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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My grace cardigan, again… there were a lot of problems with this project, and I had set it aside for a few months. After taking another look, I wasn’t happy with the gauge or the fit so I ripped out and started over. I really love both this yarn and pattern, so it will be well worth it in the end.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I haven’t seen the movie yet because I wanted to read the book first, and the story is just as good as everyone says. I’m about a third of the way in, and enjoying every page. I’m also reading Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, which is a collection of essays. I’m really enjoying this too, her commentary is both apt and witty, and it’s a pretty quick read. I’ll probably go back and re-read some of my favourites at the end.

Listening :: To The Minimalists podcast, which is excellent, although I’m not sure to what degree I identify with some of their notions of minimalism. The episodes I’ve heard so far are really engaging and fascinating, though, so it’s well worth a listen.

What have you been knitting, reading, and listening to this week?

On another note, I am saddened to say goodbye to the Yarn-Along – I have met so many friends and discovered so many blogs through it. Thank you, Ginny, for many years of fun! Other than the wonderful Crafting On, what are you favourite knitting link ups right now? I will miss the online knitting circle that inspired my ‘lately’ posts.

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Pickles, cabin fever, and sick days








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!






Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My red brick cardigan (the pattern is Grace by Jane Richmond). It doesn’t look like I’ve made a lot of progress this week, but I had to rip back to fix a mistake in the lace. So even though there isn’t much more cardigan, I have spent lots of time working on it! I’m just past the yoke and a few inches into the body section. I’m using Malabrigo Sock in Boticelli Red, which has made for enjoyable knitting.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Food and the City by Jennifer Cockrall-King, which I just started this afternoon. I’m excited to get into it, as a book about food politics that considers barriers to food access is a refreshing change from some books I’ve read recently. I’m still working on The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, but I finished both Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page and The Magician’s Nephew this week, both of which I really enjoyed.

Listening :: to a few podcasts, especially Serial, This American Life, and CBC’s The House. I’m thinking about giving Lore a try, because I keep hearing good things – have any of you listened to it?

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.






Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: The Grace Cardigan by Jane Richmond, in Malabrigo Sock in “boticelli red”. I’ve had this pattern in my queue for ages, and I’m so exited to finally be knitting it. I’ve only got an inch or so left of the lace panels, and then it’s stockinette stitch for miles.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page, by Stuart McLean, which has been an easy and light read so far. The short stories are perfect for reading on the subway, waiting in line, etc. I’m also a few chapters into The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, which has been good so far.

Watching :: The X Files… after seeing so many knitters talking about the new series, I had to give it a shot. I love crime shows, so I’ve been enjoying it, but it’s a bit creepy… definitely not for watching alone at night. I also saw Brooklyn at the theatre a few weeks ago and it was a really enjoyable film!

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.