Wednesday, July 26, 2006


My name is Michele and I am a quilt-o-holic.

I'm calling this one "stained glass window." That's right. I'm naming them now. I have a problem.

It's also important to note that I have no intention of doing a damned thing about it. Squeeee!

Happy Wednesday, M

Monday, July 24, 2006


Finished another quilt this weekend:

Quilting was about the only thing I could do since it was 36 degrees Celsius (99F for our non-metric friends) outside and 31 degrees inside! But even the ironing of the seams was a bit much at points.

I gotta get me a basement or I'm gonna melt!

Happy Monday! M

Friday, July 21, 2006

Driving, Knitting, and Not Posting Pictures

Been away for the last week or more. Had lots of fun with my friend, Trena, driving all over the darned province and then some. I've got a few pix, haven't posted them yet but I'll get to that soon. Managed to get in some knitting while Trena drove.

In the meantime, here's a little meme I stole from Jane.

Four jobs I've had:
1. Nanny
2. Veterinary Technician
3. Accountant
4. Teacher - from Kindergarten to Grade 12

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. Much Ado About Nothing
2. The Philadelphia Story
3. Casablanca
4. African Queen

Four places I have lived:
1. Vancouver, BC
2. Saskatoon, SK
3. Winnipeg, MB
4. Deline, NWT

Four (currently airing) TV shows I love:
1. Coronation Street
2. On The Road Again
3. Nature of Things
4. House

Four places I've vacationed:
1. London, England
2. Paris, France
3. New York City
4. Inish Oirr, Aran Islands, Ireland

Four of my favourite dishes:
1. Fish (just about any kind)
2. Sushi
3. Homemade soup
4. Peppers stuffed with curried lentils

Four sites I visit daily:
1. Hotmail
4. Scrabble at

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. At the cabin, reading a good book or knitting
2. New York - so seriously loved it there
3. At the sewing machine finishing a quilt (will get there pdq!)
4. In my own garden of my own house

Four of my hobbies:
1. Knitting
2. Quilting
3. Reading
4. Gardening

Okay everybody, I've got to get on with this day. Hope yours is great and you're managing to stay cool. It's supposed to get to 33 degrees Celsius here today!

Happy Summer Holidays, M

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Maybe An Epidemic?

I can't help it, Susan. Sorry.

More quilt blocks that I started this week and that are tempting Susan to the quilting bee.

Happy Temptations, M

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

It's A Bug

Maybe a virus. Whatever it is, it has a firm hold of me. It makes me want to quilt. See.

It doesn't appear to be the same thing that makes me want to knit. That just seems to be so firmly a part of my personality that I couldn't dislodge it, even if I wanted to.

Whatever the cause, I've already started another quilt top because I don't have the backing fabric for this one yet. I'll be getting that tomorrow when I go to Meadow Lake.

I'm off to Ness Creek Music Festival on Thursday for a weekend of camping, good friends, and great music.

While I'm gone, I was hoping I could get some help trying to decide exactly what to do with this:

It's red, lace weight alpaca directly from Peru, sent to me by my friend, Joseph. It's been calling to me lately.

I want to make a lace shawl but have no clue which one. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

In case I don't get a chance to post again before I leave, I'll be back next week.

Happy Tuesday, M

Monday, July 10, 2006

It's A Monday

and so I apologize in advance for the Monday Morning look on my face in this photo but, still, you can see the orange bag handle very clearly.

I think I'll get through one more repeat of the braid and then be finished. Didn't get it done the other day, as I thought I would, because I was consumed by the quilt.

To make up for the lack of it in the previous picture, there's so much cutitude in this one that it speaks for itself.

My wee Molly girl. She's so sweet and so camera shy that whenever I do catch her, I have to post it. (She was sound asleep when I moved my arm to take this photo, couldn't hear anything but sensed the camera and nearly jumped up before I could snap. I'm thinking she was seriously traumatized by a camera sometime in her life before us.)

In other news, I've decided to accept the Sounds Like Canada (a cbc radio morning program) summer reading challenge. Jian Ghomeshi, the summer host of the show, is intending to read James Joyce's Ulysses and since I can get it online at Project Gutenberg, I can read it while knitting. It's easier for me to read off the screen than to prop up a book while I'm click-clacking away.

Forest Fire Update: On the third day of rain so evacuation alert lifted for our community. Thanks for asking.

So that's Monday at our house. Hope you have a great week. M

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Get Your Groove On

This is what I did this week.

It's just the quilt top, sans borders, so far.

Today, I'm trying to get the borders on. When I go down to Meadow Lake on Wednesday, I'll pick up the backing fabric and get it finished.

Have also been knitting away on the handle for the orange bag. Should be able to start the body of it later today or tomorrow.

I'm feeling back in the crafting groove again.

Happy Sunday, M

Congratulations Megan!

This is Megan.

She's one of my recent graduates and she just had a baby boy on Thursday. Ten pounds, six ounces!!!! Ouch!


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Double Happiness

Quilt blocks progress

Orange bag progress.

This is the side/handle.

After scrapping the original bag pattern, have decided to make a version of Tasha from knitty. I'm making it bigger and am not sure if I'll include a flap closing. Will see how much yarn I have left at that point.

Thanks for your prayers about our forest fires. Hugs.

Happy knitting, quilting, whatever your summer brings, M

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Today's Weather Forecast

The latest forecast from Environment Canada for my area:

Observed at: Buffalo Narrows Airport 4 July 2006 8:00 AM CST
Temperature 17 °C
Pressure/ Tendency 102.1 kPa↓
Visibility 0.6 km
Humidity 78 %
Dewpoint 13 °C
Wind S 13 km/h

That's right - smoke.

If you haven't heard the national news in the last few days, you might not know that there are forest firest raging throughout northern Saskatchewan. We've been waking up to a smoke-filled sky for the past week or so because the closest fire to us is about an hour away. The sound of helicopters is overhead as they are monitoring fires from the air and waterbombers are filling up on the lake behind my house.

Tomorrow, thunder showers are predicted. Where there's thunder, there's lightning. This usually means lightning strikes that will start more fires. I sincerely hope we get a deluge to douse the area enough to help keep the fires under control.

So far, no evacuation order. Keep your fingers crossed that it stays that way.

If you're out camping with your family in the next while, please make sure your campfires are fully out.

Praying for rain, M

Monday, July 03, 2006

Back In The Saddle

The crafting saddle, that is.

I have cut out quilting blocks galore.

I do have another quilt waiting in the wings. Pretty pink kit I got at the local (2.5 hrs) craft store. And such a deal - 1/2 off.

I have been attempting some knitting, er, yeah knitting.
This was intended to be the Backgammon Bag from Weekend Knitting but I am highly frustrated with the pattern. I found a correction on the net for the ribbing pattern but still not happy with how it was knitting. So I shall move on.

Hope you're all having a great summer so far! M

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Adventures Inc

I survived Grad Trip 2006 and lived to tell the tale!

Adventures abound when traveling nearly 2000km each way, with 11 teenagers.

Within the first few hours, we were stuck in a field full of mud!

And further down the road we got a flat!

But these things didn't keep us from being tourists - shown here at Mt. Robson.

At Hell's Gate, I had to ask them to please come away from the edge so I wouldn't have a heart attack!

Once in Vancouver, we saw all kinds of things. This was taken at Playland.

To answer the repeated question "Where are the big trees?", I took them to Stanley Park to show them this one.

Our last day in town found us at the Space Centre, with a big metallic crab (WHAT?!). We got to take a trip to Mars inside. Very cool.

All in all, I think they had a good time. The joy can be witnessed here.

I know I had fun!

Happy Travels, M