Monthly Archives: March 2013

Happy Easter!

Easter

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March 31, 2013 · 5:04 pm

Hold the Chocolate

Bunny Nuggets!

hMade from Rebecca Danger’s free pattern using  oddments of yarn (I used Malabrigo Rios, Debbie Bliss Fez, and various discontinued yarns from my Rowan stash).

gI used the Clover Pom Pom maker to make the tails – make sure you sew those little things on really tight!!

fThey don’t take long to make.  A cute gift for that little person in your life to carry around in their pocket as a special friend.

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Rebecca Danger’s pattern for Bunny Nuggets can be found on Ravelry  here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-nuggets

or on her blog here:   http://www.rebeccadanger.typepad.com/

Happy Knitting!!

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Sunday Morning

A little Sunday morning crafting….wonder what these are going to be?

More later…

bodies

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Object of My Affection

Well…. I was feeling as if I was the only one in the knitting world who hadn’t made a “Color Affection” by Finnish Designer Veera Valimaki.

Okay,  maybe there are others like me, but according to Ravelry, 8,036 people have made one.  That equals a lot of “Color Affection”  shawls out there.

I really admire the streamlined design – a lovely crescent shaped shawl using three contrasting colours – a modern take on an old favourite.

And then Jenny, my dear friend, gave me these beautiful mittens for Christmas.

mittens

Jenny knit them for me from one of our favourite yarns:  Malabrigo Arroyo, a kettle-dyed 100% Merino superwash sport weight yarn made in Peru.  She combined  “Glitter”,one of my favourite colourways, with  Escorias and Natural.  (I adore the pom poms).

I was instantly inspired and I could see the possibilities of this colour combination for the elusive “Color Affection”.

So, grabbing a skein in each colourway,  I made this:

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I’ve hardly taken it off….except to take these photos.

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I LOVE it.  So now 8,037 people have made one.  And my mother has already placed her order….in her favourite colours of ‘blue’.

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Project Heart

A new book landed on my doorstep yesterday morning and I want to share it for two reasons:

1.   the 24+ projects inside are stunning, contributed by well known designers in the stitching world

2.   it is part of the Stitch Red campaign, an  initiative started by Laura Zander to raise awareness of women’s heart health

sew red

“Sew Red, Sewing & Quilting for Women’s Heart Health”, draws together inspiring but ‘make-able’ projects from big names in the stitching world:  Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Sweetwater, and Denyse Schmidt to name only a handful.  Each contributor shares personal reasons why raising the issues about women’s heart health is important.

I love this dress by Amy Butler and it is first on my list of summer sewing projects. (tip: Thanks to conscientious Amy Butler,  an errata has been posted to her website, so don't cut before visiting it!)

I love this dress by Amy Butler and it is first on my list of summer sewing projects. (tip: Thanks to conscientious Amy Butler, an errata has been posted to her website, so don’t cut before visiting it!)

In addition to the projects there is a very informative ‘fact’ section about heart health including recipes, resources, and the importance of exercise.  I learned, from the foreward by Deborah Norville, that while 80 percent of women said they would call 911 if they suspected someone was having a heart attack, barely half would call 911 if they thought they themselves were having one.

This section is very informative about Exercise for your Heart and includes tips on how to add heart healthy activities such as yoga, reading, and dancing to your daily regime.

This section is very informative about exercise for your heart and includes tips on how to add heart healthy activities such as yoga, reading, and dancing to your daily regime.

 Symptoms of heart attack in women can present quite differently than men, and most women don’t even know how to recognize the signs: discomfort in the upper body (including the jaw, shoulders or neck), sweating, nausea, and light-headedness.  Trouble sleeping, anxiety, indigestion, and unusual tiredness are also the most usual signs reported by women – sounds like the normal fallout from our busy lives, doesn’t it?  Clearly, raising awareness to the fact that these symptoms might not just be part of common stress, but could in fact  be a heart attack, might save someone’s life.

Quilt Design by one of the top designers in the fabric world, Tula Pink.

Quilt Design by one of the top designers in the fabric world, Tula Pink.

 This book  is the second in this series written by Laura Zander.   You might remember last year’s publication “Knit Red”.  Similarly, “Sew Red” draws on Laura’s considerable knowledge and passion for stitching – she is the co-founder and co-owner of Jimmy Beans Wool (named one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States).

This beautiful applique design, called Queen of Hearts, is by Marcia Harmening.  It is too challenging for me but I absolutely love it.

This beautiful applique design, called Queen of Hearts, is by Marcia Harmening. It is too challenging for me but I absolutely love it. Inspiring!

A percentage of the proceeds from this book is donated to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth.  For more information on this campaign in Canada, visit  http://thehearttruth.ca/  .  You can watch Canada’s Live Fashion Show to celebrate the Red Dress, symbol of heart health, on March 21 at  http://thehearttruth.ca/livefashionshow/

Not all of the projects involve quilting or a lot of sewing - this corsage is the perfect way to use up favourite fabric scraps, old buttons, and ribbon in your stash. Wear it to remind yourself and others to maintain a healthy heart. .

Not all of the projects involve quilting or a lot of sewing – this corsage by Kaari  Meng is the perfect way to use up favourite fabric scraps, old buttons, and ribbon in your stash. Wear it to remind yourself and others to maintain a healthy heart. .

Happy Stitching!

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A little train trip….

My father was born in the late 1920s of Scottish ancestry.  The youngest of three boys, he was a child of the depression and learned how to save a nickel and ‘make do’ at any early age.   He left school as a teenager, watched his two older brothers go to WW2 (where one was killed in action), and learned a trade as an electrical engineer.

Dad

My sisters and I can’t complain about our material childhood – between my father and my mother, who worked as a teacher, we lived well.  We always had a nice family holiday in the summers.  We traveled this country coast to coast several times.   We made lots of  memories together.

Being a household of ‘girls’, we exercised quite a lot of creative energy.  I always believed it was from my mother that the ‘making’ gene was embedded….especially since she was always encouraging us to cut, paste, draw, sew, knit or whatever.  She has a great stylish eye, and believed in investing in fashion.  She supported all our creative pursuits and allowed us to pursue our personal dreams – something she herself had to fight for.

My father worked hard, came home, read the paper, ate dinner, and drove us to our sporting events.  (When I think about it now, their participation and sacrifice for us in this regard was quite unusual in those days).  In spite of the fact that his mother was a working artist, and his father a writer, I NEVER EVER associated any kind of creativity with my father.

UNTIL HE RETIRED.

Both of my parents, who still live in the house and community where I grew up,  retired comfortably.  With his direct familial duties done, the newly  found hours in the day allowed my father to unleash his inner creative self.  He has always been a curious guy, probing relentlessly ‘how things work’.

LOOK AT WHAT HE BUILT…..

tunnel

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FROM SCRATCH…..

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USING HIS INNER CREATIVE FORCE….

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IN THE BASEMENT.

trains 1

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This project required: study, planning, collecting, drawing, making, constructing, and overall dedication.  It provided him with a new community of like-minded model train aficionados and he never misses those weekly meetings.  It inspired him to continue to travel – to visit historic train installations throughout Canada and the U.S.  He continues to read and study everything about the historic railway.   It keeps his mind active and focused.

Best of all, look at how much he impresses his youngest grandaughter:

Kyra

This post is dedicated to my father.  Now in his eighties, he amazingly continues to create everyday.

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Winter Neutrals

Sorting through my photo archive today and want to share a few grouped around the theme ‘winter neutrals’.  I find these images so calming to the eye  –   I hope you enjoy them.

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Stones

winter

Hirtles

boat

Reet

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