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?

Sock It To Me Monday

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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.

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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. 😀

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!

Hey! Check it Out! Wednesday!

Do you think I can make Hey! Check it Out! Wednesday! a thing? Just kidding. It will never catch on like Wednesday WIPs.

But hey, check it out!

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I finished my Lilac Heather Cumulus Blouse. It’s mostly great. This yarn is wonderful and it has great stitch definition. It fits well and is comfortable, and I love the color. The neckline… well, I saw this coming but carried on knitting anyway. I thought hopefully that the i-cord cast off was going to take up more space. I will have to wear a shirt under it. I’m sure the culprit is my yarn choice, but I love the yarn so I wouldn’t have changed it. I guess I should pay more attention to row gauge? But considering I only knit a 2 inch swatch, I got what I deserved. Pattern is Cumulus Blouse and yarn is Cestari Ash Lawn DK in Lilac Heather. Still happy.

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Check out my new to me shoes! They are Baabuk and made in Portugal with local wool. I have terrible problem feet, and I go through a lot of shoes looking for “the one” pair that will make my feet happy. So far these are ticking all my boxes: wool, renewable resource, sustainably and ethically made, and I got them used (practically new) on Poshmark. They are super comfortable and like these so much I may purchase a pair of boots at some undetermined point in time in the future.

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Check this out! I joined Seamwork (unlimited) at a special half off rate and got this style workshop. I really need it. When I was younger I didn’t have any problems knowing what I liked to wear or what looked good on me, and I changed my style frequently. Now that I’m older, I need a little help. I’ve already downloaded several patterns, but I’m making myself finish the workbook before I buy any fabric. First on my list to sew is Ace.

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I have wanted a funnel neck ever since I saw Amelie, so that was probably 20 years ago!

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I would love to have this done in time to take to Nova Scotia (1 week away!) but I would have to find a fabric I love locally. I will head over to Sew to Speak at some point just to see if she has any wool jersey or sweater fabric.

I also decided to make a Chip Jacket and Dexter Pants, and by that time I realized I just needed to join. I didn’t renew Ottobre, so that’s my rationalization.

I still need to finish my jeans, but I do have my zipper now. Maybe this weekend?

Unfortunately I’ve been feeling under the weather since Sunday. Today I finally accepted that I need to rest and get over whatever this is so I can have fun in Canada! My brain wants to go go go but my body is saying no no no.

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. 😁

Mid-Week Studio Night

I was so excited to receive my zipper and button kit from Japan, I ran right to the studio after a hard day’s work. Welp, I should’ve known better. I should have taken a break before sewing because I got confused (old) and ruined the zipper.

It’s ok, I guess. It was too long anyway, and I was trying to make it work. I ordered a shorter zipper (not from Japan this time) so hopefully I can install it next week.

I made some belt loops. Ta da!