Sunday, May 22, 2011

UFO's Get Their Day At Last

Both of these soakers were nearly finished before Callum was born, over 18 months ago. All they needed was the drawstring.

As you can see, the little burgandy crochet pants are finally finished. I just knitted up the i-cord for the waist and installed it.

They were made by a coworker's mom and they were one of the last pieces she completed as her eyesight is failing and she finds the handwork too much to do anymore. I figured it was time to get them completed and pass them on to a baby who will get some wear out of them.

The blue striped shorts are next but there was really no hurry for them as they're only just going to fit Callum now . . . at least I hope they will.

They are an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern, and although I got gauge bang on, they are huge. So huge that they never would have fit a newborn and we're just getting them on to the toddler now.

Next time I make them, I'm going to try a sock yarn and see if I can get a newborn size. For these ones, I used Knitpicks Swish DK and it is lovely and soft next to a small boy's sensitive skin.

Speaking of the boy and his clothes, here's a shot of him getting chocolate croissant on his t-shirt, his face, his hands, just about everywhere. But he sure had a good time eating it!

We've had a long weekend here this week and the weather's been very hit and miss - good for the garden, though. Which we've been working on diligently. We're finally past the last frost warning and looking to plant this week.

So looking forward to some canning and pickling this year.

Happy home making! Michele

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Garden Quilt

I just had to take a picture of this quilt top out in the yard. The colours in it are so reminiscent of a garden, it seemed fitting.

I'm making this one for my cousin's wedding gift. It matches their decor and I think it's just gorgeous. I hope they agree.

I'm quite proud of it actually. I have been extremely careful with it all along the way and so many of the corners match, I hardly recognize it as one of mine. But it's really special and deserved the extra extra attention.

I'm still trying to decide if I should add a pieced border or call it done now. If I don't make up my mind soon, I'll just run out of time and it won't get finished at all - not cool. So it's on the top of the priority list.

And speaking of top of the priority list, here's our boy. He's getting pretty adept at running the mouse on Daddy's computer - at 18 months. Seriously. Growing up so fast.

Happy Sunday, Michele

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fast Knitting

I just finished promising that I'd show more in progress stuff and here I went and finished a sweater in about 24 hours. Whaaaat?

It's true. The Baby Boy 5-Hour Sweater.

I won't claim that I sat down and knitted for five hours straight. I also won't claim that I actually finished it in five hours - mostly because I didn't time myself but I also kinda doubt it took me so little time. But it was fast - about 24 hours between cast on and cast off.

I still have the ends to weave in but hey, I said I was going to share more WIP's so this could count - if barely.

It's a very sweet pattern, knit from the top down, in Manos del Uruguay, colour 111, on size 5.5mm needles. I have had the yarn for ages and just couldn't find the right pattern for it, until now. I used about a skein and a about a third. The pattern calls for 4 oz, so that's close.

It's a quick and very satisfying knit, perfect for a new baby in your life.

And because I need a new cute picture of the boy on here, this one is Callum and his granny sharing grapes at the table. He's clearly enjoying them!

Happy Tuesday, Michele

Friday, May 06, 2011

Much Needed Day Off

It's my birthday today. I took the day off work so I could enjoy it. Believe me when I tell you that I am making the most of it by doing as little as possible. Bliss.

Last week, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a free workshop by the Regina Stitchery Guild on crewel embroidery. It was a fun morning and I learned some great stitches.

Here's my work thus far.

My husband tells me (as frequently as he thinks he can get away with) that I'm very much a destination person, as opposed to someone who enjoys the journey. I think that's why I prefer to show my finished product on here, rather than a WIP.

So I've decided to make a concerted effort to show my steps along the journey (like I used to), and focus more on how much I enjoy the going, rather than just the getting there. You're more than welcome to tag along, if you like, and I'd be happy for you to share the ride with me.

Hope you're having a great day. I know I am!


Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Library Time

David and Callum are off to Mother Goose Time at the Regina Public Library this morning.

It's a wonderful program that offers music, stories and social interaction for little ones and their parents at several locations around our city, several times during the week.

And here's the kicker . . . it's free.

Everyone has access to it no matter their situation.

I like that a lot.

Our library is pretty amazing and it's one of the best systems I've ever used. (And believe me, as a dork reader and a traveller, I have used quite a few.)

All the libraries in the province of Saskatchewan are linked: One library card for every location. It is currently the largest library consortium in the world. I can order all kinds of materials online and have them brought to my closest library for pick up. I do this almost weekly.

Everything can be renewed online, too. So if I can't get down to the library that day, I just sign in with my card and renew (as long as no one else needs the item, then I have to run it down and get it in the returned slot before I get a late fine!).

In addition to Callum's weekly Mother Goose Time, I'm taking a class there next week on local vegetable gardening. I have also learned about raw dog food and cloth diapering at sessions offered by the library.

It's an awesome resource for our family and I just wanted to give a shout out to the Regina Public Libary today because we are avid supporters of this great community service.

(And after yesterday's election results, I kind of feel the need to make sure our community services are brought into the light and appreciated, just in case.)

Happy Tuesday, Fellow Readers!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

May Day

Today is International Workers' Day and we participated in a march to our legislature to mark the day. People bussed in from all over the province to attend.

It was Callum's first political march. He took it all in and was sound alseep by the time we got to the legislative building.

We have a bit of a family tradition for political rallies . . . here's Callum with his Daddy and Granny, listening to the speeches. Awesomeness.

If you live in Canada, don't forget to exercise your civic duty tomorrow and vote in the federal election.

Happy May Day! Michele