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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: Still (yes, again!) working on my Aidez cardigan for Rhinebeck. I didn’t have a ton of time to work on it this week, but I’ve nearly finished the second front and then there are just the sleeves to go. I’m considering doing them two at a time since they’ll be a single cable pattern with ribbing, but I find two at a time messes up my knitting rhythm. Might still be faster, though – anyone have any suggestions?
(Rav link)

Reading :: Not pictured because it’s on my Kindle, but I’ve just got a couple of chapters left in The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It did get better, though I’m holding out final judgement until I finish the entire book.

Watching :: Lots of CSI reruns, and a couple of films during the last weekend of TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival). Our favourite by far was Their Finest, a 1940s rom com set in Britain during the second world war. I loved the costumes – so many pretty knit tops and cardigans!

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My Aidez cardigan, in preparation for wearing it to Rhinebeck! Now that I’m working on it solidly, it’s coming along quickly. I’m a couple of repeats into the second front, and then there are just the sleeves left. I’m in love with this colour – it’s just so perfect for fall. I’m hoping the weather continues to cool down so it’s cool enough to wear this when I finish it.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Still working through Field Study by Rachel Seiffert, which I’m enjoying, and now reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd on my kindle. This is a book that everyone seems to love, but I’m not sold yet. We’ll see if it improves. I also finished And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, last week and it was wonderful. Such beautiful writing and well-crafted characters.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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Long weekending









I’ve been having such a lovely long weekend – friends, knitting, tv watching, great food. We’ve been canning so much the last couple of weeks, and there’s just a couple more things on our list before apple season starts to arrive. In anticipation of fall (ignoring the 30+ degree weather), we also made a pumpkin loaf (recipe from Back to Her Roots) and it was delicious. We used regular whole wheat flour, plain yogurt, and subbed brown sugar for the maple syrup.

I’ve also picked back up my Aidez cardigan, and between brunch and some tv with H, I’ve gotten most of one of the front panels done. The reason I’ve picked this back up is because I might be going to Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool)! I am super excited even though it’s still over a month away – I’ve been planning my sweaters, perusing the vendor and class lists, and reading lots of recaps. Are you going? Any tips or suggestions for first timers?

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!






Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A few quick dishcloths, as a Christmas gift for my grandmother. Longtime readers will remember that I make these every year, and she keeps using them, so I keep making her more! Work has been so busy the past few weeks that I’ve really enjoyed having these to work on – a few rows at a time, and before you know it, you’ve finished a dishcloth.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Still reading Field Study by Rachel Seiffert, though I haven’t made much progress because I’ve been reading on my Kindle on the subway and the streetcar. I’m currently about a third of the way into And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, which has been great so far. Though I don’t read a lot on my Kindle at home, I really love it for travelling and for my morning commute. It’s so light (I have the older version of this one) and I can turn the page and hold it with only one hand, which is a must on a packed rush hour train. My only complaint is that borrowing books from the library on Kindle isn’t supported in Canada, and ebooks are too expensive for me to buy regularly.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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H and I spent last weekend visiting L in St Catherine’s, and we spent Saturday in Niagara seeing the falls and the parks around there. I hadn’t been since I was a kid, so I was excited to see the falls, and we arrived early enough that we missed the really big crowds. After seeing them, we walked along the Niagara Parkway and visited some of the gardens and the dufferin islands, which are connected by a bunch of bridges.

If we’d planned our day better, we might have bought bus passes ($8 or so for the day) or rented bikes and visited some of the museums and battlefields along the parkway. They’re about 20km or so from the falls, so even if you dedicate the day to walking (we walked over 15km), you don’t see lots of the interesting stuff that’s further out. Otherwise, there’s only about 4-5 hours of interesting stuff within walking distance (though there’s lots of touristy stuff on Clifton Hill if that’s your thing). On Sunday, before heading back to Toronto, we explored St Catherine’s a bit and then saw the boats and pretty houses in Thorald, which is just outside St Cat’s. It was such a cute town, though everything was closed since it was Sunday.

Overall, it was a great weekend – such a fun late summer trip!

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: Not a lot of time for knitting this week, but I finished the body of my Flax Light sweater! I’ve got it on hold now because my long interchangeable cable broke, and I can’t do the sleeves until I get a new one. As much as I love the Hiya Hiya sharps, I’ve found that the cable joints just aren’t durable, especially if you knit a lot with magic loop, which tends to strain the join. I’ve also got a bunch of Knit Picks Options, but their interchangeable cables aren’t very flexible and the tips are a bit dull. I’d love your suggestions if you have a favourite (durable, sharp, flexible cable) interchangeable set.
(Rav link)

Reading :: I finished The Secrets of Lake Road (so good!) and have started Field Study, which is a collection of short stories by Rachel Seiffert. Nothing really stands out about this collection so far (I’m often not particularly enthralled by collections unless they’re really well selected and ordered), but it’s been an enjoyable commuting book this week.

Watching :: Law and Order SVU. I think this is the only crime procedural of the early 2000s that I haven’t seen yet, and since I loved the others so much, it was time to give this one a try. Tentatively enjoying so far.

:: The rain! Finally! What a wonder for the garden and for breaking the heat wave.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

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The never-ending heat wave












(Knitting details on Rav, recipe for the pickles posted last year)

I usually love summer… I’m always cold the rest of the year, and summer is the only time of year I can leave the house without a sweater. Plus summer has so many great events, there are picnics in the park, gardening, swimming, camping, and so on. But this year – oh my goodness. The heatwave has been never-ending and I am so warm. We’ve also gotten so little rain and everything is so dry and droopy. We don’t have AC and with the recent temperatures around 40-45 (105-115 fahrenheit) degrees with humidex, I am absolutely melting. I had a booth for Agrestal at the Kingston Sheepdog Trials last weekend, which is my only outdoor event this year. Let’s just say that it’s a good thing we were so close to the shaved ice stand.

I’ve been knitting lots of small things, reading lots of books, and eating lots of fresh, no-cooking-required food. Unfortunately the canning has to get done, even in the heat wave, so I’ve been trying to do everything in the evenings when it’s a bit less warm. I’ve done dilly beans and lots of dill cucumber pickles so far. The tomatoes are coming out of the garden pretty quickly now so soon it will be time for canned tomatoes, salsa, pasta sauce, and ketchup.

Are you also stuck in this heat wave? Any secret ways to keep cool?

P.S. As I’m writing this, funnily enough, a huge storm has rolled in out of nowhere, with lots of rain and wind! Thank goodness. (Now we just have to hope that everything doesn’t flood!)

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Knitting :: The cutest little baby sweater! The pattern is Flax Light from Tin Can Knits, which has been on my to-knit list since its release last year. A friend is having a baby this fall and when I saw this colourway at Cornerstone Fibres (one of my fellow vendors at the Kingston Sheepdog Trials this past weekend), I knew it would be a great yarn and pattern match. The sweater pattern is simple enough to really let all of the tones in the yarn shine. The yarn is beautifully soft, a 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon blend. While it’s not completely locally / ethically sourced, the merino was selected by the dyer from the Wool Grower’s Co-Op, and she had it custom milled.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Forgot to take a photo, but I just finished The Tuesday Club Murders, which was one of my favourite Agatha Christies. It’s a collection of short stories, so perfect for reading on my way to work, when I could get through a story or two each day. I’ve got a couple of other books out from the library right now, but haven’t decided which one to start next!

Watching :: Chef’s Table, which is another food series on Netflix. Each episode focuses on a different chef and their cuisine, but also acts as a kind of mini biopic. It’s enjoyable, though not as interesting as Michael Pollan’s Cooked, which I also watched recently. It’s also had me thinking a lot about the cultures we create around jobs, and the spaces this creates for those who live and work around us.

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A new pattern – Plumule Shawl






I’ve just released a new pattern, Plumule Shawl earlier this week! It’s is a small, light shawl knit in a 50g skein of Agrestal Bow River Lace or your favourite laceweight yarn. I love this shawl for the summer – I’m hoping a formal occasion will arise soon so I can wear it with a summery dress. More details from the pattern page:

Plumule is a small, light, and airy shawl with a simple body and delicate lace edging. The shawl is knit from the top down on large needles and blocked to produce a fabric with a lovely drape. Plumule makes the perfect accessory to dress up a casual outfit, or looks wonderful with a formal outfit for a summer wedding.

The finished shawl is semi-circular with a wingspan of approximately 47”.

The sample is shown in Agrestal Yarn Bow River Lace in the colourway “Petal”.

The promotion is almost finished, but you can get 50% off the pattern price until the end of the day today (Friday) using the code “plumule”. I am also going to be hosting a KAL, complete with prizes! All of the details will be announced Monday on Ravelry and on my yarn instagram (@agrestalyarn).

If you’d like more details or to purchase the pattern, you can visit the pattern page on Ravelry. Thank you – I hope you enjoy knitting Plumule as much as I did!

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This week, in (mostly) food











Whenever I upload the photos from my camera to my computer, I always find it interesting to see what I’ve been taking photos of recently. Sometimes, it’s a mix of everything, but other times, a theme emerges. This week was one of the latter, with lots of food photos – canning, simmering, baking – so much good stuff.

Links for more info:

Dilly Beans from Serious Eats
Mushroom gravy from VegKitchen
Whole Wheat Bread from The Kitchn

Hoping your week was delicious too!

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