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.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Sourkraut

Mr. and I have wanted to make our own fermented vegetables for some time but we just hadn't gotten around to it.  Now with our new fermenting pot, we don't have any excuses.


So, we put on a batch yesterday...it's so easy and it already smells like something other than cabbage.  We can't wait until it's ready to eat!!!  We didn't know that there are many, many different recipes that include all sorts of vegetables and spices.  We are both looking forward to trying all kinds of combinations.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday Morning

Just kicking back before work, watching Shetland on BBC Canada and playing around with a few stitches...



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Books!

This year's instalment of "what I got with my Christmas Chapters gift card" is brought to you by:  Mary Jane Mucklestone, Kristin Omdahl, Alice Starmore and Deborah Newton....the brilliant designers and authors who made these books possible.



Of course a big thanks to my Mum and Dad who gave me the gift card in the first place:)  Woohoo, how I love these books.  There is an incredible body of work in each of these publications that I'm sure will (and already have) inspire some wonderful things to be designed and made here on the Homestead.  I have gone through each book cover-to-cover at least 3 times and still can't seem to put them down.

I had a go at Mary Jane Mucklestone's Blossom Pincushion from her book 150 Scandinavian Motifs...I'd love to show you the job I did but as I'm typing this, I'm realizing that the pics aren't on my new phone...ooops.  So, I will leave you with an image of it from the book.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

First

My first finished project of 2015 is a machine knit, hand finished, ottoman cover....for me.  Made out of MacAusland's 2 ply yarn in natural white and I lurrrrve it!!!

I have a plain, black vinyl covered ottoman in the living room that is uninspiring as it is (especially in a room of warm natural colours).  So of course, the only logical thing for me to do with it was to knit a cover.  I've been getting a consistent gauge using MacAusland's 2 ply yarn on my Singer Chunky knitting machine, so I measured, did the maths and zipped up a cover in 3 pieces.  One large piece goes from bottom front to bottom back, with 2 smaller pieces for each end.  I don't have a garter bar for my machine so after knitting the pieces, I did 6 rows of garter by hand and sewed the pieces together.  I was so happy to see it work, on the first try, without even a fitting (the machine is at work and I left the ottoman at home).

Here's a pic of it naked....


....and with it's new frock!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's The Eve Of The New Year!!

Well 2014, I have a big hug and thanks for you for being so terrific and with that, I'd like to put you to bed and greet 2015.

This year saw it's share of ups and downs as they do.  I won't even bother you with the downs...this is just not that kind of blog:)  I will however briefly share the ups....

As I've shared before, Mr. and I own an old country store and spend quite a bit of time working in it.  This gives me the most wonderful opportunity to both take care of the store AND stitch away at the ideas that keep popping up in my head.  2014 saw a boom in both creative thought and physical stitches which of course, made me very happy.  I think the ability to turn my thoughts into something tactile helps me keep my sanity in this very insane world.  There were more projects created on the knitting machine than I had ever hoped to produce and wow, the demand for my little blanket mitts went crazy!!!

Oh look, there goes a pair now...



The year also saw a certain Granddaughter, Miss H. move close to us from far away and Mr. and I have been enjoying the crap out of being with her.  As luck would have it, she enjoys the crap out of being with us too, and I have to say...she's a great pal to have around.  I mean, who else would I run around the yard with...or colour with for that matter!

2014 brought visits from family, visits to family, camping around the maritimes with friends and on our own. We ate, we rested, we worked, we played and we learned to sail on our wee boat.

Now, on the Eve of 2015, my creative juices are flowing again I'm sure there will be new projects to tell you about and show you very soon.  This cowl was tickling the grey matter so I gave it a go this morning, a few tweaks and it should be perfect.



I hope your 2014 was as lovely as ours, and from our Homestead to yours, Mr. and I wish you and yours a healthy and prosperous 2015.  Happy New Year to all of you. (Told you it was brief:) )

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Home Made Christmas

Wow, good morning....and what a morning!  I'm back to work today for a quick 5.5 hour shift after having a wonderful 2 days off with Mr. and the cats.  It was great to lounge around in our pj's all day, go for long walks in the unseasonably warm weather and eat way too much.  I was so proud to make a localvore feast for the holidays, and as I was preparing everything, telling Mr. how the chicken was raised 2 kms from the house and that the carrots were from about 8 kms away...he reminded me that asparagus does not grow here this time of year so I kind of cheated a little on the the whole 100 mile ethos.  After a quick face to palm moment, I forgave myself and we sure did enjoy that asparagus.  The food was at least all home made and tasted very good.  In keeping with our love of all things home made, we gave to each other from our hands and hearts.  I made Mr. a sweater on one of my knitting machines, made stockings for the kids,


knit a blanket for Dave and a kitty sized sleeping bag for Penny,


and Mr. made me this beautiful wooden box.


When I opened the box, I found goodies inside!


But it's real purpose was functionality, built to replace this original Legare Sock Knitting Machine box.


I'm of course keeping this beautiful antique, but it's just too flimsy to carry around a heavy, cast iron CSM.  So from now on, I'm going to keep sock yarn in it.  I have received countless gifts in my life for 46 birthdays and Christmases (many hand made), but out of all of them, my new wooden box is most precious....made, bespoke for me, from and by the love of my life.

The annual box of books has been ordered from the gift card I receive from my parents...I'll show you as soon as the box arrives.  Can you guess what the books might be about?  I'll give you a hint...they have to do with knitting:)

What were your holidays like?  Feel free to drop by and let us know....