Friday, April 30, 2010
I just wanted to remind everyone that today is the last day to enter for the 100th Post Giveaway. Just leave a comment at the end of the post (click here) and you will be added to the drawing.
Have a great day!
P.S. I will post the winner tomorrow! Good luck to everyone!!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
First off, I have to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who have commented on my 100th Post Giveaway! You are all so kind! I never even realized so many of you were reading my blog. THANK YOU!!
On another note, I'd like to explain why I haven't posted in so long. My Mom and I have been cleaning out the bush around our place for the last week or so, and each day by the time we come in I'm usually so tired that I just don't have the energy to come online. We're finally getting very close to finishing it though, so I'm hoping that I'll be around more often!
I have been working on a little bit of knitting. It isn't anything too fancy, just very simple since by the end of the day, I can only do something easy. It's my first ever toe-up sock. I wanted to do them this way because I have to skeins of yarn and I wanted to be able to use them both up and make long, warm socks. I've got one partly done so far. I found doing the heel a bit tricky, but I think I figured it out. I'm basically making my own pattern as I go. I seem to have a little bit of trouble sticking to sock patterns...I like to experiment with them.
Oh, I should also mention that the new Knit Picks Felici fingering and sport weights yarns are out! (Although I'm so late in posting this, I'm sure everyone already knows about it, but on the off chance that at least one of you does not, I thought I should say that) I placed an order on Tuesday morning, and it shipped the same day! I'm very excited to see the new colours, and the yarn. I've never worked with Felici, but I've heard so many good things about it. The new sport weight will be nice because it will work up faster (which I always like) and be a bit warmer and squishy on my feet. :-)
Well, I'm off to do a little more clean-up outside. I hope you all have a wonderful day!!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I have to start off this post with apologizing to you all. I know I've been talking about how I have some surprises to share, but the thing is, I've been so busy lately that I haven't gotten a chance to get any of them completed. I was thinking about this the other day and realized that I have four, yes four, projects that are half way done. So to fix all of this, I came up with a plan of making myself a knitting calendar to keep me on track and finish everything up. I seem to get distracted by new yarns and new projects and the ones I'm working on end up sitting on the sidelines. This is the last week for the Pancake House to be open, so that means I will have more time to work on these projects I hope.
Today I spent most of my day outside sawing and lopping down dead tree branches with my Mom throughout the bushes around our yard. So many dead branches came down over the winter and it really needed to be done. We got a lot accomplished and have quite a few piles for Dad to burn when he has a chance. There's still a lot more to do, but they're calling for rain tomorrow, then we have to go to the city on Thursday, but hopefully Friday we can get back at it. The weekend looks like it could be rain, so I should have plenty of time to work on the knitting projects.
I'm getting close to finishing up the projects for my swap partner. When I'm done posting, I'm going to go and wind up some Spud and Chloe Sweater yarn for the socks and hopefully get working on those tonight.
Anyways, I should go and do that and finish making my knitting calendar. I promise that over the next few weeks I will have some of the special projects completed!
Monday, April 19, 2010
I hope you don't mind me sharing some photos of my Yorkie, Emmie's birthday party. Like I said in my last post, I was planning on having her party on Sunday when everyone would be home. Well, things didn't go quite according to plan. My sister had to work on Sunday afternoon, so we had Emmie's party on Saturday night. Mom and I made vegetarian pizza on flat breads, and we had banana cake with peanut butter frosting for dessert. As you can see in the picture above, we did wear our party hats!
Dad even tried to get Emmie to wear one, but she wasn't too impressed with that idea.
She has a lot of food allergies, so we have to make her food from scratch, and because of this, I'm very, very careful about what she's allowed to eat. I did give in though and let her have a little bit of cake, it was her birthday after all. She ate it so fast that this was all I could catch of it with the camera.
Sorry I didn't get any pictures of the rest of us! My memory card for my camera was full so I couldn't take any more. I'm going to get them done up next time I'm in the city.
On another note, I've begun working on my swap partner's hat! It's coming together really cute so far. I can't wait to start the little socks, the pattern looks so cute!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Happy Weekend Knitters,
I thought things around here were going to begin slowing down now, but I've found that there seems to always be more and more things for me to do. I've got a busy weekend (although in a good way) and then I think the coming week will be on the busy side too. I'm not complaining though, I quite like having lots to do!
Yesterday my Mom and I went to the city, and I got to pick up my package of yarn that I ordered to make my Springtime in Paris swap gifts. I cast right on last night for an added little goodie for my swap partner :-) I'm hoping to get working on the hat and socks tomorrow. I'm very happy with the yarns that I ordered. I'm using Knit Picks Comfy Worsted. It's soft and very comfy (I see where they got the name) feeling. I can't wait to see how the hat turns out!
Today is my Yorkie, Emerson's 4th birthday. I can't believe she's 4 already! It just seems like I got her yesterday... She seems to know that it's her special day. I was sewing her up some toys for her presents this morning, and she came in my room to peek at what I was doing. She had to have a little chew on one before I even got it finished! We're having her a party (yes, I know she is just a dog, but by golly, she's my dog and she's going to have a party) tomorrow since everyone will be home. I'm baking her a birthday cake (although she can't really have much of it, it's more for my family to eat) and I'm cooking a special dinner for everyone. I'll have to share pictures with you all on Monday. Who knows, maybe I'll even make us some party hats!
As you can see from the picture at the beginning of this post, I finished Ella's pig! I got my Mom to do some of the sewing up, and she came up with the idea for the bow on her neck. I think she turned out pretty cute :-) I hope Ella likes her.
Well, I should get going, I've got to start on the cake. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
What lovely bunches of yarn! I'm so happy to have them, and can hardly wait to knit with each and every one of them!
On another note, you have to pop on over here, to check out Suzanne's wonderful blog post about the To Love a Child charity. She so kindly asked me if she could use my pictures of the hats I knit for her post!! I feel so honoured! You really have to check it out :-) This April is the charity's first anniversary, so if you can, please donate to help them celebrate it.
Well, I'm off to finish off baking some chocolate chip cookies for my Dad's lunch. Have a wonderful afternoon everyone!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
How was everyone's Easter? Mine was very good. It was quiet and relaxing, which was nice after the busy week before :-) Above, is a picture of the tiny Easter bunnies I made for my family. They were so quick to make and really fun. I used the Catnip Bunny pattern by Selina Kyle. If you want to see more about them (yarn, needles, etc), you can check them out on my Ravlery project page here. After taking this picture, I went to do something and came back to find three of them in a circle and one a bit farther away on the floor. I asked my Mom if she moved them, and she said no, and that's when I found out it was my Yorkie, Emmie. I think she thought they were for her! She took quite a shine to them. So I thought I would make her some that she could play with because they're just her size. I made her five, but she doesn't seem to like them quite as much as the ones I made for my family because hers do not have pom pom tails (she would just chew them right off!). I'll have to take a picture of her with them and post it for you to see soon. These are some of the first few things I've made for her, so it makes me so happy to see her playing with them!
Now I know a while back I mentioned that I was working on a special project that I wanted to share with all of you...here is a sneak peek! I hope to have it done soon, but I haven't gotten to spend as much time on it lately as I thought I would. It's on my to-do list for today though!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Happy Easter Weekend Knitters!!
I hope you are all enjoying yourselves and are getting to spend lots of time with family and friends...and even to knit a bit! Things here are going great. My Mom and I were going to take a run into the city today, but this morning when she went to drop off some cookies at the Pancake House, she found out that there was only 25 bags of popcorn left. So instead we stayed home and made 6 batches of the Maple Caramel Popcorn. She ran 12 bags up as soon as they were done around 11:00 am, and then she has now just took up the last of the bags. I'm so glad that the Lord is really blessing everything! Now we are planning on going to the city on Monday. Which I am really looking forward to because I have a Knit Picks order as well as a Jimmy Beans Wool order just sitting there waiting for me! It's all working out though, because it gives me something to anticipate! :-)
I wanted to include a couple of pictures of some of my products I've been making so you'll know what I'm talking about when I'm babbling on about them! lol The picture at the beginning of this post is of the Easter cookies (in the basket on the left), the Easter themed cookies on a stick (they are animal themed - bunnies, puddle ducks wearing their Easter bonnets, birds, etc...), and in front are a few bags of Maple Pecan Shortbread cookies (in the light-coloured square basket). They are all sitting on the counter by the cash register at the Pancake House.
This is a picture of the Maple Caramel Popcorn (sitting on the table in the big basket as well as in the little basket down below) and if you look really hard, you can see the tops of the bags of Espresso Maple Pecan Shortbread cookies (they're in the small basket right next to the small basket of popcorn). This is a shot of the picnic tables with the benches stacked on top of them in the gift shop. The story behind the tables is that when we had our old Pancake House (we build a new one I think 5 years ago), these were the tables that we had, and you would sit on the benches! We've gone a long way since then! lol