Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Garden Thief

So if this cutie is eating only my weeds, who's eating my eggplants and beets?





Monday, July 27, 2015

Reap What You Sow

It's funny; the less hours I work at my paid jobs, the more I am able to fill my hours with other things, which still don't involve cleaning house or taking care of my garden.  I am always very well intentioned to take care of the garden but there always seems to be something else of a higher priority to do.  I am blessed to live in the wonderful climate that I do, so that even if I ignore the weeds for a while, the garden still does fairly well.

We changed the plant mix this year.  For the first time, we didn't plant tomatoes and cucumbers.  We are trying some crop rotation strategy.  The lavender and chives are perennials in the herb patch.  We have added a strawberry mint and a cinnamon curry plant to the patch this year.  In the veggie patch, we are growing potatoes and shallots instead of cucumbers and tomatoes.  The eggplant this year isn't doing as well as last year despite it's rotated location.  We have planted beets this year for fun and my husband always has to have his one chili plant as well.  We are also trying chocolate coloured bell peppers this year, but unfortunately, no fruit.  As usual, I planted yellow marigolds around my patches to try and keep away the pests; works not too bad.  So without further ado, here are some pics of my overgrown herb and veggie patches and some of my flowers.
Chives blooming before lavender at the back right



Lilac doing really well



Ah, clematis

potato plants and shallots on the right

shallots, beets at back, eggplant right front, chili right middle, beets back second from right

lavender back left now blooming, chives front right blooms faded, cinnamon curry front left, strawberry mint back right

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Sweater

I recently completed a new summer top.  I used Naturally Stella Prints in shade 491 (salmon and white self patterning) and Naturally pattern booklet FC66.  This yarn is 100% bamboo.  It was my first experience with bamboo.  I wasn't expecting it to be so soft and silky.  The feeling is pure luxury; absolutely exquisite.  Since it has a highly slippery texture, I felt the best method for seaming it together would be by a crochet seam.  It's holding out very well.  I'm really enjoying wearing it!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Huntress Cape Completed

Since early March, I have been working on a Huntress Cape that my daughter requested for Halloween. I started early because I wanted to make sure it got done by Halloween and my work schedule is very erratic. I got a lot done during March break and the two weeks I have been convalescing with a sprained ankle. We love it! My daughter's cape has a special label inside which I only use for my kids. I will be making the pattern available soon on Ravelry. If anyone is interested in having me knit one for them, let me know.






Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time to Relax

The absence of posts on my part has been because I have been extremely busy for a number of months working and doing two courses for the Craft Yarn Council (one for knitting, one for crocheting) to become a certified instructor at Michaels.  The two courses which occupied 6 months of my life while I was also working two jobs are now complete and I have passed!


During that time, the only other creative work I was doing was for jewelry courses I was teaching at Michaels.

 
The heart necklace was supposed to be a bracelet but I thought it would look much better as a necklace.  I taught the technique to my kids.  They made the smaller hearts on the ends, so this necklace has special meaning to me.

After my coursework was completed, I got back to a project a friend had commissioned me for in the fall, but I had to put on hold because of work and course load.  I am very pleased with the results and so was the client and the girlfriend he had me make it for.  I created the turtle myself from various beads and Nymo D beading thread.



And now, I have gotten back to knitting again.  More pictures of recent projects to come in the near future.





Sunday, January 4, 2015

Canary Knits featured me on their blog!

A big thank you to Teresa Gregorio (a great designer in her own right who's had many of her patterns featured in various magazines) of Canary Knits (http://www.canaryknits.com/) for featuring me as an independent designer on her blog.  Please check out her great designs as well.

Happy New Year to all!

Busy Holidays

So much to catch up on.  The holidays were extremely busy.  I can't say I got much rest.  There were a few points of interest though.  During the holidays, we took to kids to Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in downtown Toronto (https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/).





After that, we went to Guu Izakaya (http://guu-izakaya.com/).  Picture a tapas style Japanese bar - that's Guu.  Food was awesome!  You are greeted very loudly as you enter the restaurant and when you leave.  What a great experience.





And lastly, for Christmas Eve, we made bacon infused bourbon following Timothy Ferriss' method in the 4 Hour Chef - Woo Hoo!  That was some powerful bourbon.  Fat washing was traditionally used to refine alcohol. So what happens when you put a flavoured fat in? A unique taste experience like none other, with a swizel stick of fried bacon no less. Who said I can't eat my bacon and drink it, too?