Saturday, February 15, 2014


Five years since The Little Red Mitten opened in St. Thomas.  Have been going for most of that time but not so much the past few months.  Hard for me to drive at night and so tired out some weeks that it is hard to make myself go on my own.

Did go down last Saturday and got some reflective yarn to make a hat for one of the Superintendents.  Looked at some other yarn I really liked but decided not to.  Than the newsletter came with info about yarns on sale and discounts even on regular price yarn.  So back today with my Sister.  Got some black reflective yarn for my FavGrandson.  Just finished a long plain ribbed one for him but think he should have a reflective one since he works removing snow and not all is done in bright sunlight.

Also signed for two courses with Lucy Neatby.  Have had courses with her and have her videos but there is always something to learn and I enjoy her and it will do me good to get out with other knitters.

Was very nice to see some people I knew at the shop and catch up with some news.

My very best wishes to Joan for continued success for the store, to her staff for their cheerful, helpful service, and to the knitters -- may all your projects go well.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Olympics - Opening Ceremonies

Watched the full 5 hour replay of the Opening Ceremonies.

For some reason I was not as impressed with them as I was with the Chinese nor Vancouver ceremonies.  Maybe it is an age thing.  Seemed so slow moving.  Part may have been due to the added security but there felt no excitement and joy to it.  Lovely colours and uniforms and some excited competitors but that was it.

Does mean plenty of time to know.  Am showing the shawl against the long side of 8 1/2 x 11 paper.

That is one edge so not an accurate idea of the finished length of the shawl but gives a good idea of how fast it has been working up.  Will be pretty open but the yarn and drape will hopefully make it warm enough for her.  Very pleased with how well the colours are showing up.


Olympics Day -1

Thursday - Feb. 7
Some events have started so I am starting a project for while they are on.

Finished the baby blanket.  Just have to wash it now but that will wait for the weekend.

Tonite there were 3 ladies in for knitting so I started a new project.  Using the 100% alpaca for the baby blanket with a multicoloured rayon yarn to make CW a shawl for a wedding in March.  The dress is a shade lighter than the alpaca and the other yarn will add some colour and bling to her outfit.  Can decide latter if she wants some beads or crystals for added bling to be added to the bottom edge..

Have made the pattern before so familiar with it so it should go fast.  Pattern is called "Wings of Heaven".   Looking forward to making it.



Baby Blanket

The gifts got to the New Family on the trip to Ottawa except for the white item that shows.  That is the center of the shawl

The lace book has the pattern in it.  Don't think anyone went looking for the book so the design remains a surprise.  I'll just tell you that the pattern reflects an interest of the New Mom.



This is the shawl at the place where I had to start adding the border around it.  The coloured yarn marks each pattern repeat of the work around the edges.  Think it looks quite lovely.  There will be many hours of work for the actual edging.  Had thought of another pattern to use for the edging but decided it was way more work, not sure how to best turn the corners, and it would probably take much more yarn.  Do like the one from the actual pattern so it should work fine.

Not posting a pattern of the actual finished product until New Mom and New Dad have the shawl.  Think that is fair.



So glad that Sis drove as it was not the best for driving.  Took several hours longer than usual but it is done and all that had to go there is there.  We got to have a nice -- although short -- visit.

Since I haven't been there in more than almost 40 years it was nice to see some of the changes.  Did drive by the two addresses where we lived but no pictures.  Maybe next time.  Or youngest goes occasionally so maybe she could take some for me.

Drive back we stopped for lunch with Ev so really enjoyed that!


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