Snowed In

We have been battling snow storms lately….

We were blathered with a huge dumping of snow last weekend which left T and I snowed in.

It was a tonne of heavy snow so we took advantage of our situation and…. went out to play.

A couple of days later we woke up to another snowed in situation!

After shovelling off the deck and clearing paths we again decided more playtime was in order. Our sliding didn’t go quite as planned before of the shear amount of snow. We made it down the hill once and then had to wade through hip deep snow to get back up to the top.

This weeks game has been all about using the ice rink of a driveway to our advantage.

We made a hill on the opposite side of the driveway to slide down. Once we hit the bottom we just keep on going until we have to pull out the emergency brakes or smack into the house.

We have tried many different paths, sliding aids and conditions but the slide like you have a turtle shell seems to be the best so far.

That was a heck of a lot of snow thrown at us in the span of 3-4 days but by george we are making the most of it!

Getting Down

Pattern: Partying Up and Getting Down Socks by Megan Williams

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in High Tide

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 I finished my Getting Down Socks. The pattern for these socks is actually one toe up sock *thats the partying up part* and one top down sock. *the getting down part* A genius idea of Megan’s!  She very kindly gifted me the pattern which I had been eyeing for a while and I cast on right away. I really wanted to do these top down, still not in love with the fit of toe up, so I did both socks in the same pattern.

 The design itself was very easy to follow and once you do the set up rows it is smooth sailing. This was one of those patterns that is very easy to memorize and so enjoyable to knit. A great way to use self striping that isn’t plain vanilla socks.

I used Felici once again. I really love this yarn, it wears extremely well and comes in fantastic colours that make sock knitting a little more fun.

I can’t wait to see the new Felici colour line this year!

I was a bit worried when I tried these on after finishing the second sock.

They seemed tight, a bit too tight I thought, but I’m happy to say that wearing them around the house and taking them on and off a few times has loosed them up to fit perfectly.

Getting Down in these socks is definitely going to help me get through the rest of winter!

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year to you all.

We survived yet another dumping of snow, receiving 12 more inches and thankfully no more power outages. We are now settling into a deep freeze with temps with the wind chill at -39 C. Brrrr!!!

Pretty soon T will be walking level with the roof of her play house!

During December I worked hard to finish most of my WIPs. I succeed in finishing all but one! All I need to do is get some pictures so you can expect some FO’s coming shortly.

T had the chance to try out her new snow shoes on a family trek.

She did well and made it all the way around the loop with only a little bit of whining…

Since I was good and finished off my old projects I allowed myself to cast on a new project. While my winter boots are still in good condition on the outside, the insides are getting rather worn down and cold on the tootsies. I am going to try out some felt insoles to see if that helps but I also want some thicker socks.

I forgot just how quickly worsted socks work up!

The pattern is Rye by TinCanKnits and I’m using some Patons Classic Wool that I have had in my stash for a long time. The colourway is Bright Red.

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Rye is a free pattern and would be excellent for a first time sock knitter.

I cast on New Years Eve and cast off the first one New Years Day. I’m hoping to have the pair finished in the next day or two. I can just feel those toasty toes!

 Have you started a new project for a new year yet?

Interesting Christmas

Well Christmas has gone once again and it has been an interesting one here.

Last weekend we had a huge ice storm, we had freezing rain for 3-4 days continuously. Everything was covered in a coating of ice, the trees looked beautiful sparkling in the sun albeit a bit heavy and drooped. After the storm was over the trees started to droop more and before long 50,000 people in my province were without electricity. Power crews have been working tirelessly trying to restore power with crews coming in from other provinces.

We lost power on the 23rd, luckily we have a woodstove *not that we had ANY wood……* the stove is our alternative heat source so we don’t use it unless the power goes out.to at least stay warm but so many don’t have an alternative heat source. We started cutting up boards that we had in the garage to burn. Moose worked Christmas Eve Day  so T and I met him at the station thinking we would at least get a warm meal at a restaurant before heading back home. The restaurant we went to closed at 7 christmas eve, we were next in line and were turned away. * I still can’t wrap my brain around every restaurant being closed when people have been without power for days. If I owned a restaurant the whole family would be there and we would feed people until there was no one left to feed.* Anyway, we ended up calling a chinese restaurant and they said they were closing but would take our order.

So we spent Christmas Eve eating Chinese food in our car :)

On Christmas Day we celebrated with a dinner of hot dogs and left over chinese food all the while just being thankful to be warm. Late on Christmas night the power came in and off 3 or 4 times. The last time it came on to stay, thankfully.

We cooked a turkey yesterday and my parents came over to get more water and get a good meal into them with the in laws before heading back to the house.

Last night we took a generator to folks that haven’t had power for 5 days and we are hoping to get hold of another one today to take to another family. If only I owned a hotel!!

So needless to say it has been an interesting christmas but one in which we are very thankful. Another snow storm is headed our way for Sunday and Monday which could put us all back to square one but fingers crossed we just get everyone back up and running….

 

Magda

I needed a quick knit to warm my noggin and there was one particular pattern that I just couldn’t get out of my head.

Pattern: Magda Beanie by Julia Trice

Yarn: Colour Adventures Bella Worsted in Sour Cherry

My Rav project page

I had just enough yarn left over from my Elia sweater *also by Julia Trice* to make this hat. I have been dreaming about a red winter hat since the Fall and when Julia released the Magda Beanie I knew it was the one.

I wanted something fitted this time around. Magda is a perfect mix of cables and lace that really pops with Elena’s saturated colourways.

Wishing I had one more skein to do a matching pair of mitts… maybe I’ll find something in my stash that will coordinate nicely.

 It’s been a while since I’ve had such a quick knit on the needles.

I’m looking forward to casting on a few more hats as soon as I wrap up a couple of WIPs.

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

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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.

Making Winter 2013 – Playdough style

I’m joining Claire today in Making Winter 2013.

The idea being that we post once a week things that we are doing for fun to get through the winter.

On the weekend we had a Nor Easter blow through. We didn’t end up with much snow because of the blizzard like conditions and lots of drifting.

Since we couldn’t go outside to play in the snow, we set up in the kitchen to make some new play dough.

We tried salt dough, but while we were in the process I realized I didn’t have the cream of tartar called for in the recipe.

We forged ahead to see if it would work without.

We used food colouring which worked very well but made our hands turn a rainbow of colours.

The dough did turn out in the end until I put it in an air tight container to store away….. the next day we opened it up to find it had completely gone to mush.

After our flop with the salt dough, we went back to a recipe that was quick, easy and that we knew would work.

Kool-Aid Playdough
Ingredients:
 • 1 1/4 cup flour
 • 1/4 cup salt
 • 1 pkg unsweetened Kool-aid (we use two)
 • 1 cup boiling water
 • 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Directions:
 1.  In a bowl, mix flour, salt and
     kool-aid.
 2.  Stir in water and oil
 3.  Knead with hands for about 5 minutes.

Perfect every time!!

How are you getting through this weird winter?

Join us with your own Making Winter post!

Surefire

I better get this one in before we’re into 2013.

The other gift I knit this year was Surefire Hat by Susan B Anderson.

This was for a friend that is finding it rather chilly when walking her dog *a shepherd I must add* ( totally off topic T can pick a shepherd out anywhere and I often hear “Mummy did you see that shepherd, that was a shepherd mummy!” from the back seat)

I did some secret squirreling to get the style and possible colours right on this one. I found out she was receiving a new winter jacket this christmas with a bright purple zipper so I went with the purple and the other colours just fell into place.

I knit this with 4 different colours of  Cascade 220. I didn’t end up using the striped sequence that was on the pattern and there was definitely ripping and re knitting to get the sequence the way I wanted it but I think it turned out well in the end.

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I originally did the crocheted edging but didn’t like the look on this particular hat in the end so I did an i cord bind off. I always do an i cord bind off with the ws facing, I think it looks nicer that way. I also lined it with black fleece for warmth and because the recipient finds wool itchy.

You should note that this hat is knit on 5mm needles and as a result is quite airy. It definitely needs the lining but if I were to knit this one again I think I’d knit it with the yarn held doubled throughout to hug the head a bit.

I think it was well received. It hopefully will go with her new jacket and keep her warm when she’s out in all the snow we have received this week.

Vintage Snowmobiles

Pattern: My own

Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool

        Paton’s Classic Wool scraps

I love the vintagey colour combo’s on our antique snowmobile and really wanted to knit a pair of thick, warm socks to wear while we were out on it.

Something simple and *just for fun* had that same vintage feel.

I’m pretty pleased with how these turned out but next time I think I’ll add a few more sts to the leg.

They could have a little more wiggle room up there.

I would also do a jogless stripe next time as well. I think I got caught up in the fact that I was trying to knit them two at a time and forgot about getting rid of the jog.

To be honest once I reached the foot I started knitting them separately… I may try two at a time again sometime but I think I enjoy knitting them tandem through each part of the sock.

There’s one question still nagging me though…..

Should I have added stripes before the toe as well or would that have been too much??