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Friday, December 28, 2007

No Boxing Day Sales For Me

Two yarn stores were having Boxing Day sales and one store was having a day after Boxing Day Sale but I decided to pass on all three. I just didn't feel like swarming with the masses to purchase yarn that I didn't know when I would use or on what just because it would be cheaper than when I would eventually buy it. And I am trying hard not to add to my stash just for the sake of it.

But I did buy a bag at The Gap that was on sale that I had decided not to buy before Christmas as I didn't want to pay the asking price!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

It's Beginning to Smell A Lot like Christmas

Because in the oven right now is the Christmas Cake. The spousal unit had enough of the cheapo American whiskey left for me to soak the fruit last week and today I made the cake.

The theory is that next week the cake will be marzipanned and the week after it will be iced. But it has not been unknown for the cake to be iced after Christmas so I am not bound to that timetable.

And we have appropriate Christmas weather for the making of the cake as it has been so cold the snow has been lingering, add the Christmas songs from the radio and it feels a lot like Christmas.

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Baby Blanket

One of the ladies in our walking group is pregnant (or maybe not as she has passed her due date).

That is music to my ears when a friend or family member is in the family way because what an excuse to knit (or crochet in this case). And. of course, there is nothing in the stash.

I found this pattern when looking at some else's blog. She had made the blanket when pregnant and I had saved the link in case and was glad to be able to use it. Don't you find that the blogging world is dangerous with so many links to different patterns and yarns? I actually save very few patterns or links otherwise I would be overrun with them.

The pattern is produced by an Australian company so, of course, the yarn isn't available here. But, once again, thanks to the scope of the internet I was able to get yarn details from another site. So off to the yarn store I go.

I ended up with an Italian cotton yarn, Pluto by Punto in an aqua green colour. My friend did not want to know if she was going to have a boy or a girl and I did not want to use white so I decided green was a good colour for either sex. I had to guess at the hook size as the size on the pattern seemed too large for the yarn, the ball band suggested needle sizes of 2.5mm to 3mm so I used a size 3mm hook. I think the finished blanket ended up smaller than the pattern size but I forgot to measure it before I gave it away but it was still a good size.

The pattern was very easy. Mostly double (treble) crochets and some chains and like all circular projects goes very quickly at the beginning and then it seems as if it will never end. So even though I had yarn left over, I didn't make the blanket bigger.

Before I post a picture of the blanket, I have to tell you the best thing about the yarn; the day I bought it the shop was having a 20% off everything sale which I didn't know about until I got there.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Our First Snow

Frequently, I take a picture to post on this blog and it never gets posted because I am mentally composing the post or I have no idea what to say except " here's a photo of x". This photo was taken way back on 25 October after it had snowed overnight. Although we have had a couple of snowfalls since then, this is the picture of the first one. The way the snow had melted made it look like pussy willow on the trees. Hope the photo does it justice.

There has been some knitting and crochet going on and a photo ready to post next time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Saturday Sky and.......

I did take a photo last Saturday and I was getting ready to post it today when I saw this

So I decided you could have two sky photos today. We get interesting cloud formations which makes for wonderful sunrises. But you have to be quick as they don't last long.

And here is the photo from Saturday.

It was taken just before sunset. Unfortunately, you can't see the sun shining between the clouds and the houses.

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Cucumber

When we planted the new beds, we sewed cucumber seeds even though it was a bit late to plant them. They came up and then were all but destroyed by a late hail storm. This seemed to give them strength but it was too late for them to do anything. So I forgot about them and let the squash take over. Well this is what I found when I cleared the bed the other day.

It was a determined plant that had stretched to the end of the bed. Cucumbers will be on my list of things to plant next year if they are going to try this hard.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Yes I know Thanksgiving was yesterday but I couldn't write anything before dinner and I didn't feel like writing when we got home.

The boy child and I went to a friend's house for dinner. There were 13 of us and not one person present was born in Canada. The only Canadians were the host family but nobody's going to turn down a good meal, right?

This year I bought cranberries when they went on sale as they are unavailable in November. They're a seasonal item I was told last year. They just didn't celebrate the same season as me. So now I am ready for the 23 types of cranberry sauce that I serve.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Saturday Sky

It's been a while since I've posted a photo of the sky, so to make up for it here's two from yesterday.

This is what the sky looked like in the morning. No way was it going to be an 11 degree day. Although the sun came out in the afternoon, the high only reached 6 degrees.
What I find interesting about this photo is that the camera has picked up a blue tint in the sky that could not be seen with the naked eye. I saw it through the view finder before I took the photo. To my eye the sky was very white, I do not know if the blue was there or if this is a quirk of the camera.

We did not get any snow but this is the cloud formation last night.

As usual, the weather forecast this morning is different from the report two days ago; it seems that everything is a couple of days off, so instead of it being a nice weekend, it will be fine just in time for everyone going back to work.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Finished Object and A Change of Mind

I finally finished a second sock this week. I had so many easy things on the go that it seemed to take forever to finish anything. This was a simple pair of socks that I am sure I must have started during lacrosse season but I can't remember. I used the Supersoxx yarn I bought at the Boxing Day sale. As this yarn was self-striping I worked the leg in k3 p1 rib and the foot plain. I worked a star toe which I have not done before but I am not really sure I like that style of toe. Well you don't know until you try.

I changed my mind on the shawl I had started knitting on vacation. Although I liked the pattern, I decided I didn't want a triangular scarf, so yesterday I unpicked the thing. This is how far I had got before it became a ball of yarn again.

I like the lace pattern its the shape of the shawl that put me off. I should have unpicked it when I first had doubts. But, never despair, I cast on for a stole last night in a different lacy pattern. Let's hope I like this one.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Knitting Update

Some of you may have noticed that I was a bit vague about the knitting I took on vacation. That was because one item I was knitting was a present for my mother-in-law. Her birthday has passed and present has been received and admired so I can now post photos. They are not very good photos but I think they will show the effect.

I knitted a shawl using Misti Alpaca Laceweight.
This is the shawl off the needles.

and this is the shawl while it is being blocked.

You should get the effect of how the shawl changes once it is dampened and stretched.

Also on the knitting front I finished a jacket for my niece.

And this week I finished a sock which was leftover from lacrosse.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Miserable Monday

Did you know that Miserable Monday follows Sodden Sunday in the summer calendar? The good thing is that I have not watered my lawn since returning from vacation. I knew it would rain sometime. But it is too wet to pick produce so that will have to wait until later in the week. Just hope that the zucchini are not turning into marrows as I write.

I was trying to take a photo to show how rainy it is but I couldn't get the effect I wanted and I didn't want to get wet doing it. So I am leaving you with a summer picture instead.

The seeds came from a friend who had saved them from her flowers last year. There was a little soil left after filling the raised flower beds so boy child placed it where I'd like to have a flower bed next year and threw the seeds down and now we have sunny flowers.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Critter Contact - Again

We left Nelson early in the morning, stopped at Safeways for muffins and Starbucks and continued to our next destination - which shall remain nameless for the time being. But I do rate businesses on how well they handle problems so this particular hotel may not stay nameless for long.

It was a very nice hotel with good facilities that, I expect, is relying on its location to attract business and is not concerned about the unfortunate experience of one visitor.

It was a dark and stormy night. Isn't that how all tales start? It was night and it was dark outside. It was about 10 o'clock and we were all sitting on the beds reading. When I saw this thing and I made I've seen a thing noise. I saw a bat - in our bedroom. My happiness meter dropped. Before any of you say what's the fuss it was only a bat; you need to know that the bats in Alberta carry rabies hence my concern and this bat was flying around our bedroom.

So I did what all people in the right mind would do - hid in the bathroom. And the spousal unit did what all calm, collected people do - caught the thing.

His first thought was shoo it out the window but the window had a screen on it - it obviously hadn't come in that way. His second thought was to shoo it into the corridor but that would have moved (literally) the problem onto other people. So he picked up the recycling bin, waited for the bat to tire and rest and then he trapped it against the ceiling. I had offered advice on my way to hiding - don't let it bite you!

So there's my husband standing with his arm in the air holding a bin against the ceiling with a bat inside and I was on the phone summoning help (not a time to take a picture) except no help on the other end just the infernal 'please hold'. I ran down to reception, explained the situation and that we needed someone to our room pretty quickly. Actually someone did arrive quite fast. Two women from housekeeping. One older who knew what to do. She sent the young one to get some cardboard which the spousal unit slid between the recycling bin and the ceiling and then handed the precariously sealed unit to the older woman.

Now I don't blame the hotel for there being a bat in the room. Although I do wonder how it got in there. We were in the middle of the third floor and the window had a screen and there wasn't a fireplace. But, I would have thought they might have checked on us to see if everything was OK. Not a word. When I checked out a couple of days later, I expressed surprise that nobody had checked that everything was now OK.

So when I got home and saw a couple of e-mails from the hotel I felt a little glow of happiness, but they were just requests to complete a survey. I sent a wonderful missive to the name on the survey but no response as yet. I'll give it another week as Canada Post is not the most reliable but then this hotel will be outed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Saturday Sky

This is a photo taken on 28 July, the first day of our holiday. We were in Nelson, B.C.

It is the smoke from a forest fire. A helicopter had been flying regularly but not constantly with something in its bucket to put on the fire. It must have been some sort of fire retardant, maybe water but they were not dragging the lake as the helicopter was flying the length of the lake to land after each trip.

The smoke was a lot more red when we first went so I don't know if the change meant that the fire had been reduced but it would have made a better photo.

The next morning when we checked out of our hotel, there was a group of fire fighters leaving. They must have been working on that fire.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Not Very Helpful!

One thing that really brings you back to reality after a vacation is the laundry. So I got a BBC series on DVD from the library and worked through the ironing until it was done.

Well, someone obviously decided I was working too hard and needed a break.

Friday, August 17, 2007

We Interrupt This Broadcast.....

I know I said I would write about my vacation but I just had to show you what I picked this week

I was given some seed potatoes by a friend who had some left over and as they were late crop I had been very self-controlled and not looked at them until another friend asked if I'd been potato diving yet. What? She said to dig just under the surface of the dirt and see what potatoes I could find.

Did you know potatoes can melt in your mouth?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Home Again

I haven't posted for a while as I have been on vacation. I didn't know what, if any, Internet access I would have so I decided not to write at all while I was away. Turns out that apart from one place everywhere we stayed had free WiFi.

Before I start writing about the highs (and one little low) of the trip, I'd better mention knitting. I usually take easy projects on vacation, then I can do other things and still knit and I have learned to take more knitting than I think I'll need. One of the projects to vacation with me this year was a simple shawl. The yarn was Goldilocks by Fleece Artist which I had bought at a sale specifically for this trip. The label even includes a pattern although you don't really need a printed pattern for a simple triangular shawl.

This is what the yarn looked like after I had wound it.

I didn't wind it until the morning before we left and after winding I started to wonder what it would look like on the size needle suggested. This colourway and yarn begged for something light not dense. So a googling I went. The first shawl to come up had a lace pattern which I liked but vacation knitting is supposed to be simple, right, no referring to patterns or charts. The other pictures that came up just seemed too dense for me. But I managed to find a pattern for a triangular shawl in a lace book I had out from the library. 6 rows of knitting and 4 rows of an easy remembered pattern.

I started the shawl about halfway through the vacation but after a couple of days I started having doubts. Would I like this shawl, would I be able to give it away, should it be square, circular. I obviously wasn't happy with it and I ended up not knitting for a few days. Then on a hike I came up with a solution; turn it into a stole. I could leave the end pointed so I wouldn't have to unpick too much and I could continue the pattern and hope I guessed correctly when to start the other point so I didn't run out of yarn.

But when I returned to my project and looked at the shawl to work out how wide I would want the stole, I realised I liked the shawl as it was and carried on knitting.

Of course vacation is over and back to reality so the shawl will have to wait until the next break.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

I'm A Real Knitter

I'm always amazed when I don't have the right size needles for a project. I have been knitting for ever so you would have thought I had enough by now. Mostly it is when I want to use a circular needle and the ones I have are either too short or too long, never just right.

So I head off to the LYS as I need a super dooper length of circular needle. And what does the owner say to me? You're still knitting in this weather. You must be a real knitter. I felt like asking why she was open if she didn't think anyone was knitting.

But she was very kind and said she would put the right size needle to one side for me when it comes in.

Monday, July 16, 2007

No Sky

Last week I showed how easier it was to see the Saturday Sky. This week I will show you what I have done to make it harder to see the Saturday Sky.

One of the windows we had replaced was in our bathroom which was all well and good except that now we didn't have a blind so I had to put my body through contortions to get in and out of the shower without scaring the neighbours. I want to make a blind for the window but I can't wait for the long nights to settle in so I needed some sort of temporary solution. I decided a telescopic pole inside the window with some fabric hanging from it would work fine for a while.

First trip to Linen n Things for the pole. My window width is 18 inches. There are two poles that cover that length: one goes up to 18 inches and the other starts at 18 inches. I made an executive decision and bought the longer pole which was a good decision as it started shorter than the stated length. I remembered that I have a table runner which is the right width and I thought would hang over the pole and do the job; but when I opened the drawer, I espyed something more interesting which did not have a current home:- a crocheted lace circular table cloth.

The edging was holey enough to go through the curtain rod and the cloth was the right size and colour to fit the window and room.

What do you think?

The funny thing about this is that I have always wanted to crochet a lace curtain but haven't done so because I haven't wanted to put a lot of work into something that looks awful in use. This has changed my mind.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Before & After

Not really Saturday Sky pictures but something to help me see the sky more clearly.

I mentioned that we had had some windows replaced. Well this was our bedroom window at the beginning of the week

and this is the window now

What a difference. Just need to get the blind back up as the neighbours can see us clearly too!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Beam Me Up Scotty

This week we had some windows and the back door replaced. Somewhere along the line someone had put a screen door on the back. Except they forgot to take into account the lights on the outside which the door now banged into, so to solve that problem they just removed the light bulbs. Not that we used the lights as they were security lights - just what you wanted for an evening on the deck a sudden blast of bright light. The handle on the screen door didn't work very well so you had to bash it to get it to open and the back door could be hard to open when an air pocket formed between the two doors. So as we needed to have some windows replaced we decided to have the screen door removed and the back door replaced.

I had to get a new lock for the new door so I decided to get one of those electronic ones with a key pad. (And this is not going to be a rant about not being able to change the master number. Grrgh.)

The one I chose came with two remote controls. Which was not the reason I chose this particular lock but I am sure the marketing people thought it was a good sales feature.

Up here all packaging is in English and French; so one side of the box says "with remote control" and the other side says "avec télécommande".

Beam Me Up Scotty!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Good Morning

If the weather forecasters are correct, this week promises to be hot and dry. Warm enough to go out this morning with my coffee, although not so dry that there wasn't still dew on on the ground.

This is one of the sights that greeted me.

I wonder how long it will last.

Monday, July 2, 2007

To The Lighthouse

I finished reading this book this morning and really enjoyed it. It was beautifully written and you could imagine a person's train of thought jumping around.

Why do I mention this book and not all the others I read?

Because the first time I tried to read this book I thought it was a load of rubbish and wondered why it was so well thought of. What has changed since then?

One major difference is where I was reading it. And I don't mean a different country. When I first tried to read it was on a railway commute. I read many different things on my train journeys but maybe there was too much noise or distractions to appreciate the writing. This time round I was able to read in the peace and quiet of my home and savour the writing.

The other difference is that since the first attempt, I have read another book by Virginia Woolf and a biography before embarking on To the Lighthouse.

I read Mrs. Dalloway because I wanted to read The Hours and thought it would be useful to read Mrs. Dalloway first; and I wanted to read The Hours as I thought it would be a good idea to read it before seeing the film.

By the way, I still haven't seen the film.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

More Mots on Montana

I thought I would stay with the alliteration theme.

Somebody commented (privately) about the restaurants where we stayed, so let me clarify what I meant. The east side of Glacier National Park is bordered by The Blackfoot Reservation and the towns are really just hamlets. There are places to stay and in the park they have very nice views, but there are no restaurants. That's why we were glad to stay in East Glacier because it was a bigger "village" with a few restaurants to choose from.

In fact I want to mention where we ate on Saturday night, not because it was outstanding, although it was good, but because of its ethnicity. We went to a Mexican restaurant. What's so exciting about that you ask? Well, there is a dearth of Mexican restaurants in Calgary - good or bad - so this was a treat for us.

We went on a couple of hikes and there were warnings about bears. At one point I asked why I was leading and the boy child very kindly said that I would see the bear first and scream which would warn him and his Dad to run. Nice child! Sunday morning we saw a bear. We must have disturbed it as it ran across the path in front of us and, thankfully, away from us and into the woods. I didn't scream (and enough of the funny comments from Jill, yes, I scream for mice but not bears) but I did stop and then I did my own mother bear thing and gathered up the clan.

So we lived to tell the tale and gave boy child an (exaggerated) tale to tell at school the next day.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My Monday

The day started with my flip flop breaking. No big deal as they were pretty old and now I have to use my old designer ones.

I needed to prepare the batting for tonight's quilting class. I was fortunate to get some help. Just not the sort of help I wanted.

Later in the morning there was a storm. Look at my beds.

Yes that is hail. I managed to move the tomato plant as the hail started but I haven't been outside yet to see if there is any damage to other plants.

On the positive side at least with all the rain we have been having I haven't had to water very much and everything is growing.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Big Sky Saturday

As you can probably guess from the title we were in Montana at the weekend. It was about 3 1/2 hour drive to East Glacier Park. Which wasn't a bad place to stay as it had a few restaurants.

So here is a picture of the big sky

At one of the water falls we saw a bird that flew in and out of the water. It floated under the water and jumped out at just the right time onto a rock. Considering how fast the water was flowing this was an amazing feat.

I took a lot of photos over the weekend many of them duplicates because I was trying different shutter speeds and I am not going to bore you with a load but this tree fascinated me as I could not see what the roots were growing into as I thought we were on solid rock but there must have been some goodness there somewhere.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Yarn Harlot Stole My Idea

Actually, I don't think that's true. Although she is in the same country as me I'd be very surprised if she had ever come across my blog, but I thought that the "snappy" title would get someone's attention.

The title does have relevance and is not just a gratuitous reference to the Wise Knitter. In January I wrote about how nasty some people can get on-line. This week the Yarn Harlot has written about meanness in blogs. She doesn't mention anyone by name and doesn't say if the blog post is because she has been targeted or that she has come across nastiness in blogs that she feels is unnecessary even if she doesn't know that target.

So the Yarn Harlot did not copy me but it is nice to know that other people think that on-line nastiness is just, nasty. Although there are going to be some who will say 'get-over-it'.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Knitting and Sports

I take my knitting to the boy child's sporting events. Most of the time you are sitting down so why not knit? Now that he is playing lacrosse, I take something simple that I do not need to look at as lacrosse is a fast game.

My heart sank on Saturday when I saw the referees, I have mentioned them before as they just do not call anything. During the game one of the fathers commented on me knitting. "Normally you're laid back and knit along slowly but today because the game is so intense you are knitting really fast." It was true; when a game is poorly refereed you worry about what advantages the other team will take. Especially when early on in the game a fight breaks out because penalties haven't been called. I tell you my hands were moving so fast even I was surprised.

Unfortunately, at the game on Saturday and last night's game I experienced poor adult behaviour. Firstly, the boy child scored 3 of his team's first 4 goals. So the other team's coach said get number 12. And that means stop him anyway you can.

Secondly, one of our parents shouted really loudly "ref, you're an idiot". Which, not surprisingly, the referee took exception to. To cap it off they didn't think they had done anything wrong because they didn't swear. That gives you such a warm and fuzzy feeling to know they are part of your support.

Thirdly, yesterday the sister of one of our team got into a heated argument with one of the opposing team supporters and then her mother joined in. I just wanted the ground to open up and swallow me. At least the mother apologised when she saw how embarrassed I was.

Anyway that is it for another year; and we won't come across these parents next year as their son's are a year older than ours. But we will come across others like them, we will see more poor refereeing and more dirty teams. Such is the nature of sports and life.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Saturday Sky

I bet you're glad you waited for this one!

In California they call this June Gloom. Not sure what we should call it here. Anywhere else it would be April showers.

The good thing - don't have to water the garden.
The bad thing - grass is growing but it's too wet to cut
The good thing - we have a water butt (aka rain barrel)
The bad thing - it's not connected to a down spout (yet)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Some Quilting

I completed the 5th project from the I Can't Believe I'm Quilting book. All the fabric used had been given to me from my mother-in-law from her stash.

I have finally signed up for a quilting class. The spousal unit gave me some gift vouchers for the local quilt store and I decided to take a beginner lesson. Although I have taught myself quite successfully, I decided that I should start at the beginning in case there were any must know techniques. I had the first lesson (of three) on Tuesday. There were only 2 of us in the class which was great as we were able to proceed at our own speed. Whereas in bigger classes you either have to stop what you are doing to be shown the next step or wait for everyone to get to the same point.

I'll let you know at the end how useful the class was.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Some Knitting Content

The other day I mentioned that some knitting photos would appear so here they are. The photos actually came out better today; a grotty rainy day than the sunny day that I originally took them. And you gotta love digital cameras; there were still a few photos that were rejects. I usually have ISO on auto and have found in the past that changing it hasn't made any difference to the photos, this time I changed it to 400 and was pleased with the difference it made to the photos.

The pattern is Tiger Eyes from Socks Socks Socks. The picture in the book does not show the mock cabling for the back of the sock. I am a little annoyed with myself as I had hoped I had knit the length of the sock so that I only used one ball of yarn for both socks, but I ended up starting the second ball. So I am going to split this ball into two and work yet another toe-up pattern with it. All the socks I have made just lately have been toe-up.

The yarn I used was Regia in raspberry. This was yarn that I bought in the Boxing Day sale.

I have not cast on any more socks as maybe it is time for a break.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Almost Knitting

Almost knitting, "what's that?" you ask. It's when you intend to post photos of your latest completed projects but the photos aren't very clear. So, in the meantime, you take photos of the next stage of the garden project.



That is 6 cubic yards of garden mix and one cubic yard of mulch that was moved from the front of the house to the flower beds in the back. The beds have been planted with seeds and plants so I just have to wait and see what decides to grow.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Knitting Update

I haven't mentioned knitting for a while although some has been taking place, mostly at sporting events. Here's an update on what I have been working on.

The recalcitrant yarn finally became a pair of socks.

The pattern is from Mag Knits. I found it after googling the gauge I obtained with the yarn.

The scarf is also completed. I did just keep knitting until I ran out of yarn. Not sure what I am going to do with it yet.

The pattern is My So Called Scarf and the yarn is Elaine by Schaefer although the colour I have is not shown on the website. This pattern worked well for the colourway as the different colours were broken up into small blocks.

Also I have completed a rib watch cap which will be for charity and I had enough yarn to make another one. This is a great sports project as it is a simple 2x2 rib. On the sock front I have nearly completed a pair of lacey socks. Expect pictures soon.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Saturday's Sky

Not sure if another picture of a tree counts as Saturday Sky but here goes anyway.

The tree is not well positioned but it was there when we moved in and we decided not to move it. It will end up an odd shape as we prune to fit the space available. I am really enjoying the smell of the apple blossom.

Saturday morning I went to the Horticultural Society Plant Exchange. I didn't have any plants to exchange but I was allowed to buy 5 plants for $2.00 each. I chose some for the shady parts of the garden.

Saturday afternoon I dug a new flower bed. Although by the state of the soil -good- and the decorative rocks I found I think there must have been a flower bed there at some point that other owners of the house didn't maintain so it got overgrown with dandelions.

I didn't think to take a before photo but here is a photo of one pile of dandelions I dug out.

And here is a photo of the dug flower bed. I still need to get some edging.

Yesterday I planted a Monks Hood and a Columbine.

And in case you need another photo, here are the rocks I found.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

After - Part One

The male members of the household worked hard this weekend and I now have these:-

The next job is to order soil and then when the weather decides to behave I can start planting. Yes - we have snow forecast for tonight.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Saturday's Sky

A typical Spring sky for this week.

This is the tree in my neighbour's yard. I hope they didn't notice me taking the photo and wonder what I was up to. Although they are nice neighbours and wouldn't have minded anyway.

On the garden front; the male member's of the household started to build the raised beds and they are looking good.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Next Stage

Exciting things happened in our house last night. The lumber was purchased for my flower beds. I had drawn up the plans and worked out how much of each length of wood was required and then the men folk went off in the big truck to the lumber store.

Now you would think that men, truck, lumber store sounds like an ideal combination but, apparently, they weren't that excited about it.

The plan is to build the flower beds this weekend as it is a long weekend, but, like any holiday weekend rain is forecast.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

No Saturday Sky

There's no photo of the Saturday's sky as I did not see much of it on Saturday. This weekend there was a lacrosse tournament so I spent much of my time driving to games, waiting for games to start and watching games. Plus the extra game I saw when I was doing my volunteer stint as floor supervisor.

The boy child's team won 2 of their 4 games but, more importantly, started to play as a team. Despite lax refereeing, their games were mostly clean. Unlike the game where I was floor supervisor. One team played very dirty. I wish referees in any sport would realise that the rules are in place not only for fairness but also to protect players' bodies.

With so much sport just lately there has been much on the knitting front. I will post photos soon.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Saturday's Sky

I didn't know if the title should be Saturday's Night Sky or Saturday Night's Sky. Here it is anyway.

Saturday dawned warm and sunny which was a relief after the rain (and snow) of the previous two days. The lawn wasn't dry enough to rake but I cleared the leaves out from the flower beds and trimmed the dead matter from the perennials. Today we laid the landscaping fabric on the big weed patch and I think it looks better already.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

An Oldie

Here's another oldie but goodie that I finally finished yesterday.

The pattern is The Great American Kid's Afghan which appeared in Knitter's Magazine over a period of 4 months or so. I started the first square on 1 May 2004. I was working on other projects so didn't complete all the squares until January 2005. For some reason it then took until September 2005 to sew the squares into the blanket.

When I had completed the blanket I thought the yarn wasn't very soft and that the blanket needed a soft backing. I don't have a record of when I bought the fleece but I think it was quite a while between finishing the blanket and buying the fabric. For some reason I decided to blanket stitch the blanket to the fleece and then cut the fleece. Obviously that didn't work too well so I had to unpick three sides of my stitching, cut the fleece and sew again. Once I had done that the sewing went quite quickly. Now I just have to decide to which charity I am going to donate it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


This is the before photo - actually this is the only photo.

Technically it is not the true before picture as last year there was a rickety fence and there were stones and weeds where there are just weeds now.

The plan is to turn it into some sort of garden with raised flower beds for plants and vegetables. The men in the house have said that they can build the containers for the beds. So let's hope that there will be an after picture later ths year.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Power Cut

Yesterday evening we had a power cut. We had power cuts frequently where we used to live but this was our first here. Don't know what caused it but it certainly wasn't the non-existent-forecasted-major storm. Maybe some poor animal now has the punk look it was always wishing for.

I am hoping that someone will explain to me how weather forecasters can get it so wrong. Yesterday there were winter storm warnings. A minimum of 15cm snow with up to 30cm overnight. Newsreels of previous spring snows were shown as a dire warning of what we would wake up to today. Yesterday morning, I rescheduled the appointment I had for today as the weather forecasters were so certain.

What did we wake up to this morning? Not even 1cm. That's right no snow. You're warned not to make any unnecessary journeys, how about no unnecessary warnings.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How Long Is A Scarf?

Sports season has started so I started a simple scarf with some yarn I was given. I don't really like the mix of colours in the yarn but they are not too bad in the pattern I have chosen. I have been knitting away while the boy child has been running up and down and the scarf is quickly growing. My original intention was to knit until the yarn ran out but that is going to make a pretty long scarf. But if I stop at what I feel is the correct length, what do I do with the remaining yarn? The colour way certainly has not been growing on me and there won't be enough left to do much with, anyway.

The other thing is, when I finish the scarf I will need another easy project for sports, so if I just keep knitting away to the end, it will give me time to choose another easy project.

How long is a scarf anyway?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Useful Item?

A couple of years ago I started to make an afghan in two colours using the slip stitch method rather than fair isle. I chose a white and a light blue yarn but the light blue was not enough of a contrast for the design to stand out and I completed just one square of the afghan. I kept the square, not wanting to destroy my hard work but not knowing what to do with it.

Well last week it became a cushion cover. I bought some fabric sat down at the sewing machine and this is our new soft furnishing. Move over Nate.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Weather Man

I decided that it was about time that I posted a photo that I actually took on a Saturday. So here it is.

Note the blue sky. This was the first blue sky for a week. By Wednesday (the 4th) we had reached the total of April's average snow fall. This was due to the low temperatures otherwise it would have been raining. In other words no blue sky. The weather forecasters were embarrassed as they had been predicting temperatures of at least 16 degrees for the weekend. I'm sure they get it right sometimes.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

My Claim To Fame

The other evening I was showing the spousal unit the statistics that my host provides for this blog. He was particularly interested in the page that showed the searches that people had done that had brought them to my blog. They were all knitting or yarn related except one. Someone had come to me by searching for chinook cloud.

So into Google that phrase went and the Spousal Unit was really impressed that my blog came up on the first page of the search results.

Gentle Reader, I will let you live vicariously through me and you may tell all your friends that you know someone whose blog comes up on the first page of a Google search.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

It's A Bear!

Winnie now has a face and is complete.

Last time I made a bear it was a panda. The limbs and other parts were made separately from the body and were sewn to the stuffed body. This was not easy and involved one person (me) pinning the parts to the body and another person (spousal unit) standing at a distance giving directions. That bear I gave away to a charity auction.

With Winnie, the arms, legs, ears and nose were made separately and then crocheted to the body at the appropriate place. As I completed more of him it felt like he was hugging me as I was working. Combine this with no intended recipient and Winnie is here to stay.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Another Upside-down Adventure

We had a couple to dinner on Saturday. For dessert I made a raspberry Charlotte Russe. Very basically, you put fruit and jelly (Jello) in the bottom of a dish, put sponge fingers around the sides of the dish and then fill the middle with a mixture of fruit, cream and gelatin and let it set for several hours. When you are ready to serve, it is turned out onto a serving dish. Hence the upside-down part.

The moon must have been in the right phase on Saturday night as it turned out perfectly. Except the Spousal Unit decided to tease me and ask if I was going to take a photo of it.

So no photo and it did get eaten.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Look What I Made

It's a pineapple upside-down pudding. I bake fairly regularly so I am not showing off that I actually made something. It's just when I brought this to the table, I thought "we can't eat this". So I took a photo as the next best thing.