Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bits and Bobs


I've been slacking again on my blog post writing...  Things here have been very busy, and most days I haven't had the energy left in the evening to do much of anything let alone write something that would make sense.  So today I thought I'd just share some pictures with a few words here and there.  I should be able to accomplish that.

The shipping season has started, and on Saturday we seen the first boat go through.  It was the Paul R. Tregurtha, which is my favourite boat.

Over the next few days many more have gone by, and I got some pictures of a couple:

Stewart J. Cort
Edwin H. Gott

We've also had some sweet little deer hanging around the house lately trying to get snacks from what they can reach of the cedar trees.  Here they are taking a nap in the little bush just outside our house.

I did get some knitting done over the weekend.  I made up these little hats for our local hospital's maternity ward.  Well, not the ribbed one, I did that one months ago, but the striped ones are new.

Yesterday I crocheted some pretty spring flowers.  I'm not sure just yet what I am going to do with them, but they sure were fun to make!  I've had an idea of a bunting floating around in my head, so we shall see.

Well, I need to get myself back to work.  I was just taking a coffee break between batches of maple caramel popcorn.  Easter weekend is always our busiest weekend of the whole maple syrup season, so I need to have extra product available for sale.  I hope you all have a lovely day!!


P.S. Thank you all so much for the sweet words and excitedness that you've shared with me, both here in the comments and over on Ravelry, about the finished Granny Patchwork!!  It still hasn't made it onto my bed yet due to an incident involving my little Yorkie, cat pee and my duvet cover.  But in the meantime while everything airs out, I've been using it on my window bench as a lap blanket and have found it to be very snuggly and warm!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Granny Patchwork Blanket

It's done!!  Yay!  This blanket has probably been the most fun one that I've worked on yet, I can't wait to snuggle up with it tonight!!


P.S. I've already started another blanket journey...more to come soon! xx

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This & That


I have planned and tried to write a post many times over the last week, but every time I do, I just can't seem to come up with the right words.  I thought I might as well give it another go today and just see what happens, so I apologize in advance if it's rambly and nonsensical.

Our weather here today is beautiful, sunny and bright.  The temperature is still chilly though, so it feels more like winter today than spring.

The ice cutters have been going up the river the last couple of days, so I think the shipping season must be getting ready to open soon.  Every year it's the same thing, I never notice how much I enjoy and look forward to seeing the ships until they stop for these few months during the winter.  I can honestly say that I'm waiting eagerly to see the first one go through!

Well, it's Easter time, or at least getting-ready-for-Easter time.  My Mom picked up this cute wreath for my door the other day.  I smile every time I look at it.  I haven't done any Easter crafting yet, but I think I better start soon if I want to have anything done in time.  I've been toying with the idea of knitting a bunny, so we shall see.

I know I've already shown this little sweater I crocheted before, but I wanted to share this picture of it with the crochet edged fleece blanket I made to go along with it.

I also made this little dress and pink dot blanket recently.  Both of these gifts are heading out in the mail tomorrow for California to two new baby cousins.  The blanket pattern is from Linda Permann's Craftsy course Crafty Crochet Embellishments, and is a great quick gift project.

Before I go, I wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for your sweet and caring comments on my last post.  I am doing much better and I feel like I've turned the corner on the sadness and hopelessness.  Now I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, and it doesn't seem as far away as it did before.  I found a verse in the Bible last night that I've begun saying to myself: "Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you-rise to a new life]!  Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!" Isaiah 60:1.  This is from the Amplified version of the Bible, and I find it so great because it actually uses the word depression, and it expands on the verse opening it up bringing more meaning and relevancy on what these words would have meant in the original text. I remember Joyce Meyer saying how David would talk to himself and ask himself "soul, why are you downcast?" and then he would encourage himself by saying "Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God." (Psalm 42:5)  So I have begun speaking Isaiah 60:1 to myself to encourage myself.  I think we underestimate the power of self-talk.  It really is so important, because we believe what we say about ourselves more than we believe what others say about us.  I'm going to make an effort to change the negative way I have been speaking to myself into a positive way, and I think my mood will change for the better.  I also learned that many times throughout the Psalms when David was feeling depressed he would remember the times when God had helped him in the past.  So I have been trying to do the same.  God has brought me through so much, I just need to remember those times and know that He will bring me though this time as well.  He always does, because He is faithful and He never changes.  It's been a great encouragement and comfort to me to know that even when people, things, and circumstances change, God never does, so I can fully trust Him to take care of me.  I've been one of those people who tries to take care of themselves all my life and now I see that this has got to change.  It's hard to let go of it sometimes, but I know that it is the only way I am ever going to experience real freedom.  And really, how silly is it to think that I can do a better job at something than God?  I know that I'm not going to change overnight and that I'll need to be patient and forgiving with myself all the while, but it will get better each day.  I hold onto that hope, and trust that God will work the necessary changes in me as I continue to trust in Him.

I hope that you are having a great week and I will try to be back again soon, hopefully with a finished blanket to share!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Hello, the word that best describes how I am feeling today.  This unfortunately has been a bit of a trend with me lately.  I just feel so uninspired and down and just sort of off, without a real definite reason as to why.  This has a lot to do with why I haven't been blogging recently.  I try to keep my posts upbeat and on the happy side and I didn't want to bring you down with my whinny-ness.  But lately I've been wanting to take the blog in a more personal direction - like a scrapbook/journal of my everyday life - and I thought I might as well just write a post whether I was feeling down, up or in-between   I hope you don't mind.  I promise to do my best to cheer up again soon and my posts should be back to normal as well.

I don't have any pictures today, just words.  But I do have some yarny news: my Patchwork Granny Blanket is on the last two final rows of squares.  Due to many different reasons I haven't been able to work on it 24/7 as I would like, but it's coming along nicely, even if it is a little slower than I'd prefer.  I'm already anticipating getting to work on the boarder, it's one of my most favourite parts of the whole blanket process - it's where you are still getting the thrill of working on the blanket, but yet you are so close to the beautiful end product that it's almost hard to crochet fast enough!  I'm hoping to get a chance to spend a little time with it this evening and maybe even get one more row done.  I also need to spend some time finishing up my dishcloth from last week...I let that one slip by me and ended up starting it on Sunday night right before bed.  It's officially two rows past half-way right now and I just need about 20 minutes or so of straight-on knitting to finish it up.  I should probably put it before the blanket, but we will see what happens.  I think the blanket is calling my name much more loudly and I may not be able to resist it.

I hope that your week is going well and that you are enjoying some spring-like weather in your parts.  It's been nice and sunny here lately, but today is a grey one.  I'm beginning to think those groundhogs were right, we seem to be in for an early spring!