Monday, August 25, 2014

Library Summer Reading Knitting

I always like to help out with our local library's Summer Reading program. For the past 7 years I have been a partner leading the 3 - PreK group but this year taking a break from that I became the assistant coordinator. It was so much fun to be working in the background of it all, organizing and keeping things running smoothly. Who knew I would enjoy all that?

Our theme this year was Science and deciding the prizes for the top readers this year I volunteered to make some knitted rewards. I made two rockets and two robots.

The rockets went to the 3 - PreK and the K - 1 group and the robots went to the 2 - 3 and 4 - 6 group. 

I had alot of fun setting up this display ready for Summer Reading and for some reason its always so cool to me to see multiples of knitted toys together especially when they are the same in different colours. I think its because even though its the same thing they each take on a different personality depending on the colours and details you add. 

In the end 2 sisters won the rockets which they were having alot of fun with even before they took them home and 2 very avid readers got the robots. They were not in attendance to receive their prize so I hope they like them. There was one little boy in the Kindergarten group who really, really wanted to win a rocket. He worked so hard trying to read enough minutes to try and win the rocket but it was a close race and he just missed out. His Mum said that if he didnt win a rocket that maybe I would make one for him. Well of course I will. He has told me that he would like it to be orange and blue which I think is an excellent choice. It looks like I have some more rocket knitting to do but I know it will be going to someone who will really appreciate it. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

10 Knitted Monsters Named Corbin

I recently got a request on Etsy to make 10 monsters in about a week in the wonderful Corbin pattern designed by Dangercrafts. I was up for the challenge and the marathon knitting began. I just had to take a picture of them all together before mailing them off. One Corbin Monster is cute but 10 of them sitting together is even cuter.

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Blue Cotton Lace Shawl

I have finally listed something new in my Etsy store. This little shawl has been waiting for its debut for quite a while. I dont do it often but I love to knit lace as its so much fun to see the pattern come together and reveal the prettiness when its all finished. 

This is a small shawl to just drape over your shoulders or you can wrap it around your neck as a cowl. 

It was knitted in a very soft 100% mercerized cotton yarn in the prettiest baby blue colour. The lace makes it light while still keeping the chill out. Something special to wear when its a little cool outside. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Graduate

Its been about a month since this happened but its still hard to believe. My baby has graduated from high school. We of course took a ton of photos but I thought I would pick just one for this blog post. 

The world is now her oyster and plans are being made. It will be weird when we are buying school supplies for her sister and not for her. No more school sporting events or clubs to go to but the unknown can be exciting even if it is scary. As soon as we can get her there, she is off to her new school in Canada to study Photography. For someone who doesnt like the cold and snow she has managed to pick somewhere even colder and snowier than here to go to school. But she is my adventurous child who just jumps into life with both feet and enjoys the ride whatever it may be. I never thought about it before but I think that may come from me. 

So good luck and the big wide world will be extremely lucky to have you. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Last Dance

My oldest daughter Megan is at her Senior Prom today. I never imagined this day ever arriving and yet in a blink of an eye, here it is. 

Doesnt she just look simply beautiful. I love her plan for the ring of flowers. We bought the flowers on Etsy and she made it herself. It made me kind of giggle when it was done and she tried it on. It felt like the little fairy princess Megan of 5 years old had never really left and the world had come full circle.

 A humongous thank you to Grandma for buying her dream dress and Alyssa for lending her the most perfect shoes to go with the dress. I hope she has a wonderful night and Im sure she will be very sleepy with lots of stories to tell tomorrow.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Its Spring?

 There is a bit of Spring in my kitchen right now. Some lovely red Tulips that are waiting to be planted outside.

But this is what it looks like right now, so the Tulips and our dreams of starting our garden will have to wait. Oh how I wish this view was filled with sunshine, green grass and pretty flowers.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fancy Socks Galore

I recently got an order on Knitted For Ewe for some custom made socks. The customer picked the pattern and sent me yarn from their stash and I got set to work. I had never really made socks with this much detail but checked out the patterns and had confidence that I could do them. These socks were so much fun to make. They were challenging, kept my mind ticking and made me so proud to see the end result. I learned new techniques such as chart reading and knitting a cable pattern into the heel. I am so proud of the results I thought I would share them here. The socks in the first picture are called Cadence and you can find them for free on I love shade of blue the customer picked for these. These socks are my kind of pattern. They look really technical and difficult but are actually really easy. The pattern was so easy to follow.

These next socks are called Marilinda. This pattern was designed by Cookie A. It can be purchased via Ravelry. This was another pattern that looks really difficult but turned out to be pretty easy. These socks have the cable going all the way down into the heel. Very pretty and surprisingly simple to do. 

These last pair socks were my challenging pair. The pattern is called Lohengrin and was designed for free by Caoua Coffee. You can also this pattern on Ravelry. This is quite the cable pattern where every line is different and you are switching around one stitch at a time, knitting into the back of the stitch and remembering which cable stitch is which symbol. I feel very accomplished and proud that I made it through these. They took alot of concentration and look really cool once you finish them. 

I feel ready for any sock pattern that I attempt and know that I just have to take my time and I will figure things out and if I ever get stuck there are some wonderful knitters on Ravelry who will help you through anything you are stuck on.