Old Man…

Old Man winter has arrived!

Yesterday was our first snow storm of the season. Surprisingly the Ridge didn’t get as much snow as other parts of the province but there is enough to play and slide in so that’s all that really matters.

My boy adores the snow and spends much of his time looking exactly like this.

Molly on the other hand is getting older and can be seen shivering when she’s been outside for a while. I caved and bought her a winter jacket this year that will hopefully keep the cold off a bit.

Shepherd’s have such deep chests though and getting a jacket to fit right is challenging. There may be a hand knit sweater in her future as well.

My girl has been enjoying the snow too. Her favourite snow activities include shovelling and clearing off the car haha How long will that last?

A snowy day is also a perfect time to do some swatching, frogging of old projects and finishing up current projects in time for a fresh start in the new year.

What are you plans for the final weeks of 2013?

Splitstone

Pattern: Splitstone by Alicia Plummer

Yarn: Cascade 220 in colourway 9456

My Rav Project Page

I finished my test knit for Alicia and I couldn’t be happier with this.

I’ve been hoarding this colour of Cascade for something special. It’s such a beautiful blue with a bit of a purple undertone. I assumed it would eventually become something for T but when I saw Alicia’s vest I just knew it would have to be a Splitstone for me.

One thing I enjoy so much about Alicia’s patterns is that I never have to lengthen ANYTHING. She has the long torso down to a science!

We took these pictures during a snowmobiling trip through the woods. We had a little bonfire on the trail and toasted marshmallows before I striped off the snow pants to get a couple of quick shots.

Splitstone has already been getting lots of wear but I’m HOPING I will be able to put it away for a few months to enjoy some warmer weather….

The snowfall this morning doesn’t leave me with much hope though.

AHEMMMM!

Molly wanted to let you all know its SNOWING!!!!

To those of you that have been griping about NOT having snow *cough cough* MONIKA! You are welcome to come play in my yard.

It started to snow this morning on our walk round the loop and it’s still coming down. The forecast shows rain for this afternoon but I’m hoping that it will continue to snow for us where we are so high up.

The ground is starting to freeze making these big ice heaves we like to call ice crystals. The dogs love to eat them.

Yesterday I made 90 Oreo balls and 2 dozen chocolate rice krispie treats to sell to raise money for a friend who just found out they have eye cancer. Moose took them to work with him and I told him not to bring ANY home!

Here’s the recipe just in case you want to make some, they are delic!

        Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Oreo cookies
  • 1 block of soft cream cheese
  •  candy melts or baking chocolate
  • some parowax to thin out the chocolate and give them a nice shine

Grind the entire package of Oreo’s up in a blender or food processor. Our blender broke a while back so I used the old-fashioned throw them in a Ziploc bag and beat the tar out of them with a hammer. Worked well :)

Melt chocolate in a double broiler or small slow cooker pot add parowax as needed.

Pour in a bowl and add cream cheese mixing it in with your hands until you get a dough like consistency.

Roll into small balls and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper.

Place them in the freezer for approx 20 minutes until they are hard.

Pick up each ball with a toothpick and dip them in the chocolate, you’ll probably have to use a spoon if it’s a bit thick.

Place in the freezer again to harden the chocolate and Volia!

A dozen of these in a cookie tin would make a perfect gift.

Firsts

I’m so glad I took pictures of Julissa when I did.

That evening it started to snow and the next morning I woke up to this….

T and I took advantage of all that white fluffiness.

She took her first sled right of the season around the loop,


and built her first ever snowman!

She chose what we would use to decorate him while Boss and Molly worked on destroying him…. Boss stole his arms multiple times, Molly was digging into his side trying to get Boss to play with her and they both started to eat his mouth that was made of crab apples.

He managed to survive until the afternoon. T woke up from her nap, looked out the window and declared ” OH NO! WE HAVE TO STAND HIM UP!” The only snow left in the yard was that of a crumpled snowman.

There will be plenty more snowmen I am sure. We’re predicted to get another dumping on wednesday.

Miss Korrigan

Pattern: Miss Korrigan by Solenn Couix- Loarer

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light colour 4283

My test knit for Solenn.

Miss Korrigan is sized for children 2 – 12 years old but if you really like this pattern and don’t have a child old enough to knit this one  for yet you can buy the original Korrigan which is sized from birth to 24 months.

I loved knitting with Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca light it really is as the name implies LIGHT. The completed cardigan is incredibly light yet soooo warm with the alpaca content. I can definitely see some more garments made out of this, possibly one for myself!

These was just the right amout of cabling to keep your interest before some lovely mindless stockinette to end it off.

This truely is a beautiful little cardigan and I can see T wearing this in the many sizes to come. I’m already thinking of knitting a size 4 with shorter sleeves for the spring and summer. Is it only me wishing for summer again?? As I was taking these photo’s it was actually snowing!!! If you look carefully in the pictures you will noticed little white flecks… those are actually snowflakes.

Thankfully they didn’t last or stick to the ground but Oct 6th was the first snow on The Ridge this year.

I knew I wanted little shell buttons for this cardigan and I’m so glad I didn’t settle for any old button.

T wore this to her music class yesterday afternoon. It tickled me to no end that you was pulling the front out saying “This is my new cardigan! See it?” to her teacher.

There will be no end to the handknits for you T. You definitley wear them with pride and rock them!

An unexpected Welcome to Winter

It all started on thursday when we decided to rent a post hole digger to drill some holes at the top of the driveway for some fencing. We had a skift of snow wednesday but we were good, the ground was’t frozen and we still had a while to get the fencing up before winter was really upon us.

This is the post hole digger and let me tell you its every bit as heavy as it looks, if not heavier. Pulling that thing up and down through the dirt…. or in our case ROCKS was no small feat. Dragging the frigger from hole to hole was also a treat!

After much tiresome work and the occasional angry outburst we succeeded in getting all the holes dug and still had time to get a load of sand before it got dark. Load was an understatement, we piled the truck soooo full of sand that we had to drive 40km all the way home because the front of the truck was raised so much and wobbling all over the place. I tried to tell him it was too much but you know what men are like…… nough said!

In order to relieve some of the pressure off the poor truck we unloaded about half of the sand into a pile leaving half on the truck to fill in the holes with. It was too dark to do anything with it that night so we left it…. for two days. At the end of day one the sand was completely frozen…. both the pile AND the sand on the back of the truck grrrrrrrrrrreat!!

 That was yesterday, this morning we woke up to a full blown winter storm…. could this get any better. Its been snowing since late last night and it is now 3 in the afternoon with no sign of it letting up. Big massive snowflakes falling down, piling on top of the foot thats already there.

Needless to say the holes we dug, are nowhere to be seen. At this point i’m just hoping for one sunny day so we can get that fencing up before we have to bunker down for winter. Fingers crossed all our hard work wasn’t for nothing.

Now how about we forget that its snowing madly outside and focus on some knitting k?

Pattern: Mystery Beret by Woolly Wormhead

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers

Needles: 4.5mm

Start Date: November 7th 2008

Finish Date: November 13th 2008

This was an enjoyable knit! The cascade blocked out beautifully to show off the wonderful pattern. This beret is alot lighter than my gretel beret. I couldn’t believe how weightless it feels when its on.

Think this one is going to be tucked away as a pressie.

 


 

Happy New Year

WOW!!!! First off let me say a huge THANK YOU!!! To all the Gretel love I have received. I’m glad i’m not alone in my love for her…. although I probably was the only one dancing around the house singing “oh what a beautiful hat!” *grins*

Next let me welcome you all to the first post of 2008 here at Celtic Cast On. I’m excited to see what this year will bring for us here on the ridge and hope you will join us for the ride.

I figured I might as well start things off with a bang so how about an FO???

Now truth be told I planned on having this done for christmas day….. then for the last day of 2007 but the Aran Accent Vest had other plans. She wanted to be the first FO to ring in the new year, so here she is.

   

                                           

 Pattern : Aran Accent Vest XS from Patons #846 Cables booklet

 Yarn : Classic Merino Wool  Colour : Paprika 2 3/4 balls

 Needles : US 6 and US 8

 Started : October 2007

Finished : January 1st 2008

I was hoping to have this finished to wear on christmas day but it didn’t quite work out that way. I was run off my feet before christmas with work and then the 24th and 25th between work and running the roads visiting people I was just plain wiped out. The 27th I planned to knit as it was my only other day off before I went back to work but……. I vegged! If I could have turned into a potato I would have been one cause I didn’t leave the couch all day save to let the dogs out. I Watched my new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoneix dvd and started on the 3rd season of Beverly Hills 90210 Boston got me. I did info Moose that 90210 went of for 10 seasons so Boston will be buying me these for quite some time :) That VEG day and the past three that I’ve had off with Moose was JUST what I needed to recoup. We spent alot of time playing in the snow with the dogs, I can honestly say I haven’t played in the snow like that since high school but it was soooo much fun. Tonight we are expecting our 4th snow storm in a week!! Its been crazy with all the snow, i’ve been enjoying it while i’ve been off work but tomorrow its back to the grind and I won’t enjoy driving in it as much as playing in it.

Hopefully I’ll have some snow play pictures for you next post! Hope your all enjoying your New Years!

First Snow!

Saturday night we got the first snow of the season, about 3 inches. The good thing about being in the country is that it stays longer so Sunday we were able to take the dogs out and enjoy it.

Here’s Bosty Saturday night as the snow was just starting to fall.

      

~ Ok Mum what’s with the white stuff?? ~  

The next day……

   ~ Sniff sniff sniff!! Can I eat it mum?? ~

  ~ PFFTTT What an amateur…. its just snow ~

  ~ This is soooooooo coool!!!! And I can eat it ALL!!!!  ~

There was of course a family picture, I wanted to send it to our sponsor children as some of them have never seen snow before and have no idea what its even like. I used the timer but everytime I ran back over the dogs thought I was playing…… this is the best shot of the lot.

It is actually a very good picture of what things are normally like with us, Boston trying to eat Molly and Molly glued to daddy’s side :) I love my dogs!

It hasn’t all been fun though….

Yesterday I found out my friend (co worker) that was terminal, the one I knit the prayer shawl for, passed away saturday night. It was a sad day yesterday at work but I am so glad she’s no longer in pain and is in a better place. My heart goes out to her husband and family as they are the ones that now need to continue on without this wonderful person.

Rest in Peace my dear friend, Rest in Peace.