Stuck in the middle

I’m spending a bit of time in Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport, since my flight to Chicago was delayed, so I figured I’d pop online to let everybody know what I’m up to this weekend. (No, this is not a good time to stop by and Rob my house, I do have teenagers!)

I’m heading west to join Rob’s family in celebrating a very special event (pictures will be posted here after family have all made their announcements online), so it’s a bit of a whirlwind trip. I’m only staying for the long weekend, no time for touristy stuff. All our time is going to be spent with family.

It’s funny, an Ottawa friend who has just moved to Toronto is already in Chicago this weekend for a completely unrelated reason, but we likely won’t even have time to see each other.

So here I sit in Toronto, several friends only minutes away, but the hassle of leaving and going back through security make even a 2.5 hour layover not worth the bother. Ah well, I’ll see them again soon, I’m sure! In the meantime, I have a pretty sweet view…

Setting the record straight

It has come to my attention that people have been asking Sue and Selma what’s going on, why have I restarted a blog, why am I planning on doing solo episodes of a different podcast, etc. (We are friends, and we do, in fact, talk to each other.)

Let’s be honest, shall we, folks? I have a life outside of Two Tangled Skeins – as does Sue (she has an Etsy shop where she sells bags and yarn and stitch markers and all kinds of things), as does Selma (clearly, since she now has her own podcast, and her own Etsy shop). We all have families and friends outside of each other, hobbies and activities that we don’t all participate in. We don’t live in each others’ back pockets. I have creative sides which are not tied to TTS, and I created this blog (and will be recording episodes of my own podcast once in a while) to reflect that. I’m not leaving Two Tangled Skeins, the whole point of doing this was to be able to KEEP doing TTS with Sue and also represent some of my other interests without side-tracking the podcast.

We’re all adults here. Rather than going through back channels and starting rumors (of which I’ve heard a couple so far – very creative!), can we just agree that if you have a question about my activities, ask me directly? I won’t be offended, I won’t be angry, and most of all, I won’t be annoyed because people are going behind my back. Sue and Selma have better things to do than deflect questions they don’t know the answers to ๐Ÿ˜‰

Back to your regularly scheduled blogging tomorrow.

Lazy Sundays

I’ve got to be more responsible about taking either my camera or my phone with me when I go out and do things, if I’m going to start blogging again. As it is, I only have a couple of photos of this weekend’s activities thus far to share with you!

Let’s start with knitting, shall we? I’ve been unable to knit since last September, due to a shoulder injury, but as things have improved greatly since March with the help of my fantastic physiotherapist Pierre-Luc, I have started to venture into a bit of knitting again (just a little at a time, and lots of stretching and breaks, I promise!). As it happens, Rob informed me that some friends of ours are expecting their first baby at the end of June, and baby knits are quick and easy. Especially if you use a Tin Can Knits pattern! Their Simple Collection is a great way to learn new techniques, and all the patterns are just gorgeous. I’m doing the Harvest cardigan in the 6-12 month size, using Lorna’s Laces Haymarket worsted BFL in the Lookbook colourway. And as usually happens with things in my stash, this is a discontinued yarn.

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Saturday morning dawned bright and early around 5am, and found me waiting out in front of my friend Mike’s apartment building. He’s moving to Toronto next week, and there were still a few boxes that needed to be transported to his new place. We loaded up my tiny car, and headed off into the… well, AWAY from the sunrise. But it didn’t last for long! We hit rain about two hours into the trip, and it continued to rain on and off for the rest of the day. We made it to Toronto around lunchtime, unloaded all his cargo, and then his boyfriend Daniel took us out to an amazing dim sum restaurant called Crown Princess Fine Dining. My friends, if you happen to find yourself in Toronto and love good Dim Sum, do yourselves a favor and visit this place! It was SO good, and although we ordered a ridiculous amount of food, there were no leftovers for Daniel to bring home.

We headed home around 4pm, deviating from my normal route by leaving the 401 in Brighton, ON and taking highway 62 up to highway 7. But not before we visited The Big Apple in Colborne. We wandered around the pie shop and the candy store. There’s a picture of Mike in the mosaic below with the giant bear that greets you when you walk into the candy store. This means I discovered some new parts of my end of Ontario, and we stopped to stretch our legs and take a picture atย  Moira Lake, just outside of Madoc. What a gorgeous area!!! I’m partially telling you about this because I want to remember how I found it so I can go back later this summer, especially since it seems there are Walleye spawning grounds in the area!

Today was spent wandering around Mike’s estate sale, and bringing home far more stuff than I intended to, including four antique chairs that are going to serve as kitchen chairs for the kids and I. Then we popped into Starbucks for a little pick-me-up (a rare occurrence for me) and came home. I wasn’t intending to bring anything home, because I’m starting to feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of STUFF we have. The more time I spend surrounded by stuff, the less of it I want to have (and the nicer I want my stuff to be). Things are slowly leaving the house in bits and pieces, but I think in the next few weeks, a gargantuan purging effort is going to have to be made. But I will admit that the things I did bring home from Mike’s are NICE things, and they will last. I’ll talk some more about all that in my next post.

For now, I’m going to go enjoy some Midsomer Murders, and a bit of knitting. For my Canadian friends, have a great Victoria Day weekend, and please celebrate responsibly! I’m looking forward to some fireworks tomorrow night.

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All my favorite things

I’ve been thinking about reviving my blog (which has barely been touched since 2015) for about six months now. But when I thought about it, I didn’t really feel that “The Blue Ceramic Mug” really had all that much to do with ME. I chose the name while frantically looking around my office, desperately trying to decide what to call my new blog. And my eye fell on a blue pottery mug on my desk. The photo of the blue and white mug on the site isn’t even what the mug looked like! (Sadly, the mug is long gone, so I can’t even show you.)

When I thought about what I really wanted to write about, it came down to a few things. Knitting, crochet, my tea obsession, what I’m reading, what I’m watching, and the podcast. I also like to share photos I’ve taken, and videos from new artists I have discovered (new to me, anyway). I cook, bake and can, and occasionally share recipes as well.

I’ll post here whenever there’s a new episode of Two Tangled Skeins to see, and occasionally, when I’m on my own, there may be episodes of The Wayward Skein (and now you know how I came up with the name!) I hope you enjoy the new blog, and welcome to my crazy life!

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