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New Trail at Strathgartney Provincial Park

Saturday morning I finally managed to get on the Bakery Bears POP Live event. The hardest part of the whole thing was figuring the time difference (yes I am that person that always confuses time zones). It was so fun chatting about knitting and making a bunch of new knitting friends.

Dan mentioned that although the knitters had made it around the world, that the runners had not. I am no runner but apparently they allow walkers/hikers on their team. I was inspired so as soon as the POP Live event was finished Tim, Molly, and I hit the trail.

Tim knew that Strathgarteny Provincial Park had hired some students to create new trails in the park this summer. Last weekend we had checked our geocache at the park but had not made it down to the trail. I really wanted see what they had done because the last hill on the old trail was a killer for me with my asthma. I do want to keep moving but have to balance that with my breathing. You know breathing is kind of important.

We walked down through the park roads to the old trail entrance (picture on left above). Instead of going straight across the bridge to take the old trail, you turn left and can see two new trails along this side of the stream. We took the one closest to the clearing. It was a beautiful walk through the woods (see pictures below). I think it could be good for biking too. All the banks are shored up with island stone and there is a new bridge across the stream as you get deeper into the woods. We came out in a clearing that led us back to the parking lot that you use when the main gate is closed.

I cannot wait to go again to try the other trail right from the parking lot.

On Sunday, I posted CAWcreations Podcast Episode 10. I did the recording and then went to Knitting at Beanz. When I got home, I did all the editing and posted CAWcreations E10 on YouTube by later in the evening. I think it is my best episode yet as I am finally starting to relax in front of the camera. Let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful week and Happy Knitting.


Finished One Thing and cast on another

I finished my Apple Blossom socksI love them so much!! They have a nice tight heel and leg. Lately all of my socks have been wide. The socks fit so well this way. I may have to modify my sock designs to get this nice fit on a sock. I want to be able to write patterns as well as Helen Stewart. I love the tables with the percentage it must be the scientist in me. I think my new approach to writing knitting patterns will be what I do for writing SOPs in the lab. SOPs need every detail, and I feel my patterns to this point have assumed knowledge that not all knitters have.

I did not finish anything else, even though I worked on some of them. I got the heel turned on the Grand Central Socks, but these are turning out wide. Not enjoying them so much. The short row heel is not my favourite. There are holes along the edge that people tell me are fine, but I do not like them. Maybe blocking will fix it. I am a top down heel flap girl. I do not think I will find another heel that I like better even though I do continue to try.

I worked on Seb’s socks, or my newest design that incorporates the reversible cable, but still have not turned that heel. I found my Fade shawl but did not knit on it. I knit a bit on Gavin’s blanket. Then I got bored so…

I started my shawl for the Shawl Exchange at Knit East. I had to go with the less ambitious pattern because I left it too late to do the other one, and I really HAD to start soon because Knit East is in October. I do not want to say more because I do not want to give away who I am knitting for. I will not even be posting pictures until after I gift it. The nice thing is that I am using all Bayview Fiber Arts that were left over from my Fade Shawl. I love Paula’s colours and the soft squishy yarn, but I cannot remember which base my colours are on. There is Pansy, Rejoice, and Cleopratra in the snow (none in the shop right now but it is white and turquoise). They blend so well. I love how soft it is. It is also a Value KAL for the Knitting in Stitches podcast because I am using yarn leftover from another project.

So much for getting projects out of my WIPs. I removed one and added one. That is my knitting life.


Finish All My WIPs (well some anyways)

I have been working hard at finishing up projects on my needles for the This Old Knit podcast FINISH ALL THE THINGS KAL. It is going well but when you have over 20 WIPs finishing everything is a bit daunting. But this long weekend I am going to try, because I start teaching next week. No projects get done once the semester starts.

These are the things that I am focusing on:


Apple Blossom Socks by Helen Stewart


Almost to the toe of the first sock, but the pattern knits up fast so I should finish this weekend.

Grand Central Socks by Knitting Expat Designs


Almost to heel of second sock, will finish this weekend. I am doing a grey pair also but I have not even started the second sock of that pair.

Waves Socks (in press for F&H) have to finish the second pine cone sock in size XL. I also have the second helix sock (again in press for F&H Sock Series) on the needles.


I just have the rib done in the pine cone but I am halfway down the leg on the helix sock.

Final sock for the weekend is another new design the reversible cable sock. It is a knee high that has a reversible so it still looks good if you fold it down. I am knitting these two at a time (I hate knitting two at a time socks, they take forever). I still have 10 cm to the heel for these.


Now the more ambitious things to finish:

  • My sweaters
    • Ironheart by Tin Can Knits just has a bit of the body and the yoke to finish.
    • Gingerbread by Libby Jonson has the bottom of the body and both arms left (so no hope of finishing this weekend)
  • My Fade has been on time out since I threw it across the room. I should at least pick it up again.
  • My afghans
    • Vicky’s blanket has not been touched in a couple of weeks and it needs to be looked at. However, I did not say which graduation she will get it for so I have time. She starts at UPEI next week.
    •  Gavin’s blanket has been on the needles for 10 years. I have promised myself I will finish it by the end of the year. My poor friend has been way too patient.
    • Mitered Squares Blankets… yes two of them on the needles for a year now. They are fun I just have to find em.

So I have a busy weekend planned. Especially if I want to touch all of these projects and finish the three crazy quilts in my sewing room. I may be setting myself up for failure. Let’s see how it goes.

Episode 9 CAWcreations: Eclipse Day

Check out my latest Podcast about knitting and the books I am reading!

Don’t forget about the “I like your sweater” KAL on until October 20, 2017. Check it out the details at the CAWcreations Group on Ravelry. You must be a member to win prizes.

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Fleece and Harmony sells patterns by CAWcreations and Sand and Sky Creations.


2017 Winner of Women’s Institute knitting prizes for projects I finished

This year I finally got it together to enter some of my knitting in the Provincial Exhibition Women’s Institute WI Handcraft, Horticulture and Arts Show. I have always wanted to but was afraid to.

I chose the folioing 4 projects:

Class B:  Afghans      Section 03:  Infant’s, crocheted or knitted (min. size 24″x 30″)


The Hap(py) Shawl knit in Fleece & Harmony‘s Signature yarn in the Beach Blanket Colour. The idea is that the hap is used to swaddle babies and as a shawl after the baby has grown. This is a simple design for beginners. It has a garter stitch square with a modified feather and fan edge.

Class C: Knitting     Section 01: Socks, Work


Rays Socks from the Fleece and Harmony Sock Series (worsted weight), knit in Lot 57 Signature Collection yarn. I love the tones in the slate yarn. But, I did miscount on the heel turn, so one heel has two additional rows. Not my best work but pretty.

Class C: Knitting     Section 13:  Child’s 2-piece set, size 1 to 2 years


Knit in Fleece and Harmony’s Baby Boo Collection. Baby Boo yarn is spun from first shearing lambs’ wool. It is so soft after soaking in wool wash and blocking. I love this yarn and love the Baby Shower colour that mixes all the colours together so the sweater can be for anyone.


Class C: Knitting     Section 18: Knitted Item, not listed above


The Beach Day Shawl in Fleece and Harmony’s Lot 57 Signature Collection. It could be a beach towel if spread out. It has big bold blocks of colour that introduce knitters to simple lacework, chart reading, and intarsia. Buttons can be attached to allow for multiple styles of wearing. Look for this pattern later this year on Fleece and Harmony’s website.

The last two entries won prizes. I am so excited. It is my first time entering my knitting in anything. The Baby Set got a first prize and the Beach Day Shawl came in third.

Healing Shawls – Wrapping in Love

I have made four healing shawls in my knitting career. They are my labours of love. I make an intention for the person I am knitting it for and only knit on them when I have strength and love to put into the project.

They were all very personal projects for people experiencing illness and/or loss. I love to create symbolism that suits the person I am making them for.

image_medium2One of my favourite patterns to use for a healing shawl is the Arpeggio by Ilga Leja. An arpeggio is a broken chord where the notes rise and fall. It symbolizes the rise and fall of emotions as we deal with grief and/or loss of health. I always link the shawl and the colours that I use to symbolize the experience of the recipient. I have done one in pink and iridescent  plum, and the other in forest green and beige. I find that writing of the card that accompanies the gift can be as hard as the actual knitting with intention and strength.

Another pattern I have used is the Quaking Aspen Shawl by Courtney Kelley. The aspen is actually a group of organisms that have an intertwined root system underground that can lay dormant for years. I love the symbolism of drawing strength from community and recognizing that they grow at all times even in the coldest winter. It signifies strength to get through a difficult experience.

image_small2Finally, the first shawl that I made became a healing shawl. The many colours for the many aspects of the personality of the person we remembered. These projects of love and support help me to deal with the obstacles I encounter. I hope that they provide some comfort to the recipients. 10730959_10155288531940411_515899209126807267_n

Happy Canada Day!

We celebrated Canada Day with the annual Wartman Canada Day Washers Tournament and BBQ. It was a smashing success, even in the rain. The tournament started at 3 pm 19686301_10154912218281748_1365491656_oand we managed to get all the games in before it rained. I love that the kids get mixed right in with the adults. We have had some great parent child pairings over the years. This year it was the brothers, Jack and Taylor, who were the strongest kids team. Bob and Wade won again. Someone has got to knock them off their pedestal. Jack is in training to do just that. He and Taylor managed to win a game against the top team. Jack 19488506_10155372133329462_8388273018065918028_otells me he will get them next year, but for this year he presented the green jackets to the winners.

Tim was kept busy cooking for everyone. We had a great night even if the fireworks were a bit obscured by the smoke.

I did manage to get an episode of CAWcreations posted on Thursday even though I was not feeling well. My Dad tells me that Molly pops in to the background a couple of times. One of which I really should have edited out but I missed it. Oh well such is life. I am working on both my sweaters for my “I like your sweater” KAL. My Fleece and Harmony projects will be going in the Canada KAL. Moria announced it on her podcast Knitting in Stitches.

Happy knitting!