Slow going

Lately it’s been slow going with my knitting and crochet. Due to back and neck issues I’ve been told it’s best to stop, for now. 

Well I just don’t want to stop! So I’m going slow and steady. That’s a tall order for this whirling dervish. Alas, I’ve no other choice because 15 minutes into my groove, my ears begin to get congested and my neck hurts and so on and so on. 

So, I’m working on slowing down and smelling the roses, or wool! Teehee! I’m exploring the art of not “efforting” and just enjoying the scenery as life dashes by. Now that’s not to say I’m not busy, I’m just not killing myself to do it all….in a day! Ha!

 Here are a few projects I’m completing, eventually! It would be nice if they were ready for Christmas, but there’s no guarantee! 
There’s’ a hat, scarf, blanket (squares), coasters, placemats, and mug cosy, and they’re only a quarter of the projects I have on the go. These are ones I’ve decided to finish! Maybe by next Christmas? ☺️

Going slow is really tough. And what really bloggles my mind is that even at my slower pace, I still have no time. I mean….I suck at blogging…..especially for the every day in November challenge! I just suck at finding the time every day. So, challenge-fail! 😝, but I still “effort” a little! 

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I’m taking up the challenge to post every day in November. Enough is enough and I must give blogging some much needed TLC. 

Commitment is one of my issues, which carries over into surrender, which carries over into letting go and all the other soul destroying issues our egos sling at us to hold us back, so we can maintain status quo and feel “good”.

Well this post is about my intimate dance with darkness or my ego, and about just letting go of all my “comfort-zone” inducing mechanisms.

I have my shoes…

  
Let’s dance…

Surrender. Easy to write, but hard to do. Sometimes I have to fight, but often that’s not accurate. I have to have courage to face what may come my way and surrender to the experience be it good or bad.

Courage: To face the abyss of uncertainty and jump anyway!!! There are dreams I want to fulfill, but to have those dreams smashed is less terrifying to me now than never even taking the first step towards them. That really terrifies me!

Well this year I’m jumping finally, and yes, I’m scared of failing. Yep! Plain and simple, but I’m just going to jump in anyway.

Peace Arby

Neglectful blogger

So I’ve been MIA on my blog and unforgivably neglectful of the wonderful bloggers I follow! I’ve been soul searching alone, as I’ve always done in the past, when really I need to use my blog as my outlet….the answers might get to me sooner!

I haven’t been completely self-absorbed! I’ve been preparing to start my own business in literacy development for young children, painting, drawing, baking, knitting, crocheting, being a mom, and oh yeah…recovering from a minor head injury/whiplash (paintball misadventure!). So I’m making efforts to be a better blogger. I will post something creative and inspiring (lofty goal yes!) everyday in November, and support and encourage the bloggers who I follow, thank you for entertaining and inspiring us all! 

Here’s a crochet project I’ve just finished: Panda (226) surfie skirt and stripe tank!  

The pineapple stitch!

 A retro design and color pattern for the tank
 

Another gum nut hat; for Ashton

My signature hat! It’s gaining popularity with my mommy friends and friends of friends! My ballet instructor has her first grandson and I made him this cutie….

  Apparently, it’s his absolute favorite!
Ok!! I’ve been a busy little mommy and career woman lately! My blog is sorely neglected. I’ve also been dancing again, both salsa and ballet for a year now! Dancing; my other joy! I don’t think I’ll get back in my old pointe shoes, but I’m feeling the sweet burn of pirouettes and releves (insert the acute accent please!).

I’ve been painting, drawing and crafting along with swinging my hips and pirouetting. In fact, I finally submitted a pastel piece in the Fremantle arts center’s student exhibit coming up in September! Plus, I’ve finally, FINALLY started my illustrations  and text for that children’s book I’ve always wanted to publish! 

So, I promise I’ve got more stories to tell, do check back in a week or so and let me know what you think! 

I’ve got to settle in now and catch up with all the gorgeous bloggers I’m suppose to be following! I’m sorry to have neglected you all too! 

A vintage velvety finish…

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The Mac Air is all wrapped up in a velvet finale!!

I always change my mind by the end of a project and this one was no different. I did a crab stitch finish around all edges except the bottom. There I went with a single crochet stitch. The velvet ribbon looks brownish in the photo, but it’s a shade of eggplant purple! Strange indeed how the camera does that. I didn’t block it really, but just sprayed a light mist of water on the front and pinned it in place. It was dry in an hour and ready to wrap! Just sew the ribbon so that the two ends meet at the front. I managed to get three wraps with 1.5m of ribbon. I should’ve gone with 2.0m!! Then I could’ve done a bow.

Hope you enjoy making it, and if you do post a photo, tag me!!

Happy Days!!!!

Jumper: cables

I love how the Australians call sweaters jumpers. It’s not at all logical, but when you think about it, sweater doesn’t seem to have much logic either. I don’t need a lot of jumpers here, but I sure love making them!

I made this one for one of my favorite people in the whole world. It’s full of cables and was super easy. I love the touch of the tattoo band on the arm! Like a real Irish fisherman’s sweater. The pattern came from “stitchn’ bitch” for men.

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Knitters Be-square!!!

To all you knitters out there!!! It’s time to fall in love with the Granny Square!!!!

Trust me, you will want to give crochet a GO!!!!!

I’m officially HOOKED! I never truly appreciated the making and the usefulness of the “Granny Square”. I mean, well, I like them alright, but I never thought “DAMN! I need to make granny squares”! Sooooo, that’s the truth. Appreciation of a thing doesn’t translate to the desire to make that thing.

That all changed the day I causally picked up a Noro magazine at my local news shop because I discovered Noro wool. I admire the raw and vibrant look of Noro Wool and the Noro designs/patterns are always interesting and oh-so-pretty! I’m a knitter first and foremost, so of course I knitted a beautiful Noro sweater with a gorgeous T design at the join of the body and sleeves. The colors are amazing and the body was made with a different color wool than the sleeves. However, as this post isn’t about that sweater (it now resides with my Niece in Newfoundland and of course I forgot to take a photo!) that’s enough said!

The whole point of this rambling is that I had enjoyed the Noro magazine so much, that I decided to pick up the next issue. It was then that I saw THE Tunic. In fact, everything I felt about the ole granny square changed because of this:

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I fell instantly in LOVE with it and I simply had to make it! But disappointment soon followed; I had to make 60 granny squares and at a difficult level. I’m a novice at crochet and had only made some hats, booties and done some edgings around sweaters and blankets. Whatever was I going to do to make this tunic a reality?? Of course…I had to run to my woolshop ASAP and plead for help, shamelessly.

I am forever in-debited to Lesley for taking on such an impromptu teaching task that day; for over an hour too!! With good humor, and trust me I can be exasperating, she showed me how to work that square into submission! That said, even after that whirlwind lesson I had to go home and make about a thousand mistakes, tear my hair out and rip apart about a dozen squares before finally achieving a good result. Thank you Lesley for always extending your helping hand whenever I call regardless of what’s happening in your world! You are a rare and gorgeous gem and your kindness will NOT go unrewarded;

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that’s a promise and you can count on it!

Here’s a closer look at the squares and let me tell you, these babies are harder than they look:

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I finally wore it out yesterday and it was not only comfortable, it got plenty of looks! Now I don’t know if they were looks of “admiration” or “what is she wearing???”, but I’m hoping it’s the former! Who cares anyway!? I love it and it is me to a T 🙂 It makes me want to dance and twirl!! What’s that song? “I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty, witty and gay, or was it wise or both…”?

Since making that Tunic, a whole new world of creativity has opened up, and crochet is way easier than knitting. Honest! So give it a try and go beyond the Granny Square norm of the pot holder, the blanket or table cloth! Make a jacket, a dress,a lamp shade or this lovely and colorful Tunic!!


Here’s a final photo of the Tunic. I had to photograph it in the sunny outdoors to bring it to life and to show off all those glorious colors!! Hummmmm, maybe it’s the silk in the Noro wool, but I never, ever thought it could feel so luxurious to wear a Granny Square Tunic! True story!!

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Happy creating and knitters…….BE-SQUARE!!! 

BEWARE of the Granny Square!; It’s truly addictive!!!!

Peace and Love!

Get cosy with Betty’s knits!

Betty Cole is keeping Newfoundland people warm in her beautiful and fun knits.

In Newfoundland we have 3 finger “Trigger Mitts” in traditional colors of brown and white and a fair isle pattern across the back of the hand and the front of the palm. Often they are made in non-traditional colors/patterns and are wildly popular and so functional. The three fingers stay together and warm while the tigger fingers are separate and free to do whatever you want…like pull a trigger? Haha!

I haven’t tried making 3 finger mitts yet, but I will definitely try it when I’m on the Island this summer. Betty has done a lovely job making these trigger mitts and the colors are vibrant and fun! And she sells them!!

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And of course with your trigger mitts you need a Tam ‘O Shanter – isn’t that what Benjamin Bunny called it? – in matching colors or mixed colors! I just love a good looking Tam, or Beret if you prefer.

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And if these don’t suit your fancy a beanie and regular mittens is always the perfect choice!

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That’s what I love about making things. The ideas and combinations, colors, styles, etc…are endless.

I certainly hope that Betty has great success selling her gorgeous knitwear, especially because they are fun and such excellent quality. I do my best to outfit my whole family, especially the little one, in homemade wool or cotton knits, they are natural fibers and just so gorgeous!

I’ve been distant lately, I know, but it’s due to daycare woes; my toddler just started and is sick every other week. So, obviously I’m shattered!! BUT, I’m working on the next chapter or posting of “My Watercolor Life”, so hang in there with me!

Moses’ Blanket: Sue Reynolds

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It’s all in the apostrophe! Not a “Moses blanket”, it’s Moses’ blanket! Well, some will argue it’s Moses’s blanket, but I don’t care because I’m making a joke about the difference an apostrophe can make! And just so you know….”Moses” is a dog. A fellow Knitter, Sue Reynolds created a beautiful blanket and her lovely dog Moses loves it too!

Sue and I became fast friends through a mutual love of knitting and all things related to reading development in children (but that’s another long tale). Sue is unaware of how talented she is and how gorgeous her blankets really are! I haven’t seen one blanket that I haven’t liked! Mucho! I love them all and have secretly wanted one forever. So would you believe that I got one this year for my birthday!! I hope Sue starts an online business soon, especially now that her 6 children are grown! Yep!!! That’s 6 children and she still has time to knit, sew and crochet, and look fabulous. Okay, I’m going to lay it down here and now!!!! There comes a time that one must simply answer the call of one’s heart, and making beautiful blankets is definitely one of Sue’s heart’s true callings!

Not surprisingly, our families are always entwined these days as a result of our shared obsession of knitting, crocheting, sewing, child education and of course by my son’s love of D-Dogs! Although Louis pretends to be nervous around Moses, as he’s a big dog that loves to lavish his attention on Louis, louis simply adores him!! Louis saw the above photo of Moses and immediately was obsessed with it. We had to look at it and talk at length about Moses right there and then. What is it about boys and dogs??

So, keep an eye out for Sue Reynolds, and if you’re lucky, one of her blankets could be yours someday! Someday soon I hope!!!

Vintage Baby

Holy Moly! I’ve been off the grid! I’m a bad blogger. So I thought I’d inspire you with a finished vintage baby bonnet, mitts and booties (pattern from Molly Makes)! I’m busier than a mouse at night; good thing I love it cause it’d start to feel like work!

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A lucky little baby girl is on her way and she’ll be the belle of the park in this!!

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I put this crocheted set with Bunny Face and my Baby-to-Be gift is all set to travel. Besides that the only other thing I could do to welcome this wee one is to pack myself in a box and post me! This is my expression of Love for this new life on the way! Safe travels Bunny Face and to you to little Girl!! Xoxo Auntie-cousin Rhonda