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The Little Things: Promises To Keep

I was so excited when this book came out in trade paper back. (Previously it was only done in a HC limited edition and had to be purchased from the publisher.) And then when I bought it I was so excited to read it! But I waited for awhile because I wanted to savour it. Now I only have about 30 pages left and I am already mourning the loss. I love Charles De Lint and everything he writes but, oh man, do I ever love it when he writes about Jilly Coppercorn. I am already sad and I haven’t even finished it yet. I would read nothing but Jilly books if there were enough of them. I can’t wait to get our house so I can unpack all of my books and reread my De Lint books. I miss them. 

So I will finish this today and move on, begrudgingly. (And soon I will update about all the things that have been keeping me too busy to blog, like house hunting (YAY!), camping, visiting with friends and all kinds of other excuses.)

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The Little Things: My husband’s container garden

I am not much of a gardener. I like tending them, and eating from them, but I am not so good with the planting and getting things to live part. My husband, on the other hand, is wonderful at it. Due to our current small space, this year he is doing container gardening only. And it already looks so nice. I am in love with the coffee can herbs! What a great upcycling idea.

Herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans.

 

Mint, thyme, chives, parsley & cilantro

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The Little Things: Knitting Patterns Published

This week, I published my first knitting patterns. It is not like they are in a book or magazine or anything but thousands of people from around the world will be viewing them on Ravelry. Already they have generated a lot of interest and I am really happy that people seem to like them.

 

The first design is a Tinkle Ball Cozy.

This is a very quick project and can be made with very small amounts of left over worsted weight yarn.

Tinkle balls are the ultimate cat toy. They are cheap and cats LOVE them. But, they are annoying, especially if you have hardwood floors. Clackety-clack-clack-clack. So I set out to make everyone happy, kitties and humans.

These cozies allow the tinkle balls to roll, tinkle and still be very fun for cats, but without the racket of the hard plastic on the floor. Another benefit is that they do not fly so far when pounced on and not a one has been lost under the TV stand since the cozies went on. I have noticed that my cats have even more fun with them now because they can easily pick them up in their mouths and with their feet and move them around. Mine like to put them in their beds and baskets with them.

This pattern is very easily adapted to any number of desired tinkle balls.

You can view or download this pattern, here:

The second pattern is a slip-cover for a Kobo E-reader.

I wanted a very simple slip cover for my Kobo, so that when I tossed it in my bag it would have a nice little buffer around it.
This pattern calls for a DK weight yarn. The yarn that you choose should have some stretch to it so that the yarn will hug the Kobo nicely. I used Mirasol Yarns Hacho, which is perfect for this project, but has sadly been discontinued.

You can view or download this pattern, here:

 

I am really excited about having published some patterns and I am really looking forward to publishing some more. I started out small with some non-garment items but I hope to publish some more complex patterns in the future.

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The Little Things: Seven Days of Yoga

Seven days ago I began a 40 day yoga challenge at Feel Yoga here in Kingston. Today I completed 7 days of yoga. I did 5 Bikram classes, 1 Ashtanga class and 1 Yin class. Bikram was the first yoga I ever tried and I have been hooked on it since. I tried both Ashtanga and Yin for the first time this week. I was personally not very fond of the Ashtanga. I found it was very hard on my ankles and wrists and I really missed the hot room. Yin yoga on the other hand I LOVED! I felt so stretched out and flexible afterwards. Happy and clear as well, which I attribute to the lovely, bubbly yet mellow instructor, Bonita. I am really proud of myself for completing my first 7 days, and I am looking very forward to completing my next 7.

I can feel my muscles getting stronger… let alone getting stronger, I can actually feel that they are there! I can see changes in my body, and the roundness coming out already. I love the instant motivation that doing Bikram gives me. When I can see and feel results on day one, it makes me want to go every day. I also have far more energy then I usually do and have been feeling much more positive. (Something I am also working on.) Other changes that have come along naturally with all this is being more conscious of what I eat and when. (I am terrible for not eating until about 3:00 p.m.)

All and all, this experience has been great so far. It is most definitely the best thing I have done for myself in a long time.

PS ~ I lost 5 pounds this week!

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The Little Things: Small purchases

I am going to start doing something called “The Little Things” here on my blog. Basically something in the week that made me happy, that was not some huge great thing. Just something that made me smile, or made me think of something nice, etc.

This week has been tough, I am waiting on hearing back from a job prospect, which always make me feel awful. So I allowed myself a small amount of play money and came away with some small and extremely frivolous purchases that really made me feel nice.

 

How can you not smile at these little guys?

The cats really like them too. Although they seem to be really freaked out by the butterfly and dragonfly whose wings move up and down as the go. I think these little guys will find a home on a windowsill or on a large plant sometime in the future.

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