Hello & Welcome
to my 19th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!
Today’s feature is fibre-friendly
fondness for neighbourly kindness 🙂
Hey… remember a few weeks ago, when our neighbour surprised me with a bagful of assorted yarn? Well, now look!
Another neighbour (an especially friendly clerk from our local Safeway store) has knit a red vest/slipper set and packed it in a canvas “Safeway” shopping bag with 3 pairs of 5 mm straight knitting needles, plus 3 big balls of gold/pink fuzzy-tufty fashion yarn! Such a sweet surprise 🙂 The canvas bag will be a handy tote for knitting projects. But what would you suggest to knit with yarn like this? I’m not sure what to make from it…
Yarn is always fun 🙂
But then, this past weekend was moving day for our dear “snow angel” neighbour Randy. Now their house is empty and I’m feeling a bit sad. Randy cared about his neighbours and was like a staple in the community 🙂 We’re blessed to have known him and very thankful for his diligent effort to clear the snow from several neighbouring driveways, including ours. There were days when the snow just kept coming… and so did Randy—frequently ploughing our place 2-3 times in one day!!! The weather was harsh, but Randy’s heart was warm. He knew hubby was on crutches and I’d be the one shovelling. So he definitely helped make our winters more bearable! Shovelling is okay and can even be fun (fresh air, sniffling neighbourly interaction, frozen faces, etc.). But y’know it can really cut into my knitting time 😉 So instead, it was my pleasure to knit special gifts of appreciation ❤
A quick search through my blog found 6 posts mentioning Randy… 6!!!
Click the following links to view those posts.
Now those days are gone… But lo and behold, look what I found! A snowful blast-from-the-past video of the last time Randy ploughed our driveway (dated March 2nd, 2015). How amazing for it to have survived all these months on my iPad! Who could have know that this glimpse of him in action would bid a fitting farewell… We’ll miss seeing them around the neighbourhood, but that’s life… God bless Randy and his wife in their new home ❤
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Your friendly neighourhood fibre-lover… ♥ Jackie
Laugh and the world laughs with you…
Blog a few years, until your 100th post
coincides with New Year’s celebrations
and the whole world parties 😉
. . . Cheers! . . .
Happy New Year!
Thanks for connecting with me and
WELCOME to my 100th post
Yup, this little milestone post of mine has somehow managed to coincide with the world-wide party celebration of the year! How’s that for timing? It merely took nearly 3 years to get here… lol … 18 posts during my first (super-timid me) year + 37 posts in 2013 (when I began to relax) + 45 posts for 2014 (counting this one)… And now looking ahead to 2015 with blogful hopes of possibly doubling that count by the end of the year. Can she do it? There’s bound to be at least another 100 posts in me, so let’s hope!!!
A few days before Christmas, we received a pretty little package in the post. It was from Singapore, where Angela aka Pretty Little Things In A Box blogs about crafts. The parcel was such a pleasant surprise, including: 8 handmade stitch markers + 9 crocheted red/white/green snowflake ornaments with heart-shaped buttons and festive ribbon 🙂 Thank you so much, Angela ♥ These lovely little treasures make a pretty little Christmas tree, too—see photo 🙂
Our neighbour, Pat, also learned to knit this past summer. And she’s been knitting “all the things” ever since… Pretty sure everyone she knows got a handknit hat for Christmas, this year 😉 She even knit a lovely purple wool slouchy hat with loom-flowers for me, accompanied by a sweet sack of Christmas shortbread! I hung them with care, for photos on our Christmas decorated stairs. But alas, the heart I knit for her got away without photos…
Aside from colour, though, it was the same heart-shaped pattern that I knit for Randy (our “snow angel” retired NHL linesman now realtor neighbour extraordinaire). He clears our driveway whenever it snows. So in appreciation, I knit him half a dozen heart-shaped dishcloths in “Edmonton Oiler” colours (presuming the Oilers to be his favourite hockey team). But oops… as an NHL professional, his team preference is unbiased—duhhh. Oh well, at least the orange cotton I ordered on “Black Friday” turned out to be the perfect shade and arrived in time to knit them. I took them outside for a photo shoot while still damp from blocking and the hearts quickly froze. It cracked me up—seeing all those frozen hearts hanging from our leafless tree … teehee … What else did I expect at -20ºC/-4ºF?!? 😉
Ohhh… and so nice to see that the orples have been by again! I hear they’re itching to learn stitching. So let’s all get together and knit one day real soon! 🙂
Wishing you the happiest of New Years in 2015 ♥ Jackie
Although winter’s just getting started, and we’ve another 3-4 months of anticipated snowfall to go… our landscape has already been heavily blanketed in nearly an entire winter’s worth of snow! Can you imagine the hours of back-breaking effort it would take to shovel all that by hand? … whew … And can you imagine how absolutely wonderful it would be if a “snow angel” were to come by and clear it all away every time it fell?
That, my friends, would be heavenly!
And oh thank Heaven for Randy Mitton, aka our “snow angel” neighbour, who generously makes time to clear several of his neighbour’s driveways… frequently more than once per day… all the while expecting no pay!
To show our appreciation, we put together a taylor made package of golf balls (in hopes he’ll get to do more than dream about hitting the green), a VONS gift certificate (so he and his lovely wife can enjoy a night out), and a little something hand-knit. But since there are hearts involved with pretty well everything I’ve been knitting these days, I was wracking my brain over what to knit for Randy (aka retired NHL linesman, now realtor)…
Then lo and behold, after a contemplative stash dive, thoughts of an Edmonton Oiler/snowy-themed cushion began to dance on my needles! I’d found a square cushion insert and just enough yarn in Oiler blue/orange, plus sparkly and fleecy white yarns—similar to that of fluffy, glistening snowflakes!!! It was fun to make, “fudge” (aren’t all prototypes stitched together with fudge?!?) and all 😉 There was even a spot to knit some extra heart! Now that it’s delivered, I just hope he likes it… What do you think?
enjoying the snow… ♥ Jackie
They said it was coming,
and we knew they were right.
Then sure as predicted,
winter arrived Friday night…
along with 10-20 cms
of its fine flakey friends.
As the clock struck November, we fell back an hour (for Standard Time), pulled the flannel covers up over our heads and bid farewell to fall. There may or may not have been grumbling… though at our latitude, we really can’t complain (much). This was our first major snow of the season, and it fell after a fairly fab fall. Most of the leaves had remained on the trees right to the end of October, after all. But now the sunsets are so early, while the days suddenly seem short. Well at least we finally got that ‘extra’ hour back… so we’ll find a thwarted treasure of comfort in that 😉
The snow fell Friday through Saturday, leaving us in no rush to roll out of bed for a look outside on Sunday. Then when we finally did look, we saw Randy—and my frown was immediately turned upside-down 🙂 Our kindhearted neighbour had chosen to embrace the day. He’d bundled-up early and brought his snowblower our way! In fact by the time we noticed, he was nearly done clearing our driveway! We think Randy’s thoughtful heart makes him a treasure… and pray God bless him forever ❤
Treasures of kindness cannot melt the frozen snow, though their beauty will inspire the heart and just might help make the prospect of another long, harsh winter seem shorter 🙂 What other buried treasure have you found measured by the snow?