After 6 years of hosting Yarn Along, Ginny has decided to stop.  I guess we’ll have to join up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On Tuesdays.

We had such a great time in Toronto I actually didn’t get a lot of knitting done (Grandma’s ‘new’ car is awkward for knitting).

Worked a bit on my poncho.  I wish the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes were a little softer.  At least I used the really soft Galileo for the neck -I’m not sure I could wear it otherwise.

I’ve also got my socks started.  The unfortunate part is I have to do them one sock at a time.

I also did some negative knitting:

I finally had to admit that the sweater for Belinda just wasn’t going to work.  I really don’t know what the designer was smoking when she decided you could knit a sweater at  sport gauge with fingering sized yarn.  It was so fine, nearly shawl-type fine!  It was also going to need blocked every time it got washed and my sister just isn’t that kind of housekeeper.  Belinda picked out a new colour in the Brava Sport yarn.  It’s a new colour so we have to wait for it to be released.

So, what did I do this weekend instead of knit?

Comic con of course!  Ella is Nurse Joy from Pokemon.  She takes care of any injured Pokemon.  Ella looked so good that she got stopped a number of times to take pictures and she received lots of compliments.

The convention centre is always so hot I decided to wear my hair up.  I really should have taken a picture because it looked pretty cool.  I wore my Steampunk outfit again -we were very under-represented this time.

Look who we found!  Ella was so pleased because the father in line after us asked Ella to stay in the picture with his daughters.  Ella could barely contain herself.

One tuckered out girl!  We like to go Sunday morning for the show.  We’re usually done by the time everyone else turns up.

I don’t have any real projects to show you guys this week for Yarn Along.  I have a couple ‘to-go’ projects bagged up and ready for the weekend.

Working on a pair of knee socks for me.  They will have snowflake patterns up the sides.

I’ve also got everything ready for a cool poncho that I’ve wanted to work on for a while now.  I’ve knitted a number of things by Mary Gildersleeve before and I love her work.

I’m sure I’ll have lots to show you next week.

We’re back in the deep freeze again.  Temperatures are about -20 C with the wind chill (since Thursday!).  Colin has some cleaning jobs coming up but needs the weather to warm up some first.

Look what was wandering around the house yesterday:

What’s cooking this week?


hot dogs

leftover Paprikash


Asian steak salad

slow cooker enchiladas


hearty chowder (from Make a Mix)

leftover enchiladas





off to Comic-Con in Toronto so Daddy’s on his own

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A day late for Yarn Along this week again.  We ran over our 20 GB again this month.  We really need the ground to thaw so we can get the ‘better’ internet (50 GB).

I’m “done” the Gnome mittens.  As you can see I still need to do ends, but I need some decent sunshine/daylight first.  I was bored so I made a few more new face cloths too.


Looks like a miserable day in Renfrew County -well not for the school kids.  Supposed to be freezing rain all day so buses are cancelled.  Skating will likely be cancelled too (by me or the club), especially since I do the driving on Monday and I hate driving in any kind of bad weather.

Bit of a quiet week, Ella’s done swimming till after March break and Guides is cancelled because my other leader is away. If skating is cancelled today too, then we’ve only got one outing this week.  Maybe I should set up a play date with her friends in Arnprior.  I wish my friend Teresa lived a little closer to Arnprior, then I could drop Ella off and head over to Teresa’s.  I miss seeing her every week since she moved from Douglas.  But she’s in such a much better place I have to be happy.

Well, what’s cooking this week?  Oh yeah, to be honest I chickened out of making the cauliflower chicken chili last week.  I didn’t think any one would even try it and I didn’t feel like making 2 meals.  Maybe next time.



leftover chicken


French onion tomato soup

honey mustard chicken  -I used honey mustard instead of the Dijon because that’s what was in the fridge



beef stew

Thursday:  Colin’s Birthday

mac & cheese

tenderloin and French fries


leftover stew

Salisbury steak (new from More Don’t Panic Dinner is in the Freezer)


chicken Paprikash


breaded pork chops

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Happy St. David’s Day!  Dad’s family are Welsh (Rees), though they have been in Newfoundland since about 1620.  The Parry side of Mom’s family are Welsh too, though they were missionaries and so were usually born in ‘foreign parts’.  I was going to make Welsh cakes today, but this cough is still taking up all of my energy.


I have found the energy to start knitting again.

The Gnome mittens are chugging along.  I think they are adorable.  I think they would make a fun pattern on a pair of felted mittens too.

Ella got spoiled at her birthday party with 2 Ever After High Dolls.  Kitty Cheshire and Raven Queen (daughter of the evil queen).  Well of course, they need some new dresses.  So here’s the one I’m making for Raven.  Not sure why it’s upside-down??


Finally starting to feel a lot more human.  Must be feeling better, I’ve started knitting again.  Not too much planned this week.  Back to school after our illness break.  Hard to do school when the teacher is sick too.  Ella’s so happy today, her big LEGO set arrived in the mail today.  She used the last of her Christmas/birthday money.  It’s from the Friends collection and has the cutest little goblin.


lunch meat sandwiches

tomato pot roast

Tuesday:  Shrove Tuesday


cauliflower chicken chili (fingers crossed this will slip by the picky people)

Wednesday:   Ash Wednesday  St. David’s Day

pizza (making Welsh cakes too)

leftover roast



roast chicken


Poor Man’s chicken Caesar salad

leftover roast beef


individual chicken pot pies 


sesame chicken and chow mein

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