Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Crafty Post

It's been an interesting week. Canada has a new prime minister. He might be new to the job, but it won't be the first time he's resided at 24 Sussex Drive. This isn't a political blog, so please don't take this as an endorsement of a particular candidate, or a comment on the outgoing prime minister, but I have to say I'm relieved it's over with. The political ads, the candidates' signs sprouting up like dandelions on lawns, roadsides and billboards, the negativity that oozes out of the pores of social media...well, to be honest, I find it quite exhausting. But I am also very aware of what a privilege it is to live in a country where issues can be discussed, and every citizen is free to cast their vote for the candidate who best represents them.

I've finished two craft projects, one sewing and one knitting. I'm rubbish at sewing, but I think I might be improving slightly. I still haven't gotten brave enough to actually wear anything I've made, but once the weather gets colder I think I might actually put this on. It has the unlikely name Dress No. 2, and is from 100 Acts of Sewing.




I made this with some flannel I purchased at our local quilting store. I think it will be nice and cosy to wear this winter with leggings and a merino shirt.

Next up is my souvenir knitting from Ireland. Whenever I travel I like to buy some yarn to remind me of my trip. These are my Lambing Mitts, a free pattern from Tolt Yarn and Wool. I knit them with some Studio Donegal Aran Tweed yarn I bought in Cork at a shop called Vibes and Scribes.




This is a very simple pattern to knit, and a great introduction to mitten construction for beginner knitters. In fact, a friend of mine who is just getting started knitting is making a pair. I love how the cuff at the end of your fingers rolls down to completely cover your hand if it's super cold outside.




Finally, since I started out with something that had nothing to do with crafts, I might as well finish that way too. This past weekend I drove up to Kamloops to visit Alexandra and David. The weather was beautiful, and on the Saturday Alexandra and I hiked in Kenna Cartwright Park.




It's a terrific view from the top. You can just make out in the distance the point where the North and South Thompson Rivers join together. You can also see that my daughter's idea of what is appropriate footwear for a hike, especially given we were walking where there can be the occasional rattlesnake, is not the same as mine.

32 comments:

  1. Kristie! you have been hiding out on us. The dress is gorgeous, and beautifully sewn!! I could definitely see in on the catwalk or in a store, and it will be great with leggings etc, in the cold weather. As always, your knitting looks perfect in those cute mittens. Kamloops looks beautiful, and what a great hike - even in sandals :) We have seen with interest the Canadian election, and remember the old days of PierreTrudeau and his very unusual wife Margaret, the new PM's mother. We have a new PM here, too; life continues to change and evolve. Great post.

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  2. I do like that dress! So practical and smart!

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  3. I am with you and glad all the politicking is over and we can just move on. I am very hopeful about Mr. Trudeau. Hope is good, right?

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  4. I can totally see you in that dress! And yes, I did wonder about Alexandra's footwear, and I was simply thinking about gravel and grasses, rattle snakes hadn't crossed my mind!

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  5. Your dress looks terrific and I'm sure you will get lots of wear out of it this fall. It will be super cute with some leggings! I love your mitts, what a great pattern- I will have to put it on my list. Thanks for the link to the pumpkin scone recipe, they are delicious!! I'm happy that election is over too and what a result!

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  6. Your dress is gorgeous; definitely the sort of thing I would love to wear. I did wonder about the suitability of Birkenstocks for hiking and that was before you even mentioned the snakes! xx

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  7. Your dress is great, just the ting to keep cosy this winter. Fab view, I can only imagine the conversation about footwear before your hike! x

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  8. I love the dress, perfect for the cooler months. The colour of yarn for the mittens is beautiful as is the view. I did smile about the footwear.

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  9. I knitted a cardigan for Annie with Donegal Tweed, a long time ago. It was so lovely and I can just imagine how lovely your mitts feel. A wonderful memory. Your sewing skills are better than you think, it is a cool dress top and I am going to explore the pattern myself. My husband hikes in sandals.... him and Alexandra could maybe swap stories of pine needle pricks etc. x

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  10. I love the dress and so versatile. Your mittens look warm and cosy and i might download the pattern myself. The views from the top of your mountain look divine. Thank you for your recent comment on my blog. P x

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  11. It's great to see what Kamloops looks like. We passed through on the Rocky Mountaineer but we were so tired due to delays, that we ate, slept and got back on the train in the morning. Most unusual for us, as we loved exploring.

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  12. What a glorious place for a hike, and such perfect weather. The dress is brilliant, well done you, and a great idea to buy a little yarn on your travels and make something for yourself. We saw the new PM on the news. My other half (who is considerably older than me I should add) was horrified to see that even prime ministers look young to him now, not just policemen. CJ xx

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  13. Gorgeous views on your hike! Gosh, I hate cold feet :)

    We are so lucky in Canada to vote as we please.....with a variety of candidates to choose from. 10 years ago we were annoyed at government and voted in a change. Here we are doing it again, and I have no doubt we'll be complaining again in another 10! The cycle goes on!

    Love the dress!

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  14. Hey Kristie,
    I adore your tunic. It's just the kind of thing I like to wear. Politics filled this house when Sam was at home. It used to pull me down sometimes. Of course now I miss my eldest and his very right on political rants. And may I commend your daughter on her hiking Birkenstocks. I always get criticised for walking in flip flops, but I just can't be doing with heavy walking shoes.
    Leanne xx

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  15. Well done with your makes, I think the dress looks great. I did smile when I saw your daughter's feet, that just what my youngest would do!

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  16. Your tunic is great - lovely colour. Just the thing to wear over a long-sleeved crewneck and jeans or leggings. I love the colour of your gloves as well. I noticed your daughter's footwear and worried about her hurting her feet! What a beautiful view.

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  17. How are her feet feeling after hiking in those? I used to do that too, but now I'd be limping for days. I love your makes, Kristie. The mittens are beautiful and that dress looks so comfortable. I love clothes like that. I'd live in them if I could. I'm not really one for politics either but I can't wait until our upcoming election is over. The candidates all seem about the same to me, and while I do vote every time, I just don't enjoy hearing about it and I look forward to the whole thing going away. I hope you have a good weekend!

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  18. You did a great job on the dress ... nice for weekend relaxin'!! And the mitts are such a beautiful shade of blue. Personally, it's my fingers that get cold first, so I don't have any fingerless mitts ... all or nothing! What a beautiful view at the top of the hill! I noticed your daughter's bare feet and thought "brrrr". But rattlesnakes?! Glad you didn't encounter one. Where we go hiking there are usually warnings at the trail head to "wear proper footwear", but that's just so you don't sprain an ankle or something on the rocks. I have seen some people wearing flip flops on the trail, which I just don't get.
    Wendy

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  19. At least you actually knit something from your souvenir yarn. Mine tends to sit around being, well, a souvenir.

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  20. Love your dress and your mitts! The mutts are a lovely reminder of your travels! xx

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  21. She is a bit of a free spirit! Love the top you made, your sewing is better than mine. I have a tunic to make and can't seem to be able to find the time to get it done. Also love your mitts.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  22. Lambing mittens, eh? Are you thinking of adding sheep to your brood?

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  23. oh those mitts are so cute. I love the way they can be extra cosy.
    walks with snakes. no thanks......... x

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  24. Nice! I love both the shirt and the mitts. Happy weekend to you!

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  25. Great Mitts, all ready for some chilly weather. Those were the days when I'd be happy to go out for a hike wearing flip flops, now, I'm I'd be too scared with the thought of breaking my neck. That picture though with that view, stunning!

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  26. I do like your sewing, I have tries dressmaking but failed, it stresses me! Lovely mittens.

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  27. I'm excited to see you're sewing! I think you've done a fantastic job on that dress. Sewing is just like any other craft, the more you do it, the better you get.

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  28. What happened to Dress No.1? I guess it's easier to avoid clingy clothes than it is clingy pets (our dog is a 50 pound needy baby). :) #2 turned out really well and should see plenty of use. I'm a big fan of flannel.
    It's a shame that politics has to be so negative. Nixon would probably be a ray of sunshine compared to what we have to choose from today in the States.
    Alexandra is much tougher than I am! If I went out without socks and real shoes in chilly weather it wouldn't take a snake bite to do me in.


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  29. LOVE the mitts!! a great reminder of where you've been :)

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  30. I love your dress and the mittens. You really have to wear the dress as soon as it is cold enough. I'm crocheting a poncho with Aran wool similar to yours but mine is green.

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  31. I'm always impressed by what people can make! And I also really liked the idea of souvenir wool =)

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  32. Love the dress and mittens, you are a woman of many talents!

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