The Countdown Is On

The Needler’s Retreat 2015 is coming up quickly. Taking place at the beautiful Glen House Inn in Gananoque again, this one will be really exciting for me. I’m preparing for my first Vending experience, a little nervous but glad it’ll take happen in a place and with folks I’ve known for a few years.

I’ve spent the morning doing Graphic Design work for my advert sheets and presentation binder and updating the files for my business cards. For now I’m just creating labels to stick on the old ones and bring them into this decade. I’m happy too, to have connected with a tech editor for KeiB Designs. I think it’ll add a professional touch and I know as a knitter, I appreciate that feature.

I’ve been working like a stevedore on the “Knitting / Guest” room and am really happy with the results so far. I’m still inundated with yarn (please visit my stash for sale on Ravelry and adopt some) but as of today, I have almost all of it in the one room. I did get some shelves (bamboo – recyclable and biodegradable – yay!) for my own closet and for the front hall. A little more work to do there as I’m still slowly working my way through old clothing and aiming for one more big donation to Diabetes before the end of the year. I put together coffee tables for the living room and finally replaced my 1960’s folding card table that was curb-dived about 10 years ago and has been serving as my kitchen table. Next up, I’m going to tackle what will be my office / sewing and needle work room. All in good time, I don’t procrastinate so much as to lose my title but I’m finding I have to make a mess in order to clean up a mess. It is so worth it though, as I’m getting better at getting rid of the things that make my life “heavy”.

I’m still working on the BW wrap and the Falling Leaves cowl but did get a wee bit bored and so took a break to whip up Anna Hrachovec’s “Boo Bat“. My daughter is crazy for bats and we kept a bat house at the old home. I love this cute little ami and can see a few more for her (I can’t tease her about being too old for bats. I still will buy anything Hello Kitty!) I am seeing trying my hand at some different techniques to create my own pattern but we’ll see how that goes. I know the weeks between now and Retreat weekend starting November 6th, will fly by.

This is a bigger post as I’m currently participating in a poetry writing challenge called OctPoWriMo and I suspect it’ll take a bite out of my blogging time for the next month. If you’re interested in poetry and other writing, I blog that at my other WordPress home: The Eclectic Poet. I’ll be here whenever I can though – you’ve been warned! 🙂

Here’s a Pictorial of the house and knit happenings: (You can hover over each photo for a quick blurb or click the first one and it opens a larger, slideshow-type of view, where comments, etc. can be made)

Skulls And Spring

Skully” was well received and so I’ve begun a test knit. Remind me to take notes the next time I decide to hook “off the cuff”! The skull motif is a fairly well-known one, for those of us who like that stuff and my favourite was Spider Mambo’s single crochet guy. I popped her skull into an Arcade wheel style “granny” to make “Skully”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember what I did. I started yesterday with hook, needles, yarn, notebook and camera (!) in my lap and set to.

Yorick” is close to halfway done, I’ve notes and photos for a possible tutorial if this becomes a pattern and thankfully, DID remember what I’d done to create the “Slipped Stitch Open Patella Cable”. Yes. That. 8=. I’m using the KnitPicks wool of Andes sportweight again, had tons leftover and it’s super economical for proto’s and tests. I’ve promised my Girlie a #ucg version that she’ll be able to wear at work (sidebar: since when do companies hire Graphic Designers, ie: Artists, and then subject them to corporate drone dress codes?) I have some KnitPicks Shine Sport in black for multi-seasonal wear. I’m testknitting an idea that’s languished for a while. Still bearing the unfortunate name of “Green Blob” in my head but now in blue. I think if I can stop setting this down for other yarny projects, it could be pretty.

Speaking of seasons… I’m not sure who is responsible for this but you go to Mama Nature right now and apologize!! I woke to this beautiful but chilly back garden view this AM.

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 😉