Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fernando and FO

Fernando is gaining weight steadily. He's rather a quiet little guy but that may change soon with the June arrival of two more crias for him to play with.

I've been knitting lots but have not shared with you too much about my progress.
My Vitamin D cardigan is all done and I've had the chance to wear it already. No pics yet, so I'll be back with the details.
I've also completed a shawlette that I test knitted for Mjin.

 The pattern is Volve and is available on Ravelry.
The yarn I used is thicker than what was suggested in the pattern, so my shawlette is almost shawl size...which I prefer.
Pattern: Volve (available here)
Designer: Mette Jin Mayland
Yarn: Pastaza (by Cascade) 50% wool, 50% llama (2.5 skeins)
Needles: 5.5 mm
My project page here.

For the past few days, I've been itchin' to cast on another pair of toe-up socks. I've been searching through patterns and after contemplating colourwork socks, I've settled for these.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

One of those mornings

Friday morning...
Hubby and I got up around 7:30. (That's late for us.)
Dogs are put outside and fed. Coffee is on, we sit in our rocking chairs by the window and look out towards the pastures.

AHHHHHHH! there is nothing like the beginning of a brand new day...feels so good.
Hubby hears some commotion below the window and gets up to check
(Here you can see the pool deck from the window. We still have the winter leaf net pool cover on.)

and holy sh**, the dogs somehow got inside the pool area! And to make it even worse, one of them is in the pool, splashing around trying to get out! We have a out of ground pool with a vinyl no dogs allowed.
We ran down the stairs at break-neck speed, quickly ran outside to the pool deck, got the dog out of the pool and assessed the damage. Seems that the vinyl liner is intact and we have one very wet dog, happy as can be.
Ok, now back upstairs to our rocking chairs to continue on with our coffee and plan our day.
As we look out to the pastures, we can see the alpacas congregating around something of a light brown colour...what could that be? We thought that maybe the alpacas had not appreciated the presence of a groundhog in their field and had 'taken care' of it... But this was one huge groundhog so out came the binoculars. The binoculars could not help us identify this 'furry lump' so hubby thought it was best to go investigate this further.
He calls out to me that it's a cria.
OMG! A cria was probably born during or shortly before the 'dog in the pool' commotion. He was not quite dry yet. This little guy is about 1 month early so we are quite concerned.
He needed a little help with feeding and we kept a vigil all day and part of the night.
He's become stronger every far, so good.

This little male is so sweet. He's also strong and determined...reminds me of someone I knew. We are calling him honour of my father Fernand.

His mother arrived on our farm on Wednesday along with two other white female alpacas!

I'll keep you posted on his progress.
Have a good Sunday!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

More of Mia

A few months back, I introduced you to Mia, our cat. Beautiful, indoor cat with lots of attitude.
At that time, it was January, and I showed you Mia's favorite spots in the house.
Now that the warmer weather is here, Mia enjoys our back deck. Since the deck has no stairs, she doesn't wander off in the yard or the wilderness beyond.
This deck is about 11 feet off the's pretty high.
Here is where she likes to go to check out the view!
 Two beams that extends beyond the floor of the top deck.

 Somehow, she put her legs on either side of it and just rests.

''Relax mom, I'm fine''


In this heat, anyway you can get a breeze to go under your furry belly is going to feel good!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Here I am!

All posts from the Woolyknitsnbits blog have been moved. I will now post from here from now on. If you are reading this, I'm happy you are still with me. If you are new to my blog, then welcome!
More to come this week.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


There is so much going on right now that I'm having a hard time to keep up with a few things such as blogging regularly.
We are in the middle of a major reno in our kitchen and while we were at it, we thought well, why not redo both bathroom floors and why not repaint most of the main floor and why not sew new curtains for the living room and why not get new mirrors for the entrance and bathroom...well you get the picture, I'm sure!!!
But there has been time to do a few other things.
I've open up a new shop on Etsy under a new name.
I've been using the name Zenitude for a while now and thought it was time to make the transition.

Zenitude better represent what this hand dyeing journey means to me.
 It basically is a combination of the words 'zen' and 'attitude'. ZĂ©nitude is a word more common in French as I see it often in the french magazines, books and blogs I read.
It could be defined as: A total state of relaxation and serenity. This is exactly what dyeing yarns and fiber, knitting and spinning can do to me.

A new name meant a new look so I had a logo made with the help of Brandland on Etsy.
My Zenitude shop is now open on Etsy. I have listed a few merino tops at the moment. I've sold three so far!  As soon as we get our reno work done, I'll be adding my hand dyed yarns as well. In the very near future, I will also be offering alpaca yarn and fiber from my very own herd.
The WoolyKnitsNBits shop will eventually be closed.

Now, what will be left to do is move this blog under the Zenitude name. I have no idea how this can be done, so if you can lead me to a tutorial or to someone that can do it with me...please, please, let me know!

My local yarn store, Stix and Stones is now selling Zenitude hand dyed yarns, tops and handmade soaps! Rae has been a wonderful confidence booster for this old gal venturing out in the fiber world!
In her last newsletter, Rae had this to say about Zenitude:
We also have an amazing local hand dyer/alpaca farmer who goes by the label "zenitude." She has an incredible talent for hand dying yarn in fantastic colourways and if you haven't check out her selection of sock and lace weights yet as well as her hand dyed rovings- be sure and do so on your next trip to the store!
 Thanks Rae!

Our new little grandson is doing very well. Big sister is very loving towards him. Their parents are sleep deprived, as all new parents are but so happy with their little family!
After posting the beginning of this project a few weeks ago, a few readers asked to see the completed mural on the baby's room wall.
It turned out very well. Our little grandson will surely enjoy it.

Have a good weekend, ours will be full of sunshine and family time!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

Well, this year, Mother's day plans were cancelled, undone and quickly reorganized.
You see, this little guy decided today was the best day to be born...and why not, it is called mother's day for a reason. 
His entry into the world was fast and furious but oh, so welcomed.
And to make this even more fabulous,
his dad was also born on a Mother's day, 29 years cool is that!!

Our daughter and baby are doing very well and this grandma just can't sleep, she's too excited!!!

Tomorrow, we will meet him and introduce him to his big sister.
Best Mother's Day ever!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

FO shawl

This post was written a few months ago and I never got around to publishing it.
I saw this hand dyed yarn of Etsy and bought it right away. The colours are bright and fun.
As of today, on Ravelry, the Travelling woman shawl is on 7177 project pages! It might be one of the most popular patterns around! It was a free pattern when it first came out.
Now it's part of a whole series of Travelling pattens.
It turned out to be a small shawl. I could have repeated Chart A once more.
Pattern: Traveling Woman
Yarn: 100% Superwash Merino Wool in fingering weight from Lola Doodle's Etsy shop
Colour: An Evening in Tucson