Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You Love About Your Home

Let's see if I can get to 10:

1. It is a mid-century backsplit in a nice neighborhood.

2. It has a front porch.

3. It has an eat-in kitchen.

4. I have a nice patio and backyard, with a water feature (being overhauled at the moment...).

5. It has more than doubled in value since we purchased it. (More to do with the insane housing market).

6. I have a separate living room and TV room.

7. I have 4 bedrooms, one of which is used as an office.

8. There are mature trees in the area.

9. I have a separate dining room with French doors.

10. Lots of windows and set back from the street.

This is the back bedroom that FC painted, (Miss Mew's room). My sister gave me the medical table and I made the quilt. I bought the head and footboard from someone on Kijiji.  I like the pared-down look now, no clutter.  I wish I could tell you the rest of the house is like this. Le sigh.
I have finished FC's Holidazed socks.  I used BMFA Socks that Rock Medium weight in Muddy Autumn Rainbow. Nice pattern.
Sorry for the cut-off picture of Clawedikins, but the guy will not stay still.
This is so sad. I bought Clawed a cuddler, but Howard likes it.  Tino decided to get in, and Howard wanted in too. So something that is too small for one, is bursting with 2 in it.  It's not like a Tardis, it isn't bigger on the inside.

Happy Canada Day tomorrow, and Happy 4th of July on Saturday. Which is also the start of Tour de Fleece.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ten On Tuesday-10 Favorite TV Fathers

You know, I have thought about this and I really can't think of 10. Here are a few:
1. The Courtship of Eddie's father, with Bill Bixby. I thought, back in the day, he was just terrific.

2. Herman Munster- loved that guy.

3. Ward Cleaver- though he always scared me when Beaver had to go into his den. Because you just knew the kid was going to get it.

4. Dick Van Dyke- though you didn't see much of Richie.

5. Robert  Reed as Mike Brady. Dig that cool hairdo.

And yes, I did grow up in the '60's and '70's. Any of the recent tv fathers are pretty dumb, especially that Alan Harper- the only reason I would watch Two and A Half Men is for the kid, who is funny. And I left out Bill Cosby- though I did like Fat Albert.  I have to tell you, my own father was NOTHING like any of these guys. He was more the Archie Bunker type.

The big news this week is that the kitten is here. Clawed is the sweetest baby ever, and Tino has been a rock star, playing with him and showing no jealousy. Howard will take a bit more time, because he's hissing a bit, but the good news is that the big guys are getting more wet food because whatever is in the Royal Canin kitten is irresistable.  I'm going to have to find a more economical option because this little fella goes through almost a whole can in a day- plus kibbles. I have nicknamed him "Bobo".

I have also finished the kitchen curtains- really brightens up the room.  I don't know what this obsession with poultry is.

I have a sock finished for FC- and will finish the next one.

I am done plying the Honeybee BFL.

Other than that, the weather has been pretty good, no complaints there.

Fleece out- and purrs from Howard, Tino and Clawed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Summer Projects List

I don't care for that term "Bucket" list- which suggests to me, "STUFF I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE"- kind of morbid, and while I certainly don't plan of leaving this earthly plain anytime too soon, we all know that when you're number is up, what can you really do about it?

So, I prefer "My life enhancing list" or maybe "List of things that will bring joy" - I think it's just a nicer way of putting it.

1. Sew and put up new kitchen curtains. I got some really beautiful heavy cotton with Roosters on it, with a gold background. I also plan to add some black gingham somehow, because my house is kind of country- but with-it. I don't like kitsch, but I do adore anything with farm animals, but it needs to be done in a tasteful way.  I think the gold will add warmth and the rooster colours are happy.

2. Spin for Tour-de-Fleece. I'm all good to go, and hope to have some great handspun yarns for making gifts.

3. Plant a small Gnome garden. Maybe a fairy garden. Something with sparkly lights.

4. Dye some fibre and sock yarn.
5. Knit on my Whitby Gansey. The yarn is here.

6. Do some day-trips. Maybe just go walk along Lake Ontario.

7. A new exhibit at the ROM, Pompeii, the Shadow of the Volcano.  Looks totally cool and interesting.

8. Enjoy sitting on the patio, which I don't think I did once last year.

9. Finish an autumn-themed cross stitch and have it framed.

10. Hate to rush the seasons, but if it gets hot, I'll sure be looking forward to cooler weather.

So that's about it.  I have no vacation plans or anything.  The house tends to eat up time (and money) but I really feel it's our biggest investment, and needs to be maintained and/or improved.  I really love decorating and stuff like that.

How about you guys- any plans and hopes for Summer 2015?

This years peonies- before the sonny-o ran over them with the lawnmower.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Words You Substitute for Swear Words

This is fun, because I can curse like any sailor.

1. Fudge.

2. Farts.

3. For-the-love-of-all-that-is-holy.

4. Fiddler's Fart.

5. JC-on-a-cream-cracker.

6. Sugar.

7. Sam Hill.

8. Sweet Fanny Adams.

9. Heck.

10. GD.

I also make use of "schmuck" because I like it.

Some are classics, but I don't usually hold back. Depends on where I am and who I'm with. My father was a curser, par excellance. I learned from the master.

I've been busy and not busy- I've spun about half of my TWF Honeybee BFL, and have just over 850 yds.

Knitted and blocked a another shawl- Sunflower Shawl using The Woolen Rabbit Whisper Lace Autumn Aspen.  There are also amber beads in it.

I also finished my Fox girl- just had to do the dress. I think she's sweet.

And I sewed a bunch of project bags. I have a bit of a fabric addiction.

Right now I'm waiting on some Gansey yarn from across the big pond, and I will be embarking on knitting THIS.  I haven't knit one of these in years, as the last one took almost a year.  This one is not as highly patterned as the Eriskay, but the gauge is tight. I'm hoping my choice of Atlantic Blue will help, as the darker wools are hard to see at night.  I think a traditional gansey is knitters high art, and I look forward to working with the 5ply worsted. 

And we're also adding to the feline collection- one of Miss Mew's kittens will be coming soon, a male- whom I have named Clawed.  The name is a reference to a cat in one of my favorite movies- and as I didn't name the last 2, Clawed it is.

Fleece out-