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Gwen In Bowmanville
Knitter, Spinner, Fibre-freak, Wife, Mum, Cat Pillow
Interests: Knitting, hand spinning, needlework in general, choral music, cooking, gardening, old stuff
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Gwen In Bowmanville is now following Yarnenabler
Sep 11, 2014
Aww... Thanks, Amanda!
It happened last winter. A dear friend looked at me getting ready to leave an evening meeting. I had pulled on my neckwarmer, hat and coat -- which wasn't yet fastened. She turned around from someone else she had been speaking with, looked at me and said, in her forthright... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
I have been called a fibre snob and I'm not gonna argue about it. I like nice fibre. And I will do almost anything to get my hands on nice fibre. Anything legal, at any rate. Usually my thing is animal fibre. This summer, however, I have a grand experiment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
I have a confession to make. I knit backwards. There. I said it. You have no idea how much better I feel, getting that out into the open. You see, I'm left-handed, and my mum is a creative right-hander who spent my growing-up years in a housefull of lefties. Yup.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Scrawled on a railway underpass in magic marker, in dear ol' B'ville: Wicked Clown Love Whoop whoop This proves it. I live in the cultural centre of the world. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Hello there! It's been a little over a month since I last checked in. So. What have I been up to? Let's see... There was a lovely salad I made, glorified by some leftover chicken, some garden flowers and a weed. There was the Dock Jumping competition at Superdog Central.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
It was seven o'clock on a recent Sunday morning. I was awakened by my usual alarm -- the flying leap of a determined Princess onto my bladder and then away to the window. She can be put off for only so long, before one must simply comply for the sake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
The nice folks at Spinning Daily wanted to hear about people's first spinning experiences. I started to post a comment and realized I was writing a book. So, I thought I'd put it here. I remember my first spinning experience very clearly. The Teenager was 7 years old. There were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
After a spectacular day in Stratford, and a good night's sleep at the Swan Motel, we went back into town to do a little shopping. If I had been on-the-ball enough to bring the camera along, I could have shown you the bar of Decadent soap and the wrap skirt... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
While most of Canada spent Friday at the beach or on the deck, enjoying hot dogs and cold drinks and celebrating Canada Day, my time was spent doing something a little different. You see, today, I turn 50. Early last week, I was told I needed to make sure I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Remember this? Well, the project has progressed through piles of dirt and heavy equipment parts strewn up and down the boulevard, like the cast-off sandbox toys of a bored toddler, and moved on to more impressive toys. REALLY impressive toys. Really impressive holes, too. In fact, this is the prettiest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Four rows. I am four rows away from finishing Eiki, by Janel Laidman Last night, I looked at my handiwork, and thought to meself, "Self, this shawl needs bling" So off to the bead stash I trotted, with a specific pack of rose coloured beads in mind. Sadly, 6º seed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
In the last month, the weather has turned, slowly, toward summer. And my already short attention span has been tempted away from the needles for a few other projects There was the brief flirtation with beading I made this on a dripping wet Saturday afternoon, at Marla's Beadery, in Whitby.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Wednesday morning, I looked out my front door to see this: Yup. It's construction season. And my street has, after 18 years on the waiting list, finally been deemed to be in bad enough shape to require repair. So, for the next 8 weeks, I am going to live every... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
I was poking around on the internet and found this: And I thought, "Wow! That's amazing!" And then I remembered this: and I'm pretty sure we've all seen this one: Stretches the brain, doesn't it? That's what I like about knitting. There's room for extremes at both ends of the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
I recently went to the 14th Annual Knitter's Frolic, at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. It's an outing I look forward to, every year. The folks from the Downtown Knit Collective do know how to throw a party, I tell you. And the party favours are pretty special,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
My friends at the Library Knitting group wanted to know how a pair of slippers turned out. And they had good reason to ask. I had showed them the aforementioned footwear when they looked more like clown shoes than slippers. Weeks ago. Fear of Felting had immobilized me. Again. Well.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
The Royal Wedding was respresented in the shop window, and the Friday night knitters got to be guests at the party! Ooo, squee! I got to dress up! I needed a hat. Check. Gloves? Check. And check. And the festivities began! There was tea with china teacups. And saucers. And... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Saturday morning, I packed up my family, retrieved the redoubtable Sue, and headed into Toronto for the DKC Knitter's Frolic, 2011 edition. After a lovely drive, I kissed the Man o' My Dreams goodbye, said, "Seeya," to the Teenager, and headed into the maelstrom that is the Frolic. (Don't feel... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
After a perfect day at the Gather, in Port Hope, I thought I should show you what I, umm... gathered. A Wellington sock yarn blank in the colourway Wellington Flame 100g of Border Leicester locks, from Shepherd's Hill Farm, in Campbellford One of Heidi's famous batts. This one's a scrummy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Remember this? At the time, I was being all secret-like, because the 3rd Annual Soper Creek Yarn Contest was under way. The public didn't know which entry was knitted by who, and the public were doing the voting. I thought it was only fair to keep everyone in the dark.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Picture this: It's Good Friday, I'm in church (I sing in the choir). The mood is reflective and a bit sombre. We perform. We sit down. There is a sermon. There are hymns. We perform again. The mood remains quiet and reflective. Up in the choir loft, we're kinda on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
This past Saturday, I hopped into my car, picked up Sue and Beth, and headed off to Port Hope for the annual fibrefest known as 'A Gathering of Handspinners', presented by the Great Pine Ridge Spinners and Weavers and the Northumberland Hooks and Needles Guild. I look forward to this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting
Tina has a really cute little baby bonnet, knitted of white angora. It's got little kitty ears and it's from a vintage pattern, that's long out of print. I've always been intrigued by that hat, but I haven't been able to explore the knitting, because Tina hasn't been able to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at The Cat Hates My Knitting