Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Spare Time

Spare time, who has that anymore?  I try not to over schedule our lives.  Ella does one activity during the fall/winter and nothing over the summer.  Our lives are busy enough with day-to-day life.
What do you do to relax?  I like to knit.  I do other forms of handwork like smocking, tatting and embroidering, but knitting is my hobby of the moment.   I've been working on some Christmas presents and I plan on getting them done way before Christmas.  I hate trying to finish projects at the last-minute.  I get most of my knitting done in the evening while watching tv with Colin.  I've always been one to do handwork while watching tv, I just can't sit and do nothing.  My hands always like to be busy.  That was the one good thing when I worked in Toronto.  I had a 2 hour commute (GO Train and Go Bus) and had plenty of time to get stuff done.

I thought I'd share a few of the things I've been working on.  I love making socks, there are so  many beautiful sock wools out there.  Sigh, so much wool, so little time  :)   This beautiful scarf is made out of an Italian wool.  It is 80% wool and 20% cashmere.  It feels beautiful.  I used some Russian lace patterns and made a Moebius scarf.   It's an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern.  I love her books/ideas.  She has a very chatty style that feels like you're hanging out with a friend.

This is how Ella spends her spare time.  Drawing in her tent.  The living room finally got tidied up enough for me to build her a tent.

This is Ella's Drumstick.  His new home  is Ella's bug catcher.  It's likely the only use it will get, she doesn't like bugs.  Takes after her Momma.


Diann said...

You do such a nice job on the socks and scarf! Beautiful!
I like Ella's "tent". That's always a fun thing for kids. They feel like they have their own little hide-out.

Paula said...

Thanks, socks are fun and the scarf was easy. Ella even ate supper in her 'tent' last night.

Kimberly said...

This week has been all about getting spaces tidyed and ready for creating! Knitting/embroidery work is so great as they go anywhere easily. The scrap desk was the focus yesterday and it's now clean and ready for scrapping- next the sewing areas, the plan is to get some projects cut out and ready- I'm not waiting around for Oct-Nov to make my Christmas gifts either this year! I think I have a post to write!!!