The Wayward Skein: Episode 7


Today’s cuppa is David’s Tea Super Ginger. It’s a green rooibos with organic ginger, three kinds of pepper, and a touch of stevia. It’s a little spicy, it’ll warm you thoroughly, and it’s great for digestion! It’s one of my favorite teas, and I keep a supply of it pretty much everywhere I go.

Knitting Content:

Finished Objects:

Basic Vanilla Socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Nova Sock Print in colourway #174 on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Reusable Produce Bag by Tia Stanfield, size medium. Knit out of a random sock yarn I had been given by a friend years ago, on size 3.75mm (US 5) and 6mm (US 10) needles.

Works in Progress:

Reusbale Produce Bag by Tia Stanfield, size small. Knit out of a random sock yarn I had been given by a friend years ago, on size 3.75mm (US 5) and 6mm (US 10) needles.

Rob’s 2018 socks (based on the same Sock Recipe pattern by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, but this one’s done with a 3×2 rib over 80 stitches). Knit out of Bergère de France Luberon in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Mentioned, but no progress

Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velours in colourway 1317 on size 5mm (US 8) needles.

Birthday Shout-Outs

Happy birthday to all our July babies in the group!!! Happy cake  day to handbagcrazyeatmyyarnssummerieday, and Tashaskraftplace!!

Special Announcement:

My friend Sarah, TrueCanuckGirl, has a BookTube channel, and has recently been asked by Harlequin Romance to start reviewing their upcoming books, interviewing their authors, etc. This is a very exciting opportunity for her, and I would love for you all to check out her Booktube channel here at Not Just Romance Novels.

Podcasts to Check Out:

Lately, I’ve been catching up on some of my favorite podcasts. Please go give them some love!

The Uncreative Crafter Podcast Fans – Jen also has misbehaving kitties who show up frequently on camera, and she’s got an awesome sense of humor!
Little Big Knits Podcast – Selma is one of the most brilliant knitters I’ve ever met. She will teach you more about knitting by accident than most of us will ever learn on purpose!
The gentle knitter podcast – Nicole’s podcast is just a very relaxing and educational time.

Have a great week, everybody!

The Wayward Skein: Episode 6

Knitting Content:

Basic vanilla socks, based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Knit out of NovaSock Prints in colourway #174 on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317, on size 5mm (US 8) needles.

Mitered Square blanket (loosely based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis). This week’s square is knit in Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in the Ainslie colourway, on size 2.75mm (US 2) needles.


Today’s cuppa is David’s Tea Quince Charming. It’s a fruity black tea that has notes of caramel, vanilla, apples, and peach. You can’t taste the black tea at all, there’s no bitterness. It’s mellow and sweet, and my favourite tea! This is a seasonal tea, only available in the fall.

Around the house:

Made a batch of blueberry-peach jam on Saturday evening, and a batch of plain strawberry jam this evening. There are several more batches in the queue (it’s that time of year). I used Pomona’s Pectin this year for the first time, and I’m loving how it handles! Between that and my Instant Pot, jam-making has never been quicker, and I can do batches without any sugar this way! (I use minimal artificial sweeteners, but you probably wouldn’t need any if you were using super-sweet fruits… as most of my jams will contain rhubarb, some sweetener is required).

A safety note: The Instant Pot can be used to cook the jam, but not to can it. I still use a regular boiling water bath to process the jars when they’re filled.

On the screen:

Finished with Midsomer Murders (sob), but I downloaded the entire run of Sliders, and I’m enjoying a bit of 90s nostalgia! My daughter and I also went to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again last night, and it was AMAZING. I did cry a lot, if you’re going to see it, bring tissues!


I forgot to mention, but this week has been devoted to catching up on The Uncreative Crafter Podcast. If you haven’t checked Jen out before, go on over! You won’t be sorry you did!

HUGE thanks to everyone who has subscribed and joined here on Ravelry!! I really appreciate it, and you’re all awesome! See you next week!

The Wayward Skein Podcast: Episode 5

Knitting content:

Finished Objects – Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho. Knit out of Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Big Squeeze in the Orange Tabby colourway. Size 6mm (US 10) needles.

Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Knit out of James C. Brett Woodlander Double Knitting in colourway 11L. Size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

Work in Progress – Basic vanilla socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Knit out of Nova Sock Prints in colourway 174. Size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Tv & pocasts

Still watching Midsomer Murders. Sadly, I believe I’m on the last series, and I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with myself once it’s done!

I’ve been catching up on podcasts lately, namely The Little Big Knits PodcastThe Uncreative Crafter Podcast Fans, and The Canadian Knitter Podcast.

Podcasts which are in my immediate queue to be watched include The CATT Lady Podcast, Hawthorn Cottage Crafts Podcast and The dunkelgrün group. Stay tuned to see what else I’m watching, as I have a long list of them to get through!

Life and stuff

Not much going on this week, other than recovering from vacation, going to splash pads for playdates, and getting sunburned (twice). Have a fantastic week, and keep your sticks pointy!

Recovering from vacations…

Have you ever felt like you need a vacation to get over your vacation? I’ve been feeling that way since I got back to work on Monday. Even though I’ve been going to sleep at a reasonable hour, I’ve been having to drag myself out of bed every morning. And it’s not because I’m dreading going to work. I love my job, I love my boss, and let’s face it – work is air-conditioned!

This has been my first ever “eventful” vacation, and we didn’t even do all that much. I drove down to Chicago on the evening of Friday, June 22nd. Met Rob half-way at the Port Huron train station, and he drove the second half of the run. I’m getting way too old for that – my legs started cramping up the second I got into the passenger seat. Saturday was spent hanging out with his family, and we had the added pleasure of a visit from his uncle Marty and aunt Barbara who live in Florida! It was so great to be able to see them! We didn’t do much until the following weekend, other than a few dinners out and seeing Deadpool 2, because Rob was still working. We did visit the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, IL… but I’m still processing all I saw and felt there. That will be for another post (no photos were taken, other than of the memorial fountain outside, which you’ll see in the mosaic below).

Saturday, June 30, we took off bright and early for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. We visited the Canadian Bush Plane Centre, and had a lot of fun there! The next morning, we made our way bright and early to “The Station” and boarded the Agawa Canyon Train. What an experience! This four-hour train ride takes you to Agawa Canyon Park, which is only accessible by train. In the park, there are several hiking trails in all directions, which you can explore for an hour or two while the train gets ready for its trip back to the Soo. It was so beautiful out there, but REALLY STINKING HOT. Happy Canada Day to us 🙂 We got back to the hotel just before dark, and were lucky enough to catch the city’s fireworks display – which was being set off RIGHT next to our hotel. We had front-row seats!

The next day, we drove back to Ottawa along highway 17. We stopped in Sudbury to see the Big Nickel and to have lunch. I despaired a little at how much North Bay has changed since I lived there briefly in 1995. Once we were back in the city, we hung out, spent some time with my parents, saw Deadpool 2 again (with my daughter, who was DYING to see it), rented a paddle boat on Dow’s Lake, and took a day-trip to Burlington, Vermont to do a bit of shopping and hang out with friends. All in all, I’m exhausted! (Add to all that the fact that we were in a major heat wave for the entirety of the two weeks, and my apartment only has one air-conditioning unit, which cools the diningroom/kitchen area. Sleeping was most uncomfortable once we got back to Ottawa!)

In the five days since Rob flew home, I’ve been getting an insane amount of knitting done – you’ll see that in the next podcast episode – and enjoying my time back at work. I’m starting to make some plans to hit the Twist Fibre Festival in St. André Avellin, QC in a month. This is the first time in seven years that I’ll be missing Stitches Midwest in Chicago! I feel awful about it, but I just don’t have the funds to make two trips to Chicago that close together. I’ve got my eye on Rhinebeck, and I can’t wait until October!! Several of us will be staying in the same group of cabins I usually stay in, and we’re going to have so much fun!

Stay tuned for another blog later this week on what I’ve been doing to improve my overall health, but more importantly, to finally get my blood sugar under control after four years as a type II diabetic. Keep your sticks pointy!


The Wayward Skein – Episode 4

Welcome to Episode 4 of The Wayward Skein podcast! Apologies for the picture quality – I’m saving up to buy a better camera than the built-in on my laptop.

Knitting content:

Finished Object – Barley hat by Tin Can Knits, out of Lorna’s Laces Haymarket in the Lookbook colourway, on size 4mm (US 6) and 5mm (US 8) needles.

Works in Progress – Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Nova Sock Print in colourway 174, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles. Also working on the Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho, out of Ancient Arts Yarns Big Squeeze in the Orange Tabby colourway, on 6mm (US 10) needles.

No tv or reading content this week, but I do talk a bit about my travels with Rob in Sault Ste Marie, riding the Agawa Canyon Train, visiting Burlington, VT, and checking out the boat rentals on Dow’s Lake in Ottawa!