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!