Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
|Sold - Mesa Socks|
The result was a pair of socks where the full spectrum of the yarn was plain to see. I like these socks, but a girl can only wear so many pairs of hand knit socks, so they are being added to the for sale pile.
Monday, October 24, 2011
In other news, it was a sad day for Miss Cici today. In her cute but clumsy way, she managed to bash into a tree and knock a couple of her teeth out. She spent the afternoon at the vets where she went under general anesthetic so they could fix her up. Now she is at home resting, slightly stoned, and slightly whiney. The poor thing cried loud and long when I put her chew toys in the closet. I'm sure she will be fine in a few days, but she is a mighty sad pup right now.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
|Sold - Mesa Mittens|
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Although I feel like I should have these mittens in my life for a while longer, because I really like them, I’ve decided to add them to the for sale pile.
When I went to grab the link for the Chroma yarn, I noticed Knit Picks has a new yarn, Andes Del Campo. I love the colours, especially the Cilantro and Vineyard Heathers. I would love to knit up a nice cabled sweater in one of these colours.
Time to come up with what to make next - I think I will do something with Chroma yarn in the “Pool Party” colour.
Monday, October 17, 2011
What I love best about Fern is that we can do whatever we want. If we want to sit by the pool and read, no one bothers us. If we want to get out and be active, we can walk through the woods, go swimming, kayak around the lake, or find dozens of other activities. And if we want to participate in a group activity, there are plenty of those to try as well. Mostly at Fern we sit by the pool and relax the day away, but this year we took part in a couple of fun group activities. One was cocktail mixing – good fun sitting around the bar, getting a quick lesson, and then drinking some generous samples (what’s not to love). The other group activity I went to was jewellery making class.
The jewellery class at Fern is great – or Ferntastic as those at Fern resort would say. (Sadly, people at Fern will find endless ways to make up positive words and sayings using the word Fern – Ferntastic, Fernerrific, Feel the Fern, etc.) Back to jewellery class… A wonderful woman named Nancy comes to Fern for a couple of hours in the afternoon, sets up some tables with beading tools and lets us come in and help ourselves to her beads and make some jewellery. She sits around, keeps us chatting about whatever, and then she helps put clasps on or whatever else people need to create a few projects. She is a super nice woman and as long as the others in the class don’t get their elbows up around the beading table, it is a very enjoyable experience.
I’ve done the class on two different trips to Fern and it has been a highlight both times. In 2009 I particularly enjoyed watching one 18 year-old guy, who thought he was quite something, create a necklace, bracelet and earrings set for “the one back home”. Naturally each of his pieces was loaded up with pink, plastic hearts. His creations were great – made with so much love (and so entertaining for the rest of us in the class.) He wasn’t at Fern this year as he had to stay home and work. We all missed him.
Here is one of my creations from 2009. I also made a great bracelet, but it sadly fell apart one night and I didn’t think to save it from its demise.
This year’s jewellery class wasn’t as entertaining but it was still typically Fern fun. For most of us it was relaxing, except for one girl who was trying to juggle beading and water-skiing at the same time. Her father kept coming in counting down the minutes to her water-ski time and Nancy was kind enough to extend the class time so she could come back and finish her jewellery after a quick ski around the lake. Gotta love a place where you can transition from water-skiing to jewellery making in a matter of minutes.
Here are my creations from this year’s class.
I knew writing a blog would be a learning experience, but I didn’t realize how quickly I would learn that I am not a great photographer. I tried to get a good picture of the necklaces, but I just couldn’t do it. To prove that I do have some photography skills, here are a couple of other pictures from Fern.
Friday, October 14, 2011
|Sold – Navy, Salsa and Cream coloured hand- knit mittens|
This year I decided to just knit. It didn't matter what I knit and didn't matter for whom. The only thing that mattered was that I liked the yarn and the knitting made me happy. Now I find myself with a stash of surplus mittens and socks without a home. So I bring to you, my first item for sale.
The mittens were made from Knit Picks’ Palette Yarn (in the running for my all-time favourite yarn). The pattern comes from a great book - Mostly Mittens by Charlene Schurch. This is the book that I used to learn how to make mittens. It is still a continuous source of inspiration.
Over the years many friends have suggested I sell my knitting, but anyone who knits knows that it would not be possible to charge an amount that in any way acknowledges the many hours that go into a hand-knit item. I also think going into the business of selling my knitting for profit would take all the fun out of my favourite pastime. The purpose of this blog is not to sell things for profit, but I do think that some of you might be interested in acquiring a pair of mittens or socks, and I would love to make a few dollars to feed my yarn habit.
For the record, I’ve come close to keeping my New Year’s resolution of no hand-made Christmas gifts in 2011 but recently I caved and came up with something to make, for someone, that will take me so many hours that I will no doubt be totally stressed out as December nears. On the off chance this person reads my blog I will not comment further, but stay tuned for pictures of the (hopefully) completed item after Christmas.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
To maximize the benefits of beading and knitting, Steph and I traded wares recently. I made her a pair of socks, from Knit Picks’ Stroll Multi Yarn, in a great colour called “cupcake”. This picture doesn’t do the wonderful browns and pinks justice. It is a great colour, in a great yarn.
In return, Steph made me this fantastic necklace with some wonderful blue and white beads. In particular I love the heart shaped beads and the blue beads with thin veins of black running through them.
In other news... I'm making good progress on the project I cast on the other day.
Monday, October 10, 2011
We decided that this year we will have a lazy turkey dinner, so we are having a turkey breast (no carcass to clean up!), pre-made stuffing (not as good as home-made, but better than Stove Top), fresh vegetables (healthy and no prep time), and instead of mashed potatoes we are having french fries (no peeling potatoes!). So this means the entire meal only involves heating things up and I’ve got more time to do other things.
On today’s craft agenda, I’m preparing to make a couple of winter coats for Cici. Since I am a good mother and I do not make my son wear home-made clothes, poor Cici becomes the recipient of all my home-made clothing urges.
This winter she will be sporting tie-dye fleece…
And, she will be wearing some fabulous fake fur!
I’ve never made anything with fake fur. When I bought the fabric (at a great sale!) it didn’t occur to me what challenges lay ahead. Fake fur sheds! When I took the fabric out of the bag to show Jacob, he was instantly covered in fake fur bits. Not fun to clean up. My solution to managing this problem during the fabric cutting stage was to cut out the fabric outside to help limit the amount of fluff in our apartment. Note to self – do not ever buy fake fur again!
For tonight’s TV viewing accompaniment, I’m working on a mitten that I cast on yesterday.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Chances are if you have found this blog it is because I sent you here, therefore I will not prattle on with a long-winded introduction. So let's dive right into to talking about things I make.
Some bloggers (and readers) like food porn, but I'm more of a sucker for yarn porn.
|The purple and grey mittens in the bottom right corner is the pair that started my dangerous mitten addiction.|