CAWcreationsPodcast, knitting, PEI, Things I have looked into

2017 May 16 CAWcreations Episode 4: A comedy of errors

0:57 Working on new designs for Fleece & Harmony,

2:09 WIPs

  1. Ironheart by Tin Can Knits from Heart on My Sleeve Collection done in Knit Picks Gloss DK using Addi Turbo interchangeable needles size 3.75mm. Kept in my Annie Purl bag. It is very well made. If I had to say anything the handle is slightly short but that is being extremely picky. If you want to buy her bags, then go watch Two Tangled Skeins podcast, they have a coupon code for Annie Purl – 15% off until the end of 2017.
  2. 3:18 Victoria’s afghan for graduation Quick-Knit Throw by Lion Brand Yarn. She chose Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in Frosty Swirl, Ice Pop, Raspberry Swirl, and Grape Swirl.
  3. 6:29 Fleece & Harmony colours for their Lot 57 yarn used in the Day at the Beach Blanket Shawl, in press. I keep it in my elephant bag from Knitters’ Nook.
  4. 8:09 Knitted Knocker using 2.0 mm Brittany needles. I love these needles as they have a smooth finish and do not splinter. My Addi bamboo interchangeablesSome technical issues at the end so you just get audio and a few pictures. My camera kept turning off after it recorded only a minute. The first time I continued for 15 minutes before I notices. I am persistent and finished despite these issues. Enjoy the pictures from our night at a cottage in Howe Bay, PEI. It is close to the Inn at Bay Fortune where Chef Michael Smith lives and works.

    9:00 Book “Friday Night Knitting Club” by Kate Jacobs. I loved Georgia because I have so much in common with her, but I love Cat for the growth she shows throughout the book. Let’s be real. I like all the characters. They remind me of our crew of knitters that go to Beanz on Sundays.

    9:58 “I like your sweater” KAL
    I am planing to finish at least one sweater before a trip I’m taking in the fall, and I’m going to need all the help/encouragement/motivation I can get. This will be a nice long KAL (Knit ALong) so you can take your time with it, or you can pump out as many sweaters as your hands will allow! Either way, we’ll be warm when we wrap things up in October.

    To enter:

    • knit or crochet an adult sweater (all finishing work must also be complete) sometime between April 20 2017 and midnight on October 20 2017
    • WIPs (works started before April 20, 2017) are allowed,
    • Must be a member of the CAWcreations Ravelry group to be eligible for prizes.
    • Multiple entries welcome, but remember use a separate post for each entry.
    • Entries posted in this thread will be assigned a number and random number generator will be used to choose the winnerPrizes will be announced at a later date.

10:11 what’s been going on with me. Trip to Halifax, NS to see Once at Neptune Theatre and to visit with friends. Mother’s Day fun.

Happy Knitting!


Teaching, Things I have looked into

Day One at Knit East 2015

I just returned from an amazing weekend in St. Andrew’s NB for Knit East. Everyone said that it was an amazing weekend so I had high hopes. It exceeded my expectations.

We arrived on Friday night and went to the Algonquin Resort right away. I relaxed as soon as I stepped into the lobby. I have always loved this resort but ever since we got storm-stayed there last winter it has become my favorite place to stay. The staff are like family and I feel at home when I am there. I love sitting by the fire in the evening knitting with a glass of cider.

First we went to the The Seaside Beach ResortIMG_0208 right on the water. We were in the Spruce cabin. I loved the view from our deck. check out the marketplace. Wow. The choice was overwhelming. I did not know where to start. Eventually, I picked up some project bags and a few items from my must have list prepared for the trip. Then we registered for the conference. They handed out little goodie bags with our tickets for Yoga and the Fashion show. We ate a late supper at The Lobster Bay Pub. It was yummy. I had the ribs and was so stuffed when I finished.

Day 1

My first class was Yoga for knitters at 7:30 am on Saturday. I got up early and walked up the hill from the waterfront. It was a small class but very informative. There were a number of stretches shown especially for knitters, so we all started the day very relaxed and ready to  knit.

I was so excited to move to Reversible Cables with Fiona Alice. I have been watching her designs for awhile and really wanted to meet her. Of course I cruised in to class just as it was starting. There was only one seat left in the room. We learned a provisional cast on with croch12045427_10156078039070411_6402647231677830366_oet hooks. It works so well! She was so patient with us. I love Fiona’s teaching style. She is very relaxed but manages to work the room really well. I loved hearing her stories about working in London while we worked on the project. Fiona even took the time to show the beginners in the class how to read the pattern. Her patience and knowledge both where very satisfying. I finished the class with a small section of my headband completed choosing to just watch the grafting process so I could finish the entire project later. I love the effect of the reversible cables!

After lunch my class was with Fiona Ellis, this was my Fiona day. She was teaching trims and edges. I rushed to class and sat down to finish my homework. Yes I am as bad as the students I have compIMG_0212lained about once or twice. Fiona handed out a sheet of edges we were going to look at and then we got to choose what to work on. What a great concept. The class is all at different places so we get to choose which one is best for us. As we were working, Fiona showed us her sweaters and swatches of various techniques for merging your collar with the patterns used in the sweater creating the little extras that really make a project amazing. I got so many pictures of ideas. My favorite was the continuation of the pattern by just using half of it in the collar. It was so simple but really added to the finished project. Wow.

By this point, I am fried but I did go back over to the market. Then Michelle and I walked back for supper at our cottage. I needed some quiet time before the fashion show. It is amazing how tiring sitting in a class all day becomes.

The fashion show was great. So fun and so many prizes. We sat in the front row and passed the baby around. For the rest of the weekend he became known as the “lucky baby” because of the four of us holding him periodically three won prizes. Guess who did not. That is right me. The person who never wins anything. I loved seeing all the completed projects, but my favorite part was that the models were used to us knitters needing to feel the fabrics and would walk right up to you so you could. It was the perfect end to the first day of knitting.

Things I have looked into

CAW – What does it mean to me?

After my last rant, I wanted to do something a bit lighter for my first post of 2013. I chose to do a basic web search of something that I have been meaning to research for awhile now – the crow. My initials spell “CAW”, so I always thought that it might mean something to me. I was slow about doing the research on it because I did not want it all to be negative . How excited was I to find that the crow has been deemed a negative omen only relatively recently and mainly in Europe (1). In many nomadic cultures (i.e. cultures of hunters and fishers) the crow has positive meaning (1). Since I come from a fishing community, I have decided that the crow, and its “CAW” will have positive meaning for me.

Crows are highly intelligent and adaptable omnivores, that can be found worldwide (2). They are members of the Corvidae family, which also includes ravens, magpies and bluejays (2, 3). There are examples where crows were taught to communicate and to count (2), as they are natural mimics and intelligent. Very social creatures with close-knit families, crows live and roost in large groups (3). A large group of crows is called “a murder of crows”. They have many different calls. Their sentinels warn of danger (2), making them loud neighbours in cities and towns.  Study has noted that they will answer the distress calls of other crows even if they are not related (3).

The crow will sit up on the telephone wires and just watch what is going on. They serve as reminds to be aware of our surroundings and to always keep our eyes open for trouble. The deeply spiritual Native American Indians felt that the crow symbolized wisdom (4) and was an omen of transformation (2). Although, some of their stories also implicate the crow as a trickster. Many cultures consider the crow to be keeper of law and an omen of change (2, 5). In North America and for the Mayas, the crow is the symbol of the supreme god, when his wings are flapped the wind, thunder and lightening are created (1). In the bible, the crow brings bread to man alone in the desert (1). Crows are a good omen, bringing food and divine messages in China and Japan (1).

That quick look at the history and lore of the crow has shown me that having “CAW” as my initials is most likely good. If I was to go a step further, I am a watcher, who is able to communicate well, and willing to bring change and wisdom to my surroundings.