Salt and Pepper, Newfoundland Hat

My mother used to make these hats many moons ago. I tried everywhere to find the pattern that most resembled my mother’s Pattern, as she was gone and no one knew where any of her patterns were. Hindsight is 20/20 I guess. I should have worked with her to get her patterns but we all think that our Mothers will live forever. I made it my mission to find this pattern. Well after hours of looking online I finally turned to Facebook with a plea. It only took me 1/2 hour to find the pattern once my post went out. AND!!!!  it was my mother’s original pattern that she had given to her friend once she could not knit anymore.. How cool was that!!!!.. My sister picked it up and mailed to me. I scanned it and I plan to put the original in a frame and hang it on my studio wall. Well last month a gentleman contacted me to see if I would make this hat for him. He had found the pictures and a write up about my mothers pattern. I agreed and made it for him and shipped it out. Wow. What a time I had trying to decipher the hand written pattern. It was trial and error as I was working on it and I was writing it out as I went in terms I could understand. I finally finished it, had the pattern written up in my template and figured.. why not allow other people to make their own hats.. sure.. yup..

So I now have the pattern available to download HERE

I have it on my website along with a lot other patterns from my mothers collection as well as my own designs. Grab a cup of tea and slip on over to browse my patterns.

Here is the gentleman’s testimonial:

*** posted By Dave:

Maureen,I am running late on everything sorry.I received the hat last Friday,WOW.What a hat ,fantastic ,A-plus, the best quality, very warm. .Must I say more?

I found you and your hats by googling Newfoundland hats on the web.You may wonder how a guy from Pennsylvania USA knew about Newfoundland hats.After retiring from Verizon (40 years) I started driving a school bus part time.I picked up a new child in the beginning of the school year.His dad was a new teacher for Lasalle High School.And he was from Newfoundland. Come fall the child had on this really neat hat.I asked what kind of hat was it.He told me his grandmother made it and it was a salt and pepper Newfoundland hat.I went on eBay that night and bough a salt and pepper one from Saint John Newfoundland.

So there’s the story. Thanks again for the terrific hat..***

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Organizing Day 2 (Marie Kondo Inspired)

I took a day off from the last organization day. It was a storm day here because of the road conditions so I spent the day with my better half, talking/golfing/catching up on recorded shows.

So today I got back at it. I decided to hit my shelves in my closet. They were not always shelves. there were 5 drawers in this built in unit. I was forever stuffing items into the drawers and was never able to fully see what was in there. So last year I removed the 3 drawers and cut three pieces of wood to serve as shelves. It worked, but once again I started stuffing clean clothes in there and now my rescued cat has decided she likes jumping up and crawling behind the clothes. ugh.. most times she not so gracefully knocks the clothes on the floor so I needed to figure out what to use. In my studio I had two plastic storage units. After purging that room one of the units was sitting empty but I didn’t have the heart just to toss it out or give it away. Brain storm!!  I checked the measurements and YES! the individual drawers slide in perfect. I got to work emptying the shelves onto the bed sort/ toss/ keep/repeat. Seeing that I did a full purge last summer I didn’t have much to toss.. so here are the pictures of my work today

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oh my what a hot mess!

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This is the plastic drawer that I got from the unit in my studio.

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Tshirts are sorted and rolled and now in the plastic drawer.. I still can’t believe how well that drawer fit into the space I had.

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So when it was all said and done I have my jeans/pants on the top shelf, polo shirts on the middle shelf and tshirts on the bottom shelf. I will for sure be bringing in other plastic drawers from my studio to put the jeans and polo shirts in.

yay.. now the cat can try all she likes and she will not be able to dump my clothes on the floor.

 

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All I have left to do is stack my sweatshirts on the grey shelf and I am done with my side of the closet.

disclaimer:  I had one tshirt that I kept. yes it was old, yes it held sentimental value and yes I wear it at least 3 times a month. I didn’t realize that I had worn it that much until my better half brought it to my attention that it hadn’t been in the wash for a couple of weeks. Seriously?. So I got to thinking, ok, we went to arizona I think it was 2002 or 2003. We got to go see the cubs and white soxs in their spring training venue. I was beyond giddy and came out of there with one serious sunburn, hahaha. But I had gone to the shop and picked up an Arizona tshirt. To say the least it was my favorite shirt to put on. And to this day I still have it and now wear it when I am doing yardwork, painting or working in my studio. It has a few little holes in it but shoot, who cares when you use it as a workshirt

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Looks almost new right? I am sure I will be threatened with being buried in it..hahahaha

Again I feel pretty good about getting this done. It was way overdue (embarrassingly so)

And on that note have a great weekend, stay warm, stay safe, think warm thoughts of spring, flowers and butterflies. Soon.

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Day 1 of Marie Kondo organizing

This has been a pretty productive day for me. Usually I spend the morning catching up on recorded shows and drinking hot tea but I decided since it was garbage day I would go upstairs and clean my dresser. I planned to organize #mariekondo and get an early start on my spring cleaning. The weather is pretty nasty out there this morning with snow falling right now and it will soon be changing to rain, so you know what that means. Yup.. idiots not driving sensible on the roads.

So I went up and got started. Drawer #1 was a hot mess with things just shoved in and a pile on the dresser ready to join that hot mess. In I go, grabbing everything and dumping it on the bed. I then got a shoe box and cut the lid off , turned the lid over and made a small shelf in front of the shoe box. Sort/roll/set in box/repeat.

Drawer #2 was socks.. Dump on the bed sort/roll/set in box/repeat. This was really good as I was finding matches to socks I had totally forgotten about.

Drawer #3 was the sock overload drawer. Seriously did I need these many socks!!!!!. I think NOT. I started making a pile of socks that I for sure knew I was never going to put on my feet. This pile will be delivered to the shelter downtown when it is all said and done.

Drawer #4.. well… not sure about that drawer it just looked like I was throwing stuff in there just because. There was no rhyme or reason or category for the items in that drawer. So I designated it. unopened panties and stuff I might use this year, maybe,, kinda.

so below are the before and after pictures of my dresser. I am pretty pleased with it and how straightened up it is. I tossed out things that needed to be tossed. While I was at it I cleaned out the top drawer of my nightstand. wow.. why did I keep so many pieces of paper and receipts?  It is all a mystery to me. Now the big question. How long will this last?.. hahahahaha

top drawer before and after

This is the top drawer. underwear rolled and bras nicely folded and in a line and camisoles neatly folded and behind the underwear.

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second drawer. shoe box on the right with the shelf part in front for the lighter weight frequently used socks

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Third drawer has another shoe box on the left with the cover in front of it to hold the lighter weight, not so frequently used socks.

bottom drawer before and after

bottom drawer well.. the picture pretty well describes itself.

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Pile of socks that will be going to the shelter the next time I go out.

Tomorrow I will hit the shelves and two drawers in my closet and get those done. I have decided to reuse and recycle something from my studio. I have a three drawer plastic cabinet (actually 2 of them) and I have decided to use the pull out drawers to put in my closet to put my tshirts in. As you can see below it is a clear drawer so I can just take it out and find what shirt I want and now the cat (Lady Fluffington) will not knock all my tshirts on the floor when she decides to climb onto the shelf.

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I will take the before and after shots of the closet once I get started tomorrow. This plastic drawer will fit perfectly on the shelf. How cool is that, that I am able to reuse/recycle something that is taking up space in my studio.

So that is all for today. I am done with the organizing (need to pace myself…hahahahaha)

Time for lunch and hot tea. hmmm what to have?

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Holiday stress

“Our happiness often relies on contrast; we have to experience negative things in life, in order to really appreciate true gratitude and what is meant to be. I have learned so much from pain”~~~

That was in a blog post I read this morning and it was like a light bulb moment for me!

Even though this is the holiday season, a lot of people, including myself to a certain point, tend to slip into loneliness, rejection and unhappiness. That is in no way projecting fault or blame on the people who are presently in your life, it is just that memories, good and not so good tend to creep into your psyche when you least expect it. We go on day by day *happy happy joy joy*   while inside we are dreading the holidays. We avoid parties and crowds in fear that people will see that loneliness and unhappiness and honestly it is exhausting keeping up that false front all the time.  We hide away while we should really be going out of our comfort zone and mingling. We are afraid that people will judge us because we are not the “OMG it is the best season ever” type of person.

These difficult times over the years should have made me stronger, a little bit more fearless and forgiving (I am still working on the forgiving part of it). But through the years I carried all this on my shoulders wondering. “What have I done?  Why does this happen?” “Am I supposed to be learning something from all this?”  I can’t think of a better time in my life than where I am right now, although a lot of sharp burrs keep hitting me from every direction. I am tired of dodging and ducking to avoid them hitting me. Recently I have had a day that gob smacked me and set me back to a place I really don’t want to be anymore. Sometimes you just try too hard and that never works out in the long run if you are the only person doing the work.

A wise person once said that “Letting go is much easier than hanging on”.  I think I get that now, when hanging on kills you inside. Again the trying too hard thing comes into the forefront in BOLD FONT.  So here is a little word of advice. Just remember that if you are having a difficult time in your life, reach out to someone, and don’t shut yourself away because imaginary scenarios will overtake your common sense. Difficult times will only remain if you choose to hold on to them. They will burn into you until you lash out and hurt someone that has always been on your side through thick and thin. Words can be easily said but impossible to take back once they are out there.

So the letting go part of my life has begun and not as a New Year’s resolution by any means. Do this with me, for yourself and your own well being as a lifelong endeavor from this point onward.  It is something that all of us should do to gain peace and to let you concentrate on the great things you have going on in your life right now. This letting go will not kill you or change you in any way, it will only free up your soul to begin to live a life of acceptance of all things we cannot change. We cannot carry everyone else’s burdens on our shoulders for the rest of our lives without those burdens affecting us in some way.

Shake them off !

I for one am trying and will learn to let go (eventually this will fully happen). I must be honest though that I am not entirely comfortable with all of this. I am determined not to let the negative unhappy stuff dictate the rest of my life. You have to embrace life, hold your loved ones close because tomorrow is never promised.

You are not your * brother’s keeper* so to speak, especially if the door doesn’t swing both ways. You are not responsible for anyone else’s life except your own. You need to be a little selfish and take care of YOU.

*Breath deep and seek peace*

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my Kefir journey Day 1 million ?

Well UGH!!!!  this has been a learning experience to say the least.  Kitchen messes exploding kefir milk on the cupboards, new blender that was not sealed properly so when I removed it from the base the kefir poured onto the stove and cupboard. Yes.. the air was blue and I was ready to give up but I walked away after everything was cleaned up again, sat in the tv room,, relaxed and then said.. nope this battle between myself and the kefir is not going to break me. I will win over this foolishness because it it a healthy alternative for us!!!!..

 

So this morning I carefully tip toed into the kitchen.. on the stealth kefir attack.. I figured if I snuck in and did my thing it would not get the better of me.. right?  Well I got it strained and put into a jar, put said jar in the fridge and set some more kefir to ferment on the counter. All good so far.. Cleaned up the items I used and then decided to make a smoothie.. hey why not.

So I got the blender (made sure the bottom was secured on tightly to the container) added 1 cup of kefir milk, 1/2 banana, a handful of blueberries and about 1/2 tsp of organic honey.. whirred it up and poured it into a mug. Ok I have to say that it is awesomely delicious. The only thing was, the kefir milk hadn’t had a chance to get cold so next time I will wait a couple of hours before making a smoothie.  I plan to alternate the yogurt on one day and the next day have a smoothie. Only time will tell how all this healthy lifestyle will work out.

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On that note today is recovery Monday as we so affectionately call it. Warrior weekends are always followed by Recovery Mondays.. So off I go to work quietly on a new pattern design and maybe watch a movie through my eyelids.

 

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My Kefir Journey- Day One-EDITED

Well I was always one not to jump on the healthy kick bandwagon and jumping on the next new thing on the internet… nope not me. But after hearing about kefir from a friend I figured I would give it a shot. You see, we eat 3 containers of Greek yogurt every week and we pay $5 a container from Walmart. I have it every breakfast with bran buds and blueberries on top. That is my typical breakfast with a cup of coffee. It provides me with food in my stomach so I can take my daily medications.

So yesterday our friend dropped off some kefir grains to us to get us started. They were in a Ziploc baggie.. about a couple of table spoons of it. I poured them into a glass dish, added milk and now it is sitting on my counter for a day. It is like watching clothes in a dryer at this point, and I figured I can’t sit all day and stare at the jar.. right?  So I got my 5 pound box of blueberries vacuum sealed and put in the freezer. Two jobs done.. time for a bagel.  This healthy eating thing is new for me and has a whole new learning curve. But I plan to do it. It will be interesting to see how all this works out. Plenty of YouTube videos to watch about kefir but I did find a lady that makes sense so I am going to make the kefir milk first then when I get enough made I will make the Greek yogurt and add my sweetener and flavouring to our taste. Probably will be a lot of fails but you learn from fails and will get better. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

I will update on the first batch with pictures etc. Hey what have I got to lose right?

EDITED: SEPT 14

well this was  a trial and error process to say the least!!! A few failed attempts such as my yogurt not thickening,, etc. So I went on the search again to find out what happened.. WELLLLL who knew that when you set your kefir grains on the counter that you are NOT  and I say NOT supposed to put the lid on tightly when you have your first ferment so the fermentation will take place.. ok.. fail #1.. by the time I set it in the fridge for the yogurt to start setting I was doing that all wrong as well.. So after wasting milk on the first two settings I decided to do a small batch and go through the whole thing again.. Milk and grains.. set on the counter with a coffee filter over the top held with a rubber band, then as someone said.. cover it with a towel.. done!  I let it set for about 15 hours and then took the towel off.. VOILA.. this time it worked.. Now to drain it to get the grains out.. done!.. put the grains back into the original jar and covered them with enough milk, tightened the cover and put it in the fridge to store. ah ha.. worked.. now they say to put it in the blender to make it smooth.. Didn’t have a blender  so I just mixed it up with a spatula and then put it in a clean jar to ferment for a second time (they say 6 hours) so when that was done with the second fermentation  I lined a small colander with unbleached coffee filters (they were wet so they would stick to the sides of the colander)  ok.. so far so good.. Set the colander on a bowl and then poured the kefir milk slowly over the coffee filters.. covered lightly with plastic wrap and set the whole thing into the fridge to start draining.. Again  so far so good!!!!.. Well today I took the whole thing out of the fridge.. lifted the colander off and dumped it upside down into another bowl, scraped the extra yogurt off them and threw them in the compost. . It looked just like Greek Yogurt but was really sour.. so I added stevia and some vanilla extract and WOW   WOW.. I REALLY LIKED THE TASTE!. Now to figure out how to do a bigger batch once the walmart yogurt is gone.. Going to try some berry infused kefir or.. just maybe leave it vanilla and add some berries on top when I have breakfast.

I am really proud of myself but I must admit that I was ready to quit a few days ago when the second batch didn’t turn out. My wife said, don’t give up it will will worth it in the end, give it another try and yes she was correct.. it was frustrating but worth it. I just hope that this healthy alternative to the store bought yogurt will make a difference here.

My next back will be fully documented with pictures although I really should have taken some the other day when I decided to give the container a bit of a shake only to realize that the cover leaked and it exploded on my counter top, cupboard and stove.. Good thing I was not taking a video as you would have seen and heard the air turning blue. On the upside, my kitchen has had it’s fall cleaning early.. and looks mahvelous dahling!!!

and on that note!! have a great weekend everyone

 

Information : Benefits of Kefir

 

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New pattern!!!!

Here it is,,,,, the middle of August, I have sort of survived the heat wave without melting into the pavement. This has been by far the hottest summer that I can remember. What the heck is with that????.. My A/C died last year and  I decided.. heck.. we are on the east coast.. I am sure we won’t actually need it.. HA! By the time we got back from a vacation we were soggy towel deep in the heat wave here. No problem I will go out and get a new A/C.  Well,, NOPE.. no A/C’s available either locally or online!.. had I known that I would have picked one up in the states and brought it home. So the panic set in. Phone calls.. internet searches,,, no luck. but I was not giving up. I found on on our local kijiji and got so excited that I bought it that evening without actually measuring the window.. big mistake… it was too high for our bedroom window.  oh dang.. oh dang.. I just paid for something that I could not use.. so.. back to kijiji to relist it …. guess what.. it sold in 1/2 hour and was picked up shortly after that!.. yup that is how bad the situation is here. After about a week of searching I found another one at Bed bath and beyond,, and had it shipped in. (Yes I measured to make sure it fit).. So now I am a happy camper.. I have had a cool sleep every night and now my brain is starting to function again.

Anyway. It is time to get back to business with my patterns. I have come up with a new pattern in my head and started writing it down last week. Anyone that does patterns knows this is a long process as we have to write them down then do the prototype for it, knit, rip out,, fix,, knit.. rip it out again.. measure,, remeasure,, rewrite.. you get it right?

Well here is a sneak peek at my next design that will be found on http://www.truenorthknitting.net when it is completed.

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Any guesses?.  huh?.. ok off I go to finish knitting up this prototype, work on getting my pattern into my template for sale and then list it for sale. Thank heavens that it is cooling off a bit so I can at least function around the house.

On that note. I am going to refill my water and get back at it again

update… here is the finished project

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Pencil Mittens… cute eh?

I have the pattern on my website  www.truenorthcreations.net as well as Ravelry truenorthcreations and Etsy.. truenorthcreationsns

 

 

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