Saturday, December 29, 2012

New books

No knitting news today but...
look at what came in the mail yesterday!
I ordered two books from Amazon and it took only 5 days to get here.
I listened to doctor William Davis speak about the issues with the wheat that is produced today on the Doctor Oz show a few weeks ago and he convinced me enough to purchase his book and read more about it.
He writes ''Eat more healthy whole grains'' is among the biggest health blunders ever made in the history of nutritional advice.
I'll read this book and try some recipes and let you know how I feel about his claims.
But this book is the main reason why I placed an order on Amazon on Christmas Eve. We watched a movie on DVD and like all DVDs it starts off with a whole bunch of soon-to-come-out movie previews. One movie really caught my attention. The movie is called The Intouchables.
This memoir, written by Philippe Pozzo di Borgo served as the basis for the film.
(Taken from the back cover)
As the descendant of two prominent French families and director of one of the world's most celebrated champagne houses, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not someone in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his wife being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a paragliding accident left him a quadriplegic.
Passing his days hidden behind the walls of his Paris townhouse, Philippe found himself the modern equivalent of an ''untouchable'' - unable to reach out to others, as others were afraid to reach out to him. The only person who seemed unaffected by Philippe's condition was someone who had been marginalized his entire life - Abdel, the unemployed, uninhibited Algerian immigrant who would become his unlikely caretaker. In between dramas and jokes, he sustained Philippe's life for the next ten years.
I look forward to time spent by the window reading this book, preferably with a cup of tea when there is a huge snowstorm going on outside.
It always seems like such a great time to sit by a window and read.

Then I'll go rent the movie!

Friday, December 28, 2012

After knitting the little Lovebug booties last week,
I decided to cast on for a little baby knit that I've had my eye on for a very long time.
Milo is a sleeveless top made from the top down with no seaming whatsoever!
My kind of knit.
 I've been knitting on Milo on and off during the many days of Christmas fun.
I have about 2 inches to knit BUT do you see that little ball of yarn on the left hand side? That's what is left of my skein and I am going to run out anytime now. I'll make a trip to the LYS tomorrow to see if they have another one. Guess I should have made the booties after the vest.
Tin Can Knits is giving out one free pattern of your choice from their pattern collection. You must choose yours by Jan 1st. The coupon code is available here. Let me know which one you got!

I chose Antler Cardigan. The size range in this pattern goes from 0-6 mths all the way to 4XL!!  And I have the perfect yarn to knit myself this cardigan.
This yarn was purchased as a kit to knit the Imogen cardigan. But I will use it to knit the Antler cardigan instead. It's a great colour that changes from grey to a dark blue depending on the light. Since I'll be putting the little vest aside till tomorrow (or until I find another skein of yarn), I guess I have no choice but to cast on the Antler tonight!
After 5 wonderful days of family gatherings and celebrating, it feels like luxury to sit down and knit!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Family Christmas

We had our family Christmas dinner last night.
With two adult children and their partners in the workforce, it's bound to happen once in a while that they cannot be with us on the 25th.
So we decided to celebrate yesterday and call it our Family Christmas Day!
Lots of food, wine and good laughs made it a wonderful day.
Not to mention the wonderful thoughtful gifts given and received.
I can now show you the few knitted items given to the two grand children.

These little booties were knitted for our little 7 mth old grandson. A very quick knit, knitted in one piece, so no picking up stitches anywhere. Only a seam on the bottom sole but this is done as a three needle bind off so no problemo! Project info here.
I will be making him more of these.

Our grand daughter's favorite hat at the moment is one I made her last year and it's clearly too small for her now. But she loves it because she can put it on by herself and there is no ties to bother with.
I hoped that a sparkly light purple yarn might be fun enough for her to want to put aside the old and accept the new!
I like this pattern because even though it doesn't have ties it has short-rows earflaps.
The tassle was a big hit with her. Project info can be found here.

And a pair of mittens to go with that hat, of course! Project info can be found here.
Life has been quite busy these past few weeks. Hubby had surgery for a hip replacement at the beginning of the month. He's now progressed from the walker to the cane.
He's a strong-willed man very determined to get back to doing what he loves.
Being quite young for this type of surgery, his recovery is going very well.
I must say that I've never quite felt this much anxiety before, I hardly slept for the first two weeks after his surgery. Just worried I guess.
Hubby is hardly ever sick and to see him coping with limited mobility and pain was not too much fun especially since he's the silent type, the type that prefers not to say anything.
But words are not always necessary when you've lived with someone for as long as we have.
So the farm chores are all mine for the time being. The fun ones, like talking to the alpacas and being greeted by them when I step outside and the not so fun ones, like poop scooping.
Who needs a gym when you're carrying hay to the feeders twice a day, cleaning the dog yard, carrying wood in the house and shovelling heavy wet snow?
  But I'm not complaining, we are lucky and enjoying the quiet times together, making plans for next spring and next summer. Down time is not always bad if you decide to make the most of it.
Have a peek at what I received yesterday. It's made by a local artisan. I just love the colour and the fact that it's made with rock and sea glass found on the shores of local lakes. Now to find the perfect spot to hang it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

No news yet

About the photo limit, I've found out very little about it except for what they have to say on Blogger:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Some users are reporting that they're hitting unexpected image quota limits when uploading an image from Blogger. We're investigating the issue and will report back when we have more information to share.
So far, no news. Hopefully they correct this before too long and before I decide to set up camp somewhere else!