Sunday, November 2, 2014

Time Marches On

It's late, we've just changed our clocks, and I've spent the whole day in the office on paperwork.

So much has happened since I last posted to this blog.  I had to say goodbye to one of my favourite knitting designers, Bernice Vollick, aka Mamabearknits.  Bernice has passed away, but her patterns are still available through Ravelry, I understand.

I'm still a website neophyte, but I discovered tonight that the interface that's come into play since the last time I did a website update is much more user-friendly!  I think I only spent 3 hours trying to do an update of several pages.  But, every time I go into "website land", I learn something.

I also acquired a full-size keyboard for my laptop computer, and am learning to fly over the keys once more.

Knitting wise, there's been a lot of progress... In the last couple years I've made several pair of socks, two or three shawls, about 6 pair of knee-high baby bootees (see Bendy Bootees in the Spring, 2014 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread), two jackets also for the magazine, and a blanket for the magazine.

This blog is being revived because we're looking for a following for a new initiative I'm helping A Needle Pulling thread with.  So, come along, and keep your ear to the ground -- good things are coming!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

At long last, a Website Update!

OK, it's not perfect, but there is finally new information on the website! I'm so excited!



Unfortunately one of the things that precipated my having to delve back into the realm of html code was a rate increase. Yes, after five long years (and they were long, now that I think about it), we've had to increase our rates. Effective March 1, 2012, a one-year Canadian Membership will be $35.00 (in CDN $). For information about other rate increases, visit the Join Today page of the website, http://www.cgknitters.ca/.


A member from Calgary Alberta had asked me to post information on the website about the tool kits. We found these nifty little items back in 2007. They have lots of pockets to hold everything from change to stitch markers. They are available exclusively to renewing members of Canadian Guild of Knitters at a cost of $11.00 plus $4.00 postage and handling (after March 1 - currently the P&H is $3.50).


The one challenge I could not overcome today was the retailer page. No matter how many times I uploaded the new file, it wouldn't show on the website... there must be two of them out there somewhere... maybe I'll go take another look.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A New Year - Let's Roll!

Welcome, 2012! This year promises to be a year of calmness and productivity, and I'm looking forward to it.


So far this year, the work has begun to get the CGK books ready for the tax man. Membership renewals for the new year are nearly ready to send out. There's going to be a membership increase this year, so we want to give members as much opportunity as possible to beat the increase.

I'd hoped to get to a website update this weekend, but it won't happen today. I've had two inquiries about Level 2 this week, and that's going to be job-one tomorrow, and the next couple weekends.

My knitting mo-jo took a bit of a hike toward the end of last year. After gardening season, I worked on a series of face cloths for the Spring, 2012 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread - here's a sneak peek:


The set is a trio of a round, square, and triangular cloth. This sample was made with cotton DK weight yarn.


Five or six face cloths later, I moved on to hats. Since mid-December I've made six hats, and I think I'm about done with that, too.


Next on the needles is a top-down sweater to replace one I LOVE from a Paton's leaflet. This time, I'm making it in Briggs & Little Regal. The yoke is only about 1/2 done.


May the New Year bring you the best life has to offer!






Saturday, August 20, 2011

It was a Rainy Day...



...perfect for doing paperwork!


I prepared some new and renewing membership cards for mailing, and sent out another Level 1 package today, and took a look at my ad for the magazine, which is past due for an overhaul.



Speaking of overhauls, the website is also past due for one, and while I was working today I had an idea to get the gallery updated: Ask our members for photos! So, here's the request: send me low-resolution photographs of your knitting projects, especially ones you've made from patterns published in Knit Together or A Needle Pulling Thread. Send them to my website e-mail which is on my contact page at www.cgknitters.ca/contact.html with the subject "Photos for CGK".


Photos that have 'models' will need to be accompanied by permission forms -- I'll provide one. I'm very cautious about putting up photos of minor children, so permission forms are necessary.



The gardening (ahem, weeding) continues, but it's worth it! This rose is called Grenada, and it is in its second blooming. I have also photographed my peace rose, but don't have a photo on the hard drive yet. The buttercream daisies I bought at Zehrs are putting on an awesome show, too!



I'm also trying to get some knitting done. My computer is getting old and slow, so I keep a pair of socks (for Dad) on the desk to work on while I'm waiting for uploads, downloads and overloads!





This Faroese shawl is now finished -- the ends have been woven in, and it's actually already doubled as a blanket when I fall asleep in front of the TV.



The other project on the needles is a hemp top with 3/4 length sleeves designed by Lanaknits Designs in British Columbia. I'm still ensuring I support our Canadian Knitting designers.



One day in the office, though, is the tip of the iceberg! There's still much to do, including finish planning for the knitting classes I'll be leading through Parks and Recreation starting in mid-September.

I have to shut down the computer soon, though, because there's a salsa party tonight!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

I can't believe it's been almost two months since my last post. The last time I posted was before a rain. We did have a fair bit of rain at the end of May and into June, but July has been drier than February in Arizona! Even the rain that has fallen in the last two days has been south west of us. But the weather channel is promising rain next week (When I'll be back at work).





The gardens have grown up, and nicely. This ground-level photo of the west "curb" bed was glorious. The galardia (centre in front of stump) is still in bloom. The geranium is very happy, and the butter-cream daisy (on right) has a new batch of blooms. I've learned that the wood "sculpture"in the centre this bed is actually a piece of a chestnut tree that was in the back yard. The delphiniums can just be seen peeking out from behind the "stump".






The entryway bed has grown up, too. It's hard to tell from this photo, but the bee balm/ monarda with the red blooms is over 4 feet high. What a show! I found the bench at a garage sale, and have enjoyed many mornings looking out toward a nearby park.



I've taken literally hundreds of photos of the gardens this year, 8 of which have made it into matching frames on the living room wall.



This summer has been all about preventative maintenance on the house: Dad came in and pressure washed the front porch, back deck and garden shed, then I watersealed the decks and stained and painted the garden shed. Yesterday we black-topped the driveway. Next summer, I'll be able to kick back and relax!



Here are before and after shots of the garden shed:



This is after the pressure washing



and this is after the staining and painting:






The only thing left is to add a finishing touch of a happy face on the left wall. :-)



All this has happened during two weeks off over the first three weeks of the month. Once the postal strike was over, the Summer issue of A Needle Pulling Thread was mailed out. Renewal notices for this issue will be following soon.



Another Canadian Guild of Knitters undertaking was to mark yet another Level 1 package. It's heading back out in tomorrow's mail.



The vacation wasn't all work: Zoey spent a couple days in day care so Mummy could shop! When you have a dog with separation anxiety, it's a real luxury to get to spend 3 hours browsing through Wal-mart! The two of us went to an arts and craft show in Bracebridge where we spent a little time in the Greenelf Wild Woolens booth. Today, the last day of vacation, I took Zoey (aka the Ming Princess) to the Barrie waterfront where she got a walk, and I got some knitting done. When we heard the skirl of the bagpipes, I moved us to a better vantage point and enjoyed some celtic music. Today was one of the most temperate days of the vacation, and it felt good to get out and enjoy some of it, now that the painting is over!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Before the Rains Came

The holiday weekend enabled me to get the gardens in before the rains came. This bed, one of five in the back yard, was made more colourful by adding the mum Marie bought me when I separated last fall, a new rose bush (Grenada), and some yellow and cream marigolds. The bush in the centre was thought to be a standard lilac, but turns out it is a standard hydrangea (no wonder it isn't blooming yet)! The chrysanthemum will bloom about the same colour as the ground phlox in the background.




The front gardens were planted on Monday. This one is the west curb bed, with the entryway bed showing in the background. Already blessed with sedum, echinacea, coral bells and this very cool tree 'sculpture', I added a buttercream daisy, a red geranium (behind tree part), some orange asiatic lilies and some gold day lilies, and a pretty gold mum (on the right.) The shade on this garden is courtesy the flowering crab apple tree that belongs to the city.


Speaking of the flowering crab, a few of its branches can be seen at the top of the photo below.

This is the east curb bed which came equipped with a Lady's Mantle, Liatrus, rambling rose (all on right), some echinacea, ground phlox, a toad house, and sedum. Last weekend's additions are the hosta at the front left, flanked by two harvest moon echinaceas, a gold day lily, and a red geranium (fleck of red in top corner).

I'm learning that at this age, four hours of gardening requires a nap of some sort afterwards. That really cuts into the knitting time!

Speaking of knitting, I now have a shrug and a ruffled scarf off the needles. The former needs blocking yet, and the latter just needs two ends woven in. This week I'll be working on knitting samples for the upcoming article in the Fall 2011 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread.

And, speaking of A Needle Pulling Thread, the summer issue went to the printer's last week, and will be in the mail by the middle of June -- hopefully by then we'll be having sunnier days and be able to enjoy reading it on the back deck in a chaise longue with a cool drink on the side!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Knitting

May 7 was a special day here at Canadian Guild of Knitters. It was the birthday of the lady who taught me to knit (my paternal grandmother), and, since it fell on a Saturday this year, I decided to celebrate!

I invited a few knitters I know in my home town and brought in a yummy banana cake with cream cheese icing. We sat, and chatted, and knitted, and ate cake, of course.

Sunday, the 8th was Mother's Day, which I spent at my brother's farm with our mom, dad and sister, and his wife's family. Zoey got two walks in the country that day! Happy girl!

After a weekend of socializing, I got cracking here in the office again this past weekend. Saturday was a paperwork day -- filing, processing membership renewals and generally reducing the size of the paper stacks. Sunday was KAP day: I got nearly two of the three packages that have arrived in the past month marked. All three will be done and back on their way home after the long weekend.

Of course, some time will be devoted to the gardens as well. Hopefully the rain will stop long enough to get the lawn mowed!