Crispy Canada Winter Day

File 2018-02-07, 5 24 19 PMSure it is still a very crispy

WINTER here in Canada…

…..not like my home town Möhlin in Switzerland. They are as of  tomorrow  in full swing of  “Fasnacht” Carnival

But to top it of even more a friend of mine  has seen  “Schlüsselblümli ” in the forest out already….really I am crying now!

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“Schluesselbluemli” one of my faves, (not the picture she posted on Facebook)

 

 

 

 

 

It used to be that you there…Yes You,“Weather in Switzerland” !

were a month ahead of us here in the Canadian North of Toronto, but not two full Months!!!

What was my day like youmay ask …smiles fun filled with snow! Really softly falling down this morning, shoveling during the day, sunshine to finish the perfect day at minus 15 temp…cooooollllll

Yes, You see it correctly I have skis on the fence and that all year around…

just my kind of artsy funky fun…

 

 

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Antigua Holidays

 

IMG_2824Spending some time together with my hubby…yehhhh just him and I in the beautiful Island of Antigua. I tell You I was in paradise for sure.

Sooo miss it now…:-)))

The ocean turquoise blue and so clear and warm. The resort “St.James Club and Villas” truly a fantastic place.

Let me tell you the people just sooooo happy all the time…but how could you not living in the sunshine all the time and having the sound of the evening crickets chirp you to sleep. IMG_3859 Once the crickets stop you know it is time to get up!!!….and the birds start to sing….as you hear the surf of the ocean hit the shore and the palm leaves swing in the wind…So Peaceful and relaxing.

We where able to go onto two snorkeling trips. One with a catamaran along the Caribbean side of the Ocean that we booked and one right from our resort.  Guess what, that trip we won at Monday nights mangers party …luck us the ocean was calm on the second last day of our holidays.

IMG_3811Conch shells where lots to be found…smiles without the conch in it and to get the pink colour one had to find the one that was still housing the conch in it…and hubby dove down to the ocean floor several times to find some for us….We had seen a stingray and several schools of beautiful fishes even two big barracuda where close to us too…..

I think the pictures will tell you a story all on its own.

I sure can tell you I really miss that part of our world…and I am happy to say all that rain has finally stopped that we have been getting since we came back …..so I can be outside again enjoying my gardening now all is green… (cry not ocean blue….)

Memories are beautiful to have too….one day we will be back.

 

 

Gray Flax

File 2017-03-30, 11 16 37 AMMy go-to knit usually is a cardigan as they can be layered over a lighter top long or short-sleeved. But I was in need of a sweater this time. A light weight one I thought would be great for right now this in between winter – spring weather.
My knitting girls where knitting this one called “Flax” by tincanknits on Ravelry…works well for me too. But I chose a much lighter weight in yarn and therefore had to knit several different sizes as I went along with the pattern. Always enjoy a top down knit. Used up some yarn from my stash  7 skeins off “Phildar Phil’Soft 3 1/2 in gray-blue and knitting needle 3.75mm.
At the bottom edge I used a pattern from Nicky Epstein in her book “Knitting On The Edge” the Berry Cluster pattern but without knitting the bubbles.
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File 2017-03-30, 11 15 32 AMMein Go-To-Strick Muster ist in der Regel eine Strickjacke, da so eine Jacke perfect ist über eine leichteres Oberseite lang oder kurz-arm. Doch dises mal könnte ich einen Pullover brauchen.  Etwas leichter für den Winter zu Frühlin übergang.
Meine Strickfrauen die zu mir kommen, stricken fleissig an dem “Flachs”  Pullover von tincanknits auf Ravelry … toll auch für mich. Doch ich wählte ein viel leichteres Garn und musste also mehrere verschiedene Größen stricken, als ich das Muster so strickte.
Von meinem  Stash brauchte ich 7 Stränge aus “Phildar Phil’Soft 3 1/2 in grau-blau und Stricknadel 3,75mm.
Am unteren Rand strickte ich ein Muster von Nicky Epstein in ihrem Buch “Knitting On The Edge” das Berry Cluster-Muster, aber ohne die Ballen zu stricken.
Fertig und passt sehr gut.

Homespun Rag Quilt

2016-05-23 19.23.58Yes new Homespun fabric has arrived at “The Quilt Store” where I work…

Love the colours and I have to tell you the Homespun is one of my favourite fabrics by far.

Well next to the batik. But with batik you can’t make a rag quilt…So this Homespun  is a perfect weight for a spring or summer evening cuddle quilt sitting by the fire camping or in your backyard.

You too can sew this up in no time.

 

I was kind of thinking of making a longer rag wrap quilt for me to put over my shoulders in the evenings…but really need to get some headway with some of my knitting too.

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small bundel

All you need is half a meter of 6 colours each. 

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Cut them into 6″ squares  (my front and back are the same fabric) then deco stitch a “X” with any fancy stitch you like onto the 6″square. Sew them all in a pleasing way together with a 1/2″ sem . I had 6 squares by 9 squares as you can see in the picture or at the store.

For the edging you need about 1.20 meters of one colour cut them into 5″ stripes and fold in half. This amount was based on the length 9 squares that now are only 5″ due to the 1/2″ seam. I sewed the edge onto the 9 square length first then the 5 square edge.

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before the wash

Cut the fringes and off to the wash…Please make sure once you put this into the drier you empty the filter about every 3-5 minutes believe me it will be full of lint.

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lint amount every 3-5 minutes! So make sure you empty it often

 

Glistening In The Ice

IMG_6462For the past view days we had everything covered in Ice.

Trees, branches, bushes and yes cars too. Whatever was outside was covered in a layer of 1-2 inches of Ice.

 

It sure looks pretty, but lots of damage it can bring too.  Do I shake the ice off the cedars or not was the question at one time? Well one of my tree was not able to carry the weight and did fall over…File 2016-03-26, 10 56 27 AM

Today is a big melt and the sun is shining so bright. With the backyard door open a tad bit is really neat to hear all the sounds outside. Sound of rain though it is the ice melting, birds tweeting, Ice crashing from the trees and branches shifting back to the normal place. With a lot less weight on them.

The sun makes it all sparkle and glistening like in a fairytale world

File 2016-03-26, 11 07 41 AMIn den letzten Tagen hatten wir alles mit Eis bedeckt. Bäume, Äste, Sträucher und ja auch die Autos. Was draußen war, wurde in eine Schicht von 5-10cm Eis bedeckt.

Schön sieht es schon aus, aber viel Schaden bringt es auch. Soll” ich das Eis von den Zweigen schütteln oder nicht war die Frage auf einmal. Auch einer meiner Baum war nicht in der Lage, das Gewicht zu tragen und fiel auf den Boden…File 2016-03-26, 10 56 44 AM

Heute kommt die große Schmelzung, die Sonne scheint so hell und bring die Wärme das Eis zu schmelzen. Mit der Tür ein bisschen offen höre ich alle Arten von Gereusche. Mann Könnte meinen er Regnet,  schmelzen Ice , Vögel zwitschern, Eis kracht von den Bäumen und Ästen wieder auf eine Eis schichte die noch am Boden ist.

Die Sonne verzaubert alles im Funkeln und Glitzern wie in einer Märchenwelt

 

 

Water Droplets

IMG_6411There is something magical hanging on the branch.

I just love when I see water droplets on branches.

Today they are hanging on all kinds of branches  in our backyard.

Ich finde es immer sehr schoen Wasser Tropfen an den Zweigen hängen zu sehen…

Heute gibt es viel davon in unserem Garten.

You Guesst It RIght

Baby Surprise Jacket
Baby Surprise Jacket

It is the Baby Surprise Jacket.

So you know Noro Yarns is one of my favourite yarns, and so is this pattern. So easy to knit and fun too. Great for any yarn though. But with the Noro Yarn you get the colour play too and that along makes this Jacket never a  boring knit!

Not sure who get to wear this jacket yet…so if anyone is interested in purchasing it, send me a note with email address.

On another note, keep stopping by as I will have a Give-A-Way for a correct answer sometimes during the next couple of months happening.  The question will be something I will post over the next little while….smiles will have some fun.

 

Richtig geraten es ist ein Baby Surprise Jacke.

So wie Ihr wisst is  die Noro Wolle einer meiner liebsten Garne, und so ist dieses Muster. So einfach zum Stricken und macht auch Spaß. Großartig für alle Garne. Aber mit der Noro Garne erhaltest Du das Farbespielen und dass entlang macht diese Jacke nie ein langweiliges Stricken!

Habe keine Ahnung für welches Kind ich dies gestrickt habe…also wenn jemand interese hat and dem Jäcklein und es  kaufen möchte, senden mir eine Notiz mit der E-Mail-Addresse.

So nun noch schnell eine andere Notiz, währent den Nächsten Monaten ein “Give-A-Way” “Verlosung” haben. So wenn Du lust hast da mit zu machen schau weiterhin bei mir herein die Frage wird in den Post sein. 

…Lächeln wird werden Spaß dabei haben.