Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Challenge fail.

Back in March, I said I'd try to post every day for 30 days. That didn't happen. I posted a total of 18 times during that time period. That's a pass at some schools. I just don't have much going on other than a lot of hard work to try to get something going on. And I've been all over southern Ontario.

Hopefully, fingers crossed, I'll soon have a new adventure to photograph and write about! At least I'm back into blogging.

Sunday afternoon firemaking.

When the clan gets together it's always a good time. This long weekend, after our late Easter lunch feast, we decided to try to set our grandparent's front lawn on fire without the use of any matches or lighters.

The boys gathered sticks, lumber, cedar logs, birch bark, axes, knives, rope, string, dried grass, old saw handles, tins, and rubber bits from around the house. Apparently, these are all important firemaking tools of the trade. We've seen Survivorman do this before and he makes it look easy.

Sam was somewhat concerned by this crazy behaviour, as usual.

And Miss wanted in on the action.

You're probably going to have to twist faster than that. Everybody's got some good advice.

Probably the time we came closest to a spark.

Those are my toes holding down the cedar log.

We gave a valiant effort, but alas, no homesteads were lit on fire. There was much excitement over the faint smell of burning wood and melting plastic and henceforth the destruction of various implements used in this project. And there were many scorched sticks and blisters to proudly show off in the end.

Easter time = mini time.

The little bunnies I knit following a free pattern from Mochimochi Land. I've added noses. There are a whole lot or variations on Ravelry.

Delicious mini Cadbury creme eggs. Much more appropriately sized then their regular-sized counterparts. And served up in this egg carton packaging.

Little jelly beans again from one of my favourite blogs, Mochimochi Land!

Teeny tiny cream egg from i'm so tiny!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Google main page with super cute panadas!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Canadian Pan.

Found in the sculpture garden at the Haliburton School of the Arts.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Astounding Knits!

I need and want this book about knitting. It's the kind of knitting I want to look at and read about. And then be inspired to make something cool. On Amazon you can look inside!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Drop Spindling.

One of the women in my Wednesday night knitting group makes drop spindles. Last week she gave one to me. I had always thought drop spinning was just a craft I could not catch on to, but it turns out that the spindle I had been using was really unbalanced and difficult to spin with. Since trying out the one she made, I've spun all this.

This was my first 50 g. It's Fleece Artist hand-dyed merino sliver from Nova Scotia. I bought it at Yarn Forward in Ottawa. It broke a lot. And is very thick and thin.

This is my second batch. It's Schoppel-Wolle merino pencil roving from Germany, purchased at All Strung Out in Guelph. It's much more even. The colour changes inside of this one are impressive too.

I'm going to make a large artwork type thing out of all of my handspun wool. I need to think of the best way to show off the fibre and all of my hard work.