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That’s as catchy a title as I can come up with and I agonized over it, believe me!

No FO’s just yet although my ‘Duane Park Triangle‘ shawl is blocking as I type – cursed thing. Remind me to never commit to a pattern that is all garter stitch again. Even the pretty Zen String yarns that I used couldn’t save my attitude by the end.

Happier WIP’s are my ‘Gothic Starfish‘ afghan. It just needs a few rows of black border and it will be out the door to live on my daughter’s purple sofa and my ‘Rheinlust‘ shawl, which I am madly in love with; all twisted stitches and Wollmeise goodness. This is not to say that I now love Wollmeise, I still prefer other yarn bases a LOT but it’s perfect in this pattern.

With spring finally here for real, I’m working hard on my little house and the gardens. Replaced the old mailbox with one that’ll match my new screen door when it goes up and the dead doorbell is on today’s agenda for a new wireless one. Good friends adopted my old wooden picnic table for their cottage and I now have room for an elf-size gazebo in the back garden. Lots of leafy clean up to do before that goes up but it’ll make a lovely outdoor retreat. My little office is coming along too, I just finished the assembly yesterday and am moving files, supplies and all that stuff that’s been living in my kitchen to its proper home.

Finally have my ‘Leaf’ set up and it’s keeping me honest about my exercise goals or err… honest about how much I fool myself! Apparently, knitting does NOT burn many calories… A terrible oversight on the part of our physiology IMHO. Saying goodbye to another dear family member and some irksome ‘girl’ health issues just lately have me wanting to get back to my former athletic self or a reasonable facsimile! I can say that deleting a few of my social media accounts has been a HUGE benefit in terms of stress relief. I mean really? How connected does one woman have to be, right?! 😉

With that, here’s pictorial ‘skinny’ on all of the things :):

Oh! And THIS! A month or so ago, I stabbed my finger with some wicked sharp scissors when I was lifting staples from the back of a painting… I couldn’t even look as I tugged them out and did the first aid thing. Knitting and blocking were really hard for a week or two and now I have a scar! Apparently, I haven’t outgrown this stage…

 

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Wednesday…

Still waiting on my beads to finish up ‘Ile d’Ecosse’ shawl and so committed myself to finishing and blocking ‘Pennae‘ shawl. I like how the two colours of Tosh Merino Light played so nicely together but I have to admit, I prefer symmetrical shawls. I did tweak this a bit to minimize the snooze-inducing amount of garter stitch – again, just personal preference – and I think it’s come out okay.

Pennae’s portfolio:

I’m still really hook obsessed at the moment and so progress on my fourth NCM2016 project has been good. I’m making the  ‘Starry Skies‘ blanket in some very ancient worsted leftovers, yarn too nice to give away or donate but no longer a favourite colour or rescued from very old WIPs. It’s about ‘lapghan’ size as of today and I hope to have it wrapped up over the coming weekend.

Meanwhile, household chores call. I’m staining an antique washstand that has been passed from my Auntie, to my Mum and I scavenged it from the end of our driveway when I was a teen – much to Mum’s chagrin :). It’s been with me ever since and endured an epic session of stripping and sanding to remove the five or six coats of paint it had endured over it’s life with a family of DIYers with good taste. While that dries, I’m planning how to best individualize the translucent, frosted privacy film that I’ll be putting up on the entranceway sidelight. A new front door meant the old, curtained window went – glad, as it was original to the house (!) We’ll see how my attention span holds for the next few days 🙂

All of the WIPage:

Spring 2015 Color Report From Pantone

Again, dreaming of spring in the midst of Winter…

Here is Pantone’s official colour palette for this year. I’m less enthusiastic about some of these selections but there are definitely some that will make their way into my crafting or home.

Pantone's Spring 2015 colour predictions

Pantone’s Spring 2015 colour predictions

My evolving taste in interior design colours has me looking at the Pantone Colour of the Year, “Masala”. Shown here in various accessories, it’s easy to picture adding it into an existing colour theme.

Image credit: Pantone

Image credit: Pantone.com

Green is one of my favourite colours and it is a strong part of my decor palette. “Woodbine” is a lovely warm green that looks great in the treatment below:

Woodbine Decor Spring 2015

I like blue but have used it less in recent years. Our first little townhouse was decorated at the height of my love for antiques and the desire for an older home. Colonial blue and Wedgwood – and geese! Let’s not forget the proliferation of geese on everything 🙂 – were colours that I loved then. Seeing “Dusk Blue”, which was a colour of the year in 2013 as well, used in more simple treatments and with muted greys and mauves; makes it feel much more current and for me, I love the natural feel it evokes.

Dusk blue 2015 decor

There are great photos all over the Internet, showing creative ways to incorporate or reinvent your home and wardrobe to include 2015’s colours. My home is looking relatively stylish – in terms of colour 😉 – nice for a change! I’ll be knitting and crocheting for the shop with an eye to some of the warmer palette shown this year.

What will you be creating in the latest fashion colours? 🙂

Upcycles and Crafting Wins

There’s nothing like an impending move to put a burr under the saddle!

I started one of these projects several months ago and because I’m the Queen of Procrastination, just never bothered to finish. Today, I looked at all that I’ll need to pack and move and it just made sense to finish a few things, ie: make one item of many bits.

This was mostly my plan to protect my Ikea furniture. If you have Ikea, you know they use a lot of soft woods in their products and that these items will mar if you even look at them funny. I have a dresser, a chest of drawers and two night stands; all of which have “stuff” on them and so, I wanted to be sure that I didn’t wind up with a lot of scratches and gouges due to simply dropping a tissue on a night stand.

To that end, I bought and recycled some super inexpensive frames, purchased some moderately priced designer fabric (’cause as a Sewer, I’m as much a fabric snob as I am a yarn snob) and with the application of some silicon feet on the backs, have some lovely and decorative tray / protector / memory keeper creations. The second one uses the gorgeous handmade paper that I picked up at Wallack’s, this one is my favourite. Diggin’ that a memory frame already holds a precious memory of first dates, good beginnings and dreams to come…

Here’s how they turned out (details are on my Flickr page here):

 

Cool Idea ~ Modern Doilies

I saw this in a selection of crochet images and thought it was an interesting idea. I have doilies from my grandmother and from a couple of great grandmothers. I’m thinking this would be a lovely way to display and keep them safe at the same time.

There is just a tiny blurb at the website and you can read it by clicking the picture below:

Cool-Idea-Modern-Doilies