Meet Morisot

I’m not sure what I’m doing right. Oh yeah! Staying off the computer and knitting 😉

I finished up my Morisot Sweater this weekend:

Morisot Finished 2

I love it and there are more photos of it here KarinB on my Ravelry profile.

I also managed to block another shawl. I did. I know! My Père Lachaise Shawl, the 2013 Tour de France project designed by my friend Natalie Servant, is finally wearable.

I wouldn’t normally pair a variegated yarn with a lace pattern but there was so much stocking stitch in this design, I thought I’d use up a little bit of stash.

Père Lachaise Shawl ~ Finished

Père Lachaise Shawl ~ Finished 2


I also made a huge pot of spaghetti sauce and cooked up a ton of gluten-free fettucine to make my lunches for the week, as well as cheese omelettes for my breakfast. That and an evening out with a friend Saturday night to a local pub to see two really talented and entertaining bands made for one very good weekend. This in spite of a cold that kept trying to spoil my fun. Ha! Take THAT (swallows more Advil Cold & Sinus) evil cold germs.

I’ll spare you pictures of the food – that’s what Instagram is for!


It’s done!

I have to say that as I struggled through those last few stitches, lace sticking like cobweb to my bamboo needles, that I’m sure were taking on water… sweat rolling down my back in Canada’s “Monsoon With No Rain” season… tired but pushing on to the finish line… I felt for one small moment, the thrill of victory that I might if I were actually doing something athletic!

Now if only knitting like an Olympian in sauna conditions burned more calories…

Make It Monday

Is a fail!

It is too stinking hot here to knit. Sweaty too and my Pere Lachaise is being done on bamboo pins… It’s like knitting in a sauna. This isn’t a complaint – I love the heat and the humidity but it sure isn’t conducive to knitting.

I will finish today though. With just two rows left, a half hour lunch break and A/C at work, there won’t be any reason to not have this wrapped up.

There have been some shop updates by my favourite dyers lately and I’ve scored a lovely or two. Here is a little Yarn Pr0n for you:

Gone Glamping and The Village

Gone Glamping and The Village



What’s Doin’

I am closing in on the finish line of my Tour de France KAL. About five more rows to work up, as I take this short refreshment break. I’m certain Row 11 of Chart F will benefit by my having a cider! I really like this project. Quick, easy, the pattern is flawlessly written, with attention to detail that really enhances the design. Love it Natalie!

I’ve been on an updating spree with my older patterns. After a satisfactory close to a stressful year and a half, I feel like the creative flow is really benefitting. It’s amazing how the removal or resolution of a problem can make such a difference! What I’ve done in my Ravelry shop, is to update all the patterns with new, current and more varied yarn suggestions and to fill in the gaps that the old format had versus the new. I’ve added the tension and language and updated the notes where applicable. I’m very much looking forward to getting some of my  notes transcribed to pattern format soon. I’m working on an update of the PSPRP “branding”; photos, PDF’s, they could all use a little facelift, I think 🙂

Tomorrow is a day off for picnics and just hanging out. So looking forward to that and wishing you all a peaceful Sunday…

In Keeping With The Tour de France Theme

This is a wonderful animated movie from 2003, a Canada / France collaboration. It tells a story of Champion, who lives with his grandmother Mme. Souza and her beloved dog, Bruno. Champion becomes a dedicated bicycle racer, just as his parents, under the tutelage of his grandmother, who is his guardian.

When Champion disappears during a leg of the Tour de France race, Mme. Souza sets out to find him and soon she is enmeshed in a nefarious Mafia plot. Befriended by the Triplets de Belleville, once famous entertainers of the 30’s, no fallen on old age and hard times, the story of how Mme., Bruno and friends is very entertaining and the music is wonderful!

It can be dark, I would not recommend this for younger children, unless you screen it first. It is however, a favourite in my family.

Happy 4th Of July Weekend

The Knitting Machine, 2005, acrylic felt knitted with excavators and aluminum utility poles

Gotta love 'Murrica - go big or go home!

Gotta love ‘Murrica – go big or go home!

Why yes I can say that! Although my branch came to Canada as Loyalists, during the American Revolution, some chose to stay. The Beau’s family has deep roots in Canada, so he puts up with my teasing :).

Ah yes, the knitting.

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I’ve been working away on my  Tour de France KAL shawl, Natalie’s lovely Pere Lachaise and loving it. I expect I should have Chart D finished this evening.

And I leave you with a bird’s eye view of the really big “shew”.

See? Real men knit. They just like to use really BIG tools!

See? Real men knit. They just like to use really BIG tools!

Have a wonderful weekend!


My Tour de France shawl continues to progress, work eats up a lot of my knitting time but I’m pleased with it so far. I’m no longer questioning my sanity in pairing a variegated yarn with a lace pattern. There was method to my madness but in the early bit, I wondered if I wasn’t going too far out of my aesthetic comfort zone. Happy to say that now that I’m working the portion where there are long panels mostly comprised of stocking stitch, my reason for choosing the Malabrigo, I’m liking it better. I should have some photos soon, now that there is a pattern shift, it looks more like there’s been progress made 🙂

Tour de France KAL ~ Day Two

I’ve just completed the second repeat of Chart B and liking the malabrigo lace very much. It’s a single ply and a little rustic, so there are some variations in thickness over the length but nothing extreme. I’m finding the pattern very well written and easy to follow. This is something I’d heard about Natalie’s patterns and she is there in the Ravelry group to answer any questions.

So although it doesn’t burn nearly the calories or have any of the glory, I’m really enjoying my second day on “The Tour”.

After 2nd repeat of Chart B

After 2nd repeat of Chart B