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I’m on the Move!

In Miscellaneous on February 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

After much contemplation and a desire to change the feel and look of my blog, I have taken the plunge and created a new blog on Typepad.  For now, this blog will remain as an archive as I refocus and regroup on my new blog.

Come join me!  You can find me here:

http://zenyarngarden.typepad.com

And subscribe to the blog while you’re there – I’ll be having a celebration contest in the coming days and you don’t want to miss it!

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The Letter T

In Miscellaneous on January 27, 2009 at 11:01 am

My good friend Natalie, over at The Yarn Yard had a wonderful post today about the Letter C so I asked her to send me a letter to blog about and here we are – the Letter T….LOL  Now I must list 10 things I like/love that start with the letter T.  If you’d like to participate, leave me a comment and I’ll randomly send along a letter for you to blog with!

Here goes:

1.  Toronto – it’s the largest city here in Canada and I’ve had the pleasure of living there when I first got married and also visiting when I was first being courted by my DH.  It offers anything you could possibly want and more!  The most memorable location for me?  The CN Tower.  Why?  It’s where my DH took me for dinner the first time we met…awwwwwww…and it was so romantic.  Wonderful company, delicious dinner and who would’ve thought we’d have gotten married?  Okay, secretly I knew we had a future even then but I don’t think he knew it!  LOL

2.  Twitter – I just signed up and what a fun little program this is!  It’s an easy stream of consciousness kind of updating blog where you just type about what you are doing throughout the day.  Fun stuff!

3.  Technology – where would we be without it?  My entire day and yarn business revolves around computers, digital cameras, etc.  I remember the days when computers took up an entire room – look how far we’ve come and don’t remind me how old I am!  LOL  

4.  Texture – how would life be without texture around us?  From the knitted item that has a wonderful texture to the yarn that feels oh-so-soft to the feel of your loved one’s cheek – just imagine how life would be without texture in it.  Everything around you possesses this trait – take a look around you and let me know what doesn’t have texture!

5.  Trolley – this word makes me giggle and you’ll never guess why!  My DH was born in Jamaica and their English is very British-based so everytime we go to the grocery store, he always says “get a trolley”.  Well, when I first met him, I looked at him and said “a what?” and he repeated it again “a trolley” and I said “what’s a trolley?” and he said “the thing you push your groceries in” and I said “oh, you mean a shopping cart” and he said “ya, a trolley”…LOL!  Even today I still giggle when he says “trolley”.  You definitely have to love the nuances of the English language – it’s not like he was speaking another language…LOL

6.  Time – because when you are young, you believe you have an infinite supply and when you get older, you learn that time is precious and to live in the moment.  Time has an uncanny ability to heal – do you remember when you broke up with the first love of your life or  your childhood pet passed away?  Remember how sad that time of your life was?  Now that time has passed, how do you feel?  Yes, see!  Time heals.  And when someone says “this too shall pass”what they really mean is that with the passage of time, whatever you are dealing with now will soon be a distant memory.

7.  Tunes – where would life be without a little music in it?  It makes us happy, it makes us nostalgic, it reminds us of a past loved one, it gives us energy.  I listen to tunes everyday…do you?

8.  Trust – it’s the binding word of relationships.  Without it, what do you have?  It’s a powerful word with a lot of meaning!  I like to surround myself with people that I can trust!  It makes life a lot easier.

9.  Theatre – one word I wish I had more time to indulge!  I remember going to the theatre for the very first time and being mesmerized.  Now if I could only talk my DH into going and enriching his life too!  LOL

10.  Talk – it’s what binds us as human beings.  Being able to talk and express our feelings or just to simply find out directions from someone or to just say hello does define our human existence.  Or how about listening to talk radio?  It’s all about listening to the spoken word and enriching our lives with it.  

So there you go!  My 10 T words that I love!  And in the interest of #6, I must get back to my dye pots…LOL  If you want to play along, leave me a comment and I’ll send you a letter to randomly write about!  This was fun!  Have a great day everyone.

A Moment to Brag :)

In Miscellaneous on June 6, 2008 at 12:09 pm

My Dad sent me this morning to show me his progress on his carving and well, let’s just say, I’m proud as punch!  This is his first attempt at colour on wood and wowza!  I had to take a moment to brag for him!  Click to see bigger!  I really wish he’d do more of this – he is so good at it!  I wonder if he’d teach me?  I want to learn this too but working on wood like this is a bit daunting to me…do you think he’d show me if I asked nicely?  After all I am his daughter…LOL

Happy weekend everyone!

Bunny!

In Miscellaneous on May 4, 2008 at 1:11 pm

It’s gotta be Spring!  I found this cute little guy/girl between our house and the neighbour’s and before s/he hopped away, I had to grab a photo and of course, as soon as I got too close, off s/he went!  What a little cute pie.  I hate doing yard work but this little guy made it all worth it today!

Awwwwwwwwwwwww….so cute!  DH said this is the same little guy that left footprints in our yard during the winter which temporarily freaked us out until we realized it must be a bunny…LOL  What a lovely coat…must be ultra-soft!

Single Sock Bowl

In Miscellaneous on March 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm

I do a lot of single sock knitting!  Why?  Because I am my own test knitter – once one colourway is knit up, I’m anxious to see how the next will knit up so as soon as one sock is done, I’m onto another colourway.  So instead of letting one sock sit in my knitting bag, I decided to put them on display!  How cool is this?  Once this bowl is filled up, I will move onto another!  This one will sit in the middle of my dining room table (it has a lid too) and for anyone who decides to peak inside, they are in for a sock treat!  I love this idea…makes me feel better about all these single socks I have!

I Love Trades!

In Miscellaneous on March 9, 2008 at 11:18 am

Why do I love trades so much?  Because I always feel like I’m the winner each time I do them!  Look at this fabulous boxy bag I just got from my fellow SnBer Cathy from ZigZagStitches!  Her bags are adorable, well-made and hold your project with lots of room left over!  Not only that, she has some wonderful fabrics to choose from and hey, I’d love it if you went and supported one of my local girls from my SnB!  I am so loving our meetings!  When I was in Toronto I just never had the time for any SnB meetings but now that I’ve been to two in my local area, I am hooked!  How fun it is to talk knitting and ooh and ahh over everyone’s projects!  I love it!  Life has been busy and I just haven’t had the chance to blog much but I had to tell you all about Cathy’s bags – go get one – you will not be disappointed!! 🙂

Red Roses – So Pretty!

In Miscellaneous on February 16, 2008 at 4:36 pm

They really do speak for themselves don’t they?  

Mr. Zen hasn’t bought me flowers for Valentine’s since before we got married a couple of years ago so I’m marking the occasion this year…LOL!  He’s so not a flower person…but then again, what guy is?  LOL

I waited for the roses to open a bit before posting a photo.  Can you say “awwwwwwwww” with me??  LOL! 

Usually he cooks me a lovely meal for Valentine’s but since we were both busy this year, flowers it was and I won’t complain…flowers are just so pretty!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Sallee’s Bags Rock!

In Miscellaneous, Stash on January 20, 2008 at 1:23 pm

I’m a huge fan of Sallee’s bags from Nana Sadie Rose.  If you haven’t ever tried them, I highly suggest you do!  She has come out with yet another awesome one for sock projects – this one is called Grace and not only does it stand up no problem with 2 skeins of yarn in it but you get two straps on the back so you can sling this one over your shoulders and off you go!  I have been a huge fan of Sallee’s bags for ages – the quality, the inventiveness and the usefulness of all of them…well worth their weight in gold!  I am never disappointed with what Sallee sends me ever.  I have a few of her bags now and love them all!  What’s even cooler is you can custom colour your bag – you will notice that I got the prototype colours that’s on her website but I swear she must’ve made it for me – so my colours and style!

Another wonderful acquisition I made this weekend is a skein of self-striping merino/tencel yarn from Lovesticks Sock Yarn.  If you are looking for self-striping, I suggest you give Katie’s store a visit – lots of yarn base options and lots of self-striping colourways.  Beautiful and since I don’t do self-striping colourways, this is indeed a treat for me! 

Tell her I sent you!  🙂

Happy 2008!

In Miscellaneous on January 1, 2008 at 11:54 am

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Wishing everyone all the best in 2008!

Merry Christmas!

In Miscellaneous on December 25, 2007 at 11:33 am


Wishing everyone a yarn-filled Merry Christmas!