Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ten On Tusday- 10 Kinds of Footwear

Huh?  10 kinds of footwear?  Ok, I'll play.  Though I'm not obsessed with shoes like some people are.

1. Hunter Wellingtons.
ok, let me qualify this. I had a pair of dark blue ones, but the issue was my calves were a little short of the mark, and I couldn't really bend my legs with them on. So, I gave them to Miss Mew, and got a pair of  Huntresses, which have a shorter shaft.  Mine are black, not shiny and I have the wellie socks.

2. I'm a knitter, and yes I do wear Birkenstocks.  Been wearing them for over 25 years. Arizonas, blue suede.

3. Laurentian Chief Moccasins- I live in them.  They are NOT for streetwear, and I like the deerhide. If you get the furry ones, they start to reek and your cat will live in them.

4. Uggs- Mine are full length, black suede with studs in them. They cost a fortune.

5. Halflingers- German made woolen clogs and slippers. I have the sheep slippers and some outside ones with leaves on them. They kind of go with everything, and heck, so what if they don't.

Won't be making it to 10, because I never wear shoes out, ever.  That's why I buy something a bit more expensive and not trendy because chances are, I'll be buried in them.

Being winter, we are catching up on some tv shows, Downton Abbey (a little boring...) and another which is amazing, Last Tango in Halifax.  This is about a couple who were friends in their teens, and fate had a hand in them not getting together. Fast forward 60 years, and surprise, they find each other on Facebook.  There are so many twists and turns to this, you really don't know what will happen next.  One of the lines in it, which I found wonderful-

Hobbies include: farting about and doing bugger all.

Some of my hobbies include quilting, and I am almost finished the eternal quilt of doom.
Yes, it is possible to do the machine quilting without a long arm machine, however, be prepared for alot of swearing and wrestling, and, well, other annoyances.
Tino only wants to help.

Fleece out.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Musing

You know- I think sometimes I am a bit odd. I hasten to qualify this-I don't mind Mondays at all. It's the beginning of a new week, and to look forward to what can be accomplished.  Not so much with housework, although I plan to go upstairs and do a massive clear out of my closet. There are things in there which I know I won't wear, and a clear closet is better for my morale.  I hate having to cram things in a drawer.

I also like this time of year, whether the sun is out or not.  It's quiet and peaceful, and I like watching the snow fall- no garden to clear up, maybe a bit of shovelling, it's nice.

I even have a finished knitting project- for those who don't hang on Ravelry too much:
This is the Ka'ana shawlette- which is a freebie, and Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted, in "A Room Without a Roof"- the yellow goes with my coat, and I have made a few of these.

Knitters can never have enough gadgets, and I got this from Santa.  True, it can be used as a nasty weapon, but it's meant to hold a would skein of  yarn as you are knitting. This Etsy seller made it, and it's in marblewood.  Cool, huh?

I'm also finishing up some Fair Isle designs, which I have to decide what I'm going to do with. A hat and a tam, as well as a V-neck pullover- I will probably self publish these patterns. The inspiration is Canadian Art- as in The Group of Seven, mostly influenced by landscapes of the north.  There are colour stories that haven't been explored in knitting- and to go to a gallery and look at these is to experience Canada as these artists perceived it.

I also have in mind another square Shetland shawl, and have some books on order from Heirloom Knitting- Sharon is a historian as well as a designer, and her books are well worth the price. 

The boys are enjoying the fire, and peacing out.  Tino has his paw around Howard.

Have a great week.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

Well, Happy 2015 to you!  I am declaring this to be a banner year, as 2014 really had alot of ups and downs. But I think it is important to begin this one on a very positive note, so I am thinking good thoughts.

Of course, taking better care of myself will help, and I am rethinking alot of my choices.  I am going to do more of what makes me happy, and alot less of what isn't so great.  I will probably watch less news programs, but I do have a curiosity about what goes on in the world.  Getting out and walking every day is something I haven't been doing, and I want to get back to that. It's a question of priorities, isn't it?

Less time online- I really only do email and blogs and Ravelry, and that doesn't take up much time. Personally, I think the world would be a better place without things like Facebook and stuff, because it seems to me that it causes alot more trouble than it's worth, but I see the point if you want to keep up with family news and stuff.  

Spending time with my friends and family is always good, and for New Years I was at Miss Mew's, where there are three of her own cats, Tucker, Pio Leung, and the new one, Cindy Lou (who we call Roo).  The foster kitty is Cleo, a black sweetie who is a polydactyl, with little oven mitt paws.
Here is a glamour shot of Miss Tucker.  Such a pretty baby.
Miss Cleo- who is getting kissed, but check out those paws- she has an extra digit. She'll be up for adoption soon, and I do hope she gets a new owner.  She's a beautiful cat.
Miss Pio- who is just the cutest, and very bright and curious.
And the new kid on the block, Cindy Lou, who is very special and loving. I get to go and visit and get luvvins and never pick up a litter scoop.  They are my grandkitties.
This week, we went to this exhibit, Alex Colville at the AGO.
It was fantastic- pretty crowded, but I got the book that went with it, and I may order a print to go in the bedroom we're painting and I'm doing the quilt for.  I really enjoyed this.

Knitting and spinning will always be things that I love.  There are a few new books I look forward to coming out this year, and who knows what else may happen.  But that is the joy of it- not really knowing, but being open to the possibilities.

Wishing everyone a great 2015- there are wonderful things to come!

Fleece out.