Monday, July 7, 2014

My 4th Tour De Fleece

Tour de Fleece started on Saturday.  For those of you that are not familiar, it is an event that runs concurrently with the Tour de France, and you spin and rest on the same days as the race. It is great fun, and an excuse to challenge yourself with spinning.  The first 2 I did, I burned myself out, but I am setting a reasonable goal. Besides, when the weather is hot, what better than being inside where it's cool, and spinning some yarn?
Tino is my mascot. Howard eats fibre, and is thereby disqualified.
Saturday was gorgeous, and we went for a drive to Lake Rosseau.  I wanted to visit Georgian Bay Fibre Company, and I sure wasn't disappointed. Carla has a repurposed shipping container for her shop, and just look at all the amazing colours.
I got some of her BFL fingering weight for a shawl, and these pinks are limited edition colours for the summer.  I also got 2 braids of fiber- it is TdF after all.  They have a little Bichon, Tosh, and it was wonderful meeting them and seeing her setup.  Her colours are inspired by the landscapes of Northern Ontario- and Muskoka is truly beautiful.  What could be better?

 I finished some socks for Mr. Man.
 I made this adorable mousie- the pattern is here, and is alot of fun.
And  the boys have made a bed out of my basket that has my handspun and quilting projects.  I didn't have the heart to serve them with eviction papers.

Ok- fleecin' out for now.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I Don't Always Knit Socks, But When I Do......

No, it isn't Tuesday.  I have my car in at Volkswagon, and I am a bit nervous about how much it's going to cost. This may make a severe dent in my travel plans this summer. Oh well, I don't mind a staycation- gas prices are crazy, so maybe I won't need the car very much.

I cannot believe it's almost 6 years old.  My Rabbit has been trouble-free and I hope to have it until it bites the dust.  My dad used to keep his cars for around 10 years, but he was a contractor who used his station wagon as a tool chest/portable file drawer/and who knows what. You always had to wipe plaster dust off the seat, or worse, dodge copper pipe that ran back to front.

So, I've been busy. I have been sewing a ton:
I have added zipper pulls to the bags. Notice the wolf on the Red Riding Hood  one.
The little glass ghost on this one is so cute I can't stand it.
I don't always knit socks, but when I do, I like BMFA Socks that Rock- these are for FC.

I attended the last meeting of the DKC- soon to be known as The Toronto Knitters Guild.  There was a presentation by Diamond Yarns, and Westminster Fibers, distributors of Rowan.

They gave us a ball of yarn for Martin Storeys Mystery Afghan- which I think is done now.  I used to like Rowan before they were bought out, by Coats and I find, for the price point, it isn't always of a very high quality. The colours are nice (albeit discontinued at the end of the season). I know in Britain it is the popular brand, Liberty's sells it, but on the whole, the presentation is good, but be careful what you buy.

And I am gearing up for Tour de Fleece- I have some goals set, and am ready to motor. Or treadle, as the case may be.

Happy Solstice- and fleece out until next time

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I'm Ready for My Close-Up Mr. DeMille......


The 10 On Tuesday is 10 Movies You Can Watch Over and Over.

1. Sunset Boulevard- I love everything about it. Old Hollywood, faded stardom, a murder, it's got everything.
2. A Christmas Story, of course.
3. Black Christmas- made by Bob Clark as well and shot in Toronto.
4. Mulholland Drive- or anything David Lynch
5. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Joan and Bette at their worst.
6. Death At A Funeral- the British one- too funny.
7. Howard's End.
8. Carrington- love Emma Thompson.
9. The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
10. Any kitchen-sink film: A Taste of Honey, Look Back in Anger, Room At The Top, A Kind Of Loving, Saturday Night Sunday Morning.....

I've been sewing:
And knitting:
This is a free pattern on Ravelry, and I highly recommend the Rauma Finullgarn yarn- just amazing to work with.


This is what you see when you go upstairs- cats are everywhere.


Fleece out-


Monday, June 9, 2014

Waving, not Drowning

The Ten On Tuesday was favorite summer drinks- since I don't drink alcohol, and am pretty limited in my other choices, tea, water and sometimes coffee, it really wasn't post-worthy.

I tell a lie, because when I am sick, as I have been since last Wednesday,  I will drink ginger-ale, and juice. Watered down Five Alive peach- which I usually don't touch, but tea tastes crummy when I'm sick.  I wonder why that is.

All winter, except for a dry cough, I did not get sick.  It's almost worse having a flu/cold/who knows what it is, when it's nice outside.  So I layed in bed for a few days feeling sick and sorry for myself. I finished a book I was reading, which I can't remember what it was now- but before that my niece lent me
Empty Mansions, about an heiress named Huguette Clark.  Never heard of her?  Neither had I, but she was an intensely private person- and eccentric as many wealthy people are.  It seems the family is laying claim to her vast fortune.  She passed away at 104 in 2010.

I couldn't put it down.  She gave away millions, and spent the last 20 or so years of her life in a hospital. I found myself feeling bad for her, as her private nurse, attorney and a few hangers on, I feel, took advantage of a lonely woman.  Shades of Mrs. Astor.  Read this, because she maintained several properties and never visited them.  She also was a fair-to-middling artist, as well as a violinist who had rare instruments (one or two Stradivarius), and had a beautiful jewellery collection, that was stolen from her unoccupied apartment (one of three on Park Avenue).  Fascinating.

On the knitting front there isn't alot to report.  I have been sewing, as I bought a project bag a while ago, and I wanted more, but thought it would be more fun to make some.  I like this shape, and it holds quite a bit.
Halloween-ish, what else?  This is probably the second zip I have ever sewn, because I loathed Home-Ec class, and never paid attention. Poor Mrs. Miller- she had her hands full with our class- sneaking cigarettes in the sewing box room.
I'll be making some for gifts, much like last year.  I have some lampwork beads that I will attach for zipper pulls on some of them.

July 5- 27 is Tour de Fleece.  I have been doing a bit of spinning, and trying some new-to-me fibers.

This is Wensleydale- I won't be spinning this again. It's too rough for my liking.  I am trying Masham next- but I have to figure out how I am going to challenge myself this year.


That's all I have for now- not even a kitten pic as they are probably sleeping somewhere.


Fleece out.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ten on Tuesday Randomness

Ten Things You Did This Weekend-

Our long weekend was last weekend, but here are some things-

1. On Saturday, we went to Christie's Antique Show.  This is held twice a year, and is supposed to be all antiques, but I noticed some other stuff creeping in. Nevermind, it was a great day out, and I got a few things.
A pair of hand shears for sheep.  I hung them up on the fireplace.
A vegetable picking basket- ash, from New Brunswick.

2. FC dredged the pond-
He cut back all the ivy and creepers in the back. I get so excited every year to see the turtle and the fish pumps.

3.
Teal toenails......

4.
Spun some Wensleydale.

5.Got this for Mother's Day- it's called a Living Locket, and inside are the birthstones of us and the kids.  And a tree of life.  I really love it.
You can add or take out any of the charms.

6. Starting to plan my strategy for Tour de Fleece, which is where you spin every day of the Tour de France. 

7. Caught up on Mad Men- I will be really sad to see it end, because it's one of the only shows I watch.
8. Walked with my niece and Miss Mew in the park on Sunday.
9. Did grocery shopping- whoopee.
10. Hung clothes on the outdoor line for the first time this season.

Also, last week I met a fellow blog buddy- Sel & Poivre- and she is even nicer than I thought.  Marie, it was lovely to meet you, and I really hope our paths cross again.  Say hello to Hudson for me.

The kitties are enjoying the open windows, as it's hot and humid for the next few days. Tino is piked out.

Fleece out-






Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Want to Try

This is interesting- at the beginning of this year I had decided that I would go out of my comfort zone, and do some things that were different. I don't think it's the things we DO that we regret, it's the ones we DON'T do.

1. I would like to join a knitting group- but it would have to be people that share my interests, or were dynamic and fun, and not just sit there moaning about their kids/spouse/family etc.

2. I would like to drive to the East Coast again, and go to Cape Breton.

3. I would also love to fly out to BC, rent a car, and drive around Vancouver Island.

4. Again, a road trip, but a convertible and the Pacific Coast Highway.

5. I want to see Cirque de Soliel.

6. Go to as many fibre festivals as I can.

7. Attend a fibre retreat- up north somewhere.  I love cottage country.  I would like a small cabin with a dock to sit on- that would be my idea of heaven.

8. I want to go to the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto.

9. I want to grow my own vegetables-

10. I'd like to shear a sheep.

Nothing too ambitious.  I don't want to skydive, or climb Everest.

Fleece out, until next time.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spring is Springing (I think)


 Happy belated Mother's Day- including moms to furbabies.  I had a nice day, went for a long walk on Sunday and saw some friends.

The weather is wet and cold- and the icing on la patisserie is that I get to have a filling replaced later today.  Going to the dentist is one of my worst things, but then, having to wear false teeth would be so much worse- and I get nitrous, so not all bad.
These are the "Mind The Gap" socks by Trailing Clouds Yarns.  It's one of those situations where you have to catch her update, because it sells out really quickly.  These are alot of fun.
I finished my Rabbit cross stitch. I have another one that has a squirrel and pumpkins, so when I do that I will have them framed at the same time.  These have brass buttons in the corners.
I have been spinning a bit- and am trying some new fibers.  I have Wensleydale and Masham here.

Laura took this pic of Mr. Tino- he is handsome, but very naughty.

And Howard likes to chatter to the birds.











Pretty much business as usual.

Fleece out.





Monday, April 28, 2014

Some Colorful Coolness


I've been busy doing projects, but this morning I'm going outside to clean up the backyard.  It's something I always put off doing, but I like the garden to look clean and cared for. Truthfully, I am starting to see the sense of people who only have a postage stamp sized yarn, big enough for a bbq, and a few chairs.  But I meow about this every year, don't I?

I came across some new fibery knitterly things that are new to me.  I want to share because they are so cool:

 First up, some sock yarn- it's called "Mind The Gap" and is self-striping. It has all the colours of the stations of the London Underground. "Bing Bong- Mind The Gap"- have you ever been on the London Underground- it keeps going down and down and all the lines intersecting- pretty amazing.

 I have been known to knit socks- never anything noteworthy. I finished these, with some sock yarn I had in the stash.
Hazelknits Artisan in "Chuckanut Drive"- this pattern is Tadpoles- a freebie on Ravelry.

 
Just a diversion- Laura and I made soap. The sheep are lavender scented and lime.
I am TOTALLY excited to have discovered a new dyer- Georgian Bay Fibre Arts.  This is her "Rosseau Pumpkin" BFL top.  I have always been in love with anything to do with Northern Ontario- and she is in Parry Sound. I love everything about her colours and presentation- the tags are wood, and a photographer took some inspirational photos of the colorways- I can't say enough.
This is "Severn Forest Spruce" in her BFL/Nylon sock yarn.  Go and have a look and tell me you aren't tempted to add every single colour to your cart and giggle like a mad person.  I triple-dog dare you! Her link is in my sidebar- for future reference.


 My SIL and FN (favorite niece) brought some beautiful tulips over when they came to visit. Gorgeous.

And Howard likes to roll all over the floor with his crinkle toy.

Have a great week-

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Like To Do Outside

Outside- well, I won't be doing too much outside, because I just took this picture:
At least the snow is wet, but the past few days have been over 20C, so it's a huge change.

To the list-

1. I like to knit outside.
2. I like eating outdoors, like on a patio or barbeque. In the shade.
3. I like watering the garden in the morning.
4. Walking around the neighborhood after dinner.
5. Swimming- don't do so much of that.
6. I like to schmooze around antique fairs.
7. Sit near the water, usually up north.
8. I like watching boats- not being IN the boat but looking at them.
9. Farmers markets on a Saturday.
10. I think I will try combing fleece outside this year.

That's about it.  I really have to stay out of the sun, and I don't really like hot and humid, but I love a warm and windy day.

 I am working on a pair of socks, among other things. This is Hazelknits, in Chuckanut Drive. I've had it in my stash since forever.
A very bunny-ish cross stitch.  Love rabbits.

Some clean kittens......

...and a sleepy squirrel.

Fleece out and may all your Easter baskets be filled.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ten On Tuesday- and Birthday Week

The Ten On Tuesday was  "10 Foods That Belong Together"- I like food.
I got this cookie from my sister- it's her birthday week too!

1. Baked ham and scalloped potatoes.
2. Toasted tomato sandwich with MAYO.
3. Grilled cheese with ketchup OR zucchini relish.
4. Potato pancakes with sour cream.
5. Rye toast and poached eggs.
6. Tomato soup and saltines.
7. Steak with ketchup (I know, I know....)
8. Waffles and ice cream.
9. Fish and chips- malt vinegar.
10. Howard says he likes kitty kitty kibble with a side of cat treats.
Tino could not be reached for comment at this time.
 My sister got me this great t-shirt.  Notice the mousie swimming at the top.

Miss Mew is working with a local cat rescue, and we are knitting washcloths and making soaps for their fundraiser.
I gifted myself this Emma Bridgewater mug from Say Tea- my favorite store.
I made this Biscornu with rabbits-

Whole lotta critters going on.  Have a fab and furry week.