Thursday, October 13, 2016

In Celebration....

Twisted Traditions, my pattern store is celebrating 10 Years of Twisted!!! Many of you know me from this blog, which started in 2004, and a few years later I began Twisted Traditions.

 If you head over to Ravelry, you can get a free sock pattern- Dream Weavers.

I have also added a new Fair Isle design, Scrub Oaks & Maples  which is not free, but have a look anyway. My thanks to my tech editor and of course, Miss Mew.
Perfect for fall, n'cest pas?

Here's to more Twisted- more colour, more style and more Can Con!

Fleece out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Annual Turkey Stupor

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Some of us piled into our cars on Saturday and visited the Ball's Fall's Thanksgiving Festival. There was food, vendors, and music (bluegrass) and the weather was perfect. Totally my kind of weekend.
This is the chapel all decorated. They have an old grist mill and I bought some flour. They also had wool and roving from this charming place, and I now have some Newfoundland/Soay roving, which, let me tell you, you can't just get anywhere.

I had a wonderful caramel apple (no peanuts or other crap on it) and we also got soap and icewine jelly. I got some ornaments for the tree from a local potter.

She had some lovely bowls and mugs, but really, I cannot fit one more mug in this house (Emma Bridgewater excepted).

We had turkey on Sunday, and everyone agreed that it was the juiciest one yet. Lots of stuffing and mashed potatoes, gravy and Miss Mew made a wonderful pumpkin pie. My girl is becoming quite the cook, and I hope she provides dessert for Christmas maybe.

Speaking of ornaments, I made some prototypes of the Shetland Sheep- one kind of looks like a Zwartbles, but no one probably will notice.
A bit like a Zwartbles- yes.

Today, FC and I are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. A few months ago I got a white gold band with blue diamonds, and he got some hard drives. We'll probably have turkey sandwiches tonight, which I enjoy just as much as the turkey itself, so it's all good.

Mr. Clawed is very pensive, but enjoying having the window ledge to himself.

Fleece out.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Peppermint Patty in the Pumpkin Patch

It's been awhile. I like that we're in October already because I always feel more inspired and stoked when cooler weather hits. It has been mild but not HUMID so there's that. I have lots to show you.

First, on the advice of my friend, I am doing light therapy. For 30 minutes each morning I sit in front of a daylight bulb and read or knit. I am pretty sure that I am feeling the effects after only 3 days, but anything is better than not being able to wake up, and not being cognizant for an hour afterward. Not sure if I actually suffer from SAD, but I am here to tell you it is real, and it happens. I'm not much of a sun person at the best of times, so I probably am deficient in Vitamin D. I'll let you know more in a few weeks time.

Alexander's Filey Gansey is coming along. I picked this up again last week and have given myself the rest of October to finish it. Doable, I hope.
I finished my pillow Boo & Baa-bie. 
I will add some bells to the bottom and ribbon and hang it up..somewhere....
I also sewed a few project bags for gifts. FC found this fabric when we went to Michigan. Isn't it great?

I had an idea a while back to make my own Sheep ornaments. I ordered some plywood sheep cutouts on Etsy (love Etsy) and FC drilled a hole in the top. I have some Shetland roving and I am going to paint the sheep, and put some roving around the body. Then I can needlefelt the markings, add a bell and a hanger and we're done. Shetland sheep come in many colours and markings so this should be interesting.
While we're on the subject of Etsy, I have been intrigued by this seller .
 I ordered some of her Halloween self-striping sock yarn, and look at her presentation. These should be fun to do.

The handspun sweater is blocked and drying, and I will sew on the buttons and put it on the dummy. Also, a new Fair Isle is modeled and written up, as well as a new free sock pattern. I think I have gotten more done in the last couple of weeks than since May.

If you're looking for some new reading material, Janine, The Feral Knitter has published her book on Fair Isle and it looks intriguing. I've always admired her design ethic.  Vogue Knitting has some articles on Shetland as well.

As well, there are cats......

Who sometimes get along. Here are the "Earl Greys".