I knitted a thing!

This past week has been hard on a lot of us, so let’s look at something a bit lighter on the palate today. I finished a knitted thing!!!!! My Harvest baby sweater is finished!

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This is the Harvest sweater by Tin Can Knits. The pattern is free and ranges from sizes 0-6 months all the way up to 4XL for adults. It’s a quick, easy, intuitive knit, and I enjoyed every second of it. I love Tin Can Knits patterns, and I’ve knit up several of them over the years (my usual go-tos are the Flax sweater and the Barley hat). I talked about this knit on last weekend’s Two Tangled Skeins podcast, if you’d care to tune in. It’s knit in worsted weight yarn, which makes it work up very quickly. I’d even knit this for an adult, under the right circumstances (those circumstances would be one of my children begging for it). Our friends have already had their baby – she was born last Sunday, and she is absolutely adorable! I won’t share a photo, for privacy reasons, but trust me when I say she will look fantastic in this sweater 🙂

I only barely broke into the second skein of this gorgeous yarn (Lorna’s Laces Haymarket 100% Blue-faced Leicester in the Lookbook colourway), so I decided to cast on a Barley hat with the remainder.

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I imagine I’ll be able to finish it before I record Episode 3 of the podcast this weekend. (Right now, you’re looking at the inside of the hat). I also have my next project queued up, although that one might not see a cast-on until my return from Chicago – we’ll see how much room I have in my luggage! I’ll give you a hint though… it will be knit in this gorgeous yarn that was sent to me by the wonderful folks at Ancient Arts Fibres for review:

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A small bite of politics… In other news, many of us have watched in horror while border patrol and ICE agents have separated thousands of children from their parents and detained them in warehouses filled with chain link cages. I discovered a few days ago that, while Canada does not separate children from their parents, it DOES incarcerate children with their parents (awaiting immigration and refugee/asylum hearings) in detention centres in several major cities. The biggest and most crowded of these is in Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto. I won’t go into the morality of this or any other political statements, but if you’re Canadian, I invite you to read this report, titled “Invisible Citizens: Canadian Children in Immigration Detention”, published by the University of Toronto. The topic will be revisited at a later date. (Thanks to an online friend of mine who works as an immigration lawyer for educating me on the subject.)

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I’ll be leaving for Chicago on Friday, so there may not be another blog post until I arrive there, but there will definitely be an episode of the podcast posted before Monday, and I’ll take lots of pictures, I promise! (Not of the actual trip down, since I’m driving, but once I get there.) I hope everyone has a great week, and maybe hit a protest up this coming weekend if there’s one in your neck of the woods!

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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