Wednesday, 22 October 2014

How about some mitts too?


These are the StarPainter  fingerless mitts.   I've got the pattern written up, ready to be test knit.   In the meantime, I am pleased with the test knit of the StarPainter Shawl.   There have been a few typos and chart errors to fix, but so far, the test is moving along smoothly.

Happy Knitting!

~Feather~

Monday, 13 October 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, and Saltatio Vita by OMNIA









I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend with friends and family.   And, if you are like me and over do it with the turkey dinner and all the rest, this video will re-energize you.



The band is Omnia, the song is Saltatio Vita, which in Latin means "The Dance of Life"







Even a full turkey dinner can not keep you on the couch when you hear this music!  

Friday, 10 October 2014

Garment collecting and recycling

I like this video, and the fact that there actually is a place to drop off old clothes of ANY CONDITION to be recycled.      Garment collecting: http://about.hm.com/en/About/sustainability/commitments/reduce-waste/garment-collecting.html






Currently, I drop off wearable old clothes in the donation bin in my neighborhood.  These clothes are either resold at Goodwill, or  Value Village.  But,  not all old clothes are in a good enough condition for resale.

Now, there is a an easy option for the worn out clothes!       I am happy.



De-clutter your closets in an eco-friendly manner!



Blessings of a clean closet,

~Feather~

Thursday, 9 October 2014

StarPainter Shawl is in testing!

Just a quick post to keep everyone in the loop.  :)
I've been knitting and knitting and knitting.  Of course.  My latest project happened as a direct result of my knit group.   Mary was working on a baby afghan, using a star stitch.   I LOVE that stitch, and it put some ideas in my head.

That night I researched different star stitches, and soon got to thinking about one of my favourite paintings,  Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.  Naturally,  it didn't take much of a leap and I was drawing and designing a shawl.  You never know where inspiration comes from!
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

I knew Becky of Morning Bright Yarn would be able to dye some fingering weight wool in just the right shades, and sent her a message.   Becky took up the challenge and created the most beautiful yarn.  PERFECT. Becky called the skeins Starry and Night!
"Starry" - Morning Bright Organic Merino/Nylon Sock Yarn
"Night" - Morning Bright Organic Merino/Nylon Sock Yarn




While I was waiting for the yarn,  I started knitting my ideas, and came up with this prototype,  knit with this ombre yarn from Tri' Coterie in France.   It is not quite the same, I have made a few changes, but think it is very pretty in its own right. The yarn sparkles!
Autumn Starry Night - by Susan Elizabeth


Once the dyed yarn arrived, I started knitting asap!  The whole time I knit, I was  nervous that it wouldn't turn out they way I had envisioned   Would it look like the painting?  Would it be worth all the trouble of requesting special yarn from Morning Bright? Would I like it?

Here it is! StarPainter:

StarPainter  Shawl by Susan Elizabeth

So, now the pattern is in testing at Ravelry.   Eleven brave ladies have signed up to test knit the pattern!  I like seeing all the different colours they choose to knit with. You can follow along if you are interested!

In the meantime, I started another one!  This one is with Wild Berries by Indigo Moon, from Gabriola Island, BC.  I have had this yarn for a while, and didn't know what to do with it.   Now is the perfect timing to use it, as it fits into the Canada KAL, hosted by The Loop yarn store.  This month's requirement is to knit something tied to British Columbia.  My yarn comes from BC, so all is good!

Wild Berries Night - by Susan Elizabeth
That's it for now!

Happy Knitting and Blessings,
~Feather~


Monday, 22 September 2014

Gray Jays, a Raven, and a Blue Bird Nest

I was lucky enough to spend the last few days camping at Bow Valley campground just about an hours drive west of Calgary.  The weather was wonderful the campfire warm and the night sky amazingly bright with stars.  We even could see the stars of the big dipper reflecting in the Bow River.  It was the most beautiful thing.
Saturday afternoon there was even enough time for me to  finish off my third Rafu-Sen shawl. I call this one Blue Bird  Nest.  

The details are all on Ravelry here:  Bluebird's Nest

We saw lots of squirrels and chipmunks in the campground and thankfully  no bears, although it is bear country and everywhere you look are signs warning you to keep all food locked up in you vehicle. We did however see lots of birds. The birds are not shy at all and a huge Raven walked through camp like he owned it.

I was not quick enough with the camera. But did get this shot as he walked away. 

Gray jays, also called Whiskey Jacks are the most interesting birds of all. They boldly swoop into camp and circle around the picnic table like a band of thieves ready to grab your sandwich right out your hand.  Luckily we were not robbed this time. In fact one left behind a little gray feather, almost as if it was a calling card reminding us all that they would be back!

I will definitely be back again.  I had no idea that such a great campground was close enough to pop out for the weekend and yet feel a million miles away.   Here are a few pictures, although in no way do they do justice to the beauty of the place.



Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Alban Hefin and the Indigo Bunting

At long last, here it is:  Alban Hefin Scarf    I designed this fun drop stitch scarf and am so happy to show it off today!

Alban Hefin Scarf by Susan Elizabeth of Crescent Moon Collective
Alban Hefin Scarf by Susan Elizabeth

This is a fun to knit loopy summery scarf, perfect for cool evenings and late nights at music festivals! Alban Hefin is the Welsh name of the Summer Solstice, and means Light of the Shore, a perfect name for a summer scarf.

I knit with Morning Bright Holistic Merino Fingering yarn. Think of the fun and playfulness of a A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Summer Festivals, Woodstock and Janis Joplin all rolled into a fun little lacy drop stitch scarf.

I chose to use two colours, changing colours at Row 15 on the second pattern repeat. You may do the same, or something different. This is a fun scarf, designed to be playful. Change colours once, or as many times as you like. Have fun, be bold. I think one little bit of colour on one end is flirty. Big blocks of multiple colours would be bold and fun, and a great way to use up left over bits of yarn! All one colour would be elegant!

We are having an Alban Hefin knit along!  Come and join us on ravelry here: Alban Hefin Scarf Knit Along   I have knit 4 of these scarves already, and will probably knit a few more... maybe they will make nice gifts...
To celebrate the release of Alban Hefin, we have a knit along!
The official start date of the Alban Hefin KAL is Sept 1, 2014, but you may join in anytime. The ending date is October 31, 2014
All you need to do is post in this thread to join the KAL, and share pictures of your Alban Hefin . Once the KAL is over, November 1 2014, I will make a random draw from all those who completed the scarf. The winner will get ….. TBA… hmmm, will it be something shiny? something soft? something pretty? … the possibilities are endless, and I am going shopping just for the prize.

The beautiful blue yarn is Indigo Bunting, named after a bird:


I have never seen an Indigo Bunting in person, however  Becky Foster the owner and dyer of Morning Bright yarns has!  Here is a link to her etsy shop:  Morning Bright Yarn

This year at the Folk Festival,  I knit a scarf.  This one:  Folk Fest Scarf  My beautiful friend M is modelling it at our Saturday knitting group.   M, and D, another one of my friends and I each knit as we listened to the bands.   Next year,  I am going to wear this scarf to the festival.  :)

As always,  Happy Knitting!
Blessings,
~Feather~

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The story of Grace

The middle of March, I had a visitor arrive outside my window.  What a beautiful new friend. Amazing to see her up close.  I called her Grace although had no clue how to tell if Grace was a she or a he.  She just looked like a girl to me.



Grace started visiting often, perching herself by the window.  She didn't fly away when I approached, but remained and looked in at me.  I think she was as curious about me as I was about her.  By mid-April, her mate arrived. Here's a picture of him investigating the plastic owl on the roof.  Little did I know he was actually taking inventory of the willow nest; building supplies for their new home.



It wasn't long before they began to unravel the nest and drag it to its new location.  They spent hours and hours at it and that started my summer of Bird TV.



Before long, Grace and mate had their new home tucked in the corner under the eave.


Bird TV took on an adult theme mid-May.  What started with kissing, (ah cute!) evolved rapidly into something else.  Umm..time for privacy so I closed the blinds but at last I knew, Grace was female.




I watched Grace and her Mate switch off sitting on their new nest over the summer.  Both often sit perched on the eavestrough looking in at me.  We've had more than one conversation.  haha

Here is a video of their little one's first venture out of the nest.  I suspected a baby and this was our first glimpse. (My first video and no thumbs!)




Blessed Be
~Beadorh~

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Morning Bright Farm: "Manchester Slouch" Hat Pattern

Morning Bright Farm: "Manchester Slouch" Hat Pattern:   The Manchester Slouch is a quick, simple hat I designed for my mannequin to wear in my booth at this year's Knit & C..



I really like this slouch hat pattern,   designed by Becky Foster of Morning Bright Yarn.   Its added to my very long list of knits I want to do before winter.  My first thought was to make one in red and white,  but,  right away visions of Where is Waldo popped into my mind.... so maybe  red and black would be better.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Nose Hill prairie flowers

There is more than just grass on the hill. 











I don't know the names of all these plants, but have decided to get a guide book and start learning them. 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Rafu-Sen Shawl is released with a Knit Along

Just a few notes:


  • Rafu-Sen Shawl pattern is here:  Rafu-Sen Shawl Knitting Pattern
  • Rafu-Sen Shawl KAL is here: Rafu-Sen Shawl KAL
  • The 15% off Discount Code for all my patterns is:   RAFU-SEN  and is valid now until the end of day, July 17, 2014
  • Becky Foster of Morning Bright Yarn has donated the prize for the KAL.  The winner can choose a skein of yarn from her Etsy shop, here:  Morning Bright Yarn
Rafu-Sen Shawl by Susan Elizabeth of CrescentMoonCollective.com
Rafu-Sen Shawl by Susan Elizabeth of CrescentMoonCollective.com

Okay, that catches us up on the shawl news.

I am also working on a pretty drop scarf called  Alban Hefin,  which is a Welsh name meaning Light of the Shore and refers to the Summer Solstice.  The scarf is being tested now, and will be released next month.   I plan to wear mine to the Calgary Folk Festival,  in two weeks!

Alban Hefin Scarf by Susan Elizabeth of CrescentMoonCollective.com
Alban Hefin Scarf by Susan Elizabeth of CrescentMoonCollective.com


I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.   Around here, the weather has been hot lately, and knitting seems a bit of a strange thing to be doing,  however, that does not stop me.   Knitting and ice cold beverages and friends under patio umbrellas is just as good as knitting with hot coffees and fire places.  Its all a matter of perspective.

This past month has been fun, with trips to the East to A to Z Alpaca Farm (I have a post half finished all about that), to the North to the Olds Fibre Week Market  and West to a closing sale at Knit and Caboodle Yarn Shop in Canmore.    Of course each trip included a car full of knitters,  a yummy lunch, bags and bags of yarn purchases and lots of laughs.     To complete the compass,  a trip has been planned to go South, to Waterton Lakes National Park .  This is a weekend camping trip, with knitters, of course.   I am not sure where we will find yarn, but there is no doubt we will.  

Now, back to a lazy summer evening of watering the container garden and eating cherry tomatoes!

Blessings
~Feather~

Stargazing Mermaid: Contest!

Stargazing Mermaid: Contest!: I've been putting some postcards online for sale, and I ordered a bunch to check the print quality. In fact, I ordered extras to give a...



If you are interested in Angela's beautiful photography,  now is a great time to have a look and see what she has posted on Zazzle    She has a contest going that you just might like to win.





Angela is one of my friends that I met at the knitting group I belong too.     She is currently even testing a pattern for me.  (more about that in the next post)   oh, and more about the pattern release of Rafu-Sen Shawl.......

stay tuned!



Happy Summer!

~Feather~

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden pics

Pansies
Petunias



Cherry Tomatoes with bird beak prints

Nasturtiums

Lilacs
   


Lilacs
These pics have been in a draft post waiting and waiting for me to write something exciting to go with them.   In an effort to keep things moving, I have decided to let the plants speak for themselves.   Take your time,  listen carefully.  The will probably tell you something about being dedicated to the blog, dedicated to the garden, and not to spend all my time knitting and driving around in the new shiny red car.
In my defense, I would mention something about remembering to water them daily, and thanking them for the blooms...

Summer Blessings!
~Feather~

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Stargazing Mermaid: Northern Lights June 8 2014

Stargazing Mermaid: Northern Lights June 8 2014: A solar event in the last few days triggered the Northern Lights last night. A friend went out with me, because she hadn't seen them in ...



I was the friend who got to tag along,  and LOVED every minute of it,  standing around on the side of the road, in the dark.  We had to drive quite a long way to get out from under the city lights.  We found a deserted stretch of gravel road, with a row of huge poplar trees on one side, and open fields on the other with a great view of the horizon.  The moon and stars to the back of us, and the Northern Lights to the front.   It was beautiful.

Northern Lights - June 7 2014  Near Calgary Alberta,  by Stargazing Mermaid
Northern Lights - June 7 2014  Near Calgary Alberta,  by Stargazing Mermaid

Northern Lights - June 7 2014  Near Calgary Alberta,  by Stargazing Mermaid
Northern Lights - June 7 2014  Near Calgary Alberta,  by Stargazing Mermaid

Northern Lights - June 7 2014  Near Calgary Alberta,  by Stargazing Mermaid
Northern Lights - June 7 2014  Near Calgary Alberta,  by Stargazing Mermaid



Monday, 26 May 2014

Rafu-Sen

A few weeks ago,  I ordered some yarn,  3 skeins from Morning Bright Yarn in Maine.   Becky Foster, the yarn dyer, is also a knitter on Ravelry, who had knit my pattern River Shannon.  When the yarn arrived, there was a note inside the bag saying the 3 colours I chose coordinated nicely together.     If that was a hint,  I took it, and started imagining what those three skeins of yarn could turn into.

Three skeins are plenty of yarn to make a large shawl.  I wanted a large one, after all the small ones I have knit this spring.  A square shawl drapes nicely, and has plenty of material to cover your arms.  If you are cold, you want your arms covered, not just your shoulders.  If you are cold, you don't want a lot of big lacey holes either.  If you are using 3 different colours, you probably are going to have stripes.  If you are lazy, like me, you want some quick and easy knitting with rows of garter stitch thrown into the mix.

So, with those parameters, I cast on, and after 10 days of working on it, I ended up with this:
Rafu-Sen Shawl - Susan Elizabeth of Crescent Moon Collective
Square, Striped and Textured Shawl - Rafu-Sen

I did not have a name for this shawl yet. Names usually come easily to me, and I tried several that, although were interesting, didn't stick.  Finally, I looked to the names of the colours of the yarn; Wild Plum, Cider, and Aspen.   Ah ha!  Could there be a more clear sign than that?  TREES.  The next step was to do a bit of research into some Tree Goddesses, and that lead me to Rafu-Sen.
Crab Apple Blossoms and Rafu-Sen Shawl
Crab Apple Blossoms and Rafu-Sen Shawl

MayDay blossoms and Rafu-Sen Shawl
MayDay blossoms and Rafu-Sen Shawl
The following is quoted from: http://goddesses-and-gods.blogspot.ca/2009/09/rafu-sen-sh... 

“RAFU-SEN” IS A SHINTO GODDESS AND IMMORTAL BEING WHO LIVES HIGH ON A SACRED MOUNTAIN OF “LOFU” IN JAPAN AND IS SAID TO BE THE SPIRIT OF THE PLUM TREE;

HER NAME MEANS BUOYANT SUBTLETY, SHE REPRESENTS THE CYCLICAL RENEWAL OF SPRING AND IS USUALLY DEPICTED AS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAIDEN. SHE WANDERS ” THROUGH FRAGRANT GROVES OF BLOSSOMING PLUM TREES AT NIGHT, ESPECIALLY IN THE MOONLIGHT.

ACCORDING TO AN OLD JAPANESE LEGEND, A YOUNG MAN BECAME VERY COLD WHILE WALKING “MOUNT LOFU. ” HE STOPPED AT A WINE SHOP TO WARM HIMSELF, AND IN THERE, HE MET A LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN IN A WHITE GOWN WITH WHOM HE DRANK SEVERAL CUPS OF PLUM WINE. EVENTUALLY, HE PASSED OUT, AND WHEN HE WAS AWAKENED BY A COLD DAWN WIND, HE FOUND HIMSELF LYING UNDER A PLUM TREE. HE KNEW THEN THAT IT WAS THE GODDESS HERSELF WHO HAD SAVED HIS LIFE.
“RAFU-SEN” STANDS FOR THE PLUM BLOSSOM, SYMBOL OF SPRING AND BRAVERY, FOR THE PLUM TREE BLOOMS WHILE THE SNOW IS STILL ON THE GROUND. 

 So, Rafu-Sen is a perfect name,  I think,  for my latest shawl pattern.   Now I need some test knitters so I can find all the little 'boo boos' in the pattern.  After that, probably by the middle of July, the pattern will be released.   

 Oh, and here is the nicest surprise of all:   Becky of Morning Bright Yarns is offering a 10% discount to the official pattern testers of Rafu-Sen.    I am delighted!

Rafu-Sen Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth
Rafu-Sen Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth

This picture,  in front of the door to the garage, in my back yard shows the colours the best.  Aren't they pretty?

Rafu-Sen Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth
Rafu-Sen Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth

The background for these shots is a Waterton Mock Orange shrub.  It isn't in bloom yet, but when it does bloom, it has the most incredible scent.  I cannot wait for it.  It has tiny white flowers.

Rafu-Sen Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth
Rafu-Sen Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth

Rafu-Sen Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth
Rafu-Sen Shawl - by Susan Elizabeth
Happy Knitting!
~Feather~

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Clearing Crystals in the Sunlight




Crystals love the light of the sun and moon.  A summer ritual around here is to clear them outside in the bright sunlight and with the wonderful weather we've been experiencing, today was perfect!

Thought I would share the moment.



My new garden box. Planted twice thanks to Mojo the wonderdog and his zest to discover what I had buried there yesterday.




I've found that crystals are cleared and charged in the sunlight where all I have to do is be open to what the crystal brings and recognize that.  Simply put, crystals bring about balance for me. 

As a kid, the day the gravel truck arrived to gravel the farm driveway was the highlight of many summers on the farm.  It was a treasure trove that would take the rest of the summer and then some to investigate as it contained zillions of the most amazing rocks, none exactly the same.  I named my first beloved dog after the man who delivered the gravel.  Doesn't the earth create the most beautiful things ever?

Anyway, crystals hold the universes subtle energy. They assist in the healing process at the root level on the physical, spiritual and emotional plane through subtle energy that IS the crystal.   Crystals are a great way to bring awareness to yourself of the earth's subtle energies.  They clear a home and keep it cleared but occasionally benefit from their own clearing and recharge.  Perhaps we all need to be reminded of the beauty that surrounds us.



Obsidian (root chakra)







Carnelian Agate - (belly or sacral chakra)








Tiger Eye (solar plexis chakra)







Rose Quartz (heart chakra)






Sodalite (throat chakra)






Clear Quartz (third eye chakra)




 Amethyst (crown)






A Herkimer Diamond Quartz, a truly magical stone





Blessed Be

~Beadorh~