April 19, 2014


You're never too old to have fun dying Easter eggs.
And the weekend is so much more festive with an amazing Movita Beaucoup cake!
A delectable white cake with silky smooth Lindt chocolate butter cream frosting.
It's a good thing we have a treadmill!



April 09, 2014

Nora Jumps On The Band Wagon and The Mitten 16 Project Is Complete

Having seen many posts where gals are posing without makeup to indicate how secure they feel with their true selves, Nora decides to jump on the band wagon and posts a photo of herself with NO grooming whatsoever today!


The Mitten16 Project Is Complete
I do like working with Nature Spun yarn. It is hearty enough to make it ideal for stranded knitting but still softer to the touch than other similar yarns. It was hard at first to get back to stranded knitting after more than a year and the first mitten was an exercise in frustration. My technique improved greatly with the second mitten and I am ready now for my Fair Isle class at the end of the month.
Pattern: Mitten 16
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Colours: 601 (pepper); 730 (natural); 135 (hurricane seas)
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Tove  - Colour 4517
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm (cuff) and 2.50 mm

April 06, 2014

It Is Lucy's Birthday Today - Hurrah!

The Pink Princess is growing up. She is seven years old today!
So Here Are Seven Great Things About Lucy:
1. She has been bilingual for years and acts as a translator when her Canadian grandparents visit France.
2. She is a wonderful dancer. I love watching her dance with the Wiggles. She has long legs and all the moves. And a keen interest in ballet. 
3. She is a fine artist with a great sense of colour. She was creating multimedia projects when she was only four years old. I have her art on my walls.
4. She can read books really well all by herself now - and in two languages!
5. She is a wizard at math and can solve math problems before her aunties!
6. She can ride a two wheel bicycle and ski and skate.
7. She helps her little sister a lot. She is pretty and sweet and sensitive and funny and smart. She is a good traveller and much loved by all her family on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Happy Birthday, Lucy. May every day of the next year be an ice cream day!

April 02, 2014

Zen Garden Socks For A Great Family Friend

Zen Garden Serenity 20
This is the first time I have knit with a yarn from Zen Garden, a Canadian company based in Ontario.
Serenity 20 is a merino wool/cashmere/nylon blend. It is incredibly soft in the hand but still gives excellent stitch definition.
Pattern: Basic Cabled Socks
Designer: Brainy Lady
Yarn: Zen Garden Serenity 20
Colour: Frosted Lilac
Needles: Circular - 2.25 mm
I searched for weeks to find just the right yarn to knit Melissa a pair of socks. You wouldn't think it would be a difficult task, given that there are hundreds of great sock yarns in a multitude of colours in local stores and online. Yet nothing spoke to me of her. And she deserves something particularly lovely.
Then, on yet another drab and dismal Saturday this winter, I decided to drop into Dartmouth Yarns and there, just inside the door, was the perfect skein of yarn - luxurious and very, very pretty.
If this winter in Canada has taught us nothing us, it has shown the wisdom of stocking up on warm woolen garments! I hope Melissa gets hours of comfort out of her Zen Garden socks.