Sunshine and Seaspray

We went back to Louisbourg today to hike the Lighthouse Trail. I wore my wool so I was plenty warm, although the sun was out.

We hiked the trail to Gun Landing Cove and then headed back.

I especially enjoyed the ruins of the old battery and original lighthouse.

I have been knitting in the car, and was surprised by how much gold is in my green Weekender sweater.

I still like it.

We went to a wonderful concert at the Highland Arts Theater in Sydney on Wednesday night. I fell in love with another band, Beolach, and bought another cd. I found a video to share with you, although it’s from 2014.

We had an interesting conversation with Bob’s Uncle Basil about the difference between traditional Scottish music in Scotland versus Nova Scotia, and how Scottish music has evolved in Scotland but in Nova Scotia it is still in the old style. When Scottish students want to learn the old style, they come to Cape Breton.

I did notice a marked difference between the Scottish bands and the Nova Scotian bands. I love the blending of different influences in Kinnaris Quintet, and I love the traditional fiddle and pipes in Beolach. They even danced during their set. I love it all!

Another concert tonight, and a matinee tomorrow afternoon. Our time here is really flying!

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!

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?

Weekender Update

We are enjoying a cool rainy Sunday here. I am so glad the hottest part of the year is over, also known as “Hell’s Front Porch” in Ohio.

First of all, you should know I am getting a lot of amusement out of Tompkin. Here he is in the neighbor’s pumpkin crate.

I also finished my jeans. Enjoy these photos my youngest graciously took for me.

These fit fairly well. I think they will fit better when I’ve lost a few more pounds.

I loved the waistband construction on them, but I struggled with it. I shouldn’t have gone with the horsehair for interfacing. It was too difficult to sew. It was too much for my little machine and I ended up using the industrial machine down the hall.

I broke a needle and bent a needle. Oops!

I am super happy with the jeans button kit. Well worth all those yen.

I’m pleased the jeans are wearable, especially since I probably spent as much time ripping out stitches as I did sewing. Pattern is Sound of Blues from Ottobre.

Next time I’ll use a fabric with more stretch, maybe some Ponte.

I found another skein of the green at my LYS and cast on my Weekender. Again, I struggled. It took me three times to get the tubular cast on right. I didn’t actually need waste yarn for this. There are multiple ways to do a tubular cast on, apparently. FYI!

I hope to get the front cast on and joined to the back before our trip. Then I can take Weekender to Canada with me for some sweet, sweet, stockinette vacation knitting.

Yesterday for Saturday-date Bob and I went to see Joker. That film is a work of art. Bob and I each got a new pair of hiking boots to celebrate our anniversary. One week from tomorrow will be 7 years! ❤️

Woe is Meee Tra La La

I wore my Cumulus Blouse yesterday and it is pilling a little. I’m going to use my sweater shaver on it. Maybe once I wash it a few times it will settle down.

On a happier note…

My last orchid flower is hanging on for dear life. Let go, beautiful blossom! Fall is here and it’s time to rest!

Summer lasted so long this tomato thinks it’s a pumpkin. I helped it along with a sharpie. You do you, little pumpkin tomato!

My older children think it’s funny to close their eyes in photos. I might have taught them that. This was from family movie night when we watched Great Pumpkin and Hocus Pocus. Snuggly.

Selfie of the week. My hair is growing and I went back to my old skin care regimen. My skin won’t tolerate anything else.

Today I’m going to cast on my Weekender! I had planned to do it last night but I didn’t realize I was going to need three different needle sizes and scrap yarn. I went to the studio twice to collect things yesterday and still didn’t have everything I needed, and finally gave up. Today is the day!

Shimmering Silver Lady

Mildlygranola has me convinced to make a Weekender by Andrea Mowry with her. I admit to flirting with the idea of this pattern, but I never committed. I am ready.

Do you remember this yarn? It’s Scout by Kelbourne Woolens. The gauge is spot on for me for Weekender since I’m a loose knitter. And I have almost enough of the green to make it! I only need one skein. I do have enough of the silver, and I do love me a silver sweater which matches my silvery hair making me swan about like a shimmering silver lady (hence the title of this blog.)

But greeeeeen… deep verdant earthy evergreen.

I only need one skein. I’m going to go to my local yarn shop tomorrow to see if she has one more skein of this. If she doesn’t, I’ll probably cry. But maybe I’ll find it on the internet.

I considered waiting until our trip to Nova Scotia in case there was some special yarn there I would like to buy, but realized I don’t want to lug home a sweater quantity of yarn. Maybe one or two skeins of something special!

I’m still waiting on the new zipper for my jeans. Today I serged the edges on all the pieces and did some top stitching. I’m taking great care with these as I want them to fit well, and I’d like to be able to take them in and let them out as needed.

I lost another 5 pounds, making it 18 pounds total. My old jeans fit more comfortably now and I’m ready to take the larger sizes down to the basement. I save my old jeans since my weight fluctuates so much.

I’m almost finished with Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse.

How is your Sunday going? I cleaned the bathroom, the stove, and my car interior today, but I’m still having a good day. 😁

Studio Day

I’m working most of the weekend so I took today off and went to the studio.

Almost jeans! I wanted you to see a little of the pocket so you can see the plaid fabric.

Look at that yoke and those back pockets!

I don’t know what’s going on with all those wrinkles. Hopefully they’ll wash out.

I ordered a metal zipper and jeans button from Japan with a special tool for putting on said button. (¥3,643. Spared no expense.) Once they arrive I’ll finish these up!

I also finished the left sleeve on Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse. Ready to pick up those armhole stitches on sleeve 2!

Look at these buttons I found in my stash. They go so perfectly with my pleated blouse fabric. I hope they’re the right size and I have enough. I have six, so hopefully.

Today I have enjoyed listening to the 80’s New Wave station on Pandora. Isn’t it funny how music from our youth can make us feel young again? I’m definitely going to be listening to more 80’s music. Here’s my top pick from today.

Sock It To Me Monday

Here’s my paltry progress on my toe up sock. I’m worried it’s too wide.

I went to my local fabric store to get some interfacing for my jeans’ waistband. (She sold me horsehair. How cool is that?)

I wanted a floral fabric to make a top out of to work with my collection palette. There were many lovely floral fabrics, but most were very bright or a large print. I kept remembering to myself “wearable” “something I would be comfortable in” “something with some green or saffron” “roses” “must work with denim”. I think I did pretty well. I need a pattern, though.

ETA: Found a vintage pattern on Etsy!