Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hubby with Scarf

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Knitting Machine

So we were given a knitting machine that belonged to Hubby's sister. We(actually Mel) have spent a couple evenings trying to figure out how it works. Well, tonight we did knit a sort of a scarf although it wants to curl. We were impressed that we did get to that point, however we could not figure out how to cast off so hence it can be unravelled quite easily!!! I think one would have to take some classes to learn to use this equipment - there are so many pieces, also a ribber attachment and cards to insert to make patterns and so on. It looks interesting but complicated! I think sewing would be much easier!!!
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Monday, August 9, 2010

"The Dolphin"

Pictures of the second kayak Mel built.
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Birthday Dog

Sparky celebrated his birthday on August 4th. He is now 4 years old and some days acts like he is way older. Mostly likes to sleep a lot although he just was at the groomers and seems to have a bit more energy now. Maybe he was just too hot with the extra hair. This picture was taken in Jenn and Tom's minivan. Jenn and myself were in the back seat and I guess he thought the cup holders were just right for his feet when he turned around to look at us..

Saturday, August 7, 2010


So we have been on holidays for over a month now and did it ever feel great. We will be getting back to work on Monday starting with some smaller jobs that we need to finish up.

We travelled to Saskatoon yesterday to pick up supplies and one of our wholesalers is next to a knitting/weaving shop called Prairie Lily. We decided to go in and it is a wonderful shop with some beautiful yarns. We discussed alpaca wool and knitting machines including sock knitting machines. No leads on one though.

On our way out, I saw the most beautiful baby cardigan made with a very soft nubby kind of yarn. I found out it was only knit and purl which I actually know how to do. It was very tempting to purchase the pattern and yarn. Of course, it would have to be a gift for a "girl" baby. No babies in my life though but I guess it could be put away for a later date. I think that shop will see me in there again.

Both daughters and a son-in-law knit so I could get lots of advice if I started this craft.

We now have two knitting machines so perhaps on a cold rainy day we will have to set them up and see if we can figure out how they work.

Mel was presented with a Cowichian sweater when we were in BC. This was knit by our daughter, Jennifer. It is beautiful. I will have to take some pictures of it and post them later.

Sun is shining so time to head outside!