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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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Pickles, cabin fever, and sick days

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This week is the first week this year that I just feel so done with winter. Maybe it’s because we had a big storm the last few days, or maybe it’s because I’ve got the flu and have been cooped up at home, but I’m really looking forward to warm weather and fresh veggies and sunshine.

Even as cabin fever sets in, I’ve been enjoying the extra time to work on my red brick cardigan (I’m almost done the body – details on Ravelry) and have watched a few good things on Netflix. Some more episodes of The X-Files, and about half of a really interesting documentary about the Barkley race. I’d love your recommendations if anyone has watched anything good lately.

I did manage to make some pickles earlier this week, though, in an effort to hurry spring along. The cucumbers were just imported garden ones from the grocery store, and I made up a brine and stuck them in the fridge. I tasted one a few days ago, and although they definitely still need more curing time, the flavour profile is promising – just the right balance of vinegar, dill, and a hint of garlic. I used this recipe from Food in Jars, omitting the onions and packing them all into one big quart jar. The amount of brine listed in the recipe was still perfect, though.

Wishing you a lovely long weekend, friends!

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Lately

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A new sock pattern in my sock yarn. This colour was one of the ones I introduced in the fall, but I’m realizing now that it’s quite spring-like too! I’m excited about this design – it’s going to have a cute little cable and lots of texture.
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Reading :: I haven’t even started it yet, but I picked up The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha from the library since I just finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book feels a bit more preachy that his others, but I’m hoping to go see him give a talk at my library in a few months and I think he’ll be speaking about this book, so I thought I’d best read it.

Watching :: The Lady in the Van, which I saw in the theatre on the weekend. Maggie Smith is marvelous, as you’d expect, and the rest of the film was quite good. I didn’t love the double-narrator thing – I felt it just detracted from the rest of the movie.

Waiting :: For my Knit Picks order to arrive… I’ve ordered some yarn in this lovely grey colour (finnley heather) to make a spring sweater for myself. I’m going to use this pattern from Swoon Maine, which H got me as a Christmas gift.

What have you all been up to this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Modig baby vest

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I just finished this cute little vest a few weeks ago for one of my favourite children’s garment designers, Madeleine. I knit the 3 month size, because there are at least 3 friends expecting babies in the next six months or so, so I needed to get started on the newborn gifts! This one is for a little boy who will be arriving sometime in July, so the shorter sleeves will be perfect for the warmer weather. The pattern was so quick and easy, and I can definitely see this becoming one of my go-to patterns for baby gifts, especially as it’s so versatile for layering. The simplicity of the garter stitch is beautiful and really lets the yarn and the buttons shine – I had such a hard time choosing buttons because I wanted them to be perfect! H and I went through several jars of buttons, trying to find matching ones and trying different colour combinations, and I’m pleased with the green we settled on.

All of the details are on my Ravelry page.

The pattern is not yet available but should be soon – I will update this post when it is.

I hope you have all have a fantastic weekend with lots of knitting time!

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: The heels in my trenchcoat socks, finally! I love this colourway from Turtlepurl Yarns and I’m so excited to wear them!
(Ravelry link)

Reading :: Food and the City, by Jennifer Cockrall-King. I’m really enjoying this, and I’m ready for essay season to be over so I can have the time to properly delve into it. I’ve learned lots of interesting facts about the food industry – did you know that grocery stores function on a profit margin of less than 1%? That’s part of the reason they keep such little food on site – quick turnaround is a huge part of their business model.

Watching :: Cooked, which is the Michael Pollan series about food that’s currently on Netflix. We just finished the last episode and it was so enjoyable! The content is really interesting, and the filming is really beautiful. It’s full of close-up glamour shots of bread and cheese and chocolate, so I think everyone should watch it.

Wishing :: For the warm weather to bring the return of green to the trees and the parks… I’m ready for a little less grey! And for an end to our apartment search.

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Almost spring?

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Happy weekend, friends! It’s been so lovely here this week that it almost feels like spring. I hope you’ve been enjoying some warm, sunny weather too. Here are some of my favourite things from around the internet this week:

Along with the nice weather will soon come the return of abundant local produce. Finding affordable local food in a city with an absurdly high cost of living is a challenge, but here are some tips for finding cheap groceries in expensive times.

I made granola using this recipe from the Kitchn as a general guide. Stovetop granola is perfect for when you want a bowl in the morning, but don’t have the time or the ingredients to make a huge oven batch. It takes about as long as making oatmeal, and I like granola more, so why not?

This year was my first year with a balcony, and we didn’t really get our act together to make it a nice space before the weather got cold again. This year, we’re moving again, but armed with some cute furniture, planters, and some serious dedication to use our outdoor space. These beautiful outdoor spaces were just the inspiration I needed.

I enjoy doing things with the people I love, but I also enjoy doing them alone. It’s all about balance. Why the weird stigma of doing things alone?

I’ve been enjoying poetry a lot lately, and someone shared a snippet from Ars Poetica #100 on twitter earlier this week:

Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,

overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way

to get from here to there.

The rest of the short poem is just as wonderful.

Happy weekending!

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My red brick cardigan, which is coming along well but slowly. I just haven’t had that much time for knitting this week, and the sock yarn and small needles makes for a rather leisurely pace. Makes for good TV / podcast knitting though!
(Rav link)

Reading :: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. I had never read this, and it seemed like an important one – it is, and her writing is so captivating. I’ll have more to say about it when I’ve finished the book.

Enjoying :: This beautiful weather! Although today wasn’t very sunny, it was lovely and warm! And tomorrow’s supposed to be even warmer. I took these pictures on the balcony, no coat or shoes! It’s a March miracle!

Listening :: To the new CBC podcast, Someone Knows Something. I love the ads I’ve been seeing for it, and the concept, so I was really excited about it… but stories about missing kids aren’t my favourite. I’m only about halfway through the first episode, though, so I’m going to give it another few and cross my fingers that it wins me over.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO.

P.S. I nearly forgot to say – Happy International Women’s Day!

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Laurelhurst Mittens

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Today is the first day that really feels like spring here – I can hear the birds chirping and the melting snow dripping off the roofs and balconies. So, naturally, I have finally finished these mittens for H! I started these for her birthday in November, and they ended up being one of those gifts that I wrapped still on the needles, and gave, sheepishly, unfinished.

Now that they’re done, though, I’m so pleased with them! The pattern is simple, a plain mitten with some colourwork, but I think the simplicity is quite striking. These are also some of my favourite mitts I’ve made in terms of fit – they’ve got the perfect amount of ease around every part of the hand. The pattern is actually a free download on Ravelry, and I’m rather surprised it doesn’t have more projects!

The yarn is some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes that I’ve had in my stash for awhile now. I ended up using about a skein and a third of the grey (which is “cobblestone heather”) and less than half a skein of the burnt orange colour (which is “maple syrup”). I spent a long time debating between the orange and a purple, and I’m happy with the orange. It makes a very autumn-like combination, and since these mitts aren’t heavily insulated, that’s when I can imagine wearing them the most.

All of the details about these mitts are on my Ravelry project page.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend! Happy Monday!

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