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Not too much to share for Crafting On and Yarn Along this week.  Still too hot for knitting. I did pull my ‘purse knitting’ out and got the heels turned on Grandma’s socks.  Yesterday even my hands were sweating, so no knitting at all.

I don’t know why I had such a hard time getting a not blurry picture of the socks.  Maybe it’s the pattern of the yarn?  Oh well, this is the best one of the bunch.

One thing with all this heat, it makes for good reading weather.  The latest book on my Kindle is A Fifty-Year Silence.  It was really good.  It’s about a woman’s search to find out what happened to her grandparents.  They survived the war just to break up and never speak for the next fifty years.  I really suggest this one the next time Kindle has it on sale.


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Eastern Ontario continues to bake under this ridiculous heat and humidity.  It’s funny, we are crazy humid but the ‘rain’ clouds are so dry that we haven’t had one thunderstorm all month.  We had a wee bit of rain this weekend, but it didn’t even add up to an inch.  We are getting desperately dry and having flashbacks to the 2012 drought.  More worrying is the fact that all around the world farmers are crying for rain (on farmer facebook).  Food could get rather expensive this year if we don’t get good rains soon.

Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan were up on the weekend.  They treated us to a fabulous day at the Calypso water park.  Do you see that white slide on the left, the one that goes straight down?  My crazy fearless daughter went down that one 3 times!!  This one and this one are more my speed -guess I’m getting old.  The best part, in my opinion, is that they spoil us by renting a cabana.  That gives us our own private area out of the sun.  It comes with table and chairs and a fridge.  It even locks so you don’t have to worry about your stuff.

The view from our cabana, just steps from my favourite Jungle Run.

We don’t know where this kitty came from, but she’s been around the back door for a little while now.  She has 3 of the most adorable grey kittens.  They are all solid grey and one is extra fluffy.

With our company this weekend (and it being Uncle Stefan’s b-day) I made a beef roast in the crock pot on Saturday, so we’re eating a lot of that this week.


ham sandwiches

hot beef (or a version thereof depending on how hot the house is)


pizza on the BBQ

shepherd’s pie (I can cook in my toaster oven)



pork chops



leftover shepherd’s pie


honey garlic chicken -from freezer maybe with sesame noodles (Pioneer Woman)



And now onto the knitting for Yarn Along and Crafting On.

Too hot for knitting, so not too much progress.  I’m done with the patterning (except for the odd row of eyelets).  Ha!  I just noticed Tim decided to get in on the picture.

I finished up Tales From Bow Street.  It was good.  It got a bit less interesting towards the end, but that’s to be expected when talking about modern crime instead of highway men!  Now I’m reading To Love, Honor, and Vacuum.  I’ve followed Sheila on her blog for a while and I found the kindle edition for free and thought I’d give it a try.  So far, I’m not so sure.

Send us some rain.




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Hurray!  We had 7mm of rain last night -yeah I know, not much but right now some is better than none.  There was a bit of a breeze today which made for a slightly nicer day.  It’s actually down to 23C already in the house, should be beautiful in here by morning.

Crafting On and Yarn Along today, so here’s my progress on my Faroese shawl.

The colour is way off because I had to use the flash (curtains shut to keep out the heat and light).  Not sure how to get  picture so you can see the pattern, but it’s there.

Another Bookbub suggestion this week.  I’ve really been enjoying Tales from Bow Street.  It’s about the start of proper policing in in England.

This is the best picture I could get from soccer camp.  Parents are kept way back from the field, so ‘zoom’ it was. Can you find Ella?

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I didn’t get so much knitting done on holidays, but I did get this far on my new scarf:

Then I got home and turned it into this:

BTW, this is a much closer representation of the actual colour.  When we got home I was looking at it and finally decided I just wasn’t ‘feeling’ that pattern.  It’s a good pattern and I may make it again some time for an actual scarf, but what I need is an ‘around the house’ shawl.  Though now that we have the outdoor corn furnace I don’t ‘need’ house shawls quite so much as before.

So now, I’ve cast on 449 sts and have started this:

It’s the Stora Dimun shawl out of my Folk Shawls book.  I’ve had this book for a long time but this is the first shawl I’ve knit from it.  It’s a Faroese style shawl, which means it has extra shaping at the shoulders which make it sit better.  We’ll see.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been working on Grandma’s new sweater.  It’s worsted weight wool and I just can’t deal with it in this heat and humidity.  When the nice weather comes back I’m sure I’ll pull it out again.  Grandma’s finally taken off her sweat shirts, so she’s fine for a while -ha ha!

I may not have done much knitting on holiday, but I did get a nice bit of reading (I love my Kindle).  I finished A Room with a View.  Remember a while ago, the book Vanessa and Her Sister?  Well, E.M. Forster was a friend of theirs and played a part in that book.  Also, remember the ’85 movie?  I have always loved period films, and that one has two of my favourite actresses –Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham Carter.  I wish we had Netflix because I’d love to watch it again.  The other book I really enjoyed was Call the Nurse.  It’s the true story of a public health nurse living in the Hebrides in the 70’s.   There is a second one, but I’ll have to watch for it to come on sale for Kindle.

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Crafting On today, Ginny says Yarn Along will be posted tomorrow.

Grey day here, I’m surprised at how accurate the colours are in the picture.  I finished up the Wonder Woman shawl this weekend, but didn’t get a chance to go to Ottawa to deliver.  Guess it’s back to Grandma’s sweater.

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I forgot to share a knitting project last week for Yarn Along/Crafting On.

When I ordered the yarn for the shawl I couldn’t resist a ball of the Knit Picks Dishie.  It really is the best dish cloth cotton and I get 2 cloths (plus about 1/2 extra).  I made a regular one and one of the new Triangle to Square ones, sometimes I like to be different.

Wonder Woman is nearly finished.  I need to get moving because I hope to be in Ottawa this weekend and I can drop it off.

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Crafting On/Yarn Along this week and I’m working on the shawl for my friend.  I’m really loving this new cotton yarn from Knit Picks.  It’s so soft.

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