A few things to share this week for Yarn Along. First I’m happy to say our new neighbour came over to help Colin again with shoveling the barn roofs. He is so tired this week with all the snow moving and fighting off a cold (I’m losing that battle -blech).
Last month for my A&S meeting with the SCA group I needed a project. I needed something to last all day, that would look impressive enough, but wouldn’t take a massive amount of concentration so I could chat too. So I started some petticoat lace.
The pattern is called Esquivel Lace and is from the book The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann (so much lace so little time). It is based on a bobbin lace example from 1842. It’s very easy pattern to remember. I need about 3 yds.
I have a friend who is obsessed with gnomes. I happened upon a pattern for gnome mittens so of course I shared it with her. No surprise, she loved them. But she’s a newer knitter and doesn’t feel confident to do fair isle. She is also an amazing photographer. Remember when I won the free photo shoot? Maureen is the one who did all the fabulous pictures.
I wanted to get some new pictures done of Ella but as usual cash is hard to find some days. Luckily, Maureen loves to trade. So I’m making her some gnome mittens and she’s going to take pictures of my beautiful girl.
I also finally got a picture of Ella wearing her new scarf, though not outside because she ‘didn’t need it’.
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A day late because we ran out of internet for the month. Boy that was a long 2 days -ha ha. We really need to find a better internet service provider. I have discovered we can’t use any of the companies that have DSL over the phone lines. Apparently, Bell hasn’t updated out phone lines and they can’t do it over the old lines.
Remember the ski-doo? Well, Colin is finding it much too cold (even with a hat) so I whipped him up a balaclava (Elizabeth Zimmerman of course).
I made the ‘body’ of the hat a little longer. He’s enjoying it today even just out in the yard because it’s -30 C with the windchill.
We are loving reading The Hobbit!
I forgot to tell you about a surprise present Colin got for us for Christmas. He was really ticked because Home Hardware didn’t get any in until a few weeks ago.
BUT it doesn’t come with the special sugar and that sugar was on back-order until TODAY! Luckily the candy floss machine works with regular sugar (coloured and flavoured of course).
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I love calling today Candlemas instead of ‘Groundhog Day’. I don’t know why we suddenly need a rodent to tell us the weather forecast. The old poem does a good enough job:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas bring clouds and rain,
Go winter, and come not again.
I belong to a Facebook group that has a lot of British/European ladies. They are all talking about their snowdrops and such. I headed out this morning to look for my snowdrops:
Oh, right, they are still buried under a foot of snow and it was -21 C (6 F) this morning with snow in the forecast. But I guess that means the worst of winter is behind us?
I’m disappointed we won’t be able to go to church on Sunday. I love the Candlemas service in Ottawa. Ella has a skating competition on Sunday and we can’t do both with all the driving. Hopefully next year.
We were in Ottawa doing some errands and visiting with my friend Teresa. Came home to a surprise. Look what Daddy bought us!!!
Took a while to convince Daisy she couldn’t catch them. So much fun ripping around the fields.
“I want to ride too, Momma”
One worn out and chilly Ella. Warming up in her mermaid tail that Auntie B made for her and reading her Minecraft book bought with her Christmas Chapters’ cards.
I picked up a couple of cool books too. Ella is very excited to start the LEGO Shakespeare (she bought herself the Brick Fairy Tales and Brick Dracula/Frankenstein). I treated myself to a beautiful, illustrated copy of The Hobbit. My old paperback copy has seen better days. I want to read it with Ella and I will enjoy the larger print in the new copy too.
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