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After a brisk walk in the cold wind, Kira and I let the chickens out to explore. It’s their favourite thing – in all weather.

Flock

Lone bird

The best part of spending time in the outdoors?

Snuggling back inside.

Grandma

New Project

-5 with the windchill

 Hope you’ve enjoyed a cozy winters’ weekend.

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Tonight at 6 when the Opening Ceremonies begin there will be a mass Cast-On taking place all over the Knitverse!

I am representing Team 4815162342 from the LOST board and will be making the Adamas Shawl – it sounds BSG but the Greek translation is: indomitable or untamable. Which feels like John Locke’s attitude at times.

So I am calling my project: Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t DO! Shawl

Pretty ambitious for a 2 week project but…I’ve had this yarn kicking around forever and I need to jump into the lace at some point.
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I made a bag to tote my project around in the theme from our board…

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I be ‘cited!!!

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Popcorn & PJ’s Night!

This seemed like one of the easier list items to complete!

Originally the idea I had was for adults to do this – then I thought I should do this with my little cousins and then I thought – hey, why not host the evening for them to enjoy with their friends?

Just leave me here!Everyone came in their pj’s – so comfy! We started with some arts and crafts downstairs — making name placards for bedroom doors was the idea but it became much more about the process than the end product – which was perfect.

After the crafty time, the kids went upstairs to watch the Bee Movie and we stayed downstairs, drinking tea, eating Lindor chocolate and talking. It was awesome.

I had made each child these cutesie Popcorn Cups that were a hit.Pj's and Popcorn the 1st    Comfy?

 It was so much fun! I decided to host another night (and there are one or two more in the works) because I have so many friends with children.

vfds 005 The difference between the two groups was hilarious. With the 1st group I ran out of popcorn, apple juice, milk and cookies. There was a solid half hour of sweeping to do after they left and two days later I was finding things under the couch and behind plants. No problem! That’s what life with kids is like.

dogsWith the second group I didn’t even serve the popcorn, goldfish or raisins. I think one child had a drink – of water! When they called down to ask about making a fort upstairs I said: Of course.

When I joined them upstairs for the last half hour I was almost speechless. There was no mess. NO mess whatsoever. They had built the ‘fort’ by laying a blanket over the coffee table. That was it. That was Cousinsthe fort – no couch cushions on the floor, no furniture moved. But they had a blast sitting under the coffee table in their fort.

They made fridge magnets. They watched Cinderella and danced about, pretended to be dogs and babies and then they all got bundled up and went back home.

I was left with a glass of wine and a super clean house by 8 pm. And I was already in my PJ’s!

Truly a rewarding experience completing this item on my list!

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Snugglebear!

Kira’s car blankie is complete!

So it took 2 years and 2 months, what’s that in the life of a WIP?

Ahh, the blink of an eye.

It’s been done for a week and my elbow is still hurting. My body is apparently not so used to crocheting. 😦


Ah well! It’s well worth it — look at that cozy pup!

All made from fingering yarn – leftover scraps or unwanted colourways. Painstakingly hooked on the smallest crochet needle imaginable — though rumour has it there are smaller ones still…

LOST posts coming your way fast and furious this weekend — I was a little delayed by the Lost Media server crash — but they’re back up!

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Knitting Content!!

Yes. Your eyes are not deceiving you — it’s a slew (or is it slough?) of FO’s!

Topmost is the Tudora Ruff– or Tudorica. 😉  

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I think this picture turned out quite funny – I was actually trying to avoid a triple chin but…it makes me look kinda threatening.

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Great Canadian Traveling ScarfI joined a traveling Scarf Exchange, which is pretty fun – we just mailed off the second section. You start a scarf – knit the 1st 6″, send it on to the next knitter, they add 6″ and so on. Finally your scarf is returned to you and you knit the final 6″. Voila!  A complete scarf. And this way you – ok I – totally avoid the dread that comes upon me about 8″ in to a scarf — that certainty that the scarf is not growing – a fact that seems to be proven by measuring! Does anyone know how that works? How can you measure something at 8″, knit 10 rows and remeasure and it is still 8″?? I don’t know how it happens but it has happened to me more than once.

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I used the leftover wool from Tudorica and chose a pattern from the Stitch Dictionary my Mom gifted me. This is not the best picture. At least I hope it’s the picture.

I also joined a Granny Square Exchange and this is a terrible pic of the one I sent out. (at least there is a bit of a theme to the post!)

AND last of all: Aunty K’s Amendment Thrummed Mittens

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So named because they were to make up for the socks I made her for her anniversary that fit her granddaughter! (I’ve seen her wear them twice already!)

Thrumming was much easier than I thought and it is super-duper cozy. I might have to look into a pair for myself for next season since, you know.

Knit while watching: Lost Seasons 1&2; True Blood Seasons 1&2

Tudorica & Amendment Thrummed Mittens were projects for the BSG Fleet Power Battle (on Ravelry). Go Galactica!!

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10 Things I’m Looking forward to in 2010

1. Meeting my new cousin (mid-June)
2. Final season of LOST
3. Ravelympics — though I think it might be more of a commitment than I get
4. Being debt-free
5. Completing: The List
6. Baby chicks!
7. Alice in Wonderland
8. Traveling — not sure where yet
9. Blogging and blog reading
10. Can’t Stop the Serenity fundraiser

What about you?

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Ta-Daaa!!

Now that winter is here — recognizable by it’s driving rain — it’s kinda drafty upstairs, what with the wall of windows.
So yesterday, I made these:

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I was kind of amazed at how expensive curtains are, and I was not checking out the costly kind either.

For $22 I was able to make these. Such a relief. The timing was really good too because a windstorm came up last night – last year there was an actual breeze from the single paned wall ‘o windows – this year? Just cozy time spent watching Lost and knitting calluses onto my fingertips.

Pilot - taken by Smoke Monster

Kira’s not quite as enthralled:

Thank you Google

The funny part, I didn’t think curtains would be possible because of the angle of the windows. Fortunately greater minds are not so challenged and I googled the issue.

Ahhh…angle the curtain rods you say…genius!

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