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Happy April! April 4, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Blankets & Afghans, Finished Projects, Hats, Leah, Random.
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Leah says:

We have entered what I hope to be Spring without any snow and with refreshingly coolish temperatures ahead.  Welcome Spring!  Though we in the GTA can’t really complain at all about the winter we had, it was the mildest in years and literally snow-less, I am happy to see that Spring is now official.  I’m also happy to see my tulips and lilies coming up in the front garden bed.  I’m so eager to get outside and continue to create curb appeal to our home.  It really needs it and while the work seems endless, I’m really  enjoying it thus far.

Now on to the knitting side of things.  There’s good news and bad news.  The good news is, guess what?  I finished the afghan!  Woot Woot!


And here on it’s new home:

I do apologize for the quality of these photos, they’re taken with my iPhone and the lighting is always wonky.

I’m thrilled with it.  It was such an easy knit (basket weave stitch) and was great to watch movies (after movies, after movies, after tv shows) with it on my lap.  And its WARM.  It ended up taking 13 skeins of Patons Tweed Wool in chestnut and I’m really happy with the colour and how it blocked.  At long last, what has taken about a year from the time I purchased the wool to completion, we have an afghan.

And now for the bad news.  I knit the cutest hat for my friend’s new baby but didn’t swatch it and it’s gigantic.   What do you think?


Good Luck Bear is trying it on for size and it’s way too big for him.  I love the pattern and how it turned out, but sheesh!  I just don’t know what to do with it.  I wanted the snowflake pattern because the little one was born in February, but maybe I can give it to her next Christmas for next winter.  Right now I’m knitting baby mitts and another hat for her.

I’ll leave you with this next picture, we’ve had a very warm spell in March and during one of those gorgeously warm days, Justin and I went on a hike in Dundas, at Spencer Creek Park.  This is of Websters Falls:

Love that he even caught the rainbow the mist caused at the base of the falls.

Here’s to many more warm Spring days ahead!


The Neverending Afghan March 2, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Blankets & Afghans, Emily, Leah, Random.
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Leah Says:

I just can’t finish this Afghan.  It’s been a month and a half and I just ran out of yarn last night.  Will need 2 more skeins which will take the number of skeins up to 12!  Plus, my friend had a healthy baby girl (I was SO wrong, I was sure it would be a boy!)  and I haven’t even started her gift yet.  Good thing baby’s are small so I won’t be spending a truck load of time knitting my little presents.   Can’t wait to meet the newest addition to her gorgeous family, either.

Other things I have been up to since my last post, are:

1. Last weekend we took Friday and Monday off and travelled to Huntsville to visit some good friends of ours and partake in some winter activites.  We snowshoed in Arrowhead Provincial Park:

We skied /snowboarded at Hidden Valley Ski Hill.  Can I just say since the area had close to a foot of snow dumped on them on Friday, we had simply the best ski conditions we’ve had all season?

It truly was a winter wonderland all weekend long. Sad that we had to drive 4 hours north to get some decent winter conditions, but there you have it.

2. I’ve been training for a 5 km race coming up this Sunday!  My sister and I are competing in it, and no, I do not plan on running with her, running in front of her, since I plan on beating her!  We are a little competitive and share a friendly rivalry when it comes to sports.  She usually has me eating dust when we cycle together. Anyone out there have any tips for a 5 km run?

3.  I did not successfully complete my detox.  I had a terrible bout with food poisoning and was down for the count for close to a week, which caused me to have this horrible relationship with food, especially fish, that’s still slightly in place.  So that alone killed the detox.  I’m eating clean now, mind you.

4. I’d like to give a shout out to fellow Cool Girl Emily- she is celebrating 5 years with her lovely husband tomorrow!  Woot woot!

5. TGIF, baby!

It’s Stich n Bitchin Time! February 10, 2012

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Tonight I’ll be hosting a yarn, wine and pizza filled Friday evening with my dear knitting friends.  Due to the fact that we have been moving around the GTA a bit, these Stitch n Bitch sessions have been fewer and far between, however it almost makes them more special when we do get to do our stitch fest.

On my needles, I have this:

afghan from Knit Simple Winter 2008 issue.  I’m about half way through and it’s looking really nice.  It’s been a great knit because it’s easy and it’s doing a great job of keeping me warm as I watch Boardwalk Empire and Luther.  I’m using Paton’s Classic Wool Tweeds in Chestnut.

I’m also 1/4 of the way through a month long ‘clean eating’ detox.  I have cut out wheat, dairy, coffee and processed sugar.  What’s amazing about this diet (which I have done last year as well) is that I notice significant changes with the way I feel throughout the day, my sleeping habits and even my mood.  And let me tell you, there are some really kick ass gluten free recipes out there, for pretty much anything you crave like cupcakes, muffins, etc.  One great website I’ve gotten lots of recipe’s from is http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/.  A little planning ahead with my meals has proven really helpful and makes things easy when I know I’ll be out for most of the day. Valentine’s is coming up, so I’ll allow myself to cheat a little as we’re going to a wonderful restaurant that night.

Tonight, I won’t be breaking any rules- we are having personal pizza’s (mine with spelt pizza dough and goat’s milk feta and mozzarella) as well as a black bean dip with brown rice chips and crackers and some good old dark chocolate for dessert. Can’t wait!


And a Prodigal Son Returns… January 18, 2012

Posted by haelybop in Baby, Blankets & Afghans, Leah, Queued Up, Scarves.
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Dear WordPress: I’m sorry I left you!  I’m sorry I started my own blog but grew tiresome and antsy and eventually unsatisfied with it.  Now I’d like to beg forgiveness and ask that you accept me back to us Cool Girls, who still love to knit.

Now enough grovelling.  What have I been up to?  (Knitting-wise, of course)  Here’s some random pictures from my recent FO’s:

A knitted layette for my dear friend who gave birth to a beautiful girl last May.

A lacy cowl for said friend as her Christmas present.

A “Lily of the Valley’ stitch scarf:

And with this same Sirdhar’s Mohair “Blush” yarn, a ruffle scarf:

That one’s not the best picture.  Sorry about that!

I got into this “knitting my stash” funk, and it’s something that I think every knitter goes through.  When you want to desperately to go and buy this gorgeous yarn for this gorgeous pattern, but just can’t reconcile the cost when you have a large drawer full (most of you have a lot better stash than me, I imagine) of stash that’s beckoning you to knit it.  Most of these projects were knit with my stash and while the drawer still seems full, so does my bank account.  Next up, I’ll be knitting another baby gift for another dear friend who is expecting her 2nd.  My first sweater is also in my queue, and I’ll get that cast on in the next few weeks.

Until next time, happy knitting one and all!

Piggys in a Blanket May 5, 2010

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Leah says … Ladies and Gentleman, after 7 balls of yarn, 31 days, and who knows how many hours, the blanket is complete.  Look!!

Isn’t she pretty?  This is for little man Graham and his big sister.  I presented the Graham’s with the blanket on the weekend and they loved it, and so did Little K- she had it draped around her for a good part of the evening.  I must say I’m utterly happy with this blanket.  There is one little problem and that is it turned out to be SO WIDE, but it looks amazing, it was fun to knit, and I loved the lace panels.
Next up- a quick mitten / hat set to use up some yarn I bought at a yarn fair almost a year ago, then I’ll probably knit some coasters out of linen wool I have leftover from the table runner I made, and THEN I’ll be on to this!
This will start off my summer knitting. 
Until next time!

…And Scene. April 9, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Blankets & Afghans, Finished Projects, Leah.
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Leah says… There it is. Isn’t it nice? Not too bad for my first blanket.

And Cheryl and I have the same problem in that we both just want to knit everything we see. I started another ipod case for J but this time I will learn how to change colour. I also started my mother’s shawl which is the ‘spiderweb capelet’ found in SnB Nation. I’m learning how to knit an slp stitch (?) and how to drop stitches. Well actually, I already know how to drop stitches :P. I thought that was a no-no but man does it ever look good! I knit the first three rows and had to rip them out last night, so my 2nd attempt will be tonight at our SnB. And because tomorrow none of us are working, there will be LOTS of wine, yarn, chocolate, and yummies.

I love Thursday nights!

My Knitting Caused a Fight! March 26, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Blankets & Afghans, Leah, Random, Work in Progress.
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Leah says …  Well not so much a fight, more of a snap. Picture this: Sunday night, J and I watching one of his favourite movies, Goodfella’s. I had never seen it before and what ample opportunity to get a good chunk of my knitting done, right? So of course, if any of you have seen Goodfella’s you would understand that there are a lot of characters and it is brilliantly made so that you can’t really miss a scene. I thought that by just listening to the movie while knitting and purling my baby blanket that I would get by without missing anything. Then when a certain small character gets killed, my head snapped up to the tv, and I declare, “Wait, what? When did Samuel Jackson appear in the movie?! Why did they just kill him?!” And J’s response; “Well if you stopped knitting and actually watched the movie, you would have seen where he was introduced and why he just died!!!” And I looked at J, with my big eyes and said, “Oh.” He was right. And that was the end of our little arguement, if it was even an argument. I think Justin has now accepted that I am determined to finish the projects I am working on while watching tv and movies (when ELSE am i going too, right?!) and I have accepted that I am going to miss a lot while I knit.

And it was SUCH a good movie. I’m sorry I gave away Samuel Jackson’s character getting killed, to those who haven’t seen it, but man, was I ever impressed. It has the longest ‘one take’ scene- it is SO beautifully done. I love Martin Scorcese!

Baby Blanket: Half way done!

Short and Sweet (?) March 18, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Blankets & Afghans, Leah, Work in Progress.
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Leah says… Knitting fanatics, I am STILL on my baby blanket. After several rip outs and attempts to conquer the seed stitch, without a row or stitch counter (right now I tally the st’s and row’s in my SnB book) I am, shall we say, fed up…. but determined! The five rows I have managed to complete look good, if they do say so themselves.  That is all.

K1 P1 K1 P1 March 10, 2009

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Leah says… Fellow knitters, I am knitting my first baby blanket! So far, I only had to rip it out once! That is a good sign, as I seem to be adapting the ‘learning of knitting lessons the hard way’ attitude**. But this is a present for a good friend of mine who is expecting in May, and I can’t go and give her a knitted item for her 1st baby with mistakes in it, now can I? I’m working onthe seed stitch and it is 126 stitches cast on so to K1 P1 for 126 stitches in a row for 20 rows can make my brain mush.

My train of thought while I have been knitting this is: “Did I just knit or purl? Did I just knit two in a row? That’s wrong. So I have to knit now… no, I have to purl, I mean… or knit?” Sigh

As for my mitten frustrations- they are happily knit. Brian doesn’t have them yet and they are very funny looking and I laugh a lot when I see them, but I am proud and it is another completed project, with just one mistake in them. (That’s noticeable, of course.)

** My mother’s shawl- remember that? RIPPED OUT. ON HOLD. It was the wrong yarn for the pattern and was curling up at the edges and looked nice but…. was wrong. The best thing in the world about ravelry is I can search the wool I have and all the projects that people have knit with that exact type of wool come up, and there are tons of shawls and cute cardigans I have already queued. I’m waiting until next month to buy myself the proper needles. (My budget for knitting this month is done and I’m buying myself a new bike at the bike show this weekend, hopefully.)

This is Leah, your friendly knitting blogger, signing off.