Happy Thanksgiversary!

Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving and also our 7th wedding anniversary! We hiked Middle Head, a bit of the Cabot Trail near Ingonish, then had a lovely dinner with Bob’s folks.

After that we went to another Celtic Colours concert and I found a new to me band that I really like, Kinnaris Quintet. I bought the CD. That’s how much I liked them.

The drive to the trail was an hour and a half there and then back again, so I knit several rounds on my Weekender.

Today we’re taking it easy. No hikes today, just a few errands and knitting and movies and leftovers.

Intrepid Saturday

It’s a rough and rainy day here today. We ventured out to the Iona Port Farmer’s Market but after that the rain and wind started in earnest.

Still a beautiful day on the island.

I’m pretty excited about my new book, and pleased I’ll be able to use up my Scout yarn on some of these projects.

In the meantime I’m knitting away on my Weekender.

All Fiber Friday

Today we drove to the village of Baddeck for the Celtic Colours Fibre Festival. It was mostly weaving and quilting, which was lovely to look at, but it didn’t take long to find my treasure, this fingerless glove kit from Celtic Raven Fibres!

Celtic Colours has rules about not taking photos at musical events, but I asked when we arrived at the Fibre Festival and was told it would be OK. However when I took this photo, someone was a little prickly with me, so I didn’t take any more photos. But I did take home the kit!

We ran into family there and my Aunt-in-law, who makes the most gorgeous quilts, had these clever little cache stashers for sale. She said they were for your sewing table, for threads, but of course I realized they would also be wonderful yarn ball holders.

The weight holds it on the table (or couch arm) and also makes a great pin cushion.

I admired this one and was going to purchase it, but she gave it to me! That was so sweet.

I tried to see if she sold these online anywhere, and didn’t find anything. But her name is Theresa and she is on Instagram as Galloping Crow Quilts.

As if that wasn’t fiberlicious enough, I found out (from Theresa) that Baddeck has a yarn shop, Baadeck Yarns! I picked up their specialty dyed Celtic Colours colorway and this book, Saltwater Classics, Caps, Vamps, and Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland.

I want to make everything in this book, but especially these mitts and trigger mittens!

All that shopping made me hungry, so we stopped at Lynwood Inn for a Beyond Burger on a gluten free brioche bun, where I saw this sign and asked if I could photograph it.

I try to be the former instead of the latter. 😆

Our final stop in Baddeck was Victoria County Creates, a fun little gallery of art and handmade by local creators. One of the things I wanted to get was something that said Cape Breton on it. (I know, I’m such a tourist.) I hadn’t seen anything I thought was right for me until I found this shirt.

Phew! Hang in there, I’m not done yet! Here’s a scenery intermission.

It was so beautiful, we stopped to take photos both coming and going!

Okay, next stop, back to Sydney to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design for another fibre festival where I found these gorgeous handwoven cotton tea towels and a catnip toy for JoJo.

This visit reignited my desire to weave.

My last stop was at The Bobbin Tree, a little Fair Trade / Rug Hooking / Yarn Shop in Sydney.

Adorable spot. Check out that bicycle! I pottered around in here while Bob checked out the comic store.

Hats off to Bob who supported me on my fiber quest today. It’s supposed to storm tomorrow, which is the perfect excuse to hole up and knit. If we do get out, I’ll let you know!

Day 1 in Cape Breton

We had a lovely little hike around Dalem Lake today. It is truly autumn up here with turning leaves 🍁 and a crisp chill in the air.

I’m going to have a hard time sticking to my diet. I had a wonderful cup of seafood chowder for dinner with a gluten free biscuit. I also had a salad. 👍 I’m stuffed and there are gluten free cookies from the bakery that need eating.

I knit a few rounds on my Weekender today. Tomorrow we are heading to the fiber festival in Baddeck!

The Good News

We’ve been in and out of airports all day, but the good news is I checked out a knitting mystery from the library, A Dark and Stormy Knit.

It’s full of knitting (duh) and mystery (uh yeah) and puns! It also has fiber art and knitting graffiti! It’s the perfect vacation read.

When we got to Newark I found I had twisted my knitting on Weekender. The good news is I had an hour to tink back two rounds and fix it. When I got to Halifax I realized my center ridges weren’t right but the good news is I had several hours to eat a delicious meal (local cod cakes and a glass of Nova Scotia white wine) and then pull out two stitches back to the mistake and fix them. (I couldn’t find the correct knitting slang for this, but while looking for it, I did find this hilarious guide to knitting slang. My non-knitting loved ones will thank me.)

We have another hour before boarding our flight to Sydney, but the good news is the leaves are already in full autumnal glory here, b(oy)ize. And I’m not just talking about that red maple leaf, eh?

Monday, A List

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1. I know no one wants to hear about my workout, but I’ve recently started circuit training at the gym: 15 minutes rowing, 15 minutes elliptical, and 15 minutes interval walk/run on the treadmill. Today I ran for 7 minutes straight, and I was so happy. I never thought I would run again.

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2. This weekend was our Strategic Planning Retreat for work, so today’s unspirational quote is on point. I’m glad when I took the Game of Thrones quiz I was Jon Snow and not Daenerys Targaryan.

 

3. Yarn bombs in Bloomington, IN.

 

4. On Sunday, while in Bloomington, we went hiking at the Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve. It was beautiful.

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5. Hair goals above, only salt and pepper. This is also a pretty good show, if you like horror. But, we recently watched Marianne on Netflix, and it was so good, I’m ready to binge watch it again!

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6. We will be in Nova Scotia in 2 weeks and 2 days!

Sunflower Shuffle

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Several times during my work day I try to get out and go for what Bob and I call a “shuffle.” It’s a short walk around the block. It’s great for moving my body and clearing my head. One of our neighbors has a yard full of flowers, and a fence lined with sunflowers, my favorite flower. I think these are Mexican Red Sunflowers.

I am ready to start the i-cord bind off on Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse. I’m going to do that tonight and update you tomorrow. Accountability!

Also, I asked the art gallery owner who hosted us for our Mother Artists at Work show this summer if he would be interested in me having a solo show there in a year or two. And he said YES! I just have to reach out and set a date!

NYC: Yarn Secured

I went to New York City without knitting and came back with new yarn.

I always try to stop into Purl Soho when I’m there.

What am I going to do with my little hank of Cotton Pure in robin’s egg blue?

Socks. Socks I tell you. Little soft blue cotton footie socks. I will probably use the Purl Soho toe up sock pattern I purchased earlier this year.

We also ate New York style gluten free pizza and I scored a gluten free beer. Life was good.

Life right now is a little crazy, though. Not a lot of knitting going on.

I lay down to do some deep breathing and JoJo decided to join me and warm my lap. What a sweetie.

ETA: Oh I forgot to mention my fiber piece sold. Yay! It’s being shipped to a collector in DC!