Category: Hobbies

Socks! Pair #1 is done.

Socks! Pair #1 is done.

January 21, 2015 by Maire in Hobbies / 0 Comments

My knitting output has slowed down a bit in the past month. I’m blaming it on three things…finally having some time to relax, catching a cold, and video gaming.

The first one is easy…the big Yule rush is over, so I can take my time. No hurry, right?

The second and third? Well, when I catch a cold, I don’t necessarily want to be sneezing into my knitting. I’m making handknits, not plague blankets. Last thing I need to do is to spread my winter cold to some poor, unsuspecting person who just happened to receive an item from my knitting basket. It just happened this year that I caught some tummy bug that manifested on the night of Christmas Day – and then just as I was recovering from that, I caught yet another cold that knocked me flat on my arse.
That said, there has been some knitting.

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Chili Day

Chili Day

January 5, 2015 by Maire in Hobbies / 0 Comments

The Husbeast and I are trying to clean up our diet. Which means less sugar, and more of what you’d call “natural whole-foods”. Essentially, we get rid of the “fillers” that have the highest calorie and carbohydrate load. It evens out our blood sugar (thankfully neither of us is diabetic), which means our moods are definitely more stable. Other side benefits include less headaches/migraine, less joint pain, and less muddled thinking.

And the way I look at it, it starts with chili.

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Knit Mittens!

Knit Mittens!

January 4, 2015 by Maire in Hobbies, Patterns / 0 Comments

Writers have NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Knitters….well, they just pick a month and knit the heck out of things. I’ve heard of NaKniSweMo (Sweaters), and October usually is dubbed “Socktoberfest”. January is apparently NaKniMitMo, which translates into mittens.

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Big feet!

Big feet!

January 1, 2015 by Maire in Hobbies / 0 Comments

It started out so innocently. I thought I would knit my Mum a pair of socks for Yule. Keep her feet toasty warm. Then, when my proficiency with knitting socks became apparent, the hints started dropping. I now knit a minimum of four pairs of socks per Yule. One for each of our parents. I put a pair of socks in a decorative tin with their name on it. The deal is that if they want socks next year, the tin comes back to me. Without fail, the tin comes back. The request is fulfilled. I have some family members with very happy feet.

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The first socks, of course, were seen on Tuesday. These were my Mum-in-Law’s socks, and as mentioned, the Husbeast picked out the colours. What you didn’t see on Tuesday were everyone else’s socks. These weren’t even the first ones finished.

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Cold hands, warm heart

Cold hands, warm heart

December 31, 2014 by Maire in Hobbies / 0 Comments

If there is one thing that Granny Martin tried to impress upon me as a youngster, it was that you should always have warm feet and warm hands. As I’ve learned since, you can cover the rest of yourself in as much wool as you like, but without those extremities taken care of, you’re still going to be a chilly, chilly body on a cold day.

I love mittens and handwarmers. I think they’re a great accent to wrap up your winter outfit. Sometimes it’s the only thing you can see! Having lived North of 60, I’m well aware of how to bury yourself in your jacket, hopefully with hood (and plenty of layers beneath). The only thing with whimsy is the hands.

My brother’s family is still in the Yellowknife area, so I like to make the kids fun things that they can wear over the long winter. For my niece, I love mittens. She loves being fashionable, so I figured she’d love a pair of traditional, lined, Latvian (stranded) mitts.

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Nope. The pattern really wasn’t working out. Sure, I got the lining right (yay!), but the pattern was getting lost in the colours of yarn. Time to take it back to the basics.

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The Cat’s Pyjamas

The Cat’s Pyjamas

November 18, 2014 by Maire in Hobbies / 0 Comments

The problem with knitting so many things that you eventually give away, is that you wind up not blogging about things until months have gone by and you’ve finally tracked down the person you’re gifting it to. I never want to spoil the surprise.  I’m thinking I’m going to take a leaf from the Yarn […]

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Just Dance (kinda)

May 15, 2014 by Maire in Hobbies / 0 Comments

I’m a sucker for a good cover. It may be a hipster thing to do (that’s the trendy thing, right? Call it “hipster” if it’s non-mainstream?  Whatever), but I’ve been enjoying Postmodern Jukebox for awhile…This is just one of the many offerings on their Youtube Channel….you should take a look! I’m the first to admit […]

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Harmony

Harmony

May 7, 2014 by Maire in Hobbies / 0 Comments

There are some things that you’d think I would burst if I didn’t mention. And then I go and do something like sit on the news for a month or more. I guess that’s just the way I roll….I tend to try and downplay all the pretty little grace notes that pepper my life. That […]

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

April 21, 2014 by Maire in Hobbies / 0 Comments

Lost: One (1) sock knitting mojo.  If found, please return thisaway. In the meantime, you’ll likely see me over here spinning away * and knitting frantically on shawl/ettes **. Maybe I just need more really nice self-striping sock yarn.       * ITW Call Box – 50/30/20 Alpaca/Merino/Silk, half of 8.5 oz ** Quaker Yarn […]

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I made yarn!

I made yarn!

April 18, 2014 by Maire in Hobbies / 2 Comments

I made yarn! I told you I was working on content! For reference’s sake, here is what I started with: December 2013 Fiber Club Shipment from FatCatKnits, Mambo and Tango on Polwarth (5oz total). I did not take the photos – they are the inventory shots from Ginny’s website. I’m simply including them as a […]

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