Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This is just a small fraction of the Westies that were there. We got there a little early.
There were some honourary Westies too. This sweet bulldog was going around to say 'hello' to everyone and get some pets.
We got a quicky lesson in training and agility, and a question and answer session. Lola wasn't too impressed with the equipment at first, but she became a pro at the ramp by day's end. Lola also learned two new tricks..how to bow and play dead.
This was our 'teacher' in our training session. He demonstrated everything for us, and what a wonderful dog he was! The most well behaved dog there, even when he had to put up with masses of little Westies. Of course Lola was much more interested in him than the other Westies. She has a thing for big dogs.
This event was great fun! It's too bad the next isn't until September.
I've already marked my calendar.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
It has been especially comforting to watch this plant grow in these cold winter months. And grow it did! The longest stalk is over a meter(or a yard) tall now. The little pot can no longer take the weight of it, and I keep finding it toppled over on its side. I think I'm going to have to replant it!
The table is from my grandmother's home. It's the same table she kept her plants on. The taller plant is from her as well. My mom calls them mother in law tongues, but I'm not sure what the actual name for them is. The Christmas Cactus is from an ex girlfriend of my brother's, and the wooden statue is from our dear friends in Germany. It used to have its own corner, but we were worried Lola would chew on it if she could reach it.
The flowers are beginning to open now! It has been great fun to check on this plant each morning to see the changes.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
”You can't use that fabric to make a blanket, it's supposed to be for a coat.”
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I've been doing a lot of hiding under a warm blanket, under a warm dog and cat, under a warm roof, dreaming about the fireplace I do not own. But sometimes it's nice to get out and trudge through the piles of snow. The best part about snow like this is that it's always quiet. The normally busy streets are completely empty, everyone afraid to leave the comfort of their front door, and there's a calm that is rarely otherwise experienced. I like that.
You never really are.
Friday, January 16, 2009
This photo might give you a better idea of colour.
Now I just need to remember to keep it up high each time I put it down. These two have already swiped it and unravelled the ball of yarn several times.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
In exciting news, I finished my hat! Okay, maybe it's only exciting for me. This was my second knitting project and it has taken less than two weeks as opposed to the year+ my first took.
I love this yarn. It's so soft and the colours are amazing. If you're interested, the yarn is Manos Silk Blend. 30% silk, and 70% fine merino wool. It's kettle dyed, so I'm hoping the colours are a little more random than the yarn I've worked with in the past. I cannot wait to see how it knits up!
Hiding inside and knitting socks on a freezing cold Winter's day. That sounds just perfect, but it'll have to wait until after Lola's walk. Into the snow I go!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
That's the hat I posted about a few entries ago. It's the Slouchy Copy Cat Hat by Terra Jamieson. I knitted it up much too tight, so I'm not sure how slouchy mine will end up. It's a great pattern for a first time hat knitter, interesting but not too complicated. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
I hope you're all enjoying your weekend!
Monday, January 5, 2009
I purchased this mini chest of drawers at Ikea months ago. I thought it would make perfect storage for little sewing notions, and help keep the craft room organized. I have to say that I will never buy one of these again unless it comes assembled. Normally I love putting furniture together (I really do! I'm always to first to offer my help to friends with new Ikea purchases), but there was just so much nailing with this. 72 nails! 72 nails that were slightly too big and didn't want to be nailed in. Let me tell you how glad I am that they included extra nails! Never again. It is the perfect storage for little odds and ends though. When I bought it I knew I was going to eventually cover it. I like the look of wood, but this was just plain and boring. It looked very unfinished.
I used a pad of scrapbooking paper, Urban Prairie by BasicGrey, to cover the little drawers. I plan to eventually cover the outside of the chest, but I will have to get some different paper for the top if I don't want a break in the sheets. These ones are too small.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I started with the mock-quilt fabric I purchased from Superbuzzy, and pulled my inspiration for the rest of the fabric from there- sweet little flowers, pinks, polka-dots, and gingham. The pink elephants..well, how could I not include the pink elephants?
It's still coming together, but it has been a lot of fun to play with. I refuse to admit the amount of time I spent rearranging the fabric squares. A lot of sewing still needs to be done, but I will post again about this one soon.
Along with some new sewing, this year has brought some mother/daughter knitting. This weekend my mom was inspired to pick up her needles after a 15 year hiatus!
Today we paid a visit to a local knitting shop, Knit-o-matic, to stock up on supplies. I found the most wonderful yarn I'm going to use for my first socks. I'll have to take some photos tomorrow! I can see myself making several trips back to that shop in the near future. They have a wall full of wonderful yarns, a shelf full of beautiful knitting books, friendly and knowledgeable staff (including a little bird!), and lots of knitting groups and classes. Yes, I will definitely find myself back there soon!
Mom was quite the knitter, and hasn't lost her touch. She made quick work of this scarf and headband set knit from royal blue fuzzy eyelash yarn. She had found scarves similar to this at the craft fairs we visited in the fall, but never thick enough or in the colours she likes. Finally, she decided to make her own. I think that was a good decision!
In the time it took her to knit up her projects, I made this..
The beginnings of a hat. Her gauge was much larger, but I still say I'm a very slow knitter. I'm not allowing myself to start any more projects until this hat is finished. Hopefully that will get me through it quicker. That is my goal for this year..no new projects until the previous are through!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Since I am updating about growth, I will share a recent photo of the Eggling. Things are still going very slowly, but the cacti are getting a little more prickly.