Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Reasons for Celebration

My youngest celebrated her 11th birthday last Wednesday. Judging by her expression, the baking book was a good gift selection. Besides the book, I also gave her lots of art supplies: from paint brushes and watercolour pencils and sketching pencils to artist workbooks and oil pastels, and charcoal. Those were a big hit too. We celebrated with her favourite foods: chicken wings and baby back ribs. Yummmmy! And then there was the mocha birthday cake. I let her pick it out and she declared it the best birthday cake ever! WOW!
Holy cow. For a bit of time there, I thought I was falling behind. Again. Not so, it turns out. I'm talking about the Pay It Forward that I signed up for back on Nov 3, 2009. So I have exactly a week to make and mail some groovy crafts. And not necessarily knitted crafts either. Thank goodness for that. Better chances of getting them out on time! Yay! So, without further ado, let me show you what came in the mail for me, me, me. From a lovely lady over at Ewe Gotta Knit. Thanks so much Heddy!

So cute, don't you think? I like it!

Third reason for celebration:

Six pairs of (very) long men's socks: done! Yay! I am just thrilled to bits. As soon as they're dry they'll be going in the mail and far away from me. Definitely worth celebrating. It means I can officially start knitting other things without feeling guilty. It's positively thrilling, I tell you. I hear some Fleece Artist calling my name.

Monday, October 18, 2010

An Evening of Celebration

Yesterday we attended the Annapolis County 4-H Awards Banquet. I couldn't be more proud of all our winners. 4-H Lucky Stars Award winners!

That's my boy!

And on Saturday evening, I finally finished this pair of socks. I believe it had lingered for almost a year and a half. I came across the pattern on Sheri's blog, and it turned out to be perfect for the stretch yarn I had on hand, although not the one recommended in the pattern. It all worked out well, and my youngest didn't waste any time test-driving them shortly after the last end was woven in.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yes, There Was

Frost. Hubby actually scratched at it on the roof of his truck early this morning to prove it to me, so I wouldn't call him a liar. It was thick frost, not just the stuff that melts away the moment you touch it with your finger. It seems the Yarn Harlot and I think along the same lines. I almost stole her title, since that was my topic of choice for today. I don't like to seem like a copy-cat so I'm glad I decided to read her blog first. Heh. Turns out she was mostly talking about knitting anyway. Yeah, imagine that.

The flower beds have been getting cleaned out slowly, the flowering shrubs getting their last haircuts of the year. The pathetic vegetable garden needs to be cleaned out and put to bed. Although the last of the cherry tomatoes are still turning red, the flavour is gone. Bleh. I should not waste any time digging up new flower beds for a few things I still want to plant for next year, before the ground frost sets in. I suspect it won't be long now, but when it actually arrives it always proves to be a surprise to me. Denial perhaps? Weird.

Although the knitting I've been doing has been rather boring, mainly wash clothes (6 of them) and socks (still working on that order: I've started the fifth pair), my fingers are itching to start knitting cozy winter stuff like hats and scarves and mittens. I am bored to tears of the work horse yarns, namely cotton and B&L Tuffy. I want to knit with soft, pretty, squishy wools. I have Christmas gifts to knit too, although this year there will also be sewn gifts. Not that I'm counting but have you all noticed it's just over two months until "that day"?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010


Beware, as this post is heavy with pictures. Yay! Turns out that I killed the camera, not the memory card. I couldn't be happier!
So let me show you some of my favourite moments from the 4-H Provincial Show Weekend.
I love sheep, yes, I do!

Alison Made a Friend
Getting Sheep Love!
Me and Dorothy with our Pay It Forward purses (just a little bit wet!)

Hooked sheep... So cute!

The Champion Sewing Project... The dress was fully lined with fur
Sheep and Highland Cattle at Lismore Sheep Farm

Helping with the blogging was too much work for Zeus.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Broken 2

I hope this is not the start of a really bad trend.

You want to hear what I did this time? In my opinion it's much worse than braking the yarn diet. I knew that was bound to happen eventually. This broken? Totally unexpected and uncalled for. I dropped my camera this morning and it would appear that I damaged the memory card which had all my pictures on it from this weekend. Totally sucky. There was a really nice picture of a couple drowned rats I wanted to show you (namely, of me and Dorothy, soaked from all the rain we got on Saturday at the 4-H Provincial Show). There was another picture of all the cool stuff Dorothy made me for Pay It Forward. She knit me a green purse (starting to see a trend here!) and a mini-purse key chain, and I also got a really cute angel, and some incredible tatted trim for pillowcases and two flowers, or that's what I'm calling them. Dorothy said they're bookmarks but I plan on using them on my Christmas tree they're so pretty. It would seem that Dorothy has all kinds of talents she's not been sharing with you all!