Sunday, April 10, 2016

WIPS - Works In Progress

It's been a few weeks since I've posted.  I have been working on a few things.  I had a week off so I pulled out some on going projects.  Below, I started knitting with the yarn my brother had sent me for Christmas from Whitehorse, YT and my shawl below that in a car trip. 

I started doing the border on this baby blanket.

 And still going on my ripple stripe blanket.

I've still been going to the gym at least 3 days a week.  Last week I had off for vacation and my birthday.  We saw a few shows at the casino.  Comedian Bill Burr and the 80's group Foreigner.
When I had planned to take this week off I had hoped it would actually have spring weather but
sadly mistaken.  I had snow on my birthday.  We went to a buffet on my birthday. So I ended up 
working out a bit more last week.

I'm starting to see some results from going to the gym. 

And the pets are doing ok.  Tigger is still not great but we're going to keep him comfortable until his body gives out on him.  Pippa and Keegan play with the new guy Gideon.  He has so much energy and is constantly playing. We finally have all the cat toys getting use.

Pippa and Gideon will sleep together sometimes.  And I couldn't resist this picture, he was sitting there like that on his own.  So I had honey put the remote there.  Excuse the plastic, one must pet proof the furniture. 

Happy weekend all!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Times Change

Hello crochet and craft addicts. Long time no see. I still love crochet and crocheted creations so much but find my focus has been diverted lately to more health en-devours.  I truly love to follow fellow crocheters, knitters and sewers to hope for some inspiration but have been focusing on health and fitness lately to drop some weight and be more active. Cancer has spread again on my mother's side, another of her sisters with breast cancer.  I keep getting mammograms every other  year but since i've changed my diet to more plant based, non-smoker and now going to the gym at least 3 days a week, I am hoping to reduce my risks with these actions. It's been a month since I've joined the gym and already see a difference in some body parts and fit of clothing.  Always a good sign and incentive to keep going.  I have a quite a bit of weight to lose to be a "Normal weight" for my height but am finally in the mind set to do so.  

I bought this mini greenhouse in efforts to grow some of my own vegetables this year.  
Here's hoping I still have a green thumb. 

Our new addition keeps the house busy with activity.  He loves to wrestle with Pippa and the oldest, Keegan.  Keegan will be 14 next month.  

Hope all is well with everyone and happy weekend!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Small Update

Hello all!!  There hasn't been must crochet happening here lately.  Just working on the border of the last baby blanket posted.  Life is busy with the cats.  The new one, Gideon,  is fitting in and has been playing more with our last addition, Pippa.  I love my baby cats but it's definitely more work keeping things clean with 4 cats. The oldest was sneezing so I've been giving him meds and the next oldest Tigger is getting skinnier by the day.  We've done all sorts of test but vets do not know what is with him.  We ordered some Prozyme supplement hoping it may help him.

I've recently acquired some more Cherished Teddies to add to my collection.
They are so adorable. 

And on other news.  I've joined a gym.  Finally taking the steps to lose the weight that has been acquiring over the years.  It's only been 4 days last week but I'm feeling good, positive and sore.
Cheers to good health. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Granny Squares

I finished joining my squares and have started the border on this baby blanket.
An ecclectic range of coloured squares.

That's all I have for now. Have a great weekend!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Slow Progress

Work weeks never go by fast enough but the weekends sure do.  I'm still slowly but surely working on these squares. I hope to make a blanket I can put up on my Etsy. 

Our new addition has been getting more comfortable with us and is adjusting to indoor life.  He does hide under the bed though when I crack the back door.  He remembers the sounds of the cars going by which always made him uneasy outside.  He's been playing with various toys that the other cats can't be bothered with.  He has to still get his FIV/FLV test done on Monday then we can let him out around the house and the other kitties.  They know he's here and his at him still. Time will tell.

Have a great weekend all!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

New Addition

I finished the Fox Cowl for my nephew.  This one worked up more quickly than the one for my cousin.  Of course being for a smaller person means less yarn.  I am waiting for my cousin to get a picture of him wearing it.  

So for months the hubby and I have been feeding a stray cat around the house, young orange tabby.
Lately he has been sitting outside on the ground enticing him to get closer and a few weeks ago even petted him.  So last Saturday he managed to grab him and bring him indoors.  We kept him in a cage in the garage that night with a heater.  It just so happened that last week was getting bitterly cold for this area.  We were relieved to catch him before the cold snap and didn't have to worry if he was warm somewhere.  We brought him to the Humane Society in as a stray but told them we wanted to adopt him.  They keep them for minimum 3 days to see if anyway claims a missing cat.  He didn't have a microchip in him so that was a good sign.  They said they work with them to see if they'll be adoptable.  A few days later they reported that he wasn't, he didn't want anything to do with them. Of which I found strange because the next morning after we caught him we were petting him and he loved it.  I don't think he was ever petted before.  He is still skiddish and flinches at loud noises etc.  While at the Humane Society he did get neutered, vaccine, flea/dewormed treatment, micro chipped and ear tipped.  I guess since we were keeping him he didn't have to get the ear tipping, they assumed he would go back outdoors.  They do that for stray cats so when people outside see a stray they know it's been neutered. 

We're still keeping him separate from the other cats for a while.  He will probably take longer to get used to being around us and indoors. 

Here's a little video of him.

Happy weekend all!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Colourful Grannies

How's the New Year going for you?  Not bad here.  I've gotten my crochet mojo back a bit.
I started stash busting with these Harmony Granny Squares.  I strayed from the pattern a bit 
on the last round by mistake.  Oh well, as long as I keep making them the same it should 
work out.  I've been joining them as I got on the last round anyway. 

I'm still working on the Fox Cowl for my nephew. Almost done the hood, then it's just the band around hood and the ears.  

Just a short post.  Happy weekend all!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas Happy Holidays

Just a quick wish to you all. 
Have a wonderful holiday.

Honey and I had a lovely dinner. My first meatless Christmas dinner.  The Tofurkey was surpisingly tasty.  Even the cats tried it.  

Just a few things I received from co-workers.  I adore my owls and snowmen.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Family Visit

It's always nice to see your crafted gift on the receiver.  My cousin loved her fox cowl I made 
her.  I am making one for little James as well but didn't finish it in time for their visit.

James did like the dancing Snoopy we got him.

He has a slight obsession with our cat tree. 

Christmas is always nice seeing through a kids eyes.

I wish everyone a Happy Holidays with their family.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Finished WIP and Goodies

So I finished this project this week for my cousin's gift as she posted the link on my wall I took it as a hint for a gift.  It's the Flint Fox Cowl by Heidi May pattern that I bought.  It's well written and easy to follow instructions.  For this adult size I used 6 balls of the main colour Loops & Threads Charisma Marble chunky yarn in Granite from Michael's and maybe 1/4 ball of the chocolate brown.

I also started another but for a toddler, my cousin's little one I call my nephew. 
Same yarn in blue.

I received some goodies this week from my brother who now lives in Canada's Great White North, Yukon.  Some Fireweed Jelly (made from a flower native to that area) which was quite good. A cute felted sheep, fun named soap and hot chocolate and best of all some lovely hand dyed yarn.

Last weekend I put the tree up for the first time in a few years.  Mostly we didn't have the room but made the room this year as it's Pippa's first Christmas with us.  

And as you can see she's super impressed.  LOL

Hope you have a good weekend!!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Finished Scarf

I finished my knitted scarf. It's so cozy I wore it at work tonight as the office was a bit cold.
There's nothing like the feeling of finishing a project.  I guess if I finished all the projects on the go I may burst.

I joined the Handmade Gift Exchange again this year.  I made that giant knitted scarf for my swap partner, who has received it by now and hopes she likes it as she's in a cold part of Canada. I received her package today to find a truly unique creations.  I did mention to her I love snowmen.

I am not sure if there is a name for this type of crafting but it looks tedious.
I do love it though.  

Here's some snaps of my Christmas decorations I have out around the house.

My snowman love and a crocheted Christmas tree I found at the thrift store last year around the picture of my young grandmother.

My crochet crocodile stitch tree I made a few years ago and my mini silver tree that has bright blue, pick and green decorations.

The end table with some lighted decor.

I even went festive on the nails today.

And finally another of my Pippa girl.  She's a bit tired here.

Have a good weekend all!!!