Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Summer Solstice

The slower pace of summer is finally upon me and with all the rain we have had I have had some time in my sewing room to finish up a few things.


This is my first ever EPP project, but once it got to the boring sew the rows together part it languished. It is my June UFO so I had the motivation to get it out and done. I am just a few borders from that point, hopefully today.





Yesterday I finished up my Swoon Maker's tote, which I started and finished this year!! The most complex bag I have made, but I am pleased to have it done and put to use. It will be my new knitting tote.


During all the rainy days I finally managed to get the binding on my scrappy Sunday Morning quilt.


My new favourite panto.



My lineup of projects for the summer, July and August UFO's, a baby quilt and my contribution to the guild's library project. The theme is boreal forest and the camo looking green is the challenge fabric we all have to use.

We are off camping for a week with hubby still in the boot, but hopefully he can still back the RV into it's spot. Since I am doing the towing we won't go far. I plan to sit and read, knit and work on my Mille EPP project. With a chance of some walks and wine drinking........maybe even at the same time!

Happy Summer!

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Life is Busy


Life has been too busy to blog, but I still managed a few finishes!


Apparently I am quite addicted to the Lumberjack socks! Here is completed pair #3


Picked up this Reverb Shawl kit while visiting the lovely new Knit2 yarn shop in Kamloops. While not perfect, it knit up quickly and once washed and blocked it is a lovely soft, cozy scarf.


I visited family and friends in BC for a week, then brought my sister back with me for a nice long visit. While she was here she did a big dig into my scrap bins and got started on a twisted log cabin.


She also learned how to make raggy quilts by helping me finish up these three totally scrappy ones, to be donated to Ft McMurray fire victims.





We spent lots of time in my sewing room so I managed to get this quilt top finished and ready for the quilter, a second one just needs the outside borders attached and it will be ready to go as well. Once they come back I will sew on some fun button eyes.


During her visit we also had our beautiful young friend graduate and were happy to be there to help her celebrate. 
As you can see hubby remains in the air-cast. We are approaching 7 weeks now and we both hope tomorrow's x-ray says it can come off and life can go back to normal! 


 Our younger sister joined us for a lovely sunny weekend, so we sat outside visiting, knitting, crocheting and drinking a few adult type beverages. 

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

MIA


I realize I have sort of fallen off the blog radar, so sorry for the absence!

It has been a busy spring in my house for a variety of reasons, spring cleaning inside and out, home renos, and all that those things entail.

BUT! 
I do have some finishes to share..............


Papa Lumberjack socks are finally finished.......in a hospital ER........that story follows!

One of my quilting groups has an annual UFO challenge, where at the beginning of the year you list 12 UFO`s you want to complete this year. I have been successful so far in accomplishing my goals, some are finishes, some are just progress.


Above is March`s project, from a class last fall called Patchwork Play by Margie Davidson. Quite outside my comfort zone but it is complete|


This a very old UFO that was not on the list but has been sandwiched for a long time. It got dragged to retreat a few weekends ago where I completed most of the quilting. My motivation was to practice some feathers, which I did with some success in those wide yellow borders. 
I am hoping it will go camping with a certain someone this summer.


Chandelier was February`s UFO and I did get the top pieced on time. It went to my friend Judy`s to be quilted, she is a new local long arm quilter, who did a fantastic job! 



Baby panel donation quilt also got quilted at retreat.


This was April`s UFO, piecing completed at retreat. It is now hanging out at Carole`s waiting it`s turn to be quilted.

 And now the story of the trip to the ER...............
This deck is one of our home reno projects, we thought we just needed to replace the decking but soon discovered the whole lower portion was rotten as well. 


Last Friday morning we had this.....


Friday early afternoon we had this.....


Friday evening we were here.............


He was told it was just soft tissue damage (he dropped our utility trailer hitch on it, while getting it out of storage so we could pick up lumber), and to stay off it for a week.
Within 5 minutes they heard from the ortho guy, nope he had broken his second metatarsal on the right foot and we needed to see him the next morning in the hospital 200 km from us.


So we were here waiting by that lovely sign by 8:30 the next morning. A CT scan was necessary to see if it needed to be surgically repaired.  Then we waited....and waited......and knit, and read.......and waited, he wasn`t allowed food or drink.......so I had to sneak out and find myself some food.............I finished the above mentioned sock and we finally got to see the surgeon. I knit over half that sock between the two ER`s!
That toque is also a finished project, he loves it and was wearing it every day before our current heat wave. 



Thankfully it did not need surgery and he is sporting that lovely footwear for the next 6 weeks. We did have to have it x-ray`d again a few days ago and we await the final surgery decision this week. 
Thanks to wonderful friends the deck in now very near completion and the lawn in mowed!

I have completed or am working on a couple of other projects destined to be gifts as well so overall, despite the crazy sleep deprived weekend last weekend and all of life`s demands, I have not been unproductive in my absence!

Friday, 25 March 2016

Sock-alogue


I thought it would be fun to document the adventures of my socks as they traveled around Belize a few weeks ago, kind of like the flat Stanley kids sent traveling around.

The adventure began with getting my knitting through security, so I switched from my favourite metal needles to bamboo and it was a breeze!

I cast the Mama Lumberjack on during a nasty overnight layover in the Houston airport (NEVER again!) but it was 4am so the thought to take a snap didn't occur to me!


 Our first full day on Caye Caulker it poured rain so we sat on our little deck, enjoyed the view and watched the more adventurous few go by. I was very tempted to bring them snorkeling the next day but decided I didn't need them to get wet riding in the boat.


After a few days we moved on, so they got a little attention as we waited for the water taxi to take us on to our next stop.


We next hopped on a very old Bluebird school bus for the three hour 135km ride up to Corozol, which is only about 15km from the Mexican border.
It was a snug fit for a tall adult!


Our first day to actually sit out and soak up some sun. The water was quite warm here and only got to waste deep until you hit where the water colour changes. I rarely swim in pools while on vacation but the sea was so warm you had to to get cooled off!

We spent a few days exploring the area and experiencing the "wildlife", 


which included the resort's pet coatimudi, and a tarantula we encountered walking home one evening. 


Next we travelled the bus route in reverse and spent overnight in the quirkiest B&B. Looking completely Caribbean on the outside but was this wild combination of Caribbean coloured walls and old English decor.


More rain so we sat on their little upper deck and bird watched. 


On to Hopkins Village, where we encountered more rain!


Almost done the first pair!


Just hanging out between rain showers,


Enjoying a momentary bit of sunshine!


Oh, how Papa Lumberjack loved to wrestle crocs!


And cruise the countryside!


All that rain brought a lot of humidity and the yarn and needles became so sticky I had to read my magazines instead. 


Here we are back in the Belize City airport awaiting our flight to Houston, we thankfully had a few hours to recover from our nauseating flight on a VERY small plane from Dangriga........almost didn't want to get on the next one!


Sadly driving home....


Despite all the rain, we really did enjoy our two week Latitude Adjustment.


Saturday, 20 February 2016

Finished..........or almost


Life has slowed down a bit this last week so I have enjoyed lots of creative time.


I finished up the sweater to a somewhat disappointing finish, it came out too large so I feel it is not particularly flattering. I do think I will still wear it as it is warm and cozy. It is my first completed knitting project on our challenge over on Ravelry.



A new pair of colourwork mitts in progress, working with three yarn for the first time makes it slow going! This is my second challenge and it may not get finished within the challenge time but I'm ok with that, would rather try not to make mistakes in the patterning. 


 This top was completed on Thursday and I hope to have it to the quilter this coming week before we leave on holidays. I am way ahead of schedule on this one so it can wait if it doesn't get there until after. 
Another scrap quilt from Sunday morning quilts


My February UFO challenge is complete and already delivered to the quilter!
My version of Chandelier by Lee Heinrich, that was a quilt along on the Bernina site the fall of 2014.
Mine is an eclectic version using a stack of Comma Fat Quarters.

I am working on my Hexie #7 but still choosing and cutting fabric so not much to show yet. As well I have yarn wound to knit some socks while on holidays. I bought bamboo needles so here is hoping it goes easily through security. 

"See" you back here in a few weeks with what I hope are some gorgeous travel photos to share!

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Playing Catch Up

As you will see by this photo heavy post, even though I haven't blogged, I have been busy!


My first sweater in over 30 years has been a big focus. All the parts are done, now to add the front ribbing and collar. She is not so attractive in this photo, but I am hoping it is just the ugly duckling phase!


With all my knitting my poor Millefiore project has been neglected. As I was waiting for the sweater blocking to dry I finally finished #6.


I love that I can now see how she is coming together and that I can see what colours I might need to add next to keep it somewhat balanced.


My 30 year old UFO is nearing completion. The borders were a bit wavy so I blocked it after this photo and it is now laying pretty flat. Just the binding and sleeve to add. 


This beauty just came back from being quilted by Carole. She has a great blog post on her research and thought process about how she  decided to quilt it. I left that up to her as I completely trust her judgement. I was NOT disappointed. 


Click on these two photos for close ups of the quilting detail.


Binding and sleeve are on and just the hand stitching to go. I am going to use this piece to get back into the habit of labeling my quilts. 


My Thursday quilting group is doing a year long UFO challenge and the above was my January project. I wanted to complete two more blocks on my Arcadia Avenue. I finished the upper left and lower right blocks.


This mess is my February project, it stalled as I could not at the time figure out what my thought process was. I think I got that sorted yesterday so I can just start sewing on Thursday. My hope is to get the top pieced but it is a short month for me as we leave on our winter holiday on Feb 25!!!

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