Curling Win!

A big chunk of my winter is always spent in curling clubs.  Great exercise, great social times, and great fun!

This past weekend we participated in the Dr. Jack and Mary McQuay Memorial Mixed Bonspiel in Mindemoya and we won!  Last year we were in the finals, but didn’t manage to bring home the trophy, so this year was extra special.

I’ve also managed to finish another pair of mittens and add to the offerings for Canada’s 150th celebrations.  These are easy and quick mittens to knit with a very subtle maple leaf on the back of the hand.

The pattern is available in the shop – here – and also on Ravelry.  The samples were knit with our own Double Down in a specially dyed Canada Red and there will be more of it available in the shop soon.

Winter Sports

Winter is upon us and that means our local bonspiel season is upon us.  There are five curling clubs on our small island!  That’s a lot of curling for a small population.

Our first ladies’ bonspiel weekend was this past weekend and although there weren’t any prizes for us this time, we had a wonderful time.

My new winter sport addiction is quickly becoming cross country skiing.  I purchased skis, boots, and poles in Ottawa during our Christmas holiday and am slowly learning how to stay standing!

The first few days were a trial!  I was so sore.  Too many new muscles being used!  And, I fell.  A lot.  But, now I’m standing mostly all of the time and can actually go a fair distance without playing out.  Getter better and better.  I’m loving it.  It’s so much fun to go places in the bush and fields that we couldn’t go before because the snow was too deep for me.  It’s never too deep for Dusty!  He’ll go anywhere!

I’ve also been dyeing fairly steadily since Christmas break.  Trying to replenish stock from summer and Christmas markets is taking time!  And, I have two new knitting patterns almost ready to list for sale.  Almost.  Coming soon!  In between curling and skiing!

One Month

One month until Christmas.  Where has the time gone?  We’ve been in our new home for seven months now.  Hard to believe.  And, soon it will be Christmas.  I started looking through the bins of Christmas decorations this week and although I got rid of many of them before we moved, I now realize there’s more to go.  Just too much stuff!  Still!

We’ve been to two local Christmas markets so far and two more to go.  The mobile trailer/shop is working well and for the markets so far, we’ve had decent weather.  I hope that holds for the next two.  Cold is manageable – long underwear and wool sweaters!  I just hope we don’t have rain or heavy snow for the next ones.  Even with weather concerns, it sure beats hauling and carrying everything inside to a small table.

I’ve been busy making new items for our next market.  One more special Christmas knitted item to offer!  I can’t help myself!  They’re small and quick and absolutely adorable.

Mini-hats and scarves to adorn that special bottle of wine!

Wine Bottle Toppers

There are loads of free patterns for these but once I got started, I realized the variations are endless.  No two the same suits me just fine.  As a knitter, I get to use up scraps of bits of yarn, experiment with different stitch patterns, and have a finished product in no time.  Perfect.

Now, we’ll see if they sell!

 

Market Season

The Christmas market season is underway.  We had our first last weekend in the most beautiful weather.  It wasn’t weather for really getting folks in the Christmas shopping spirit, but it was great for us being outside with the mobile shop.

Gore Bay Christmas Market - 2016

The Julekuler Christmas balls were a hit.  They sold even better than last year so I’m madly making more!  For me, they are a fairly quick knit and since I don’t sell finished knits, these are the one special item for Christmas that I’ll continue to do.

Julekuler - 2016

The cone trees sales were slow.  Not sure why?  I’d had visitors to the shop at home last week and sold two before they even got to market so I was expecting they would go.  I can just never predict what will be popular.

Cone Trees - 2016

The yarn and knitting kits continued to sell well and that’s the important part.  The Christmas table outside is extra and as long as the yarn itself continues to be the majority of my sales, we will continue to do local markets.  So far, so good.

Our next market is in a week and a half and so the preparations continue.  As well, curling starts this week!  Already!  Never a dull moment!

It’s Coming

Feels like winter is coming.  We’ve had below 0 Celsius temperatures and the ground was covered in a heavy frost this morning.  We haven’t had our heat on until these past few days.  With such a small and well insulated house, the sun and using the stove for meals have been more than enough to keep us warm.  But, it’s time.  Winter is coming!

I’ve been knitting hats.  Lots of hats.  Three so far and another one on the needles.  All are with our own Double Down yarn and my own pattern.  The patterns aren’t quite ready for the shop yet, but that’s coming, too!

The first was with our Heritage self-striping yarn.  It’s hand dyed specifically for socks, but surprise, surprise!, it works very well for a tuque as well.

heritage-tuque-completed

The second is just plain.  This one is the Watermelon Red colourway.

watermelon-red-tuque-completed

And the third is in preparations for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.  I’m happy with the maple leaf, but am going to re-do this one with slightly different spacing between the leaf and the lettering and maybe a bit more slouchy!

canada-150-tuque-b canada-150-tuque-c canada-150-tuque-a

Our first Christmas market is next week so I’m madly getting ready for that the next few days.  There will be lots of new Christmasy stuff as well as our usual yarns, soaps, and salves.