July 26, 2014

Happy Birthday, Beautiful!

Nora is two years old today.

 She spent yesterday getting the full spa treatment at The Dog Shop in Mahone Bay.

 Happy Birthday, Beautiful.
And Happy Birthday to Nora's siblings as well - Martin, Ralphie, Darcy and all the rest!

July 07, 2014

Waffle Creams Anyone?

Pattern: Waffle Creams
Designer: Anne Hanson
Yarn: Cascade Heritage
Colour: 5660
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
I really enjoyed knitting these socks. Anne Hanson is an extremely talented designer.The design and the type of yarn came together to produce a very soft, cushy, comfortable sock with an elegant look.

July 02, 2014

Baking Beauty

Movita's Strawberry Cake for her Dad

June 26, 2014

Turtle Toes

Pattern: K2P2 Ribbing
Yarn: Striped Turtle Toes by Turtle Purl
Colour: Absinthe
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
I have never used this yarn before so time will tell how well it holds up to wear and laundering.
It feels great in the hand and has excellent stitch definition. And the colours are rich and vibrant.

June 24, 2014

Mayhem and Murder in the Midnight Garden

Looks tranquil, doesn't it? I spent a moment admiring the lilac when I first stepped outside this morning. Then, after gazing at the clouds and sky, a brown lump on the lawn to the left of the lilac caught my eye. A pile of dirt? A stack of matted dried leaves? As I stepped toward it, I discovered, to my horror

a headless brown bunny rabbit, with one foot lying six inches from the body and the bowels spilled out onto the grass (a graphic description, but, for heaven's sake, you all have seen and heard worse on CSI and Law and Order!).

Mother Nature often seems a cruel kind of gal but I guess it is the natural order of things, the law of the jungle/forest. We have owls in the woodland around us and one Barn Owl in particular has lately been hooting loudly, day and night. I am hoping the bunny fell victim to the nighttime hunting skills of this local barn owl. And not a coyote. Oh, please, Mother Nature, not a coyote! And I hope  decapitation was swift.

I suppose the presence of a corpse on the property will lower the real estate values around here. These houses up back are empty at present and I was really counting on summer rentals.

June 23, 2014

Works in Progress


Strokkur pullover - All but finished the waist shaping section

Basic K2P2 ribbed socks
Yarn: Striped Turtle Toes
Color: Absinthe

June 20, 2014

Isolda Teague, Amy Herzog and I

are, in a manner of speaking, collaborating on a great project -  Isolda Teague's Strokkur pullover.

My darling daughters gave me the Létt-Lopi Icelandic yarn as a gift.  Last year, Golden Girl gave me, as well, Amy Herzog's book on how to choose the style and size of sweater to best suit the individual knitter. I have used it to take my measurements, reflect on positive and negative ease, and decide on the sweater size.

I have always been a great fan of Isolda Teague's designs. Her Ishbel was my first experience with lace knitting. Her patterns are very well written and cover quite a range of garments for both children and adults.

This pullover is seamless and knit from the bottom up on a circular needle. After doing so many socks with thin fingering weight sock yarn, the Strokkur, in an aran weight, seems to be progressing at positively breakneck speed!

I am anxious to finish it off before the really hot weather arrives (if it does!) as rustic Icelandic yarn is the last thing I will want to work with on a sticky, hot summer's day. I am also propelled along by the memory of the brutally cold winter that we have finally managed to put behind us. I will be ready for the next one.