Tuesday, September 01, 2015

First Day of School 2015

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First day of Grade 3, and Sean wants to be a goalie in the NHL or play in the MLB.

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First day of Grade 2, and Mackenzie would like to play in the NHL when he grows up.

Reach for the stars boys, anything is possible.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Winner :: Vivacious KIDS

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Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of the Vivacious KIDS eBook, I had Lasik eye surgery on Friday and needed to give my eyes a couple of extra days of not focusing on the computer screen. Without further delay, the winner of the eBook is: Binthereknitthat (Heather)! Congrats Heather. You will be sent the eBook on Ravelry. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Vivacious KIDS :: Review & Giveaway!

 

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I got the opportunity to review Vivacious KIDS, an eBook with 7 kids patterns in it for children aged 2 & 10 designed by both Ella Austin & Rachel Coopey. The patterns are all shown in Fibrespates Vivacious DK an 4 ply yarns. (Unfortunately I do not own any Fibrespates yarn). The eBook features 2 hats, 2 sweaters (one cardigan & one pullover), a pair of socks, a jumper and a pair of mittens).

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Right away I was drawn to the Swashbuckle hoody pattern. I also really like the Jack-be-nimble hat as it uses sock yarn, and boy do I have plenty of that in my stash. With 3 young boys who are growing fast, I’m always on the look-out for nice knitting patterns for them. All these patterns would look great using handdyed yarn. They look like classic designs, and I definitely like ageless pieces. Some styles are great for hand-me-downs, especially when you have 3 children of the same sex. What I like is that any of these patterns (except the little dress of course), could be knit for a boy or girl. This is a well rounded book with lots of extra information, such as help with sizing guidance, gauge, techniques and very useful links to tutorials online. I always love great pictures in pattern books, and the photography by Jesse Wild is wonderful.

Jeni at Fyberspates has kindly given me the opportunity to host a giveaway of this eBook.  I am offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win and in order to do so, I am asking you to leave a comment on this post and let me know which one is your favourite pattern from this collection. Let me know which one and why! You can view all the patterns here. Also, please either leave your Ravelry ID or your email address if you are not on Ravelry so that the eBook can be sent to you. I'll pick the winner Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 10pm (EST).

If you cannot wait to see if you’ve won and must purchase this awesome eBook now, you can purchase Vivacious Kids on Ravelry using an exclusive discount code I have to offer you. Use the code: KnitPurlMama to receive 25% off the book or any of the single patterns from now until Sunday, August 9th, 2015. If you do win the collection and you did buy the collection, Fyberspates will reimburse you.

Do let me know if you knit any of these lovely patterns, I’d love to see how they turn out!

Note: I was gifted a copy of Viviacious Kids Pattern Book to review however all opinions in this review are my own.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Montreal Comic Con 2015

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This past weekend we went to Montreal’s Comic Con. This year, all 5 of us went. (Last year, Quentin stayed home with my parents). This year, we re-used our costumes from last year, as Comic Con got moved up from September to July and we ran out of time to do something different. We will be better prepared for next year. Two years ago I was Rainbow Brite & the year before that I was Wonder Woman.

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My cousin Jenn, came with us this year, and she made her Sprocket (Skylanders) costume herself. She knitted and stitched on canvas her costume. It was pretty darn awesome!

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I am a fan of the show Arrow. Last year, I got to meet Stephen Amell. This year, I got to meet David Ramsey & John Barrowman (below, left picture). That was pretty darn awesome.

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This year, Mackenzie was Robin. Last year, Sean was. They swapped costumes this year to be different!

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I thought these costumes were awesome. Jawas from Star Wars (left) and Weeping Angel from Doctor Who (right). I have not yet watched an episode of Doctor Who, but maybe I’ll check it out on Netflix.

This year Comic Con was fun! Can’t wait for next year.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

10 Inches

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In 2013 I cut of 13” to donate to make a wig and yesterday, I cut off another 10” to donate. It was getting too long and I was fed up with my hair. It is a fresh new look for Spring. I am very happy with the cut. I am sending it off to the Pantene Program. I actually shocked my hair dresser when I told him what I wanted to do. No one has ever come in to his salon to do that before. I like shocking people sometimes! Especially for a good cause.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

On the Gaptastic Wagon

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After finishing my black/grey Gaptastic I had to start one in this beige tone! Marble Chunky by James C. Brett is awesome for this project. Ever since I knit up one as a sample for my shop, I’ve wanted a bunch for my wardrobe. I’ll be ready for next fall with an entire collection of them, I hope. I love wearing infinity scarves, so these will be a perfect addition to my wardrobe. I am knitting mine to 10” instead of the 15" that the pattern is written for. 15” is too chunky/wide for me as an infinity scarf. Used the same 9 mm needle as all the others, and didn’t alter anything else in the pattern except for the width it was knitted to. On to the next one…

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Quentin’s Vernissage

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On Friday, Quentin had his vernissage for school. Every spring, for the last 8 years, I’ve had a vernissage at our daycare. Each kid has made a painting that has taken a few weeks to make (in stages – see pictures below). I was blown away with Quentin’s painting this year – it’s even got a picture of Quentin climbing to the moon! His painting is based on an Eric Carle book called Papa Please Get the Moon for Me. I’ve got a little artist on my hands. I can’t wait to find a place to hang this up on the wall!

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