Thursday, August 28, 2008


Here I go again. Stuck up against the brick wall of trying to write a post that tears at my heart. And I can't. I have to wait until my heart will let me.

So I just wanted to let you know that there is (at the moment) a post a day coming out at Big Blue Barn Knits!

I have been working at posting the bears on my Etsy site and when I do that I have also done a post to match on Big Blue Barn Knits. I have used the wonderful post option feature that blogger now allows and so the bears come out on a daily basis.

Right at the moment I have 12 bears sitting beside my desk waiting to go up on my Etsy site - but they are going to have to wait.

For those of you who don't know - my brother and I are doing two - very large craft shows at the end of November and early December. One is the Festival of Crafts in Calgary and the other is called Butterdome - in Edmonton. They are both 4 days long and the cost of the booths is something I don't even want to think about. My brother does - or is - Otter Pottery and of course I do the knitting. At the moment I have 49 hand knit bears and I don't know if I have enough. I am also making a pair of thrummed slippers a day and filling orders I am getting on the side. I don't know when I'll get around to making the thrummed mittens (this is a pic of the kits but the mittens look the same - well sort of). These can all be seen over on Etsy if you are interested or wondering what they look like.

So at the moment - knitting is my life and I don't get a ton of time to blog.

However - I want to thank those people who have given me awards. They are flying by on my sidebar even as I write.

Then there are the wonderful blogging friends who have bestowed on me some incredible gifts. So let's have a look.

As you can see - Melanie - over at Jellybeanangel sent me some lavender! We thought we might be caught for smuggling - but we got away with it! She put it in those white and blue bags over on the upper left hand side of the picture. It sits in my knitting room at the moment, warding off wool moths. My room smells incredible! I love going up to the top floor of the barn and having that wonderful smell wash over me. Sigh! She also included the tea towel, the yarn, the beads for the I forgetting something here Melanie? Yikes! I have a great memory for the past - but for the present my mind is like a sieve!

Then Daryl over at Out and About in New York City sent me a lovely orange fridge magnet with the symbol of the flur de lis on it because she knows how much I adore New Orleans.

Crystal Jigsaw sent me Wife in the North's book after she had Judith sign it for me! I also want to thank Crystal for being my first ever customer on Etsy! She ordered 2 pairs of thrummed slippers and they are making their way over to the UK right now! Thanks Crystal! :0)

Joy over at A Spot of T gave me that wonderful Wood Wicks candle (and some other wonderful stuff) on the day we went out and had a picnic in the snow.

And Dawn over at Colours of Dawn - well - I asked her to order me an Empowerment Bracelet. For me it symbolizes the years of abuse I endured and how I have overcome that. She sent me 2! bracelets and included a number of Avon items in my package - all as a wonderful gift!

And lastly - it wasn't a gift because I ordered it online - but! from authorblog I got David McMahon's book Vegemite Vindaloo and it feels like a gift to me! Now if it had only been signed! Sigh....perhaps next time you're in Canada David?

Thanks to all of you for bringing these rays of sunshine into my life. You all are so special to me! If I missed something - please let me know - I'd feel so bad but you know my sieve brain!


I promise - after all of this - and when my heart allows - I will get back to the story and tell you about Cid's funeral. Believe me when I say that it is going to be very hard writng.

Now - back to knitting!


Leatherdykeuk said...

Go you!

Maggie May said...

Have just read the back log in the posts below! This one is different!

BT said...

You take your time, aims. Sound as though you have far too much on to continue just at the moment. Keep knitting!

dawn said...

Lots of great gifts and a really busy time for you. I hope you get a lot of bears done.

Frances said...

the pottery looks beautiful. Good you have this connection with your brother. The creativity gene must be in there somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Hia Aims, you're so very welcome. Will let you know as soon as your parcel arrives.

I'm all behind with my award giving so no worries. Hectic time of year. Well done for getting so many cute bears knitted for the shows. I hope you both sell well.

John-Michael said...

The consistency of your loving Spirit is a blessed Presence.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

A well-earned emotional rest Aims, though it sounds as if your fingers are keeping very busy. Good luck with the knitting. M xx

Miranda said...

Ah, take your time Aims. Must be really hard, this. I hope the happy times now (and writing about them soon) is the light that pulls you through. GOod luck with the knitting!

Lehners in France said...

Ahh now I understand why you liked my names! I love knitting too! Debs x

Retiredandcrazy said...

Knitting is wonderfully theraputic aims. You knit until your heart mends while we pray.

david mcmahon said...

Knit one, purl one!

Here I am in the same country as you for once, but I'm way up north. Been doing the Alaska Highway and I'm in Haines Junction today.

Wow, what a surprise - one of the first sites I've visited during this week-long trip on the road .... and there is a mention of my novel.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

The next time I'm in this wonderful country I'll just have to sign the book.

Akelamalu said...

On 27th August I followed a link from David's (Authorblog) to read your 'Post of the Day', The Space Between. Since then I have read all your blog, from beginning to end. I have been moved to tears many times during the past five days, for what you endured as a child and second guessing the outcome of your friend's illness.

I applaud your writing skills but, most of all, I applaud your strength - what has happened to you would have finished most people off.

Having lost my mother to cancer (and other family members) I echo your hatred of the dreaded disease.

Thank you for sharing so many details of your life. I will be a regular reader here from now on, if that's OK?

Reiki blessings to you. x

TSannie said...

Great luck with your two craft shows! And do take your time...with all the writing...

lisaschaos said...

You are so loved! :)

Carolyn said...

Great gifts from lovely people! And I believe David passed through Vancouver (or not, David?) but of course it was the one time in the entire year that I was out of town. Can you believe my luck?? Grrrr.

CrazyCath said...

You are one busy girl! Congratulations on all your gifts and awards. You deserve each and every one.

I am trying to order Vegemite Vindaloo too! And WITN book may be on my list...

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