Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Picky, picky, picky

I knit. I'm not that good a knitter but I do muddle along. I learned from my mom years and years ago - so long ago that I don't remember her teaching me. I used to knit and crochet a bit before my children were born. Once they were here, I sewed more. It was faster. I enjoyed sewing and since I had always done it, it became my main hobby. Making dresses, shirts and pants for my little ones was pure joy. It still is.
Since I became a grandmother, I have taken up knitting once again. I had my knitting needles and I dug out the stash of yarn, enhancing it, just like the fabric stash. Quite often I work on more than one project at a time and this creates a problem when I am in need of number 4 mm or 4.5 mm needles. When I go to look for a pair, they are being used for something else. Since I can't wait to finish the 'something else,' I sometimes end up buying another pair. I haven't counted how many pairs of the same size needles I have BUT, I am picky about the kind of needles I work with. I don't like the plastic ones because they 'stick.' I knit the European way and it's a lot quicker if the needles are made of aluminum.

 I think I have tried these bamboo ones but they are not as smooth as aluminum.

When I was in BC last year, my daughter, grandsons and I stopped in at a local Legion that has a permanent rummage sale in the basement. Loads of great stuff for pennies - almost.

My absolute best finds were these. Aluminum knitting needles in various sizes. Ten cents a pair. Trust me, I made sure that these were aluminum by tapping them against the metal legs of the table that they sat on. I left the bent ones. I was not interested in what size the needles were, I just wanted quantity - because, you see, I was leaving to go back home and we weren't going to be visiting this place again before I left. Quite a few of them have the American size on them but I'm getting pretty good at knowing that a 6 is actually a 4 mm and an 8 is a 5mm. I can now work on so many different small projects at once (not really.) But it means that I can make two baby booties at the same time. I know I can knit them both on the same needles but I hate the tangling of the two balls of yarn.

I wonder if they have double pointed needles there now? Maybe I can ask my daughter to go check. After all, I have my helpful little gauge so it doesn't matter what size the needles are, I can always find out.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


A pre-printed panel for twin B. I don't consider panels 'real' quilts. However, I did want to hand quilt it since I have small enough boards to put it on a frame.

I put the light on to show you the quilting. Seriously, what was I thinking?

That's a lot of quilting for the border of a pre-printed panel.

I got wise after doing the end and decided that I was not going to do that much quilting on the sides.

Even those little teddies got quilted around the outside. The red stripes are quilted on both sides but the gingham only got the centre squares quilted. As I said, I got wise. Then again, it is for a soon-to-be-born grandchild.

Today is a special day. It was 32 years ago that my son Eric was born.
 Here he is with his little nephews, Luc and Patric, last year (in July.) He's always been so good with little ones. Luckily, since he is a teacher.

And here he is with his older brother Mark and little Luc. Again, last year's photo. 
He hasn't changed.

 He still looks the same. This was taken last weekend at the Twin Shower. The expectant parents and the future grandparents of twins fill out the photo.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Meetings (photos fixed)

Last year my son Mark, and his wife Kate, went to Scandinavia and extended their vacation to include Finland, where my ancestors are from. Almost at the last minute, I emailed my long ago pen pal to let her know that they would be in Helsinki and she was gracious and kind enough to want to meet them and took them on a tour of the National Theatre.
This year, my daughter Maili and her boyfriend Casey went on a two week tour to Scandinavia and are now in Helsinki. They too met my pen pal and spent the whole day checking out little out-of-the-way places -- walking everywhere.

Maili and Satu (the name I know her by.)

 Casey, Satu and her sister.

I'm glad that my children at least have gotten to meet someone who I have not yet met. We started writing in 1960? 1962? We were children then and wrote until after we got married and had children of our own. Then, life got in the way and we lost track of each other. It was through the internet and my wonderful blogger friend Ulla that we were able to connect once more. 

 Perhaps one day Satu and I will meet in person.

Note: Sorry to all those who visited but didn't see the photos. They were fine when I posted but didn't show up when the post went 'live.' Thanks for letting me know.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop

I do hope you are enjoying the summer (or winter, if you are 'Down Under'.) I just wanted to let everyone know about a wonderful online Canadian quilt shop, Sew Sisters. They do have a bricks and mortar store too but since it's in the northern part of the city, I tend shop online. I have been quite pleased with their service and so have other quilters that I know. In case you want to make a quick quilt for Christmas, why not make one of these?

Starry Night - Tree - Light Up Kit
It's a whole kit with the panel and the lights. I bought one last year for my friend Judy who put it together. She used it instead of putting up her tree.
Note: I took the photo from Sew Sister`s web site.

Right now, Sew Sisters has free shipping in Canada until the end of the month. So, if you are in need of fabric or a kit, check them out.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beginner Crazy Quilt Class

Now that the enrollment for the course has ended, we have a list of supplies that are going to be used.

 Here's my selection. Neutral background fabrics, embroidery floss or perle cotton, bits of lace, various needles, beads and silk ribbon. Since I have lots of embroidery floss, I decided that I would like to use perle cotton for this. The only ones I had though, were size 3 and 5 and what was recommended was size 8 or 12. It took me a long time to choose these colours because there was a lot of choice (sometimes not a good thing for me.) I did have to go quite a ways to find the store to get them, though. For some reason, even though this is a big metropolitan city that I live in, there are very few needle art stores. One has to travel to the suburbs to find silk ribbon and perle cottons in colours other than beige and white.