Tradition Maintained

For the past few years, a colleague and I have made our way out to the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market and we did so again today.

Shopping:

I picked my friend up and we hit the road and then spent four hours looking through the vendors at the market. I loved all the Christmas items on display, but I just don’t have a big enough house for all that! Most of the things they were calling vintage were items I grew up using!! Some I even still have!! I spent a lot of time being shocked at what people were charging for their handknitted items. The friend I was with has been saying for a while that I should sell what I make, but I’m just not good at that part! I just donated all of my extra knit goods to the holiday market at school which is a fundraiser for sports supplies.

I ended up buying a few more reusable snack bags as I get lots of use out of these. I also got a smaller version of the microwave bowl holder as I use my big one a lot. Finally I got a new flannel blanket just like the one I had as a kid, and for only $12!

It was a fun day with a friend, but I was happy to come home to my couch too!

Knitting:

I have spent the evening restarting my mommy daughter hat as my yarn kept breaking:(. It is going slightly faster this time, though I am writing right now because I just messed up a row and need to redo it.

I also finally got the handle sewn onto my newest market bag.

This is the free Miss Carlotta pattern on Ravelry done in Berroco Indigo yarn in black. It is a true black- just a bad photo. I have to admit this is probably my least favourite bag so far.

I also finally got a picture taken of the shawl I have made for my friend. Again a bad, nighttime photo but here it is…This is the Triple Jubilee shawl which is also free on ravelry and it was done in Shi Bui Pebble in the colour brownstone. I just hope she likes it!

Eating:

I had a rice cake split between Pb & cheese and Pb & jam this morning.

A mini kind bar for snack.

I was amazed they had a quinoa salad I could eat at the convention centre.

Then this evening I had a salad with salmon and balsamic dressing.

And lots of tea as it has turned cold and rainy here!

Movies:

I watched another Hallmark movie this evening called Winter Love Story. It was super cute and had good banter in it.

Well I’m going back to the hat!

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday #30

It almost didn’t happen tonight so I’m surprised to be writing that title.

Teaching:

Today was a productive day. We got a journal done and it was finally calm so I got around to all of the children. We also played Around the World, had gym, did their collaborative goals and student perspective for the report card and finished the day with a science experiment about why we have seasons.

Exercise:

I went straight out for a run when I came home from work because I knew I wouldn’t go otherwise:)

My run was 4.15km, not as much as I was planning to do, but there was a group of guys hanging around the far side of the park so I changed my route. I try not to be the dumb girl. I was happy just to get out for some mileage.

Knitting:

I worked on my shawl, but was definitely getting frustrated at the end. It’s probably a good thing I had to go out.

Trivia:

I didn’t think trivia was happening tonight so I had taken a bath and gotten into my jammies. Then one friend said she wanted to go so I got dressed and got my butt out the door.

What I knew:

Who was Sarah Jessica Parker married to?

Matthew Broderick

Who was known as the Bambino?

Babe Ruth

Where will the next winter Olympics be held?

Beijing China

What does the a in 7A road signs mean?

alternate

For the music round I only knew a few, but it was a neat concept because the bands went in alphabetical order.

I got Dan and Shea, Florida Georgia Line, Savage Garden, and the Zach Brown Band.

Who was rescued from the cannibals in Swiss Family Robinson?

Man Friday

Who were the boys on the Brady Bunch?

Greg, Peter, Bobby

Which goalie made a posture famous?

Ken Dryden

Which company owns Marks Work Wearhouse?

Canadian Tire

What three words can be made out of allergy?

Largely, gallery, regally

Which country is closest to Germany?

Poland

Well that’s it for me!

Have fun!

AJ

Bittersweet Homecoming

Today was the day; after 19 days of lazing around my parent’s boat, I had to come home.   It’s always bittersweet for me coming home from a holiday. On one hand, having 860 peaceful, fully stocked  square feet to myself is bliss, however, I enjoy spending time with my family, being on the water, and coming home means unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, in other words, work:(

I worked on my Reyna shawl on the ferry while my nephew played on his iPad. I was actually very surprised that no one spoke to me about my knitting. I’ve always avoided knitting in public because I thought tons of people would ask questions and my shy personality didn’t want to deal with that. I wonder if that’s the normal experience or if I just had the sleepy Saturday morning crowd?

My condo was in one piece, and other than being slightly warm, quite lovely.  Before I left, I had put water bottles with holes in the lids in a few of my plants. It worked for one but not for the rest:( My lavender and chives may never be the same again:( Is there a better holiday watering solution out there?

I have finished my Reyna shawl but it is being blocked so I can’t share a picture quite yet.  My shawl turned out to be 12 rows shorter than the designer’s as I just didn’t have quite enough yarn. I got smart and measured the yarn I had left when I got near the end by taking an arm measure, knitting a row and then taking another arm measure. This way I knew exactly how many arm lengths it took to do a row and I knew exactly how many rows I could do. I thought I was so smart until I started to do the bind off. It was a new technique for me and made a pretty edge (though it had the tendency to roll on me), but it took double the yarn I had planned on. I ran out of yarn thirty stitches from the end and had to tink the bind off and go with my usual bind off.  With this bind off, I had success and have less than a meter of yarn leftover😀 I dislike having yarn leftover and feeling like I could have done another row and then there’s the question of what do you do with that tiny bit of yarn?  I am very happy with the Reyna shawl! It’s gorgeous!!!!img_7281.jpg

The Indigo Moon yarn in Hollyhock red turned out to be beautiful! The variegation is quite subtle, but very pretty. The yarn was easy to work with, though it is definitely a heavier and slightly rougher than the fingering wool I have used in the past.

I managed to also do some reading today. I love Goodreads!!! I was looking through “my books” and noticed the Neighbours from Hell series by RL Mathewson and when I looked I saw there were some I hadn’t read yet. I’m working on Christmas From Hell and quite enjoying it. It’s a trashy romance or chick lit ( whichever you prefer to call it) so perfect for a laid back summer day!

With being back home, it’s time to get back on the healthy wagon! I was going to workout tonight but I have a shawl taking over most of my living room floor so I just went for my usual walk along the inlet trail. It was a lovely night!IMG_7282.JPG I ran into two families that I know from school, but I know this is a side effect of living and teaching in the same community:) I actually think it’s a good thing for my students to see me out and about so that they realize teachers are normal people with lives too!  I also noticed, that while I was away, the city removed the extra railroad tracks that were used for the handcar races during Golden Spike Days when I was a kid. I’ve noticed that Golden Spike Days has changed dramatically since I was a kid and I guess this is just the next step:( It’s kind of sad through as I think my childhood ones were better, but maybe that’s just nostalgia talking.🤣

Well I’ve finished my knitting project, so it’s time I went and started my next one. This one is a retro pattern from one of my Grandmother’s magazines and some recycled wool from a vest, but more about that another time.

Have Fun!

AJ

Chill

Today has been a pretty chill day:) When my students ask what I do in the summer, I always tell them I like to lay in bed in the morning with my cup of tea and think about what I want to do that day and then go do it. (I don’t mention I have to get up and make the tea first😞)

The biggest decision of the day has been; should I read or should I knit? Definitely my type of decision. I’ve been trying to read as many books as possible while I’m here so I can leave them for my mom so she can read them and then pass them along in the awesome book give and take the Ladysmith Community Marina has.

I have made it to chapter nine of Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber today and so far it’s been a good and easy read. Perfect for a summer boating day:)

In knitting I have made it to row 69 of the Reyna shawl by Noora Laivola that I started this morning.  This is  what I’ve decided to make with the Indigo Moon wool my parents and I spent last night untangling. IMG_7250.JPGSo far the pattern has been awesome. Super easy to follow and yet still interesting as it alternates between two stripes. I love that the designer/author even included a row tracker! As I was knitting along I was thinking that it would be a perfect project for a knit night or a knitting retreat as it would definitely be possible to visit while you complete the project.  The project is showing off my wool colour beautifully, but it could also easily handle a much more interesting wool too.IMG_7271.JPG

The wool is Indigo Moon Fingering weight in the colour Hollyhock Red. I absolutely love the variegation in the wool and it is easy to work with. My one concern would be that it seems much heavier than a typical fingering wool to me. I was set to use a 2mm needle and I had to go up to a 4mm as it was just too dense and tight. I am happy with it now through and think I’ll get lots of use out of the shawl:)

I’ve only left the boat twice today. The first time was to run back up to Main Street Yarn to get a longer 4mm circular needle. I remembered to ask, and the super helpful woman yesterday was named Lynn. I was hoping she would be there today as yesterday there was another customer from Halifax talking about a scarf pattern with moss stitch edging that uses up stash wool. She had found the pattern in a knitting magazine and I am kicking myself for not getting the details as I have plenty of stash to use up! If anyone has any clue, please tell me! Otherwise that will be another Ravelry search😛

The only other time I left the boat today was to walk part of the Holland Creek Trail with my mom. We’ve been saying we were going to do it for two years now and tonight we at least did part of it. We walked up Roberts Street six blocks and then walked the trail from there down to Coronation Shopping Centre (or almost).  The trail was beautiful, shady and cool on this hot day, very peaceful. IMG_7255.JPG

Holland Creek Trail

We didn’t see the Creek for a while, but when we did, it was satisfying:) I thought I had read that the trail was wheelchair accessible, but the part we did would definitely not be fun in a wheelchair!! Very hilly and several sets of stairs and roots. We took a footpath to cross under the Tans Canada Highway and returned along the old E&N Railway tracks. Perhaps not part of the trail but since they aren’t used by trains anymore a safe and quick route and surprisingly pretty with the sweet peas, butterfly bushes and gorgeous mystery flower (neither my mom nor I can remember the name) bordering the edges and the rabbits crossing our path.  It was a lovely half hour walk, bough we were very surprised at only passing one person!!! Don’t people walk around here???

Mom and Dad have gone off to Music on the Dock night and so I will now return to my dilemma of the day, knit or read???? 🤣

Have fun!

AJ