The Long of October

I always dread October.  It’s just a long month with-out just cause. The transition of weather turning cold marks the reality of a huge heating bill to come. Bundle up baby! You’ve got KNITS in your closet for a reason! But before October got here, I got to visit a few places in B.C. and got lots of knitting done.

All that travel knitting lead to: Whitney!

All that travel knitting lead to: Whitney!

Yah. That's what was left after knitting Whitney! gotta love  freight train knitting. (I out RAN the yarn train)

Yah. That’s what was left after knitting Whitney! gotta love freight train knitting. (I out RAN the yarn train by a mere 20 inches)

October never comes without crisis and this one is no exception. Deaths in the family, carpentry delays, and the aftermath of another surgery.  Haversham   (my cat) was up to his usual antics, especially if  something frightened him.  The deck builders came and hammered til dusk causing him  early onset grey hair! Ever seen a cat hiss at missing deck railing? Yah, Me either. He circled the deck edges in mushroom formation. Cartoon kitty I so wish I had caught on video.

Okanogan Lake.  COLD in the water. We never did get past our butts...

Okanogan Lake. COLD in the water. We never did get in  past our butts… all that fog is SMOKE from the Oliver Forest fires…

Louise and the Giant peach of Penticton...

Louise and the Giant peach of Penticton…

"Entrelac Piggly Wriggly" knit while in the Okanogan

“Entrelac Piggly Wriggly” knit while in the Okanogan

Owl mittens for Linda! (shhh it's her birthday Oct 31)

Owl mittens for Linda! (shhh it’s her birthday Oct 31)

All those  cowls, capes and shawls from "Outlander" I knit for my cousins

All those cowls, capes and shawls from “Outlander” I knit for my cousins

"Dinozzo's Aran" (Shhh Christmas gift for Frank) no pattern just winged it so the surprise will be if it FITS!

“Dinozzo’s Aran” (Shhh Christmas gift for Frank) no pattern just winged it so the surprise will be if it FITS!

It’s much darker in reality. This camera seems to add light to all my photos.  It’s Hard to photograph a sweater when the man it’s intended for is not in it!

A Close-up of the shoulder. Here's hoping my math serves me well...I "sloped" as well as my idea of the classic "saddle"

A Close-up of the shoulder. Here’s hoping my math serves me well…I “sloped” the shoulders, and added  my idea of the classic “saddle”

After the deck builders left.. Haversham  comes out of hiding.   : )

After the deck builders left.. Haversham comes out of hiding. : ) Yes his nails still in ready mode..

Coming soon: The before and after pictures of my new deck.

 

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Road trip to the Alberta outback

I’ll begin this journey at the halfway point: Mara Lake B.C.  Here I met up with my daughter and her group of buddies for a lovely  day of boating, fishing and night swimming  on the huge Mara lake, a tributary of Shuswap lake.

The star of this trip (Jacinta) showing me the lake

The star of this trip (Jacinta) showing me the lake

While waiting for the boat to arrive this dog stole my heart

While waiting for the boat to arrive this dog stole my heart

I caught the biggest one of course!

I caught the biggest one of course!

In the COLD water swimming commences

In the COLD water, swimming commences

The next day we drove into Alberta. It was a looooong drive through vast dry lands. I was most  taken by the the dry DEAD mountains of the interior. Stark kinder ready to catch fire. The rivers and lakes had water levels so low they were no longer rivers, just puddles of  dead fish. Then the miles upon miles of gold hay fields  in Alberta. (They harvest certain types of hay at 2 am -so we found out one night!) These hays are harvested in the night to ensure a certain moisture content which is beneficial to dairy cattle only. (?) Okay, so it was just one night of not sleeping. Who’s counting? (ME) -I never slept this whole trip for one reason or another, it was just a crazy thing that the timing of this trip just happened to co-inside with hay bailing. (I’m already over it) : )

My view of the dew. I would get up so early every morning and watch the world come to life.  The first morning a silver fox trotted by, but he did not stay long enough for me to photograph him.  : (

My view of the dew. I would get up so early every morning and watch the world come to life. The first morning a silver fox trotted by, but he did not stay long enough for me to photograph him. : (

The "round house" -the place of parties and good food

The “round house” -the place of parties and good food

~that~ Propane Stove. Yah. Who photographs such a thing? Me. I had to prove to certain souls in life that I could work with propane safely. (it's a long story)

~that~ Propane Stove. Yah. Who photographs such a thing? Me. I had to prove to certain souls in life that I could work with propane safely. (it’s a long story)

Jacinta helps out by cleaning the dance floor in the round house.  (my appointed task was to make Saskatoon berry pie) Yes I liked it too.

Jacinta helps out by cleaning the dance floor in the round house. (my appointed task was to make Saskatoon berry pie) Yes I liked it too.

"Moose" sleeps  sitting up while the horseshoe championship takes place.

“Moose” sleeps sitting up while the horseshoe championship takes place.

The horseshoe championships went well into the night. Dale  helps a 2nd cousin get through it. He also WINS! the championship!

The horseshoe championships went well into the night. Dale helps a 2nd cousin get through it. He also WINS! the championship!

Our journey ends when our TENT (if a soul can call it that!, collapses) Oiy. That was the last straw for me who HATES any nylon contraption with inadequate assembly instructions. Most tents do not need an IQ higher then 12 to put up…but this one did. So we went to Dale’s house  for the last night which allowed us to jump start our long trip home. Dale lives in Cochrane Alberta which is right close to highway #1 just outside Calgary.

The view from Dale's back yard

The view from Dale’s back yard

The guard cat in the garage we had to get past... ( he was sooooo lovey!)

The guard cat in the garage we had to get past… ( he was sooooo lovey!)

Another door greeter at Dale's house

Another door greeter at Dale’s house

It was hard to say goodbye to Alberta. But we did. And we drove all the way home in ONE day. Yup that was ALLOT of driving. We had to stop to clear BUGS off the windshield more than for gas. (I’m NOT kidding) Wow the bugs are BIG in Alberta. It’s not just a small splotch, it’s like getting blasted by bird droppings!  I tried to get a photograph of the windshield upon arrival in the front drive, however, even the camera  gasped! I did manage Clive’s front end…. just so you can see what I’m sayin…

Oh my GOD!  -The BUGS!

Oh my GOD! -The BUGS!

 

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Hanging out with Shaun the Sheep

Despite being knee deep in building a new kitchen downstairs, I’ve been knitting a Shaun-the-sheep blanket. Yah, I dunno why I had to have a Shaun blanket, I’ve never seen any Shaun-the-sheep cartoons, -until I wanted to see the Bitzer character up close- then I really became addicted! Most of these British cute cartoons can be seen on u-tube! I saw this pattern  listed on a yarn shop page and had to do it. I’m like that; I see it and go for it. It’s an Aries trait. Two months of solid sheep knitting and such!

There's a baby sweater and Shaun himself here too...

There’s a baby sweater and Shaun himself here too…

It’s hard to photograph. It’s big. It’s cute. It’s Mine. (I’ll negociate the sweater and SHAUN..but this baby blanket is staying right here!)

Close up of "Bitzer"

Close up of “Bitzer”

Close up of "Slip"

Close up of “Slip”

Shaun, his close up....

Shaun, his close up….

The baby sweater. So I did not look completely insane in my Shaun world

The baby sweater. So I did not look completely insane in my Shaun world

And now I’m back in this reality…and knitting FALL tweeds already! I think you might like “Denmark Gefjon”:

Denmark Gefjon. (detachable fur collar)

Denmark Gefjon. (detachable fur collar)

"Linda's Vest" (if I knit this for her I would get to keep the left over yarn.   : ) What I won't do for TWEED) Yes. If was fine gauge fingering weight DONE BY HAND!

“Linda’s Vest” (if I knit this for her I would get to keep the left over yarn. : ) What I won’t do for TWEED) Yes. If was fine gauge fingering weight DONE BY HAND!

RED will always be my color.

RED will always be my color.

"PLYMOUTH" (after a steak dinner!) This is  knit from the tweed that traveled here from TURKEY in 4 days. : )  Yes, the shipping cost MORE than the yarn was worth.

“PLYMOUTH” (after a steak dinner!) This is knit from the tweed that traveled here from TURKEY in 4 days. : ) Yes, the shipping cost MORE than the yarn was worth.

There is lots more of course. I am never not knitting! There was a baby ~mannequin~ which I’m very proud of as well as a stripped scarf  knit with lambs merino that cost as much as my weekly groceries. Opps I’ve said too much! But I’ll leave off with “Alberta Baby and “Cherry Blossom bunny” Baby ensembles knit for my road trip into the Alberta outback. (details to follow shortly). : )

Alberta Baby

Alberta Baby

Cherry Blossom Baby

Cherry Blossom Baby

 

 

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Bring On the green

March brings green. Green new life. Green luck. And for me? The clean  of green. Louise’s  land of Knitting utopia.

a lovely bit 'o green for my neck...ok Haversham  tried it on for color first

a lovely bit ‘o green for my neck…ok Haversham tried it on for color first

“Irish Emeralds was hard to photograph… this one is a “selfie”

"Irish Emeralds"

“Irish Emeralds”

…onwards to all my less green knitting of late:

First came the need for a wee bit of shawl fever which became : "scarlet fever"   My love of   RED never fails me.

First came the need for a wee bit of shawl fever which became : “scarlet fever”
My love of RED never fails me.

"Not Now, I'm right in the middle of a Rothchild"

“Not Now, I’m right in the middle of a Rothchild”

This coat had it’s own not-a-leap-year crisis; I ran out of yarn. I ordered MORE yarn. Which had to come all the way from Brittan, with a stop at American customs  to be ravaged. Stopped again at Canadian customs and was further ravaged completely! Dog chewed I think. That was one mangled mess of tweed and after waiting a whole month, plus it has a different dye lot. (bet you can’t tell. I was very clever in disguising the “my bad”  I came by it’s name: “Not Now, I’m right in the middle of a Rothschild”  because now I did not want to stop what I was currently knitting  (“Inspired by a Scottie dog”) to untangle this tweed and continue on. But I did…

Back view.

Back view.

It looks much better on I assure you. And the story of that many buttons? I’ll save for ~another day~

Onto My baby knits of 2015.  First, I was “Inspired By A Scottie Dog”

Inspired By A Scottie Dog

Inspired By A Scottie Dog

Close up of the skirt. (pure alpaca) So soft and cute. -Please God send me a Grand daughter.

Close up of the skirt. (pure alpaca) So soft and cute. -Please God send me a Grand daughter.

Giraffes also became a big part of my new year. (I could never explain) so here are a few photos hoping they can do it for me.

"Giraffe Utopia"

“Giraffe Utopia”

 Close up of the the back

Close up of the the back

yup, a giraffe on the HAT

yup, a giraffe on the HAT

and Just because:

"It looks Like This, Mom"

“It looks Like This, Mom”

Jacinta models this 002 Jacinta models this 011ok You pick the best one.

More baby stuff coming … Somehow many seeds of baby goodness are still sprouting. Growing. Coming. Good GREEN clean knitting.

 

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Fall becomes CHRISTMAS just like THAT!

Happy NEW YEAR! ok so I’m a few days behind…that’s so me, always a step behind. So much has been knit since I last hung out here! Since the autumn and Jose-from-hell I was determined to have my husband LIKE the knits I knit him. (Yes. Jose is now 8 large balls of wound tweed. TWEED completely no longer knit. Frank  quietly informed me he would NOT wear this girly-girl sweater and no amount of re-knitting it  was going to un-girlify it. *sigh*) I took it personally for ten minutes, then refused to let it  twist my knitting spirit. Instead December came and I took on “Runswick” a British fine yarn design I was sure was man enough for him (and I did it in 20 days) ~crazy~ or what?

"Runswick" before the color bath and neck revamp...

“Runswick” before the color bath and neck revamp…

(I was knitting on the sly, so hoping Frank would not know I was knitting for him ~again~) When along came a waitress and grilled me about  what I working on under the table… Oiy. “That’s a mans sweater? Frank asks. “Don’t yah think it’s a bit toooo LIGHT a color for a man’s sweater”?  and so Christmas eve, not only did I finish knitting the monstrosity of fine yarn I set in a bath of NAVY blue dye while I was away at midnight mass!

Runswick, a hue darker and hopefully now  a more  acceptable MAN color.

Runswick, a hue darker and hopefully now a more acceptable MAN color.

Christmas morning Frank put the sweater on. He tells me he “likes” it…but could I please put a zipper in the neck instead of buttons and ….and so I off I go into the land of  frog ponds. (rip it rip it!)  Life in the land of unhappy knitters. In the meantime.. I had put up a ~new~ Christmas tree which is blinding. Yah…Who knew?

The runway tree. It looked so nice at the store...

The runway tree. It looked so nice at the store…

Ok so I eventually was bullied into taking it outside so it could guide all planes home on Christmas eve. I eventually got over it. Enough so that I could bake the cookies that calm the nerves of all that live here.

Christmas cookies!!

Christmas cookies!!

Welcome Christmas, Christmas DAY!

no explanation required

no explanation required

Even some of us got dressed for the occasion

Even some of us got dressed for the occasion

Santa, Santa baby… was good to me. Despite my ways of turning ordinary man designs “girly” I was blessed with many GIRL colors of yarn. : )

What a KNITTER"S Christmas looks like!

What a KNITTER”S Christmas looks like!

: ) and suddenly It’s January.  Pictures coming soon of the now DARKER Runswick with a zipper.  I had to re-knit the whole neck in order to removed the button plackets, forcing me to use yarn that was NOT dyed. Thus a second dye bath. I wore surgical gloves  this time and dyed only the sweater. -not my  hand. (I went to midnight mas with one BLUE hand! yah.  Life is wild. Merry Christmas Knitters. (that middle item in the picture is an electric KNIFE! A knife that plugs into the wall to get a brain. hmmm

 

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It’s Really Fall?

Yup it’s happened! …all that hot summer quietly ushered in  cooler morning air… It is time now for  the lovely thick knits and such.  I began it all with a vest. I seem to love those. I had planned to knit that turtle one for some reason. (?) I am a push over for animal themed clothing! It was long ago dreamed up and  planned with TWEED of course.-3 years or so it had been in my queue.

Turtle run vest in a lovely green tweed

“Turtle Run”  vest in a lovely green tweed

is it just me or is this one out of focus? Hey I’m still  not quite right in sight. Here’s a close up of the  actual turtle…

simple cables make  a reptile!

simple cables make a reptile!

Purchasing a new leather jacket of course means I get to knit lovely neck wear! This is the bow needed to finish up gift jacket, eh? (pictures of jacket in a COLD setting coming soon)

Gift wrapped with mohair

Gift wrapped with mohair

Oh and lets not forget that other cowl with the name I can’t pronounce.

Treppenviertel cowl in "Queen Anne" Tonal hand paint  (I was thinking rainier cherries when I bought this!)

Treppenviertel cowl in “Queen Anne” Tonal hand paint (I was thinking rainier cherries when I bought this!)

Just a bit Spiderman Eh? I dunno why I fell hard for this yarn color combo. I blame it all on the coat...

Just a bit Spiderman Eh? I dunno why I fell hard for this yarn color combo. I blame it all on the coat…

Ok enough with the neck wear! (a Fox themed one is currently on my needles! hahah) Next up was a baby gift… it was an “Can you do it in 5 days?” challenge. ( It had to be Minnie Mouse themed) (?) I seem to thrive on the near impossible:

MINNIE MOUSE! quick-like

MINNIE MOUSE! quick-like

The Peacock KAL  shawl.  yah I fell prey to yet another challenge. But Loved the result!

The Peacock KAL shawl. yah I fell prey to yet another challenge. But Loved the result!

Oh right I was also supposed to be knitting for Vanessa’s parents DOGS. Oops. I’ll get right ON that! They’ll be done tomorrow.

The All night DOG coat marathon

The All night DOG coat marathon

Ok I did say it was FALL weather I’m happily waiting for. In Early august I began “Jose” A lovely number for men from “Knitting off the Axis”  However, somewhere somehow I got the neck to: (as Frank puts it) “Girly Girl”  :

Yah Ok. wayyy to open  and almost Ruffle-like. What was I thinking? Frank- has no need to smile here- This is just the "before" picture

Yah Ok. wayyy to open and almost Ruffle-like. What was I thinking? Frank- has no need to smile here- This is just the “before” picture

I “Tinked” way back the whole collar, yoke and shoulders. I was mid TINK when I went about making some soup. That CAT of mine took over and had a whale of a good time un-ravelling a sleeve completely, and making a knitter’s nightmare mess in my living room. Oiy.

Who ME? I was helping!

Who ME? I was helping!

I boiled and toiled and did what I do best. KNIT. I remade the sleeve, yoke collar and should have done less buttons, but… Ok I forgot the NO Mr. Rogers policy. (hey I thought the prior sweater’s buttons looked like spider eyes… Who doesn’t like wood toggles?  If I have to undo this one more time…

Jose!

Jose!

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On a summer day…

July 27 2014.  I couldn’t help myself…

Yah. She's going to HATE me for posting this..but I just couldn't help myself. I found this photo of my dear flight attendant (she's all grown up now and working for Air Canada...) but once upon a long time ago she resented modeling for me! Her unhappiness changed. So there's HOPE for ALL. ( I'm near blind today and THIS is how I feel...

Yah. She’s going to HATE me for posting this..but I just couldn’t help myself. I found this photo of my dear girl; now flight attendant extroidonaire  (she’s all grown up now and working for Air Canada) But once upon a long time ago she  did some modeling!  Quite simply,  I’m near blind today and THIS is how I feel! (fortunately my near blindness is temporary, seeing this photo brought back fab memories)

Before it was summer, I spent some time in nautical utopia.  I made that double breasted baby anchor coat….

"Let's Set Sail"  Nautical baby gift for?

“Let’s Set Sail” Nautical baby gift for?

Cute Nautical Sunsuit close up. No pattern I simply "winged it"

Cute Nautical Sun-suit close up. No pattern I simply “winged it”

A magazine editor saw this and  requested the pattern, and so I had to make another one so I could write out the pattern:

And so I made a white one + a dress + a cat and cat clothes. A girl at Tim's is expecting a baby and wants a GIRL

And so I made a white one + a dress + a cat and cat clothes. A girl at Tim’s is expecting a baby and wants a GIRL

Ok. I really had way to much fun knitting a cat.  Haversham got a wee bit Jealous.

Ok. I really had way to much fun knitting a cat. Haversham got a wee bit Jealous.

Maybe I could Cobble for a living?

Maybe I could Cobble for a living?

Opps.  Who took that photo?

Opps. Who took that photo?

Ok. With all this  knitting and writing, I did GET the pattern written. Then I’m informed that the girl at Tim’s as it turns out is NOT having a girl! Ultra sound confirms Boy # 4 is soon to be born. So perhaps a dress and cat with clothes/shoes is not suitable. Back to the drawing board. But in the mean time I’m knee deep in Brice’s Clint Eastwood wanna-be-blanket-to-wear is 400 stitches deep and on my lap while the summer weather moves in. (oiy)

And he said: "Oh MOM you made my day!" (yes that made MY day!)

And he said: “Oh MOM you made my day!” (yes that made MY day!)

I also made a vest and got out the drill while no one was looking (I’m forbidden to use drill) but I just had too!

Yup...those are Horses! for ME of course. Lets bring on FALL so I can wear it!

Yup…those are Horses! for ME of course. Lets bring on FALL so I can wear it!

Now ! all “My ducks are in a row” I’ve completed the third take on that anchor coat  I designed (the test knit) and It could be for  a boy. Right?

Boy-ish enough?

Boy-ish enough?

A closer view of the wood duck

A closer view of the wood duck I built + duck slippers….(what fun)

Shortly after this paint fiasco, (7 coats!) I visited The U.S.A and brought home a fine gauge yarn which I though would take me 6 moons to knit. The colors  took me into my own childhood and explains WHY I spent  x over Y amount of American funds to own it! It’s fab!! Think ~Roundtree~ smarties era 1967. : ) They were florescent! like the colors seen here:

Need I say more?

Need I say more?

 

 

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