Thursday, August 11, 2016

Catch Up

I finished up some items that I've been slack in posting.  I still have two more that aren't washed and blocked yet.  But here goes with the stuff that IS done.

First up a plain roll brim hat destined for the Christmas gift box.  The yarn in Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed in charcoal tweed, Ravelry details here.

Next up is a pattern I bought eons ago, I have the mittens pattern, too, but haven't gotten around to them yet.  Hermione's Cable and Bobble hat in Briggs & Little Tuffy in red mix, details here.

A pair of socks for the Christmas gift box, Hedgerow Socks in Lion Brand Sock Ease Solids, details here.

An alpaca boucle cowl for me, the pattern is here, the yarn is Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca Boucle, details here.

These socks are like night and day.  Yes, they are the same color, and yes, they are the same dye lot.  It's hard to believe looking at them.  Thank goodness they're for me. The yarn is Patons Kroy FX in canyon colors, plain old vanilla socks, details here.

Since I wear slippers out so incredibly fast, I made myself a pair of work-style ankle socks out of some leftover Briggs & Little Tuffy I had, hoping the nylon will make them last longer once fall weather, slipper wearing weather hits.  Details here.

I haven't bought yarn in a LONG time, I'm tyring to use up some stuff I've had for ages and ages.  I made one of these before and gave it away, this one is for me,  It's 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf, made with yarn I bought years ago when there used to be a Zellers store around, dirt cheap, 4 skeins, $4.  It's an acrylic/wool blend, bagged like mill ends.  Horrid feeling to knit with, but it washes up nicely.  Details here.

I needed some easy knitting, so I made two dishcloths out of leftover Bernat Handicrafter.  The pattern is Boxy Dishcloth, details here.

Another cowl for me, Simple Yet Effective, the yarn is Wandering Cat Yarns Twinkle Cat DK in Sprite.  Details here.

Lastly - for now - is Be Simple Variations, for me, out of Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), details here.

I soon have to break my yarn diet and buy some.  I am running out of things I really want to knit, there's just not much left anyways, and I need some simple knitting for car rides and stuff.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Toronto Trip May 2016

The last weekend in May Hubs and I took a weekend trip to Toronto with two other couples.  I had Air Miles that were going to expire then end of this year, so we used those for our plane tickets and hotel.  First stop was Popeye's, a first time for me, Hubs used to get it when he truck drove past Montreal, but there are none this way past Ontario.  I loved the cajun chicken burger even though it felt like my mouth was on fire.  I think it's worth a yearly trip just for that.

Next stop on Saturday morning was the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Anyone who knows Hubs know that he HATES the Canadiens (sorry, Habs fans), and our last name is Roy, and he used to be a goalie.  This was his oh-no-I-just-got-drafted-by-the-Habs photo, lol.

The HHOF was a blast, could easily spend the day there, but we were on a time limit.  Next stop was Rogers Centre for the Blue Jays vs Red Sox.  It wasn't hard to find where to go, follow the sea of Blue Jays jerseys.

The roof was open.  It was a beautiful weekend, over 30 Celsius each day and muggy/smoggy.  We were lucky that our seats were in the shade.

Two of our party are Jays fans, three of our party are Red Sox fans, and one doesn't like baseball.  Can you guess who isn't a baseball fan? I'll give you a hint -- it was the longest 3 hours 37 minutes of my life.  Anyhoo, Hubs and the other RS fan was there to see their man, Big Papi, David Ortiz, who is retiring after this season.  That's him on the right in warm up.

My l'il guy got a home run.  His last name is Bogarts, I think he's cute, Hubs always points out I'm old enough to be his mother.  I restrain myself from slapping him.

Big Papi time.

This pitcher freaks me out cuz he does this every time he goes to throw a pitch.

It was the bottom of the 9th, the Red Sox were 9, the Jays were 8.  Apparently things got very exciting, everyone was standing up.  I didn't.  Then the Jays tied it.  I was like F*CK, extra innings.  But alas, they scored again and ended up winning the game, no extra innings, thank gawd.  The RS fans in our troop were happy, Papi had scored a home run, so they didn't care who won.

And finally it was the moment that I had been waiting for, the Ripley's Aquarium, which is right next door. Love, love, loved it.

Nemos and Doreys!!

Jellies are cool.

So that was the day, all of it fit into Saturday, and our plane for home left at 1pm Sunday.  Next time it would be cool to have one extra day, a long weekend, instead of getting there Friday night and leave Sunday afternoon.  And no ball game, lol.  Or they can all go to the game, I'll hang out at the aquarium.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Blankie and Socks

I finally finished a blanket I had started with the intentions on making it a baby blanket.  It turned out way bigger than I thought it would, roughly 42" wide and 48" long.  So I decided to keep it for myself for a lapghan.  It covers my legs and feet quite nicely while I'm knitting.  We were thinking about getting a pop up camper or a hybrid camper (we haven't had a camper for years), it would be good to take camping.  The yarn is Premier Yarns Kitten in sunshine.  I got it dirt cheap.  Ravelry details here.

Before I finished the blanket I made a couple of pairs of socks. This first pair is going in the Christmas gift box, Show Off Stranded Socks in Mary Maxim A Step Above in prairie grass.  (Another yarn I got dirt cheap, I think it was $5.)  Details here.

And lastly a pair of vanilla socks knit with Patons Kroy FX in celestial colors.  Details here.

Now I'm working on another pair of socks for a Christmas gift.  I frogged a sweater I was working on a long time ago, had probably 3/4 of it finished, but the pattern was one of those that don't give you exact numbers. Just like cast on til you have enough stitches to fit around you, increase so many every so many rows til it fits around you.... it was top down in one piece.  But I like patterns with exact numbers that tell you exactly what to do.  I think it was going to be too big but the arms probably too tight anyways.  So I am going to maybe make Flax with the yarn instead.  I won't probably cast on for that until I have the socks finished.  But I might, lol.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Got a couple of pairs of vanilla socks finished.  The yarn is Kroy, first pair turquoise jacquard.  Ravelry details here.

The second pair is mulberry stripes, details here.

I've got one more pair finished but not blocked or photographed yet.  I've also started - dare I say it - Christmas knitting!  I've got a pair on the go now that will be put away and plans for two more pairs.  Plus I started a list of gift ideas so I can try and so what I say every year I am going to do - start my shopping early - but that never seems to happen.  I do have a few things in a box already, however, and the knitting helps.

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cuba 2016 Part Four

On the way back from Havana we went over Cuba's tallest bridge.  The pictures don't do it justice, believe me, it was VERY high up.  (110 metres according to Wikipedia.)  I'm not a fan of heights and was glad we were driving over it and not walking.

We stopped in Varadero for a bit of shopping in the markets.  When we were done and waiting for our friends I just stood on the corner and snapped some old car pictures for my Dad.  I took a lot, but here are a few of the cool ones.

Back at the resort there are always birds looking for a free meal, lol.  They'll land right on the table beside you or a chair, looking for a handout.

Of course, the day we left seemed to be the very nicest day of the whole trip.  Sigh.

Time to go. :(


Now back to our regularly scheduled programming - next post!

Happy knitting!