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Lately, camping edition

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I was camping at Bon Echo this weekend (more pictures to come), and while I was there, I was…

Knitting :: A pair of plain striped socks using Knit Picks Essentials, purchased from a local Raveler during a destash last year. No pattern, just top down with a heel flap, 72 stitches around on US 0 needles. These are my first socks on 0s, as per Nika‘s suggestion, and I really like how the fabric is turning out – it’s not too stiff, but I think the density will add some durability.
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Reading :: I finished all of A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, which I really enjoyed. It was a perfect beach and camping read, very summery, but it actually had content and a pretty engaging plot, which I sometimes find “beach reads” are lacking. I loved the historical setting as well, and the seaside sounded just dreamy.

What have you all been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along (congrats, Ginny, on your baby girl – she’s beautiful!).

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Lately

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Knitting :: My sunrise cardi, which I’ve almost finished! I just have one of the sleeve edgings and the collar left. The pattern is from Swoon Maine, which is such a beautiful book, and the yarn is Knit Picks palette.
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Reading :: An Agatha Christie, always a perfect summer mystery – Peril at End House. I’ve also just started A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, because I needed a hardcover book to read on transit on my way to work… rush hour is just too crazy for paperbacks.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

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Summertime, slowly.

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A few reminders from the last while that beauty is there, even if you have to look a bit harder for it.

Wishing you a wonderful end to your week!

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Tea mouse.

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A few months ago, the lovely Sarah asked if I wanted to try out her Tea Mouse pattern… since it’s so cute, I had to agree! I was originally planning to keep this tea mouse but now that she’s finished, I have a few people in mind for whom she would make an excellent gift. All the more reason to make another for myself.

I always find toys a bit challenging as detailed seaming and embroidery is not my forte. I always end up staring at the faces of stuffed toys for far too long, debating moving the nose up a smidge or making the eyes a bit bigger. After a couple of attempts, I think I’m pleased with this mouse’s face. I went quite simple, and I think it allows the ears to really be the feature of the face.

I loved choosing fabric for the mouse – you only need a tiny bit, so it’s a perfect use for fabric scraps. I spent awhile sitting comparing different blue floral fabrics, and I’m pleased with the one I settled on. It compliments the yarn colour well and has a small enough print that it isn’t lost on the tiny shapes.

You can see all of the details about my tea mouse on my Ravelry page, and you can find the pattern on Sarah’s page here.

Sarah has kindly offered to give away a copy of the tea mouse pattern to one of you! If you’d like to be entered, please leave a comment below telling me what colour you’d make your tea mouse, and what kind of tea you’d drink while stitching up this quick project! Entries will close at midnight EST on Sunday – please make sure you leave a way to contact you (e-mail, Ravelry, etc.) so I can get in touch if you are the lucky winner.

Linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO.

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Very Late Socks.

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These might be the latest Christmas gift I’ve ever given… I actually finished them back in February, but between my schedule and J’s schedule, we haven’t seen each other that much, and I wanted to make sure I got pictures of them before giving them to him. Oh well – he has them now! The pattern is Petty Harbour by Rayna Curtis, and it’s definitely one I’ll be using again. It’s simple yet striking, and the stitch pattern is really easy to memorize and keep track of. The pattern also has lots of sizes, which I find really helpful when making socks as a gift. The yarn I used was a coned yarn from an LYS (Romni), who gets it from a mill – so it’s not branded. It’s an 80% wool, 20% nylon blend. This yarn will be great for making lots of socks, but it’s only 2 ply, and really a light fingering weight. I will definitely be using smaller needles and possibly doubling the yarn on the next pair I make, as I have lots of this yarn left in this blue and a forest green.

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I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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Lately

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A shawl in Agrestal’s new laceweight base, a simple pi body with some planned lace edging. This yarn is 100% alpaca and so smooshy and I am enjoying every minute of knitting with it. I’m hoping to publish the pattern once I finish writing it up!

Reading :: Not a lot, unfortunately, but a few reference books here and there when I have a moment. I’m particularly enjoying Hidden Natural Histories : Herbs, which has a little section on each herb and its historic and contemporary uses. It’s a really beautifully laid out book too – lots of botanical drawings.

Just a quick post from me today as I’m writing in the morning before heading to work. What have you been up to this week? What are you knitting right now?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Spring blooms at High Park

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Although the cherry blossoms are usually in bloom around this weekend, the weather this winter and spring has been so strange that there isn’t a cherry blossom in sight at high park. Maybe they’ll bloom in the next little while, but it’s possible that they won’t bloom at all this year. That’s a bit disappointing, but there’s lots of other stuff in bloom in the park right now. I headed out for a couple of hours this morning with some friends, and the weather was so lovely – the rain held off until we were at the movies later.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

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Lately

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My sunrise cardi, which I think will be perfect for the warm weather that has arrived here! The pattern is lovely and from the book H got me for Christmas this year. The yarn I’m using is Knit Picks Palette in the colour finnley heather – the colour is nice and I think it’s one that I will get a lot of wear out of.
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Reading :: I’m about halfway through both Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Big Magic is a fun read – I’m not sure I agree with her general mindset, but it’s so fascinating to read about the author’s creative process. The Butler book is a post-apocalyptic novel, and it’s superbly written. Definitely the most chilling book I’ve read recently. I also picked up Bread Alone from the library yesterday and I can understand why it’s so well-loved. Hopefully it will be the missing piece in learning to bake the perfect sourdough!

Listening :: To the Spirits podcast, which is a short, fun show about mythology and legends from around the world. And to this playlist, which is the perfect mood for me right now – quiet but upbeat.

Planting :: The first seeds of the season – tomatoes, lettuce and spinach!

What have you been up to this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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On the flip side.

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I survived my final week of papers and exams and such, and the flip side is looking pretty nice. Don’t get me wrong, everything is still insanely busy, but the number of things on my plate is stating to feel a bit more manageable. We’re still looking for a new apartment, I’ve bumped up my hours at work, and I’m prepping for a yarn festival at the end of the month for Agrestal.

The weather here has been unbelievably beautiful. Yesterday H and I went for a walk and I had to roll up the sleeves of my cardigan because the sun was so warm, and today it’s meant to be over 20 degrees. If I seem overly enthusiastic, consider that it was snowing a week ago! Since we haven’t found an apartment yet, I’m not sure what the garden situation is going to be for this year (hopefully backyard or balcony, if not possibly allotment or yard sharing). But I’m thinking of starting some seeds anyway. I doesn’t feel like spring without trays of starts and I’m sure I can find someone who would take them if I can’t plant them.

I hope you have all been having a wonderful start to spring!

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Easter Eggs

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Happy Easter Sunday!

To celebrate, some friends and I got together on Friday evening and dyed some hardboiled eggs with food colouring. I love how the colours turned out, and using tape made such fun patterns. I also made some hot cross buns, and generally enjoyed a bit of time off work and school (although I’m still writing papers…).

It’ll be after Easter by the time most of you see this, but in case you want to save it for future reference, I wrote up a tutorial for dyeing eggs with food colouring a few years ago.

I hope you are all having a wonderful long weekend!

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