Thursday, December 31, 2015

Explore 2016

Where less will be more.


Last year I decided to continue with the theme of Explore. We finished renovating the house in Ashcroft, purged a lot of our belongings, sold the house without listing it, and moved to Kamloops on July 1. The Spousal Unit had to start chemotherapy for his cancer in the fall. Explore 2015 went out the window quite quickly due to all of this. It was quite the year and one we hope not to repeat for a few years.


I will continue to explore again this year with the theme of less is more. Though we purged, we still have too much in certain areas of the house. It needs to be dealt with as we redo each room in the house. Plans will be made and they can be broken or unplanned if necessary.


Lifestyle will be the forefront once again. As we age, we need to take care of ourselves.
  • Exercise - I walk a good distance most days at work and lift bolts of fabric on a daily basis. I want to get out and walk the River Trail three times a week and then begin my running program again.
  • Eating healthy with a once a week treat. Loose weight. I need to keep the stress levels down.
  • Support the Spousal Unit who continues undergoing chemo treatment. He should be done in February and will need time to regain his strength.
  • Update the upstairs of the house one room at a time. Take my time and not set a deadline.


It was a dry year for sewing in 2015. I was fine with that until late October. The closer I got to upgrading the sewing room, the more I wanted to sew. I allowed myself to sew some Christmas gifts to fill the void. Now, I want to:
  • Watch Craftsy classes and start building slopers for myself. I see this as the best way to get good fitting patterns.  
  • Sew the stash up either for myself or give away some of the fabric I don't want. I have a lot of fabric I love, some I don't and a few pieces that are iffy. I do know some of the fabric will be used when I make slopers and will more than likely be trashed.
  • Build a wardrobe of simple clothing items. This is beginning to look interesting. Working in a fabric store allows me to sew clothing to display and promote fabrics in the store once a month. As I look at what I want to make, I see a style emerging thanks to a few blogs I read and what other employees wear in the store. I see leggings/slim pants in Ponte and other stretch fabric so I can bend and move easier. I also am seeing longer tops in knits and crepes and maybe items in fleece, boiled wool and a lovely faux suede. Maybe I will get a 6 PAC made.
  • Make the Spousal Unit shirts. I have a lot of fabric on hand for him and he needs a lot more shirts in the closet.


  • Start a new course to stretch my knitting. Basics, Basics, Basics or Taming Your Tension from The Knitting Guild Association.
  • Finish knitting the yarn for charity.
  • Start knitting for myself - socks, hats, scarves, mittens and a sweater
  • Knit for Grandson, Daughter, Daughter-in-Law


  • Work on photo albums.
  • Use up the craft/quilting cotton. Begin Christmas Once A Month and make several of the same items out of cottons until that stash is used up. Sell those items at a craft bazaar.
This year I plan on continuing the purging to have the More Is Less theme in our house. It seems to get easier with time. What is left requires me to be more creative in my thought process but ideas do come to me on what to do.

Welcome 2016

Bring on What You Have In Store For Me

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Great Experiences

The weather has been cool but not cold. We are experiencing warmer than normal minimum temperatures and normal maximum temperatures. We are enjoying that a lot. It did snow up in the mountains but nothing down at our level.


I worked 7.5 hours on Dec. 28. I was asked to stay to close so I could help set up tables. We moved full tables and refilled other tables with bolts of fabric. It was tiring but fun.
While I was at work and the Spousal Unit was sleeping, family was skiing at Sun Peaks. They did enjoy their day up there.
The videos showed that Grandson did well on skis.
We headed out to Sun Peaks again yesterday for dog sledding. After getting the ticket to go and having lunch, we headed up to the parking area to wait. Grandson played in the 12 foot high snow banks from plowing the parking lot.
Then a lady came into the parking lot to pick up the six riders. She brought a sled puppy named King to socialize with people.

 We walked down to where the dogs are kept and got to meet the musher for the sled Grandson and Daughter-in-Law were riding in.

Chris, the musher was fabulous and took us to meet the dogs.
When the sleds were prepared for people to get in, the dogs started to bark and howl. They were ready to be hooked up and run. Usually they put 8 dogs on a sled but this sled got 10 dogs for this run. A very special treat.

And they were off.............
Grandson got to be a mini musher and had a ball according to him and mom.
He helped Chris mush most of the trail. What an experience to have.
At the end of the run, this dog said it all.
The dogs were fed chunks of fat and a thick chicken soup for a job well done. The comment made was by Grandson that when they come back someone wants to ski and dog sled again.


There is lots to do around to prepare for a family to head home the next morning. We are certainly going to miss them. We will be out for a hair cut, ship parcels, and get a few things. The afternoon is to start a memory book of this Christmas.

Until the next time.........................

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Plaid Meets Lace Infinity Scarf

Yesterday was warm but cloudy.  The high got to 6.7C or 44F. Though it was cloudy, we saw only a trace of precipitation. I do believe there was a skiff of snow up higher on the hills.


The Spousal Unit’s abscess is healing nicely. He now goes every three days to be checked. He is feeling so much better. Hungry and more energy. Just in time to have it kicked out of him again. He has chemo again this week.

We had two young ladies look at the suite yesterday morning. They commented it was the nicest one they had viewed. They will let us know if they will take it. I have let another person know it is available and she is looking on Wednesday.

After they left, we hauled items upstairs from the one bedroom and kitchen and I got them cleaned. Baseboards dusted and floors washed. The Spousal Unit levelled the fridge. We are moving forward to getting the unit cleaned and ourselves unpacked.

We changed the light bulb in the basement stair well as it burnt out. The bulb was black and we wonder if it was bought black or if it turned black as it aged. The stair well is really bright now. Hmmmmm, I see dirt I didn’t see before.


I made a scarf today. It is an easy sew. The pattern is Fifteen Minute Plaid and Lace Scarf and was quite easy to make. Thank you to the customer who told me about this scarf. It is a beauty.

Materials Required:

Half a meter of the two plaids (that is about 20” so you can cut on plaid lines) I used a 60” wide fabric that is a brushed cotton but you could use flannel that is 45” wide.

Half meter a of crochet look lace; one wide width and one narrow.



I took the time to cut the plaids 18” wide on the plaid lines. If using 60” wide fabric, cut the large plaid 45” and the small plaid 36” long. On 45” wide flannel, cut one the width of the fabric less the selvage edges and the other 36” long.

Pin the two pieces together at the short ends making sure the end are even.


Sew together with a half inch seam and press the seam to one side.


Pin the wide with lace onto the scarf making sure that the bottom end of the lace covers the seam. Stitch in place top and bottom.


Next fold the scarf in half so it is long and narrow. Take the time to match the plaids at the seam for a professional look. Pin in place and sew with a half inch seam. Press the seam open. Trim the excess lace away. Turn to the right side.

Turn under a good half inch on the small check end. Lining up the seams on both the open ends, put the folded end on top of the large plaid to make a seam. Pin it in place using a line on the large plaid as a guide.

Turn under one end of the narrow lace and place it on top of the seam. Slowly stitch down the center of the lace making sure you have a tube as you go around. Flip the lace up onto the sewing machine when you need to pin more of the tube in place. Work slowly until you are about 5” from the end (or is it the beginning).


When you have reached the spot where you can’t go any further, hand stitched the ends together and then hand stitch the lace down in place making sure to turn under the end and sew the ends together. Be careful not to sew the tube together. I did it in one place and had to pull it out.

It took me a bit of time to get the scarf looking great. I did make a figure 8 and then worked at it to look as nice as the picture of on the blog.


I was about an hour doing this scarf only because I fussy cut the plaid and took my time to get the plaids to match at the long seam. A great gift or craft bazaar item. It cost me $15.00 for the supplies and I think it is worth $30.00 - 35.00 at a bazaar. Note: the response I got on Facebook makes me wonder what those people would pay for this scarf.


I continue to knit on the scarf and am now knitting one pattern set of 11 rows every night. Last night I did 2 sets as I work late on Thursday night. I won’t get it finished before Christmas so will be finishing it up in January.


Today, we head out for the Spousal Unit to give blood for pre-chemo numbers. We will shop to get some basics and then home. I work from 12:00 to 5:00. Tonight I have to knit another 11 rows on the scarf. I doubt if anything will come up from the basement though I should unpack a box that is already upstairs. It is going to turn into a time thing.

Until tomorrow……………………….