Thursday, 16 February 2017

Mea Culpa

Hi all. So sorry for my lengthy absence. I've thought of posting often, but alas haven't gotten around to it. On a happy note, I have been happily hooking and hooking more than usual. It's certainly a tonic for these cold, snowy days. A two week or more stint of fog in January was difficult, but made more enjoyable with hook in hand. 

Will you join me this year to complete #17in2017? As I did last year, I will endeavour to complete that many fibre projects in the calendar. I dare say I've already got a few to report. Let's see what I can share. 

Ah yes, first I must admit to thinking that I didn't have any blue wool in my stash. I decided that one of my storage spots was beyond embarrassing in its messiness, so I pulled everything out two days ago and re-organized. As you can see, I have some blue to use (gulp). Especially considering one of the drawers beneath this space is also full of blue. 

I certainly know people with far more than this, so I'm not thinking I have more than enough. Oh no, that thought never enters my mind. I have grand plans for dyeing in April!! 

I finished a piece to celebrate Canada's 150th bday:

I also finished this WIP in February, a design that I started a while back (brain won't tell me when!): 

And I've completed a bunch of wee little pieces, but I won't bother mentioning those. One other landscape piece is hooked, but requires whipping so I'll share that at a later time. Plus one other piece is almost finished being hooked. Yippee!

I'm hoping to be more diligent with my blogging, but feel free to follow me on Instagram, my handle is @burningthemidlifeoil. I'm also on Twitter at @hookdonlife, though admittedly I don't tweet as much as I post on IG. Finally, you can look at some of my past work at 
Chat soon!

Sunday, 15 January 2017


As I stepped into the shower at 10:39 a.m. this Sunday morning, my main thought was that I hadn't gotten anything done yet today. Imagine not getting into the shower until that time - ridiculous! No housework or other work done... so frustrating.

And then, as always happens in the shower, my brain went somewhere it doesn't go outside of that "box". The word "perspective" flashed through my mind. I realized that I had helped my 10-year-old with her Science Fair project and her homework this morning; fed, cuddled and scratched the feline; hugged and smooched the kid and hubby.. How could I say I hadn't gotten anything done? I had in fact done that which is most important.

In past years, I have sometimes taken part in the One Little Word movement. This year, nothing came to me and it felt forced so I hadn't embraced a word to guide and steer me through 2017. I think that my word found me today. Perspective. Something I desperately need. I'm always about the "getting things done".

As always happens in the depth of winter, we have had news of deaths from those in our lives. Thankfully for us this year it hasn't been anyone in our immediate family, but the heartbreak that others are suffering is no less significant. From 45 to 99, people we know have slipped the bonds of earthly life and headed to a new perspective that we know nothing of. These deaths remind me of more poignant (for me) losses from years past, renewing the pain and sorrow that accompanies each. I wonder if I'll still be counting how many chores I've completed on the day I die?

Yes, perspective is what I need. A goal for 2017. We'll see how I do.

Thursday, 22 December 2016


I hope you observed the winter solstice with joy in your heart....even if it's just the joy of each day having more daylight than the last as we move forward! 

The making has continued around here, although it has simmered in lieu of baking schedules and intense wrapping. All now seems ready...well no, that's not true as tomorrow begins round 2 of baking and the start of intense savoury making. Ah well. 

Peace will abound by December 27th or so. 

A successful Gingerbread Party was held for 9- to 11-year-olds. An early family event this week included an incredible Messiah presentation. So off we go into the frenzy. 

I wish each of you a peaceful and joyful time in the next couple of weeks. I'll likely not return to this space until 2017. So with that I bid you adieu! We'll chat soon about #17in2017! Are you in? 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas in the Making

Ah yes, the making for Christmas has begun! And it's about flippin' time... it's amazing how the end of November creeps up on me. 

So far I've made a Christmas runner and wreath for the door. For myself. Hhhhmmm, that's a problem. 

Now on to gifts.... wish this mitten would magically duplicate itself. It took quite a few hours but this thrummed mitten is delicious to wear I have to say (pattern and materials by Fleece Artist), because yes it's important for me to try it on repeatedly during the making process. I might even wear it around the house beacuse it's that yummy. I'll likely be making both myself and Smidge a pair as well, in the next century or two. For now though this pair, once it becomes a pair (#%#&$), will be gifted to a special family member who for now shall remain nameless because who knows if she'll read this? :)

And finally, I'm still hooking when I can carve out a few minutes. I have to say it's rather fun to do a summer scene in November. Just zone out and focus on the piece, and POOF you're right there and not really in the midst of damp, dull November. Dang, there you are November, back in your grey splendourishness. Somehow this pic didn't capture my swimmer, but you'll see more of this rug next time (designed by Deanne Fitzpatrick). I've challenged myself to use nothing but leftover strips to hook this one - I've made it so far! 

I'm also prepping materials for Smidgie's upcoming Gingerbread Party. She's invited seven friends and we'll be making Christmas crafts, playing games and decorating/eating gingerbread. Yes, I'm a lunatic. It's on the 11th - you can sit at your own comfortable, calm and cheerful home and chuckle endlessly. 

Enjoy your Christmas in the making!