Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pill Bottle Pals

I was asked to make some little hats for a friend who takes a lot of medication. She wanted a quick way to identify her pills in the dark or without her glasses. Here are of the ones I made:

These little hats could be resized for people, or kids or as finger puppets or egg cozies - lots of options when you know a knitter! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015


I got about a block away from home this morning and I was letting Eco sniff for her daily pee-mail when I went to put my hand in my pocket of my yoga pants when I realized I had them inside out. I returned home to change them. Already super embarrassed, I decided to now walk a different direction and go through the school yard when I see a tool bag. Since most of the stolen stuff on our street ends up there, I decided to take it home to see if I could find a neighbour who was missing tools. I noticed a van door slightly open on the house next to the school.    Fast-forward  so the story isn't too long-I end up giving the tool bag back to that neighbour whose van was indeed broken into. I realized later that if my stupid pants hadn't been inside out, that neighbour might not have gotten his tool bag back- interesting run of events, isn't it? 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Cherry Blossom Time

It's still a little chilly in the mornings when Eco and I go out for our walk, but it's spring here - lots of flowers in bloom - it's time for colour and fun, so I decided to make these Cherry Blossom Fingerless Gloves:

My favourite colour for the gloves and I love cherry blossom imagery. What else reminds you of spring?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter to YOU!!

I made a few more Easter Egg Cozies. First, a traditional bunny in lavender:

And next a Viking Helmet. For the Crusades, or should I say "crus-eggs"? yuk yuk

When we were kids, my dad told us about a game that he played on Easter. Before you could eat your hardboiled egg, one person would challenge another to a duel and then they'd bash the eggs together. The broken egg was the loser and you would continue on peeling your egg and then eat it. This Viking Helmet reminds me of that game. Let the battle begin!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The ups and downs of a dance student

When my dance instructor announced that she was putting on a show and then told us that we would be in five numbers- I panicked. I go to dance glass for the fun of it, I have huge stage fright and don't want to perform. She told us that we would have to have more rehearsals including several hours on Sunday's as well. I think I felt overwhelmed and an a bit resentful of the demands on my time and money.

I started to dread the whole thing. In fact, after feeling like this for about two weeks. I told my dance sisters that I was going to quit dancing after the show. They were shocked. It felt so huge, like I had so much that needed to spill out of me. 

Then about two weeks ago my instructor talked to me about it. I told her that I had a lot to say about it and I couldn't say it all in the 15 minutes before class, but we did discuss it a bit. Then she had a talk with the whole group and told us that we didn't have to feel obligated to all of it. She told us how when she first started, her first dance instructor put her in 14 pieces!! Yes fourteen!! She understood. She wanted to give us an opportunity to perform if we wanted to. But we could opt out. 

Then just like the clouds parting to allow the sun to dry up the rain, I suddenly felt better too.  In fact, a couple of weeks later, I signed up for the next session of classes (and even ADDEDa class), bought my costume for the show, and have decided to do at least two pieces. One of my dance sisters and I are talking about doing our own duet after the show - so we can perform in September. 

Funny how a little pressure and a conversation or two can change everything. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Projects - chick and sheep

This is how I spent my Saturday - making egg cozies.

I'm not sure how many more I will make - they are rather fiddly, two took me all day!!

If you want to make these yourself, see

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Crocodile Stitch Slippers

Just finished these slippers. They don't look like much but man they kicked my ass. It took me almost a month to make them. I just kept ripping them out and re-doing them. I'd like to blame the pattern, but I'm pretty sure it was me, all me.

The biggest issue was that dang crocodile stitch cuff. It make a couple of rows and then try it on only to find out it tightened up too much so I couldn't put my foot in them, so I would rip out and start again.

Anyway, they are down now and I think I'll be taking a break from slippers for a while. It's a good thing it's almost spring and they shouldn't be needed for much longer