Wednesday, 10 September 2014

I think it's official

I'm done here. Life has gotten very busy, and I just find the Instagram thing easier - a quick picture of what I'm knitting with my phone, a few words to describe it, and done. I miss the people I've "met" and actually met, through this blog - Brenda, Denise, Saren and Marie in particular, but I just can't do the blog justice any more.
Seriously, if Susan can find me on Instagram, anyone can!
come say hello!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Am I still a blogger?

I don't post very much any more. I'm still knitting, still sewing, still creating, but I just don't seem to have the posting mojo. I post quite a bit on Instagram and Facebook (instagam ID - sjrichardson10), but I just can't seem to bring myself to get over here. load photos and talk about them.

I'm hoping its just the summer blahs, and I'll be back soon, but don't be surprised if posts are few and far between here.

It's not you, it's me...

Monday, 23 June 2014

Basic everyday

A basic, everyday sweater.  My favourite kind. Something I can wear often, and just have available to throw on anytime.
The picture above comes close to the colour - the yarn is a lovely kettle dyed dark forest-y green.
This one shows the mostly finished sweater. (And the start of another one...) the variations in the yarn don't appear quite as brilliantly as they seem to be in pictures.  I still need to sew in the ends, add the buttons, and give it a wash and blocking. And add pockets - pretty sure I want to add pockets.
Right now, it's been tossed into my bag to take to the cottage - the boy and I are planning on heading up Wednesday afternoon,as soon as he gets back from the exam review. He's now done with school - has a trip to Wonderland planned for tomorrow, then we will head north for at least a week, since we've got the Canada day holiday coming next Tuesday. My husband will come up for the weekend. Ihave plans  of getting the garden in shape up there,  as well as a few other chores involved with the first few weekends, since I have the time to be there.
Of course there are also knitting plans - finishing this green sweater and starting this maple red one (adding in this lovely variegated stuff - both these yarns have been reclaimed from a sweater I knit and rarely wore. I love the yarns and I wanted to wear them.  Plus some other projects - as usual, I've overpacked my knitting for time at the cottage,  it you never know - this May be the time I get it all done!

Friday, 20 June 2014


I've had this navy laceweight, beaded cardigan on the go for a while. It's my own design, top down, using the contiguous sleeve construction. I love it, and was loving how I was adding the beads in a graduated look from the waist down - lightly at first, then more heavily as I get closer to the hem - I figured the laceweight wool would benefit from the weight of the beads.

But I've put it down for an extended period. Just sort of lost interest in it, to be honest.
But I picked it up again recently, and while looking at it from all angles, saw something that stopped me cold...
a hole. A giant, freaking, yarn ripped apart HOLE! Right in the middle of the back. 
Of course, I did what any sane knitter would do - I caught both open ends with stitch holders, then tossed it back in the bag until I could take it to knit night and get opinions...
After a number of gasps when I showed it, I did get opinions. he general consensus is that I should be able to just knot the ends and be done with it. I know if I rip it back, I will NEVER knit it again. NEVER. So I think the knot idea is the way to go, along with weaving a safety bit over it.
We'll see. Right now, I'm annoyed at it, so it's still stuffed in it's bag. I may get back to it eventually...

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Spa cloth birthday gifts

** edited to fix link - thanks to commenter Else for the heads up!!**

I've mentioned many times how great our cottage neighbours are, and how much I love to knit for them, as well as how much they appreciate it.
The girl are turning 17 and 15 this year, and we always celebrate this coming long weekend (July 1).
I had some 100% linen and some 50% cotton / 50% linen to make the cloths, and before I wrapped everything up I washed and dried the cloths - a great idea - it softened the linen and bloomed the blends so much - the cloths are just what I wanted them to be.

Then I went on the hunt for soaps - and completely lucked out! I found a place right here in Aurora that makes artisan soaps! not only has a booth at our town Farmers Market on Saturdays, she has a small retail outlet - I'm a fan! I picked up a bunch of soaps for the girls, and a ton more for me. Love them! She even makes a soap for dogs with citronella and eucalyptus which is great for summer, so I picked up a few of those bars for my dog owner friends.

Of course, some personalized cards, and voila! two great handmade, locally sourced gifts for two great girls that appreciate the local stuff.

One thing... as nice as these cloths are, and how much fun I had putting the gifts together - after six of them, I'm done! I may make more of them down the line, but right now, I don't really want to see another linen cloth...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Where to start...

I take a little time of from the blog, and it becomes difficult to get back to it! I don't quite know where to start...
I've been knitting quite a bit, as well as sewing, and taking some time to do some stuff around the house. I could get used to this not working thing, but to be honest, there's only so much I can take. I need to get back to something. But this time around, I'm waiting for the right thing. I've actually turned down a couple of options (one was just so perfect, except for the distance...), but I know my priorities, and I have to meet them for it all to work. So I keep looking...
So what;s been going on? Quite a bit, actually. A lot I can't really share, as they are not my stories, but there has been some great things happening in the family (some not-so-great things as well, but we try not to dwell on those.) My niece is doing great things, interning at the PGA of America at TPC Sawgrass in Florida before she starts her senior year at Brown, and my nephews are excelling at their chosen activities. 
My son has also been doing some great things - he qualified for OFSAA (the Ontario high school championships) in discus - a discipline he has been throwing for all of a month! We were lucky that the championships were held in Mississauga - pretty close to us, so we were there in force, cheering him on to a top 20 finish. So very proud of him, and his coach was thrilled. We are looking at some private coaching for the future - he really enjoys discus and shot put, as well as middle distance running. He was also recognized at the school athletic banquet as a 4-team member (cross country, basketball, indoor track and outdoor track). Plus, he was made a peer mentor for next year's new crop of grade nines. All this while staying on the Honour Roll, heading into exam week. Just a little Mom gloating here...

I've got the gardens around here in shape, ready to be ignored for the summer while we get to the cottage as much as possible!
It always looks great early in the summer, so I try to take advantage as much as possible.
My baskets and boxes are all in bright primary colours:

My Siberian iris are always gorgeous:

And the bleeding heart I took as a cutting from my Mom's house is getting so large!

There's so much more, but I just haven't got the camera on anything. 

Even my knitting has been boring - a sweater - basic, cardigan, no frills, no colour work, just a good, useful kettle dyed worsted wool cardigan in my favourite colour green.

There's more to it since I took this picture, so I'll show that soon. I've also completed the spa cloth birthday gifts, and found the most amazing soaps to go with them! And socks - always socks on the go...

Monday, 2 June 2014


So... the new job didn't work out. I kind of knew it right after it started, and to be honest, I pretty much took it based on location, and not the job itself. (Note to self - such a bad reason to take a job!!)
While I do like a small company, I need more than one guy, who has no interest in my computer skills (or computers in general). He wanted no part of me bringing him into the 20th (we're not even talking the 21st!!) century as far as his systems were concerned. "It's been working fine for us, so we're not going to change it". I mean, this guy was still using the "my Documents" file to store the 3, count 'em THREE files he used... Handwriting and faxing - that's all he does... It's good for him, he's got a nice little business going, but there was maybe 2 hours worth of work I could do in an 8 hour day, and that was driving me crazy. Even when I took it upon myself to make up a spreadsheet to streamline some processes, he freaked, said no, and actually went in and deleted the file! That was enough for me.
So back on the job hunt, and to be honest, I'm okay if nothing happens until August. I've got enough going on to fill my days with family commitments, and some freelance stuff. That being said, if something comes up, I'm not an idiot...

But I will be smarter about looking at ALL the angles before accepting anything new...

So lots of knitting time, I guess!