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

Indecision

I drove a lot today, but don’t feel like I got much done.

Exercise:

I was doing a little better than the past couple of days so I got 4.5km in, but they were again quite slow. I am done my 100km for this month, but now want to catch up on the 20km I missed in previous months. I know I could leave them for summer, but what if I miss more? Better to get caught up now!

Shopping:

I started the day by heading to Van Gogh furniture in Langley. It is a gigantic warehouse of furniture, and I didn’t fall in love with any couch:( I thought for sure this would be the place to find one!

From there I was heading to 88 stitches, but took a small detour to check out Maria’s Gelato in Fort Langley. My RMT has told me that it had good vegan, gluten free items. My mom and I split a grilled cheese sandwich and a Blue Moon nut milk. They were both really good! It is definitely not the place to go if you are on a budget though!

Sorry for the picture- I think we were both very hungry by the time we got there!

Finally it was back to yarn shopping. At 88 Stitches I found some Cascade Heritage Prints. I love the colouring of the yarn, but am worried that striping would look odd (the circumference of a short being so much bigger than that of a sock) and take away from the lace of the tank I’ll be making with it. I also found the Tin Can Knits Pattern for Boardwalk here so I was super happy! Sale yarn and a good pattern!

I carried onto Valley Yarn as maybe they had the perfect yarn. They didn’t and I spent way too much time hemming and hawing. They have beautiful yarn, but just not the right one for this project:(

From here it was a quick stop at Costco where I considered a Soda Stream, but ended up with only cucumbers. Then home for a cup of tea!

Cooking:

I spent some time with my dad since my parents are leaving in the morning, but I had to get home as I wanted to knit. First though I needed to make my newest recipe from The Best of Clean Eating 2 called Mediterranean Vegetable, White Bean and Feta Penne. This went together quite quickly and used up the white beans I had in the cupboard (and that I had soaking). The only changes I made were to use shell pasta and chili flakes rather than penne and red pepper flakes as I had these items. My dish is definitely more beans, less pasta than what was called for. I was impressed that this dish had more flavoring included through garlic, rosemary, basil, chili flakes, etc and in the end it was tasty. I think it would make an awesome summer dinner or potluck contribution.

Knitting:

With dinner made and eaten, I finally got to sit down to knit and I finished my sweater. It is blocking right now to try and get the yoke to not pucker, but I am super happy with the sweater and will share a picture tomorrow.

A pretty good day as I got see Maria’s Gelato in Fort Langley off my bucket list and I have definitely spent time with my mom and dad✅✅

Have fun!

AJ