settled, we’ll plan the actual move east. It’s a pain to do it this way, but I think it’s what’s best for my health overall. It is also a plan that has the support of my doctors.

Despite that negative news, I am still getting out and about. A friend gave us symphony tickets last weekend and we had a great time listening to a cellist and visiting with friends we hadn’t seen in ages. That resulted in a few invitations being exchanged.

We also went with friends to a local buffet for a Valentine’s Day dinner. We joined our church friends there and had a blast!

Hubby and I also went out Wednesday to a favorite local cafe, Le Macaron, for dessert and tea this week. I try to spell off bad news with good experiences. So I threw as many good experiences into my week as I could this past week!

I also had a haircut done in the home of my delightful hair dresser, mom to a new baby boy. She makes me laugh and is good for my spirits.

We’ve also been over to a friend’s place to visit and play games with her and her 15 year old daughter…quite a few times.

We are still enjoying GoodFood.ca meals. We order three a week. This week the three meals actually fed us five meals. Our appetites aren’t as big as they used to be when we were younger.

This week we are looking forward to our first bread delivery. Jim’s Bread from outside town delivers Surprise Baskets every two weeks to homes who pay up front for the privilege. So for $240CAD we get 5-7 loaves or packages of breadstuff every two weeks for 12 weeks. He includes bread, buns, and sweet dough treats of various sorts…things like cinnamon buns, soft pretzels, etc. Hubby and I couldn’t go through 5-7 loaves of breadstuff in two weeks, so we plan on freezing some to share with company and friends later.

Not much creative happening here. I’ve been sorting photos and memorabilia for the 2003 scrapbook. I’ve been exploring digital scrapbooking, but am not sure I’ll bite the bullet. I think I’ll wait and see.

We continue to sort through my genealogy papers. Hubby is redoing my mother’s family history using strictly primary source documentation…that means official documents. A lot of my mother’s family was done on stories handed down through the generations. Her family is Irish. My brother is in Ireland for awhile now and he and his wife are helping us unearth what we can from that side of the ocean.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for Valentine’s Day. Yum!
I’ve been away

I’ve been away

Sorry for taking so long between posts folks. I’ve been sidetracked onto clearing an 18 year backlog of mementos destined for family scrapbooks. Tomorrow is my second Scrap Meet of 2019. I hope to finish scrapbooking 2001, which takes 1 1/2 scrapbooks.

I love these Scrap Meets! We are a group of ladies who meet at a local church hall and scrapbook from 9 AM to 9 PM…or until you can stand it! I’m taking a cushion this time so my back won’t send me home early.

Each Scrap Meet is $25 and another $20 for the food. The food includes a morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper prepared by a 4-star chef. It’s excellent!

The lady who organizes these Scrap Meets – Wanda MacDonald – has supplies on hand if you run out or want to buy anything, but she is not a pushy seller. I really appreciate that! If you want anything in particular it’s best to let her know ahead of time. She is a Creative Memories consultant.

People at the Scrap Meet work on either traditional or digital scrapbooks. It doesn’t matter. I’m working on traditional flat scrapbooking. Some people do beautiful pages with lots of embellishment. I’m not one of those. With 18 years to catch up on, I’m am going as fast as I can!

Other than that, there has been a death in the family and we were out of province for a week to attend a funeral and visit with family.

One of those family members was my big brother, who has suddenly developed an interest in our family history. In an effort to appease his curiosity I took a box full of my mother’s family history files over to his place. We spent a day going through them before he sent them all through his high speed scanner to distribute to other members of the family. I hear he wants to start in on the three or four boxes of my father’s family next. That’s at least 3-4 solid days work.

The only really creative thing I’ve done lately is knit on a scarf made of home spun alpaca and silk yarn. It’s the free Ravelry Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern. I made it a bit wider than the pattern called for and wish I hadn’t. Hopefully when I block it everything will work out fine. I’m half done.

That’s it from here. I hope everyone had a good month. Talk to you all later!

And so it Begins

And so it Begins

A belated Happy New Year everyone! I guess I almost made it for Ukrainian Christmas? A little late for that too… Maybe I can be early for saying Happy New Year to my Asian friends? Lunar New Year is early February this year.

At any rate, we had a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of company. I enjoyed talking to family far away, and I also enjoyed playing many games with people near. Both Hubby and I took last weekend to just rest up. We are feeling a little older. It takes a while to recuperate.

I haven’t done much creative. I prepared my bullet journal for 2019. For those of you who don’t know, a bullet journal is an organization tool/planner. Google “Ryder Carroll”, or just “bullet journal”, and you’ll see plenty to feast your eyes. If it seems overwhelming, type in “minimalist bullet journaling” and see what you get.

I had an email pop into my inbox the other day advertising a Scrap Meet for scrapbookers this weekend. I sat on the fence about it for a while, and then thought about the boxes of memorabilia and photos, etc. I am moving. I decided to bite the bullet, spend the money, and do up some albums before I go east. That should help with decluttering a bit.

This is a big project to take on. I have 18 years of scrapbooking to do! Needless to say, I’m hoping to get a few years into each scrapbook. The photo at the top of this post only scratches the surface of what’s here. I’m looking at a couple of bankers boxes full of memorabilia, plus stacks of planners, boxes of journals/diaries to sort through.

To that end the last 48 hours has been pulling things together. I spent time culling duplicate photos (should have done that long ago!), and creating a timeline for the first year I have to work on – 2002. I haven’t finished 2001 yet, but I didn’t discover that until late this afternoon. It can wait until I finish with 2002.

The good news is these Scrap Meets are held every month. So as long as I can pony up $50/mth. for admission and food, and another $50 for an album and supplies, I can spend up to 12 hours working on an album. Not bad.

Yarn to be Knit

I am still looking at yarn to knit, fibre to make into bundles for sale, and a rug to hook. I unpacked my wool cutter the other day. Now I just have to figure if it will clamp on the table edge for cutting. I’m a bit concerned it won’t. If not, then I have some cubbies I could clamp it to.

I’m thinking of carrying #6 cut wool strips in my shop, but am not sure. Is there a market for such among rug hookers? I see some for sale occasionally by various vendors. I had a lady drop in one day and buy my scraps off me because she was just starting out and didn’t have a cutter. I’m just not sure if it’s better to leave the wool uncut or cut it for my customers. Any feedback from cyberland?

Well, that’s my post for this week. Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and weekend. Take care!

South Korea inspired tile end cap rug. My next rug hooking project.
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying the Season of Christmas. I’ve pleasantly surprised myself by having all my gifts finished by last Friday. I still have to wrap a couple of them. However, everything is taken care of. 🙂

We’ve been enjoying Christmas concerts, Christmas Nativity displays, Christmas carols, Christmas plays, early Christmas gifts, Christmas baking, and especially, our friends and family. Thanks everyone! We love you all!

In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m one of those people who loves Christmas. I realize it isn’t the best time of year for a lot of people, and my heart goes out to them. But for me, I’m happy to have something positive to celebrate in the middle of the long dark nights we have here in Canada’s winter.

This year we will be celebrating Christmas with friends over a traditional Korean meal of Jukejang (Hot and Spicy Beef Soup) and Bossom (Spicy Pork and Vegetables). We are also making Sweet Potatoes with Almond Syrup (the Korean name escapes me), and we plan on making a variety of vegetable side dishes called Namul. We have two different styles of kimchi, plus Daanmuji (a spicy pickled radish). I think, after all that spicy food, which will be served with lots of rice, we will simply have fresh fruit for dessert.

Our entertainment is games all day. In the evening more people will join us and we will have more games and fun. Some people will stay overnight and we plan to carry festivities into Boxing Day.

Creatively, I did do a lot of knitting in December, but as it is mostly gifts, I can’t show you photos till after Christmas. 🙂

I also posted some fibre bundles for sale on my website store. I didn’t accomplished near as much as I hoped because I was having too much fun with family, friends, and Christmas. Sorry to my shoppers, but honestly, family and friends come first for me. If you see anything in my online shop you want, and you’re nearby, give me a shout or email and we can arrange a time for you to come visit and look through my boxes of fibre. Nothing like a move to make you realize how much fibre you have!

I’ve pulled out an original hooked rug pattern to work on in the new year. After a year’s break from actual rug hooking I cannot stand it anymore. I have to unpack stuff to hook. Sorry Honey! My cutter is next to find and unpack. Living out of boxes is no fun, and we’ve been doing it since February 2018.

I sincerely hope this post finds people in a good place emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically for Christmas. May there be peace wherever you are, and may the true meaning of Christmas be in your hearts and the faces of those you meet this Christmas season. Many hugs and best wishes for a very…

Merry Christmas

to one and all.

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Hello everyone.  Despite being thwarted by a day long power outage on Tuesday I was able to update my shop section of the website by Thursday.  You will notice a few changes.  For one, I’ve taken all the plaids to zero inventory because I appear to have lost them somewhere…in a moving box no doubt…somewhere…  

Gold Fiber Bundle

Secondly, I have listed more fiber bundles for sale – a Lemon Yellow and a Gold bundle.  Right now there are five of each, with a variety of wool fabric and wool and silk yarns in each one.   Each bundle has five pieces of wool fabric at least 3.5″ x 12″ (up to 5″ x 14″) and five 5 yard pieces of wool/silk yarn or roving of different types for texture.  No two bundles are exactly the same, but the colorway is the same.  I plan to create more fiber bundles in the near future.

Hand dyed brown wool DK weight toque.
Toque from Berroco Vintage DK weight yarn.

The past week or so I’ve been busy organizing my knitting and actually knitting.  I’ve knit two beanies – one a cream colored beanie and one a hand dyed variegated brown wool beanie – and am currently working on a hand dyed variegated brown wool neck warmer.  I’ll update you later.  I have a lot of knitting to do before Christmas!  

Also, I seem to be working on a new WordPress platform that is giving me a headache.  Below are some knitting photos I wanted to share with you, but they seem to permanently be stuck on their sides, despite my best efforts to rotate them so they are right side up!  I will continue to work on this issue in hopes of sharing more photos.  Otherwise photos could become sparse on my blog. 

I have a full weekend planned.  I hope my readers are enjoying the season.  Thanks for reading. 

I’ve been absent

I’ve been absent

Hi everyone!  Sorry I’ve been absent from blogging for awhile.  It’s been pretty busy on the medical front and I’ve been taking time to deal with various issues.  Things seem to have sorted themselves out a bit now.

I’m still knitting.  It’s great for stress relief.  I gave away a Fleece Artist Greenwich Dunes National Parks chinook yarn beanie hat or toque.  That required making another to go with the set for a planned recipient.  The hat is finished now and, as soon as Canada Post gets sorted out, will be on its way.

I also finished some Fleece Artist Grasslands National Park fingerless mitts or wrist warmers to go with a matching toque.  Not sure who those will go to yet.

Plus I am currently knitting a Drop Stitch Scarf (a free Ravelry.com pattern) from alpaca/silk home spun for someone.

My plans to knit up my yarn by the end of next year may be a bit optimistic.  However it is all wound into balls now, thanks to the help of a friendly person at a local knitting group.

That’s about it for now.  Hope all my American friends have a great Thanksgiving! 🙂

His and Hers Beanie Strikes Again!

His and Hers Beanie Strikes Again!

Hi everyone.  I’ve been busy this week with a lot of medical stuff.  However I was able to finish knitting the His and Hers Beanie from Ravelry.com using Fleece Artist Grassland National Parks Chinook yarn.  I’m currently knitting matching wrist warmers from the free DROPS pattern on Ravelry.  My plan of who to give all this finished knitting to is in a state of flux.  I’m not sure what I’ll do with them.  I may end up donating it all.

I was to the Open Fibre Night for the Regina Weavers and Spinners Guild this week.  Had a blast with about nine other people in attendance.  There were three of us newcomers.  Though truthfully I’m not entirely new.  I was there once last year, before my Dad became really sick and I started having health issues.  Hopefully I’ll have time to make it from now on.  Met one of my followers on Facebook. Always such a surprise and delight to meet someone who takes the time to follow me.  Thank-you to everyone who does.

Today I’m off to a local knitting group.  I want to work on those wrist warmers.  I also want to get into the boxes of rug hooking fibre and see what I can conjure up in the way of fibre bundles to sell on my website.  I have lots of fibre, it’s just getting at it right now is problematic.  But it sure would be nice to organize and sell some of it before we move.

I’ve been exploring some interesting facets of bullet journaling this week.  Ryder Carroll, the originator of the system, released his first book on the subject last Monday.  It’s called “The Bullet Journal Method” and it is very good as an introduction to the system.  I haven’t finished the book yet, but there is promise of it having material for seasoned bullet journalists too.

Meanwhile I am in the Minimalist Bullet Journal group on Facebook.  There another member has posted a video explaining what he refers to as his “Frankinlog”.  It really condenses a lot of information into a few pages…well…actually a double page spread with a couple of Dutch doors.  Dutch doors are pages where part of the page (top or bottom) has been cut off, giving you a shorter page in-between two full size pages to write more notes.  The advantage is you can see the top (or bottom) of a page (say a calendar) and still have oodles of pages below it to write task lists.  I’m going to try it starting January.  I’ll post a photo then to show you how it works.

I hope everyone enjoys a lovely fall (or spring) weekend.  Take care my friends.

Artsy Happenings

Artsy Happenings

This week I reknit the Fleece Artist Fundy National Park yarn flat-topped hat in new modifications.  The top is no longer flat.

I also finished the Fleece Artist Greenwich Dunes National Park yarn neck warmer, and am halfway through knitting the wrist warmers.

Aside from knitting, I’ve been organizing and planning knitting projects.  I’ve been researching how to combine David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” and bullet journaling.  Some serious project planning happening.  Check out these videos…

Bullet Journal Set Up & Journaling for Creatives by HoneyRozes
Bullet Journals and GTD – Bohoberry
My Bullet Journal – 4 Months In – Kendra Bork
Boosted Journal by Ricardo has some good ideas on productivity bullet journaling as well.

Checked out Assiniboia Gallery’s “Trains” exhibit yesterday.  Great show!  Some lovely work in a wide variety of styles.  They also have a couple of small Rod Charlesworth pieces for sale as well, but they are not part of the exhibit.  I love Rod Charlesworth’s style.

Spent last Saturday at a music concert at the local university.  It was a modern and contemporary music concert by Barbara Pritchard and Rose Bolton.  It was really interesting.  I’ve never really been exposed to that type of music before.  It reminded me a bit of atonal music, but it was better.  (I’m not a fan of atonal music.)  It was very good, and I (and the people I went with) could see applications for it right away.  So funny.  Hubby is a movie buff and saw the applications for it in the movie industry.  My friend is a family therapist who saw therapy applications right away.  The 15-year-old who went with us confessed to being scared in the middle of one piece (!).  And I was just mesmerized.  The theme was “Fire” and all the pieces related to fire in one way or another.  I felt like I was by the campfire or a forest fire, and warm for the first time in ages!  It was a fascinating body of work.

This week we had our wedding anniversary.  We headed out for a drive in the nearby countryside and enjoyed the scenery.  We went for a short walk by a lake.  Stopped in a small town at the local bakery for drink, snack, and conversation with the locals.  Came back to town just in time to stop at a favorite restaurant for supper.  A lovely day.

Met someone in the grocery store the other day who was curious about my ‘craftwork’ and wanted to know if I would show it to him.  I assured him I would be here at least the winter, and would be delighted to share my work with him.  To all my readers, if you want to come talk crafts with me, I am available.  I haven’t gone anywhere and won’t be until next year sometime.  Just use the contact form on this site, or give me a call.

Knitting

Knitting

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  Hubby and I were on the road to Prince Albert to visit a friend.  We had a great time poking around town, visiting Shananigan’s Cafe, and hiking in nearby Little Red River Provincial Park. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Smitty’s Restaurant, of all places!  Nice location by the fireplace on a cool windy day.

Lemon Meringue Pie, Shananigan’s, Prince Albert, SK.

I’ve been busy knitting up more hats.  I modified the instructions on the His and Hers Beanie to come out with a hat I like much better.  I wasn’t happy with the top of the hat using the instructions as written, which didn’t seem to match the photo of the top of the hat.  So I improvised and did a regular hat top of one row of decreases, followed by one row of knit stitch the whole way around.  The yarn used is Fleece Artist National Parks yarn – some of the Greenwich Dunes National Park colourway.  It turned out much better than the original pattern, which had you decreasing every single row at the top of the hat.  In fact, it turned out so well I’m knitting another hat from the remains of the Fundy National Park colourway to send down east to my niece instead of the flat topped one.

I had a fun week last week.  Some knitting, some sorting through boxes and culling more books, and a lot of time with friends and family.  I celebrated my birthday with a shrimp pig out at Red Lobster.  Actually, it was too much shrimp.  But that’s okay.  I have shrimp maybe once a year.  Dinner was good and the surprise “party” at a friend’s afterwards was nice too.  I put party in quotation marks because she literally did not find out it was my birthday until 3:30 PM on my birthday, and when we arrived three hours later to spend the evening playing games and watching a movie, she had decorated the place, her daughter had made a card, and they had a gift for me! I feel so blessed to have such friends.

Next up is a knit cowl out of the Greenwich Dunes National Park yarn.  That will go to another niece.  I’m about half finished it now.

I was able to get to the MacKenzie Art Gallery to see the hooked rug exhibit called “Home Economics”.  It was well done and interesting.  I loved the Grenfell rugs and the more modern ones that tell a story.  I was surprised the art gallery shop did not have any hooked wall hangings or rugs from local rug hookers available for sale.

While at the art gallery we also saw an Indigenous Peoples art exhibit called “Boarder X”.  It was all about movement in the landscape.  There was a young lady from the Cree nation there to help with interpretation of the artwork.  I was very thankful for her guidance, as I know little about Indigenous symbolism.  Her explanations helped me greatly.  There were some very moving pieces of artwork in the exhibit.

I am seriously looking at cutting back some of my rug hooking supplies…wool fabric in particular.  Keep an eye on my website store to see if anything pops up that you’d like.  I have a lot of dark colored wool.  If you’re interested in doing background, it might be just the thing.  Let me know and I’ll see what I have.  I’m thinking $1 CAD for each 3″ x 12″ swatch.  My swatches are usually larger than that, but I still will only charge $1 CAD for them.  Shipping and handling will be extra.

If you’re interested, contact me using the form below and we can talk or arrange a visit.

 

Moving back upstairs!

Moving back upstairs!

The new finish is on our Red Oak floors!  Painting is almost finished.  Progress is slow, but we finally moved our possessions back into the house from storage today.  We are also moving from the basement to upstairs again.  Unfortunately the movers took off for lunch before moving the old dresser upstairs to the second floor, and didn’t come back afterwards!  Not sure how we’re going to get it upstairs.  Hubby was determined to be sleeping in our own bed tonight and dragged up the mattress toppers, pillows and bedding.  I helped, but truthfully, I’m not much help.  I just don’t have the energy and stamina to be moving furniture, etc. these days.  But I have been hauling up clothes and toiletries from the basement, and helping Hubby put the bed back together again.

I have all my sewing, rug hooking, knitting, spinning, stitching, quilting, and scrapbooking items on the main floor.  My winter goal is to sort through it and our artwork.  We have way too much artwork for a smaller house.  We both have some we’ve grown out of, or that have done their time, and it’s time to pass them onto someone else.  Hubby and I have decided it is another winter of decluttering.  Time to pull out the whiteboard and create a plan again!

In knitting, I finished the Fundy National Park Fleece Artist yarn projects.  I made a hat, a neck warmer, and fingerless mitts.  It’s the third time I’ve knit the neck warmer and fingerless mitts pattern.  I think I’m ready to go onto a different pattern for the neck warmer.  I have a few free patterns from Ravelry.com that I am auditioning.  One is the Sugar Plum Cowl by Leah Michelle Designs. Another is Asbraga cowl by Modish Knits.  The third is the Growing Leaves Cowl by Meghan Macko.   I won’t be knitting fingerless mitts from this last yarn – Fleece Artist’s Greenwich Dunes National Park yarn.  Instead I will do a nice hat and cowl.  If there’s any leftover yarn, as I’m sure there will be, I’ll knit another hat.

Thanks for reading!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday Finale

Friday Finale

Hi everyone.  This week I cast on the wrist warmers and started to knit them.  I love the simplicity of the DROPS Design Extra 0-903 neck warmer and wrist warmer pattern.  The only challenging part are the short rows on the neck warmer.  I keep forgetting to wrap them as I do them!

As for the Fleece Artist Fundy National Park Chinook yarn? Let me just say, it is gorgeous to knit with!  Doesn’t catch on the needles.  Smooth and soft.  Nice and thick for warmth.  Also discontinued at this point in time…unfortunately.  However, Fleece Artist is renowned for its excellent yarns.  Check them out at FleeceArtist.com

I am knitting these using the needles recommended – 4.5 mm 16″ circulars for the neck warmer, 4.5 mm double pointed needles for the wrist warmers.  The hat, which was knit from the free Ravelry pattern, His and Hers Beanie, by Krityum, used 4.0 mm 16″ circulars on the ribbing, and 4.5 mm 16″ circular on the rest of the hat.

My current reading is “Conran on Color” by Terrance Conran.  I’ve had this book out of the library before. It’s an easy read for me.  I love the color inspiration it provides.

This week was busy with medical appointments and gym.  Things appear to be going okay.  Still have a ways to go to stabilize things here, but it’s happening.  Progress is slow, but noticeable.

I hope everyone had a good week and will have a great weekend!  Take care and talk to you next week.  Thanks for reading.

 

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men…

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men…

…Often go awry!  I thought I had Anne Budd’s book “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Knitting Patterns” out and in my knitting bag, but apparently it has been packed into storage somewhere.  So instead of using one of her hat patterns, I downloaded a free pattern called “His and Her’s Beanie” from Krityum on Ravelry.com.  It knit up kind of square at the top, making for an interesting look.  I’ve also almost finished a neck warmer from the DROPS Design pattern – DROPS Extra 0-903.

Other than that, not much creative happening here.  I did manage to go to a knitting group yesterday at my local library.  There were few people there and I had a good time.  I knit on the neck warmer from Fleece Artist Fundy National Park yarn.

I’m keeping up with my bullet journal.  I have to.  I’m trying to keep track of various issues relating to my health.  I’ve had a lot of medical related appointments, classes, and gym time this past week.  Plus I’ve been out walking more.  I’ve also been using a productivity tracker to track how I’m using my time.  It’s been helpful as well.  It’s interesting to see how I am filling my days with everything in storage!

Hubby and I have spent a lot of time eating out.  The painters are on the main floor of the house now and we have window treatments on our kitchen floor.  Not a good situation for cooking.  The floor refinishers are coming tomorrow morning.  We’ll need them!  The floors are a mess after the painting.  That will, however, mean more eating out, as they have said they need the stove outlet for their big sanding machine.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time the last three days watching videos from The Canadian Financial Summit, trying to familiarize myself with exactly what our financial planner and broker might be up to and thinking.  It’s mostly aimed at Millennials, but there was a fair bit on retirement as well…albeit wealthy retirements.  Some people simply have a lot more money to play with than others.  I did a search for one income retirement in Canada and turned up a bunch of newspaper articles with platitudes and general advice any one income family already knows.  In the process I found some Canadian financial calculators at: Canada.ca .  I also did a search for calculators that take inflation into account.  There’s fewer of them out there.  But there’s one by Sheffar Potter Muchan Inc. out of London, Ontario.  Just type in “retirement planner” and the page should pop up.  The short answer to it is that a one income family can survive retirement, depending on their lifestyle expectations and how much they’ve managed to save.  Not everyone wants to golf, sail, and travel in retirement.

Well, if you’ve been reading, thanks!  Have a great week everyone!

Prepping for Knitting

Prepping for Knitting

Hi everyone!  I’ve been busy winding skeins of yarn into balls.  This is Fleece Artist’s Canada’s 150th Birthday National Parks yarn in DK weight.  Great for hats, neck warmers, and fingerless mitts.  I plan to make more hats from Anne Budd’s book “The Handy Book of Knitting Patterns” and the DROPS neck warmer and wrist warmers pattern on Ravelry.  We have a nice little setup in the basement now.  I was able to clamp the ball winder to the table we moved down here.  I don’t own a swift.  Instead I used the back of a chair.  Worked well.  Next up is to find the right sized needles and cast on!

This is a bit more challenging than usual.  We have no sofa down here.  Instead we have three lawn chairs with cushions on them for a bit of padding.  My knitting is in bags underneath the lawn chairs.  I’m going to have to sort through the various bags to see where I managed to put my knit needles.  I don’t think they made it back to their proper place after the last project.

Meanwhile…painters are busy painting the upstairs or second floor of the house.  Hopefully they’ll be done soon and onto the main floor.  I think it’s going to be a tight schedule to finish before the floor refinishers come later this month!  Must check in with the floor refinishers soon.

As for my health, recent tests show I am improving.  However I’ve been told I’m on this medication for the rest of my life.  Sigh.  What a pain.  Still, it’s better than the alternative!!!

Take care everyone, wherever you are.  Talk at you later.  Have a great week!