Sunday, April 30, 2017

Backyard beauty

Just some pretty pics from my tiny little corner of the world.




Happy Sunday!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Halfway to Port

This week was a crazy one at work. To maximize my time, I didn't bother with going into the office, I just worked from home.

That of course, meant no train knitting. But to keep myself sane, I tried to carve out a little time each day to work on the Port Credit sock.

As a result, the first one is done
I think this one might be my favourite so far (though I do love Hamilton still...)
I love that centre cable (I think it's called Stag Horn). You'll definitely see it in a future design!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Felines

Several years back, I bought one of those leatherette storage cube/footstools. Over time, one or another cat claimed it. For the last few years, it's been Peno's. The cube sits beside Dave's chair, so she can be at the perfect height for petting (she's never been a lap cat, but she does like to keep him company.)

Then along came Rupert. He was showing a preference for Dave (occupying the cube whenever Peno wasn't in it). In an effort to convince me that Rupert didn't really like Dave better than me, he just liked the cube (so I would stop saying we need a third cat*), Dave pushed the cube over to beside the couch where I sit.

It didn't really prove Dave's point, because Rupert then just split his time between the cube, and Dave's actual footstool. All it really did was tick Peno off because she was no longer at perfect petting height.

So I suggested we get another cube. I was telling Sam all this.... and didn't she have just the perfect thing at her store...
Peno absolutely loves it. She only sat on the old cube when Dave was in his chair. But she's in this one almost 24/7. And when she isn't...
Of course, Rupert knows his place, and is quite content to take bottom bunk...
Which is good, because Peno's not big on sharing.

* nothing will convince me we don't need a third cat... you'd think he'd know that by now!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pattern Release: Fairies wear boots

Thanks to our little day trip, and Mom's fantastic photo skills, I can finally release my boot topper pattern!
I give you: Fairies Wear Boots!
They use a little more than half a skein of sock yarn (in this case Twisted Top Cat) and are a fun way to dress up a plain boot.
Lace and cables keep the knitting interesting and a ribbed sleeve keeps keeps the cuff firmly in place.

If you'd like to make your own pair - the pattern is on sale for just $1 until May 1st!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sheepy seduction

When Mom came by on the weekend she handed me her latest spin.
I've mentioned before that she's a bit of a perfectionist. It tends to work out in my favour, so I won't complain. In this case, she felt her spinning was too uneven. Or as she said "It's all thick and thin..."
 I don't know about you.... but I can't really see a problem....
And just look at those colours! Purple and blue, brown and gold with a touch of green and every shade in between. There's 550 yards of this 100 merino. If I pair it with a solid sock yarn for the ribbing, I should be able to get a short sleeve version of my favourite cropped cardigan.

I'm so bored with all my current projects, it's taking all I have not to cake it up and cast on right away.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Baa, baa white sheep...

Have you any socks?
Yessir, yessir - one sock done!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Garden gaeity

Sunday was beautiful and I spent almost all of it outside... and have the sunburn to prove it! But the little pain will be worth it when things start blooming
These three pots con
 Triteleia
 Gladiolas
And Ranunculus (or Persian Buttercup).

These bulbs all came from the dollar store. They are in pots (also from the dollar store) because they won't survive the winter here. But if I pull the bulbs in the fall I can store them until next year.

In the new garden I added a couple Pink Star Gazer Lilies
As well as some black Lilies. The black Lilies were bought on a recent trip to Home Depot. It was the last bag and they were already sprouting, so I put them in the ground right away. They've only been in there for a few days, but one of them is definitely and over achiever!
It's already got buds!

I also tossed in a handful of Anemones.

In the Butterfly garden, I pulled up the dead Milkweed (it just wasn't coming back)
In it's place, I planted some mixed Crocosmia bulbs.

So while I wait for all that... I'm enjoying my red Columbine
 And the prettiest little Bleeding Heart!