Sunday, January 31, 2010

They're Home

The boys are finally home from hockey at 530 a.m. after having the bus break down on the side of the 400 for over 2 hours. Travis sprained his ankle five minutes into the game so was not a good night all around. He'll tape it up and be back on skates before we know it. Loves the game!
They have just now gone to bed so I will knit on my second Noro sock and perhaps go into the store later to sew on the Shop Hop Quilt. It's nice when the phones aren't ringing and I'm not getting up and down to wait on customers and can actually sew without making mistakes because I forgot where I was. I got caught ripping something out the other day with the rotary cutter and Cecile just about went balistic when she saw me. I'll have to be careful not to get caught next time.
It is slightly quieter in our neighbourhood this weekend as Canada Blast doesn't seem to be running as many reefers. This has been a bone of contention with our neighbourhood as they are doing outside storage and running reefers from Friday night until Sunday sometime when they are picked up. We had over 22 neighbours at the city hall meeting the other night and I think everyone is going to apply for a reduction in taxes. One thing I know for sure , this has been going on for over three years and we have contacted ever member of parliament, environment representative and if you think something can be done, thing again. Wow! Who would have thought. We aren't going down easy as a neighbourhood that's for sure. I was surprised that the men were far more vocal at the meeting than anyone. Good for them.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday nights alright

Another day done and the knitters, quilters and stitchers were out in full force.
We are knitting helmet liners for the troops and our knitters and well as those in the surrounding area are rising to the challenge. 4000 is the goal so we have sent it out to any and all knitting guilds that we know of as well as other stores in the area and beyond.
A SARTECH's wife mentioned that they only wear orange so why not. We now have some knitting in the brightest orange I could find.
The hottest thing lately is the two ball Marble Chunky shrug. I have to admit it's easy and quick and the knitters love that. Make it, wear it and move on to the next project. It is a nice, soft, cosy little shrug that would be nice for hospitals and nursing homes or anyone who is bedridden and needs a little extra warmth.
I have just finished knitting one sock( yes, I know I have to many single socks) out of the Noro sock yarn. Now, I wasn't sure I was going to like working with it because it is a soft twist and very fine but I was surprised at how fast it worked up and there was only one time that I pulled a little to tightly and broke the yarn. Not to worry, I felted it back together quite quickly.
I've been sewing on our Shop Hop Quilt all day today when I didn't have customers. It's coming together quite nicely and we are doing a scrappy one again so that you can use all your stash up.
This is the year for using up. The whole world is doing without and we're sitting on tons of fabric and yarn, besides if I don't make you use it up you just feel guilty and can't possibly buy another thing. There is a method to the madness.
I've sent three of my scrappy quilts out to the quilter and I was amazed at how much space I freed up in my storeroom. I felt quite happy (and relieved) to see them go.
Hubby and son are out of town playing hockey and I though I might catch a hockey game downtown at the rink. I think I have been in the arena to much if I'm now going to watch someone elses kids play.