Saturday, July 21, 2007

Late For The Party . . . A-gain

It's the toe-up sock party and I just got here.

For all you hip knitters out there who have been toe-upping for some time already, I'm sure you're smiling knowingly to yourselves at the new convert. I'm also pretty sure you understand that I am now hooked and, have to say, may never go back.

Looky here:

I'm calling these my Sweet Caterpillar socks because they're made from Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn in the Sweetie colourway. Yummy.

They're done in a caterpillar stitch that I added to a basic toe-up sock pattern I discovered I had in my Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting Design book.

They go pretty quickly, even in these very fine sock yarn weights, and that includes my limited sitting ability these days. I like the technique so much, I've started another pair.

And I've gauge swatched for a third. Yippee! Knitting should be so exciting all the time!

Happy Weekend, M

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Crafting and Cuteness

A little sewing:

A little knitting:

A little lazy Laddie being cute:

Happy Wednesday, M

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Garden of Leftovers

As many of you know, I bought this house last summer but didn't get to move into until June this year.

Unfortunately, because I've been busy unpacking and getting ready for a new job, the garden is being studiously ignored this year. Next year, it will get my full attention, but this year, I'm resisting it's call so I can get everything else done.

None the less, there are some beautiful little finds out there that I had to take pix of, for posterity sake.

The raspberries have been trying to take over about a quarter of the yard. They grow like weeds!

There's also a pretty little rose bush beside the house. It's a keeper.

Also a few hollyhocks in various spots around the property.

And this lovely blue flower that I have seen before but have no idea what it's called. If anyone knows what it is, please feel free to leave me a clue in the comments.

There's also a few dead things that need to be removed, but like I said, next spring will have to suffice.

The only thing I'm trying to get done this summer is the building of a new fence.

This is proving problematic, though, as construction is very short handed in this province so I may not be able to get one built until late September. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Hope you're all having a great weekend.

Happy gardening, M

Friday, July 13, 2007

Whatever Happened To . . .

The Dulaan Challenge that I issued back in March? Well obviously I didn't finish it personally with my inability to sit for all those months. Bummer.

But . . . my Mom, the fiendish knitter, took up the gauntlet for me. She took my items (three pairs of mittens and three hats) and finished the other fourteen to meet my commitment for twenty in total. Then she also knit her own twenty. I gotta say it - she rocks! Thanks, Mom!

Ryan over at Mossy Cottage Knits has given an update of the items received for the Dulaan 2007 - 13, 411. That's 1,325 items more than her original goal. Awesome! Congratulations to Ryan and all the Dulaan knitters!

To be on the safe side for next year's campaign, I have already started knitting, just in case some other mishap derails my crafting life.

Here's a thumbless mitten I did last week. Yay!

I figure if I start now and do a couple of items a month between now and next year, I'll actually have a nice pile to send off by June.

Hope you're having a great Friday, M

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

I think everyone is feeling quite at home in our new house.

Emmett, Molly and Laddie on the bed in the spare bedroom.

Dayton sitting like the King of Siam on the new "dog" pillow.

And Shadow in the window of the spare bedroom, catching a breeze.
Happy Tuesday, M

Monday, July 09, 2007


Since moving into my house, there has been so much to do. The unpacking and organizing and settling in has taken more time and energy than I thought possible. In truth, the office/craft room is still a disaster. But I keep diving in with the hope that one day I'll feel like it's all done.

Some of the things I've been doing around the house were kinda crafty and I thought I'd share.

Back story: My Aunty Shelly donated a couple of couches and Chad and I delivered them here back in February, before I even knew that I would be moving here this summer.

One of them was an old hide-a-bed - a very useful piece of furniture in a small house - but its original upholstery was a bit, well, . . . hideous.

I do love the shape of it, though, and it fits with the cottage-y feel of the place. That, coupled with the fact that it can be used as an extra bed, made it worth the bother of recovering it.

This is what it looks like now.

I had an old striped slip cover from my last place but it was for an overstuffed sofa. I pulled it apart and with a few staples and a few new seams, it fits pretty great. The seat is covered with an old table cloth right now but I have some denim that I'm going to make a fitted seat cover with . . . very soon, yeah, soon.

I also converted a set of curtains that used to be on my patio doors into bedroom curtains here.

The top pieces are above the bed and the bottom pieces are on the second window in the bedroom. Pretty handy of me, hey?!

There has also been other crafting going on and I will get pictures and details posted soon.

In the meantime, I hope you're all having a great summer with lots of wonderful crafting.

Happy Monday, M

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Pix From "The Trip"

I mentioned that the back window of my vehicle got blown out by a rock bouncing off the u-haul. I have photographic evidence of the damage.

I didn't even realize what had happened at first. There was a bizarre sound, kinda like a huge bucket of gravel being dropped on the back. I stopped to see what was going on and this is what I found.

You can see here that there was a lot of stuff in the back which also included four kennels full of furries.

Once the window blew, there was a need to improvise. Thanks to the kindness of some passing Missippi-tourist-bear-hunters and my ability to locate strange items in an over-stuffed trailer, we configured this contraption.

With the big blue window replacement installed, the air flow to the rear of the vehicle was limited and we had to do some passenger rearranging to make sure everyone survived.

My co-pilots . . .

Molly and Reuben did a splendid job of navigating us all to the right place in a timely manner.

So happy endings all round.
Hope you're having a great weekend, M

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Anybody Still Reading?

Hi there! (Waves sheepishly)

I know it's been a very, very long time since I posted. Believe me when I tell you that life has been a challenge lately and, frankly, blogging was the last thing on my mind.

I want to thank all of you who sent messages wishing me better health and letting me know how much my posts have been missed. I am sincerely touched by your kindness.

So . . . do you want to know what's been happening? Here's the list.

1. Back was so bad for so long that I couldn't sit down for weeks. I was either standing or laying down and neither one was comfortable. It took all my energy just to get through the teaching days. Couldn't feel my right foot and the pain radiated down my entire right side from the hip to the ankle.

2. Many trips to the chiropractor 2.5 hours away, taking time off work to do it and then having to stay over in a hotel to let the back heal before I drove the 2.5 hours back.

3. Received job offer from a school in the town where my house is located - 8 hours away.

4. Accepted job offer from school in the town where my house is located - 8 hours away.

5. High school exams prepared, written and marked, all while packing up classroom materials for the move.

6. Graduation coordinated, decorated, accomplished. My foster son, Chad, was one of the grads so I had his family and all his guests in my house, too.

7. Packed for weeks and then loaded up the u-haul and moved the day after grad. The trip with a u-haul, four dogs, and two cats took 10.5 hours.

8. While driving down the 100km (60 mile) road out of the community, a rock bounced off the u-haul and took out my back window. Fortunately, no animals were hurt.

8. Arrived at the new house and began the long and painful process of unpacking. My mom met me at the house and helped me unload the uhaul and set up a few things before she had to go back to Regina. This past weekend she came again and we set up the kitchen table and computer desk. All furniture seems to be in place now.

9. Have been seeing local chiropractor twice a week since I arrived and the back is much improved with just some nagging pain in my right hip and buttock.

Okay, those are the highlights. There were many other stressful and painful bumps along the way but I survived and I've even managed to get in a little crafting this last two weeks.

I promise that I'll post pictures of some of the adventures and progress as time goes on.

Thanks again for all your messages. I appreciate them and I hope you can understand why I was away so long.

Take good care, M