April 24, 2015

I Hate To Contradict You, Mr. Eliot

But April is NOT the cruelest month...
In fact, it can be downright joyful.
Introducing  Our Alec
Date of Birth: April 15, 2015
Designers: Adam and Isa
Weight: 7.89 pounds
Length: 19.8 inches
We have had Lucy's birthday this month. And Sophie's. And mine.

Movita Beaucoup baked me a beautiful cake with pearls on top.

Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing
We ate lobster first, of course!

Sophie and Jean Paul sent a truly beautiful card
And look what I got out of the treasure box! Daddy's handmade cardigan - 37 years old and still looking as good as new! I doubt that our current manufactured clothing would have as long a shelf life. The shoes, however, are a tad dated in terms of style!
We've had an anniversary this month - too many years to mention but worth a celebration!
We had a great meal at our favourite Halifax restaurant - Epicurious Morsels. It is a lovely neighbourhood restaurant - cosy and comfortable with a great chef (Jim) and excellent service.
 April Knitting:
Weekend Pullover for Alec
Pattern: Weekend Pullover
Designer: Andrea Sanchez
Yarn: Mineville Wool Project Merino DK
Needles: Circular 5.0 mm
I really enjoyed working with this Nova Scotia yarn from the province's very own Fleece Artist company. The wool is soft to the touch, machine washable, and has great stitch definition.


April 12, 2015

Yarn From A Barn In Gaspereau

Yesterday, we drove to the Annapolis Valley and dropped in at Gaspereau Valley Fibres - a rustic yarn shop set up in a large barn, flooded with light, warmed with a wood stove, and full of luscious yarns, roving, buttons, patterns, and sample garments. They provide supplies from the initial carding and spinning of yarn to the last stages of finishing a knitted garment. An added bonus is a the chance to visit the chickens, sheep, and llamas in the barnyard.

Modern Cotton by Berroco
Colour: 1558 Bristol
Mineville Wool Project - DK weight
I think this will make a gorgeous little garter stitch sweater for Sammy - aka Joey, aka Patrick, aka Jimmy...

April 10, 2015

Today Is Sophie's Birthday

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to a great lady and a dear friend

April 06, 2015

Happy Birthday, Lucy!

Our Dancing Queen is eight years old today. She is pretty and sweet and kind hearted. She is a good sister and a very, very smart girl.

And this she shares with Movita Beaucoup:
Although we love all our children and grandchildren very dearly, these are two that we will have always loved the longest.
Happy Birthday, Lucy Darling.

March 30, 2015

Happy Birthday, Apolline!


Ten Little Fingers
Ten Little Toes
Who will always love you?
Bill and Rose
Rings On Fingers

Socks On Toes
Who's got your back, Kid?
Bill and Rose
Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill
Bill And Ro
Happy Birthday, Five Year Old!



March 29, 2015

March Knitting

Despite the fact that we are still buried under mountains of snow here in Nova Scotia (affectionately renamed by its residents as S'Nova Scotia), I joined a needlework group this month at one of our local church halls. One week was cancelled after we received over 60 cm of snow in one day, so I have only attended twice and I am impressed with the number of people who turn out. They have about 65 members who knit, quilt, crochet, rug hook, or embroider. They group themselves at tables, chat, work, help one another, share ideas, etc.

So How Much Snow Do We Still Have??

                  Nora's Roost - High, High Up On A Snow Bank!
Basic Black Mittens
We have been storm bound for so many days this winter that I really should have even more knitting done! These are a simple pair of black mittens to wear with my Strokkur pullover.
Designer: Ann Budd
Yarn: Istex Lett-Lopi
Colour: Black Heather
Needles: Circular - 3.25 and 3.75 mm

                 Sammy's Sunshine Sweater                   
When Sammy's oldest sister, Lucy, was due to arrive, I really yearned to get back to knitting, after setting it aside for many years to cross stitch. I bought lots of yarn (like a kid in a candy store) and not all of it worked well for the projects I had in mind. So some of it was set aside. Now, older and wiser, I can paw through the stash and make a much better match. So here is Sammy's sweater - made with Lucy's yarn!
I had in mind a pattern calling for sport weight yarn but since the yarn I wanted to use was fingering weight, I held two strands together while knitting. The  pattern is knit in garter stitch ridge but I used plain stocking stitch as I wanted the main focus to be the stripes.
The only downside to knitting striped garments is the seemingly endless number of yarn ends that have to be worked or woven into the garment upon completion.
Designer: Carole Barenys
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Lanett
Colours: Light Apple Green (8913), Yellow (2317), Blue (6501)
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly 4 ply
Colour: White
Needles: Circular - 3.25 and 3.50 mm.
Sammy's Snuggle In the Stroller Sweater
Pattern: wee Cardi
Designer: Donna Higgins
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Worsted
Colour: Denim (154)
Needles: Circular - 4.5 and 5.0 mm
Socks To Wear With Jeans
Pattern: K3, P1 Ribbing
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Prints
Colour: 07
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm.

March 15, 2015

Sammy's Mother's Birthday


This is Isa.
Of course, she is all grown up now. And much, much prettier!

Today is her birthday. And we hope it is a happy day of goodies and treats, full of memories of good times past, and plans for fun in the future.