Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Catching up

I like to make bébé O a new hat for each new season. Her winter hat was getting to be too warm even though the weather is still quite cold!
So I had this cotton chenille yarn on hand and it just right for a little crochet hat.
This is the first one I made and it's much too small for her (what was I thinking!) so it's now available in my shop.
The next one I made is just right for her.

I also made this multi coloured hat for the shop.

After a trip to visit with our son last month, I visited Wellington Fiber farm in Elora. They have angora goats...just too cute! I could not help myself, I picked up a few skeins of mohair yarn while I was there. This hat is called Mohair topper. The content is 50% mohair, 50% wool.

 I just love those colours!

And the piece I'm working on is the Delicate Lace Scarf. The yarn is yummy 100% alpaca from Misty Haven alpacas. I've had the yarn in my stash for a couple of years and started it several times, but I just could not get the pattern right. I kept getting mixed up and would rip it apart...I was almost ready to give up...but I'm way too stubborn for that!!!
So this time, I used stitch markers every 10 sts to make sure I did not get confused with the pattern once more. This way, I know right away if I messed up!
I love it...can't wait to block it to better see the lace pattern.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The day after

Here's Mia sleeping on the dog's cushion...that's pretty much how hubby and I are feeling today. Thought I'd spare you a picture of us in this condition!!!
Our daughter's wedding went very well. We are so proud of the young woman she has become.
I'll share a photo of all of us as soon as I get my hands on them.
Bébé O was so good, not a peep out of her during the ceremony, she was too interested in what was going on at the front.
These kind of events are so much fun because we got to spend time with family members that we rarely see.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ready or not...

Big day coming up on Saturday.
Our first child, our sweet cheerful, energetic and always smiling daughter will be getting married to the love of her life. Whether the sun is there or not, we'll be having ourselves a PARTY!!
With only a few days left, how are things coming along???

Her dress is waiting...

Bébé O's dress is also ready...

My dress is now steamed and wrinkle free...

Hubby's shirt and our son's are ironed and ready...
We still have a few things to finish up. My hubby and I must finish putting our Parents of the bride speech together.

It's always a little nerve-wracking to plan such events and we hope everything will go as planned.
If you have any last minute advice for me, I'm all ears!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Swiss cheese

Just off the needles and blocked.
Swiss cheese scarf made with my hand dyed yarn.

The colours are bright and cheerful. The transition from one colour to the next could have been dyed better but it works anyway.

 With spring well on it's way (I hope!), the scarf will be put away till next fall.

After reading several Ravelry notes on this project, I did modify the pattern to better suit this DK yarn. I mostly followed the notes from ilovecandyfloss.

I will be adding a 100g maki roll in my Etsy shop later today if anyone else would like to knit a similar scarf.
(Please note that my camera if way off on the colours in this maki roll...I will take more pics for the shop.)

We have our daughter's wedding this weekend...I think we're ready!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

One done

Christmas 2011 gift list... WHAT? allready!
Yup, I have one gift checked off my knitting list for next Christmas.
Daughter V had told me last year that she would love a pair of thrummed mitts. During one of our visits to see our son we stopped at an alpaca farm in Stratford. I just could not resist a thrummed mitt kit in a wonderful grey yarn. I knew they were exactly what V would like.

As I was knitting these mittens, I kept looking at the roving and the yarn...I was really worried I would run out. So I took my scale out and kept weighing the yarn...just to make sure I would have enough to finish.
Well, it was so close...I did not put any roving in the last few rows on the thumbs and I have only a few meters of yarn leftover. Good thing I did not make the mitts for myself cause I would have run out for sure.
But it all turned out well. I am more than happy with these mittens. They are super soft and very very thick. They will be so warm... I just can't wait to give them to daughter V.

The grey colour is deep and rich.

I blogged here about a pair of thrummed mittens I made from myself.
Look at the difference in thickness between these alpaca mittens and my other thrummed mitts! Twice as thick.
I guess I 'll just have to knit myself another pair!

Friday, April 1, 2011

New beginning and soapmaking

Although this new stage in my life began almost two months ago, I have not yet blogged about it.
At the end of January, I retired from 31 years of a career in education...still loving my job, still passionate about it but ready to let it go and allow my life to take a different direction.
I must admit that eventhough I loved the idea of retirement, it's such a huge life change that it will take some getting used to.
Don't get me wrong, I love it. I have plenty to keep myself very occupied and I have loads of projects and plans for the future. But that's just it, I still am in the mode of filling my days to the max, just like when I was working. I must learn to let go of my agenda and my calendar!! ...well, at least, let it go a little...and not be so worried about it.
When I left, my boss had told me that she would call me to work a few hours here and there...April will be a busy month...but I am looking forward to getting back to my old habits.

So what has been keeping me busy these last few weeks?

Soaps...lots of soap.

Soaps are white with purple chunks. I used a stamp to leave on imprint on the front of the soap.

I purchased perfect little pruple organza bags from That final touch on Etsy and daughter V made little tags for them.

As you have probably guessed, our daughter will be giving out soaps as guest favors at her upcoming wedding.

I've also knitted a little bit...will be back to post about that later.