Posts Tagged ‘Crafting On’

Mondays are so busy here this Autumn.  We’ve got book club in Pembroke in the mornings, the kids are doing Diary of a Young Girl (did I tell you that already?).   Home again after lunch and then back to Pembroke for Pathfinders (which Ella loves).  I don’t seem to get anything done on Mondays.  This week I didn’t even get my menu up.



store roasted chicken


grilled cheese

leftover chicken



cracklin’ chicken



smothered hamburgers


Daddy feeds himself

What’s cooking at I’m an Organizing Junkie?


My Crafting On and Yarn Along posts might be a little sparse for the next few weeks.  I’m participating in a Christmas swap on Ravelry again, so sssssshhhhhh!!!

I do have some purse knitting progress to share.  I used a filter to try to get the colour right.  The yarn is blue and burgundy.

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I had a bit of startitis this weekend, so I’ve got a few things to share for Yarn Along/Crafting On this week.

Started another pair of socks for Grandma for Christmas.  She’s getting to that age where it’s hard to find her presents.  She really doesn’t need things.  But she loves my knitting socks, so socks it is.  I really like this yarn, not a surprise since it’s Berroco and the same brand I use for Colin and Ella’s thick socks.  I’m thinking of ripping these out and just making a plain sock.  The pattern is getting lost in the colourway.

I started a pair of black socks for me.  I’m definitely going to rip these ones out.  For some reason the math has failed me and they are too loose.  That’s half the point of making my own socks -to have them fit properly.  I might actually use this yarn to make me knee socks with the Ceilidh pattern.

Then I decided I needed to knit a project bag for my knitting projects.  It fits nicely in my purse.  I used some of the leftovers from Ella’s afghan.

And of course, a new project bag requires a new project.  So I started a new pair of knee socks.  These are just plain knitting because it’s a funky stripey yarn that sort of looks like snowflakes.

I think that’s it for the new projects this week.  Oh yeah, I didn’t show you Grandma’s last pair of finished socks.  I took the picture without the flash and the colour is better.

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Wow, yesterday was crazy.  Cooking everything at home and then getting it down to my SIL’s for supper.  But so worth the trouble.  Our BIL was so happy to get some real food after having to eat hospital ‘food’.  I think it perked him up having company too.

For Crafting On/Yarn Along I finally finished Ella’s socks .

Just waiting for some sunshine so I can sew in the black ends.  I need to give in and get bifocals because my eyes are starting to interfere with my knitting and sewing.  They are a lot more neon in real life.  I’m almost done Mom’s other socks but didn’t bother to pull them out for a picture.  I’m sure they will be done by next week, so I’ll show you then.

In the big lead-up to Thanksgiving there wasn’t much time for gratuitous reading, but I did read a bit more of the “Crazy Ladies

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A bit of progress to share this week for Yarn Along/Crafting On.  I’ve lucked out and the Pembroke library has started a knit night.  It’s Mondays while Ella’s at Pathfinders.  Now I won’t have to sit in the car in the cold all winter.  Last week I was the only person, but this week there was a nice group, including my friend Karen.

I’ve started the ribbing on Grandma’s socks.  I’ve nearly finished Ella’s one sock (need daylight to do tubular cast off in black) and I’ve got the second one started.

I gave up on the Mary Lincoln book.  It just kept bogging down and wasn’t fun.  I’ve got too many other books to keep reading that kind of book.

I did enjoy my next Kindle book

It’s fiction based on real people and what happened to them during and after the Titanic.

This one is sort of a biography set as fiction.  I’m not too far into it, but it’s good.  It’s funny, he just finished talking about school and the ‘odd’ teacher.  She was always reading them real books and studying nature, etc and I’m like ‘Ha! The ‘weird’ teacher is a Charlotte Mason teacher!  Just like Ella’s curriculum.

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Not too much progress for Crafting On/Yarn Along this week.  I even had my knitting girlfriend up for an afternoon, but we talked too much to knit -ha ha.

Grandma’s socks (my purse knitting) are progressing slowly.  And a bit more work on Ella’s sock too.

I’m currently reading this one:

It’s alright, though it gets a bit slow when they start going on about the politics.  I’m not sure I’m going to finish it.

I finished last week’s book:

It was a fairly light read, but quite enjoyable.

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You may have noticed there was no Menu Plan Monday.  You won’t find one today either.  I’ve given up!  Don’t worry, likely just this week.  We’re back under a heat warning (they say 42C today) and Colin is getting busy with his seed cleaning.  It’s hard to know who will be around to feed and what we’ll want to eat while melting.  I am more than ready for the humidity to be gone.  Everything is damp, the furniture, the pillows, paper, etc.  Yuck.

For Yarn Along and Crafting On this week I have a finished project and a new one.

Finished Grandma’s socks.  They are so soft and squishy.  The colour still looks funny in the picture.  The top pair are for Ella.  She loves the bright colour but it’s Regia yarn so it’s a little scratchy.

Grandma had a check up with the respirologist in Renfrew last week.  We went with her so Ella could get some online time.  I walked past a display of books and found a new one -yeah I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover but that’s what caught my eye.  This week I’m reading a real book!  Set during WWI, it’s a fairly light read, but I’m enjoying it.

Jennifer Robson, the author is from Ontario and even went to the University of Western Ontario.

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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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