Tuesday, January 01, 2013

A Lovely Year or Finishes - January

I stumbled across a Flickr group today called A Lovely Year of Finishes. Basically you post your challenge at the beginning of the month and your finish at the end. The goal is 12 finishes. I've been wanting to finish things, so this find is perfect. Also there are prizes which makes things even more fun.

My January challenge is to finish this NYC quilt top. I may even aim to finish the whole thing. We'll see how ambitious I am. This is a quilt commemorating our wedding in NYC. Our 5th anniversary is January 26th, so wouldn't that be an awesome finish this month. Here's how it looked in November. Not much has been done. I think I'll I've done is sew that bit in the photo together.

January challenge

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I promised you a knitting update

Hi friends,

Ok so I promised a knitting update and there will be knitting in this post. Not the knitting I had planned to show, and really this knitting makes me feel boring. But it will be here I promise. And if I can ever find some more energy to weave ends and go take some decent photos, there will be a lot more for you to see.

First though, I wanted to talk about hooping. I just bought a hoop! You are probably thinking that hooping is only for kids, but not true. It is super fun and while it does reinforce the fact that I am 1. Clumsy, 2. Rhythm Challenged, 3. Rhythm Challenged. It is really fun and a workout at the same time!

In order to not destroy the pixie travel hoop that I purchased from Pixie Hoops in Vancouver (Yay Canada!), I have devised a rather high tech way of protecting it from the wood floor. Blankets!  

hooping on hardwood

I will go outside at some point. But I'd like to have a bit of skill before that happens. Being an adult hula hooping would draw enough attention, without the fact that I am currently pretty awful at it. I'm hoping that the hooping will help me with some much needed trimming down. Also started walking. My current loop is about 6.5km.

On to knitting...


While these aren't my usual knitting, and I feel like I should be knitting them in secret as not to destroy my knitting street cred (if there is such a thing). I am enjoying working on these between projects, and they are perfect for tv watching. I started these because our current cloths look terrible and we don't have a dishwasher, so they get a lot of use. We were also starting to watch Dexter which I had never seen and it was creeping me out a bit. These provided that little bit of distraction. Now of course I'm addicted to Dexter and the fact that he kills people doesn't bother me at all. It would bother me if he was a real person.

The top cloths are from PDX Knitterati. It was actually an afghan square. I've been playing around with the striping. Also I've tried making some that start at the tip and work bigger in order to use up teeny scraps.

The bottom one is the standard granny dishcloth from here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Rainbow Etsy Update

Just wanted to quickly pop in and let you know that I've added some more Patchy Box Bags to my byneedleandthread etsy shop. A whole rainbow's worth in fact.

Rainbow Update

Love them all together!

Since I'm here I might as well fill you in on a little secret. I love rainbows! And anything in rainbow colour order. Pencil crayons, yarn, Box bags, everything! So this update was super fun to work on.

I'm hoping to always have one of each colour available, so you can get your colour fix.
Also, new this time is Black & White, and of course RAINBOW!


Take care friends and please check out my shop. Bonus points for buying something. :P

Now to have a shower and run off to knitting group! My next post will be about the zillions of knitting projects I've been working on.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Etsy Shop Update!! and Giveaway!

Hi All,

Did you miss me? I've been sewing away working on new items for my etsy shop byneedleandthread.etsy.com. There are knitting box bags, and pouches for knitting accessories or really anything like makeup, change, bank cards, you name it.

I am also doing a giveaway (!) on The Knitgirllls video podcast! It is their second year podcastiversary and they will be doing giveaways all month! If you haven't watched, you are really missing out. They are fantastic!! I am giving away one Patchy Box Bag. It should be on the next episode. It will be winner's choice. They can either choose a bag from the shop, or choose colours and I will make them their very own with their choice of colours! Super fun!

Ok...so I am less than impressed with the new photo editing software tied with Flickr. It just started a few minutes ago. Sadly right before I decided to make these lovely mosaics for you to tell you about the new stuff in the shop. So you'll have to forgive the amazing graphics, and just look at the pretty bags. Deal?

If you click on the name, it will take you to that section of the shop.

We have...

Patchy Box Bags
Patchy Box Bags

Patchy Pouches
Patchy Pouches!

Patchy Mini Pouches
Patchy Mini Pouches

I hope you all love these as much as I do! They are super fun to make, and I hope that they will sell well, so that I can make a zillion more. Tell all your friends!


Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm back!

Row10 Quilt of Awesome!

I've always been here, just not blogging. Sorry friends. Not much to say when you are job hunting and pretty much staying in all the time.

Quick update:

We moved to Burlington. It is very nice here. I have a sewing room again! yay! And I am looking for a job. (please cross your fingers and toes for me)

I've been doing lots of knitting, sewing etc. Most have been posted on my Ravelry and Flickr accounts.

I'm going to get my Etsy shop going again, so stay tuned for that. I promise I'll stay in touch.

I'll leave you with a photo of two new bee quilts. The first (at the top) is the quilt of awesome from my Bee FF buddies that we all worked on in 2010. I plan to add some hand quilting to jazz it up. I love this quilt so much!

Second is my house quilt from AQB1 back from 2009! I asked for wonky houses in whatever size. The problem with that was figuring out how to assemble them all together! But it worked out great and I love it too. This quilt is my extra quilt on the bed. To protect me from a blanket hog..ahem.

my neighborhood!

Take care friends and I will update again soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Moving. Again.

So it seems only about a year ago that we were moving from Ottawa to Whitby. (It was). We are moving further South/West to Burlington.

This seems like it may become a familiar sight once again.

The Move

Things will be a bit quiet around here. Possibly more so than it is now.

Moving at the beginning of the year. Must start packing.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Road to Rhinebeck

This time last year I was a Rhinebeck Newbie and had no idea of the wonders I was about to see, and famous (knitting) people I would meet. It was awesome. So much so, that I only took two photos. You may remember...

Louise and I meeting Ysolda!
Me, Ysolda Teague, and Louise


The chicken pot pie. (Sadly they will not be there this year)
Rhinebeck Chicken Pot Pie

I can't make any promises but, maybe this year I'll take a few more photos. Or I'll be so caught up in everything and not. We will see.

Have a great weekend friends! It's going to be a great one!!!! I'm so excited that I can hardly wait to get there!!! I'm hoping for cool-ish weather so we can all wear our fab knitwear! Fingers crossed!

Lots of !!! sorry. :P