MAMPLGFAR (Me And My Palomino, Let’s Go For A Ride)

MAMPLGFAR is finally done!! Yah those who know me, know I toiled big time with this  oversized toy horse. (He is actually is TOO big for his own horse trailer!) I ran out of yarn TWICE! (the second time while in Heffley Creek- the day I got there no less! So I could not order MORE for 10 days…then it took Knitpicks another  10 days before they SENT it!) Mercy! Yah I was pretty fed up of all the hurtles that kaboshed my ability to finish this  horse! And so… what a Ureka moment it was when He was done. O.k. I had to re-knit his saddle twice! yah… the first one was  pony size. The second felted wayyyy to much. Can you say  Breyer 6 inch? It’s GO Big Or Go home!  Mercy!  This Horse without a name  needed  Clydesdale size dontcha know!  Poor un-ridden horse. He needs a name. Eh? perhaps Ma-pleg-afar  stuck… ok so with out further ado…DSCF0306

O.K.  So  the weeds are as tall as he is. Those could be tumble weeds in Colorado..right? NO one needs to know this is Surrey B.C. Canada. Home of the horse sized weeds. DSCF0355

The head shot… He is quite photographic after all, Eh? But  guess who else  came to the photo shoot?DSCF0328

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The “Singing and Dancing in the Rain”, uh  ducks! (think Fred Astaire)

Yah. There was a reason for dancing ducks…but I actually ~forgot~ to photograph the  blanket and matching sweater that went with.  Can I still use the jet-lag excuse?

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Ok so behind Mr. Rex rooster here is uh, some of the  baby sweater and  blanket.

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Maplegafar’s coach…

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Yah ok… I was a bit off with the scale.  I had fun knitting this. Felting is an unpredictable science.

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There IS a  water laden helicopter up there in all that smoke… Can you see it?  ^ (hint) Normally I could count the trees on that there mountain in the background, now totally obliterated by smoke. (cough cough)

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haha  NOW THIS here is damage  done by a SQUIRREL! Ok Tammy you win THAT round!

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Tammy also won Hands down in photogenics  Eh? Oh, and  our yahtzee championship! What Great memories.

 

 

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My 2 days In Rome

Most folks that plan a trip to Rome do it over weeks and months. I had 1/2 day.  My daughter leaned over during mass and said: Wanna see the Vatican on Tuesday?  Of course, who doesn’t?  But the catch, was to travel ~light~ a tiny wee back only…which meant bringing anything home was almost not possible! And let’s face it… traveling is about seeing a new culture, eating new and exciting menus and getting goodies! Whether you can get them home or not, understand the language or comprehend the transit in that city, Is anybodies guess! My daughter is a traveler. She knows what she wants and how to get it! This was an adventure. Our time together. A pilgrimage if you will, if just for the sake of  getting a stamp in your passport!  The first hurtle? The overwhelming task of figuring out HOW to GET to our hotel. Oh Oh. We stood in front of the  train  menu for a whole 1/2 hour. 14 euros, or even 8 euros seems a whole LOT to spend to ride the train a few feet… Where are we going again?

? there where 3 different colored trains lined up. Which one is is the 8 euro one? It just left..ok the next cheapest one then…

(we took the cheapest ticket at 1.50 euros and traveled on train about 1 hour. That seemed right. Right?  Then we walked. And continued walking. A whole lot of walking. Whoa! Are we THERE yet?) (we got off 2 stops too soon!)  Coming BACK to the airport (train ALL the way) was 14 euros.  I would have paid twice that. It  was so incredibly HOT there and I wanted OUT.

Jacinta looks Fab at the Colosseum in that jaw dropping heat!

Everywhere we went the roads and areas were protected by military (men with BIG  machine guns) Natch, no pictures were allowed.  But even more disconcerting about the  land was a serious lack of birds. No song birds, no bees or other flying insects. No sign of any animals anywhere. (?) It became a challenge to  find wildlife.  One ant. Carrying a stick twice it’s size. I wanted to photograph it…but  (probably to shield itself from the death defying heat!) In only 2 days there I counted a mere 6 birds total. All pigeons. Guess they are unimpressed with the heat too.

Colosseum. Classic eh?

The most photogenic of the 6 birds! This is just outside Saint Peter’s Basilica.

But as this is a “Knitters blog” what was I knitting and toiling over during all those plane, train, and automobile rides? My second   “Go Tell The Bees” shawlette.  : )  (finished version coming SOON)

This was in direct sunlight, very center stage where outside mass is held. Note; the cobble stones are PURPLE here. Yah yha. “I’m coming” I said to Jacinta’s back.

It looks better with beads…

There was so much to see and soooo many pictures to choose from. There’s no way I could show them all here, but Saint Jerome  was a must…

Namesake Saint of my first Born child. The marble inlay work and colors are  just not describable. Absolutely stunning in person.

Can I bring this one home please? I’d like to knit you something…

(That guy just would NOT stay OUT of MY photo!!) I wanted this one as it shows there was a cat and a DOG in Christ’s world. One of the many incredible tapestries.

Gotta love their loyalty in that 40 degree heat…

And then we had a 12 hour flight  to Toronto (detour through Frankfurt due to smoke in the planes kitchen) : o  Some entertainment was had just watching other passengers react to a possible  catastrophy.   I stayed  amused by  dreaming up my future knitting… coming soon: “Singing In The Rain” and “Me And My Palomino, Let’s go for a ride” (a rooster joined in the fun)  : )

That much sought after stamp in my passport can now be obliterated from my “bucket list”

and will I get over it?

This is a HEAT blister. Even with thick soled shoes AND socks on …this shows HOW hot the pavement was in Rome! I have them on both feet but the left side is worse as it split open… So, I’m not currently walking (this is on my GOOD foot the one that FEELS things. Oiy.

Back to MY regular programmed knitting.  Since you had to look at my foot I’ll give you a sneak peak at an un-felted Palomino and the barnyard ducks…

Yah. Like that’s going to happen…

I RAN out of yarn! good thing I went to Rome. More came while I was gone. *phew*

They sing and dance even with out their EYES yet.

 

 

 

 

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Bella Bella and Beau make their debut

: ) It killed me to sell the dear Bella Bella. But I did and she went to a loving home. Then came a request for a baby set that was basketball themed with a similar dog…but brown.  (?) And so  I played with many hues of brown…but found  a Gromit colored dog was what was IN this brain this round. (I think she resembles the Beagle  hybrid “mutt” that I owned in MY own childhood)  DSCF9876

^  here’s “Beau”     But you were waiting to see Bella Bella. Right?

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“Bella Bella” : )

But wait… Beau had a blanket that was my brain-pain-insane  for a few weeks:

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The “Basketball court”  gymnasium blanket. Double sided and “piped” with  5 stitch I-cord.  (normal souls  find a less intense blanket finish) Wow! Was that ever never-ending!! But worth it. It’s thick and non mistake-able basketball court-ish. Eh?  Ready to please a new dad who happens to enjoy/play basketball?  Oh yah, there was a cute varsity jacket too…

The Varsity Jacket

Of course I knit a fab lace  shawl in there too somewhere..for my Daughter-in-laws birthday. Here it is blocking:

This one is named: “Winter Thaw”  Appropriate for a SPRING birthday? : ) there is a tragic mistake in it…but with 710 stitches… I left it in ! Bet YOU can’t tell. Eh?

This computer shut down before I could finish! (?) Does Microsft have a word limit on here too? Oiy. There was also a vest in the  mix… I was cold and fell in love with a warm one I saw on  a Turkish soap Opera….

“Shezaret” as I ~think ~ it was knit (I had to wing it)

Ok I’ll go now Mr. Micrcoft.  But This is NOT over.

 

 

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Finally, It came upon a midnight clear

Christmas was over a month ago already! I’ve been amiss  in keeping up with The Jone’s. This year I had ALL the nutcrackers out. (in my small house that’s a major feat!)  Sorry no photos’ of them except…

Did I capture Uncle Sam's feet? (nutcracker) Oh maybe that was a different photo. This is ~That~ blanket I made (crib size) in a mere 2 weeks. Finishing Christmas eve at 3 pm. Of course then I spilled coffee on it....

Did I capture Uncle Sam’s feet? (nutcracker) Oh maybe that was a different photo. This is ~That~ blanket I made (crib size) in a mere 2 weeks. Finishing Christmas eve at 3 pm. Of course then I spilled coffee on it…. which took until the midnight CLEAR to get ready to wrap.

I just threw a pen down the hall and hit the cat.. : o  Don’tcha hate when a perfectly good pen refuses to write? And pens…where DO they go? I must  own a whole a crate of them, but tell that to the pen box, which has all of one, which just refused to write despite a full ink channel. All that’s left is a few pencils that  never got sharpened. *sigh* The things that drive me crazy. Oh! wanna see ~Next years ~ Christmas present part-ofs? :

If YOU are part of my Christmas list (!) ...pretend you did NOT see this. These are the famous coin purses I bought for? ok I must have been planning someit. However, I forgot what I was planning and they landed here , lined up along my computer and ? I fell in love with em... there's  Celia and Emmit, Conner and Alimony. (Ya, Who named HIM?) hahah  this is a mere peak into next Christmas, I mean A tid bit of my sanity..

If YOU are part of/On my Christmas list (!) …pretend you did NOT see this. These are coin purses I bought for? Ok I must have been planning someit. However, I forgot what I was planning and they landed here , lined up along my computer and ? I fell in love with em… began talking TO them. Making up lives for them. Giving them names. There’s Celia and Emmit, Conner and Alimony. (Ya, I named HIM that? Where was my Brain That Day?) hahah This is a mere peak into next Christmas, I mean a taste of my sanity..

Knitter’s do things like this.  (add length and redesign the wheel) here is that EXTra long sweater  my Brice requested:

I think He's already taken it back to Invermere so I can't get a photo of him IN it. Typical.  The name of this design is: "Professor  Waffle"

I think He’s already taken it back to Invermere so I can’t get a photo of him IN it. Typical. The name of this design is: “Professor Waffle” (let’s NOT tell Brice)

That was a lot of knitting to get done by Christmas. But wait!! I was in “Essendale” for many months first:

Oh the insanity of all.

“Essendale” Oh the insanity of all.

 

Essendale. A now defunct insane asylum here Beautiful British Columbia. We once must have had insane people! (they now use the old unused buildings as one big movie set) But I named the blanket Essendale because I realized how insane I was as I knit this. Purchasing the yarn one skein at a time from Michael’s (coupons, you know?) It was a lovely alpaca blend… but the knitting needles drank it quicker than I could get a new skein. Oiy. Then I discovered it was a “lost leader” yarn in which  once it was gone…it would be gone. So I knit faster and faster trying to outrun the disappearance of my chosen colors. To fight this I would simply add a new color, re-doing  the design (a knitters prerogative)  to get it to the finish line. In the end some color blocks where simply not as they should be..but can YOU tell? yup it came out HUGE and drapey and warm. So the real designer  never need know the insanity I went through. Trial by  color. Oh yah. -This design was also originally knit in a dk weight… (I used a  super bulky weight so also had to re-do the math…)  It’s official insanity. But it was all done in time for Christmas giving and that’s what’s important. Right? : )

ALL the things a knitter (LOUISE) want's for Christmas. : ))))

ALL the things a knitter (LOUISE) got Christmas. : ))))

I’ll explain the suet cage another day! Santa knew my heart. (To feed species specific  birds) : ) January is baby knitting (usually for charity) season. This year  I am off to a slow start… and for  $. yah I’ll do some charity knitting too. Maybe in June. Here is the start of “Sweet Georgia Black”:

BOBETTA on a blanket!  : )) "Sweet Georgia Black"

BOBETTA on a blanket! : )) “Sweet Georgia Black”

a “taste” of what’s kept me so busy. And Sane. : )

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It’s SEPTEMBER Already?

How quickly the the summer flies by. You wait for it, plan outings and fun, assuming you’ll get good weather (never fails, it rains that day you were sure of heat) and then… it’s suddenly over. September brings routines; some new, some re-established. And then, like clockwork: a cold nip in the air! You feel it on your arms first, that little bite of cold in the morning  that announces the change of the seasons. Time to KNIT vests, coats, hats and scarves (!) Okay, 12 of them. I started with a RED one for myself. Then a few knit deprived  souls pleaded and raved loudly about them so I got this Eureka moment: I’ll knit one for all on my Christmas list! Like a locomotive train on  the Kamloops/ Jasper corridor I  chugged along, churning them out one after another after another…

The first 5! (that RED one is MINE) currently on #12 right now (it's a secret still)

The first 5! (that RED one is MINE) currently I’m already on #12 but most of those are… (secret)

^ This was a small side dish of summer knitting.  I spent most of the summer on a  cabled wonder for myself (I aim to be very warm when this  predicted COLD Fall/winter gets here)

"Ecole Militaire" however I  changed the pattern so dang much it does NOT resemble it original designers idea. (I added pockets, facings, back tabs, cuff plackets and buttons)  Extra work that took all SUMMER long.

“Ecole Militaire” However, I changed the pattern so dang much it does NOT resemble it original designer’s idea. (I added pockets, chenille facings, a back tab, cuff plackets and buttons) Extra work that took all SUMMER long.

 

Oh Yah! I knit a hat to match too.

Oh Yah! I knit a hat to match too.

Some of this knitting was done while  ~ahem~ ON VACATION!! Yes Air Canada let me board their plane with that daunting cable pin! I prid near knit a whole sleeve  just waiting to board! (It was my ~shoes~ that set off the security alarm! There I sat without shoes for almost an hour! Turns out I had creosode  on them from being near those dang train tracks! Who knew?  Of all the things to upset an airport!)

This plane took me to KAMLOOPS B.C.  A 20 minute flight there, an 80 minute flight home! (Rough air currents at 6 am)

This plane took me to KAMLOOPS B.C.    A  20 minute flight there, an 80 minute flight back! (Rough air currents at 6 am)

But what a nice time I had in Beautiful British Columbia’s interior.  We did  long drives that got us lost.

There were 14 ! of these inquisitive faces on the side of the road where we pulled off to  test the GPS  for correctness. As Tammy  cursed at the  GPS box, I admired  the inquisitive black Percheron beauties to our  right.  We we in the middle of now where with 14 very large horses.

There were 14 ! of these inquisitive faces on the side of the road where we pulled off to test the GPS for correctness. As Tammy cursed at the GPS box, I admired the lovely black Percheron beauties to our right. We we in the middle of nowhere with 14 very large horses!

We did finally make it to Armstrong B.C. Land of CHEESE and sheep and bunnies. Oh and WOOL. The whole town was gearing up for a cheese and sheep festival with lots of alpaca, merino, quivet and  other various other unnamed sheep rovings – all over fun for knitters and weavers. It was ~here~ that I melted down, having LOST my camera! Classic Louise. A huge upset that involved many  who helped me to find my dang camera (I had buried it in the lovely sheep wool LABEL of the  yarn I had purchased!) (?) Crisis averted,  we  then went on our way and toured the many apple orchards of Vernon. B.C.  The color of Land in these parts is rather  colorless. True desert wilderness. However,  the color of the many lakes took me quite by surprise. From intense aqua blue to Lime Lime green. Was I drugged?  Nope. This was our Beautiful ~Natural~ British Columbia! Thems are  KNITTERS colors! I tried to capture the color of fun.

I'm seeing GREEN.  There IS this color  naturally occurring in our land!! Who knew?

I’m seeing GREEN. This color  does naturally occur in life!! Who knew?

Young Apples.  I got to eat one right off the tree!

Young Apples. I got to eat one right off the tree!

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I knit

Then I  knit

dscf9349 I swam that hot day until a fish touched my leg! Then I came out Pronto like!

Tammy showing the missing paddle! That day we  found ourselves; Literally up a certain creek without a paddle!

Tammy, showing the missing paddle! That day we found ourselves; Literally up a certain creek without a paddle! It struck my funny bone. Hard.

Which one of these chickens thinks  3 am is "WON DER FULL"? (the black rooster -who is hiding of course)

Which one of these chickens thinks 3 am is “WON DER FULL”? (the black rooster -who is hiding from me, of course)

There were some very strange insects there...

There were some very strange insects there…

This is  an undergriund beetle. Yah. so WHY is not UNDER ground?

This is an underground beetle. Yah. So WHY is it not UNDER ground?

They come up to DIE!  (?)

They come up to DIE! (?)

its hiding..but among the reeds is amost lovely BLUE/YELLOW dragonfly.

It’s hiding.. but among the reeds here  is the most lovely BLUE/YELLOW dragonfly. They did not like to be photographed. I was sure I had caught one!

Oh lets not forget this CRICKET! He desided to HIDE in my ~ahem~ bossom!  ..then came OUT while inside  Tammy's jeep while she drove. Ahaha Tammy does not like crickets... I found out that day while climbing a steep hill along the mountainside...

Oh lets not forget this CRICKET! He decided to HIDE in my ~ahem~ bosom! ..then came OUT while inside Tammy’s jeep, while she drove. Ahaha.  Tammy does not like crickets… So I found out that day while climbing a steep hill up the mountainside…

"Moggley"  Kept me company while I waited to get a photo of that train...

“Moggley” Kept me company while I waited to get a photo of that train…

One of the many trains that came by...it became a game to guess which direction they were traveling or if passenger of freight...

One of the many trains that came by. It became a game to guess which direction they were traveling or if passenger of freight…

 

Loki. yah ok I forgot to get a picture of Tammy's cat... My bad. : )

Loki. yah ok I forgot to get a picture of Tammy’s cat… My bad. : )

 

 

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Year of the Monkey

I’m soon to be a ~grandmother~ can you believe it? My first born is having a first born! of course I started all this years baby knits with ~him~ in mind! (Yup. It’s a BOY!!!)) so I’ll start my knitting show & tell with a few baby tidbits I ~had~ to knit!

 "Visit with Donald"

“Visit with Donald”

Close up of the blanket. Yah. I had way too much fun!

Close up of the blanket. Yah. I had way too much fun!

But it being “The year of the Monkey” does require a visit to the zoo. Right?

I played with Browns and Aqua and let the color ride take me...

I played with Browns and Aqua and let the color ride take me…

ok..it was the hat pattern that really inspired me. Then I found baby Gap FUR boots!

ok..it was the hat pattern that really inspired me. Then I found baby Gap FUR boots!

Somewhere in there was Frank’s birthday and  I (of course) knit a sweater…

"Stonecutter"  photographed on OUR beach  where there are many stones. Knit in pure Alpaca that came from Turkey's  (the country) lovely alpacas : )

“Stonecutter” photographed at Whiterock beach where there are many stones. Knit in pure Alpaca that came from Turkey’s (the country) lovely alpacas : )

"By the Fireside" ( I did not get it finished in time for Jacinta's birthday so...I'll stash it for her Christmas 2016 gift.  shhh don't tell!

“By the Fireside” ( I did not get it finished in time for Jacinta’s birthday so…I’ll stash it for her Christmas 2016 gift. shhh don’t tell!)

A Closeup of the famous back shaping that confused everyone including me. I ended up "winging" it!

A Closeup of the famous back shaping that confused everyone including me. I ended up “winging” it!

yah Ok. My camera is adding light to things.  Or maybe it really IS my eyesight. I had to have it checked  and one way to test that is  fine ART:

Light. Lighter. Lightest.  Wow that was an endurance test! But I DID it!!  A+

Light. Lighter. Lightest. Wow was that ever an endurance test! But I DID it!! A+

Quick! Back to the lovely shawls I love so much…

"Emerald lake" the yarn spoke to me and took me on a journey to that lovely lake in B.C. I'm so enchanted with.

“Emerald lake” the yarn spoke to me and took me on a journey to that lovely lake in B.C. I’m so enchanted with.

"Bitterroot" lovely lovely  hand paint with beads that don't show up here.

“Bitterroot” Lovely Lovely hand paint merino with added beads that barely show up here.

Then My Brice (second born) asks me to knit him what I am calling “A retro request”  Something he saw on a western movie… Clint Eastwood wore that? (he’s having me on) but …

He wanted  Bumble BEE colors?  yup!  And...he pulls it off!!

 Bumble BEE colors?

 

Retro request continues...

Part two: Retro request continues…

 

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A Christmas tittle required

Not alot of knitting to post, just the small stuff I was holding out to keep hush hush… like Brice’s  mega hiking socks…

Those crazy thick Mega tall long socks he likes me to knit... modeled by a gruesome bloody Hallow'een foot prop.. good thing you can't see it eh?

Those crazy thick Mega tall long socks he likes me to knit… modeled by a gruesome bloody Halloween foot prop.. good thing you can’t see it eh?

and Phyliss’s  vest which, believe it or not FIT!! ( I had no pattern..I was just “winging” it)

tittled: "The vest from Hell" (shhh don't tell) I was going only by her daughter's descriptions of what was in her minds eye. There's NO pattern for that so I made my own.

Titled: “The vest from Hell” (shhh don’t tell) I was going only by her daughter’s descriptions of what was in her minds eye. There’s NO pattern for that so I made my own.

Linda was sure it could not be done; A cable outline of the edges including a side split... lots of mitering and patience...

Linda was sure it could not be done; A cable outline of the edges including  side splits… lots of mitering and patience…

All the while I was also designing and test knitting a ~vintage~ skating  cowl...

All the while I was also designing and test knitting a ~vintage~ skating cowl…

The back view....

The back view….

This crazy cat  would NOT smile that day... or stay still so the  antlers stood upright...he's now on anti-despressants! (seriously!)

This crazy cat would NOT smile that day… or stay still so the antlers stood upright…he’s now on anti-despressants! (seriously!)

"Papillon" in bright eye shock colors for Arlene

“Papillon” in bright eye shock colors for Arlene

COOKIES!! I have a few cookie monsters to keep happy

COOKIES!! I have a few cookie monsters to keep happy (the pink men being gingerbread) a big mess that tasted GREAT!

But here’s the one you’ve been waiting for… Louise’s Christmas! Here’s what Santa filled his sleigh with before leaving the north pole…..

How to make Louise HAPPY!

How to make Louise HAPPY!

Missing from this photo is 4 books! (knitting of course!) 1. Big Rowan knits. 2. Knit YOURSELF in. 3. 60 quick knits from America’s yarn shops. And… 4. Classic DISNEY crochet ~ahem~ a kit to KNIT Donald Duck!!! I am  busy Rondevous-ing with Donald…here’s a taste of  how I spent Christmas day….

It's A visit with Donald DUCK! Coming soon is a theme appropriate blanket, socks, hat & DONALD himself!  : )

It’s A visit with Donald DUCK! Coming soon is a theme appropriate blanket, socks, hat & DONALD himself! : )

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