Thursday, June 28, 2007

I've moved!

I've made the switch from Blogger to WordPress (with a lot of help from my son). You can find me at Drop by and let me know what you think. And remember to change your bookmarks!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Summer knitting

Summer knitting is fast - no sleeve or necklines to worry about. Here we have Vanesa in the blue tank top Gloria made. Gloria and Anne are modeling their matching tank tops - all made in cotton. Gloria is also modeling a poncho she made. She insists that crocheting is faster than knitting and I'm becoming a believer!

Sandra came to knitting group for the first time last week and has completed a scarf that she's donating to our homeless Christmas gifts! We now have 14 scarves and only have 186 more to go!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Florida knitting

I'm here in Florida with my mom who had surgery. I've had hours to knit down here - at the hospital and at home. Here are some hats I made for my dear cousin, Stam, who is currently having chemo treatments for breast cancer.

Fareda, the owner of the Knitting Basket LYS, gave me the pattern for this black hat. It was very easy and FAST to knit.

This other pattern I found in a magazine ("Knit 1" I think). It was a lot of knitting for a hat but it turned out great!

Both hats were made with cotton since they are for Florida. I was really pleased with them - and my cousin says she wears the white one in the house to keep her head warm.

Since making these hats I have completed a sweater for my cousin's new addition and started and completed a sweater for my nephew down under. I'm working on a matching sweater for his brother. I'll post those pics soon.

There is a LYS downtown that I'm looking forward to visiting tomorrow. It's close enough for me to walk there. Can't wait!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Happy Birthday, Niko

This is the jacket I made for my nephew who is 3 years old this month. It was a kit from Mary Maxim. As you can see, most of the knitting work is done on the back. Niko has a thing about fire trucks and I have a thing about knitting for kids!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

A visit to a sheep farm

Last weekend I was in New Hampshire to celebrate the baptism of my niece-in-law, Tracey. She took me to visit Riverslea Farm that's just down the street from her home. It was so cool! They raise sheep for slaughter and sell the wool as a side line.

This is Tracey and Liz, who is the owner of the farm. You can see all the wool displayed in one of the two rooms she has for selling knitted items as well as hanks of wool. She shears and spins and dyes some of the wool herself. Some she sends up to Nova Scotia for spinning and dyeing. Those round things Tracey is holding are "nesting balls". (If you click on the photo you can get a closer look.) They are made from grape vines and stuffed with small pieces of wool for the birds to pull out and use in making their nests. How cool is that? I was a bit concerned that my nesting ball and 3 hanks of wool would be confiscated by customs but I had no problems at all. And I even checked off the little box that asks if you've visited a farm!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Listowel Yarn Sale X2

I simply cannot pass up a yarn sale - no matter what the weather is. If you click here you'll see what I mean . . . enjoy!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Batman Two!

Two more batman heads - Kaleb & Jensen - big brothers to baby Chloe.

Meanwhile, I am busy knitting for some upcoming events. Must have one completed by mid week in order to start on the next one . . . why do I do this to myself ? (Only another knitter can understand)