Our annual family camping trip to Presqu’ile provincial park was a few weeks ago, and it was, as always, lovely. Although we got some rain on the first and second days, the weather cooperated for the rest of the time and we spent some sunny afternoons at the pebble beach. We did some hiking, a bit of exploring, and ate too much ice cream. Overall, it was exactly the break I needed since my summer has been so crazy.
I feel like the last two months have just flown by, and I can’t believe that I’ll be back in classes again in a few weeks. There have been so many fantastic days this summer, though, and I’ve felt so grateful to be working at such an amazing job, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and visiting beautiful places. The next few weeks are packed full with exciting plans too.
I finished my Appia cowl! I am so pleased with how it turned out, and now I’m a tad obsessed with the idea of cowl-shawl combos. I’ve already started looking through my stash to start another one of this designer’s patterns. The yarn is my own fingering weight in “Daybreak”, which I think is a perfect summer colour.
I always gravitate towards smaller projects during the summer… too warm to have a large project sitting on my lap, I guess. It’s a good opportunity to get a head start on some holiday knitting as well. I’ve just finished my first Christmas gift of the year, some dishcloths for my grandmother. I’ve been making her a set each Christmas for years now, and she always uses them, so I keep making them. No matter how early I start my Christmas knitting, though, I always spend December knitting furiously, so despite the early start, I don’t have high hopes of finishing my gifts any earlier. (Rav link)
I’m currently knitting a pair of lattice socks as a sample for my first show for my hand-dyed yarn. Since purple is my favourite colour, I just had to do them in this colourway. (Rav link)
(Currently reading Meridian by Alice Walker – heavy but poignant, as Walker does.)
Knitting :: My Appia cowl in my own fingering weight in “Daybreak”. I didn’t have as much time to work on this as I thought I would when I was traveling (I spent most of the time on the bus sleeping!), but I have managed to squeeze in a few rows here and there.
Reading :: I’m about halfway through The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons, which I’m really enjoying. Her writing style is really interesting- she makes everyday things seem so fascinating. Also, I think the cover of the hardcover edition is just so beautiful.
What have you been knitting and reading this week?
I’m home for a few days, sandwiched between a long weekend visiting my parents and a trip to New York next week. I’ve been dyeing like crazy to keep the shop stocked and for some upcoming events. I’m also starting to plan my courses for next year… I can’t believe this will be the last year of my degree!
I have managed to squeeze in a bit of knitting, though. I’m almost done my little cardigan for the blueberry- it just needs the ends woven in, a bath, and some buttons (Rav link). I’ve also been making Appia, a cross between a cowl and a shawl, using a skein of fingering of my own yarn in one of the new colourways (Daybreak). I’m really enjoying the pattern so far- the construction is really interesting (Rav link).
What are your plans for the weekend? Happy Friday!
I’m a bit late uploading these… but in May, my dad and I drove down to Pennsylvania for a wedding and managed to squeeze in some tourist-y things before heading home. Valley Forge was definitely a highlight- it was like a combination of a museum, historic site, and park. We saw some interesting landmarks around the park and went for a quick hike- I’d definitely recommend it if you’re in the area.
I’ll actually be back in the US next week, in NYC this time. Any must-see recommendations? Best knitting shops?
I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend! Happy Sunday.
I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days… I’ve been drinking lots of tea and resting in hopes of warding off whatever bug is going around.
Fortunately, this means lots of time to work on the little details for Agrestal (details here, if you missed them) that are making everything come together, like the beautiful yarn tags pictured above, which I picked up the other day. There are some more photos in today’s post on the Agrestal blog. I’ll also add a gentle reminder that the sale (code “agrestallaunch” for 10% off) and the giveaway both close at the end of the day on Friday, so get your purchases and entries in before then!
It’s also meant time for knitting, so I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my socks! I just cast off the first one yesterday evening and I’m almost through the toe on the second. While I knit, I’ve been watching Warehouse 13 on Netflix. It’s science fiction, so I didn’t expect to like it very much, but the storylines are pretty compelling and the characters are great! As for reading, I’m still working on Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I’m about halfway through and still enjoying it, although I hope the plot picks up a bit soon.
I can finally reveal the secret project I’ve been working on the last few months…
I’ve been dyeing yarn! And now you can buy it! It’s all ethically-sourced yarn from Canada, and I dye using botanically extracted, certified organic dyes. I’ve been having so much fun inventing colour combinations.