Monday, 15 December 2014

Always a busy time of year...

Even for homebodies like us!  We have been out to dinner, to a concert, got together with family, dinner with friends in the Big TO (again) and it is only December 15!

While all this was going on....there was a lot of stuff going on here at LifeLDC!

This is (was) our laundry's on the main floor (in the LifeLDC Bungalow)
and hubby loves the washer/dryer being on these raised pedestals....
me, not so much.  I liked to use the top of the appliances to groom the dogs.
This may not sound like a big thing, but with two Westies, easy grooming is essential.
For over a year now, I have been sending them to be groomed...never entirely
happy with the results....yes they look cute....but we have had a few issues
and I'd rather groom them myself.
who would have thought that renovating one small room....
Would spread to almost every corner of our small house!
(yes, that is a toilet at the end of the hall!)
Of course, having no laundry facilities at home
has meant that I've spent a lot of time here!
Wow, do these machines do a whole lot'ta laundry at once :)
Yes, we are starting the 5th week of a 2 week renovation project!  Ha ha ha! It seems that 2 weeks of work is being spread out intermittently...

It doesn't help that the project has crept out of the laundry room to include a few other little jobs around the house! (When you have work men around - use them to full advantage!)

Lackie and Daisy like to help as much as they can....
while the Hubby supervises! :)
New floor throughout added a bit of time to the job!

The Kaffe Klatch is flagging a bit. I can feel it myself....and I'm sure my Klatch buddies Darlene, Ann and Ros are feeling the pinch too.  So I've asked them to send me photos whenever they can. I'll do a separate post to update on that.

The 8th Colourway Clue has been released by Rowan, and the 9th and FINAL Colourway Clue will be released on the 19th of December!  Also the Final Finishing and Trim details will be released then also....with technique videos by Sarah Hatton!

So Kaffe Blanket Knitters - we are nearing the finish line!  During the Martin Storey Mystery KAL, I did a blog post titled "Hitting the Wall, with your knitting..." and everything I posted there applies here.  We are in the home stretch....we need to push through the drudge of these last few squares!

One of the reasons I have been lagging a bit with my Kaffe Squares is because of the Martin Storey Nordic Tree Garland challenge I've set myself!  Then when I found out Claire at KnitandPurlGarden was knitting a garland too....well, that just made it all that much better!  We are both sticking to a tree a day...and are aiming to debut finished garlands on Christmas Day!  How cool is that! Update on that to follow too!

December 15 people - Christmas is only 10 days away!!!!

Happy Knitting,


Friday, 5 December 2014

#RowanNordicGarland progress!

I have knit 6 trees for my Martin Storey Rowan Nordic Garland so far. 

(I cheated and started on November 30 so that my finished garland ta da post would be on Christmas Day!)

Not only did I start knitting a day early,
I had my first Advent chocolate a day early too!

I used Treacle for the trunk, and Pine (158) and Gilt (160) for the tree!
The "official" start on December 1
was this adorable little tree done in Mineral (181)

These are quick and easy little garter stitch trees!
December 2 - not sure what I was thinking this morning!
 The trunk is offset (like so many Christmas Trees that you buy)
but I decided that it had to be finished and gave it a little wonky top too!
This one is done in Maritime (167) and Mineral (181)
December 3 - The pattern shows that the small garter stitch tree is
alternated between each of the other patterns.....
so you will be seeing a lot of them!
This one is kit in Jaffa (188) which was a new shade
added to the Felted Tweed DK range this fall!
It's hanging around the dining room, waiting for
the Turkey dinner!
December 4 - Mineral and Maritime for this tree....
My orchid wanted a tree of it's own!
December 5 - The reality of Christmas hit today!
 Time to get organized!

Today we are going to be writing our Christmas Cards!
This little tree wants to help - it's done in Paisley (171) a beautiful pink!

Aren't these cards just perfect!  A Christmas Tree and Two Westies!
Lackie and Daisy approve!
I started early on my cord, and am attaching my trees as I go along.
I couldn't resist trying it out to see what it looks like!
Do you notice that I actually had to switch out one?
There was too much of the Mineral shade at the beginning...
so I quickly knit up a Peony (183) garter tree!

We are under construction here...
and I daren't show the rest of the house!

Who would have thought that new flooring (replacing our 1990 vinyl)
 and a powder/laundry room update
would cause so much commotion!

 It's a good idea to give yourself some inspiration
when you have a task to do.

So I hung up my "starter" @RowanNordicGarland
to decorate a little oasis of tidiness in the dining room,
while I write Christmas Cards today!

Christmas Cards are something we do every year.....
to think of friends, reflect back on 2014
and think ahead to 2015.

Have you done your Cards yet?
Do you still write Christmas cards? I know a lot of people don't.

Every year I think that perhaps we should make a donation instead...but then we'd have to write cards to tell people we did that rather than write's a bit of a conundrum :)

So we make the donation (to our charity of choice) and send out cards too!
What do you think of the tradition of writing cards?

Happy Knitting everyone!


PS - Links related to this post....

Easy Fairisle Knits by Martin Storey - my review of Martin's new book!

#RowanNordicGarland - an intro to the knit-a-long

Felted Tweed Dk  - all the shades!

"easy fairisle knits" by Martin Storey - check out all the designs on the KnitRowan site!

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