Today, I just finished putting a new back on this pillow. I knew it was a few years old, but I couldn't remember exactly how many. So, I came and checked this blog - my virtual memory - and there it was. The original post was dated October 5, 2015.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
During these last COVID months, we have all been living in what I call "elastic time". That's time where minutes can last forever, but months race by without notice.
Parts of my life have become monitors. I walk every morning for an hour. And I have established a "walk of the day" calendar, so I am always mixing it up. Except for "grocery day", when I have to be at the store my 8 to take advantage of "seniors' hour". So that day, I don't usually walk - or didn't when the temps were 30+. May start to walk later as the weather turns cooler.
Most other parts of my life are repeats of the simple things. It's kind of COVID Groundhog Day. Most days I hook and knit. And I usually devote some time to my ongoing mask making. (Truth be told, now that every single manufacturer has joined the mask parade, it is discouraging for those of us who are making masks by hand to see that you can buy 5 masks for $15.00 from many retailers.) That said, I am still making for the hospital, because I believe that many people who end up there don't necessarily have time to plan on bringing a mask with them.
So I continue to make them every week. I took a bit of time off this summer when the kids and grandkids were here for a couple of weeks. And then when we rented a cottage on Lake of Bays for a week - the only cold and rainy week of the summer. Murphy's Law.
So, what do I have to share with you?
On the hooking front, I continue to add to my WIP or UFO pile (for those of you who don't know, that is Work in Progress and Un Finished Objects. I am embarrassed to be honest about how many things I have waiting to be finished. But I don't apologize for moving on to the next adventure.
My "kilt it" project is languishing, and could be done in a couple of sittings. It is made entirely from up-cycled kilts, except for the background. It has one kilt, but I added some additional fabric so there would be enough.
Our grand cat, Jasper, died in July. It was very sudden and very upsetting for everyone. I decided to hook a likeness of Jasper that can be the "guardian Angel-cat" in their home. I mounted him on foam core board, so they can put him in all his favourite spots.
The quilts for the twin beds are finished and on the beds. I LOVE them, even more than I thought I would. I still have to make matching pillow shams. Complete with rainbow coloured pom pom trim. Impossible to believe I still have 300+ squares left over.
I made a second "mosaic stitch" baby stroller blanket for a special new person. Complete with matching hat.
Also off the needles was a "leftover" sweater for me. A fun stranded knit that goes perfectly with a pair of pants I made a few years ago. For you Ravelry folks, the pattern is called Soldotna.
Mask making continues. This is a batch in progress that I made for our grand son, out of two bandanas. Blue outsides and red lining, so they are reversible. They are sooo soft and I figured if I made him a Monday-Friday supply that all looked the same, he might not lose them all.
Back to hooking. I am working on a couple of Tom Thomson patterns, designed by Carol Shewan at Willow Creek Rug Hooking. They will be made into pillows for our bedroom. Two of his most famous works - West Wind and Jack Pine. Carol did a Zoom class for these patterns. She was awesome.
Progress is a bit slow, as I am constantly interrupted by other things. But I did sign up for the "10 minutes a day challenge" with Deanne Fitzpatrick, and days where I don't get there are made up by days when I do hours and hours.
Here is one of the interruptions. This little 8" x 8" mat is called "CLOSE YOUR EYES AND LEAP".
It is based on a workshop that I would have offered at the 2021 Annual: Daredevils and Thrill Seekers.
Listening to a piece of music, you draw on backing with a sharpie marker WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED. Then you put several handfuls of worms into a bucket or bowl and mix them all together. Again, WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED, you pull out one worm at a time and put it somewhere in the design you made.
Full details will be available in the OHCG Winter Newsletter, but here's a sneak peak. Top image is the sketch - my music was "Defying Gravity" from Wicked. Middle image is the bucket of worms. And bottom image is the finished piece.
It was lots of fun and quick little project. Very brave to just "hook" without knowing what you are going to hook next.
So, that's what I've been doing instead of posting here. I promise to try to not be absent for so long again.
Friday, April 24, 2020
Although we still had time left in our island paradise, everything changed there, just like here - on March 14th. So, the COVID stupor descended on us all. And we self-isolated for our last 10 days there. We ended up leaving earlier than originally planned, but got bumped once before we were able to get home.
Once back, we were in forced quarantine for 14 days. When that was over, not much changed. The big change was going from ordering groceries online to going into the store. And scary as it is, the stores are doing a great job of creating an environment for social distancing and protecting their workers.
Masks have become a big part of my "stay home" days. At first I decided to make masks for my family - kids, grand kids, siblings and their families plus a few friends. I experimented with two styles and have now made close to 100 masks.
The Peterborough Regional Health Centre put out a challenge to get 1000 home made masks a week. To do a small part, I decided to deliver "19" masks a week until I run out of materials. I try to make 5 masks a day and the last three weeks, I have delivered some.
I have only been out 6 times since I got home - once to the drug store, twice to the grocery store and 3 deliveries of masks to the hospital. The first trip to the grocery store had more than half the customers with masks. The second one - I only saw a couple of others with masks. Not sure why that would happen. I realized that it's hard to tell someone's expression behind their mask. I came home and took a selfie with my mask on and smiling. Couldn't tell. And that inspired this little mat that I finished this week.
What else have I been working on? I finished a Mandala mat that was a challenge for the OHCG Teachers' Branch to display at this year's Annual which was supposed to take place at Deerhurst, but was cancelled due to COVID. The theme for this annual was "Everything Under the Sun" and we added to the challenge that the pattern had to be hooked with "everything under the sun but new wool". I used polar fleece, yarn, sari silk, t-shirt material, buttons. The other teachers used velvet, ribbon. as well as yarn and t-shirts. They will be featured in an upcoming issue of the OHCG Newsletter.
I am also working on two quilt tops for the twin beds in our grand kids' room. I managed to cut out all the 4" squares needed without purchasing any fabric. Same for the masks - all made out of leftover fabric from other projects. My stash is definitely shrinking with all these projects.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Here are Paul, Gary, Claude, Peter and Peter, fondly referred to as “The Pool Boys”.
The skin tones above the water are completely different from the skin tones under the water.
And the refraction of the light and movement of the water create the "illusion" of legs and feet.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Each year, the first week is all about settling in. Getting stocked. Adjusting to the weather. Getting back out walking at 6:30 a.m.with my friend Liz. And going to and from the pool/deck/sea hangout. After walking very little at home, it's absolutely no trouble to get in 10,000 steps a day here.
Seeing sunshine out the windows is another one of the wonderful adjustments. All that green after leaving grey days at home is heaven. Here's a view of our back yard and our front/side yard. No matter what window you look through, it's a nice, green view with blue skies.
Friday, December 20, 2019
But what would December be without cramming in just one more project in time for gift giving. My 5th version of The Shift is ready to be gifted tonight. And I got it done in 5 days, start to finish! It is from stash yarn so cost nothing other than my time. The giftee commented on the one I was wearing last Friday, and jokingly said "Will you make me one?" She is the kind of person who will not only be shocked that I did, but will love it every time she wears it. The best recipient of all.
See you in the shiny new year ahead. And thanks for following along.
Sunday, November 17, 2019
I accidentally knit two fronts for the same side. When my mom said I would have to ravel one back, I said "no way" and solved the problem by having one side "wrong" side out and the other one "right" side out. To balance that, I put one of the raglan sleeves in "wrong" side out as well. Hmmmm, me thinks the lazy side of me - or the designer side of me - emerged in that sweater.
Too many sweaters later, I still love making them. I have a blue cupboard full and work hard to wear one every day. Unlike store-bought sweaters, I keep them forever. Occasionally I reclaim the yarn and make something else. I have a few sweaters that had a previous life.
So these days, I am doing more cowls and socks and fewer sweaters. And these days I find myself hopelessly in love with all things "Mosaic". I think I am late to this party, since there are 112 pages of results on Ravelry. I just think a wonderfully talented young designer made it extremely popular right now. Four cowls down - at least two more colour plans bagged and ready to get started.
More mosaic in this beautiful sweater. which was finally soaked and blocked this week. It is by the same designer who did The Shift. Her name Andrea Mowry and the pattern is available here. If you go to that page, you will see that she has sold 998 patterns for this sweater. And the combinations are incredibly delicious. Seriously, pour a tea or coffee and take a peek. Because you will also want to check out all her other patterns. Yikes!!!
Not quite off the needles yet are these "Ugly Duckling Socks". Pattern here. A different Mosaic, but Mosaic all the same. They are a Christmas gift for my son-in-law - his favourite colours. There will be at least one more pair of these. A Christmas present for my husband, who requests a pair of new socks every year. As the pattern says, this is the perfect solution for an orphan ball of striping yarn that isn't quite as beautiful as you had hoped. Just put a solid with it and voila.
Friday, November 1, 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
When I am overwhelmed with how much I have on my plate, I knit. Or "procrastiknit" so I don't have to deal with it. The good thing about it is that you end up with a knit lovely at the end, so it is definitely not a waste of time.
Lately, I have been tackling things on my knitting UFO list. I have knit three versions of this wonderful pattern called The Shift. I am not the only knitter who loves this pattern. There are 3,873 others on Ravelry - and mine are not even in the count, since I have not shared them.
Here is a picture of two of the finished ones and a fourth one started yesterday. The third one was gifted to my son after a special request when he saw the first one - the black, grey and white one.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
I did another Portraits workshop in Westport from the 9th to the 12th. Just enough time to catch my breath from the last one and get everyone ready for this one.
Loretta Moore - aka Hooked on the Lake - hosted not only me (for the full length of the workshop) but the workshop itself. Here is a peek at some "work in progress" from the students. (Loretta has it on her blog as well.) It was a smaller group than Newfoundland and they all took to the value lessons and are creating amazing pieces.
|Karen's beautiful grand daughter.|
|Loretta's dad - quite the character.|
|Wendy's grand daughter.|
|Andrea's daughter as a little girl.|
|Louise's grand son.|
I got home at about 7:00 on Thursday night and immediately had to re-load the car with some rug hooking display pieces for the first ever Hands On Creative Festival, held here in Peterborough. Unlike a sale, this was a chance for people to talk about their art form, demonstrate, let people have a try and generally "share the joy".
I was curious to see if any of the folks we talked to over the weekend would be "hooked" as we like to say. And sure enough, someone joined us at our weekly group this morning. She sat with us and practiced pulling some loops. She has taken home some backing, a frame, strips and a hook and will practice some more. She took to it right away - seemed to have no problems and will be back next week to join us and get going.
Now a bit of a breather until my next teaching gig, which is at the hook-in in Cobourg on September 30. It's called The Heat is On. I am teaching Hooking Doodles. Looks like it will be a fun day. And hopefully vendors there so we can do our fall shop.
Before I sign off, I received a couple of pics of finished portraits from Newfoundland. Always great to see and share these when they are done.
|Here is Barb's grand daughter who LOVES hockey.|
|Marnie's grand daughter, hooked and framed.|
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Freshly back from Newfoundland, where I taught my Portraits class in Lewisporte, I was more than a little tuckered. This was my third time on the Rock, but my first time in central. When you go there, you fly into Gander. And if you want to fly direct, there are some pretty crazy flight times. I arrived at 3:14 a.m. on Thursday morning. And we flew out at 6:35 a.m. on Monday.
I didn't take many pictures once school was under way. But I did manage to take a couple on the first day as we made our way to the camp. This was the view from a spot where we stopped for some seafood lunch.
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