Week 1

I can’t believe it’s already Sunday, but thankfully I feel like I’ve done a lot.

Exercise:

I have ran 29km this week so it was nice to see those little 3kms a morning add up to something good. I also did two 7km runs and a 5km too:)

I have done a few NourishMoveLove workouts this week and I hurt from the last one still! It was a measly twenty minutes, but it obviously hit everything it needed to. My yoga has also gotten done so I am happy:)

Adventures:

On Thursday I did a knitting store tour with the Brenda. We started at the Knit and Stitch Shop which is about an hour away. It was a huge shop, but I wasn’t impressed enough to go back. It seemed cluttered and messy to me. She also carried lots I could get closer to home so it won’t be worth the trip. I didn’t buy anything here.

We then hit Baaaad Anna’s. I have to admit it was hilarious to hear how Siri said this name! This shop is lovely and carries a wide variety of Canadian dyers. I really wanted another scissors and tape measure set- this time in green, but they only had pink ones left. I bought one 50g skein from a local dyer who I’ve enjoyed using in the past. It’s a really pretty pink speckle. I do love when dyers offer 50g skeins as I just don’t need four pairs of socks all the same!

We then had an amazing lunch at Scandelicious. They are known for their waffles and they have a vegan, gluten free one so it works for me. This time I got their west coast one which had eggs and salmon on it and it was amazing. Of course, I didn’t have to eat again!

We finished the day up at Valley Yarns which is clear in the other direction, but Brenda needed wooden needles and we hadn’t found any yet. I got a skein of Madeline Tosh speckled and the book West Knits Best Knits as it was on sale for 50% off. I’m sure I will get $13 of use out of the book!

Since we are talking knitting, I will share what I finished this week.

These are vanilla socks done in the Hue Loco colourway of Woodland Nymph. I feel like this is the first pair of socks I have done in a trendy yarn as most of my socks end up in plain colours. I love them and the fit is amazing! I did 48 stitches on 2.5mm needles with my usual German Short Row Heel. The only thing I don’t love is the toe, but I’ve solved that now.

This is the Age of Steam and Brass kerchief expanded into a shawl. I used a 4mm needle and Fleece Artist Handmaiden Merino Slim in Stormy. This was the extra skein I had left over from my Bentley Cardigan this Spring. I haven’t worn it yet, but it’s super soft so I think I’m going to love it. If you are interested I added two pattern repeats to what was called for.

On Friday I finally used a gift card my Sister in law had given me a few years ago for a pedicure. The place is right across the street from me and it was great. I finally figured out how to get through a pedicure( I have super sensitive feet and am very ticklish)- I took my knitting!!!!

I also got my eyebrows and eyelashes done and had drinks and appies with two girls from work. It was a nice, low key day.

On Saturday I met up with Dennis and Sarah for my long run early in the morning. We were supposed to do ten but only got 7.08km done because of a bear. It was a teenager and he was having a great time running back and forth between two spots in the river. Unfortunately we didn’t know where mama bear was so we walked carefully much longer than usual. It was nice to have company and I got some mileage in.

I then met up with Emily to check out a new market in the next city. It wasn’t very large but was well laid out and we got there early enough that it wasn’t crowded. I was really looking forward to having lunch from the Aloha Poke food truck, but everything had soy sauce. It turned out that this the Tornado Potato was the only safe thing for me to eat. I got the zucchini instead of the potato, but it was still huge!

I spent the rest of the day working on my Hong Kong socks and doing laundry.

Today my friends Emily and Melissa and I went to check out the Sea to Sky Gondola. It is very much a tourist trap, but I had to see it for myself. The view was amazing! You take about a ten minute gondola ride up the side of the mountain and then there is a restaurant at the top along with a suspension bridge (not too scary or wobbly) and some walking trails. We did the third easiest walking trail that went out to another viewpoint.

The restair ant wasn’t open yet so we went into a little town nearby for lunch. I was shocked. I used to camp near here all the time when I was a kid. We didn’t go into this town often, but I got to go once for ice cream after my dad pulled my tooth out with the camper door. It has changed beyond recognition. It’s much busier and bigger now, though I noticed that you could definitely tell who the locals were. We stopped at a cute restaurant called the Zephyr and I had a chicken avocado sandwich with a side salad that was delicious. We then walked the street and picked up an ice cream cone. I was so excited because they had gluten free cones. I don’t know the last time I had a cone!

Since I’ve been home I’ve cleaned the fridge and have dragged out some things so I can start figuring out what I’m packing for my island trip. So far I have tons of running gear and knitting supplies and two outfits to wear🤣

I’m going back to my knitting as I’m hoping to finish my second Hong Kong sock today.

Have fun!

AJ

One of my favourite days of the year!

Well it finally got here!!! Knit city 2019 was super fun:)

After quickly dropping off some more sold items and returning a library book, I got picked up by Brenda and Patti to head to Knit City.

We didn’t want to stand in line when it wasn’t moving so we planned to arrive when the doors opened and it worked really well as we still got in within fifteen minutes.

I may not go into every single stall, but I have to go systematically so I know I haven’t missed anything.

One of the neatest things was seeing everyone wearing their knit items. I wore my Not a Boring Sweater and Brenda wore her latest shawl, but I sure did see a lot of sweaters I want to make!! I actually asked one woman what pattern it was and added it to my Ravelry queue.🤣

I tried to be good and follow my rules of no single skeins and no yarn that wasn’t on sale and looking for accessories and patterns predominantly, but I still came home with quite a bit.

I will describe what I got starting at the top right corner. I got a really cute stitch marker/progress keeper that is a cup of tea from Firefly Notes. I always find something there and I thought this was perfect as I usually have tea at the end of rounds, however I also bought a marker that says BOR🤣. Maybe I’ll just use both! I also got markers that say RS and WS for right and wrong side because sometimes I have the worst time remembering! These cane from Julie Adeline Yarn. Finally I also got a shawl cuff from Knox Mountain Knit Co. This is the one purchase I slightly regret as I should have held out until I found the perfect one, but instead I just bought a plain black one that is hopefully skinny enough not to look weird on me. In this category, I also wanted to buy sock blanks for blocking my socks, but it was her first year making my size and she didn’t have any of the really cute patterns in them yet so I decided to hold off until next year.

You then see the beautiful red DK yarn I bought from Kensington Farms that I think I’m going to make a sweater like Gramps sweater by TinCanKnits. I am trying to break out of only buying blue, black and gray so this was my attempt. It’s super soft and was a great price, though I have to admit it wasn’t on sale.

The variegated blue I bought from Baad Anna’s because it was 50% off so it counted for sale yarn, even though it is blue. I have enough to make a sweater and it is fine enough I’ll be able to use it for one of the projects out of Knit So Fine (the book I want to work through).

The project bag also came from Firefly Notes. I had bought three from them last year and really liked them. They have deep enough handles to go over my shoulder, but are also super lightweight so they scrunch up into nothing when not in use. It was also a fabulous deal at $12 as most of the other bags I saw started at $45 and went up from there 😳. Obviously making project bags should be my new side job!

Beside the project bag are the five patterns I bought from TinCanKnits. I love TinCanKnits and have made most of their free patterns on Ravelry. Their patterns are always well written and I love how they come in multiple sizes so you don’t have to buy multiple patterns to get all the sizes you want! I know my mom isn’t going to love some of them, but I plan to buy more next year. Well it might be before next year as I just realized I didn’t get the Gramps Sweater one.

Finally the bottom three yarns are all lace weight yarns from Isis Fibre Arts. She is no longer dyeing lace weight yarn and so had her lace weight on sale. I thought getting almost 900 yards for $20 was a good deal since that will do a sweater for me:). I bought a turquoise, a variegated teal and a variegated purple. There were so many more I could have gotten!!!

I once again eyed the yarn bowls and a couple of skeins by Maidenhair and a few off dyes by other companies, but managed to resist them all. I also looked at Sweet Georgia Yarns for some neutral tone of Tough Love Sock so I can make the Life Savers cardigan, but there was no way I wanted to spend over $80 on that today. I think I’ll just look in my stash for some neutral sock weight to go with the remnants of the mini skein set I have from Sweet Georgia.

We also eyed all the advent calendars, but the cheapest one was $170 for only 12 days and all the 24 day ones were over $200. We all want to do one so we’re going to need to figure something out for next year!

We were there a lot longer this year, but I think it’s because we took a break for an early lunch at the Rolling Cashew foodtruck. I was super excited that they were going to be there and thoroughly enjoyed my cauliflower wings. Brenda and Patti had them too and also liked them!

Knitting:

Of course after being surrounded by all this yarn and loveliness I came home to knit all the rest of the day, rather than cleaning or cooking or anything useful.

This is the triple check scarf that I finished last night. It’s a little on the short side, but is super warm and cozy. Right now it’s in the charity bin, but it might become mine:)

I really wanted to cast on a sweater for me, but I have spent the day knitting a baby sweater for my RMT. It is very simple and is Zane’s Coming Home Sweater from 101 Designer one skein Wonders book. I am almost done and just have to finish the sleeves and edging, so you should see it tomorrow.

Eating:

I think I get to colour in today as I ate exactly as I had planned. I’ve had:

One rice cake with Pb & j

Cauliflower wings

Cucumber and cheese

Well I’m going back to finish my sweater and keep listening to podcasts.

Have fun!

AJ