Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
This early morning I had the wonderful opportunity to join Chookyblue and other like minded quilters for a Zoom Sewing Gathering. Given that I finish work on Fridays at Midnight, it was the perfect time to log on and get to know some wonderful quilters.
I poured myself a drink .... It's 5 O'clock somewhere ... and joined the gathering!
I had an early coffee date with friends in the morning ... So I stayed till 2 am .... I probably should have stayed later, as I was to wired to fall asleep. lol
Thank you Donna for allowing to join. I enjoyed chatting with everyone.
Thanks for stopping! Catch you all later! Cheers!
Thursday, October 8, 2020
I love my blog. However, with the recent and not so recent up dates with Google/Blogger, I noticed that I had lost all the videos/slide shows I had created with Picasa. If you clicked on the post, you had no record of the photographs ... blank
Luckily, I was able to link my Picasa account with Google and retrieve all the photographs. I then begin creating slide shows using iPhoto. Love my Mac.
What a production this has been; viewing blogging posts from December 2011 backwards. I think I have corrected everything. This has taken me the better part of a full day, but at least it is all there ... new slide shows.
These fixes were definitely a trip down memory lane ... I'll be honest, I cried at some of the posts and others, I relish in the experience.
Glad my blog is now back in order. Not that I expect people to read my blog for day one ... that would be January 18, 2007 ... Lots has happened since then.
On another note, I did receive my Wool Box from Primitive Gatherings.
Off to think about what I want to work on next. Catch you all later.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
After I finished the little Hexe quilt, I remembered another quilt that needed my attention. This English Paper Piecing quilt was started back in the Spring of 2013. The pattern is from the Primitive Quilt magazine, Spring 2013 issue. I did blogged about it here. I used 1/2 inch hexes and 1900 century reproduction fabrics.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
I'm an all season gal. Every seasons has its perk ...
Summer ... I love all the fresh vegetables. Sadly, at this point in time in my life, I do not have space for a vegetable garden ... but I can certainly enjoy the bounty of others.
I love zucchini ... and yellow squash .... They makes such a wonderful refreshing dish. This is one of my favourite dish .....
What you will need ...
1 yellow squash
Olive oil (high quality)
Fresh garlic (you can use powder)
thyme (fresh or dried)
salt to taste
Added at the end - while in a serving dish:
Fresh lemon juice (you do not want to cook your lemon juice)
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Fresh ground pepper
Sauté the vegetable with all of the ingredients except the sun dried tomatoes. I like to add them towards the end of my desired cooking time. I like my vegetable crisp. Plate your creation and squeeze the lemon ... add the cheese.
This was my lunch today ... so yummy
I added some pine nuts for protein. You can add cooked pasta to the dish. It is so light and a wonderful summer dish.
How are you enjoying the summer bounty? I cannot wait to have my own garden ... soon I am hoping!
Catch you all later!
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
The box has been sitting there ... Not sure why I hadn't built it yet. Perhaps I was waiting for a special someone to help me.
Last weekend Pumpkin came up for a visit with Goofball. We had plans on Sunday to go on a hike, but with the temperature in the high 90F (31C) and high humidity, we changed our plans and Pumpkin said ... Why not build the Saturn V rocket?
Perfect idea .... We got busy setting things up.
There's Goofball enjoying our collective effort.
Voila ... Stage 1 of the Saturn V rocket is built.
BTW, next to the Saturn V is a lovely embroidery that my friend, Sewing Ninja, stitched for me as a gift.
I'm so impressed with this Lego model. It is built solid ...
Because we ran out of time ... the other stages will be built on their next visit.
Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace. Catch you all later!
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Well, my Vanilla sweater by Corinne from The Wooly Thistle is finally finished and it is now this ...
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Well ... it is now this ...
Just in time for his birthday! Not that he'll be wearing it during this heat wave!
Oh ... the wool for my Poppy Scarf came in this week from Black Sheep Yarns in BC.
Such delicious colours. I cannot wait to start on that project ... but first I need to finish a couple of things.
Catch you all later! Cheers!
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Brought the quilt to a flimsy stage ...
Sunday, June 14, 2020
On my way back, I took some picture of our gorgeous Lake Champlain ... how strange it was to see the lake so empty of boaters. Normally during this time of year the sailboats are out and about. It was a perfect day to sail. But with Covid, not many boats are in the water.
I do miss seeing the sailboats sail across our beautiful lake. What a strange summer it's going to be.
Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Catch you all later! Cheers!
Monday, June 8, 2020
And plan on knitting the cover project ... Primerose. It is such a gorgeous sweater. Marie wore it during her Instagram chat 4 and I fell in love with the design and colours. So I ordered the yarn kit as soon as it was back in stock at The Woolly Thistle. The fourteen (14) different colours are absolutely delicious.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Anyway, I think I need a course on reading knitting pattern because I found this pattern anything but easy to understand. It took me about seven tries to understand what I needed to do. This is not a complaint about the pattern writer, but more about my frustration with my ability to properly read knitting patterns in general.
Reading/understanding knitting patterns is a challenge for me. I think it's just a matter of getting comfortable with the language.
On another note, I found the yarn I needed for a winter hat I want to knit for a special someone.
Keep well everyone ... Catch you all later! Cheers!
Saturday, May 23, 2020
I wanted to start a new project and felt because this was colour work, I needed it completely knitted so that my tension would be consistent. When I knit with more than one colour, I keep my tension looser than usual ... otherwise the design looks tight and I don't like that. I also need to think about how I'll go about weaving the two (2) ends together. Any ideas ... techniques?
This was such a fund project to knit. I loved using Jamieson & Smith yarn.
Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner in cyber space! Cheers!
Monday, May 18, 2020
Gina brought up the analogy of a calm lake. When you look at the surface, it is calm, serene and yet underneath are the currents, the turbulence ... sometimes the chaos surfaces and at other times it just is ... that's how I feel at the moment ... calm on the outside and yet, on the inside I'm affected by the situation.
I am truly grateful that I have a warm home, food, employment, my family and to be surrounded by wonderful friends. I do miss my family terribly ... and so wish I could visit. My parents are aging and I'm not there. I cannot cross the border. My inability to be there for both my parents is the underneath turbulence ... what the others do not see. Time is precious!
On another note, I started a new knitting project. The En Voyage shawl is still in the works ... I just wanted a little bit more of a challenge ... perhaps a good thing! lol
I purchase the kit from The Woolly Thistle, my favourite on line store. The pattern is called Foula Snood by Donna Smith.
It is from the book Shetland Woolweek - annual 2018. Lovely book/magazine ... Lots of wonderful projects!
I'm using Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool from the Shetland Islands. Lovely wool!
I'm truly enjoying these various knitting projects I've been working on. Particularly enjoying learning about the various sheep breeds and the type of fleece they produce. Loving it!
Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy the moment! Cheers!
Monday, May 11, 2020
As I mentioned in a prior post, I am using this time to get to know my self better ... becoming more and more comfortable with who I am, working with the areas that need some attention. Self awareness is not always easy ... actually, rarely is it. It's takes patience, gentleness and courage to face ourselves.
You might ask, "why am I bringing this up?"
Well ... A few days ago, I came face to face with my imperfections. Some of you might not know but, I'm a perfectionist! I know, it comes as a total surprise to you! lol ... Not in an obsessive, compulsive sense, but more in a need to continuously improve upon myself; striving to become a better version of myself.
I set high standards for myself and work towards achieving those standards. I don't always succeed, but I learn from them. In my mind, it's really about what you are willing to live with. Can I live with that mistake in that quilt? Sometimes, it's a yes and sometimes it's time to take out the seam ripper!
I started a new knitting project. I needed something mindless, yet beautiful, to keep me occupied. I purchased the kit from my favourite yarn shop in Montreal, (Espace Tricot) on line of course, as the borders are closed. The pattern is called En Voyage by Espace Tricot and can be found on Ravelry ... It's a free pattern.
It wasn't until I was into my second skein of yarn (that would be over 275 yards) that I noticed a mistake .... in the beginning of my project! I'm missing a cable row, making the V shorter than the others.
After I finished savouring the moment, I thought about unravelling my work to correct my mistake ... which would not have a been a big deal for me .... but I chose to leave it as is, serving as a joyful reminder of this beautiful moment of total surrounding.
I am now five (5) skeins into the project ... and just loving how it's turning out.
I'm using Scout yarn by Kelbourne in Charcoal Heather. I love that yarn and am planning on knitting another shawl in Navy Heather for someone special! ;)
What have you been up to?
Thank you for stopping my little corner in cyber space! Stay safe and healthy, both emotionally and physically.