Time to Breathe

I always know when life becomes just a little too full when I stop posting here. Making sure that the numerous tasks and list items are being checked and completed has been the focus around the homestead lately and I’m more than ready to pack up, put my little family in the car and head for the North.

Adrienne, Louise and I were supposed to record yesterday morning – Episode 6 of the Fibre Friends podcast and sadly had to postpone because Nicholas was home with a terrible gastro bug. Today, Louise has laryngitis so plans are hold a little longer. I have to say though I miss hanging out with my friends – it’s been a welcome forced rest. I’ve knit, stitched, and sewed while hanging out with my little boy and that’s just not all that bad.

The Fibre Friends. Oh, my friends. These women are amazing. In three and a half months we have accomplished so much together and are truly having the time of our lives. What an unexpected gift this has been.

Our latest episode from a few weeks ago is HERE

On May 31, we were invited to have a party at our local yarn shop KnitStitch and launched our very first collaboration  – a yarn, bag and pattern kit that we all worked so hard on. Knitters actually came to our party and we had a really fun night. Crafters are such nice people, the atmosphere was just the best.

See what we did?

I still can’t quite believe that we pulled it together. There was a late night before the launch finishing up a few last minute misbehaving (and missing) drawstrings, and taking a hurried photo of the gorgeous sock that Louise designed.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rambling-friends-socks

I’ve cast mine on using a different yarn as I wished to keep all of the kits available for sale (though giving up my luscious skein of Adrienne’s yarn was a sacrifice, let me tell you…) and when I have some progress on the from lace panel, I’ll share a photo.

Our Golden, Daria is aging as all pets must and has an injury in her back right leg that has slowed her down considerably. She brings me such joy on a daily basis that the thought of her decline is quite upsetting but will hopefully still be a few years away. She is every patient, ever hopeful for any scrap of attention. Just a slight brush against her will stop her dead in her tracks in the hope that a really good hug or love up will follow. Eddie the Beagle continues to improve socially and now ADORES my flute choir ladies. He happily snoozes away in the kitchen while we practice and seeing him wag his tail and approach them when they come in the door makes the heart full. I will never understand a human who can be cruel to an animal. This small hound would cower and piddle every time my husband approached in the beginning. When he dreams, it’s the only time I ever now hear him growl and I wonder what he’s dreaming of. I’ll admit that I wake him up and give him a scratch and a kiss. Perhaps he’s really just chasing rabbits and I’m delusional but hey, a little extra love never hurt anyone.

Bring on summer!

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Ahoy weekend

I have so many plans for the weekend ahead, I can hardly wait to get started. On the left is a super simple, I love it so much, shawl by a good Instagram friend in the Netherlands. Josh is just one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. Her Triangular Curve shawl makes me very happy and I hope to put a huge dent in my yarn cake by Sunday. My other project here is my Fibre Friends sock. I really need to get the heel in – most likely a fish lips kiss style so that my socks match with Adrienne and Louise’s.

Speaking of the girls, we put up episode 2 last week if you need some knitting company this weekend –  found here:

I hope you enjoy and get a few rows finished. Do you have any other podcasts that you love to watch? Leave a comment!

Happy stitching/knitting/sewing/hooking/beading/painting/insert your craft here. Whatever you do, I hope it brings you joy!

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John, This One’s for You. xoxo

An ode to John
Whose days were long
Moving all the important stuff
I work upon

Credit I did not give
To the one with whom I live
And now my oversight
I hope he will forgive

IKEA shelves were built
Moved into place without tilt
A handsome, strong capable mate
Who I’d like to one day see in a kilt?

Hey – it rhymed.
xoxoxo

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Distraction

I combined my home office and sewing space into one area last weekend and made a new home for myself in one half of our living room. It’s really rather wonderful with large bright windows and shelves galore to pack my stuff into. I didn’t however, factor in the window distraction factor and spend a good chunk of my time now admiring the birds, chipmunks and this one particular rabbit who has made a home in the hedge directly in front of my line of sight.

I mean, honestly? It’s better than TV. Will there be babies? Could that little cotton ball of a tail be any cuter? Sigh. Maybe I’ll have to shut the blinds to get any work done.

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Hanging with my Gang – The Fibre Friends Podcast ep.1

So, we started a podcast last week. And I’m still smiling over how much fun we had. It’s been a crazy few weeks – getting ready for this and opening the Etsy shop and figuring out all of the little twists and turns involved with that (Canada Post – why is it more expensive to ship a package to Saskatchewan than California??)

So much fun, I can’t wait to do it again.

YouTube link HERE

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testing testing 1 2 3

Back in February, I offered to help out pattern designer, Laura Gesin, by test knitting her cowl pattern. I finished it last week and it has now been released on Ravelry. You can find mine here and it has a link to her “Flock of Seagulls Cowl”. It was a thoroughly enjoyable knit, in the round with a small cable row every 4th row. Isn’t the flock stitch pretty?

I also made and sent out a cross stitch project bag to a lady in California that I met through Instagram. See my new little Evertote tag? My SIL ordered them and we’ve been adding them into our new bags. It’s such a small thing, but the look of it on the bag adds a tremendous amount of professionalism – makes me feel very swank 😉 Then I feel silly for feeling swanky………..

It’s March Break for the children this week and we’ve been up to all sorts of fun things. I’ll fill you in next week. I hope you are enjoying a bit of crafty time – there’s a lot of things to be made, we must make the most of our time. My stash doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. How about yours?

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Pouch production

So – I was playing with some treasure pouch designs, these are the second prototype:

I think they’re cute, but the amount of work and effort that went into them make them an unfeasible product to make and sell. I wanted the stitching to be perfect, the picture perfectly suited to the child, and I drove myself crazy for a week trying to get everything to match what I saw in my head.  I’m giving them to the children they are intended for who will fill them with flotsam and jetsam as children do and I will be pleased.

I then spent a few days puzzling out a knitting drawstring tote.

Take 1: Nice, but needs a boxed corner bottom and the drawstring isn’t quite what I wanted.

Take 2: Much much much better. This is what I wanted and I think I have a winner.

I think the knitting agrees.

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Fibre Friends

I am incredibly fortunate to have close friends who share a love of making as much as I do. It is also lucky we each bring our own favourite craft to the table. My friend Adrienne, is a dyer of the most beautiful yarn. This is her work above. She is taking the plunge into small business with her yarn and will be selling it soon and I’m just so pleased because it’s just lovely. Her new business name is Old Oak Yarns and she named it for a very special tree from her childhood. My other friend Louise, is a knitting teacher and designer. Last weekend, she taught Adrienne and I how to knit with two yarns at the same time and strand it properly. I fully intend to cast on some colour work mittens as soon as possible.

When we were together last week, Adrienne pulled three skeins of sock yarn from her bag, each with a matching mini skein for heels and toes and said that she had made us our own unique colourway, combining our three favourite colours. Turquoise for me! She named the yarn “Fibre Friends” and to say it mildly, Louise and I were blown away. Then we started dreaming. A trifecta of crafting – yarn dyeing, bag sewing and pattern designing. The Fibre Friends came to life and we have a video podcast planned to come out at the beginning of April. These girls and the other friends I’ve made through my passion for making make me feel a sense of belonging that has been difficult to come by. I know that you all know what I mean. They make me laugh and calm my anxieties. Very good friends, indeed they are.

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PSA

Just a little reminder to myself and anyone else who might need it today.

xo

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Success!

My first fish lips kiss heel construction was a success. It took a bit to get used to something completely new, but once underway it was easy. I’ve started the second sock and look forward to zooming down to the heel again. We are just about to have a busy paperwork time at my husband’s retail store due to the quarter end and I must sneak in a few rows here and there to keep my sanity. That’s all for today – back to work!

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