Ski Trip to Quebec
In February we rendezvoused with a few friends for our annual ski
trip just outside of Quebec City. We had a glorious
time! The conditions were perfect, with snow by the foot. A
couple of major and spectacular snowstorms had us viewing the mounting piles
with delight! (Funny how different it is when you are there to play in
it, and someone else is responsible for clearing the drive...)
the same house that we've booked in previous years: this large home
boasts a fantastic kitchen, lovely bedrooms and shared spaces and, most
decadently, a seriously inviting hot tub. Big windows look out onto
a gorgeous landscape. What indulgence!
A highlight of this year's trip was the day Kathy and I rented powder skis and spent the day on an ungroomed trail
that we had largely to ourselves at
It was stunningly beautiful and great fun. We survived with limbs intact!
New DK Blanket
Of course I brought a few current knitting projects along! My Egyptian-inspired double-knit Blanket is coming along nicely, I've nearly completed the ankh and scarab motifs.
With this project, I am
using glorious locally dyed yarns from the talented folk at
Handmaiden Fine Yarn
the Casbah gradient packs are lovely to work with!
It will be possible to make kits available for you once the design is complete, should you feel
the urge to indulge.
Digging out after the snowstorms
I spent the last two snowstorms happily ensconced on Big Tancook Island
what a spectacular experience! Now if only the snow would have melted by
the time I made it back to the mainland... After taking the ferry back on the
afternoon following one such major snow event, I found myself at the car park to survey
the damage. This photograph says it all! Suffice it to say, I was congratulating myself for
having thought to bring my island shovel with me, as there was no way I
could possibly get to the one in the car. So much snow! Thirty-five
minutes of vigorous shovelling in springlike sunshine, and I was on my way home.
Rug-hooking projects/dyeing fabric experiments
I'm afraid that I tumbled head-first down another rabbit-hole this
winter. I am having such
fun designing and creating new rugs, and have recently discovered the
wonderful world of dyeing my own fabric. I especially love brightly
coloured fabrics (surprise!!), which I am now able to create to my own preferences.
My experiments with colour blending and gradient dyeing have been very
engrossing. I'm using
Majic Carpet Dyes
I am also working on making my original rug patterns
available to you, beginning with the Crab and Octopus designs. Please contact us
if you're interested in buying one of my hand-drawn canvases!
Never fear, these new hobbies are not keeping me from my knitting: hooking and dyeing are more of
daytime activity for me, and I mainly knit at night.
Upcoming Rughooking Day
My friend Hetty Gurp (she who lured me into the wonderful world of hooking and
fabric dyeing) and I have organized a rug-hooking/textile day on
Big Tancook Island
on April 28! All textile twiddlers are welcome, and it promises
to be a wonderful time. Spring is especially beautiful on Tancook (the roads should have recovered from their current washed out and soggy state
by then), with young plants making an appearance, buds on the
trees, and flowers starting to bloom. I'd love to have you join the fun! If interested,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more detailed information.
My Newest BFL Sport Creations
We have some custom colours in gorgeous BFL Sport yarns dyed for us by
Handmaiden Fine Yarn
which have recently inspired me to begin the design of a new
double-knit hat. I ordered our first large batch of this yummy yarn for
2018 Tancook campers
who came up with delightfully creative ideas
for their camp projects. We all agreed that these are fantastic
yarns to work with!
After camp, I was still full of enthusiasm, so I
Colour Me Happy Hat
using a multitude of bright, cheerful colours of these same yarns. If you need a spring
pick-me-up of warmth and brightness, we have created two yarn packs for the Colour-Me-Happy hat, featuring the same yarn I used for my samples.
The "Bare Bones" yarn pack includes 4 50g skeins of custom-dyed BFL Sport,
and the "Extravaganza" includes 10-15g of 12 additional colours.
The Bare Bones yarn pack will provide you with enough yarn to knit 2 hats, while you'll be able to knit 3 (or even 4 small hats)
with the Extravaganza pack.
Contact us at
email@example.com to order yours!
I used another colour palette of this lovely yarn to create my new Atlantic Hat. This one features a completely different design: double-knit for
warmth, with textured stitches in the brim pattern and organized random
decreases to shape the crown -- but not interfere with your pattern
motifs. I'll show you how to handle this concept as part of the pattern.
Pluto visits Dartmouth and Tancook
Pluto, the now grown-up kitty, feels right at home both at our
Dartmouth house and on Tancook Island! Although he is technically an
indoor cat, we've rigged our back deck into a most wonderful
cat-io! (We will be adding cat-io furniture, of course.) Net fencing now keeps him from escaping, all
while providing him with his much-desired outside time. We even added a cat door, which he has eventually
puzzled out (he still doesn't fully trust it).
Pluto has no fear of the cold: you'll find him sunning himself on even the most wintry of days!
Soon to Come...
Details of my 6 day July teaching agenda at River City Yarns can now be found at
I'm stopping there on my way to join my
Adventure Knitting Camp
in the North West Territories. If you'd like to experience some
of the wild Canadian North with me, contact
Keep an eye on my social media platforms for an upcoming announcement. I
have some exciting news which I can't wait to share this spring!
Wishing you all the very Happiest of Stitches,
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