Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sugarspun Shawl

Congratulations to the talented Anja on her beautiful crochet shawl design.  I think crochet needs Anja.  Her designs redefine crochet in my mind.  No longer do I think of granny squares and the 70's because of her.  Anja's designs are light and feminine and I look forward to more of her creations in the future.  Keep up the beautiful work Anja ! xoxo

Sunday, 24 June 2012

A great big thank you to Anja for the most exquisite hand knitted gift.  They are delightful and delicate and I love them dearly.  All I did was pose for a few pictures for a few of her new crocheted designs.  I can't wait to see them published.  I love what Anja can do with crochet.  She does beautiful work.  go check out her etsy shop called Buntart!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012


Lately I have been sourcing spoons for new jewelry designs.  Especially silver plated ones.  I love the tarnished, mellow look of them.  I usually find cutlery at thrift stores bagged up, hoping for a special one in amongst the stainless steel ones.  The problem now, is that I am falling for the cutlery , the beauty , the age of them. With antique , or vintage items I can't help but imagine the stories they could tell , if only they had a voice.  On my spoon journey I have found a lot of little souvenir spoons that are old , a tangible reminder of a special place or memory.
One of these little spoons knocked me over.  Inscribed on the spoon was the word "Dauphin"  That is the term used for the eldest son of the King of France from the 1300's to 1800's.  Now what do you think this spoon is a reminder of?  A lover's murmur of endearment ? I think there is a love story in there somewhere.

there are hallmarks on the one under the Dauphin spoon...I love hallmaks  it is so fun to research them

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Great Northern Yarns

I had a moment of weakness the other evening and ordered yarn online.  Not just any yarn though.  Red laceweight, 90% Mink, 10% Cashmere,  656 yards of it,and it was on sale! Keep an eye on his website. 

MINK!  It says right on the label "No animals are harmed making this yarn. Healthy, stress-free mink sheared once a year produce the most lustrous fibers".

I can't wait to knit a shawl with it.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Antique Cars

At our local Mall there was a car show.  It was a beautiful thing. To see so many old cars that have been lovingly restored.  There is so much attention to detail in these beauties, such pride of ownership.  I smiled the whole time I was there.

mmmm  Paradise by the dashboard light
self portrait 
beautiful  gazelle hood ornament, the owner of the car was thrilled with this shot :)

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Social Media

I have had a twitter account since 2010 and have just decided to start tweeting .  Look for me @Porttofino . Although I have no idea why my avatar is an egg since I have uploaded a picture of myself.
And I am a pinning fool on Pinterest.  I will soon need a pintervention !!!  There I can be found under my full name Francine Hebert.
Yvonne of  YvieKnits and I have booked our space and hotel for the Twist Fiber Festival in Quebec August 24-26.  I can't wait!

I leave you tonight with an image from my garden  :)
Wishing you a good week :)