Just a short Farm Girl Friday today, before the Farm Girly and I head for southern Ontario to visit Auntie Belinda for her birthday.
The Farm is still buried under the snow with no sign of spring. This is a picture of the snow at Grandma’s house. Ella calls this her ‘snow tree house’. To give you a little perspective, Grandma’s piece of ‘driftwood’ is about 3 feet tall and only the top 20 inches is sticking out! Ella loves being able to play in the tree. I just hope the neighbour lady gets her son (who piled the snow) to remove a whack of it before it all starts to thaw. The last time the pile this big was allowed to melt where it sits, it all ended up in Grandma’s basement. Not good when it’s storage space for Grandma and me.
All that being said, we actually didn’t get much snow this year and could have used some more. It’s just been so cold that when we got all that snow in December, it never melted! Usually our snow comes and goes all winter. There is lots of corn still in the countryside, so we could use a bit of a melt but we need the ground to stay frozen. Combines don’t float on mud well -ha ha.
Ella needs some warmer weather, she’s climbing the walls needing outside. Me, I’m just about ready to start seeing some of my snowdrops peaking through the ground.
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For Yarn Along this week I can share Daddy’s finished slippers finally.
I didn’t make the sock parts as long as the pattern says, that seemed a bit much. Colin really likes them. His feet are always so cold. If I make these again, I will definitely do the sock parts separately and sew them on -like the storm cuffs on Ella’s mittens.
I’ve also got another row and a bit finished on Ella’s afghan.
This pattern is addictive. If anyone has some leftover DK or sport weight yarn (22 st or 24 st to 4 inches), I would love some. I don’t have enough and there aren’t many options around here. Real wool is OK, so is acrylic.
You may have noticed the skein of Vintage waiting to be wound?? Well we (the girls) are heading to Scarborough for the weekend to visit my sister and BIL and I need some travel knitting. So I’m going to start working on Ella’s new sweater/bolero. It’s a more grown-up style which I think will appeal to Ella since some days she’s 8 going on 25 :) I may pull together some sock knitting too because I need a new purse project.
BTW here’s the new American Girl dress from last week. It looks so much better on the doll. It was a hit at the birthday party. And yes, I know her shoes are on the wrong feet, Ella dressed her not me.
UPDATE: darn it, the Vintage doesn’t work for Ella’s sweater. I think I need something more aran in size. Now I have to find another project to take along.
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Yarn Along again this week. I know February is a short month, but my goodness how is it the end of the month already??
Remember Colin’s slippers from last week? Well, I’m so frustrated with them that I let myself be distracted by starting Ella’s afghan.
Sorry for the blurry picture, I took half a dozen and couldn’t get the camera to focus on the afghan not the floor. The majority of the yarn is Prism by Mary Maxim. Grandma Isobel got Ella the full range of colours (except black) last year for Christmas. I’m not sure how I stumbled onto the pattern. I was blog hopping last week and found Shelly at Heathen Housewife. Let me state right now, though I love her pattern I think she is insane for making it in sock yarn! Luckily the pattern works for any size yarn you want. I’m making Ella’s at 23 sts over 4 inches. That way I can use DK and sport sized yarn. Now to try to find enough cool coloured yarns. The pattern takes literally 5 seconds to learn. And when you are done, you are done. No pieces to sew together. And if you are smart you can sew in the tails as you go along too, so that’s not overwhelming either. Shelly finished her blanket with i-cord. I’m not that big a fan of i-cord so I won’t do Ella’s that way. Maybe I’ll just crochet a border.
Here’s a close-up, please ignore the carpet. My MIL was crazy putting off white carpet in a farm house. Can’t wait until Colin puts in the wood floor (laminate likely).
Ella’s very best friend Alex is having a birthday party this weekend. It’s Ella’s first sleepover (though we all know no sleeping goes on). To go with the things we bought, I made a dolly dress. Alex has a Maplelea doll, much like Ella’s American Girl doll.
Wow, this cold going around really packs a punch. Monday I was so sick I sent Ella home with Grandma (since Colin was away) and just sat on the chesterfield the whole day. I didn’t even pick up my knitting needles! Luckily the dress is a quick knit and I finished it up yesterday. I am happy to report I feel so much better today (and Colin made it home safe last night).
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A few things for Yarn Along this week.
Got all my felting done. Storm cuffs waiting to be sewn onto Ella’s mitts. Daddy’s slippers turned out well. Not sure I’m liking how they go together. The ‘sock’ part took a real beating in the machine. Now I have to try to find the live stitches to finish knitting the sock part. Think if I make these again, I’ll try to make the sock part separate and sew them in after the felting -much like the storm cuffs on the mittens.
I also got a fair bit of knitting done on my scarf. I spent 3 hours at Renfrew hospital last night with Ella. She was throwing up from midnight Monday until we went to the hospital 7:30 pm Tuesday. Poor thing couldn’t keep anything down, even ice chips. She was getting really weak and shaky. They took us right in and gave Ella some magical anti-nausea medicine. You could see it working almost as soon as she swallowed it. Slowly through the evening she ate a freezy and then some juice and cookies. Finally had enough in her system for a pee sample. Then we saw the doctor and they let us go home. Ella is so much better today and as expected has started with a cold. I don’t understand why she throws up before getting a cold??
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I need to start doing my Yarn Along post earlier in the week and schedule it. I can’t seem to post on time these days.
I’ve whipped up a couple of pairs of felted mittens for Ella to take to Brownie camp next week. I’m also making some slippers for Colin. I was going to felt them at the same time, but the slippers are taking too long. I want to get the mittens finished soon.
I also whipped up a pair of wool socks for Ella. I told her to wear them if her feet get cold and wet at camp, kind of like slippers. These are her first ‘wool’ socks, but don’t tell her or she will tell me they are itchy.
I seem to have been suffering a bit of startitis. I have about half a dozen projects on the go. I need to get some finished.
I know this has nothing to do with knitting or reading, but I borrowed a slide converter from a friend and here’s one of the ‘gems’ I found:
Mom and Dad’s wedding day -4 April 1970. Grandpa and Grandma Gerald and Yvonne Johnson, Mom and Dad, and Grandma and Grandpa Anne and Bert Rees.
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