I didn’t mean to be gone so long! The last time I wrote, I tried to convey that I had a strange sense of foreboding. Well, strange things did, in fact, happen around here. Then, I got sick. I’ve had a head cold/cough for the better part of a month. I just started to feel like it was going away…aaaaaaaannd then it was back. Now, finally, I think I have the upper hand! I’m feeling my energy return, and just in the nick of time. I have to scramble, because I’m a bit behind in Christmas preparations! Luckily, my knitting mojo didn’t desert me. I knit and read a lot, in between the coughing fits. Okay, whining over.

So, how have you all been? I hope you’re all looking forward to the holidays. I’m looking forward to having my family all together this Christmas. My sister will be traveling from Ottawa, and I can’t wait ’til she gets here. Both of my kids had school Christmas concerts, which were so enjoyable. I was amazed that my 4 year old son didn’t get stage fright. He actually sang, until he saw the movie projection behind him. That was evidently far more interesting than singing. So, he spent the rest of the concert facing backwards. My husband and I had a good laugh, and we have a nice videotape of the back of my son’s head.

So, I’ll show you a couple of the things I knit. Due to my cold, I felt the need for some warm woollies. I have been wanting to knit this scarf for a long time, and I finally got around to it. It was a fun, quick knit.

My So Called Scarf

My So Called Scarf

My So Called Scarf

Yes, that’s me, sick as all get out, standing in the snow without a hat on! Well, I knit a hat too.

Turn a Brim

  • Materials: Belfast Mini-Mills Ltd. Chunky Merino Wool, 1 skein.
  • Needles: 4mm for the ribbing, & 4.5mm.
  • Sometime I’ll knit a fancy schmancy hat, to go with the scarf. However, right now, my aim was warmth, so I chose the thickest yarn I had in the stash, and it happened to be winter white. This hat is a cross between the Turn A Square hat, by Jared Flood, and the Brangelina hat, by Crazy Aunt Purl. I had a problem with stretchy cast-ons. I started with Eunny’s tubular cast on, which wasn’t nearly stretchy enough. I ripped that out and started again with Ysolda’s version of the tubular cast on, which was much more stretchy but very bulky looking. I carried on and knit the hat anyway. When I was finished the whole hat, I ripped out the cast on, picked up the stitches, and did a sewn loose cast off instead. The hat was knit with 96 stitches. I used the smaller needles for the 3×1 ribbing. After the ribbed portion, I purled the last stitch on the round, then I wrapped a stitch (bring yarn to the back of the work, slip one stitch from the left needle to the right one, bring yarn to the front of the work, slip the stitch back to the left needle). Then I pushed the knitting through the middle of the needles, and began knitting on the other side of the work. What was once the inside of the hat, became the outside. This makes the right side of the brim show, when it is folded back. I switched to the larger needles, continued in knitting, and did the decreases according to the Turn A Square pattern.

    For another fancy schmancy hat to go with the scarf,  I have some dark green Malabrigo, or rust Malabrigo. Which should it be?

I have some eye candy Friday photos for you. I’ll post them quickly, and then I have to get back to knitting my sweater. It would be done by now, if I wasn’t so caught up in Ravelry editing! Oh well. It’s all in fun.




Here’s our river valley again, taken at dusk a couple of days ago.


River Valley


River Valley


River Valley


I love this view, but I really need a better lens to do it any justice at all.

Okay, so back to the knitting. Have a great weekend everyone!

This post shows proof that, yes, I have been knitting. Not much has been working out, but I have been knitting. Something will come of it eventually. This item however, will be thrown in the frog pond.


Cable and Rib Jacket


This was a gauge misadventure. I did a swatch; really I did. The pattern says to do such and such stitches and rows, “over rib patt, when slightly stretched.” Huh? One person’s stretched is not another person’s stretched. Anywho, I had my doubts about the whole thing, so I didn’t start my knitting with the back. I started the left front instead (fewer stitches). This would fit me I think,… body armour. I don’t like things to fit so snuggly. Clearly, I need help with the term “negative ease”. I need more of the “ease” part of the equation. So, I’ll start again, with larger needles.

This is was the Cable and Rib Jacket from “Wish You Were Here!” by Debbie Bliss. I’m trying a yarn substitution, using Rowan All Seasons Cotton.


Iris and Peonies




There are some more garden pics for you. I’m so behind on my blog reading. I’ve got to get caught up with what all my favourite knitters are up to. However, right now I’m off to mow the lawn!

Guess what? Wednesday evening I received my invitation to Ravelry. Whew! I’m now an official Ravel-rouser. So, come and find me on there sometime okay?


Tree Peony


I’ve tentatively been poking around the Ravelry site, and have added a few of my finished projects. One pattern that I used, had not been added to Ravelry yet. Okay, so, well I guess I could add it right? Hmmm, I guess I was allowed to do that. Tentatively, that’s a good word. I tentatively attempted to add the pattern. Somehow with the flick of a button, and a gasp, I inadvertently volunteered myself to edit an entire pattern book!! Ooooops.


Tree Peony


Ohhhh, crap. I told myself to remain calm. One flick of the button couldn’t make Ravelry crash down for everyone. Right? The thing is… I hadn’t even figured out how to add my own projects yet, much less figure out how to edit other stuff. It turns out that only 4 projects have been added so far, for that book. I did some editing on those. Tentatively. I think that’s what I did anyway. 🙂 I didn’t find any instructions on the duties of an editor.


Tree Peony


I’ve done lots of voluntary transcribing and editing, for genealogy websites. In those cases though, I generally wait until I know what the &%$# I’m doing. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll figure this out eventually. I just wonder what other kind of hole I’ll traipse into. If anyone can enlighten me as to what an editing “white board” is, or a “wiki” for that matter, I would be very grateful.


Tree Peony


I took most of these peony pictures today, under a bright blue sky. As soon as I turned to walk into the house, I heard “Crash”. Thunder and lightening. On one side of the house the sky was bright blue, on the other side it was as black as night. I no sooner got the door shut, and there was a downpour of rain. The sky just opened up, and let it rip. The peonies are now smooshed. Most of the petals are on the ground, but I have these photos to remember them by! They were nice while they lasted.

(Edited to add: Apparently, a wiki is a community edited guide. It still doesn’t help me with the duties of an editor though unfortunately.)

Hi all! We’ve been having a busy time here, but I thought I’d check in. I’ve had an exciting delivery in the mail. I love that! I’ve been on a buying bender, at least that’s what it is for me. I know that some people have huge yarn stashes, but I don’t really. However, the stash is growing, and I really need to get to the knitting part of the equation. Anyway, here’s the latest acquisition.


Hempathy Yarn


This is Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy yarn, which is 34% hemp, 41% cotton, and 25% modal. I’ve never knit with it before, and I can’t wait to try it out! I’m going to knit a sweater, but I haven’t decided what one to do yet, hence the purchasing of numerous pattern books. The yarn is the 004 white beach colourway. The yarn and four pattern books came from The Yarn and Fiber Company. Their prices were the least expensive I’ve seen, and the shipping was free!!!! Woo! You all know how I feel about that! Anyway, nuf said.

I have garden photos coming out my ears. I don’t know what I’ll show you next year, because you’ll have seen every flower in my garden already. I can’t seem to help myself. I’ll leave you with a couple more.


June Garden


Unknown Plant


I can’t remember what this plant is. If anyone can enlighten me, I’d like to get some more of it. This one little patch looks a bit lonely.

Wow, I really had fun finding eye candy for today!


Jacob's Ladder


This is a flowering plant called Jacob’s Ladder, which I planted a few years ago, on the edge of the woods. I planted a few of them actually. They add a sparkle to the shade. It’s too bad they don’t bloom all summer.


Jacob's Ladder


I braved all sorts of insects to get these shots though. Do the black flies ever love me!!! My daughter says they like my “juice”. Yeah, whatever. These are the kind of tiny bugs that hover right directly in front of your face. Then they bite…and leave you oozing blood. Then you have a crazy itch to remember them by. So anyway, enjoy the pics okay?


Jacobs Ladder




The up-side is that the black flies only usually hang around until the end of June. Then we’re free of them. Woo!

Today was my daughter’s graduation from preschool. There was a ceremony and everything. Do you remember having a graduation ceremony after preschool? I certainly don’t. This was really lots of fun though. They held it at a camp resort by a lake. There was a campfire, with singing and s’mores, a scavenger hunt, games, the ceremony, lunch, and boating and swimming! Very cool.


Paddle Boating


My daughter and I are in the blue paddle boat in the above picture. We’re kind of far away though, aren’t we? Oh well, it’s the best DH could do. We were just too fast for him I guess. How many other lakes provide their own icebergs to climb? I’ve never seen that before. It was literally for climbing, with foot holds and everything, up an inflated plactic iceberg. Only in Canada…eh? I guess it would be fun to slide down again, as long as you didn’t hit the foot holds on the way down. On the right, was an inflated, floating trampoline. There was a slide coming off of that too.


Picking Paddles


There’s my son picking out a paddle. Where did he think he was going? We all had so much fun. For the kids, it started the summer out on the right foot. For instance, swimming lessons are looking pretty good to them right now!

Are you tired of garden photos yet? I’m just happy to be inspired to pick up the camera again. I love spring/summer!


Garden 1


My Late Blooming Tulips


It was hard to get close enough to focus on this little guy, and he wouldn’t hold still!






Yesterday, we had an appointment in Saint John (NB, Canada). I took these photos in Rothesay, which is a 15 minute drive away. It’s the lovely Kennebecasis River. I felt like diving into that gorgeous blue water, but I think it would still be a little c-c-c-cold!


Kennebecasis River at Rothesay, NB, Canada


Kennebecasis River at Rothesay, NB, Canada


A knitting update: Apparently my “Shifting Sands Scarf” has been added to Grumperina’s photo gallery. Woo!

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