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!
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
…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!
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!
Still packing, packing, packing. Moved most of the stuff downstairs that we need for the month. Still have to get a small table, 4 chairs, a small cupboard, and the dresser downstairs. Might not happen tonight. We’ll see. I’m waiting for Hubby to finish his packing. Right now he’s having a well deserved rest.
I haven’t done any handwork this week, but I am thinking about it! I have some yarn I want to wind into balls for knitting.
One of the things Hubby and I realized today is that, at 170 moving boxes packed, we are too heavy and still have too much stuff for a 2 bedroom apartment! We talked about some of the changes we’d have to make. Things such as culling artwork and books further, making tough decisions on hobbies, and getting rid of DVDs and using Netflix instead. Hubby commented it would be a major lifestyle change, and I agree. But it is one that is long overdue.
Hope everyone had a great Labour Day weekend, and has a great week!
I decided to do some knitting to fill in pockets of time between packing and medical appointments. To that end I finished knitting a hat, neck warmer, and pair of wrist warmers from Fleece Artist’s Canada’s 150 Birthday yarn in the Sable Island colourway. The hat is from Anne Budd’s book “The Handy Book of Knitting Patterns”. The neck warmer and wrist warmers are a free pattern off Ravelry by DROPS design (pattern 0-903).
I have them in a box that is not quite full, to send to the recipient. I may knit more accessories for other people who live in that household. We’ll see. I’ve been trying to get a hold of the Mom with little success. Our time zone difference and schedules are wacky and not well synced.
We’ve been busy packing the last few days in particular. We emptied out most of the basement. We’ll be moving some items and furniture down there for us to use for the month of September. I’m still not sure how we’ll fit everything we need down there. My rug hooking store inventory is all there right now though. That’s a start. Thankfully that’s not as much as it could be!
In the last two weeks we’ve taken three carloads of stuff to drop off at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Online selling has slowed down this month. I’m thinking we have one piece of furniture we might have picked up by the Salvation Army for their thrift store. That’s not bad actually.
We also made a stab at cleaning the bathroom since the boarder moved out the end of July. It was a disaster! Hubby had to take the pea trap apart and clean it out so the sink would drain properly. I had to shop for a specific cleaning implement (Mr. Pumie) from Home Hardware to clean out the toilet. Let me tell you, that product is great! I’m using Zep to clean the shower stall. Before long the bathroom will be good as new! Next up is to work on the funky odor coming from the room the boarder stayed in. I think we’ll need some serious air freshener there. Would love to clean the carpet, but we’re just ripping it out in a couple month’s time, so why bother?
I’ve been keeping up-to-date and organized in my bullet journal. I prepared all the pages I need for September in under an hour. I’m not one of these people who do fancy spreads. I am bullet journaling for functionality, not artistic expression. The fanciest I get is colour coding my productivity chart or my sleep quality chart, and those happen on a day-to-day basis, not all upfront prior to the beginning of the month. It’s almost time to sit down and transfer all my September appointments to my cell phone though.
Well that’s about it. I continue to attend the gym. I’m having issues finding a blood pressure monitor that actually works like it’s supposed to. Even the top sellers are off when compared to the doctor’s office or gym monitors. They read really high (and I mean like 20-30 points above where my blood pressure is really at!), which is a problem when you’re trying to keep track of how low your blood pressure is! We bought a new one that was not up to specs, so we will be returning it and buying something different. Our current one is two years old and won’t read my blood pressure at all. Gives me nothing but error messages. I’ve contacted the company and just got a regurgitation of the instruction manual. I am very frustrated with them. Unfortunately that is the company the gym nurse wants me to buy another monitor from. She is suggesting I pick it up at Costco, so I have a year in which I can return it if it stops working the way it should. We’ll see. I wouldn’t buy one at all except the doctor wants me to track my blood pressure every day.
Well, that’s it. I have to go organize my clothing and decide what to put into storage and what to keep out. I may just move it lock, stock and barrel to the basement. September in Regina could mean heat, cold, or even snow. I just don’t trust the weather here at all.
Hi everyone! I’m back from our little trip. The trip was a great time to engage other artists about their work. I was able to attend the Okotoks, Alberta spinning drop in and take my knitting. It was interesting talking to the ladies and I was able to wind my next ball of yarn there.
I was also able to visit a fantastic fibre artist – Deb Loosely – while in the area, and had a tour of her huge studio! Deb quilts, spins, knits, and weaves. Oh, and she sews as well. Found a wonderful costume book on her bookshelves that I haven’t seen in years!
By the time we made our way to Edmonton, I was in need of another fibre fix. I met up with an excellent intuitive painter. She is just on the cusp of deciding whether to go professional or not. I encouraged it as her work is very good. When she is ready, and gives the go ahead, I will post some more about her and her work here.
While away I took some time to knit. I finished the neck warmer to go with the hat I knit. Next up are the wrist warmers. They are knit from Fleece Artist’s Canada’s 150th National Parks yarn, in the Sable Island, NS colourway. The pattern is a free one from DROPS. I found it through Ravelry.
I’ve also been spinning a bit. A friend had some very fine stranded yarn given to her. It’s actually six fine strands laying together to form one strand. However, because it’s not plied it will probably split easily when knit. So I plied one ball and we processed it. It’s hanging to dry. Once it’s dry I’ll wind it into a ball and we’ll pass it off to our expert knitters to compare with the original yarn, to see which is easier to knit. If they like the plied ball better, I’ll ply the rest of them. There are a lot of balls.
In-between all that Hubby and I have been packing stuff, selling stuff, and designating stuff for charity. It’s a time consuming process. But we are managing to whittle things down slowly. We want to be done the process by the end of the month, when the painters come to move most of our stuff into storage before painting the interior of the house.
I have been absent for some time online. My father passed away recently. He was known for his bright and lively L.L. Bean shirts. I was given (at my request) nineteen of them. My goal is to make something for each descendant who wants something. Right now that adds up to 23 people who want small items like cushion covers, tote bags, wall hangings, potholders, baby quilts, a table runner, and a pocketknife pouch. Currently I am working on the cushion covers. Eight people have requested these. I finished four today and will do another four tomorrow. I’ve set everything up to operate an assembly line for sewing and pressing. I’ve had to borrow an ironing board. I sold my big one in preparation for the move (which has been postponed), and cannot find the small one I packed…somewhere…
Aside from the sewing, I’ve been busy knitting. I found Fleece Artist’s National Parks 150 yarn on sale at Unwind Wools in Okotoks, Alberta in mid-April and bought up as much as I thought I’d need, as it is being discontinued. I have one taker for the hat I finished on the subsequent trip to Dad’s funeral. The yarn is the Sable Island, N.S. colour way. The pattern is out of an Ann Budd’s “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns”.
Other than that, we’ve made two trips to Alberta since mid-April. We’ve met many new people and visited with family and friends. I thank all of them for their love and support at this difficult time. While Dad was quite sick this past year, it was still with sadness that I heard the news he had died. He lived a long and full life. I am sad he is gone, but glad he is no longer suffering. Peace be with all my readers. Take care and have a great week! 🙂
Hi all! We’re back from Alberta. We stopped in at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer to see Alberta artist Doris Charest’s exhibit. It was lovely work! While visiting Ms. Charest later I found out she has published an adult coloring book on a nature theme. I looked at some of the coloring pages and commented she needed to find a rug hooking pattern maker to turn some into patterns. For anyone interested, her website is dorischarest .
We spent time visiting family and friends for most of the week. Not much artsy going on. I did finish knitting my Garter Stitch Scarf from Shannon Okey’s book “Spin to Knit”.
We made the trip to Calgary area one day later than planned. There was a snowstorm in Calgary Monday and we decided to avoid it. Or so we thought. We headed out on the road Tuesday and found the snowstorm between Moose Jaw and Swift Current. But it was okay. Only an hour long drive at 80 kph behind a semi-truck before we drove out of it. Otherwise our trip over was smooth sailing. Stopped at the Swift Current and Medicine Hat malls to do some shopping and to stretch our legs. Arrived in Calgary area by suppertime. Our hosts fed us a wonderful supper and we chatted the evening away, while knitting.
Hubby and I have been busy visiting IKEA in Calgary, checking out their furniture. When we move we want to leave most of our furniture behind. We’re checking out what we might replace it with and how much it will cost us. In case you’re wondering, it works out to about $1500-2000 per room to furnish an entire room. We decided to keep our old Billy bookcases because they are 1.5″ deeper and more stable than the new ones.
We also visited Okotoks and stopped in at the Heartland Cafe for tea and dessert. I had the best Carrot Cake with Pecans there. And huge slices! After snack I headed to Unwind Wool, while Hubby headed to the bike shop. I found some of the 150th Birthday yarn from Fleece Artist there and purchased enough to make quite a few hats and neck warmers. I have plans to gift these ones.
Since being here I have finished another homespun hat and started a homespun garter stitch scarf. Hope to finish it by the time I go home.
I hope everyone has had a good week and will continue to have a great weekend! Take care and God bless.
Hi everyone! Finished my slouch tam hat from the free pattern, Three Way Chunky Hat, on Ravelry. Had to take off the ribbed edging and reknit it on needles two sizes smaller. It worked! Fits like a charm now. Though one lady did comment the hat was too big for me.
Not much happening here…well…not rug hooking related, unless you count ‘liking’ various rugs on Facebook and Instagram! I’m loving what I’m seeing from other rug hookers these days. Lots of variety, and excellent quality work.
I’ve been focused on knitting. I started the blue Corriedale/BFL (Blue-Faced Leicester) wool hat from handspun yarn. It is a pattern from Ann Budd’s book “A Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns”, modified of course. I’ve knit the pattern once before for someone, slightly different yet again. This will take a while to knit as it’s on 4 mm circular needles. However, it will be a nice, warm, comfy hat.
Aside from that we’ve been busy with friends. Last night I was out with a friend to a movie called “I Can Only Imagine”. It was a stunning movie of forgiveness. A great theme song too.
We’ve had friends in several times for meals and games. I thoroughly enjoy those times too.
I took a friend out to an art gallery opening reception. The art was gorgeous. The people were a bit of a disappointment. No one greeted us or talked to us the entire time. Really weird. Usually gallery staff are right there to answer questions.
We had a gentleman come look at the house, but I suspect no sale yet. No problem. We actually were going to hold off putting the house up for sale till next year, due to extenuating circumstances in the extended family. The only way this man made it through the door to look is because he knew someone who knew Hubby, and well, one thing led to another. Right now there is far too much work to be done on the house to make it desirable to a buyer. It’s in a great location, but it definitely is a fixer-upper! Solid house, just we haven’t been able to keep on top of things over the years, what with everything else going on in our lives.
I’m off to visit relatives the next couple of weeks. I’ll try to post, but can’t make any promises. My iPad Mini and iPhone don’t like the Word Press app for posting to blogs. Frustrating. We’ll see. I’ll keep posting to my Facebook page – JLT Studios though.
Hi everyone! It’s been a busy week. It started with Easter and all our company. We had great food (see photo above) and a great time. Reports back from company indicated they all had a great time too. We finally called a halt to festivities at midnight and everyone either went home or to bed by 1 AM.
We’ve been dealing with taxes and our accountant this week. It’s tax season here in Canada!
We’ve also been dealing with our health insurance provider. Some funny doings happening there that need a little explanation!
We’ve had company twice this week for games nights. The life of leisure we lead!
I continue to sell excess stuff online…downsizing for our eventual move.
I’ve been preparing a Traveller’s Notebook style bullet journal for the second half of this year. It’s a bit early, but I have a feeling it could get busy, especially if we sell the house.
I finished knitting my wrist warmers to match the neck warmer and hat. I loved spinning and knitting the silk/Merino blend. It is so soft!
I started knitting a slouch tam hat out of some homespun Corriedale wool. It, too, is soft, but it has more body than the silk/Merino. We’ll have to see how it turns out.
I’m eyeing up my next homespun wool to knit up. I’m not sure what I’ll knit with it. It’s finer than the other two yarns I’ve knit. I have a lot of hats now, but I do love the blue color. I think it would make a lovely hat!
Well that’s it for this week! I hope everyone is enjoying spring, wherever they may be. We are currently in a deep freeze of -20 C weather. Sunny, but cold. Have a great weekend everyone!
Hi everyone. You probably won’t hear from me on Friday, so I’m posting mid-week.
I’ve spent time working on my new bullet journal, preparing it for the next few months starting Easter Sunday – April 1st.
I’ve finished the first fingerless mitt and am about the start the second one.
My friend came back from the other city in time to help her daughter at the craft and bake sale Saturday. I think they had a good time and made some money. Time will tell if they do it again.
I finished reading “Six Hours One Friday” by Max Lucado.
It’s a busy rest of the week and weekend ahead. We have company coming for Easter. We have five at the dinner table Saturday evening and ten for an Easter buffet Sunday evening.
Our company is of Ukrainian heritage, so there will be a lot of Ukrainian food. I hear we will be making perogies (pyrohy) Saturday afternoon. There will also be a traditional Ukrainian Easter basket. Plus some Baked Cottage Cheese. Company is also bringing fiddleheads and asparagus!!! We are going to dine well.
As Hubby is of Danish descent we will also make a nod to Danish tradition by having a salmon dish with rodgrod (a raspberry jello/pudding) for dessert on Saturday evening. And, as some of our guests are Chinese and some Korean, we will incorporate whatever they bring to the feast as well. I’ve tried to make sure there are some familiar food items available for them. So it’s roast pork, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. Everything else will be new I think.
I’ve had a request for my cinnamon buns for Sunday morning breakfast, but need to wait for company to arrive with some frozen pumpkin puree Saturday morning to make them.
Hubby and I spent today finishing packing some boxes that were in the living room, and rearranging things to make room for ten people to sit. Just general tidying up. We brought our round drop leaf table and chairs upstairs to help hold the desserts or drinks. We’ll have to see how it works out.
I’ve packed my iron and sold my ironing board, so the tablecloth will be a bit bedraggled and in need of an ironing job. But it will be covered with food anyways, so hopefully no one will notice.
This week I have to bake bread yet, and bake a carrot cake birthday cake with cream cheese frosting. We are celebrating three March birthdays on Sunday too.
Plus there’s the usual Easter services to partake in. It’s going to be an interesting holiday!
Easter Menus…company arrives before noon Saturday…
Saturday Lunch: leftovers from the previous night and fresh cinnamon buns Saturday Supper: Salad, asparagus, salmon custard, perogies (pyrohy), brown and wild rice, rodgrod (a raspberry pudding made with cornstarch) and whipping cream. Sunday Breakfast: Cinnamon buns and fruit. This is open to adjustment if we feel the need. Sunday Lunch: contents of the Ukrainian Easter basket – cottage cheese, kobasa (Ukranian sausage), krysanky (dyed hard boiled eggs), beet and horseradish relish (or horseradish), green onions, babka (a bread), paska (another bread), parsley, butter, and any other Ukrainian meat products company can find to bring. Sunday Supper: Salad, roast pork, sweet potatoes, broccoli, fiddleheads, sauerkraut, baked cottage cheese, perogies (pyrohy), carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and ice-cream.
Hi everyone. We’ve been feeling better this week. I managed to finish knitting the hat to match my neck warmer. The hat pattern is the Benefaction Hat, a free pattern by Knit Picks. I modified it, as always. No stripes for me. I’ve started on the fingerless mitts now.
It’s been a busy week with lots of people. We’ve had a lot of company coming and going. I spent Tuesday baking and hosting a games night for our young friends.
I’ve been mentoring a young lady who is going to be a vendor in a craft and bake sale this weekend. She is quite excited. We spent yesterday here baking…she baked, and I coached her. Truth be told, she knew how to do it. She just needed the recipes! She spent today baking at her home. We are ready to go. Due to bad weather her mother is stuck in another city. We offered to help out in this case. Should be a fun, but long, day tomorrow. Hopefully her mom will be home before the end of the sale to see her daughter in action.
I sold a couple of big furniture items this past week, which has made for a busy time here. We’re taking furniture apart, moving it between floors, and then reassembling it. Slowly, but surely, we’re whittling down the mess in this house. Suddenly I realize how crowded this house has been. I don’t know what I’m going to do in the next home. I simply have to decrease the amount of hobby stuff I have!
We had an in-depth conversation today about how heavy certain items are and whether to sell them or move them. The old IKEA bookcases came up. They are heavy and cost a lot to move. But the new IKEA bookshelves aren’t as sturdy. This is a tough call, because sometimes the older ones aren’t strong enough for my needs! If we had to put them in storage as well as move them, well, it just wouldn’t be worth it. On the other hand, what would we replace them with?
I changed my Instagram account from private to a business account this week. If you’re looking for more information on my rug hooked items you can check over there. Also on my Facebook account. Search for JLT Studios in both places.
Sorry folks. Not much to report here. Hubby and I have both been sick with colds. We had company last weekend, company this weekend, and company in-between. We’re still sick, but slowly getting over it.
My sole creative activity has been setting up my bullet journal for the next three to six months. I’m starting a new book. I wish I could afford the Traveller’s Notebook. I suppose I could, but if push comes to shove, I’d rather spend my money on fibre!
I’ve also been half-heartedly looking for my short lace 4mm knit needle tips for my Addi Clicks. I cannot remember what project I used them on last. So frustrating. I need them to knit the fingerless mitts I want to knit next. I don’t want to unpack boxes and I don’t want to buy a new needle if I can help it.
I’m hoping I’m better by Monday, so I can do a more thorough search of the house for those needle tips. If I can’t find them I’ll move onto another pattern. I still have lots of yarn to knit!
I was busy this weekend and knit up a neck warmer, using short rows and an elastic/stretchy bind off – both new techniques to me. Though I did take a course on Craftsy a long time ago on short rows. I discovered I couldn’t access my Craftsy courses, which is very discouraging. I cannot only not remember my password, but I can’t remember which email I had my account under! Sigh… I’m debating buying the year membership through my new email address…so I have access to everything all year.
In other news…Friday we went to a friend’s place for food and games. Saturday we had company over all day and overnight. I made low fat cinnamon buns in the afternoon. We had a very tough stewing hen for supper, courtesy of me not reading the label. Had I realized it was a stewing hen I would have cooked it longer and slower in the crockpot. Ah well. I cooked it for another four hours after supper, stored it in the fridge overnight, and made a lovely chicken noodle soup for supper Sunday. Company also brought us some cooked farm fresh bacon. Sunday morning we feasted on it, scrambled eggs, and toast/cinnamon buns.
Sunday, after company left, we went to a nearby mini multicultural festival in the city. It’s called Community Connections and happens one afternoon every March. They give away ethnic food and the kids perform (and some adults too). Plus there are tables for different organizations and cultural groups to advertise themselves. It’s all people from that one area of the city. They also have a lot of really cool door prizes, including two kids bikes. This year I won a gift basket of beauty products.
We had a slow evening last evening as Hubby is coming down with a cold. I was plotting my next knitting adventure. I have to measure my circular needles to make sure I have a 9″ one. If I do, then it’s on to fingerless mitts to match my neck warmer. I have lots of yarn left! 🙂
5 teaspoons instant quick rise yeast
1/2 cup hot water
7 cups flour — divided
1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree, or fresh
1 cup skim milk, hot
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter — chilled, cut in small pieces
1/2 c. raisins, soaked for 20 minutes
Mix yeast, 6 c. of flour, 2 tbsp. white sugar, and nutmeg.
In separate bowl mix 1/2 c. hot water, pumpkin puree, warm milk, oil, and salt. Mix well to dissolve salt.
Add wet ingredients to dry. Stir. Let sit 10 minutes. Knead approximately 10 minutes till smooth and elastic. Add flour as needed.
Divide dough in half. Roll out to 12″x10″ rectangle.
Combine streusel ingredients: 6 tbsp. white sugar, 6 tbsp. brown sugar, 4 tbsp. flour, 3 tsp. cinnamon and chilled butter pieces. Cut butter in with pastry blender. Sprinkle half of mixture on each rectangle. Sprinkle on the raisins.
Roll tightly, starting with long edge. Press firmly to eliminate air pockets. Cut roll in 1″ slices. Place on greased cooking pan. I line my pans with parchment paper or wax paper to make for easier removal of the buns after cooking.
Let rise till double in size (approximately 45 minutes). Preheat oven to 375 F. Bake 20 minutes until golden.
Cool in pan 15 minutes on wire rack. Remove carefully and enjoy!
Opt.: Mix 1 ½ c. icing sugar, 2 tbsp. hot water and ½ tsp. vanilla extract to make a glaze to drizzle over buns.
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To cut the costs of this, I make my own pumpkin puree every fall at Halloween, when pumpkin is cheap. I cut up the pumpkins – two large ones will give the equivalent of about 20 cans of pumpkin. I cut them up, clean them out, and put them skin side up on a baking sheet with sides in the oven. I bake them in a 325 F oven for up to an hour, maybe more. I scrape the pulp into the food processor and puree it. Then measure it out in can size amounts into ziploc freezer bags and freeze it till needed. Instructions courtesy of “Joy of Cooking” (1980 edition).
Another way to make pumpkin puree is to simply poke the outside of an entire pumpkin with a sharp knife or fork, so that steam can escape, and bake in the oven for half an hour to an hour at 325 F. Take out and let cool. Cut and scrap strings away, saving seeds to make a pumpkin seed snack. Then scrape the flesh off the pumpkin, puree, and freeze like above.
After sitting around directionless for about a week, I decided to grab what was handy and work on it. That would be my yarn and knit needles. I have most of my yarn still accessible in a plastic tote bin.
So this week I knit two hats, or toques, as we Canadians like to call them – one for Hubby and one for myself. I used the Emergency Rolled Brim Hat pattern in the back of “Knit: a Personal Notebook”. It’s by Melanie Falick and it’s a quick knit. Plus the instructions are varied enough to use with my homespun Romney wool yarn. Hubby and I are both pleased as punch with the results.
I’ve started knitting a neck warmer from an unnamed free pattern off Ravelry. It’s by Garnstudio DROPS. There are fingerless mitts to go with it, but I think I’ll use a different pattern for those. I’m knitting these from some 2 ply silk/Merino wool blend I spun many moons ago.
In fact, I have quite a bit of homespun that needs to be knit up. I am going to focus on that for now.
Another thing that caught my interest was an email from Craftsy saying classes were under $20USD. I checked out their site and found several for sale for that, and some for sale for $25USD. What really got me though was the unlimited access for a year for $150CAD. I might bite. We’ll see. There’s no rug hooking there, but there are some mighty fine short courses. I’ve taken a few before. I’m just not sure what happens to your classes if you don’t renew your membership after a year or two. Must ask…
Aside from the knitting I’ve been preparing a new bullet journal for April. I’ve whizzed through my first official one in three months. I’m hoping the second one lasts a bit longer. I’m trying to stick to using it primarily as a planner and place to record health data for the medical profession. Still, I’m having difficulties keeping it under control. There are so many things you can do with a bullet journal! All this free time, now I’m not hooking, is driving me crazy! I’m thinking once I get my yarn stash under control I just might crack into my rug hooking again…