Tuesday, December 29, 2015

And we're off.....

I get emails from certain retailers- alot of which I have unsubscribed to, because it's really a bunch of BUYBUYBUY!!!!!!  One even had the audacity to advertise their Spring line, and you know, it made my heart shrink ten sizes too small.

Why does everyone do this? Boxing week (used to be Boxing Day) sales aren't even over, and now we're supposed to rush out and fill our closets with swimsuits and cruisewear?  Please.

We had a lovely Christmas. No one went overboard, (barring, perhaps the 26 lb turkey)- and I think we took some time to buy gifts that were meaningful and thoughtful.  Let's face it, as much as we all say that Christmas is for kids, we all love to get and give gifts. But you don't need to go crazy.
I did get some Karbonz needles, a new book, which I look forward to reading, as well as a kit from
The Shetland Museum and Archives- a fantastic source for all things wonderful.
Miss Mew got me this Toggenburg goat creamer from Quail. I think in the interest of preserving those ears, I should find another place for him, but isn't it wonderfully silly?
This is probably what alot of us feel like, some Grinch crushed into the sofa.

But Clawed is enjoying his toys- he had a great time.

See you in 2016-



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Things You're Looking Forward to Doing After The Holidays

1. Breathing.
2. Eating turkey sandwiches.
3. Not shopping.
4. Watching Dr. Phil in relative peace.
5. Starting a new eating regime.
6. Clearing out the lower level- I love a good purge.
7. Walking every day- and trying to get a long one in on the weekend.
8. Spinning
9. Knitting my gansey.
10. Reading my new books.

Don't get me wrong, I do like the holidays, but I also enjoy the relative quiet of winter. My son tells me we are in a Blowtorch year- between the highs and lows of the jet stream, so little to no snow this year. As much as I am disappointed by this, I can take advantage of it and walk every day.

Speaking of holidays- Santa came a little early this year.
I found this wheel on Kijiji.  It's a Rappard Wee Peggy.  The owner had not spun on her in years, but she came complete with 4 bobbins, orifice hook and complete flyer.  After a clean and a wax, I sat down to spin, and the fact that it is a single treadle is something I will have to train myself in. But she's cute and spins lovely.  I was looking for a Haldane (Shetland Wheel) but most are in the UK and hard to come by.  The Rappard was made in New Zealand and based on the Shetland style.
In knitting news, I am working on a pair of socks in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in "Whoville". I am sort of making up the pattern as I go along.

The turkey is thawing, and I will make the stuffing and potatoes on Wednesday. The family will all be together on Friday.  What more can you ask? Presents are nice but having a dinner together is lovely and seeing everyone laugh together is the best.

My dear friends whom I have had the great privilege of getting to know in Blogland, I wish you the very best for this time of year, as well as 2016.  Wherever you are, whoever you're with- you deserve every good thing coming your way.

Clawed wants to know why there's a fake tree in the living room.  People are strange, Clawed.

Peace out.




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ten On Tuesday- 10 Gifts You Can Buy At The Grocery Store

I guess it really depends what grocery store you shop at. We have a chain here, Loblaw's, and some of the stores are very high end.

1. A selection of imported cheeses and deluxe biscuits.
2. An expensive balsamic.
3. A pricey olive oil.
4. Chocolate truffles.
5. Panettone.
6. Gift cards?
7. Some high-end tea or coffee.
8. A really good bottle of vanilla extract.
9. Exotic fruit.
10. Some wine at the outlet.

In Ontario, 6 packs of beer just hit the store shelves today. The government really controls the sales of beer and spirits, but I know you can buy them at corner stores in Quebec. Since I don't drink, it doesn't affect me at all.

On the weekend Miss Mew and I made shortbread and Candy Cane cookies.  Today I made some Ginger Molasses cookies, and I am done. They will be packed up and gifted and then I won't have to have the temptation in the house.

I made this ultra thick hat, The Vermonter.  I hope to wear it on walks, this is assuming we get any cold weather, and possibly snow.
I'm messing around with a sock pattern and still working on my gansey.
I thought today I would post a picture of Howard. He is defintely the alpha cat. He doesn't really like to be picked up, but will come for a cuddle if the mood strikes. Nothing happens around here without Howie knowing about it. He's goofy, but he's a sweetheart.

Fleece out-

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It's Beginning To Look Alot Like....

Christmas. On the weekend FC put up the decorations and outside lights. Miss Mew and I (mostly Miss Mew) did the poor excuse for a tree.
FC got a new reindeer for outside- our other ones were sent to where the broken Reindeer go. He put up some new teal lights as well.
If I took a close-up of this, you would notice that there are no decorations on the bottom third. This is part of the joy of having theif-in-the-night kitties.
I whipped up some Santa themed bags.
I am adding some inches to my Whitby gansey.
I will begin a Christmassy sock- in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock "Whoville".
And here is a quilt I made many years ago- a paper pieced Santa mini quilt.
Just tell me if Santa is bringing the Little Stinkies....
Don't worry Clawed- Santa never forgets the kittens.  And we're fleecin'-

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Lost Week(end)

This week has been a bit of a lost cause, as FC is home working on major issues at work (figure that one out) and therefore, my creativity is suppressed.  I really wanted to get the presents wrapped and the tree and lights up- but it's not looking good.

I just got home from having my annual physical- which in itself is not bad. I like my doctor, and I don't need to have any invasive procedures done. It was not a surprise to me that I am overweight and need to address that, because it will impact my blood pressure and joints.  Other than that, I am healthy and since FC is in the same boat, we're in it together.  Of course, we know what happens at this time of year (marzipan) and with all the chocolate and stuff, but I can make a start.  Eating after dinner is a big problem and FC likes sugary drinks- so I will have herbal tea and he can do without.  You don't learn new habits, but replace bad ones. So I'm told.

I did do a few things. There has been an addition to the extended family and any excuse to knit with pink baby yarn:
The pattern is free on Ravelry, Cascade.
I also made a small hat with a tiny Rose at the top, in honour of her middle name.

Here are the blocked Frostrosen mittens, and I didn't go back and fix the palm. Who the hell is going to notice?
I got one of a pair of handspun socks done. I actually dyed these myself, and they're ok. Sonny O doesn't take much notice what colour his socks are.

Which brings me to some thoughts I have about what I don't get about knitting:

1. Why do people knit skirts? It is THE worst garment because of the stretch and it always hugs your balloon butt and sags at the hem.  I have yet to see an attractive one.

2. What is the point of yarn bombing? It's not attractive and my practical side says it's a waste of time and effort. Perhaps not materials, but I still am not seeing the point of it.

3. Magic loop.  Alot of to-ing and fro-ing for no reason. If you can use dpn's then you really don't need to Magic loop. I've been told I should learn it- and you know, I don't get why. If you do, then that's great, but I have gone this long and have done just fine.

4. Toe-up socks. I guess the theory is you can adjust the length of the leg depending on how much yarn you have, but I haven't ever had that issue. The cast on is fiddly and not enjoyable, and I have reverse engineered a few patterns and done them top-down. No biggie.

5. Intarsia. A pain in the behind.  I have done it for childrens' sweaters, but I really don't care for it.  So I avoid it unless I can get around it and do duplicate stitch.

Maybe I have been knitting a long time and am stuck in my ways.  I always try to give certain techniques and yarns a go when I feel it can improve my skills. But alot of it- not sure if they are actual improvements.  There is more than one way to skin a ....
...(ssshhhh....cat.)

Fleecin' out.