Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Narly Knit

Aloha, Hola, Good day, Howdy

-25 C this morning.  Time for the woolies

Simple pattern but I had to backtrack lots.  October had lots to knit together I guess. Good nuff.

Then I moved on to these and they were a blast to create after I hit my groove! 

Not sure if that is a blurry picture or its just my eyes.

Off to shovel the drive

Blessed Be

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Getting my ducks in a row?

For some strange reason a pair of Mallard Ducks have moved into my front yard.   My house is about two blocks from a small neighbourhood lake and it seems this couple of ducks likes to hang out away from the crowd.

They fly away when people walk past on the sidewalk but return later.  I put seeds in the bird feeder but have not noticed the ducks under it. Sparrows, finches, chickadees, blackbirds, woodpeckers, magpies, crows, and pigeons all help themselves to the seeds.

Mallard duck couple in my front yard.

Here is a video filmed through my front window!  

It will be interesting to see if the happy quacky couple hang around all summer!

~ Feather ~

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Milkweed and Monarchs

I am sure you have heard that the monarch butterflies need some help. They need milkweed plants. You can read it at 

Today my milkweed seed kit from Monarch Watch arrived 

Milkweed in seeds from Monarch Watch
Three varieties should hopefully mean success. There is Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed aka Rose Milkweed, and Butterfly Milkweed.  Other varieties are shown here:  Milkweed Index
These perennial  seeds do best if they are cold-stratified for 6 weeks before planting. There are so many different suggested ways of ensuring the seeds germinate. After some  online research  I have decided to "plant" my seeds in between moist paper towels and keep them in the fridge until I can plant them outdoors 
Swamp Milkweed Seeds
So far so good!

Common Milkweed Seeds on moist paper towel

Butterfly Milkweed Seeds

I folded the damp paper towels up with the seeds inside and put them in plastic sandwich bags and then into the fridge.  I will check on the every week. This is supposed to mimic a winter environment.  Maybe I should put them into the freezer!  When 
Ready to go into the fridge for 6 weeks

And until the plants and then hopefully the butterflies arrive I will have to be content with the flying pig!  I will keep you updated over the summer!

Flying Pig
Butterfly Blessings
~ Feather ~

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

#Belowtheline I am going below the line!

This week I have been thinking about fitness and health, exercise and weight loss, and bang! something shiny caught my eye....

I just signed up to participate in the Below The Line Poverty Project.   The details are here:
The challenge is to survive spending $1.75 or less daily, for food and drink for 5 days,  Apr 27th to May 1.  Good thing I like oatmeal.
What better way to pay attention to what I eat, and bring awareness to world poverty, and raise money for charity too?    I have signed up to support Tin Roof Global,  which provides and protects water at home and abroad. In Canada they  provide much needed water solutions to First Nations communities and deliver water stewardship workshops to youth in Canadian schools. Abroad they provide critical water systems to rural Ugandan schools.

The information kit gives some help in preparing to eat/drink on $8.75   for 5 days:
Live Below the Line Shopping Guide
This guide will help you build an LBL shopping list of food to get you through the week and stay on budget. Prices will vary slightly around the country and you can comparison shop to get the best price in your area. Check out websites that compile local flyers for deals in your town or city. Don’t forget to include protiens like eggs, nuts or lentils. They’ll help keep you feeling full!
Choose one or two carbohydrate options, this will be a mainstay for lunches and dinners. You can also mix and match, ie: buy half the amount of pasta and half the amount of rice.
3 lbs potatoes – $0.60 (10lb bags are often just $2.00 – divide by 5, $0.40 per person!)
1 box of pasta or rice noodles - $1.70
Rice – 1 lb (Makes about five ½ cup servings) - $1.00
Porridge or eggs are a good option if you are taking the challenge solo. If you’ve got a team to share with, items like bread and peanut butter are great for spliting
Rolled Oats – 250g makes 5 porridge portions – $1.30
Toast – 1 loaf has about 20 slices, great for sharing – $2.75 ($0.92 per person if split 3 ways)
Peanut butter – $3.00 for a small jar ($1.00 per person split 3 ways)
12 Eggs – $3.42 ($1.71 if you share)
Yogurt tub - 750 g - $1.79
Side Dishes and Sauces:
1lb dried beans or lentils- Chickpeas, romano, kidney - $1.80 excellent for sharing or buy less in bulk)
Frozen vegetables – $1.50 (frozen is good option to make your budget go further!)
1 can pasta sauce - $1.50 (canned sauce tends to be cheaper!)
Choose a snack to tide you over through the day. You can also make  homemade hummus if you buy chickpeas.
1 lb apples (approx. 8 large) – $0.99
3 lb bag of carrots (great for sharing!) - $1.29 ($0.43 per lb per person)
Crackers – 1 box - $1.87
Pita bread - $1.85
Salt/Pepper/other seasoning - $0.10 each for a week supply
I would love to hear what you think about this,  and what advice you can give me.  Even better would be if you accept the challenge too!

To be honest, I didn't even think I could live for one day on $7.75, let alone 5 days.  It is going to be tough. Just thinking about going to knit night and not ordering a  fancy tea or coffee?   Absolutely no fast food will be allowed.

I used to be good at living on a budget, but haven't even tried to do so for years.  This is going to be a very good exercise.  As you can probably imagine, I am flipping back and forth between excitement for the challenge, and dread for being hungry!  What have I done?

Food for thought
~ Feather ~

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Weaving fun on a Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle Loom

How about some weaving, just for fun?     I am so fortunate to have this loom, given to me by a friend who decided it just wasn't her thing anymore.    Well, not one to let an opportunity for some new crafting material go to waste,  I dove right in.     The first thing I did was take an online weaving class at Craftsy.  The first project was a scrap yarn scarf - perfect when you have lots of left over yarn!

Scrap fingering weight sock yarn scarf - WIP

Now I know what warping a loom means, and what weft is. I can warp and weft with the best of them,  and, for some reason, saying  warp and weft always makes me smile. It is some kind of secret cheer yourself up code. Try it!  Say  'warp and weft' quickly 5 times over. I am sure you are smiling now.

Off the loom but not soaked yet - WIP

My second project, also from the Craftsy lessons was two soft cotton dish towels.  I have been using them ever since they came off the loom,  and bought enough cotton to make many more. (see how quick the stash builds up?) As I wash them they shrink a bit, and get more absorbent. Maybe they will eventually shrink into tiny doll sized towels, but in the meantime, I like them!

Cotton dish towels

Erin asked if I could make a Burberry Scarf, and, as you know,  not one to back down from a challenge, I answered in the affirmative.  Then I checked online to see what a Burberry Scarf looked like, and ordered some yarn. 

This is my interpretation of the classic British scarf. You can see the weaving colour pattern is much more complicated that the first scarf, but a challenge is always good. I am learning lots, especially how to make stripes!

Warped up and ready to go!
Plaid means lots of colour changes, and lots of ends to weave in. However, weaving in ends is much easier on a loom than it is on knitting needles!

I am happy there is a stand for this table loom. First I sat on a dining room wooden chair, and like Goldilocks thought it was much to hard. Then I tried positioning myself on the edge of the couch, and like Goldilocks thought it was much to soft.  But, by then, the scarf was finished! The search for the best perch will continue with then next project.

Fauxberry scarf - WIP
I think it turned out well,  although not like an authentic Burberry Scarf.  I used fingering weight yarn and a 15 inch loom. I can only imagine what kind of looms are in a woolen mill. That is something I have to see in person someday! (added to the bucket list)

Woven fabric is so much different than knit fabric.  We all KNOW this, and that is the fundamental difference between jeans and yoga pants. It is just amazing to actually compare hand woven to hand knit fabric and be amazed at how un-stretchy weaving is.

Fauxberry scarf completed

I have quite a bit of this same yarn left over,  so it is quite likely there will be other "black tan red and white" scarves in the near future. The fun part is each will be different, and possible even free form. I guess we will have to wait and see how it develops.

Creative Spring Blessings!
~ Feather ~

Sunday, 29 March 2015

It is test time for the Moonlit Oak Cowl

Finally!  It has taken me longer than I like to get the pattern written up and into a pdf.  I rather knit that type.
Moonlit Oak Cowl with optional Chubby Oak Tree - by Susan Elizabeth
What you see above is the finished cowl.  I knit it using Morning Bright Holistic Merino DK in Moonlit and Oak colourways.   I LOVE these colours.  In fact,  I dreamed them up and asked Becky Foster,  my favourite super cool yarn dyer if she could dye yarn to represent moonlight, and oak trees. Oh yah,  of course she can!   Etsy listing for Oak   Etsy listing for Moonlit

The test is on ravelry, here: Moonlit Oak Cowl pattern testing if you are interested in joining in or following along.  I am happy to say there is a discount for Morning Bright Yarn given to the pattern testers.

There is an age old 'rule' that you can't use variegated yarn for fair isle knitting.  The design  doesn't really show up well unless the yarn colours are strongly contrasting.    I am here to break the rule.  As you can see above,  the oak tree is a bit hard to see at first...  because of the variegation of the background yarn.   I am going to knit the cowl again, using a different tree shape to see how it works out.    It is great fun trying to see just which way works the best.

Here are some pictures of the finished cowl:  
First, a quick selfie, in which I forgot all the selfie tips and tricks to make yourself look fabulous....

Moonlit Oak Cowl

Secondly, the cowl modeled by my inspiration.  This is the Burr Oak tree in my back yard.  We planted it a while back for Mother's Day.   Every once in a while it gets decorated with ribbons and wool.  Today it has a cowl.  As you can see it is a skinny tree, like the tree in the cowl.  :)        I am a bit concerned for this tree, as over the winter,  it has become a favourite lunch spot for a woodpecker.  
 I'll have to take some more pictures of all the 'peckering'

Moonlit Oak Cowl in a Burr Oak tree
This is a swatch of the 'chubby oak' which I will knit up next.

Chubby Oak Swatch

And this is Erin's cat Sid.  He doesn't usually look so insane,  but, that is how it goes sometimes.  It is hard to get the best pictures all the time.   LOL.  Sid needs a hair cut.  He is like fluffy alpaca now.

That is all for now.  Spring is on the way, and I have knitting to do,  and, well I have a couple of knew patterns in my head that need to be written down before I forget.  The first one is crescent shaped shawl and the other one is a light and airy Cobweb Lace Stole.   There is never enough time...

~ Feather ~

oh,  ps.   I am having fun with  Tumbler!  you can find me there as  Frozen.Feather.Storm

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Two Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth Patterns

Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
 Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
Over the last couple of weeks, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been in a bit of a wash cloth knitting frenzy. (Fifteen cloths in two weeks to be precise)  I don't know why, exactly,  but I do know that there is something uniquely satisfying about these quick projects.  Start and stop within a day.  No seams.  Two ends to quickly weave in, and Ta Dah!  project finished.   Not to mention trying out a different pattern  and colour each time.   Dish cloths are the crack cocaine of knitting.   Trust me,  once you start, it is pretty hard to kick the habit.  Or, at least I think it would be hard to kick the habit;   I haven't tried to quit yet.

In fact, I have come up with my own patterns to throw into the mix of the thousands of dish cloth, face cloth, spa cloth and wash cloth patterns.      The name thing drives me crazy.  Dish cloth vs Face cloth?  "Dish cloth" sounds so domestic (and I happen to use a brush to clean my dishes).  Face cloth  says nothing about your hands or any other body parts, and yet I am sure all body parts should be included.  "Spa cloth" sounds almost elite, and yet, I am not really sure what exactly that name refers to.  So, in the interest of my own sanity, these are Wash Cloths.  Do with them what you wish.
Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth

Purlwise Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth: This is a large, thick and squooshy cloth.  It  has a rich and luxurious   feel, and  is highly textured, perfect for pampering yourself.

Materials:   1  50 gram ball of Worsted Weight Cotton.     I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
Needles:  5.5mm US 9 needles,  tapestry needle.  This is a very dense stitch.  If you use smaller needles your cloth becomes a nice pot holder.
Pattern:   Slip Stitch Honeycomb  Stitch
Gauge:  10 stitches per 2 inches.
Finished Size:  approx 8 x 8 inches
Notes:  The first stitch of each row is slipped knitwise. with yarn in back.  The last stitch of each row is purled.     Honeycomb Pattern stitches are slipped purlwise with yarn in back.

Loosely cast on 41 stitches.
Row 1 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 2 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), (knit 1 slip 1)* repeat to last  2 stitches,  knit 1 purl 1.
Row 3 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 4 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 1, (knit 1, slip 1)* repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 2, purl 1.
Repeat these 4 rows until your cloth is square,  approx 8 inches.
Cast off.
Weave in ends.
Backside of Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
 Backside of Purlwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
After I made two of the Purlwise version, I decided to try slipping the slip stitches Knitwise,  and the result is much different.
Knitwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth

Knitwise Golden Honeycomb Wash Cloth: This is a large, honey comb patterned cloth.  It  has a rich and luxurious   feel, and  is highly textured, perfect for pampering yourself.

Materials:   1  50 gram ball of Worsted Weight Cotton.     I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
Needles:  5.5mm US 9 needles,  tapestry needle.  This is a very dense stitch.  If you use smaller needles your cloth becomes a nice pot holder.
Pattern:   Slip Stitch Honeycomb  Stitch
Gauge:  10 stitches per 2 inches.
Finished Size:  approx 8 x 8 inches
Notes:  The first stitch of each row is slipped knitwise. with yarn in back.  The last stitch of each row is purled.     Honeycomb Pattern stitches are slipped knitwise with yarn in back.

Loosely cast on 41 stitches.
Row 1 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 2 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), (knit 1 slip 1)* repeat to last  2 stitches,  knit 1 purl 1.
Row 3 (rs):  Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 39 purl 1.
Row 4 (ws): Slip 1 (knitwise), knit 1, (knit 1, slip 1)* repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 2, purl 1.
Repeat these 4 rows until your cloth is square,  approx 8 inches.
Cast off.
Weave in ends.

You might be wondering why there needs to be two patterns for this wash cloth.  Good question.  I didn't think there would be such a difference in results just because of the way the slipped stitches were slipped.    Purlwise slipping makes a thicker stretchier fabric, while  knitwise slipped stitches have a bit more structure, and more open honeycomb  holes and looks more delicate with pretty little holes in the honeycomb.    At this point I can't decide which way I like better.   I suggest you try them both and decide for yourself.  Consider it a knitting taste test.

Front of Knitwise Honeycomb Wash Cloth - Susan Elizabeth
I hope you enjoy knitting some HoneyComb Wash Cloths as much as I did.    I also hope it helps you to think of the bees and actively try to help them.   There is lots of information available on what to do to save the bees.  What we need is also lots of ACTION.

~ Feather ~

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Mermaids anyone?

My friend Angela,  the photographer whom I am always  mooching photo shoots from happens to like  Mermaids.  I guess it must be hard to photograph Mermaids,  as now she is digitally drawing them.  It seems to be faster to draw your own than to wait for a photo op!   And,  add in the fact that we are landlocked here on the prairies, it just makes sense to be creative.

You can see Angela's Mermaids here: Enchanted Mermaid Treasures , along with an entire collection of other peoples Mermaid inspired art, postcards, and things.

Enchanted Mermaid Treasures by Angela
Enchanted Mermaid Treasures by Angela

My Irish Grandmother used to tell me that mermaids were just seals sitting on rocks, and that the sailors only wished they were beautiful women in the sea.  This is the same Irish Grandmother who told my sister and I tales of Fairies,  Wee Folk, and of Giants.   Those, of course, were real.  Mermaids were not.    There,  I said it.  Lets see what kind of controversy this stirs up!

Frolicking in the Sea Blessings,

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Why so many Washcloths?

I don't know the answer to my question, but I can tell you I have made 8 washcloths in the past week. It all started because I saw a pretty pattern on Ravelry, and reached for a skein of cotton I had in the stash. The skein happened to be 340 g or 12 oz, which makes for an awful lot of dishcloths.

Hand knit wash cloths
Hand knit wash cloths 

Once started there is no turning back!  I think I will get to the end of this skein today,   The crazy thing is I just happen to have a second MonsterBall of cotton waiting on the sideline taunting me. Somehow, one just leads to another one, and so on, and so on.  It is easy knitting,  usually only taking a few rows to memorize the pattern, and then, easy mindless knitting.    I did sign up in a type of lottery on Ravelry, where each month a group of people each make a dishcloth, and at the end of the month, one person wins them all,  and we all send her the one we made.  Who knew there was such a social aspect to dishcloths?  

Hand knit wash cloths - Work in Progress
Hand knit wash cloths - Work in Progress
You can see the details of all my knitting projects on Ravelry, here in my Projects Page.  Currently there are 178 projects, 165 of them completed.   I like to keep track of the details online, so have listed yarn, needle size, start and finished dates and of course, the links to the patterns.  The Projects Pages might be my favourite part of, and is very helpful in keeping me organized.

I do have other W.I.Ps to knit on; shawls and socks, gloves and bags, however this week it is all about the face cloths.  Oh yes, these are for faces, not dishes.  I am trying out as many different patterns as I can,  to see which I deem to be the best.  I have to take into consideration which are the best to knit, and of course the best to actually use.  There are over 10,000 dishcloth patterns listed on Ravelry.  Trust me, I will not be testing them all!

There is a new pattern forming in my mind, (not a dishcloth) but you will have to wait a bit to hear about that.

~ Feather~

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Felted Crystal Soap and Medicine Bag

Beadorh's Crystal Soap and Medicine Bag

Allow yourself to magically attune to crystals like never before while in an intimate space of no secrets. 

Wash away density while this rich soap soothes and cleanses your skin

The soap is handcrafted from simple natural ingredients

Canola Oil - rich in vitamin E and K to help reduce the signs of aging;  Coconut Oil - an excellent moisturizer, easily absorbed to soften, smooth and promote healing; and Cocoa Butter, the ultimate moisturizer, readily absorbed into the skin enriching it with calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, iron, and Vit E; lye and water (lye + water + oils = soap)

Within, lie treasures cleared and charged by a Reiki Master

Obsidian - grounds,  protects, realigns, and aids in transformation,  Root Chakra
Carnelian - releases stress and trauma, enhances creativity, repairs the subtle body, Sacral Chakra
Tiger's Eye - powerful protection, soothes both physically and mentally, builds confidence, shifts energy, Solar Plexis Chakra
Rose Quartz - releases emotional stress, inspires feelings of love, uncovers underlying density associated with perception of self, Heart Chakra
Blue Sodalite - stabilizes emotions, clarifies perceptions, expands awareness, encourages peace and contentment, Throat Chakra
Clear Quartz - amplifies and strengthens the whole aura, cleanses and shifts energy, sharpens clarity and awareness, Third Eye Chakra
Amethyst - aids in integration, balances polarities, brings about a spiritual calm, aids in meditation and sleep, Crown Chakra

A perfect combination of healing crystals to clear and balance your chakras and soothe your soul. Your crystal soap has been felted in a bed of organic sheep's roving, making it both antibacterial and a great natural exfoliant along with extending the life of your soap. When the soap disappears, let the remaining "unique to you" sealed medicine bag dry. This powerful talisman, holding crystals attuned to you, makes a wonderful addition under any pillow allowing you to absorb the restorative essence of crystals while in a peaceful state. It tucks in pockets, drops into purses, or can hang around your neck allowing you to carry the support of the universe with you through your crystals however you choose.

Direction for use
Get the soap good and wet and rub it into a rich foamy lather, scrub and repeat until squeaky clean. Rubbing the felted cloud of bubbles weaves the fibers tightly together, ignites a subtle bond with the crystals inside, and exfoliates in one fell swoop. After use, rinse and squeeze the felt tightly to the soap inside.  Allow to dry between use. 

Blessed Be

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Silly Switches

Another installment of my silly switches.  What do you see?  Am I the only one that sees the grim reaper and a bunny skull?  I gotta cut back on the coffee maybe.  Happy Last Day in January!

and another

~Blessed Be~


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Life at 3 MPH: Jonathon Stalls at TEDxYouth@MileHigh

Walking to foster health and connection! I am taking up the challenge. It will be tough walking to the grocery store in the winter, but we all know I have plenty of warm woolly things to wear!

Icy fresh winter blessings,

Monday, 12 January 2015

The left turn hat


Ever had a plan all visualized in your head about how things are going to unfold only to set out and get broadsided?  Welcome to the story of my hat.

I started it using a pattern I used before from Ravelry only decided to use super bulky yarn rather than worsted weight. The idea that maybe I didn't need to cast on 85 stitches didn't occur to me until I had two sections of cabling completed on the band! Eek! I figured it might be ok since I was going for slouch and felt quite optimistic. Sigh.  I adjusted my vision of said completed hat and ended the banding.  It would be original if nothing.

Feeling like I had diverted an emergency, I carried on with confidence with plans to adjust the cabling as I went. Here is a picture of where I was when I ran out of wool. 

Off to the wool shop only to find that there was no more white wool.   What to do?
I went home and began ripping.  I loved the white so thought maybe I could do a bit of white and maybe something else. 
Here's the complete hat.. Large enough for the biggest head!

I found a pattern for mitts and went to town

Anyway, at the end of the day, a nice set for winter and lesson learned.  Not what I was expecting but then life rarely is. 
Blessed Be

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl Pattern - A free and easy little shawl pattern

Like a Magpie, even in the darkest days of winter, it is the bright and colourful things that attract my attention.  Oh,  all that is missing is 'shiny'.   

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Here it is,  the easy shawl pattern I have been working on:

Marilyn’s Easy Rainbow shawl is, as the name implies, an easy knit.  It is perfect for beginning knitters, or easy TV knitting for more advanced knitters.  I originally learned to knit English style, and used this pattern to practice Continental style knitting.    The pattern was designed for my friend Marilyn, who said, “No one can teach me to knit something”.  I took up the challenge and the Rainbow shawl was begun.

Choose any yarn, and needles for this shawl.  I suggest going with needles a size or two larger than recommended for your yarn to make a nice loose fabric.  One skein of DK weight yarn and size 9 needles makes the shawlette pictured above.   One skein of sock yarn and size 7 needles makes a nice small shawl. Make your shawl as large as you like by repeating the 2 row pattern over and over, using as much yarn as you want.  Stop when you decide you are finished.

Marilyn and I both chose bright variegated yarns, hence the ‘rainbow’ name.  Your shawl will be pretty in any yarn you choose, striped, variegated, tonal, or plain.  You can have fun changing colours and make stripes as you go.  This would also be a wonderful way to use up scrap yarns.  Even yarns of different weights could be used in stripes.   There really is no limit with this shawl.  

Have fun, and ‘make something’ while learning to knit.  There are no purls in the pattern!

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl Pattern, a free download now from Ravelry

I will see Marilyn on Saturday, and her Rainbow Shawl.  I will take my camera!

Right now blocking in front of the fireplace is a fingering weight version:
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth

Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - Susan Elizabeth
Winter Solstice Rainbow Shawl - close up - Susan Elizabeth
Now,  what to knit next?  I have a few things already on the go that I must finish up.  First will be some fingerless mitts that are 3/4 of the way finished, and a cowl that I started last month.   What I really want to knit is an entrelac hat.    Stay tuned for that....

Happy knitting everyone.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

10 Trees That Can Save The World -

10 Trees That Can Save The World -  by fellow Canadian, author and scientist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger is so much more than just a 'hug a tree/plant a tree' message.

Please watch the video clip, or have a look at Diana's blog,

Here is another of Diana's videos.   Wonderful.

I am now off to search for a copy of her books.

Tree Blessings,


Friday, 28 November 2014

Snow and Hot Chocolate

After an afternoon out in the great outdoors, ya just gotta have hot chocolate

Dreamy Creamy Hot Chocolate
(a Paula Deen recipe on the food network)

1 can condensed milk (I used the caramel flavoured kind) 
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch of salt
6-8 cups hot water
Mini Marshmallows (optional)

In a large saucepan, combine condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt; mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL. Top with marshmallows, if desired.

Store for 5 days in fridge.  Mix well and reheat before serving.

Blessed Be