How about pink??

4 Feb

I finished the green socks and really like them ……hmmmm what to do next?? Hey I had a ball of varigated pink so decided to do a pink pair… I think I like them more than the green.  Which ones do you like best??

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One down…one to go

1 Feb

I have finished one sock and turned the heel on the second.  I didn’t slip stitch the bottom of the foot as I thought it wouldn’t wear well so just did stripes which gives it a different look. The leg of the sock is 8 1/2 inches long  then I do the heel for 2 1/2 inches so total is 11 inches.

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I was asked what size needles do I use for my socks.  I use a special sock knitting needle which is a turbo.  It is a circular needle with bent ends which makes it turn in a smaller circle.  I use the 2.25 mm and it is about 12 1/2 inches long.  I just love knitting on this needle.  I have a couple of friends that bought the same needle but didn’t like it as they found the diametre too small to work with.   I have several of these needles so can work on 2 socks at a time when making my multi coloured socks.  I also use the spare needle when I split the stitches to do the heel and put them on the spare as a stitch holder.  When I get to the toe I put 1/2 the stitches on one needle and the other 1/2 on a second needle and work them accordingly to decrease the toe. Here is a pic of one.

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Turned the heel

30 Jan

My sock is coming along and I just turned the heel.  I really like the look of the variegated yarn with the black.

Hope to finish this little puppy on the weekend and start the second sock.

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Slip Stitch

28 Jan

I am taking a break from knitting my usual multi coloured socks

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And trying a new style using a slip stitch method.   I wanted to use bold opposite colours to show off the stitch more and am really pleased with the way they are looking so far……..stay tuned for the finished product.

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Growing Old

10 Jan

As most of you know I just had my 60th birthday on January 5.  Turning a new decade is different than just any birthday.  I know I am older on paper but don’t feel older inside.  I am still a working girl and have my own home business doing manicures and pedicures. Until my business grows to suit my lifestyle I clean houses in between.  Half of my clients are seniors.  I don’t usually work on Saturdays but my week was crazy so I did two of my senior’s places today.  The first was a lady that I go to every 2 weeks.  We have made it a routine that I sit and have a coffee with her to start and she wants to know everything that happened to me since she saw me last. We have a real good visit and then I clean her house.  We have become friends and she  considers me “family” . I have been going to her place for 3 years now. The second place I went to was a gentleman’s and I have been going to their place going on 5 years now.  I have seen many changes with his wife and him.  Several years ago it was touch and go with his health.  He rebounded and will be 89 this year.  His wife recently took ill and was in the hospital for quite sometime and is now in a nursing home in another town.  When I arrived he asked me if I could sit for a minute before I started cleaning.  So we sat and talked about different things that were going on around town.  I then cleaned his house and did his dishes and laundry. He is one of those men that didn’t do housework or cooking as his wife looked after all that.  He is not about to start doing it at his age.  Don’t get me wrong he is all for 50/50 and is a very nice man. His wife just enjoyed doing that part and it has worked for them all the  70 years they have been married.  But now he spends his days at the nursing home visiting her and evenings home alone.  He also is not allowed to drive anymore which makes his life even more sad.  I didn’t know he couldn’t drive anymore until I was almost leaving and he was almost not going to say anything.  I told him to put on his coat and I would drive him to the nursing home to see his wife.  He asked me if he could stay for an hour to visit if that was ok with me.  I asked him how long did he usually stay and he said sometimes all day when he could drive himself as she found the days long in the nursing home and he found his days so lonely with out her company. I made up an excuse that I had “things to do” and if he would mind if I dropped him off and picked him up 3 hours later.  A big smile was on his face and he said “are you sure”???    As it is a 1/2 hour drive from my place that gave me just enough time to drive home and put my feet up for a while before driving back to pick him up. He talked on the way home telling me that it just sucks getting old , feeling crappy sometimes and losing your driver’s licence and how he hated his wife being in the nursing home but realizes he can’t care for her at home.   I didn’t  respond to his statements but just listened as he talked the whole way home. I went in with him and we sat for a bit more.  He poured a drink for himself and offered me one. (as I was driving I declined)  He asked me if I could come every week instead of every 2 weeks. I told him yes and I would take him to the nursing home as often as I could . Also to make a grocery list and we could pick up things on our way home anytime.  Monday will be our next visit to the nursing home.

Yes some things suck getting older. But I wouldn’t want the alternative.  So my point is…. seniors are people too with the same feelings we have inside.  They are often lonely but are too proud or shy to admit they need help or maybe just a visit and a hug.  My one 98 year old lady who still lives in her own apartment and I clean and do her laundry every 2 weeks always has some sort of baking and a cup of tea for me when I am done .  Is this a way of keeping me there longer???? You betcha. I told her one day that I only drink tea when I am with her and it is so nice to have someone make you a cup…….her quick response was ….” I think a cup of tea tastes better if you have someone to share it with”…..  I couldn’t agree more with her… so take the time if you know a senior who is alone.  It will do wonders for both of you.

And so it Begins…..

28 Dec

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A new project

12 Nov

Have finished my sweater jacket and am really pleased with it.
My friend Janis is modelling it for me and I think it looks great on her.
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So thought I would check out my stash of handspun yarns and see what I could come up with.  I have this “jacket” which I had made out of store bought yarn that I always wanted to copy with my handspun. I discovered if I wanted to make it out of assorted colours I would have enough handspun,  So greys and browns it will be.
Finished the right side today…here are the two sides connected….now to start the back
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Here are the sleeves done . Next I will start the left side.  Stay tuned..
Got the left side done
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My ongoing rug

5 Nov

Well as you know golf season is over BUT I will hopefully be on the course in 5 1/2 months….lol

As all you fibre people know you can not just work on one project at a time as seen with my last post which I am now working on the back of that sweater.   With no golf happening I am back with my rug hooking group which meets on Monday afternoons.  I love being self employed as you can work accordingly and slot time for all this fun stuff.  So I am back hooking my rug which I started last winter and haven’t touched since golf started in May.  It’s coming along quite nicely and now I have to sort out something to do for the border.  It will be done for sure this winter.  It is a slow process as I only hook on Mondays…..(no smart comments are needed folks…lol..)

Here are the pics as it grew and how it looks today.

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Fall is soup and market time.

19 Oct

My friend Cindy Osland is amazing. As if she doesn’t have enough on the go with her husband running a sheep farm with cattle and pigs too she has recently revived the market in Welcome just north of Port Hope.  ” Osland Farm Market” is a happening place and is off to a fierce start and has only been opened for 2 weeks. At the market you can buy all sorts of stuff all coming from the local area. Homemade jams and relishes, local honey, not to mention the fresh baking that is done on site. Pies of all sorts, fresh bread , treats and may I highly recommend the wonderful cheese biscuits… they are to die for!!! Fresh produce is locally grown and she has a large assortment.  And of course she sells her famous lamb, beef and pork all grown and raised on her farm so you know exactly where it comes from. Chickens and at times Fresh Turkeys. ( Get your Christmas order in now) Cindy also sells handcrafts. Wonderful hand knit sweaters, socks, scarves , mittens , poncho, and hand spun yarns.  She also has other yarns from her sheep.  She also has sheep skins in assorted colours which you just want to keep your fingers in…. Some of my crafts are there for sale.  So if you are going for a drive or just live nearby you must stop in the market..  The fall hours are Thursday to Saturday 9 to 6  and Sunday 9 to 5 .  I assure you  if you stop in you will not leave empty handed and the country hospitality is always there with the coffee pot  on.

Osland Farm Market

5029 Count Rd 2

Port Hope  905 375 5365

oslandfarmmarket@gmail.com

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New Colours

4 Oct

As if I didn’t have enough sock yarn . I went to Andjareena’s in Trenton to FINALLY spend my wonderful Christmas gift certificate from my friends Janice and Rick ( many many thanks ,,,,you know me so well)   and these wonderful new colours fell into my basket……. I think I will add them to these socks I have already started…such yummy colours!!

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