kitchen curtain

Now that I’ve had a week of summer vacation things are looking up for my crafty side.  You know, that split personality of mine that has been dormant for so long allowing me to concentrate on work and taking care of the kids. The crafty side of me that has given up space to the more practical house-building, responsible side that has been emptying boxes and organizing the new house and leaving me exhausted at the end of the day making knitting and crafting a thing of the past.  Well, now that school is out and I’m actually getting a bit of sleep at night,  I’m able to knit and sew again which has really made me feel better about everything.  It is amazing what fabric between my fingers or the feel of yarn on the needles can do to a person.  A crafty addict kind of person, that is.  It’s like Christmas all over again and I looove Christmas.

My kitchen window is really naked and needs a bit of attention so to counteract this problem I’ve taken inspiration from Sooza’s kitchen curtain and  casted on The Rose Leaf curtain from Marianne Kinzel’s First Book of Modern Lace Knitting. After knitting a swatch and seeing that my gauge was right on count I casted on 270 stitches for a 100 cm wide curtain.

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I’ve finished the casing and have started the lace pattern only to discover that it’s about 10 cms too narrow.  Now I’m hoping once I block the cotton it will grow a bit in width but it’s a wee bit frustrating. Does anyone have any experience to share or advice to give on this one??  I do love knitting this pattern though.  We’ll see how it goes.

I’ve also found my running shoes among the move rubble which we call a basement.  I’ve used them about 4 times now and I’m up to running a 5K without too much pain and motivational difficulties.  Oh life is good again.

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I’m alive…

… and knitting!  Thank you all so much for the wonderful and caring emails inquiring about my lack of posts.  Yes, I’m still alive and now that we’ve finally moved into the house and things are quieting down, I’m doing much better.  From the end of January to last month it has been a really crazy time and I haven’t had a moment to write anything here.  As you can imagine, I have tons to tell and show, but for now I’ll just show you a glimpse of the socks I’ve been knitting at school and at home to keep me sane between bouts of packing and unpacking.  Here they are in their new surroundings.

They love lounging in the backyard. (I hope to have more than sand and weeds soon.)

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They also love hanging out in my crocks.

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Here they are waiting for the pizza to be done on the grill.

 socks

I still don’t have a phone nor internet at home so I’m writing from work but that shouldn’t stop me from getting back to blogging-I MISS YOU ALL!!

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Popping in to say hi and hope everyone had a great Christmas!!

Oh boy, this Christmas break has been busy.  We had so many things planned, we wanted to go ice skating, take the kids swimming, go to some Christmas markets and even do a bit of sledding but those things were not to be.  Instead we had to drive to the house every day, twice a day, to open the doors and windows in the house so the floors would dry.  The heat was turned on right before break and the moisture in the house is high so we had the pleasure of driving out to open her up and help the drying process which meant a loss of 4 hours a day in total.  On Christmas day the boys got up at 5 to drive out, open the house and be back by 7 so that we could all open presents together.  It’s been a lot of work but we all agree everytime we’re out there that it will all be worth it.  Here she was this morning in the first real snow of the year.

I’ve been knitting as much as possible, which hasn’t been much because Santa brought us a Wii and it’s been hard for the little kid in me to stay away from Mariokart and bowling.  Yesterday I finished the back of my must have house sweater and the fronts have been cast on.  Why does red look so strange in pictures?  I don’t have Photoshop installed so I’ll have to show you pictures untouched.

My first fishnet stocking is also finished and even the kids said it looked cool on!  I won’t show socks on my feet until both are done but here she is lounging in the little sun we’ve had in the last 2 days.

I’ve been soo itching to sew but life keeps calling me in other directions so I’ve been forced to wait until my sewing room is done.  Well, I’m off to air out the house one more time today and dream a bit about the spot that will soon be my ‘room’.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year’s!!

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Mr. Bluejeans and a yellow/orange belt

Gosh, it sure is Christmas time again and I can’t believe how little I’ve managed to get accomplished so far in this December darkness.  Knitting has come to an almost standstill but I did manage to get the last threads sewn in and buttons for my Mr. Bluejeans sweater.  It has taken me 2 weeks to get a decent picture of her!  I didn’t dare wear her before the picture was produced, much to the disapointment of the kids in my knitting club who really wanted to see her on me before the Christmas break.  I guess that’s a bit strange but one thing I won’t do is wear anything I’ve made until it’s been properly photographed.  Now that I’m on break the kids won’t see her until January but you will. I’m so very happy with her too!

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, 5 skeins
Pattern:Mr Greenjeans by Amy Swenson
Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm, US 6 / 4.0 mm
Started: July 2008
Completed: November 29 2008

One of the many things that has kept me away from my needles is sport with the kids.  Alexander started Jiu-jitsu last November and within a year and a month has managed to get up to his yellow/orange belt.  The test was yesterday and we were so proud of him and his new belt.

It was fun watching him go at it.

This week Alida and I have vacation one week before the boys have off so I’m trying desperately to get things done.  I’m quite determined to get some more knitting in, we’ll see how it goes.  It’s nice to take a break from our hectic daily schedule and although we’ve been to the doctor and shopping all day, I’m already enjoying my break.  See, I’ve even written a blog post!!

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