Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Not that I am not being busy.
So far I have done some kitchen and bathroom cleaning. There will be more general cleaning through the day. As well as getting serious about finishing some last minute gift projects.
While cleaning,crafting and calming down I am listening to CBC2's day of Christmas performances from Europe and Canada. So I have heard a concert from Finland and Norway.
AND THEN....or NOW...I will be spending a few minutes researching Christmas traditions in the featured countries. I will share the links with you along with a photo of knitting from that country.
Seems that the Czech Republic is known more for bead than knitting.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This is the end result of that brain spinning.
It just got accepted into juried show at The Station Gallery in Whitby Ontario.
My thinking continues...
Saturday, November 13, 2010
note: Photos used were one available on the web, not mine.
Couple is by godw1nz.wordpress.com/ Woman's eye is at ehow.com
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I managed to rekindle my creativity and relax and fall in love with the land.
I did very little knitting during my time away but did manage to throw in a class on my Slouchy Christmas Tree.
Dianne (on the right) got hers completed in 2 days!
They are still a fun and quick knit!
My projects were 2 different styles of rug hooking. One was hooking with yarn
St. John's Harbour.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
It is hard to be creative when the shop is open. People tend to interrupt just as creativity starts to flow. I do welcome them though.
The extraction and mutation of thoughts and technique to tell a story that exists only in a murky world between worlds is sometimes tortuous.
I am noticing that I am avoiding the word "artist". I still feel like I have not "become" an artist. But, what is the definition of artist? Is it merely someone who creates or is it a thing one becomes once pieces are shown in galleries etc?
Oh...Look...I have pulled ideas from my brain and put them on paper.
I have been creative.
Monday, October 04, 2010
There is always a magical hue to the world at this time of year.
It is all golden and rosy.
The last gasp of foliage splendour before the first frost.
The furnace has been turned on and the windows closed up against the chill.
The sweaters are out and being worn.
Closed toed shoes containing socked feet are crunching on the fallen leaves.
And... the farms are opening their gates for the public to see.
Rhea and I visited a local sheep farm called Greendale Farm.
The current owners have only been there for 7 years but have been in the sheep raising business for a long time.
This lovely old barn is where the sheep sheering was going on. Sheep barns are ...well.. stinky..
Outside their were some Border Collies showing off their sheep herding skills.
Preacher is a very experienced dog and had the herd well in control.
A less experienced dog had the sheep scared so they ran as fast as they could to the fence near the human handlers to hide.
This girl really wanted to help but she is a wee bit in a puppy way so had to settle for observing.
Rhea got lots of photos for her assignments and has submitted a photo to the local paper. Fingers crossed that is gets published! If she can get 2 photos published this semester she will get 100% in one of her courses.
But what have I knit lately?
This most excellent fall Pumpkin hat! Knit with Manos del Uruguay Maxima (yummm).
Friday, September 10, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Sleep eluded us on Monday evening this week.
Kessie was honking. Yes she sounded like a Canada Goose. It was almost non-stop.
It felt like we were parents of a baby again.
I woke up (after, what, 15 minutes sleep) on Tuesday morning with that fuzzy, not quite sure, but still have to carry on, tiredness that parents of little ones so often have. How the heck do we ever manage?
Jim, of course, managed to roll over and get a bit more sleep than me. Huh....
Luckily, I had already scheduled a vet appt. It was supposed to be for shots but turned into an appt. for getting antibiotics and instructions on how much Benelyn-C to give her a day. Shots to take place in 2 weeks time.
So, that started the 3X daily administering of drugs. It is not easy to give drugs to a dog. Especially a wiggly dog like Kessie. It is a 2 person operation. One to hold her in place and one to try and get all the med. in the mouth and swallowed.
Jim and Patrick had the first shot at the cough syrup. (I happened to be at the shop). From what I understand she foamed it all over her face...
Then it was my turn. Being the expert (ahem) that I am I managed only a slight mess. After 4 days of it I am now able to get it all in and swallowed without the need for a face wash afterwards. I have impressed Pat.
The pill is another matter.
First one was wrapped in cheese and went down without hesitation.
Second one was eyed suspiciously but still went down.
Third...she has learned to lick the cheese off and spit out the pill. So....a combo of peanut butter and cheese is used.
Fourth....Cheese only ( because she should just damned well take the effin pill because I want her to ) and holding the mouth closed and rubbing her neck to make sure it goes down while holding another piece of cheese in front of her.
Fifth...Cheese...Ram to back of throat, hold mouth closed, rub neck, do not let go until swallowing action is observed.
Only 6 more pills to go....I am sure I will be standing on my head and spinning her around to make centrifugal force to force it into her tummy.
And then there is the yogourt which is supposed to coat her tummy to reduce stomach irritation. She ate it with gusto the first day. Now refuses to even go near the bowl it is in.
The good news. She is no longer honking. No more cough syrup unless she coughs again.
I am worn out. She is probably loving the attention.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I grudgingly knit on.
I knit on.
That is what parents do. Despite every cell in our beings needing to protect and to keep our children close we let them push away. We let them declare that they are completed. We let them set the time when we need to cast off and enjoy the end result.
With the gift of this blanket I will be sending love and security with her. Even a 19 year old needs comforting from time to time. I hope that the blanket gives it to her in a pinch.
Do you think I could get her to knit me one?