Monday, November 28, 2011
we made on a wonderful knitting and crochet group - Knitting Paradise.
We are going to do another knit along in the NEWYear and there is lots of interest. These sweaters don't follow a pattern - we use number of stitches to the inch,measurements and ideas! I am so pleased with the way they are turning out. There should be 5 or 6 more finished in the NEW Year as well as a lot of new members starting.
We are also going to do a Knit along with a top down pattern (see my bomber jackets). so much fun.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
-next week is the Canadian Remembrance day --
Lest we Forget
It is funny
how it took someone in England to put it into words......
Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday
Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably
almost no one outside their home country had been aware that
are deployed in the region.
And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of
the world, as
always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly
everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada 's historic
mission is to
come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete
then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.
Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of
waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire
breaks out, she
injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes,
there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped
glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.
That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American
continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain
in two global conflicts.
For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions one foot in
the old world and an address in the new one,
and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the
gratitude it deserved.
Yet it's purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom
in two world
wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of
Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed
forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied
victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers
in the entire British order of battle.
Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright
neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular
memory as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'
The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began
the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the
Atlanticagainst U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships
participated in the
Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went
ashore on D-Day alone.
Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the
fourth largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same sublime
indifference as it had the previous time.
Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only
if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in
which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness
which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a
So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in
Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are
Canadian. Thus Mary
Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox,
Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter,
Mike Weir and
Dan Aykroyd Michael Buble, Justin Bieber have in the popular perception become American, and
It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian
ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably
Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable
to find any takers.
> Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the
its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely
unaware ofthem. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by
anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the
Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest
peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six
on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.
Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-
Canadianimagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which
out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment
was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-
abasement for which,
naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless
friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan?
Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things
for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it
remainssomething of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for
should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past
grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.
Lest we forget
Friday, October 28, 2011
I have my Christmas presents nearly finished -- and have enjoyed every moment ! It has been interesting to do knitting again after many years of fabric work. I hope to get back to my fabric landscapes and thread painting after Christmas.
We are both (my husband and I) doing very very well and I am so thankful that he has come through
serious surgery and is back to being himself again. I am swimming at least 3 mornings a week (water exercises) and after swimming a group of us have coffee in the condo clubhouse. Our kids live nearby and our 8 year old grand daughter is only l5 minutes away. Life is good. Shirley
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I will be going back to doing these after Christmas once my knitting projects are finished.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Here is another finished sweater from my workshop on " Knitting Paradise"- We each figured out
our stitch numbers for our sizesl- and away we go! I am really happy with the way these are turning out. If you want to check out the forum the link is attached. I am having fun knitting for now but will likely return to art quilts sometime soon. I have some projects for Christmas to finish first.
If any of you are knitters you should join Knitting Paradise -- it is a great place and all problems are solved! (ask me how I know!)
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
and am quite happy with it. I used variegated yarn for the bottom portion this time -- so much easier than the intarsia method. I also just found a poncho I made last year. I designed 2 rectangles and put it together. then I crochet the neck. very warm.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
First of all - I am thinking of all of you on the Eastern Seaboard and hope you made it through the hurricane safely.
I am still knitting and have been fortunate enough to find a wonderful on line group KNITTING PARADISE - I have posted my blog address on this site and some of them are visiting and are interested in my previous work .
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MY OTHER WORK -- just scroll to the bottom of this page and click on
" older work" - go way back and you will see pretty well everything I have done for the past 5 years. I just checked out the posts and find it hard to believe myself the journey I have taken.
Some of the things I had forgotten. Thanks to my new readers for their interest and to my old
artquilt friends -- I hope to get going again soon but right now have Christmas Knitting projects I want to finish. Shirley
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Underwater coral scene -- It is the first time I have worked on my wall hangings for sometime and it was fun to do this one. I had started it last year so it is nice to get it finished.
It is rough edged applique and thread painting, with some hand dyed fabric.
I hope you enjoy it!
Monday, August 1, 2011
I am still doing a lot of knitting -- I just finished a turquoise and brown short sweater for a friend of mine which achieved the 'western' effect (she is a rancher near Cochrane (near Calgary) and teaches riding - It looked great on her.
I also finished the cream sweater on the right for a friend who lives in my condo building. she is very tiny and it looks good on her.
Here is a pullover I just designed and knitted for myself -- our winters are very cold and I think I will get lots of use out of it.
I can't believe how 'grey' I have gotten over the past two years -- they have been difficult to say the least and it sure does show! Things are going well now though.
I seem to be into the 'sweater' mode and have yarn for a light weight
pullover which I will start once I finish a rose colored sweater like the western one above. It is for a dear friend who
has had a major trauma in her life recently.
We are finally having a nice summer -- it is hard to believe it is August lst already. We had a very bitterly cold winter, a rainy not pleasant spring and this past week has been much better.
I am trying to swim at least 3 times a week and feel more fit than I have for awhile. I lost some weight and am trying to keep it off --
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I love making these colored sweaters and decided I would make myself a long coat sweater.
I found a lovely soft olive green yarn for the yoke - so here it is. I am going to have to stop making these! grin.
I love being able to add colors when I feel like it and will have to figure out a different concept now that I have make 3 or 4 of these - mind you only two of them are here in town. I really like this one -- I am wider at the hips than top and finally figured out a way to work that in a drop sleeve coat -- and I added a collar as well as a Rice Stitch pattern on the yokes and sleeves.
When I am designing it sometimes takes me awhile to get it all figured out.
I incorporate crochet in all of these for the bands and if I need to adjust the width of the
pieces. I also always do a single crochet for the borders and collar - and then knit from that row. I then decide whether to crochet or knit my border. I am finding that a single crochet front border (both sides) is a bit stiffer and works best for this type of cardigan -- I also crochet the bottom border -
I am enjoying creating these knitted garments - I have been doing wall hangings for ll years and hope to get back at them but this is lots of fun for now.
We took a drive last week up to Olds Alberta and dropped in to one of the retreats I always
go to - This year, after all we have been through I felt I didn't want to leave my husband so he came with me and it was great to see my friends from Western Canada who I usually see each year.
I lost a lot of weight this past two years and am trying to keep it off (easier said than done) - so I have been walking a lot - here in the condo and just started walking with friends. My husband is doing exceptionally well and we are very thankful. It is nice to finally start getting back to normal.
I hope you like my knitted coats and sweaters! Shirley
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Here is another of the same design I did for a special person in my life -- her birthday is coming
up and I wanted to do one for her. I used a
grey mottled chunky for the yoke and sleeves. I hope
she likes it - it - she likes my hats so will do a hat in the grey I think.
I just finished a cardigan in my 'coat of many colors' (my own design) -- for my sister
who lives on a beautiful lake in Ontario. I do hope she likes it. I love doing these
style sweaters as it is fun to play with the colors.
She is originally from the west and fell in love
with the Ontario autumn colors so I used a lot
of reds, oranges, browns etc. with a green yoke and lighter green border . I am thinking of doing a hat to go with it.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
of ladies from all over the world -- that decided we wanted to set up a Challenge group
so that we could 'reach' and learn some new techniques. The latest challenge was
a self portrait -- and what great entries we got today. I went for a straightforward
self portrait using thread painting -- check out Challenging Ourselves to see what
the girls have done. This was fun for me as it is the first time I have opened my
sewing maching since last June - so it is nice to want to work on my quilting again!
I also finished another 'coat of many colors' for a relative's birthday only this time
I knit the yoke rather than do it in crochet.
the pattern is my own design and it is greatfor
using up my worsted yarn that has been lying around for awhile.
I am making leg warmers to go with it for next winter wear.
I love designing my own sweaters and it is so
satisfying when one of my designs works out well.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I just finished a multi colored heavy cardigan for the evenings which can get quite chilly here
I am really happy with it . I crochet the yoke and the borders and knitted the colored intarsia pattern -- it is in knitting worsted and I think I will get quite a lot of use out of it.
I also made myself a pretty 3/4 sleeve cotton sweater with a cable down the front.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Sorry I haven't been around much lately. We have had further visits to the hospital but things are under control and looking very good for us.
I haven't been able to get my sewing machine out as I had hoped - maybe this next week.
I have plans and hopes to join in the next challenge for our Challenging ourselves group.
We are to do a self portrait - I have started it and have decided what I hope to do and
hopefully will get it done in time. Life has been one long upset this past two years so
I am hoping we will have some 'down time ' now.
I have been knitting as you all know and during the past time since Pat was sick again and in the hospital and since, I have knit two cotton summer sweaters for myself. I design my own and
am reasonably happy with them. I have the front done on another one which I will post shortly.
I watched the Royal wedding yesterday - she certainly is a classy lady - I quite enjoyed it.
My heart goes out to all of you who were affected by the terrible tornadoes in the south.
I complain about the cold weather here and we have had a bad winter but it makes me
realize how lucky we are. I pray for all who have been made homeless and for the families of
those who lost their lives.
Monday, April 4, 2011
I was unable to join in the challenge in the Challenging ourselves group due to my husband's
illness but what a great job the ladies in the group have done for the 4th Challenge.
We have some new members and I do hope you will all go and checkout the blog showing the challenges.
This is a group we organized from members of the Learningfa group who wanted to
expand their abilities and to challenge themselves to try new things. I am so impressed with the different challenges and different results. The picture shown is done by my friend Margaret
Shipley from Saskatchewan who just joined the group. She is a very talented lady and I love her challenge! The subject was "Orange, purple and blue' check out the other finished pieces!
We take turns picking out a theme so check out the archives for the different challenges.
Speaking of my husband -- he is doing very well, slowly getting back to normal after major heart surgery and then having to go back the next day for repair to the first surgery. He is
doing better every day little steps at a time -- and both of us are very optimistic.
It is so good to have him home after 45 days in the hospital - (most of these BEFORE the surgery due to complications -- I have so much to be thankful for.
I am still knitting but got my sewing machine out yesterday and hope to make a basket as soon as a summer sweater in cotton yarn for me, is completed.
We had a HUGE dump of snow on Sunday - and what a mess! It is finally melting but they are expecting flooding as so much snow and quick melting today. I will be so glad to have spring arrive at last. We have our first robins and they are really shivering. Shirley
Thursday, March 31, 2011
She loves the clothes I make for her -- She
liked the ruffles and especially liked the
sweater with the hat. Both fit her perfectly and
she is 'going to wear them to school'.
It is a fairly nice day here in Alberta- although
a bit cloudy. We have had a terrible March and
hopefully April will be better and we will see
I am a bit tired as my husband is having a lot of difficulty sleeping after his heart surgery. It is hard to believe that it is 6 weeks since he
had the surgery - but it is a slow improvement. It appears that sleep deprivation is quite common after major valve surgery so I am hoping he will be able to sleep much better in the next months. He is doing well aside from that. I am just thankful he is home with me.