Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Fun

Since summer is half over, it is obviously time for some summer projects.

I started a bag at my spring retreat (where I never finished anything). This week, it occurred to me that it is a perfect match for a dress I am planning to wear to a family event next week. I also realized that it was more "summery" then the bag I am currently carrying. So this week's finish:

It took me less than and hour to finish, so I wonder why it has been sitting so long!
Inside, before the grommets and handles.
I was humoured to find that someone has been eating acorns in the Muskoka Chair.
I have also been working on a shawl that I think looks very summery.
I love that yarn, the colours are wonderful. It is Knit Picks Chroma, in Roller Skate. Fortunately I have more!

The kittens have been busy, helping with home renovations.
Erika is ready with the screwdriver, while Leah has a firm grip on the pliers!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Knit Out at the Library

On Friday, I attended the first"Knit Out" at the Hazeldean Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. It was a lovely sunny morning, and knitters of all ages were encouraged to come and spend a morning, knitting under a tree on the lawn of the Branch.

I got a picture of my "Birds of a Feather Shawl" being modeled by one of the librarians.

We had 2 knitters who had never tried it before. Both were excellent students.
Excellent Job for her first try at Finger Knitting

Nice work for a beginner!

All the knitters enjoyed the morning. I hope the library makes it a regular feature.

Thanks to Veena, staff member at the Hazeldean Branch, for organizing the event.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

More Shawls Finished!

This has certainly been my year to make shawls. I have completed 4 shawls, since February. Two have been mystery patterns, one was glitzy and the latest has been a simple shoulder cover.

First, the simple one, that I finished on Monday.

It is called the Yarn Crawl Shawl, and I knit it in Baby Jacquard yarn from Bernat. A simple knit that I think has a sort of Jane Austen look, with the ruffle around the bottom.

I also finished Birds of a Feather. This one caused me many problems. I think I knit the whole thing one and a half times, because I kept messing up. However, it is now finished, blocked and all the ends are woven in.

It is hard to get a picture of the whole shawl because it is about 8 ft. long.

Note the kittens, wrestling in the top left of the second picture!

Here is a closeup of the pattern.
I chose to do the asymmetrical finish on the last section and the little bars of colour are kind of neat.

I am not sure where this one will end up. I think it will become a gift for someone.

One of my readers was asking why Dolly hasn't made an appearance lately, so here she is, with her fan club.

She is such a good girl, letting the little ones climb all over her.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Post Canada Day

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not and have never been a runner. I was once a member of a corporate team in a fund raiser (because each team needed one female and there aren't many in the engineering departments) and I walked the whole 5 KM. I finished in 48 minutes, just 20 minutes behind my teammates!

There is a race day through my neighbourhood, every Canada Day and for about the last 6 years, I have volunteered as a marshal. Yesterday I was at about the 6.5 KM point of the 10 KM run. My job was to keep the runners on the course, and keep the drivers from driving into the runners. I was very elegantly attired in a high visibility safety vest, and Canada Day tshirt, shorts, and this lovely hat.

I realized that before the runners got to my post, passerby's must have done a bit of a double take. While I waited for the runners to arrive, I sat on a camp chair with my knitting.

I didn't do all of this, yesterday. I finished the last couple of inches of the leg, and started on the heel. Next winter, I will remember sitting in 30C degree weather, working on this sock, as I stuff my feet into boots to face -30C.

My chuckle of the morning came when a runner, with an American accent, asked if it is always this hot on Canada Day. I told her, yes, this is pretty normal. I guess she thought that Canada would be cooler then where she was from, in July.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It's a Boy!

Meet my new "grandkitty", Mike. He is a lovely 6 year old boy, who was adopted yesterday by my local kids. He comes from the same shelter where we are foster volunteers. His new parents had been looking for an older cat to fit into their lives, and they think he will be "purr-fect".

Here is a closup of his cute face.
He is my second ginger "grandkitty".
This is his cousin, Minnie, with her championship ribbon.

Guess good looks run in the family!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Back to Sewing

May and June were very busy months around here. We had family celebrations, house guests, new kittens. To accommodate this, there was some furniture moving, in and out of my sewing room. This completely churned things up, and I got to the point where I was afraid to venture in.

I had promised to make a couple of prizes for our street party, that happened last Friday. So, I got up my courage, and dove in. I spent about 1/2 hour moving things so I could work, and finding some supplies. Then I ignored the rest of the mess, and fell into my happy place, sewing.

First up: I saw this pattern for a  Manicure Pouch on Noodlehead. The pattern was free, and I had all the supplies, so it was a go!

I used a scrap of Laurel Burch "Flutterbys", for the outside. I don't have much of this left, I may have to look for more of it.

Here is the inside:

The fabric was in my stash, I am not sure what it is, but it is cute. I added a bottle of nail polish and some remover pads in the zipped pocket. I should have pulled the nail polish up a bit, so you could see that it is purple and sparkly!

This is a cute and easy project. I think I will make a couple more, to keep around as gifts.

Next up, A Firetruck Bag!

When my son was little, he liked to take his trucks with him, when we went out somewhere he might have to wait. I figure that are other little people who feel the same way, so I used Firetruck fabric on the outside and "vintage" dino fabric (left over from when my kids were little) on the inside. This is another Noodlehead pattern! I think I have made it about 12 times now.

I need to spend some more 1/2 hours moving things into their homes, but at least I am back at my machine.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Birds of a Feather - Part 3 complete

My progress on the Birds of a Feather Knit Along has been slow. It was suppose to be a Mystery Knit Along, but the mystery has been over for nearly 2 weeks, and I still have one more clue to go.

The shawl will be lovely and large when it is done but right now the rows are very long and seem to take forever to finish.

Here is my progress so far.

There are 649 stitches on my needle. The pattern has you working on half of the stitches, and making wedges.

Here is a closeup of the wedges. The picture shows 5 wedges in total, but my contrast yarn isn't enough of a contrast to show that well.

It will need some serious blocking before it is done.

The next part is kind of like the "choose your own mystery" books. There are 2 different ways to incorporate the final stitches. In one, you completely mirror the second section, with the cables, then use the Kitchener stitch to finish the whole thing. The other has you create a totally different wedge as the last wedge and work in all the stitches, row by row. I am still thinking about which I will do.

Today, I saw a finished version with a beaded fringe on the edge. I find that idea very interesting and it will save me from having to weave in all my ends.

 This is "World Wide Knit In Public" week. I will be looking for a nice patio to knit on.