Monday, April 26, 2010


Had a great weekend. Went to the cabin on Friday, the weather was definitely co-operating for some outdoor activities. This is the beachglass that I collected during the weekend from the beach just down from the cabin.

Here are a couple of really nice pieces, a pottery shard with houses on it and a bottle stopper. They are going to make some great jewelry pieces. The Atlantic ocean was very generous this weekend.

I also knit this really soft afghan for a new great-niece. It was knit from Red Heart Baby Clouds and worked up really fast. Two nights and it was done.

And last but not least I just about finished the border on my WIP rug - Rose Medley - now I just have to figure out if I am going to do the background in black or if I will use a lighter. My original plan was the black, but now, I'm not so sure!!!!!
Guess I will have to sleep on this one.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010



Here is a tutorial on how to make my pagekeeps, should anyone wish to make their own.
They make a great gift for readers and cooks also. If you are like me I love to read while I am eating breakfast etc. if I am dining by myself. The pagekeep keeps your book open for handsfree reading.

First make a pattern. The pagekeep is 9 inches long, 1 1/2 inches in the center narrow part and 2 1/2 inches at the widest parts on the ends. Round the ends.
You will need wool, (I use wool that is too thick for rughooking), some scraps of wool yarn, a large eye needle and two round, flat beach rocks, or you can buy some large River stones at a craft store - they should be approx 2 inches in diameter.

Stitch down through the center narrow part to sew two pieces together. You can embroider a design on the end through only one layer of the material.

Blanket stitch down alond the narrow center part and halfway around one end. Insert a beachrock inside the wide end and continue to blanket stitch down the other side and around the other end inserting a beachrock.

And VOILA! you have your finished project. Hope the instructions were clear enough.

Enjoy! Melaine

Friday, April 16, 2010

SNOW DAY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

This was yesterday.........Crocus in Bloom

This is today.............Snow. School cancelled in the morning. 5-10 cm. of snow!

The wind whistled and howled last night and reminded us that Spring may be here on the calendar, but Mother Nature has other ideas entirely. Ironically, I saw my first Robin today. Poor little fellow.

On the up side.... it is a good day for hooking.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Weekend

Spent the weekend at the cabin. Beautiful weather. Gordon and a couple of friends went diving for mussels. Had a great mussel boil with friends and even managed to preserve 5 bottles of mussels in vinegar. Yum!!!!!

The garden is showing a sign of spring and I was so excited when I saw these little gems shining through.

spent some time hooking on my rug. I like how the flowers are looking, but I have to take out some leaves around my pansies (you can't see them on this picture) the green is not right.

And to top off the weekend, I made 17 Pagekeeps. I gave one each to my four sisters for Easter and rest will hang around waiting for homes. I previously made them for my son and daughter and my son's girlfriend and they were a big hit. They are made from recycled wool material. (Usually wool that I have that is too thick for hooking) stitched together with a blanket stitch and have a beachrock in each end for weight. They work great to hold your book open for handsfree reading (ie. reading and eating) or holding your recipe book open. Makes a great little low-cost practical gift.

Keep on hookin' and I hope everyone had a great Easter.