I knit and picked out the last round I completed on Arachne three times! It’s not that it’s difficult. It’s just each section is slightly different and I keep misunderstanding the pattern. I finally spread it out on a 60″ cable so I could have a proper look at what I’m doing. I’m not 100% positive I got it right this time either, but I’m putting it in time out for a while.
Good news: we got the house!
I took some time off today and listened to Talking Tudors while working on Arachne. I’m worried the stitches may be a little tight, but hopefully they will block out.
She’s coming along. I ordered a new-to-me spider pin on Poshmark to wear with the sweater once it’s complete. I hope to make more progress this weekend.
Speaking of pins, I have a thing for vintage jewelry, especially holiday pins. I think it’s a holdover from my 80’s rhinestone jewelry collection. I don’t own very many now because I don’t wear them very often, but I’m thinking about starting a collection. The spider is my third pin.
The bird was a gift from my friend Laura. I found the millefleurs pin at a local vintage shop in the last few years, and I may have blogged about it.
I’ve decided I need a vintage Christmas pin. I am looking online but I might wait until quarantine lifts so I have an excuse to go shopping at my local vintage shops.
Welp I twisted it. So I had to frog the whole thing. I also decided I don’t like this color combo, so I’ve ordered some charcoal with lavender for the spider web. I’m more likely to wear those colors. It may be a couple of weeks before I cast on again, but hopefully I’ll have the yarn in my hands for our next virtual knit along!
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the first date of Bob and myself, and also the 8th anniversary of when Bob proposed. To celebrate, we watched a virtual tour of the Winchester Mystery House and ate mango sorbet. (We ate mango sorbet on our first date.) Did you know Sarah Winchester liked the spider web pattern and felt it was spiritually significant? She used it on many stained glass windows in the Winchester Mystery House, which brings me full circle.
Putting my thoughts out there in a podcast must be more anxiety inducing than I expected. I went to bed early and woke in the middle of the night. That hasn’t happened in a while.
I never thought I would be saying this, but I’m thankful that it’s budget week at work. Numbers are so solid and reassuring. And I’m always thankful for my job, which I enjoy as much as I appreciate.
So I am up in the wee hours of the AM, steeping some nutritious and relaxing tea and contemplating my Weekender progress.
I’m not at all sure about it. The sleeve seems too narrow, I have started the cuff but now it looks too short, and I gave up on the fussy and (in my mind) completely unnecessary Kitchener stitch bind off. I’m hoping this is one of those designs that looks better on. I can always make an extra long ribbing at the cuff. This design is forgiving that way.
I haven’t started Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, but if I’m in for a long night, I may as well get started. Or, I think I will catch up my blog reading first. Yay!
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!
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.
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?
Looks like I might be making the same pair of socks again! Well, I have loved these socks, so maybe that’s not a bad thing. I’ll add a twisted rib cuff to the new ones to make them unique. I did knit a few rows on this. I think I should take it on vacation with me in case I need some variety in my knitting.
Check out my Weekender, ready to join the round! I really love this green. I’m looking forward to wearing it.
I’m wearing my handmade jeans today and I have to say they are very comfortable. I’m “sew” glad I made them. 😀
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!