Sunday, August 06, 2017

Bobbing Along

With the purchase of a couple of kayaks our stay-cations just got a lot more fun!



We've been "trying out" kayaks from Western Canoe Kayak in Abbotsford annually for a few years now.


Always something came up that made us postpone the purchase.


But we've finally taken the plunge. Well, not literally; no one has been dumped in the water yet. The kayaks are surprisingly stable.


I'm looking forward to the mini-vacations. There are plenty of small "no motor boat" lakes to explore around here. 


We purchased the kayaks yesterday and today we went to Abbotsford's Mill Lake to get them out for their inaugural run. 


Even in the midst of the city it was peaceful just bobbing along out there.




We didn't have to buy expensive, ugly roof racks for my car either! Both kayaks load quickly and securely into the back of my husband's truck and only require a tie down rope.  


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bathed and Pressed

The Dogwood Blossom yardage has been bathed and pressed for quite some time but I only just remembered now to take a few photos for Ravelry and my blog.



I haven't decided yet exactly what it will become, but most likely some sort of Saori style art clothing. 


Likely a layering piece to be worn over a "uniform" aka Anita Luvera Mayer style. 



First it will make its public debut at the Chilliwack Exhibition.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Bit Each Day

With so many other projects urgently needing attention I haven't been knitting a lot lately, but I do try to put in at least a little each day so that my granddaughters will get their sweaters in a reasonable amount of time. Lately my knitting time has been confined to the 30 minutes or so that I sit with my morning coffee. Still, it's adding up!

A little each day adds up.

I only have the front bands to do and the youngest granddaughter's sweater will be complete. It's miles too big for her. We've had a couple of try on sessions. Better too big than too small at this age though! She's growing like a weed.

Even though the sweater would likely fit the older sister right now the colour and mood of this one would be all wrong for her. Wildly colourful with lots of pattern and variety is in keeping with the youngest's personality. I'll come up with something less busy for the older sister!

On Sunday when I wrote the post about the handwoven hat I did not have a picture of the inside to show you. So here you are, an inside shot. The hat is fully lined with a fabric labeled as "mixed fibres", but seems like a polyester to me. It's the perfect weight and colour for this hat, has a nice hand, and doesn't fray or wrinkle.

It's lined too.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Add a Hat

There was a time when men, women and children all wore hats when they went out. 


I'm glad that that's no longer the case since I look dorky in every hat I ever try on!


I also have a very large head so it is hard to find hats that fit me.


Luckily Heddie is always happy to model hats for me since her lack of a torso and limbs makes her a rather poor model of other clothing.


The hat is sewn from handwoven fabric left over after making the white tunic and using the "Brimmed Hat with Side Pleating" pattern by Etsy seller kalliedesigns.


It is fully lined, and beautifully embellished.



Hopefully both the hat and the tunic will be accepted for display in the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild's textile art show, "Fibre Flair!" which will be opening at the Chilliwack Community Arts Council's Art Room Gallery in September.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Like Riding a Bicycle

After taking up knitting for the second time (She first learned a little when she was very young)

Knitting once more.

My ten year old granddaughter is very happy to discover that even after all these years she still retained some of the knowledge.

Knitting once more.

She claims it is "just like riding a bike. You never really forget how." She's doing a wonderful job. I'm very proud of her. She says, "I knit and I'm proud", like the lyrics in this YouTube video.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Carefully Chosen

My youngest granddaughter was over yesterday for her regular weaving time. This is the first warp she's worked on where the colour and all of the yarns in the warp were of her own choosing.

Considering weft choices.

She chose the yarns last week and was a little disappointed that she wouldn't get to weave with them right away. I told her I still had to wind the warp and get it onto the loom. It was all ready to go when she arrived yesterday. 

She's also weaving pink, just like Grandma.

I think she's really enjoying working with a warp full of colour and texture, rather than the plain black prewound she's been using so far, though she's finding that having pompom yarn in the warp is a little troublesome.

It just so happens that her warp is pink, just like the weaving I just finished! We even used some of the same yarns.

The yardage below is my Dogwood  Blossom weaving, now off the loom and ready for its wet finishing.

Off the loom and ready for finishing.

I plumped up the fringe ends by adding in extra yarn before twisting them.

Plumped up the fringe.




Monday, June 19, 2017

Moving Along

This project is moving along at a good pace considering how busy I've been with other commitments!

First 36 rows.

The first 36 rows are complete, and with the yarn being an aran weight a few rows adds up quite quickly. I'm already finished the neckline shaping.