Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Knitting away ....

I haven't quilted in a bit ... Seems easier to pick up knitting needles than it is to sit at my machine. I could pick up some wool work .... but ..... naw for now!

I still haven't picked up my No Frill's Sweater by Petite knit ... I'm really not in the mood to think ... so simple projects it is.

I knitted two pairs of mittens .. I'm sure you'll recognize the pattern ... Bromont Mitts designed by Dianna Wallaby's for Espace Tricot. This time I used Plymouth yarn Galway Sport ... a burgundy pair


And a Blue pair


Last week, on my trip to Albany I picked up a new book ... Maja's Swedish Mittens by Maja Karlsson ... you know ... to spice things up a bit!


It's a lovely book with lots of different patterns ...

During these unprecedented times .... Creativity is my therapy and sanity ... What's yours?

Hoping you are keeping safe and healthy ....

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The new normal .... for other's anyway! lol

My friend Cheryl sent me this. It is so me! lol


What made me laugh was my favourite brother's reply to my post!


In these insane times .... laughter/humour is a must!

Stay safe and healthy every one ... both physically and emotionally/psychologically! People are doing some crazy stuff!

Hugs to you!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St Patrick's day!

Top of the morning to you! Hope you are enjoying a fabulous day!

Finished this little quilt ... a project from my last wool box with Primitive Gatherings. The pattern is called Irish Chain by Lisa Bongean


The instructions called for hand embroidering the shamrock ... but I went with hand dyed wool. They were tiny pieces ... so tiny that it was best I hand embroidered the stem. 

I love how it turned out. Glad to finally have a piece for St Patrick's day. 

What have you been up to?

Catch you all later.  Cheers!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Stop the world, I want to get off ....!

Can someone explain to me what is going on?

On my way back from Albany, I stopped in Plattsburgh to do my weekly grocery shopping and was puzzled to see such a packed parking lot .... unusual for a Monday!

Once inside I was greeted by an empty vegetable section ..... WTF! Not a potato to be had anywhere!

Ok onward to pick up some milk and ..... meat counter bare except for hot sausages!


Not only that but the canned vegetable & legume section were bare and so was the canned broth section ... the frozen vegetable section ... totally empty!


and not a paper product to be had anywhere ...


My experience at Hannafords scared me to death ...

People's carts were filled, over flowing with stuff ...  some had two carts filled .... there was enough food for six (6) months if not more in there!!!! And here I was with my little cart barely filled .... couldn't even get a gallon of organic 1% milk! All out of stock!

Strangely, the beer section was not empty ..... Now that's totally weird!

I'll tell you ... I am more scared of people's present behavior than I am of the virus. Wow!

Stay healthy everyone .... physically and especially emotionally/psychologically!

Cheers!

Friday, March 6, 2020

A first pair knitted ...!

Just completed my first pair of mittens .... The pattern is called Bromont Mitts by Dianna Walla for Espace Tricot

It was easier than I thought. I was a bit worried about the thumb ... but it's a thumbs up! Corny ... I know ... lol

Just love how they turned out! They are so comfy on my hands. I think I'm addicted! lol

What have you been up to?

Catch you all later!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Something new .... !

I started a new knitting project .... No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit.


I'm stuck at the moment. I cannot seem to figure out the instructions. I have read the pattern both in English and in French .... and I'm still lost! This is a raglan construction with German short rows in the round. I'm sure I'll figure it out soon enough.

Until then ... this is what the sweater is "suppose" to look like.

(Picture taken from Ravelry).

I'm using Julie Asselin - Leizu Dk yarn which is 90% SW Merino and 10% Silk. It is so soft to the touch. The pattern called for two (2) mohair type yarn ... I just thought I'd be different! ;)

You can find the pattern on Ravelry here. Great knitting site!

What have you been up to?

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later!

Friday, February 28, 2020

No idle hands here ....!

Back in December 2019, I started a new knitting project ... Le Massif Scarf by Diane Walla


It was a kit I bought at a local yarn shop in Montreal ... Espace Tricot. I just loved the colours so much that I couldn't resist purchasing the kit! You know how that goes?! lol

I have finally finished it to the desired length. Well, finish is relative ... I still need to block it ... but I'm much too excited to wait until I blocked it to share it with you.

Voila!


I just love how it turned out. The yarn I used is Kelbourne Woolen - Scout ... It's 100% wool from Peru. It is so soft ... and molds my neck oh so nicely.

Of course, I need mittens for this lovely scarf.


I've never knitted mittens, so this is all so new to me; a learning process. The yarn I used for the mittens is by Rauma Ullvarefabrikk - Rauma Garn - Finull PT2 - 100% wool from Norway ... also soft to the touch.

I'm really enjoying getting back into knitting ... something I was into in my early 20's. So much as changed ... like 4" double pointed needles! Great for knitting the thumb! lol

What have you been up to? Hope you are enjoying your creative endeavors!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy St Valentine's day!

A day not just for lovers .... It's a day to celebrate love amongst friends, neighbour, co-workers .... a day that serves as a reminder that love is all that matters. Alright, no more mushing stuff! lol

On to quilting!

I decided that I would work on my January wool box from Primitive Gatherings. The project was perfect for today!

So, I got stitchin'!


Which soon turned into this.


And in no time I had a cute little quilt to decorate my home for this holiday!


I just love how it turned out. 

Hoping you have a wonderful day of love! Enjoy celebrating with loved ones!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Snow ... Snow .... Snow!

I love snow .... as long as everyone is safe, I enjoy a snow storm. Today, we are having a huge snow storm. So much snow that I couldn't get to work! Oh ... shucks!

We presently have over a foot of snow and it's still falling!


They are forecasting up to 18 inch!


A great day to get some projects done!

Catch you all later!

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Pizza party .....!

Last Sunday, I invited some friends over for a pizza party! What fun and I didn't have to cook! They make their own pizza so if they don't like what they're eating, it's on them! lol

The beauty of this dough is that you can "retard" the dough. That is, slow down the rate of fermentation by placing it in the refrigerator after an hour of fermentation; to be enjoyed at a later date

I made a batch dough, divided into six (6) 250g portions and threw one in the fridge while the others were in the proofer.

 Pulled it out of the fridge on Wednesday for a pizza lunch. Ohhh, looks kind of strange!


Shaped it into a nice round pizza and cooked it.

However, I still need practice using a peel ... Somehow it just doesn't slide off like in the movies! lol

It's a heart pizza!


It was delicious! Yummy lunch!

Hum ... would that be considered a left over? lol

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!
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