Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I attended my first ever baby shower today! I had a hard time deciding what to wear (especially with the sort of "in-between" weather we have been having lately). I finally decided on my mom's old skirt, worn as a dress, with a blouse over top. I accessorized with my favourite (me-made) belt and one of my headbands (the pattern is available in my Etsy shop). Wearing old maxi-skirts as dresses is a favourite trick of mine. My mom had a lot of old skirts that I have re-purposed this way.
My cousin and his wife are expecting a baby boy, and I have been eagerly preparing gifts for it. I knit a booties+sweater set and sewed teddy bear. The sweater set I started long before we knew if it was a boy or girl, so I made it unisex. It is loosely based on a 1950's pattern and the booties are from a 1945 pattern. The projects are on my Ravelry page if any knitters want more information or a link to the bootie pattern (it's a free pattern). The teddy bear was based off of this free pattern, although I used a soft felt nose/eyes. I used a matching felt on it's paws/feet.
Posted by Kate at 3:43 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2013
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With temperatures on the rise, I have begun planning my summer wardrobe. I came across this article while looking for inspiration. Anyone else working on a new summer wardrobe? Mine is almost non-existent, so my sewing machine and I will be very busy the next few weeks.
Posted by Kate at 11:36 AM
Monday, April 29, 2013
Well it has been another hectic week of property searching. We still haven't found anything. Although we did find a really run-down old house that was built in the mid-1800's. It must have been lovely at one time but it was a wreck. And by wreck I mean it had no floors (you could literally see directly into the basement from where the first floor should have been) and you could also see outside through the gaps in the walls. The roof was sagging too. We might actually have considered it as a summer get-away project if we hadn't discovered the island it is on is slated to have over 30 windturbines put up, some of which will be almost right next door. I'm a little concerned about the health effects of anything that hasn't been proven safe, so we must continue our search elsewhere. I must admit, I'm getting awfully tired of being in a car for 10 hours every other day while looking for property.
It has still been pretty cool most days, so my outfits have been more or less the same. Wide leg trousers, shirt, vest, tie.
|Close up of my favourite tie. It's vintage-ish and 100% silk. |
I wear it most days although I do have several other ties.
Posted by Kate at 8:51 AM
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Yikes! Where has the time gone? I was absolutely shocked when I looked at a calender today.
So just what have I been up to? Well property hunting mainly. I just got back from a trip to Kingston/Brockville to explore the area and look at a few places. We haven't found anything yet but fingers crossed we do soon.
I have also been doing my usual cooking and baking. I just finished baking an apple pie (I bought a fancy apple peeler/corer/slicer and just had to try it out!). I've also been making a lot of vegetarian soups.
|Carrot, Parsnip, and White Bean soup|
My little garden is starting to come together. This year I'm planting mint, catnip, swiss chard, and a few different lettuces. Those were partly chosen as they will all be harvested before we move.
I also just completed my first ball of "real" yarn! I've been experimenting with spinning my own yarn and have finally got the technique down. At the moment I am just using a drop spindle, but my dad may built me a spinning wheel for my birthday if he buys a new saw. I dyed the yarn with Kool-Aid and it came out as a soft purple, which I am calling "purple heather". The photos don't really show the true colour, but it is gorgeous in person! It's going to be socks.
|The yarn drying in my room. I had to rewash it afterwards to get some of the kinks out |
since it didn't have enough tension on it while drying.
Posted by Kate at 3:51 PM
Monday, April 1, 2013
I have finally posted another YouTube video!
While I like my new webcam, I think the clarity is a little too good. I had to re-film this video after a technical glitch, and re-waving my hair caused a fair number of fly-aways. Note to self: buy more pomade! Nevertheless, I think it turned out pretty good in the end. Let me know if you have any suggestions/requests for more videos.
Posted by Kate at 9:34 PM