December Brain

 

Sorry for the epic silence here… December sort of ate me up!

First we had a certain special someone turn 5! I have to say, 5 is suiting her very finely. She will always be my fire-y girl, but she’s definitely turned a corner.

We’ve had many storms… and so much snow. It’s been kind of crazy.

Then I started thinking about Christmas…

We wanted to try and make this a homemade Christmas. We made a very strong effort to not buy things, but rather make things. It felt so good. I find it so easy to get caught up in all the craziness… slowing it down and making things made it so much more enjoyable, for all of us.

This year  I decided to knit everyone thrum mittens for Christmas… I probably should have started this much sooner.

I made newborn thrums,

toddler thrums,

thrums for 8 year olds… and many many more. I didn’t get them all done sadly. Next year I will plan better… don’t we all say that every year?

 

I was busy with sneaky presents for friends from said friend’s husbands.

I got an email from Sosi’s teacher saying she saw the larger version of this painting in a shop. She told me it immediately made her think of a teacher holding her students. I loved that description so much I thought she needed to have a copy. So I made prints for all the teachers. This will be my teacher gift from now on. 🙂

I made this fabric piece for my very sweet husband. I thought it was a great gift until I got his present. He made a video of all my family and friends telling me what they love about me. It was the most beautiful gift I’ve ever received.

Christmas was lovely…

and as always it’s all over too soon. I’m so  looking  forward to getting back to work and starting the New Year. Before that tho, we have a few more holidays days together. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, full of rest and much love. xo

 

 

 

knitting=happiness

 

It’s not often I get asked to knit something by my children. So when Ila brought a favourite baby sweater to me the other day and asked me to “make the sleeves longer” my heart just about burst out of my chest.

There hasn’t been a lot of knitting happening in my life these days. My hands are full from juggling so many other things. This little project reminded me how happy knitting always makes me. I’m already planning my next project. Life is much better when there is a project on the needles!

 

 

An early Christmas present to myself

Two things have been in the back of mind for a while.

The first was the thought of our awesome (newish) patio chairs spending the winter in the shed,  all alone. It seemed wrong, especially since we ‘re in desperate need of chairs for our living room.

The second thing was that my flowers in the snow blanket  has been sitting unfinished in my closet forever… so pretty, so not close to ever being done.

In a flash of brillance I decided to make the blanket into pillows. I instantly felt a rush of relief knowing I didn’t have to work on it anymore. And those chairs? We brought them inside, cleaned them off and they look great. I love that feeling of using what you have and not bringing more into your life. Sometimes you just need to move what you already have around a little bit.

They are a perfect combination if you ask me. This pillow is a reminder to be easier on myself, that I’m the boss of my own life. If I want to have patio chairs in my living room there isn’t anyone telling me not to, except myself.

 

 

Knitting…

 

I managed to squeeze 2 knitting projects in between deadlines and all crazy house renos. In chaotic times like these all I find myself wanting to do is sit still and knit… but it ‘s usually the last thing I actually ever get to do.

I enveloped this plate in furry yarn for the Feast Your Eyes Fundraiser. We were each given a plain white plate to make something out of. I love the simplicity of it.

I had to make this hat when I saw it. It’s for a sweet little newborn babe. The pattern is from 60 More Quick Baby Knits. I knit it with the Superwash from Belfast Mini Mills. I think it might be the cutest hat I’ve ever made.

Ok, now back to work… but I will be daydreaming that maybe this will be the year I finish this one…

 

Kid friendly studio?

 

I have to admit, back in the Spring when I was moving all my kids’ craft stuff into my studio… I was a little worried. My idea was to make it a space for us to share. We were moving into a smaller home and there was no longer any room for all their painting/drawing stuff (there’s lots). I was planning to have them home with me this summer. Maybe we could share the studio?

My quiet, lovely studio. The place I go for time alone. To have time to focus and work. Was I really going to bring my loud, crazy ( but wonderful) children into that space? What was I thinking?

Whatever I was thinking it was good. These kids LOVE coming to my studio. We pack a picnic, head out for the morning or afternoon and they draw, paint or play… and I work. It ‘s amazing, and so much fun. I still get my quiet alone time , don’t worry. I go in some evenings and also usually for a full day on the weekend.

I ‘m getting work done and get to have my kids with me. Maybe it helps that I’m working on things like these frogs. The girls sit and play with them for hours. I love having them there with me.

Sometimes the craziest ideas are the best ideas.

warm things for winter

 

I’ve finally finished my striped study shawl. I think it may be the longest (stitches and time wise) thing I have ever had on my needles. Painful to knit (tiny needles… soooo many stitches!), but absolutely worth it. I LOVE it! It is a tiny bit of heaven wrapped around my shoulders. The yarn is 100% alpaca (so soft). I got a great deal on the yarn from the yarn lady (I should really learn her name) at the Farmer’s Market. I have a ton left and have already started thinking of what I can make next… maybe this?

With the recent drop in temperature (brrr!) in these parts I finally got to try out the heated mattress pad I got for my birthday present from Paul and the girls. I don’t know why I have never had one of these before. It is beyond cozy! Our bedroom is not a very well heated room in an old not very well heated house. Getting into a cold bed on a cold night can be down right painful…. but now it’s like getting into a warm bath! For someone who hates to be cold, it is the perfect gift. I’m a happy (and warm) woman.

what’s been going on?

 

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here. We’ve had Paul’s folks for a visit. My mother-in-law cooked , sewed, mended, played and baked. My father-in-law re-roofed our shed and took the chainsaw to some dead trees in the yard. They are both in their 70s and both equally inspiring. It was great to have them.

As we always do, we took my mother-in-law out to Belfast mini mills. I stocked up on more delicious yarn. I got a lovely cashmere blend to make the girls some winter hats. We love it out there.

Sosi always tells me she wants to be a farmer when we’re out there. I think Ila already thinks she is one…

It’s a long sad story (with a happy ending) but we now have another cat! Little Poppy.

 

She is so adorable and sweet, we can’t decide who loves her more, us or Angelo…

I’ve also been super busy working away on a very exciting project that I hope to be able to share with you soon!

 

 

summer fun

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I don’t think there is a better place to be on a hot PEI summer day than Belfast Mini Mills.

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While the children watch the chickens and bunnies and play with the pups, I get to shop for yarn and dream of future projects.

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They dream of someday being farmers and getting to have 17 cats (or at least Sosi does).

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We came home happy, our tummies full after a visit to their little tea shop.

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My knitting basket is also full now, of the yarn to make this beautiful blanket.

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I’ve been wanting to make one for years and it felt like now was the time. Summer isn’t summer unless you have a good knitting (or in this case crocheting)project on the go… at least for me it isn’t!

cold may knitting

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It is cold, so cold. I usually have a hard time getting through the freezing cold April here in PEI, but this year the cold-rainy-windy-horribleness has crept into my usually lovely May. What’s the best way to deal with this? Knitting!

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I’ve started my Stripe Study Shawl! It is wonderful to knit, and I can’t wait for it to be done (I could really use it right now). I bought some lovely fine alpaca yarn in beige and teal at the Farmer’s Market. It is so soft and fluffy.  I’m going to keep on happily knitting and pretend I don’t notice what it looks like outside.

knitting makes my heart happy

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I’ve been in a bit of a knitting funk this last little bit, but knitting these little Valentine’s presents for the girls helped get me out of it. Now all I want to do is knit! The free pattern for them can be found here. (link via Soulemama ) I decided to not felt them, but did add eyes. 🙂

Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I’d really like to make this shawl over at 100% rain. I think it would be much more attractive than the ratty old fleece blanket you can usually find me wrapped up in these chilly days. Speaking of blankets… do you think I can squeeze one of these in too? (link via Dottie Angel)

socks of kindness

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While browsing the many sock patterns on Ravelry, the socks of kindness jumped out at me. It seemed such a great name for a sock pattern. Sadly, I think I ‘m going to have  have to rename mine “socks of forgiveness”,  because they have so many mistakes. Luckily the friend they are going to is full of both kindness and forgiveness, I’m sure she’ll overlook my blunders and love them. (This is what they are supposed to look like)

I ‘d planned on making socks for everyone for Christmas this year, I don’t think that’s going to happen. I can’t wait to have these finished (I’ve been knitting them  f o r e v e r) and return to something less difficult and more suited to knitting while watching a movie or an episode of Mad Men.

back to school sweater

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I finally finished Sosi’s back to school sweater. I think I knit this more for me than her. I worked out a lot of my anxiousness about her starting school with this sweater! Thankfully she seems to not have inhertied my shyness or social awkwardnes and is making lots of friends and having fun.

Now I get to start a little dress for Ila. She’s well into Sosi’s hand me downs these days,  which are seriosuly lacking in the dress department. Ila would wear a dress everyday if she could, so I better get busy (if you have any cute pattern suggestions let me know!).

(The pattern for this sweater can be found here, I’ve knit this one so many times and I still love it.)

a little peek

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My piece for the Out of Purgatory show is almost finished… I think I might be a little heartbroken when it’s all done. I’ve loved every minute of working on it. Here are a couple of little peeks for you.  Happy weekend!

*The yarn I’m knitting with is the “samoyed” yarn from Belfast Mini Mills. Last time I was there they told me there is a lady in the states who has a ton of these dogs, brushes them and sends them the hair. They make all their yarn there. I will do a post about them soon. It is maybe of of my favourite places to visit here in P.E.I. *

why haven’t i ever done this before?

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I ‘ve been working away on my piece for the upcoming Out Of Purgatory Show here in Charlottetown. Every artist particpating in the show has submitted a piece of artwork that they were not able to finish. The pieces were then  swapped, and you get to finish someone else’s art. Terrifying… but so much fun.

I received mine a few months ago and it has been sitting here just staring at me. After lots of failed attempts, I decided to knit something. Why have I never done this before?  Knitting + art= pure happiness.

back into the swing of things

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We’re slowly get back into the swing of things here.

Poor Ila is taking the longest to recover. She’s sure had a rough month, being hit by 1 thing after another.

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but getting your world turned upside down by sickness sure makes you really appreciate the boring normal-ness of life. So that’s what I’m doing right now, enjoying the boring-ness… and trying to catch up on lost sleep .