Little bit of everything

I have lots of things to share with you all.  First, a completed project.

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I have a friend at work that is expecting a baby. I will add this to my contributions for her baby shower.

Spring has sprung around here.  I’m loving all the flowers.  Late spring is my favorite time of year.

My sweet 4 legged baby loves spring too.

 

 

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The baby ducks and geese are out now.  So cute!

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And now finally, something Victorian.  Lottie gave me a cabinet card that I want to share with you.  I love the detail on the “lapel”.  I’m thinking beading and embroidery.

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There is quite a bit of writing on the back of the card.

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The clearest bit says…

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Taken in May 1896.

The next clearest bit says…

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With love and best wishes

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Janice(?)

What do you think the name says?

There is more writing on the bottom.

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All I can make out is “…day I am…”

Can you make any of it out?  Sure you can with such blurry photos.

 

 

 

 

 

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Newfie mitts done.

I finished the mate for the mitt I made last week. I used wool left over from a hat I made my son. I plan to give these to him but he may find the pattern a bit “girlie”. If that is the case, I will wear them even though they are a bit too big on me.

Canadian cloud finished

Canadian clouds are a Victorian thing.  They are basically thin shawls or fat scarfs for the head.  Any stitch pattern seems to be what was practiced but it should come across as light and fluffy, like a cloud.  I finished mine.  Well, basically I finished it because I ran out of wool.  I’d really like the thing to be longer…at least 1 ball longer.  Two balls wasn’t enough BUT I think it is good enough.  It will do the trick.  I don’t often costume in the winter so this isn’t a crisis.

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Completed project and progress on goals!

I have spent my New Years Day parked on the couch but I have not been unproductive!  I had dug up a UFO after finishing my last project and I found it was almost done!  Anyone else have this happen?  Only a few hours of work away from finishing a project and then- SCREECH!-motivation vanishes and the work comes to a grinding halt and then sits there, literally for YEARS! I have no idea why this is so for me.  Anyway today I finished a project.  When I started it, I had intended to put it in my friends craft sale and see what happens to it but now that my boys are grown, I may put it in my hope chest.  My “I hope to be a grandma chest”.

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In keeping with my “shrink the UFO pile” goal for this year, I reached into the pile and randomly pulled out a bag.  The bag contains a project that uses double point needles and is based off of a knitted counterpane I have seen in one of the house museums I like to go to. 75

Mine will be in black with some sort of acrylic yarn so not exactly the same and not very Victorian.  Anyway, when I checked the bag, one of the needles had gone missing which led to a clean out of the basket where I keep all my needles.  I didn’t find the needle but apparently I had been given a whole new set of that size when my mom cleaned out her crap so yeah!  The project is back on track, the needle basket is cleaned out and my new year is on track for working on the UFO pile and cleaning out the storage areas in my house.

 

Annual tradition: a look back at completed projects

Every time I have done one of these, I have been amazed at how much I have accomplished.  Not so much this year.  Unless you count all the coloring I have done…which I don’t.  Though coloring is fun and is a creative outlet, I perhaps should ease up on that a bit this year in favor of producing more useful items.

Most of my accomplishment seem to be in the knitting and crochet genre.

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I made one purse but hated the way it hung so I went out a bought a purse and now use the one I made as a project bag.

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The one costume I made was Olive.  Olive and I may see ourselves this summer in a movie about the Winnipeg General Strike.

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Okay, Wanda!  Less coloring and more creating in 2019!  Especially, once my job hours get reduced!  No excuses!