Let’s Teach Gerald How to Knit

Through making flosstube videos, I’ve made some lovely new friends. One such friend – Ginger Gerald Stitcher wants to learn how to knit. So, I decided that I would teach him how through a series of video tutorials on YouTube and he would record himself learning each technique and upload his progress on his channel. We are hoping that others will join us as he learns.

You can find my introductory video HERE

and here’s a list of supplies if you’ll be joining us in learning how to knit! Our first project after learning the basics will be a dishcloth.

One pair of US8 – size 5mm needles 

One ball of inexpensive yarn for practicing learning a few things

One ball of 100% cotton to make your dishcloth


That’s it!

See you soon,


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temari learner ball – part 1

Go to the above to get started! The links to follow through on the subsequent tutorial posts should be fairly clear. If not, I’ll link again 🙂 If you look at the bottom of this post – there is a link for anything on this blog that I’ve linked with posts to do with Temari. ENJOY!!

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The Met photos and a link for washing projects

Tips for washing cross stitch projects!! – see the link here: Needlework tips and techniques

Photos from the my favourite exhibit at MOMA

What a gift, to see these treasures!!

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Cross Stitch Abbreviations…..

I’ve had a couple of requests to de-mystify those little acronyms that crafters now come across on the internet.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m going to link to a very wonderfully detailed list (from a fantastic website) Cloudsfactory. That should take you directly to the list that they compiled.

Shirley tagged me on this photo in Instagram. I thought it was apt.

Happy Monday everyone, now – where’s my coffee…….


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New flosstube episode

I’ve recorded and am uploading episode 7 of From the Stash Pile. This Alessandra Adelaide piece was my show and tell, and I said that I would post an up close photo here as the glare was so bad on the screen. It was hard to see! This is her “Coffee” pattern and I used 32 count fabric (of some sort…) and stitched one thread over one using DMC cotton.

Happy Tuesday!

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Good to the last drop

I can’t believe it, but my summer is coming to an end again – even more quickly than last year.  Only three more nights until we are pushed back into our school/work routine and town life. It is always a bittersweet transition. I and the children both miss our friends and are always happy to reconnect. I miss having a hot shower whenever I want, and that is always a treat saved for my return. (we have hot water and a shower here, but it’s only a 5 gallon tank so it must be very, very quick out of necessity. Always a silver lining 🙂

I had a long awaited finish on a special project that was one of my oldest WIPs in my rotation. This is Ink Circles, “Cirque des Cercles” Isn’t it gorgeous? I plan on asking to have it framed as my Christmas gift this year. I love it and am thrilled that I finally finished it.

Meanwhile, we’ll spend the next few days as lazily as we can, slow walks around the island, a few evening fires in the stove as the temperatures drop and lots of knitting and stitching to fill the time until we absolutely must pack up and boat out. I won’t return until Thanksgiving for a long weekend but John usually comes up for the odd weekend with the children if work allows.

A daily visit from a group of merganser ducks who love to dive in the bay here for their dinner. I’m already dreaming of next summer.

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Proof Positive

I’ll be recording a floss tube episode this evening and thought I would show one of the Landmark designs that I stitched a few years ago. There are 12 and I’ve planned to stitch 10 of them. 5 are complete and framed and the other 5 will happen at some point…… tee hee.

I’m putting photos of the five here so that if anyone watching the ep wants a look at the others, they’re here. These were pictures that I took last October and put on Instagram and the quality is not great due to the glare on the glass, but I think you get the idea. Millions and millions of small perfect lovely stitches. I loved every single stitch of these babies.






Finally, you can see how I’ve hung them here:

It’s quite remarkable how common place they’ve become – I don’t walk by them in awe anymore like I did when I first hung them. They are fairly spectacular if I do say so myself, so it’s been nice to revisit them.

Also – it’s proof positive that I do in fact, finish things.

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Back in the big city

It’s been a long day, we didn’t leave the island until 3:30 and it’s approximately a 5 hour drive. Nicolas had a nap towards the end of the trip and listen to this – Sarah drove the entire way except for the highway section which she is not allowed to do yet. She did a fantastic job, though does seem to have a rather lead foot at times which I attribute to her fathers’ genes……

I’m gorging myself on internet tonight and checking out all of the little things that I’ve been saving up until home and first up is watching and doing the show notes for the previous episode of the Fibre Friends podcast. Since we are recording the next one on Tuesday night, I should get my act in gear. Tomorrow morning, Sarah is having her wisdom teeth out (plus an extra molar) so there will be plenty of smoothies, scrambled eggs and ice cream in our near future.

My Surge shawl by NBK Designs is thiiiiiiiiiis close to being finished. I might treat myself to an extra little cup of coffee tonight and see if I can power through and be able to block it tomorrow before the recording. Then I’ll need to sort out the projects for the stitching video and get on that on Wednesday. This is pretty fun, if I do say so myself – I’m loving the podcasting community and the response to the videos has been overwhelmingly kind.

Wishing you all a great week ahead with plenty of time to find yourself tucked up with a favourite project!

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Thank you

Thank you so much for your kind words about Oscar. The house is different without him and what I miss most is the sound of his loud purring practically every time you looked at him. One time at the vet, she looked at me and said, “I can’t find and listen to his heart because he’s purring too loudly.” He was a love.

Life carries on and there’s plenty of joy to be found in the small pockets of everyday life.

Plenty of knitting and stitching time, and the weather has been cool and unusually rainy which has made it even the sweeter. I’ve been posting quite regularly on Instagram the different projects that keep my attention and have put out several more Flosstube videos – the most recent one is HERE

Also, the Fibre Friends have a new KAL that’s begun as of August 1st, to knit any Lisa Mutch (NBK Knitting) pattern, and I’ve started the Noctillio Shawl as my project. I’m loving the colour so far. This was yarn that my SIL, Kathy, dyed for me for my birthday present and I love.

Happy Tuesday to all, have a lovely week ahead!

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Goodnight sweet boy

This past Monday, we said goodbye to my most treasured cat. I recorded a podcast on Tuesday and couldn’t mention him then because I thought I might not be able to not cry, and who wants to see that? He was a true companion, often found by my side. I miss him terribly.


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