Friday, December 08, 2017

Winter Project and a Giveaway Announcement!

Good afternoon to everyone! I'm joining up with Jennifer at Thistlebear for her wonderful Winter Project link party. Please visit Jennifer's lovely blog to see what other's are creating.

Before I share what I have been knitting, I'd like to first share a giveaway announcement. Now this giveaway is not from me, but from Yarn Canada! I was contacted by Tiffany who wanted me to share the news that Yarn Canada is giving away yarn to individuals and groups who are knitting for a charitable cause. Isn't this wonderful! I've copied the details directly from the website, which you can go to here. If you are interested, all you need to do is visit Yarn Canada's webpage and complete the application form.

Please note that the deadline to submit your entry 
is December 15, 2017

"We know so many wonderful people knit and crochet for good causes. We'd love to hear your stories and help out!
We'll be choosing 12 individuals and groups to get a total of $2000 worth of yarn to use towards their projects.
Since we get requests from all over, and we'd like to do something nice for our neighbours, this is open to Canadians and Americans.

Here’s the yarn we’ll be giving away:
1 x $500 of yarn to a Canadian group who knits or crochets for a good cause
1 x $500 of yarn to an American group who knits or crochets for a good cause
10 x $100 of yarn to Canadian or American individuals or groups who knit or crochet for a good cause
All you need to do to apply is fill out the form below (you will find the form on the webpage here) and tell us your story. What will you use the yarn for, what impact has this or previous projects had, and anything else important to your story.
If you have any photos we’d love to see them too.
Submissions close December 15th and our staff will work together to select the recipients of the yarn by January 20th. "

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Now, on to my own creation :)
I've been working steadily on a lace scarf for a good friend of mine. Lace takes a long time to knit! If I was better at time management, I'm sure the scarf would already have been delivere.! But that's just not me. There's been a lot happening here at my house, and Christmas preparations have not been one of them. I still have not got the tree up, but hopefully this weekend. I threw a garland up around the front door, added lights, and that's all. Oh, I did decorate a tiny tree that I used to take to my dear old Dad (sniff), but this year it is gracing the playroom, and my favourite little daycare boy helped me decorate it. He liked it so much that he asks if we can decorate it again every day he's here ;) 

Right, the lace scarf ... I'm knitting this in fingering weight, hand-dyed yarn, in a very dark navy blue with touches of teal throughout. It's really, really nice stuff. Very soft and has a nice slippery feel for knitting. The pattern is a fir tree design, which I think is perfect for my friend who lives near the tall timber forests in the far West. I'm more than halfway done, and have calculated how many repeats I have to knit each day in order for it to be completed in four days. So far I'm on track! A bit tricky to photograph, but here it is.
the first half



I actually did complete the last lace scarf I was knitting and have delivered it to my friend. I have some photos of it completed too, but they must be on my phone. I'm in a hurry (as usual) today, and have only downloaded from the camera for now. If you're on Instagram, I did post some photos of the last lace scarf and a couple of charity knit scarves there.


Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you are having wonderful times with family and friends in the weeks and days leading up to Christmas Day!
Wendy
sunshine in the playroom earlier this week :)


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Catching Up With You Before Christmas Catches Up With Me!

Hi Folks! It's been a while since I popped in her and posted anything. I have an excuse. I have joined Instagram. Please don't hate me, and I haven't deserted my blog, I just have been busy knitting and getting a teeny bit ready for Christmas that I found the quickness of Instagram has really been a blessing. I can knit and keep in touch with everyone just by my phone. I've never really been a "phone person", so this is all a new kind of madness for me.  If you click on the Instagram box on the sidebar here, it will take you right to my IG page. I've found some of my blogging friends on IG, but would love to be able to connect with anyone who is a regular viewer here as well. No pressure, because it took me a long time to finally join. I joined the dreaded facebook too, but I honestly don't like it much and find it difficult to navigate on my phone (although it seems fairly easy on my computer). I doubt I'll be on FB much because IG is so easy to use instead.

Enough of that dull stuff!!

What have I been knitting? Well, I finished the lace scarf I was making a few weeks ago, and have started a second lace scarf for a good friend. Not much to show on it yet as it is tiny work and the progress is slow.





The colours are truest in the final photo.


I also knit up two scarves for a charity here in awareness of Aids. I just happened to see a donation box at the library when I took the kids for storytime. The ad was asking for red scarves 6" x 60". Some of the scarves already dropped in the box were shocking red (a colour I kind of hate), so I went for a darker red, which once I got it home and started knitting it looked more and more like burgundy. Oh well, I knit them up and dropped them off last Friday. I hope they approve of the colour.

 

The daycare is keeping me busy with outings for the kids. We've been along the Waterfront Trail (a provincially maintained trail that follows the shores of Lake Ontario), and also to Lynde Marsh, playgroups and the library for fireside storytime. The weather has been so overcast in November, but we've been squeezing the nature visits in haphazardly. I always feel so much better for getting out though. 

These photos were taken yesterday at Lynde Marsh ...



lurking turkey ;)





And these were taken along the Waterfront Trail ...







I'm sure I'll start mistakenly overlapping some photos through the blog and Instagram, and maybe I've already shared these photos on my blog! I'm just spread a little thin these days, but wanted to keep in touch. I really want to visit everyone, but I don't want to promise that it's going to happen today or tomorrow. sigh ... busy time of year right? I even have trouble replying to comments on IG, so apologies if you've been neglected in that respect as well. I usually reply to everyone here on my blog (unless you're non-reply blogger), but things kind of unraveled a bit lately, and I know I've missed some of you. I do read every comment left for me, if that's any comfort ;)

I made three Christmas cakes this morning and they are still baking in the oven. I thought the batter looked a little runny, and I guess it was. I was following an old recipe of Mom's and it was a bit vague as to liquid measurements. I made this cake last year too, and I remember having the same trouble. Maybe next year I'll use a different recipe ... I must have a dozen or so!!  I took photos of the process on my phone (and shared them on Instagram), but I haven't uploaded them to my laptop yet. Maybe just seeing the final baked cakes will be enough? 

Well thanks for dropping in today ... sorry for the heavy load of photos (lack of organization on my part). Enjoy the rest of your week, and take care!

Wendy









Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Winter Project - Lace Scarf

I'm joining up with Jennifer of Thistlebear this morning in her Winter Project link party. Thanks for hosting Jennifer! I've enjoyed this link party last year as well, and it really gives me much needed motivation to get moving on some knitted projects.

This past weekend was a bit dark, wet and dreary, so I made a good start at a lace scarf I wanted to knit. I picked up the yarn at the CreativFestival in Toronto. Sadly the vendors who attend this show have drastically reduced in number. I hadn't been for quite a few years, and I was shocked, and hugely disappointed, at the lack of interest in the show. It used to be a show exclusively for sewing, but then they changed the theme to include more knitting and then scrapbooking. One vendor told me the cost to rent a booth is very high, and she thought that was the reason for the low attendance.

Anyway!
I wanted to knit a lace scarf. I'm using a pattern from an old book I have which is a library of knit stitches, and this is a particularly pretty zig zag vine pattern.



The yarn ....



You can see the pattern a bit better with the light behind it ....


Before I started the scarf, I tested a few stitch patterns from the book in one long strip.
I guess this could have been made into a scarf too!


This is the pattern I'm using (below) ....



I had wanted to make a different pattern (below), but the variegated yarn didn't allow the pattern to shine through :(  Plan B became the lace.


another close second ....


I hope to visit everyone who joined up in the party later this evening. I had an unexpected day off yesterday, and although I had planned to knit, knit, knit the day away, it ended up being a day of running errands. I didn't sit down to knit until 8:00 pm. Well, it's off to a good start now thank goodness!


Thanks for stopping by!

Wendy



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