Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Newfoundland Mitten

Well here is my latest finished project, The Newfie Mitt. This is a very popular mitten here in Atlantic Canada. The pattern is free online .
To prevent the contrast color purl bumps from showing, I added one knit row before the two purl rows, using the main coloured yarn. It worked out well. This is a fast knit and not as complicated as it looks. It makes a great Christmas gift too!

As for my reading well I'm still waiting for the library to find me a copy, who would have thought that here on PEI there would be such a demand for this book!

Friday, November 23, 2007


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O.k. Its just about that time. At the end of November I will be randomly picking a name from those of you who email me your name and address. (I need your address so if you win I can send you your prize!) Those who don't win for the month of November I will be giving out one more random prize at the end of December leading up to the grand prize in January!

You have until November 23rd
(That's the day after Thanksgiving) to send me your names and addresses. This is for everyone ~ even those who live out of the U.S.A. Your more than welcome to send in your info. I will of course not be using your addresses for any thing but sending you your prize if you win. Scout's honour!

You can email me at anne.knits@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

You could knit this and listen to Anne -- seriously

Good morning everyone!

If you are looking for an easy way to use up sock yarn, check this site out. It is at Mason Dixon Knitting. Just pay attention to the 4" square. Being that I have no sense of what 4" is (my first square ended up 6"), I hacked off the end off a 6"x4" index card and stuck it in my bag. Your gauge can be whatever in order to get a 4" square and then send them off . . . spread the word!

Have a good one.

Mary Lynn

Saturday, November 17, 2007

"Complete text"

I've just had a really weird experience. I read all the Anne books (at least twice) as a child and remembered them pretty well, I thought. So in reading Anne of Ingleside (while knitting socks, I do promise I'm knitting too) this weekend I was really thrown when I came across several passages I swear I'd never seen before. I looked in the front (I have a New Canadian Library paperback) and it says "contains the complete text of the original hardback edition" ... so does that mean that the hardback edition I scrounged from a used bookstore in the late 1970s was abridged? And why on earth would any publisher have done such a thing to this book of all books? I need to know, as Davy might say.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Walking in this area gives me an Anne flash in my head. We often go for hikes here, and sometimes stay over the night in a tent, go fishing in the lakes. These photos were taken some 19 days ago, and i just had to show them to you...to give you the same Anne feeling. I almost waits for her to come running down the hill from that gate....

A green scarf

I`ve knitted a green scarf as I was reading the last book. I really can`t give any answers to whay this kind of scarf..but it just came to me. Maby green because that`s an Anne of Green Gables coulor ? Maby a scarf looking like boa-scarf, you know those featherd things people used to weare..and I red that Anne visited a consert with that famous singer. The yarn is a combination of two different yarns. One is a greenish fury kind and the other is wool yarn I`ve coloured myself this summer, using plants. The photo below shows the scarf in progress some 20 days ago. Me reading, knitting and having tea at the portch, and my cat shhowing interest at something else that the yarn for a second;) Now there is no green grass left...but a lot of white snow;)) I`ll have to wait until dezember to start my next book....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Enjoying revisiting

I have to say i am just loving re-reading my favorite books. The other day i was sitting and I realized I would have never have even picked up Anne if my aunt had not given it to me when I was sick one summer and could not spend the time outside playing. In the tradition of passing it on. When hubby and I go to a concert this weekend, where they are requesting toys for the kids at a local childrens hospital for christmas I am going to give a new copy of Anne. Maybe we can turn another little girl onto a wonderful story. I hope that some of you may join me in this little pet project. Pay the Anne forward! :)

Now playing: Matchbox 20 - Bent
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Progress Report

I'm all caught up on the books, wonder of wonders. I think the original is my favorite so far, although I remember enjoying Anne's House of Dreams quite a bit when I read it before.

As for projects, I finished up a whole bunch of stuff during UFOctober, plus two pair of mittens for my son. I also started a hat to match one of the pairs of mittens.

And I've been quilting. Do you think Mrs. Rachel Lynde got to me?

Details on my blog (link).

My progress

A previous poster said she was reading along but not knitting, I'm knitting along but not reading. I'm in one of my last quarters in graduate school and I'm afraid my coursework precludes any recreational reading right now. I intend to catch up in December when everything's handed in. I read quickly and will be able to catch up without too much difficulty. I've also promised to read my daughter Anne of Avonlea in December. So I'll read with you then!

In the mean time, I'm working hard on a shawl. I feel like shawls are very period-appropriate pieces. This one is for my mother, who also loves Anne and LM Montgomery, and shared her love of books with me. This is the candle flame shawl from Knitpicks. The yarn is also from Knitpicks, and it's a deliciously springy merino lace weight.

Soooooooo Far Behind

I was doing so well in October, listening to Anne of Green Gables in the evening while I knit. THEN the Red Sox started the playoffs, and, well, there went October. I finally picked up Anne of Avonlea at the beginning of November and I'm almost through with it. (For some reason I haven't downloaded anymore of the books yet.)

As for the knitting...I frogged my husband's scarf because I didn't like how it was pooling. I haven't started it again because there are so many other things to knit! Mittens for my kids, hats for my nieces for Christmas, a sweater to cut down on the stash (so I can build it back up again, of course), socks, socks, and more socks. So I am reading but maybe not knitting along, since none of those are strictly Anne-inspired.

I like seeing everyone's progress, though!

My project

Here's what I've done so far on my KAL. When it's finished it's supposed to be "table" runner for the top of my piano. I picked the lace pattern because of the time period (1890s) and the light green color because of Anne. It's been slow knitting not because of the pattern but because life gets in the way sometimes. My older child is home from school for 4 weeks for fall break and I'm also trying to potty train my almost 3 year old. I do try to sit down and knit a couple times a day for at least 5 minutes so the runner is getting longer. Also as a result of everything I'm a little behind in my reading. I'm only halfway through Anne of Avonlea. It's been awhile since I've read the series but I'm enjoying them as much as ever. Hopefully soon I'll catch up with the rest of you.


Here is the finished balaclava I'll try to take a photo of Nate wearing it! hopefully he'll wear it, this was a lot faster knit than I remembered it being, I knitted in a couple of nights . Funny my eyes must be playing tricks on me 'cause I could have swore this was black yarn ?!?! but looking at it here it looks blue?

And I am almost done of Anne of the Island and I'm waiting for the library to find me a copy of Anne of Windy Poplars

Friday, November 9, 2007

progress update

Clapotis scarf
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
I finished Anne of the Island last night at 1am. I couldn;t put it down until she realized that she loved Gilbert. *sigh* There were a couple things that kept bothering me throughout the book. I really don't know why. One was Davy constantly asking questions and saying "I need to know." Reminded me a bit Tom Riddle when he was asking Dumbledore questions in Harry Potter. ( sorry, I am a bit pf a Potterhead.)
Also, the way Paul always calls his mom, his "little mother". This was more so in Anne of Avonlea, but had to mention.

Anyway, on to the next book.

The Clapotis is coming along nicely. I frogged the first attempt and started over to make it a little less wide. It is now the perfect scarf width. It is a bit camo, but I like it.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Two down ...

I finished the first two books in September, and loved them! This is my first time reading them, and I really hated for them to end. If you are interested, I blathered more about them on my blog.

At the moment, I'm not able to knit, as I am recovering from hand surgery. But I have been looking at patterns, and trying to decide what to knit for this knit- and read-along ... every time I think I've found something, I change my mind a few hours later! I think that once I can actually start knitting, I'll commit to something at least long enough to see how it looks, and if I think it will work.

But in the meantime, still looking ...

I guess I am "Sense"

Thanks, Julie. I love these silly quizzes. (Heather)

Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
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You scored as Elinor Dashwood

As Marianne's older sister, Elinor lives at the other end of the emotional spectrum. She rarely reveals her intense feelings and is more concerned with being honest and loyal than having what she deserves. Even though her intentions are pure, she sets herself up for loss by constantly placing other people before her own needs. Overall, Elinor is gentle and rational but is just as capable of radical emotions (despite her withholding them) as her sister.

Elinor Dashwood


Emma Woodhouse


Elizabeth Bennet


Marianne Dashwood


Jane Bennet


Charlotte Lucas


Lady Catherine


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Which Jane Austen Character Are You?

Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
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You scored as Elizabeth Bennet

As one of Austen's most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet represents what most women would like to become: strong, independent, and loyal. Of course, she has her faults including a stubborn will of iron and a clinging to first impressions. Overall, Lizzie is bright and lovable...something to admire and aspire to.

Elizabeth Bennet


Emma Woodhouse


Marianne Dashwood


Elinor Dashwood


Charlotte Lucas


Lady Catherine


Jane Bennet


Picked a project, I think

I'm already knitting one shawl and a capelet, but they are both out of fancy, fuzzy yarn (Ok, for the curious - Classic Elite Phoenix for the shawl and Knitpicks Suri Dreams and Rowan Harris Tweed DK knit held together for the capelet) so I didn't think that they captured the spirit of Anne of Green Gables' time period - and then I found this pattern


Which just screams Anne! Anne! Anne!! So, I'm going to go off to the yarn store tomorrow to see what I can find...

I've just started the third book (I've been doing more knitting than reading!) and I'm enjoying them very much. I too, like the parts that they have left out of the movies, like Miss Lavendar. She'd be a fun person to knit for. I especially liked Ginger the parrot because I have one just like him!

Monday, November 5, 2007


Reading and knitting... I picked up the books at the library, and read straight through them, and THEN I slowed down and started reading out loud to my daughters. I love the books! In Norwegian they are called "Anne fra Bjørkely". The books are:
Anne fra Bjørkely (Anne of Green Gables),
Anne som frøken (Anne of Avonlea),
Anne drar fra Bjørkely( Anne of the Island),
Annes drømmehjem (Anne's House of Dreams),
Anne og Regnbuedalen (Rainbow Valley),
Anne og Marilla (Rilla of Ingleside).

The towel, on the other hand, is not finished...

ETA: I haven't seen the books "Anne of Windy Poplar" or "Anne of Ingleside" in Norwegian.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Project Done, Dreaming of Another

I finished my table runner and mailed it out to the recipients. Here's a shot of it:
Tablerunner 3
As for my next project, it will be something small, but lacy again. In an earlier post someone quoted the part in AoGG when someone offers to teach Anne a new lace pattern for aprons. I've been working on making myself handkerchiefs lately to get away from using paper tissues, and I thought this would be a fun way for me to edge a couple of them.


Well, my first project for the KAL was a dismal failure! And, no, it was not operator error :-)
I followed the directions to the letter (I always do the first time I try a pattern), with one small substitution, because the fun fur called for isn't available any longer; the muff came out way too long, very narrow around (that can be stretched), the wool yarn felted unevenly, & the novelty yarn started to unravel :-(
I'm chalking this one up as a loss & starting a new project; I'm going to make some narrow lace trim. My inspiration was from the first book, when Sophie Sloane offered "to teach her (Anne) a perfectly elegant new pattern of knit lace, so nice for trimming aprons" I make & collect aprons, so I'm going to make a few lengths of red trim to add to my new ones.
I'm nearly half way through "Anne of the Island" (having started a tad early- I was home sick a couple of days & just had to read something); hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Just Knitting Along

Still hanging in there, reading when I can and knitting for charity. Now I am knitting mittens. Or at least giving it my all (first attempt). Best to everyone. I really like looking at all the lovely creations!