Hello Again and a Knit

It's been so long, very long, since I've blogged.  Since New Years Day 2012 actually when I planned to take a blogging break.  At the time I had no intention of it being away for more than one season.   The past couple years have been filled with ups and downs. happy and sad, growing and changing.  And now it's seeing the return for my urge to blog.  Hello, again.  I wonder if there may be someone that visits, I'd appreciate a comment to let me know if you've enjoyed (or not) what I'm sharing again?

The social network of Knit Bloggers has taken a dramatic drop in popularity, yet there's a giant increase in fiber facsination.  Summarized beautifully by Sarah Swett, Fiber Artist, "Make stuff.  Stay home.  Draw. Dress locally.  Hand wash. Learn to darn."  For me, taking yarn and needles and creating something useful, beautiful, artistic and functional is greatly satisfying.  Sustainable living, growing food, cooking and eating well at home, reducing our carbon footprint are all embraced by knitters and crafters with natural fibers.  In this high tech world, the creative arts are gaining in appreciation and participation.

A quick update of the past few years here at Casa del Koch:  Don and I are now married 26 years and our kids are adults, Ryan now 23 and Nicole 20.  We still have our Standard Poodles and but I'm sad to say we had to sell our horses January 2014.  My mom passed away last January and with that grief I lost the desire to knit, quilt, spin or create.  Things I've done for most of my life.  An outing to The Knitters Fair in September brought it back.  My mojo.  The need and want to play with sticks and string, to indulge in all things wool and fiber.  I plan to share my knitting, a bit of whatever I'm crafting, photographing and some recipes along with events and adventures that inspire me here again on my blog.  A place to also journal the following of my dreams.  Welcome, if you're reading this.

And the knit?  MIRA:  a simple project in lucious yarn.  2 skeins of Classic Elite "Vail" in soft gray from their Mountain Top Collection.  It's a light fingering weight yarn, 70% alpaca for softness giving it a slight halo, 30% bamboo viscose gives it a beautiful luster and drape.  The yarn looks like it might be splitty, but it wasn't and behaved beautifully round knit on 5.5mm 24" Addi Turbos.  This cowl pattern available free on Ravelry.  I tweaked it a tiny bit by adding a small picot on the cast off edge with clear 6mm beads.

It can be worn wrapped around your neck twice or draped like a shawl.  Images in this post show the cowl before blocking.  With the season now into autumn, my most favourite, this knit will see a lot of wear.  It would make a wonderful Christmas gift.   A helpful video tutorial on the cast off picot edge is available here by Wendy McDonnell aka Yarn Fairy.

I love the look of layering knits over knits.  The cardi is from Mark's Work Wearhouse, picked up during my months of non-knitting.  

Thank you for visiting.  Be well, tell those you love that you love them and have a great day.  Renee


HAPPY 2012

Beauty.. Freshness.. Dreams.. Truth.. Imagination.. Feeling.. Faith.. Trust..
This is begining of a new year! 

Was your 2011 wonderful?  We had a good, busy year. 

It's with optimism and a smile that I look forward to 2012 and reflect on 2011.  The next few months will be cold and wintery here in Ontario, a good time to buckle down to finish projects and start new ones.  With that in mind I'm going to take a planned winter break from blogging.  I'll return in spring, hopefully with projects to share and more time to spend blogging myself.  I plan to keep visiting all my friends in the blogosphere and enjoy your wonderful posts.   Stop in to say hi on Flickr if you're so inclined.  See you back here when the daffodils bloom! 

May 2012 will be all you wish for and more.  Live, love and laugh much, tell those you care about you love them and find happiness in your day.  Renee 


you may live in Canada, if...

Sharing a little Jeff Foxworthy whimsy as we head into winter.  Here's what Mr. Foxworthy has to say about Canadians, during a recent appearance at Caesars in Windsor :
If someone in a Home Depot store Offers you assistance and they don't work there, You may live in Canada.
If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, You may live in Canada.
If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation With someone who dialed a wrong number,........................... You may live in Canada.
If 'Vacation' means going anywhere South of Detroit for the weekend, You may live in Canada.
If you measure distance in hours, You may live in Canada.
If you know several people Who have hit a deer more than once, You may live in Canada.
If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' In the same day and back again, You may live in Canada.
If you can drive 90 km/hr through 2 feet of snow During a raging blizzard without flinching, You may live in Canada.
If you install security lights on your house and garage, But leave both unlocked, You may live in Canada.
If you carry jumper cables in your car And your wife knows how to use them, You may live in Canada.
If you design your kid's Halloween costume To fit over a snowsuit, You may live in Canada.
If the speed limit on the highway is 80 km -- You're going 95 and everybody is passing you, You may live in Canada.
If driving is better in the winter Because the potholes are filled with snow, You may live in Canada.
If you know all 4 seasons: Almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, You may live in Canada.
If you have more miles On your snow blower than your car, You may live in Canada.
If you find -2 degrees 'a little chilly', You may live in Canada.
If you actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all your friends, you definitely are Canadian and proud to be ♥ ♥ ♥



A little sunshine in our back yard.

And the last of the tomato harvest.  
May your day be sunny and bright! 


mani pedi

Nicole and I had some spa fun this afternoon to start our Labour Day weekend.  Mom and daugher mani-pedi - what fun!  Yeah, that's gray polish on my toes...  It's really taupe-brown-ish, kinda...  gray.

Hard to believe it's already the last weekend of the summer.  We're in the midst of a crazy heat wave that blew in with severe storms.  The high today saw a humidex of 41C (105F).  Crazy is the only word for it.  Tomorrow and Sunday are more of the same with a huge drop for Labour Day Monday to only reach 16C (61F).  A tornado touched down last week about 5km from us in Cambridge, damage was limited but Goderich was not so lucky.  Hoping any of you in or near tornado areas are safe and well.  We are Not a tornado area, normally.  It's really unusual for us to have really severe storms - winter excepted.  This summer has brought a lot of strange stuff.

In hopes of cooler temps, I cast on a little something for myself to ease back in to knitting.  Toast!  How do I love thee??  Finally a pair for me.  Knit in Cascade Heathers "Oatmeal".  I can't wait to wear them.  Soon, soon, very soon - I hope.  Autumn is my favourite time of the year. 

Happy September everyone!  Be well and enjoy a lovely long weekend!

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