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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, 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!






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.