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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No Foolin', It's April

I don't have much to show in the way of finished projects. I've been faffing (don't you love that word?) around with a few things.  The weather is finally getting warmer, and the garden clean up is calling to me.

I'm not ready.  This bear still wants to be in the warm den.  April always bites me in the behind. I decided this year that I would do some things that are out of my comfort zone, so I am going to new places, meeting new people, and trying new things.  April is also birthday month, which, depending on how you look at it, can be cause for celebration, or a bit of a breakdown.  I think it's important to mark special days in some significant way, so I'm having a filling replaced.  THAT will certainly be memorable.

My friend and I visited Dundas Park Kitchen. I had read a review in the paper, and rather than just read about places, I am actually going to go to them.  They are open for lunch and dinner during the week, and it was really good. The galettes looked incredible, but I had the special sandwich.

Miss Mew and I went to Markham Fairgrounds on Saturday to a cosmetic warehouse sale. It was invitation only, and we had a great time.  Alot of lining up, but what price beauty?  I scored some MAC lipglass and a few other goodies. After all that, we went out for some eggs benny- so all in all, a great Saturday. (is anyone noticing that good times mostly involve food?)

The Great British Sewing Bee

Season Two, has begun.  I don't know anyone who has seen this, that doesn't love it. Could it be because of this judge, Patrick?  A Savile row tailor, who looks incredible in his bespoke suits?  Or the policeman who sews for his daughters?  My bet this time is on Linda, who is incredibly sweet, and skilled- but you know, Chinelo- who doesn't use commercial patterns is very talented, so maybe. Heather, she of the pindog, is pretty good too.
I don't care who wins, as long as they show more Patrick.

I hope to do some spinning today, as well as some sewing this week. The ironic thing is that I am the type who can't work when things are untidy, but when I'm in the throes of a project things inevitably get messy.  I have cleaned off my sewing table and organized my supplies- so we're off to a good start.

Plan something special for April- Spring is here!