Merry Christmas & Blessed Yule

Baking like a maniac today, family arrives tomorrow, love and happiness ensue!

From my home to yours, have a Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas and may all the joy of this season be yours ❤

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The New Man In My Life

James Harris, it was love from the first moment you appeared in my thoughts to finally tying the knot!

Okay. Enough silliness :p The inspiration for this first in the series is my Great Grandpa Thorpe. He was a well-known ship builder and craftsman but to me, he was hugs, yarns – of the story variety, salt, ocean, family love and pride. It seemed fitting to work this as a traditional seaman’s scarf, a shape that is really wearable and unisex.

JH – the test knit is done and I think he’s a keeper. I’ll be over here in my corner trying to decipher notes and getting this one ready for editing.

JH’s portfolio 🙂 :

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing all the Mum’s out there a day that is perfect for you ❤

This is the title that I value most. ❤

Three More Sleeps!

Annndd…

I am panicking!!

My family is coming over Christmas Eve for our first family Christmas in two years. I want everything to be perfect but realistically, that won’t happen. Perfect and Karin are mutually exclusive. I still have little islands of boxes here and there, nothing is quite “done” yet but I remind myself, there’s only me to do it.

I have “custody” of much of the Christmas we accrued over the years, seeing as I have the space and that’s been put out. It’s both a comfort and bittersweet, with a quiet joy and calmness thrown in for good measure. Steve the Werewolf is in the crèche, the drunken partridge ornament – the musical tweet gave out long ago but is an endless source of giggles – is out.

Making Christmas, Making Christmas, FA-LA-LA

I am officially “Karin Two Trees Bole”, as my living room ficus is decorated with wee twinkle lights and a more traditional tree is downstairs. I sniffled a little over my Santa collection, so nice to see them again. I managed the lights on my own – really chuffed as this was always Mr. Man’s job. Gifts are slowly being wrapped and I finished my Christmas groceries this morning before heading to visit my Nanny.

The baking was started tonight – again – panic and mayhem… It would be much easier to bake if I still had things like: mixing bowls, a mixer… I haven’t missed them in the last two years and if I didn’t eat any, whipping whipped shortbread would be Olympic training! Nonetheless, they are done and looking lovely:

*to the tune of "the twelve days of Christmas": Thirty whipped shortbreads... Wait- only twenty-nine...

A day and a half left of work and then we’ll all be together for a new tradition, non-traditional Christmas feast of Chipotle chicken chili, Mexican rice and chili cheese biscuits with pumpkin shortbread and social tea squares to join the shortbread.

Wish me luck and if you know any elves… send them my way 😉

Make It Monday

And… I’m in! 🙂

I’m also deeking out on the true Make It Monday concept but I did make a house and it’s almost there for being a home. Friday past dawned sunny and warm, it’s been a gorgeous summer here and I did manage my usual coffee and computer morning routine. What a nice – and auspicious – beginning to the day, I had a pattern sale on Ravelry. I navigated the rabbit’s warren that I’d made with all the boxes, to get out the door to work and had a productive day. My new keys were couriered to work by 1:00pm.

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How cute is that?! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as decorative keys 🙂

Saturday was moving day and though the inevitable last-minute packing had to happen, all else went smoothly. I’m certain I hold a world’s record for most boxes crammed into an apartment, the bulk of which were yarn and craft related with a fair smattering of unicorn and faery collectibles (I know… skeet shooting targets. Just can’t bear to get rid of them). From 9:00am to 4:30-ish was pack, travel to new address, and unpack. Another very auspicious event was arriving at my new place to unlock for the movers and finding a wee box between the doors. A delivery from Knit Picks! It seemed like the best of beginnings 🙂 My kids showed up in the latter part of the afternoon for their Ten Cent Tour, pizza and beer to christen my new back garden and to make this be “Home”.

Sunday, was leisurely unpacking and a little shopping for a few new household items. I’m in no rush and having found the important things: coffee / tea, mugs, current yarny project; I am pretty much “Good To Go”.

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A gift from the previous owners. Such good-hearted ladies <3

A gift from the previous owners. Such good-hearted ladies ❤

A sweet and thoughtful welcome from a dear friend.

A sweet and thoughtful welcome from a dear friend.

A gentle summer rain fell in between sunny periods yesterday and like a little rain on a bride’s bouquet, I consider that to be great good luck.

20 July 2014 Impatiens

20 July 2014 Impatiens

And now, off to work!  Cheers All, hope your weekend was wonderful.

Once Upon A Knit

I should really take up knitting or crochet, I hear it’s good for mending frayed nerves…

Ha! 🙂

So, I will be keeping my day job but I am a ball of nerves the last few days and the next few as well as Life counts me down into some exciting stuff. The mad dash to clean and prepare this small, jerry-rigged and always-meant-to-be-temporary space has gone okay. There’s only so much one can do with those limitations and with having to go to work everyday. Throw in the appointments, chores and other preparations that are required when you’re welcoming a friend for a stay… I am ridiculously excited and nervous. I’ve a dear friend (boy) coming to stay and… Yes. I’m a bundle of nerves that daren’t touch a project lest I wind up with a three-armed sweater or a poodle cozy!

The other big event is a potential change in my living space. I wasn’t looking per se, simply saw a little place and it called me. One Open House on a whim and I felt that I should at least ask a few pertinent questions of the Real Estate folk involved and, it would seem that I’m now learning the ropes of being a potential home owner!

Many things in my real life don’t make it to this blog and one of those things is my separation and divorce. It was a particularly difficult process, not due to my former Husband but to the subsequent “boyfriend” that destroyed what little life I had left. My life in the last two years has been more than a little surreal at times, I’ve alluded to it in one or two posts.  It’s fair to say though, things have turned around and with that blight removed from my life new opportunities for life, love and living are far more visible.

And so…

This week brings a lovely new human and the potential for a lovely new home into my life!

I’m beyond excited about these beginnings and all the new things to learn. Getting involved in the home buying process is as much about learning some grownup things on my on as it is about (maybe) completing the purchase. All of this to say, “I got nuthin'”, as far as the knitting goes but I have ever so much more going on everywhere else. One of those is continuing to mend my family. This weekend past, Mother’s Day weekend saw much of that starting with Saturday spent with my fabulous daughter. We bussed downtown and spent a day shopping, talking, laughing, shopping, sitting on a sunny patio with some pints (Innis & Dunn, yum!) and talking.

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Cady ❤

Next up was the evening spent with my Mum. She invited me out to see a band called the Groove Junkies – I come by my Rock ‘N Roll nature honestly between both my parents – We had a fantastic time at a popular local pub and it’s lovely to have a connection to the music scene here. I’m fortunate to count several musicians among my friends. The GJ’s were doing a fundraising event for their former keyboard player, taken too soon by cancer. The turnout was great, they packed the pub and the music was wonderful. My Mum can still party like a rockstar!

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The Groove Junkies At Greenfields 10 May 2014

As to me… I had a great day because my hair turned out. Pray that it looks decent this Wednesday when I go to pick up my friend at the airport and some of you will totally relate to just how much a small thing like that can influence your day for the better. Another small thing made posting this really fun for me, was noticing as I posted to Facebook yesterday, that my daughter and I both do the palm-to-chin in our photos from the 10th. Guess there’s no denying she’s mine. Between that and our shared Gothy aesthetic and fiery temperament, there’s no getting around it. My beautiful boychild rounded things out with his sweet Mum’s Day message to me (he was working – this is epic).

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Me 🙂

So, the yarny, knitty goodness is taking a temporary backs seat as all these other life events catch me up and take me for a ride but it is a delightfully good ride and I couldn’t be happier to be on it and not standing on the banks watching it pass me by.

I’ll be knitting as I can, posting as I can – what’s a Saturday without a Fibre Funny? – and wishing this same happiness, whatever it is in your life that might be.

Cheers All! 🙂

Mixed Bag Monday

I can’t believe we’re at the end of another weekend already…

This one was a mixed bag for me, as the post title suggests. Friday was St. Valentine’s Day and I’m not a supporter of the commerce and greed that seems so prevalent on 14 February, but genuine affection and all those things are lovely. I was pleasantly surprised by these, delivered to my office around the lunch hour:

Valentine's Day 2014

Well… Gobsmacked is probably closer to my actual reaction! On what was a blowy, cold and snowy day – these were welcome in so many ways. On Saturday, I was with family at my Father-In-Law’s funeral service. An occasion both sad in the goodbye and in gratefulness for his release from the terrible toll of Dementia. Seeing so many of the extended family was wonderful and a great support particularly in my new roll, as my former Husband and I find a new way forward.

Friday morning had brought the release of Clue five in my mystery KAL and so, as knitting has been both solace and valium for the last year and a half, I knit in ernest all Saturday afternoon and Sunday. I completed the clue early Sunday morning and here is the stole progress and detail:

Clue five finished

Clue five finished

Clue five detail

Clue five detail

Sunday afternoon, tucked into my sunny, warm living room with my BFF, our knitting, our tea and lots to talk about rounded out the weekend. Friends and Family make all our lives moments that much richer.