Tuesday, November 7, 2017

I'll Be Back To Blogging Soon

There's been a bit of delay in my blogging lately.  I hope you'll check back here in a week or two.  I'm better now after a week in the hospital - some broken bones, torn ligaments, lots of bruises, but I'm recuperating well at home - and starting to knit.

The picture doesn't really show just how much damage there was to my 2003 Nissan Xterra, which I liked a lot - whole lot.  It's been a good 15 years.  This was just a quick photo.

Guess who's going to be going car shopping one of these days?

Monday, October 16, 2017


And another pair of socks is finished.  This time it's the September 2016 colorway from The Loopy Ewe.  If I can knit quickly, I just might have the October socks finished by the end of the month.  I'd cross my fingers, but that's counter-productive to knitting.


Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 2 x 2 ribbing,
a circular rib on the leg, short row heel, stocking stitch foot, shaped toe. 
The pattern for the leg is on my Ravelry page.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:

Each month The Loopy Ewe offers an exclusive colorway.  This one is from September, 2016.

Ravelry link:  Aspens

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I Couldn't Resist

There is a yarn shop in Centennial, CO that has more temptations per square foot than any other shop I've ever been in.  It's Colorful Yarns and the owner, Tiffany, has an amazing talent for bringing in yarn, needles, books and gadgets, some you won't see anywhere else.  There is literally something for everyone.  On top of that, her knitters' gathering on Friday afternoons is the best.  There is lots of room to sit and knit and the knitters who come are a joy.

I was in the shop last June and a skein of sock yarn was "speaking to me".  I really don't need any more sock yarn, but this one was calling my name and I couldn't resist.  It's just a fun colorway.  I called these socks "Pink, Blue, Yellow, White".  Very original, don't you think?  :-)


Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 2x2 ribbing
stocking stitch leg and foot
short row heel, shaped toe.
This is my go-to pattern for socks.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Yarn:  Schoppel Cat Priut Admiral
Color:  #
2319 Wunschkonzert
(Translated from German:  Request concert or request program)

Ravelry link:  Pink, Blue, Yellow, White

Saturday, October 14, 2017

August Socks

It's time for me to get caught up on the socks I've finished in the past couple of months.  First up are the socks for August, using the exclusive colorways from The Loopy Ewe in Fort Collins, CO.


Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 1x1 ribbing, stocking stitch leg and foot, short row heel, shaped toe. 
In order to help break up any potential pooling I purled every 14th and 15th rounds on the leg and top of the foot.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"Dizzy With Color"

Each month The Loopy Ewe offers an exclusive colorway.  This one is from August, 2016.

Ravelry Link:  Dizzy With Color

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Prairie Fiber Festival

It was a beautiful, warm sunny day last Sunday when I headed north to the town of Lacombe for the Prairie Fiber Festival.  It was the first year for the event and the organizers did a great job.  While somewhat small, the variety and quality of vendors was excellent. They are off to a great start and I can only see it getting better.

I was there when the doors opened and some of the vendors were still setting up.  I had read online that some of the vendors would have limited stock, so I wanted to see everything.

It was good to see what local dyers, spinners, woodworkers, etc. had to offer.  Poppy Yarn and Fiber, from Calgary, had some gorgeous colors and pattern support.

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Also from Calgary was Sea Turtle Fiber Arts had a lot of temptations for me and I didn't resist - and added more when I got home.  I was inspired by an incredible sunrise earlier in the day and they had a set of minis that I thought were a good representation of the sky that morning.  More on that another time.

I bought a skein of yarn that will go into my travel afghan to represent this trip, O Canada.  It had been dyed to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year.  One of the things that I liked and I thought was very clever were the little knitted cozies that were around some of the colorways so you could see how the yarn knits up.  The O Canada yarn is in the middle, under the third "w" in the text, above.

The Prairie Dye Studio had lots of yarn  as well as Canadian-themed project bags.  They also gave out little event pins to the first 100 people who came through the door.  I got a cute little orange one.  You can see it in the last picture.

I had seen an advertisement by Flock Fiber Studio a couple of weeks earlier and immediately liked the set of speckled minis in Watercolor.  I arranged to pick them up at the Festival.  

Gingersnap, from Calgary, had cute bags, sock blanks and some yarn.  From what I heard people around me saying, Gingersnap would be sold out of items quickly. 

These are just a few of the indy dyers that were vendors at the show.  All in all, there were probably 20, maybe even 30.  I was particularly taken by the products and incredible quality of the items made out of wood by Danware, from Black Diamond, Alberta.  I learned that "Dan" in the name was a nod to the home country of Denmark (pronounced Danmark in Danish).  I would have loved to take home one of everything that was on display.  The warmth and smoothness of the wood was wonderful.  I picked up a mending mushroom.  I didn't realize it until just last night that the top of the mushroom comes off and you can store your darning needles in the stem.

All in all, I had a very good day.  Here is my haul from the Festival, not too much, just a few very nice souvenirs:

I've found that there are other fiber-related events in the area and the next one is in 3 weeks.  Of course, I'll have to go and check out the Fibre Shindig in Calgary.  I don't think I've heard the word "shindig" since the music show that was on TV in the mid-60s.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


It's amazing to me how much time and effort it takes to move when there are some issues involved:  first, trying to have the energy to unpack more than one box after a full day of work and, second, downsizing from a three bedroom townhouse with a full basement and a garage to a two-bedroom condo.  I'm so lucky to have family who are willing to come and help - but I prefer to sort and unpack my own yarn and books.  I'm getting a handle on the unpacking, finally, and ready to start blogging regularly again.

I'm in a new, to me, city:  Airdrie, Alberta.  According to Google, Airdrie is 17 miles north of Calgary.  It doesn't seem that far, and since I work in the north part of Calgary, I'm sure that the distance is shorter and that Google is measuring from the heart of Calgary..  I heard Airdrie described as a bedroom community.  My first impressions of the new city are very good and I'm sure that I'm going to like it here.  It's a good move.  It's named after Airdrie in Scotland, near Glasgow.

I've found three locations  where knitters meet, one is in a coffee shop just down the street from me.  I have yet to visit any of them (did I mention that I'm still unpacking?), but this week I plan to drop in on the Thursday evening gathering at the library.  I'll still continue to go and knit with the ladies at The Loop Kensington, but will switch to their Wednesday group so I can go to both.

Over the past few years I've been learning about more and more fiber-related activities that aren't too far away.  Tomorrow, I'm heading about 89 miles north to the city of Lacombe for the first, ever, Prairie Fiber Festival.

The weather is supposed to be good and I'm looking forward to the raod trip.  More on that, next time....!

Sunday, September 3, 2017


I've been looking at photos posted on Facebook for my high school's 225th anniversary.  Everyone looked so young back then.  Can it really be that long (>45 years) since I graduated?  I clearly remember thinking that the high school years would never end!  ☺

Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Blast From The Past

When my daughter was little in the 1980s I knit a lot of sweaters for her.  There was a design company which produced the cutest patterns under the name "Knit-o-Graf".  I think that the company had been around since the 1950s and I don't believe that it exists anymore.  

The patterns weren't expensive and I had many of them.  I knit for her and for her friends. There were pictures on the sweaters and it's where I developed my love of intarsia.  All were made in fingering weight yarn and I would mostly buy the acrylic yarns from Patons and the house brand at Eaton's ior Sears department stores.  There were lots of colors available and they held up well to washing and wearing.  A few years later I did a couple more sweaters using superwash wool and I have to admit that they didn't look as fresh as the acrylic ones after a while.  Acrylic has it's place in children's knitting, in my opinion.

If you Google the words Knit-o-Graf and look at images, you can see why I was so drawn to the designs.  There was Humpty Dumpty, ducks, trains, Little Red Riding Hood, cowboys, dogs and so much more.  I knit most of the designs that they had.  They even had a small catalog.

One of my favorites was a brightly colored cardigan with a clown holding balloons.  I made size 4.  Today I received a picture from my now-grown-up daughter.  It's showed my almost-2 year old granddaughter, Alyssa, wearing the clown sweater.  I'm still smiling at the photo.  Alyssa is adorable and the sweater looks cute on her and it keeps her warm during the family's camping trip.

The patterns were on one large sheet of paper in the size of the sweater.  You could lay your knitting on it and see if you matched the size for the design.  Great idea.  It was fun to pick out little matching buttons with balloons on them.

I'd love to know more about the company.  Who created it?  Who was the designer?  How long was it around?  

Monday, August 21, 2017


Did you see the eclipse today?  With safety glasses, I hope.  In Calgary there was about 90% coverage, it got dark as in the early evening and the temperature dropped quite a bit for a few minutes.

(c) G. Yamashita

I actually saw two eclipses today.  Here's the other one:

I wonder what records are pictured above ~
Dark Side of the Moon?
That Lucky Old Sun?  
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying?  
I'll Follow The Sun?
Total Eclipse of the Heart?

I could go on.....  ☺

Sunday, August 20, 2017

July Socks Are Finished

I think I've become the world's slowest packer.  Moving and packing isn't fun, but I'm getting close to being ready for the movers on the 28th.  I can't wait to get to the new condo with the unpacking finished and then sit on the balcony and just knit without thinking that I should be doing something else.  I'm hoping that a knitting friend or two or three will join me.

I did manage to finish my July socks with the monthly yarn from The Loopy Ewe from 2016.  So far I've managed to keep up.  Who knows if I'll finish my August socks before the end of the month.  One sock is finished and the cuff of the second sock is done, so maybe I'll make my self-inflicted deadline.

Here is what the yarn looked like in the skein.  It's based on the colors found in the picture, "Vintage Bike."


Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 2x2 ribbing,
stocking stitch leg and foot,
short row heel, shaped toe.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"Summer Afternoon Escape"

Each month The Loopy Ewe offers an exclusive colorway.  This one is from July, 2016.

Ravelry Link:  Summer Afternoon Escape

More socks are coming up in the next few weeks, and then I'll be getting back to sweater knitting and more.  I'm also looking forward to a fairly local event coming up on September 24th, the Prairie Fiber Festival in Lacombe, Alberta.  You can find them on Ravelry, here.  The lineup of vendors looks very good and I'm looking forward to checking them out.  I'll blog about the Festival next month.