Tuesday, December 29

An Update

Since Barbara requested it ... and since she has an update on her blog ... here you go.

Nothing exciting to share.

Finished a pair of not cable cable socks for hubby on the 26th. Started them sometime in the fall. Got side-tracked by knitting thrummed mittens.

Now I'm working on an afaghan that I had started in the fall. Patons Divine yarn. 5 rows of big cables going up it. Quite pretty. Will put it in our exhibition next summer, then someone will get it for Christmas.

Have yarn to knit a pair of socks for me, that'll be the next project ... possibly.

Oh, knit a pair of thrummed mittens that someone ordered in the 10 days before Christmas. And the shop that I had 4 pairs in only has 1 pair left. So should try to get more made for there.

Also have hopes to make this for my niece Emily. We'll see.

I had more typed, and lost it :(
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, October 29

Pay It Forward

I recently agreed to take part in a Pay it Forward exchange. It's a pretty neat idea: you can receive a personal, handmade gift from a talented crafter, and all you have to do is "pay it forward" by agreeing to do the same for three people.

If you would like to receive a handmade gift from me, and are willing to make and send a handmade gift along to three of your blog readers, please let me know in my comments. Once you accept, you will receive something from me within 365 days. In turn, you will have 365 days to fulfill your end of the bargain.

Fun stuff - giving and receiving!

Tuesday, October 20

Barbie and knitting

I've decided to knit my niece Mary some Barbie clothes for Christmas. So far I've done one poncho and 2 purses. Barbie needs more of a wardrobe than that! :)

I've got clothes patterns in my craft room. And have a couple of sites bookmarked. But am wondering if anyone who reads this might have a favorite site for free online Barbie clothes patterns. If you do, please put a link in my comments for me.

And,if you have nothing else to to do, and you want to knit some to do in her box ... I'll let you.

Thursday, October 15

Another Update

Pro-Show is done, and went very well. We were home mid-afternoon on Sunday - not too bad. But did it ever rain hard Sunday morning!!!

Katie got 2nd place with a leather belt she made, 1st place on some tatting, 2 place in junior poultry judging (we aren't sure how she did that well yet LOL), and 8th place in poultry showmanship. I'm proud of how well she did, considering this is the first time she's had anyone to compete against.

Our whole 4-H club did very well! We had 1 girl go onto the grand championship of judging competition, another go onto the grand championship of showmanship competition, and one of our horse kids got grand champion in 2 events. Unfortunately we weren't in the top 10 clubs point wise ... but we had FUN!

Katie has her team for the Curl for Cancer event on the 7th. Herself, 2 other girls, and my sister. Calling themselves The Fabulous Four, wearing purple tops and pink fuzzy scarves. Now the donation collection for that begins.

I'm knitting on thrummed mittens still. Have the thumb left to do on my second pair. Two craft sales coming up to get ready for.

Also trying to gather up things to put in a Fall Gift Box that the 4-H kids are selling tickets on on the 25th. There's a cruise ship coming in, and there's a whole bunch of stuff being planned for our water front area. Anyway, was looking for a box or basket to put all the goodies in ... when I had the bright idea to ask the prop guy from Moby Dick for a box. So we have a box from that set :)

Busy busy busy ... that's my life in a nutshell!

Wednesday, September 30

time for another update

Not much going on.

Nova Scotia provincial 4-H show (4-H Pro-Show) starts Friday night. I'll be in Bridgewater for the weekend. Should be fun. Katie has to take Chester the chicken with us, she has to do showmanship with her. Plus she has to judge chickens, and judge crafts.

I've been knitting on thrummed mittens, and pink fuzzy scarves. Got a bag of 10 balls of yarn for $5 at WalMart a bit ago. One ball makes one scarf. Was going to give them to the high school to put in their "doing it right" store, but Katie has other plans for 4 of them.

She is hoping to put together a girls team for a local Curl for Cancer event in Nov. There are 3 girls she knows who curl, and she's supposed to be asking them today if they want to form a team. $10 per team member to register, plus they raise donations. Hopefully they'll want to join her. She's asked my sister to be coach/back-up player.

Monday, September 14


Katie turned 13 today.

She woke up to a wall of balloons and streamers in her bedroom door. Outside were 13 metalic fishies, more streamers and balloons. In the horses feed bin were some helium balloons.

Her friend had a sign to put on her locker. Her brother had a card to give her at lunchtime. It was announced on the CKBW birthday list this morning. Hope she had a good day at school.

After supper (pancakes, her request) we are having some friends up for cake.

Then we have to go see my brother, cause it's his birthday too. And then we have to go see my BIL, cause, yup ... his birthday too!

I'm knitting thrummed mittens.

Saturday, September 12

Terry Fox Run

Katie is taking part in a Terry Fox Run at the high school next Friday. If you'd like to sponsor her you can at this site Thank you!!!

Busy busy busy that's my life lately. Tell you about it later.

Have a good one!!

Wednesday, August 19

Things that make you go "huh??"

I'm sure that if our neighbour was to look at my clothesline right now she'd swear I was crazy!
I'll have to post the picture later, cause I'm not sure how to get it off the camera - but I have a washed sheep fleece hung on the line to dry. Looks pretty funny!
The guy I got it from had a llama fleece for sale, not sure if he still has it or not. If you'd like to find out, let me know, and I'll give you his name and number.

My peacock feather shawl got first place in our local exhibition, in the category of "any other article, knit". I was hoping it would get best knit article in the show, but an afghan got it. :(

I had some other knitting entered as well, as did Katie. I must get pictures of stuff!!

Thursday, July 23

Baby Budgie

This is the oldest of the two baby budgies our pair hatched. Hatched July 8th. Getting noisy and busy!!
(think I might take some knitting pictures next LOL)

I'm trying to get some things knit to put in the exhibition here this summer. Have about 5 things to enter so far. I knit 2 yards of a narrow edging ... what fun that was!! I've made a pair of kids mittens, and am working on ladies mittens now.

Have a good one!!

Tuesday, July 21


Thought I should post something. And since my flowers are oh so pretty right now, they are being shared.
My Super Dorothy rose bush. B-day present from 2 of my friends a couple of years ago. Absolutely beautiful!!

These are pictures of my lillies. Not sure what type they are ... but what a lovely sea of yellow in the garden! See that branch, it's just at the height of the top of my head, to give you a bit of a sense of how tall they are.

And final shot - hungry fishes :)

Wednesday, June 17

Just a short one today

This is my hubbys site, thought I'd share it with you ... since I think he is doing an amazing job on it!!
Canoe Shelburne

Thursday, May 7

I'm still here!!

I've got a horrible case of "start-itis"!!!! I just want to start new projects. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to start something, then have someone else come along and finish it for me!! Anyone want to come and do that???

I've started the Ten Stitch Blanket (Ravelry link). I'm using scraps of sock yarn to knit it. I will have to try to get a picture of it to show you. I'm going to need lots of sock yarn to finish it, so if anyone wants to save sock yarn scraps for me, I'd appreciate it :)

I've also got some pocketbook slippers on the go, rebuilding my stash of them. They are a fairly quick and simple knit. I've got 2 slippers done, and am working on a third right now. Will have three of that color - but that's ok, because if one wears out quicker than the other, I'll have a spare. And if not, someone can wear an odd pair :)

I'm going to be knitting another saddle pad cover for Katie. This one is with nice bright colors of yarn - 2 different oranges, 2 different reds, a yellowish color and a beige. It's going to be a slight variation of this pattern

I'd like to start a feather and fan blanket out of some brown patons divine (deep earth) that I have in my stash ... but think I probably shouldn't start another project.

Oh, and I have dishcloths that I am working on. Great for these rainy days when we are on inside duty at school.

My flower gardens are coming along nicely so far. Hubby bought me 2 Arctic Willow bushes to go in the front garden. They will be on each end of the garden. On one end we moved a smoke bush to make room. The smoke bush got seperated, and is now on either end of a new flower garden we are creating.

Gee, no pictures, but lots of links for you to follow today :)

What else?? Katie has decided to do some tatting as one of her three 4-H craft items. Have a nice simple pattern for her to do. Sorry, no link to a pattern for that, couldn't find one. But, I did find this site that I want to go back and take a better look at! OK ... so I just spent 15 minutes over there looking around ... what a bunch of creative ideas!!!

have a good one!

Tuesday, March 24

Can it be done???

I've got a thought in my head ... and it won't get out!!

Is it possible to knit around a piece of cotton cord? You can buy it in stores, not sure what it's meant for ... something upholestry. Anyway, I'm thinking, if you can knit around one, it would be a neat way to make unique lead lines for Katie to use with her horse.

Don't know why I thought of this ... but I did. And now I know I'm just going to have to go to TimBRMart and buy a piece of the cording so I can try it.

I thought of I-cord, but there's no way to get the cording inside of it. And I-cord alone would be too stretchy (tried to knit a dog leash once). How awkward will it be to knit on 4 needles with the cording in the middle??

Perhaps if I go bang my head on the wall really hard a few times while yelling "GET OUT" the thought will go away???

Wednesday, March 18

Felted Bunny

Is that cute, or what?? I've got Bunny #2 in the washer. #3 will soon be going on my needles. The pattern is from here

It's March Break here, and so far things are going pretty well. Katie is still recovering from pneumonia, so has been keeping somewhat quiet. She and her friend had plans to get together lots over the break - but it's not happening so far. Friday we're going on a shopping trip. This afternoon she went skating with Aunt Nancy and Mary. Troy and I watched.

Guess that's it for now. I lead such a boring life!

Wednesday, March 11


At long last ... a couple of pictures!! :)

This is the order of 4 pairs of thrummed mittens and one hunting hat that I had. Showing the inside of one mitten as well.

Now I'm working on knitting 2 1lb balls of cotton yarn up into dishcloths for the ladies aux. group. Plus I want to start a pair of socks for hubby. And have 3 more pairs of thrummed mittens to do. (they are girls mittens .... looking forward to using pretty colored wool)

Sorry this isn't more exciting.

I don't really like using the roving in them ... gotta find some raw wool or something to use ... any suggestions??

Tuesday, February 24

Just an update

I've been knitting. Had an order for 4 pairs of thrummed mittens and a wool hunting hat. Have the last mitten on the needles. Then I have 3 more pair ordered.
Plus my niece asked me to knit her a Where's Waldo type hat for her friend for her b-day.
You'd think I'd be nice and get the camera out and take some pictures. I will when the mittens are all finished. Promise!
Still working on a 2nd saddle pad cover for Katie. It got put on hold because of orders. But, it goes to curling with me, and sometimes gets worked on there a little bit :)
Had a job for 8 days packing up the Bargain Giant store that closed here. That was an interesting job. Lots of counting and writting, and box packing. Supposedly a The Bargain Store is opening in a few months to replace it. There's not many places to shop here now! You want new undies ... gotta go out of town!
Well, now you know I'm still in the land of the living.

Thursday, January 29

I just discovered

that my first blog post was on Tuesday, Sept 28th. Darn ... forgot to look at what year that was. 2007??
Must try to remember that when Sept comes around again ... have a blogaversary party.

Saturday, January 24


This is a sad and hard post.

As some of you know, before Christmas my Mom had a heart valve replaced, at the QE2 in Halifax. Complications set in from that, and she was put on a ventilator. Two weeks ago she was transfered to Yarmouth, hoping that in a months time or so she would be transfered to Shelburne.

On Thursday she had a turn for the worst. And in the very early start of today she passed away.

I'm sad, I'm going to miss her. I'm most likely going to knit lots ... or none.

Friday, January 2

Happy New Year

Let's start of the first post of the new year with a picture that our daughter took yesterday morning. Just beyond the horses fence. We saw 2 deer there later in the day. Collective "Awwww" moment :)

Mom is doing a bit better each day. She has been sitting up, and breating on her own a bit. Slow but steady.

I'm still fighting my cold. My friend was home from NB for Christmas ... and this morning I managed to spent 2 hours with her. Barely. Wiped me out for the rest of the day!!

I've crocheted a big granny square afghan. And knit some bookmarks. No pictures because I'm lazy. :)

Does anyone happen to have the book Greetings From the Knit Cafe? I'd love to have the pattern to make this I think it's about 200 sts, with an aran weight yarn, a 11 stitch chevron repeat ... but what I can't find by looking at various pictures online is ... what size needle, and is it single or doubled?