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.

Tea:

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!

Podcasts:

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 – 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!

The Wayward Skein Podcast: Episode 3

What I’m drinking: Caramel  Apple Spice Slim Life tea by Yogi.

What I’m knitting:

FO: Harvest by Tin Can Knits (6-12 month size shown). Knit out of Lorna’s Laces Haymarket in the “Lookbook” colourway. Needles used were 4mm (US 6) and 5mm (US 8).
WIP: Barley by Tin Can Knits (baby size shown). Knit out of Lorna’s Laces Haymarket in the “Lookbook” colourway. Needles used were 4mm (US 6) and 5mm (US 8).
Frog Pond: Rob’s socks, based on the Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock pattern by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. The yarn used was Nova Sock Print, colourway 174. Needles used were 2.5mm (US 1 1/2).

What I’m reading:

Finished: A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle, and Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle.
Currently reading: An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama.

What I’m watching:

TV: Midsomer Murders and Champions on Netflix.
Podcasts: The Uncreative Crafter Podcast, and The Canadian Knitter PodcastThe Canadian Knitter Podcast.

 

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 at  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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