Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Weekend Roundup

It was a long weekend here in Quebec where we celebrated St. Jean Baptiste day or as the sovereignists prefer to call it Fete Nationale (National Holiday )
As per usual this summer the weather was horrible with torrential rains and storms . We were able to salvage one day , yesterday , which was hot , humid and SUNNY . Perfect pool weather . Mike and I took advantage of the nice weather and went for an early morning bike ride and then just chilled with some cool drinks and enjoyed the backyard . Later on Max & Stef dropped by with Mason for a BBQ . Mason was able to take his first dip in the pool , a little chilly (76 degrees) but refreshing . Casey and Chantal had been invited to some friends for the celebrations. We were able to get in the BBQing but not long after dinner the heavens opened up again . No need to water the lawn so far this year .

Thanks to the quiet and rainy days I was able to finish Stella's socks and cast on another pair for Shirley's grand daughter Emma .
Today , I'm catching up on the chores after a lazy weekend . No biking today , my behind needs a day off . It's too hot and muggy today anyway , and guess what , more late afternoon storms in the forecast . The plan for the rest of the day is sock knitting and swimming . Oh and enjoying a little of this ...
fresh Quebec strawberries and Saskatoon berries from our backyard bush . You have no idea how hard I have to fight off the robins to get a handful of berries . I'm happy as long as they let me get a few ;-) .
Have a good day !

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cured for now

As quickly as it came on , Startitis is all but over . The fact that there were so many knits lying in various stages of completion all over the house and my inability to tolerate too much disorder helped with the cure .  We have finished knits !

This little vest for Stella has been hanging around for almost three months , just for want of button loops . Doing these was a new technique for me and I can't say that I'm really happy with them . I find it fiddle diddly to do and I'm not sure they'll hold the vest closed , but this was the best of all my efforts . The other thing is the I-cord edge has a propensity to roll and I'm not thrilled with that either . Anyways maybe once she's wearing it none of those issues will matter . Good thing I made the 4 year old size , she'll won't be wearing it till the fall .

Lastly , I got my dishcloth fever under control with these three bright cloths . There are three different patterns , all free on ravelry  .  The tangerine one is the Double Bump dishcloth , the purple one is Ridges and Ribs and the banana yellow one is All Washed Up . All three were just what the doctor ordered .

On to  Stella's socks , I'm almost at the toe of the second sock , so next week should add to the finished knits on my ravelry project page .

Have a good weekend !

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Queen of the short attention span

That's me ! Just look at the latest start ups from the weekend ...

Now there are two finished dishcloths and one just begun  , but I decided that I needed three , so consequently Stella's socks are on hold . As are the softie , the baby bootee and at least five other WIPs on my ravelry page . Does anyone know of the cure for Startitis  ?
Oh and Dee , if you look closely right near the finished sock , you can see the ribbon from the bookmark that you gifted me peeking out. Thanks again , I love it ! The book is excellent by the way , I'm in the mood for an easy read with a good plot interesting setting  and well written characters ,  and this one fills the bill . The author has a new book out I might just pick that one up too .
Now I'm off outside to enjoy the first bit of sunshine that we've seen in days  . Have a good day !

Monday, June 10, 2013

When it rains

Knit !  May and the beginning of June have been very rainy and cool . In fact it has felt more like Fall than Spring and the start of Summer . It is downright depressing ! My knitting production has certainly benefited from all of the rain . Let me show you ...
Parade socks
Then there was baby cardigan and matching hat
                                                   Then some Cozy Little Toes socks

Then came another baby sweater (Kina ) .There will soon be a matching hat .
Currently in progress are these...
The funny looking pink thing is the Knubbelchen softie . The second bootee is almost done . It is so teeny tiny ! I'm hoping that it will fit for at least a little bit .
Oh and I should mention that all of these knits were knit from stash yarn , except for the softie and one of the cozy toes socks . I wanted some pink(ish) cotton sock yarn  which required a visit to my LYS . That was my only purchase that day , another yay !

Guess what , after almost full days of sun , they're forecasting rain for tomorrow , what do you think I'll be doing ? I really should be doing housework though , but you know you can't clean when it rains because it's too gloomy to see all the dust and dirt .You have to wait for a sunny day . That's my story and I'm sticking to it .