Thursday, August 17, 2017

Five Year Update!

Wow! I haven't posted since 2012. I can't believe how many changes have occurred in the past 5 years. It's been a lot of ups and downs, and many life-altering events. I have no idea where to even start listing them. Since my last post, I changed jobs in September of 2012. I moved to the Home Hemodialysis Unit in the new Kidney Care Centre in Westmount Mall London. Not much in the line of fibre or fabric projects have been done since I took the new position.
Making a job change from the dialysis unit in Stratford General Hospital to the clinic setting was the best thing I've done professionally. The atmosphere there was so collegial. I learned so much and really felt like I made a difference. The staff was outstanding, and the patients were very special. I studied and received my CNeph(c) designation from the Canadian Nurses Association. It was great to know I could write and pass exams still. I was also privileged to co-present at the 2016 CANNT conference held in London. This is a national conference and it was on my list of things to do before retirement. We were asked to give our presentation again in 2017 in Mississauga at an education day sponsored by the Baxter Corporation. We both felt it was an honour to be able to do it again. Then, on June 16th of this year, I retired. I had worked almost 5 years in the Home Hemodialysis Unit, and while I still very much loved my job, I felt it was time to leave while I still was interested and competent. I realized in January that I didn't want to drive to London another winter. I also wanted some time to pursue other interests. So, I said good-bye to a much beloved nursing career, and some really dear friends and collegues. They gave me a wonderful send-off. I felt quite spoiled. I miss them, but life moves along, and I'm busy with a few new endeavours. I have taken up weaving, and have approached that with my usual "dive in head first" approach. Great fun. Also, a new quilting machine has taken residence in our family room. I'm still learning how to use it. The great hope there is to quilt up some of these UFO's around here, and make quilts from some of the fabric I have kitted up. Sure...........

Friday, January 20, 2012


Yes, Knitting....I haven't done a lot worth blogging about in the past few months. Life has not been kind when it comes to time for my hobbies. I had hoped to have a lot done by this time, but life has once again interfered and stolen those few hours I get to myself. Hopefully things even out soon. I'm getting frustrated.......which is likely why I'm not working on quilting projects. I've stalled on them, so they've been packed away and the knitting is out. Currently, I'm working with my LK150 knitting machine to produce a pullover for my Mom. The yarn is a variegated Bernat Acrylic in colours my mother will really like. It is an easy project and a good refresher for techniques on my knitting machine. It has been some time since the machine has been used, and I'm a bit rusty. Thank heaven for a good reference library!
On my needles is a fun scarf in Katia Ondus. I'd been reading about these frilly things and was intrigued with how they ruffled. A trip over to my local knitshop in Stratford , CloseKnit Quality Yarns provided me with a couple of different Katia yarns for scarves. Great fun, and really quick which is what I need right now. Instant gratification is a good thing when you're bored with UFO's.
I don't have the largest yarn stash by any means. I have yarn in my empty little freezer all kitted up and divided into types. The freezer is a good place to store it and will give me easy access. I had it in my cedar chest, but it got buried under woolen blankets. My goal is to make a dent in the stash this winter through hand and machine knitting. We'll see how that works out.

Monday, September 19, 2011

It Just Keeps on Happening!

Well, I guess it's been a summer for acquisitions. There are another couple of sewing machines I have to confess, that have joined my collection. The first one was a result of reading a blog of a woman I have great regard for. She writes a very interesting blog called Treadle Quilts. I first met Jacqui and her husband Jake when I was on the lookout for my first Singer Featherweight. I found them while doing searches on the Internet, and they were not that far away from my home. After some correspondence, I travelled to St. Thomas and purchased "Maeve". Jake had tuned her up and Jacqui had tested her, and she sewed beautifully.....still does. It was wonderful visiting their home and seeing all the vintage machines, full-sized and toy models. It was there I saw my first black Singer 301. I vowed I'd own one. Of course, I do. I also saw my first parlor cabinet. I didn't know then that I'd inherit one, but was so pleased to be able to recognize it for what it was. It was that cabinet and the old 115 head in it that started this next machine voyage.

While reading the blogs this summer, I looked at the lovely machines that were offered for sale on Jake and Jacqui's sites. I saw a gorgeous Singer 115 with gold Wing decals, just like the machine in my parlor cabinet. This one was a little newer and was immaculate. I showed the picture to my husband. His remark was "that would sure show off Aunt Nell's cabinet wouldn't it. What's the price?" I almost fell off my chair, but told him the price and asked it I should email about purchasing it. Well, needless to say, I emailed. They responded. I visited their lovely new home in St. Thomas and now, this beautiful machine graces the parlor cabinet. And sews like a dream!

Here are the pictures. I'm so pleased with this.

I think the original head, which works very well, will become a hand crank machine perhaps. We'll see. You never know what will follow you home.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Because 1955 Was A Very Good Year!

I have no idea what put this thought into my head. I decided this spring to get a 1955 Singer 222K. And I decided to contact Graham Forsdyke in England to see if he had one. Of course he did. He's the purveyor of Featherweights to the gentry... And I'm the gentry right? So, after numerous emails, and a mail strike here in Canada, and a significant amount of money...fair price, but still...these little machines aren't cheap....I now own Fenella, a 1955 Singer Featherweight 222K in nice condition. Graham had the motor changed to 110 voltage to accommodate Canadian electrical systems. She sings right along and is a lovely addition to the collection that I wasn't going to start! Hah! I'm a collector and I may as well get used to it. So, welcome Fenella. I envision many happy days sewing at the trailer!