Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Home Safe and Sound

Hi All,
I am thrilled to have my husband and daughter back from Romania safe and sound. They arrived home on Monday night, right on schedule (which is amazing with Air canada). They are adapting to the 8 hour time change and are full of wonderful, and sometimes heartbreaking, stories about their time in the orphanages.
With them gone I have not had much time to knit, but I have been working in the yard. I planted a flower garden as well as a vegetable garden.
We had wonderful people look after us with them gone. We had a lot of people drop in and others invite us over. That made the two weeks go by faster.
My youngest (5 yrs old) has just broken out with chicken pox today and has a bit of a fever. He is not feeling like himself and so I am getting lots of cuddle time. He even slept on my lap for an hour. If he is not up and running about we know something is wrong.
My father and his wife come to visit on Friday for a week. They are from Florida and we ahve not seen them in almost 3 years. The children are really excited to see their grandparents again.
I hope to get back to knitting soon. I really miss it, but it can wait better than the garden can.
Well that's all the news for now.
With my daughter back (and her camera) I hope to post some photos soon.
God bless you all.....................Colette

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Amazing Lace Team

I think I have my team together for the Amazing Lace Challenge. The team consists of me, my Peace Fleece yarn, size US9 (5.2mm) circular Denise needles, and the Garden Path shawl from .
we make quite a team and are quite excited to get started. The first challenge comes out on Sunday, May 14.
Happy knitting.........Colette

Friday, May 12, 2006


My husband is away so I feel like I have no one to talk to except the children. As a result you are the lucky ones that get to "listen" to my ramblings.
I got weighed and measured at Curves today and in 2 months I have lost 20 pounds and 18 1/2 inches. Yes, it is all due to diet (Mannatech low glycemic) and exercise.
We have water in our basement that will be a real pain to fix and our landlord just offered to sell us the house. We love the house and property and location but not sure we want to deal with the problems that come with it.
Homeschooling is drawing to a close for the year. The children just have a couple of subjects to finish so the school day is pretty short right now.
Time to start working in hte garden. First year we are having a garden and are on a huge learning curve. Gary got it tilled before he left and I have to have it planted before he gets back.
I must be a knit along addict (My mother says I have an addictive personality). I just joined the "Amacing Lace Contest" and have to pick a pattern to make. I am looking at one of the free shawl patterns from and yarn from my stash.
I am knitting a pair of socks for Jocelyne for beeing such a big help this week.
Well, my youngest is whining to get on the "puter" so I had better go and let him on.
Happy knitting............Colette

Thursday, May 11, 2006

SP 8 Questionaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I prefer the natural fibres like wool, silk, cotton, alpaca. I only knit with acrylic if I am making something for someone and they insist on it being acrylic.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
In? How about "on" as in on the floor in a pile? I would love to have something to put my needles in.

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have been knitting for about 3 years now and consider myself to be intermediate to advanced, but not professional. I still struggle with perfection but knittnig is a great cure.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Lilac and then roses.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I love chocolate and baking but not candy.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I do not spin, yet. I do a lot of crafts but my favorites are knitting, crochet, and cross stitch.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I prefer Christian worship music and yes my computer can play MP3s.

9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
My favorite colour is red but I like all colours. I prefer bright colours and seem to be into greens/blues combined. I love knitting with verigated wools.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have 4 children: 15 yrs, 13 yrs, almost 8 yrs (all girls) and a 5 yr old boy.
I have one husband. (all I can handle). I have 1 indoor cat (Purl) and one outdoor dog (Baby).

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yes, and don't forget shawls. I love shawls.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Anything knit. I have been knitting a lot of shawls but am now expanding into socks and sweaters and purses, etc.

13. What are you knitting right now?
A sweater for me, a pair of socks for my 13 yr old, and a couple of shawls

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I prefer circular needles or double pointed. My favorite are Aero but I also have a Denise set which I like but need more longer cables.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
No. I use a lamp shade for a swift and my hands for a winder.

17. How did you learn to knit?
I first learned when I was a child (my mother taught me) but gave it up in favor of crochet. A couple of years ago a friend of mine was into knitting and opened a yarn store. That did me in. I have been knitting ever since.

18. How old is your oldest UFO?
Only a few months old.

19. What is your favorite holiday?
Summer holidays. I love the beach and camping.

20. Is there anything that you collect?
Besides yarn and patterns? Cats.

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I do not have any subscriptions. I would love to get me hands on "Big Girl Knits".

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Yes, anything I don't know how to do now. I like trying new things all the time.

23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes I knit socks. I prefer toe up socks done on Double pointed needles.
I wear a ladies size 10 shoe and have a wide foot.

24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
My birthday is March 29 and my anniversary is Sept 1.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Safe and sound in Romania

Well, we got Gary and Barbara off to Romania on Monday (May8). We hade some car problems on the way to the airport but got there on time.
Last night we received an e-mail that the team got there safe and sound and all their luggage arrived as well. They are having an orientation today, then off to the babies and orphans.
I have not heard directly from Gary yet but don't really expect to.
I Will post more when I hear more.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

No Time to Post

Hi All,

I have been so busy lately that I have not had time to post to my blog. That does not mean I have not been knitting just that i haven't finished anything. I am knitting a sweater for my eldest daughter (it is top down and I am on the fist sleeve). I am also knitting the "Choose Your Own Adventure" Pi Shawl. I have started a sweater for me but have not made a lot of progress.
I have been busy because my husband a nd eldest daughter are going to Romania on Monday (May8) for a 2 week mission trip. We have been busy getting funds and immunizations and donated items, and also getting things done around the house and yard. Like tilling the garden, building the sand box, digging a fire pit, etc.
Oh yeah, and soccer has started also. I have two children playing the same time, different places(Mondays and Wednesdays) and one playing Tuesdays and Thursdays. My oldest is upset because she is not able to play soccer this year due to a torn ACL in her knee. She is waiting for surgery.
We are also trying to get as much school done as possible because my father and his wife are coming for a visit on May 26. (Three days after Gary and Barbara get back from Romania).
So....can you see why I have been busy?
It will settle down when they leave for Romania so things should get back to as close to normal as it ever is around here.
Have a GREAT WEEK......Colette