Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mark Your Calanders

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I've been hard at work, stitching, for the upcoming Etsy Spring Pop Up Market.  This will be my first Etsy Pop Up and I'm really looking forward to it.  This is what The Etsy Artisans of PEI have to say about the event....

Etsy Artisans of PEI are back with our 3rd pop up market taking place May 2nd 10am-4pm at the Charlottetown Fire Hall, 89 Kent Street. This event will feature nearly 40 local Etsy sellers, live music, local food & a beer garden! Admission by donation with proceeds to Easter Seals Society of PEI. Come early >> First 20 shoppers at the door get a FREE Swag Bag!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ostara

Hope you folks had a wonderful Ostara/Easter/Spring celebration on the weekend.  Our house was filled with the aromas of ham and chocolate and shrill announcements every time Miss H. found another hidden goody.  She had fun and only missed one, which I think was missed because her Grandfather plopped it in his mouth before she could find it...kids.  It was a fun day and looked a little something like this.....









In other news....I've been getting ready for the upcoming Etsy Spring Pop-Up Market on 2 May 2015!  It will be at the Kent Street Fire Hall in Charlottetown for any of you who wish to stop by.  From what I understand there will be a spot to sit your husbands down for a beer or two while you shop...or a glass of wine for yourself?  I had this nice vinyl banner made for my market stall, along with extra cards and flyers just in case it's super busy.  For those of you who love wool, my stall will be filled with lots of cushions, mitts, scarves, shawls and ponchos.  I will post more pictures and information as the event gets closer.



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Getting Back To Work

January and February are usually the most productive textile months for me, but for 2015 I made 4 projects during that time, 3 of which were for me.  I kept trying to feel guilty about my lack of production, but at the end of the day, I ended up enjoying the fact that I had taken it easy.  So with the beginning of March, I decided to hunker down and work on an order that I have due in April for 20 pairs of Blanket Mitts.  I'm over the halfway mark and have a nice pile of Mittens to show you and inspire me.



I want to make another 20 pairs when I'm finished these to get a head start on the market and tourist seasons.  After all, Spring starts in 11 days :)

During a recent trip to the Mill, I scored some beautiful striped blanket fabric in a handful of different colours that are destined for cushions....I'll show those to you soon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weather Bomb

Oooooooh boy...have you been watching the news?  Have you heard that the North East has been buried?  I live in a spot that gets a lot of snow, no joke, but I think this is the most snow I've seen at one time, in this area yet.

You really can't see the height of the snow here because of the sunlight, but it was about 5 feet high when Mr. opened the door and started shovelling.




When we did finally get ourselves shovelled out of the house and our neighbour opened our lane...this was the drive to work.  The road is a single vehicle track with 10-14 feet high banks on either side.  We patiently waited our turn this morning as there was a car stuck coming in the opposite direction (they managed to get unstuck and went back in the direction that they came from).  While 4 or 5 of us where waiting our turn, a car full of local cowboys decided to pass us and pull in front.  When Mr. told them they were only going to get stuck with their car, he was told to F*(% O@* by the driver.  I do hope those lads don't expect service at our store any time soon.



This is the view at the front of the store, that snow drift is 10 feet tall and blocks out one of our large windows.  The day has become quite sunny but you'd never know it inside.


Parking lot.

Parking lot.

We thought we were going to have plenty of time Sunday morning before the storm hit to get to your store and stock up on a few things....we were wrong.  We fell short on a few staples but we did have a pan of Chickpea Peanut Butter squares to keep us going:)  These are so freaking good and are made with a can of chickpeas instead of using flour.  Wow!


Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and that the weather behaves itself for you.  For us, we're pretty hardy folk, used to pretty harsh winters.  I for one love the snow and love a good snow-day, tucked in safe at home with hot coco and a pan of squares.  I just hope that the plough guys manage to widen the road before the next storm hits.  Yikes.  Mr. and I will be more careful in the future and make sure that we don't run out of staples....but until then, I'll see you on the snowshoe trails.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Snowshoe Mitts

After knitting myself a new snowshoe hat, I realized that my mitten stash was looking very sad.  My favourite mittens are the first pair I ever made (around 10 years ago) out of MacAusland's 2 ply.  I have worn them and worn them and now they are very tired.  I mended one thumb only to find that the side of the same mitten was completely thread-bare and would need more that a little stitching.  Kind of embarrassing considering that I'm a competent knitter!  Deciding that the mitts should be very warm for winter sports, but wanting to use some of the same purple yarn I used for my snowshoe hat, I decided to make a pair of "Newfoundland Mitts".  The honeycomb pattern does compress your stitches into something akin to thermal undies, making them very warm without too much bulk.  So far I only have 1 mitten finished which ended up not helping me when I went snowshoeing this weekend.  The hat however came in very handy.



Saturday was my first time out this winter with snowshoes on.  The weather was perfect....not a breath of wind, very sunny and the temperature was just below freezing.



The only sound other than the odd vehicle driving by was the rhythmic crunch, crunch of my feet.


There are several snowshoe trials in my neighbourhood, but our 4 acres turned out to be the perfect winter playground.


There were wonderfully flat areas to hike along...


 ...and very hilly drifts to really challenge me.


I can't explain to you the shear bliss I experienced while on my adventurers in the snow.


 The sun kissed my cheek and I touched nirvana.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Winter Baby

I was born smack-dab in the middle of Winter and for those of us who live in my latitude...that spells a whole lot of this.....




This is our third storm in a week and as much as I love Winter, I am getting weary.  The above track of land we call a "drive-way" (not to be mistaken for our lane-way) is buried 5 feet below the snow.  As luck would have it, the vehicles stayed almost completely uncovered so they were very easy to shovel out and drive away with.

But, even though I am getting a little weary, these storm days have given me the opportunity to play with some Birthday presents.



I made this recipe.....



Out of this book....and as you can see from the empty bowl, it was a hit!


I also got this book and pot which are meant for the camper....but we couldn't resist seasoning it and having a good cook-up yesterday.

Books and cookware are two of my favourite things!  I've had a wonderful Birthday that I've managed to stretch out over several days, filled with heart-felt wishes, great food and a few good tipples to boot.  Now that the drive-way (and lane-way) have been ploughed out....I've had to resume regular programming, so back to work!



Friday, January 30, 2015

Snowshoe Hat

I have made somewhere around a thousand hats....no kidding!  And I own very few myself.  I love hats.  I love how they look and how they keep you warm.  What I don't love about hats is how they feel on my head.  All of the hats I own are loose fitting and soft because if they were not, they would irritate me to distraction.  So, the other day while I was fondling the stash (come on you've done it), I picked up a skein of Belfast Mini Mills, Merino/Cashmere 3 ply and thought....I need a snowshoeing hat....made out of this!



 It is so incredibly soft, squishy and smooshy.  It feels like a heavenly cloud on my head and doesn't irritate me in the least.  Ok, so now I have snow covered fields and a perfect snowshoe hat....I'm thinking it's time for an adventure.