Sunday, 4 March 2018


I wanted to knit a boy's sweater.  In keeping with the Christmas theme I thought a sweater with snowflakes on it would be fine.  Dark blue background and snowflakes across the shoulders.  I was absolutely sure I had such a pattern.  I searched my books and booklets.  I searched my library on Ravelry.  I could not find what I was sure I had. 

Time for plan B.  I searched my library on Ravelry for a child's sweater and colour work.  I found something suitable but not what I had in mind.

Now I love the library search feature in Ravelry.  I have entered as many of my patterns as possible in Ravelry.  If I can't it is usually because my book or booklet or leaflet is so old that it is not listed in Ravelry.  One feature I would love to see added to the library on Ravelry is a box for "where the heck did I store the damn thing in my house".  According to Ravelry, I have 10,324 patterns in my library.  That is a lot of patterns to manage, store and locate when I need them.  I also know that I have more patterns than that.

Once I found my alternate pattern choice  I had to start searching my physical library for it.  I could not find it.  I searched high and low but nope no where.  However, I did find a Paton's Classic Colors booklet for the Classic Wool DK Superwash I have been stocking my stash with.  I could not remember any of its patterns coming up in my Ravelry library search.  So I opened it and thought that pattern number 2 would be a fun knit.  No snowflakes but it was stranded.

Next step, search my inventory listing for suitable yarns.  I started pulling up the various colours I have in the yarn the pattern called for.  The Pattern called for Gold, Cork, Deep Olive and Pumpkin.  Pretty soon I realized that I had Gold, Cork and Pumpkin in my stash.  No Deep Olive but I had brown.  I had the inventory records all in front of me and started to laugh.  Hubby had brought all of the yarns back from the Listowel Tent Sale in 2016.  He brought me back the sweater.  Knitting it now was serendipity.

I cast on the sweater Sunday night so I had something to knit on Monday night at the game in Dresden.  Essex lost 1-0.  Essex was leading the best of seven series 3-1 at that point.  Knitted on the sweater again Tuesday night at the next game.  This one Essex won and finished the series with Dresden.  I had finished the body and one sleeve.  The second sleeve was done before the hydro came back on Thursday night.  All that was left was to join the sleeves to the body and knit the yoke.  The fun part really.

I had Friday off work.  I woke up early and starting knitting.  I could not put it down.  I had so many other things I should have been doing but my knitting mojo was finally back and I was really enjoying myself.  The sweater was done by dinner time.  All that is left is the blocking.

I like the dark brown in the sweater.  Also somehow I mixed up contrast B and Contast A.  It was totally accidental.  I misread the pattern.  I also like that better too.

Here is the original in the pattern for the Child's Sunny Yoke Sweater.

With the knitting juices flowing and a hockey game tonight, I started a new project this morning.  I just intended to knit the ribbing so I could just work on stockinette at the game.  I could not stop knitting on it.

The pattern is Berrylicious Baby knit in Paton's Classic Wool DK Superwash.  I know, I know, I have a lot of it in my stash.  This time the yarn is from purchases I made a Len's Mill Store some time ago.

While my mojo was taking a snooze I have been working on socks at the hockey games.  The first sock is done and I am on the gusset of the second. 

Kroy sock yarn, my recipe.

Tonight's game will be exciting.  It is the first game in best of seven for the division final.  Essex plays Lakeshore so we stay close to home.

Just to reinforce that knitting the yoke sweater was fate - I found the second choice pattern when I was putting Classic Colors booklet away.  Turns out that I had not even entered the Classic Colors booklet in Ravelry.  Sheesh!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Flu Season

Back in February of 1996 I came down with the flu.  I was sick for weeks.  It was just awful.  I swore I would never get the flu again and have faithfully gotten the flu shot each and every year since.  I made a point of visiting a local pharmacy in November of 2017 to make sure I got my flu shot for this season.  Despite my precaution, I got the flu.  While I have been quite sick, it has not nearly been as bad as '96.  I am getting better but this bug has left me weak, tired and still coughing.

I missed some hockey games, missed two and half days of work and did not feel much like knitting.  I just keep going to bed earlier and sleeping as much as I can.

I wanted to post to bring you up to date on what I have accomplished in the last few weeks.

I finished the Christmas sweater.

I used the chart from Santa on Bike by BlondeMoments69 available on Ravelry.  However, I made the body of the sweater to my own specifications.  All yarn was Paton's Classic Superwash DK.

I finished a child's hat and mittens.

I used the children's mitten pattern from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.  The hat is also from the same book but with modifications.  I love the fake fur pompoms and I keep buying various keychains just to obtain them.  The yarn is Paton's Classic Wool DK Superwash in Autumn Spice.  Hubby brought it back for me from the Listowel sale in August.

I am still working on the Christmas wreath.  It still needs more decoration.

I started a new pair of socks.

I am still on the first sock of the pair.

Paton's Kroy sock yarn in Grey Brown Marl colourway.

This flu has an unexpected side effect.  I can't seem to eat very much and everything I do eat turns to gas.  I need to end this post so I can leave the room and breathe again.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Moving On

I want to thank you for your condolences made in the comments and emails to us.  Hubby and I appreciate your thoughts and kind regards.  We are still grieving but continuing to carry on.  We miss Reba.  I still hear her.  I hear her soft snoring. ( I think it is Hubby).  I hear her toenails on the sides of her crate while I lie in bed.  (This is truly remarkable since her crate is two floors below in the basement stuffed with her dog beds.)  I hear her dog tags tinkling as I sit knitting in the chair she used to claim as her own.

I know I am not hallucinating.  The sounds are real.  It is just my brain  falsely interpreting the sounds to help me remember my girlie.

After her passing I gathered all her stuff to pack away.  I was amazed.  I found 7 knitted sweaters, 2 knitted blankets, 9 dog beds (we ended binning two that could not be saved by washing) one dog towel, 5 dog crates of assorted varieties, 3 fabric cone collars  and a large assortment of dog bowls.

Almost everything reminds me of her.  I look at the squirrels sitting on their haunches on our back deck stuffing themselves with sunflower seeds, the alert ears and bent front paws - so Reba.  She loved to eat.  If you told her to sit pretty up on her haunches she went front paws curled close to her chest.  I see paw prints in the snow and remember how much Reba loved to go for walks.

 I finished the front of the green sweater (no picture yet).  I delayed blocking the green sweater.  I was just too emotional to touch it.

I  knitted it over Christmas while Hubby and I discussed her condition.  I tried to block it before now but I turned into Niagara Falls.  I could have generated electricity from the stream of tears flowing over my cheeks.  I armed myself with tissue today took a deep breath and plunged the bits and pieces into the sink.  Now it is spread out to dry on the spare bed.

Just before Christmas, our office had a gift exchange.  Turns out booze is the most popular gift item.  It is what I came home with.

I knit a hat to bring.  It was the first one opened (I did a lovely job of wrapping).  No one stole it or traded it.  It stayed with the original giftee.  Turns out my co-worker's daughter's favourite colour is purple. It was on her head 30 seconds after it came home.

Knit with Paton's Classic Superwash DK wool.  The pattern is from Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.  I made the brim double in lilac to keep the ears warm.

I don't know why there are spots in the photos.  They were not on the hat.

After we lost Reba, I needed a diversion from grief so I set up my rigid heddle loom in the basement and wove a scarf.

Then for fun I threw it into the washing machine and felted it.

Made with Paton's Classic Wool that Hubby picked up at the Listowel tent sale for me.  I can't tell you how soft and thick and warm this scarf is.  I love the striping pattern.  I just love everything about it.  I just can't wear it.  It is like wrapping myself in my grief .

Back in the fall when I went to Little Red Mitten while Reba was in treatment in London (seems so long ago now), I bought two balls of the Mally Locks Sockwool in the Christmas colourway.  I knit one into the socks for the 2018 Fair.  I made the other into this.

After all I already had the loom set up.

I finished these socks.  They are in the drawer for the nieces. 

It is Regia 4 fadig Color.  I bought it a couple of years ago on sale at our local fabric store.  (I have yarn for the next pair ready.  I really need to stop with the socks and focus on the Fair projects.  Maybe I should seek therapy.)

I finally settled on a wreath for the Fair Theme category.   I could not find a pattern I wanted to knit so I am going without an overall pattern or plan.   I got the styrofoam ring covered.

This little guy, when completed along with some other stuff will be attached to it.  I am winging it as I go so the end result will be a surprise to you and me.

Somehow I acquired a couple of booklets of patterns by Alan Dart. This is a Swedish Yuletide Gnome.  I really want to knit both books  in their entirety and use up everything in my stash.  Do you think they will all fit on the ring?  Even Noah's Ark?  Will I live long enough?

Irresistable Gifts to Knit
Advent Tree

PS  While I am coping with our loss by knitting.  Hubby is coping by buying bird seed and feeding the birds, squirrels, mice and rabbits that are populating our back yard.  We assume there are mice  but have not actually seen any.  Why else would we be hearing an owl in the oak tree.  We also assume that there is a hawk.  We haven't seen one of them either but we have seen scattered bird feathers.

Saturday, 6 January 2018


I don't know how to write about this yet. 

October 8, 2003 - December 27, 2017