Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gibsons Landing

Do you remember the Canadian T.V. Show the Beachcombers? This is where the show was filmed. My sister, nephew and I spent the day out there walking along the harbor, eating blackberries from the bushes growing everywhere, ate lunch at Molly's Reach and did some souvenir shopping, all in all a great day and thankfully the weather also cooperated. This was my first ever ferry ride and I really enjoyed it!












Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Me and my Sister




Here I am with my Big Sis many moons ago. She was obviously taking good care of me then and today she is still very much the big sister.

I just spent 5 days with her and her family and she made me feel so comfortable with all the special touches. We both have a hard time being away from home and she went the extra mile to make it that much easier.

I am very fortunate to have such a good relationship with her that I do. When she was 11 and I was 6 she moved to live with my Dad in B.C. and I don't have memories of life before 6 so when I became an adult I made a point to get to know her again. It turns out we do have a lot in common. Recently we both have taken a keen interest in knitting and together we have tackled new projects and learned some new skills. Knitting on KAL(knit alongs) together definitely bridges the miles and it makes it feel like we are closer than we are. We often send each other 2 or more emails a day and contact each other on Ravelry to see how we are each doing on projects. No matter if we grew up together or not we are two peas in a pod and I am very happy to have her as my sister! I try to see her as often as I can, but it seems like it`s every 4 or 5 years before I fly out. This visit was so much fun. We did a yarn crawl - which included a trip to the infamous Three Bags Full or as my nephews call it Three Bags Empty,we had time on the back porch with our knitting and our tea, we had a few Hearts games of which I was overall champion, as I won one game with 4 pts, we took a ferry my first one ever to Gibsons Landing(where the t.v. show Beachcombers was filmed many years ago), had a family dinner and played Improv games and had a ton of fun. Here are some of the special touches she did to make me feel at home:


A gift basket full of items that I may have forgot and it included two new bone china tea mugs.












Here at the bedside she printed off a family picture from my recent camping trip and put some fresh lavender from her garden a nice bottle of water and some chocolates and coconut cream wafer cookies.




Isn`t she the sweetest sister ever!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Peek-A-Boo



This is Willow my sisters cat - here she is peeking and having a bath.

I'm home again and getting caught up and I'll be posting regular again soon. I had a great time with my sister. Thanks for such wonderful hospitality, you really know how to make me feel welcomed and at home.



Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dreaming of Fall Shawl


I've made a shawl like this last year for my MIL for Christmas. This time I am using LionBrand CottonEase and I CO 96 stitches and I am using 6.5mm needles. It's looking nice and I like the chunky look of it - another bonus is it knits up quickly.

After doing more complicated lace and more Intermediate knitting this past year, this pattern is a cake walk. I'm definitely glad I expanded my knitting horizons.

She had requested another item but I thought this was more suitable for her and she agreed so it's not a surprise but I think she'll be pleased with the FO.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

More Booties


Here is the second pair - they knit up so quickly. I love working on these little projects that are done so quick, especially after finishing a larger project. The quick finish time is very rewarding. I have one more pair to make up for the gift so I am almost there, no worries for getting it done in time.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Off to see my Knitster


I'm flying to see my sister today, of course I'll actually use a jet, even though these little guys look happy enough. think I'll trust an airline just a weee bit better.

I am leaving this afternoon and I am gone until Monday evening.

We both has some common interest in our knitting hobby obsession so we have plans to do yarn shopping, knitting and more.

I am going sans kids or DH so it will be an adventure. I'll take my camera and hopefully get a few nice pics to share when I get back. I was kind of bored and I scheduled a few random postings while I am away because I am nerdy like that and just realized can post now and it will schedule it and post later and that's going to be a big lifesaver come fall.

Cya Soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Better Than a Warm Cup of Cocoa

This sweater is to redeem my much earlier attempt at sweater making for my DH. I had tried years ago to make him a sweater and I'm not sure what went wrong, inexperience maybe or probably more to the point lack of confidence. Whatever the case was I had to run out last minute and buy him a different gift. The sweater sat in a corner by my couch for a long time. Every time I looked at it, it was a reminder of a failure. One day I had enough of it and I gathered it up and tossed it just like that. Thankfully it was only acrylic but I know that even that was a waste.

So this year for Christmas I am going to redeem myself with this Cobblestone pullover. I found the pattern on Ravelry and then purchased the Interweave magazine that has the pattern in it. I am using Cascade Heathers in the Heathered Truffle colour and I like the reddish brown colour quite a bit. My sister made one for her son and it turned out very nice. DH is very excited about getting his first sweater(I don't think he ever forgot the botched attempt I previously made). He thinks I can work magic and was convinced I just needed to give it another try....oops!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Taste of the Fair


Yes, it's that time of the year again - 'donut making season'. I really only make these once a year and I generally wait until I am on my summer holidays as during the year I just don't have time to spend making the dough and standing there frying batch after batch - so they are a special treat that is much adored by the whole family. They are as good or even better than the 'mini-donut' you can get at the Fair!

My donuts look even nicer this year as a girl from work had a donut cutter that her mom had given her and it was amongst all her children's play-dough toys. When she found out I made donuts and was looking all over for a cutter she offered me hers and I have to say it made them look that much more professional.

This year I was much more practical and I have put away 2 freezer bags full to have for lunch snacks.

I also set aside a couple to take up to my Granny who is in a nursing home. She loves getting little treats like this.

My goal this fall/winter is to make more of the snacks homemade. I will sit down and plan what I want to have and make one item a week so that there is always a homemade option that the kids can grab to pack with their lunches. I myself am getting tired of the prepackaged cereal bars etc.

For those of you interested in trying this recipe view my previous post that has the link to the recipe I used. I doubled the batch and we got 5 dozen donuts.

Friday, August 15, 2008

I'm feeling pickled!



Here's a good way to tell that DH and have been watching a bit of the Food Network on our holidays. He's whipped up a batch of Alton Brown's Dill Pickles. They're doing what they're supposed to right now, if all goes well we'll have pickles in just 7 more days.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bootie-Liscious!


Aren't these adorable? I'm doing up a 'three-pack' for our newest niece who is due at the end of October, these will be her Christmas present along with a few of the Mason Dixon bibs.
These are the easiest booties and they knit up so quick.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Another KAL finished!

This one was made by my sister - isn't it beautiful.
This was another wonderful KAL to knit with my Knitster!

Below is my finished product
This was probably my most challenging project to date. Many new things were learned including: knitting lace in the round, reading charts and doing the three needle bind off. Thankfully my sister and I did this together, she was a big help and inspiration to me. When I saw this pattern I knew I just had to do it and I'm so glad I did. I wore it to a family bbq yesterday and everyone thought it was just beautiful. The only problem is I made my straps too long and I may have to adjust that, I wear it over a t-shirt as I find it's a bit too revealing, I don't like to show my arms much. The Dayflower Camisole is a lovely knit and the new challenges were worth it.



Here is mine finished with a sparkly scarf in similar colour tones.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Oliver's Bad Day


While we were away - Oliver got bored. He got so bored and he didn't know what to do. Then he discovered Mom's ball of yellow dishcloth cotton and he knew just what to do. He played and tugged and dragged it all over the house. He was having so much fun he forgot that it might be a bad idea. Then Mom and Dad came home and he was discovered. Dad knew it might be bad so he had Oliver sit and wait and let Mom come and talk to him and ask if he was sorry. Dad proceeded to question him and it resulted in this.


I'm sorry - I made a mistake. It won't happen again I pwomise!



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A Unique Camping Experience

Coming from Saskatchewan I always considered the prairies to be flat and filled with wheat fields. I guess I hadn't spent much time in the South West corner and I was amazed at what we found there. We camped in the Interprovincial Cypress Hills and it was just beautiful. Not only was it beautiful but we were fortunate enough to not need bug spray one time. There appeared to be no mosquitos and that was fine with me. We spent our days seeing all the park attractions from Fort Walsh to the Conglomerate Cliffs and even a winery(ok that isn't a park attraction but I couldn't miss a chance to see a prairie winery - or any winery for that manner).

We had never seen Cattle at large signs our Texas gates. I guess we've never been to cattle country before.

Here are some pictures of what we found



There were butterflies everywhere and DH got a nice close up of this one.






I've never seen a 'Cattle' sign before!








And they were everywhere - roaming at large - they got a bit concerned when I stopped and was taking pictures - maybe we looked hungry!






I've never seen this sign - but after awhile we finally figured out what they were.







We visited Fort Walsh the first NWMP depot in the West and learned about why it was established and about the famous Cypress Hills massacre. We learned of Fort Whoop Up and the illegal whiskey trading from across the border - the short distance to the U.S. made this an ideal spot for some illegal trading.





The awesome beauty of the Congomorate Cliffs was amazing!







This view shows the cliffs up close and you can see the many rocks that have formed the cliffs.


















Our Campsite, nestled amongst Lodgepole Pine Trees.









The prairie Winery - one picture of their vineyard. They have a delightful place there. Having been camping I appreciated the lovely washrooms which to my DD`s delight included warmed facecloths to use instead of paper towels - a nice touch indeed.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Gone Camping


It won't be this rustic, but we are 'tenting' it. We'll be back in a few days and hopefully with a lot of pictures as we just bought an extra 2gb memory card!