Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy BD To Me!

I swear ... it was Labour Day last week ... and it just dawned on me that October begins this week ..... and the beginning of October ... yup October 1st ... is my birthday!

I decided last year that I would begin & carry on a tradition instituted by a dear old e-friend Nora Creeach ... who passed away last year.

It was a prize I won in her annual Birthday Draw that provided me with an instrument to my success ... a book that turned on my ability to pattern ..... which in turn has since yielded 5 published articles ..... and for that I am eternally grateful!

And so ..... here's the plan!

Simply leave a comment on this post to get in on the Birthday Giveaway Draw!

As I'm posting rather late ... I will wait until after dinner on Sunday October 4th to make the draw ... and announce the winner then.

Okay so ... the sweater for Mel is progressing ... and I am really pleased with how it looks!

Not only do I have about 18" of the finished 29" length done, I started a sleeve to take along to work ... and have 18" of the first one done ... so am sure I'll have it done for her birthday.

November 13th is the day ... yes a Friday ... the day she was born on! A lucky day for me regardless of superstition that some attach to it! Can't wait to see her in the finished creation ... I think it will have been worth the effort! There are very few people in the world I'd go to such lengths for ... she is one of them. The rest pay cash!

Love & Hugs ... Marie

Monday, September 14, 2009

Stitching ... But With Yarn

Madly off in all directions I'm afraid!

The Drag Bag has been shelved ( again ) & I find myself creating yet another baby blanket ... as our other niece is now expecting her second.

And ... while recently shopping for back-to-school stuff with Mel ... we saw a lovely sweater that she liked ... which was such a basic design that I suggested I could knit something similar for her no problem. In retrospect ... I just should have paid the $30 and saved myself all the time and aggrevation ... but Noooooo ... decided it could be a birthday gift too.

The yarn was free ... some that my sis had volunteered for the taking ... as she had it given to her and just couldn't seem to be inspired by ... a lovely blue called "Skipper" ... kind of a marine shade. Mel liked it!

So the designer in me modified the pattern ... and away we went. After some initial issues with the fact that I increased my stitch count ... then forgot to make note of this ... I came out with extra stitches at the end. Once I recalcululated ... and ripped back half a round ... it worked out just fine ... and now I'm well into the pattern.

Man ... 6" of K2 P2 ribbing is so tedious ... I was glad to get on to the cables ... which are all done on one round and only every sixth row.

I'm sure there'll be pics when it's done ... but that'll be a couple of months yet.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Update

Yes ... Labour Day is gone and it's back to school today for Melanie and her cousins Emma & Becca! Becca was too excited this morning ... her first day of Grade 9!
Tim is finished now ... and after taking the summer off is focusing on employment prospects ... as he is still undecided on what avenue to persue. He has a various interests ... but nothing particular that he seems compelled by. Perhaps he just needs more time to find that one thing he'll be really ready to channel his efforts into.

To my delight ... he made one giant step in a positive direction last night ... he cut off his long hair & is now looking handsome in a short style! It's so good to see that face again!

His 10" tail will be submitted to the same place that mine & Mel's went ... to make wigs for cancer kids.

Our niece Courtney and her husband Paolo had their first baby on August 20th ... a little girl ... Gabriella Emelia ... sharing a pic of the happy family below. Will share pics of the baby blanket I made for her ... as soon as I can get Mel to send them to me.

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