Friday, June 23, 2017

Four Years Anniversary and Knitting Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I had a wonderful day on Wednesday with my boyfriend, we celebrated four years together by spending the day together and eating lots of food and drinking wine and giving each other gifts. We started the day eating pancakes. then we had lunch together, then we went to a nice restaurant for dinner, got back home and opened gifts and cards, and had some wine. It was a lovely day. We met at my friend's birthday dinner four years ago and he came with a mutual friend of my friend's who she had invited that night. My boyfriend and I talked a lot that night and he was so easy to talk to right away. He added me on Facebook the next day then we got to messaging for a couple weeks, then had our first date. It was so fun talking to him and the conversation flowed so nicely, I knew that this would be something special.  Four years later, we are living together, and we are very happy.

Gift bags of gifts we gave each other, the roses he gave me, Today was a good day.

Pancakes I made for us in the morning, I tried to make a 4 out of chocolate chips haha

My boyfriend and I posing later on in the day after dinner
Pasta dinner + wine + bread 

Tiramisu for dessert at an Italian restaurant, it was delicious!
I have knitted more of the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief and sleeve and making progress toward both. I am so excited to finish these projects and then get started on the socks! for the kerchief, I am finished the last stockinette section, now working on the last garter/eyelet section of the pattern. It is looking more and more complete. I am hoping it gets some length from blocking it. I love how the colors have fit in between the eyelet stitches, it looks nice like that.  If you would like to read older posts on my progress of the kerchief, you can click here.



I visited my family this week and it is always so nice seeing my parent's and our cats Moo and Roo again. Moo and Roo are so sweet and adorable, and because I don't have my own cats at the apartment, it is really nice being able to see them and play with them. Below is a picture of Moo eyeing my knitting. After I took this picture, he grabbed the kerchief with his claws, probably thinking it was something he could play with...

Moo

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Knitting the Last Piece of the Sweater, Kerchief, and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It has been so humid and hot the past few days that it has been a struggle. My boyfriend and I are in an apartment with no air conditioning and we are finding the humidity difficult to deal with. We have a plug in air conditioner/fan that has a dehumidifier but we didn't have the cord for it to drain the water so we got one last night and we were amazed how much water it collected.

Reading:
 I also had a wonderful weekend spent with my family, and my boyfriend and visiting his family.  I went to visit my boyfriend's mom for her birthday a couple of days ago, and I had a chance to read more of My Not-So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella while waiting for the subway and later on that night and yesterday. So far it is very good, and I can tell it will be a fast read for me. I love books that I feel like I can relate to the main character and she is trying to figure out her career and life so I can understand that. I am glad that I am enjoying it so far because as I mentioned in another post, she was one of my favorite authors when I was a teen so I wanted to check out this new book of hers. I have been reading Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy and that is such a fun read too. I will be finishing these up this week I am sure. Then I will read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins who did an excellent job in her book Girl on the Train, so I have high expectations for her latest book which I am hoping is just as good if not better.

Kerchief and sweater sleeve
Knitting
In knitting, I have been knitting up the second sleeve again. I had gotten stuck for a bit at increasing on the purl side without making a hole in the knitting, and looked at some YouTube videos on how to best do that. Now I am working on it again because I figured it out.  I am looking forward to being done this sleeve because then I will be finished all the knitting for my 3timesChic sweater, my very first sweater. I will be so excited to finally wear it this Winter.
I have been knitting the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief as well, I had to frog some of it, which is why it is not that much longer since the last post. I frogged it back because I noticed the middle was not lining up right with the first sections and I realized it was because one of my stitch markers had fallen off and I put it in wrong on the opposite side one stitch over so all the work was shifted over after I did that but only realized it after about 5 rows. Oh well, it was annoying at first when I realized I had to frog all my work, but once I accepted that I have to frog it, and picked up all the stitches again it wasn't so bad. I am enjoying knitting it anyways, so it gives me more time to work on it.

I am joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and The Little Room of Rachell for Yarning Along. If you would like to share what you are working on this week you can link up too!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day! a Note for My Dad

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Today is Father's Day and I wanted to say Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there and especially to my own Dad. He is a wonderful man and always there for my sister and I and a good cat dad as well to our cats Moo and Roo. He always took the time when I was growing up to go on bicycle rides with me in the Spring and Summer and I cherish those times they were so great to catch up and chat and still are. He always thinks of trips we could take as a family and encourages us to experience new places and encourages us to go for what we want in life. Happy Father's Day to my Dad who is kind, generous, goofy, funny, and loving. I appreciate all you have done for us and I hope that you enjoy the day! Love you!

The year, June 2017 at Brick works
Last year (2016) at Brick Works taking photo of my Dad taking a photo

My Dad and Moo

My dad and Roo who have a special bond

Happy Father's Day to my dad and to all the other dads out there, I hope you have a special day!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stitchy Saturday Knitted Lace Flowers Stitch

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. This week I chose to knit the Knitted Lace Flowers stitch. I love the look of this stitch, it is so pretty and perfect for a light scarf for the Spring and Summer. I love how it turned out so beautifully and it was not too difficult. 

Every week I learn a new knitting stitch and share it with you in a post on the blog on Saturdays called "Stitchy Saturday". I aim to learn many knitting stitch patterns, and use them someday in projects and learn different knitting skills along the way. I have really enjoyed this so far and hope you are enjoying it to! 


Knitted Lace Flowers Stitch 



Pattern: 


Lace Flowers (knit)
Multiple of 12 = 2
K= knit
k2tog=knit 2 stitches together
s1 k1 psso= slide 1 stitch, knit the next and pass the slid stitch over the last one.
yo=yarn over
Repeat from * to *
Row 1.- K1, *k1, yo, (sl1,k1,psso), k7, k2tog, yo* k1.
Rows 2,4,6,8,10 and yo 12.- Purl
Row 3.- K1, *k2, yo, (sl1,k1,psso), k5, k2tog, yo, k1* k1.
Row 5.- K1,*k1, yo, (sl1,k1,psso), k7, k2tog, yo,* k1.
Row 7.- K1,*k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, (sl1,k1,psso), k3* k1
Row 9.- K1,*k3, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, (sl1,k1,psso), k2* k1
Row 11.-K1,*k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, (sl1,k1,psso), k3* k1
Repeat these 12 rows for pattern. 

Pattern used from JoannesWeb on Youtube. 


What I thought: 
I love the outcome of this stitch, the beautiful flowers that emerge and they look even lovelier behind a light or the window. I think this would be perfect for a scarf for Spring and Summer or even winter to brghten dreary days. This is one of my favorite stitches so far because I love the lace stitches and this also has beautiful flowers worked into the pattern.

Knitter level: 
Intermediate: this pattern was not too challenging but there are many yarn overs and knit togethers. If you have those under control, then this pattern shouldn't be too difficult.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, it is always nice to read your comments and get your feedback. Have you knitting this stitch pattern before? if so, what did you knit with the pattern? 
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Knitting, Reading, and Summer Knitting Plans

Hello Friends,


I hope you are doing well. I have been busy with school work and did a quiz for Accounting yesterday, it was a little harder than the one before but I got a pretty good mark I am happy with. It has been beautiful here recently, I still don't really feel prepared for Summer, but it is here so I better catch up! Today I am wearing shorts so that is a good first step! Summer comes and goes quickly here in Canada, so we have to start enjoying it right away.

I have been knitting the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief and am onto the stockinette, 21 row repeat after knitting the second eyelet stitch row. I like how it looks now with more length and width and the two eyelet rows. I am still debating whether or not I will add some extra sections on to make it longer, but I will be able to decide one I am finished the last two sections. I have a lot of yarn left, I have the skein shown in the photo below and I have another one. We shall see.


I have not been knitting the sleeve very much for the sweater, but I will be working on it this week and I will share some photos of the sleeve in next week's entries.

My Summer plan for knitting is to finish knitting the 3timesChic sweater pieces, and sew all the pieces together. I also would like to knit a couple pairs of socks, I think I will find a pattern that adds more of a challenge from the basic socks which I know now after knitting six pairs. Socks are great to knit up in the summer, they are a small project and can fit nicely into the bag you pack for a trip or a bag packed for the beach. Does anyone have suggestions for a good sock pattern to try after knitting basic socks? for now I will browse Ravelry for some ideas.

I am still reading Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding. I like how this book takes place after the latest movie that came out and in the book her son Billy, is a child. It is interesting to see how her life plays out after she and Mr.Darcy got married. I will also be starting to read My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella this week, since I had put it on hold at the Library online and it has recently automatically borrowed it and I have it in my loans section. I will read that as well so it doesn't go away before I have a chance to start it. I love Sophie Kinsella's books, I started reading them when I was a teenager and loved her writing style and stories. I will let you know how I like it next week!


I received a peace lily from my boyfriend's parents back in March and it is doing so well! there are four flowers growing on the plant now. I love how it does so well when not in direct sunlight because it is too big to be in the windowsill so I like its spot on the side table. My other plants are doing well too, my Rhoeo plant decided to tip over to its side, which initially I thought it was tilting towards the sun but it stayed on its side even facing away from the sun. I want to encourage it to stand up straight again. I will have to research how to do that or if any of you ladies with green thumbs know how to do that, let me know!


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Stitchy Saturday: Traveling Vine Stitch

Hello Friends,


I hope you are doing well. Today is another beautiful Saturday, and so far I have been knitting this lovely stitch I found today while looking on Instagram (which has lots of ideas for knitting stitches at #knittingstitches). It is so helpful to look on Instagram, because usually you find some swatches of stitches other knitters have tried out. I found the Traveling Vine stitch on Instagram today and loved this stitch knitted in green yarn, it looks beautiful. Unfortunately I don't own any green yarn, I will have to go out and get some to knit a scarf in this stitch that would look so nice. For now I have knitted this stitch pattern in red yarn which looks pretty too. I hope you want to give this one a try, it is a little tricky in some rows when you have to SSP (slip, slip, purl) but I got the hang of it after awhile and it helped to watch Knitting Stitch Patterns' video tutorial. Hope you enjoy this stitch pattern! 


Traveling Vine Stitch



Pattern: 
Knitted in a multiple of 8, + 4 sts and 12-row repeat.
Row 1: K2, * yo, k1-b, yo, ssk, k5; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: P6, * ssp, p7; repeat from * to last 7 sts, ssp, p5.
Row 3: K2, * yo, k1-b, yo, k2, ssk, k3; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4: P4, * ssp, p7; repeat from * to end.
Row 5: K2, * k1-b, yo, k4, ssk, k1, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6: P3, * ssp, p7; repeat from * to last st, p1.
Row 7: K2, * k5, k2tog, yo, k1-b, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 8: P5, * p2tog, p7; repeat from * to last 8 sts, p2tog, p6.
Row 9: K2, * k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1-b, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 10: * P7, p2 tog; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p4.
Row 11: K2, * yo, k1, k2 tog, k4, yo, k1-b; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 12: P1, * p7, p2tog; repeat from * to last 3sts, p3.

Knitting abbreviations:
Knit: K | Knit through the back loop: K1-b  |  Knit 2 sts together: K2tog
Purl: P | Purl 2 sts together: P2tog  | Yarn over: Yo
Slip slip purl through back loop: Ssp | Slip slip knit: Ssk.


Pattern from Knitting Stitch Patterns


What I thought: 
I loved this stitch, it was a learning experience for me because I learned how to SSP( slip,slip,purl) and it became easier after awhile. I love how this stitch pattern looks and I just love lace patterns now because they look so beautiful and have curved sides and bottom and look very feminine. When I saw this stitch on Instagram I fell in love with it knitted in green and thought this would be a lovely scarf. I love plants so this stitch pattern appealed to me even more because of the travelling vine makes me think of a vine plant that never ends. 

Knitter level: 
Intermediate: I would say this one is a little more on the challenging side and there are lots of rows with not very many repeats. The SSP method was a little fiddly at times and it might be a bit challenging. I enjoyed this pattern because it gave me more of a challenge.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, it is always nice to read your comments and get your feedback. Have you knitting this stitch pattern before? if so, what did you knit with the pattern? 
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Walk at Evergreen Brick Works & a Delicious Banana Bread Recipe

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well. This week has gone by so fast! I cannot believe it is Thursday already. Yesterday I had a wonderful day spent with my Mom and Dad, we went to the Evergreen Brickworks and spent the day walking through the park, and getting lunch in Greektown on the Danforth in Toronto.

Yesterday, my parents and I went to Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Ontario. This park used to be a quarry from 1889 to 1989 and now it has been turned into a beautiful park with ponds, nature, and trails for people to enjoy. I came here with my Dad last summer and we biked around on the trails and took in the beautiful scenery. Yesterday my Dad, Mom, and I came back for a second visit and we explored the park on foot.


Beautiful view of the Toronto skyline
 We all enjoyed taking a lot of photos because it is so beautiful there! We realized that it is hard to capture some things like the beautiful flowers on the lily pads that did not turn out as well on camera. But I think I still got a few nice shots :)

My Mom and Dad and I
 At one point we sat on Adirondack chairs and enjoyed the view that you see in the photo below. We watched the birds flying above the water, swooping down and grazing the water's surface and getting a small drink or splashing their feathers. It was so peaceful. I was thinking this would make a really nice, peaceful, knitting spot!


 We saw some turtles, but not as many as last year. We saw a lot more small orange fish swimming around than turtles.
One lonely turtle, where were your friends?

Lots of goldfish swimming around

We came across this old building on the Brick Works property and saw the message "tout est possible"  painted on the brick wall, which is French for everything is possible. 



 Just before we had lunch in Greektown on the Danforth, I spotted this graffiti "TDOT" for Toronto. I like the way it was painted and the simplicity of the style.


It was a beautiful day and perfect for our day out at Brickworks. I enjoyed going with my parents, who have always appreciated beautiful scenery and nature.

Today I made some banana bread in the afternoon. I have made this recipe twice now and both times, it turned out delicious. It has become my go to recipe for banana bread because it comes out so dense and moist and with a strong banana taste. As you can probably tell I love banana bread, I have posted on here already the Betty Crocker mix and the ingredients needed but this recipe I am talking about today is from Allrecipes.com and it is the "Banana Banana Bread". It has a lot of banana added which explains the double banana in the name!


Banana Banana Bread

Recipe for Banana Banana Bread

  • 2 cups- all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups of mashed overripe bananas


Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

I enjoyed  slice of banana bread with some tea this afternoon, and some knitting. My knitting is coming along, I knitted more of the kerchief yesterday and today, it is coming along nicely, but I know I am getting closer to finishing it, so I don't want to knit too much because I am really enjoying knitting it. I have been working on the second sleeve of the sweater and it is coming along nicely as well.

Perfect afternoon

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Kercief and Sleeve Knitting and a Little Reading

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It is a gloomy day here in Toronto today, it is so dark as I type! It feels later in the day than almost five. I have been busy today working on an Accounting assignment and also going to be submitting an assignment for Project Management as well. It is a lot of work sometimes all at once and I am all over the place thinking about my courses and thinking of posting to my blog.

I am reading Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding, and it is so funny I am really enjoying it so far! I am also working on finishing the Nest at the same time, plots with the characters are moving along quicker now so it is more interesting to me.

I have been really enjoying knitting the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, it is so much fun. I think I will be hooked on knitting shawls after this for sure.  I am knitting the kerchief quicker now as I am getting more familiar to the repetitive pattern ,and it is such a relaxing knit while I am watching shows or podcasts. I love knits like this that I can learn the pattern eventually and just grab the project to go watch something without worrying about looking at the pattern all of the time. 

Bridget Jones book with the Kerchief

The kerchief so far 
I like how the kerchief is looking with using the Loops & Threads Chameleon yarn, I love the gradient effect going on with the change from brown at the beginning to gray, then it will be switching back to brown soon. This makes the kerchief way more interesting to knit and I love how it is looking with the two colors.

Close up of the details in the kerchief, the eyelet stitches are going horizontally across the piece, I love this detail
I am still working on knitting the second sleeve for my 3timesChic sweater, I got caught on increasing on the purl side and making a hole in my yarn and haven't picked it up since. I will give it another go because I did not really have an issue with this on the first sleeve. 

Beginngs of the second sleeve 
I am joining in with Frontier Dreams for her Crafting On link up, and with Rachell at Little Room of Rachell for her Yarning Along link up!  If you would like to post what you are working on this week please join in!

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stitchy Saturday Tassel Stitch

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been good, I am enjoying knitting the Age of Brass and Steam kerchief it is such a fun knit. I am happy it is the weekend, today my boyfriend and I are going to have a barbecue with friends,, then I will be visiting my family. It is such a sunny day today and feels warm outside so it is the perfect day for a barbecue and spending time outside. I came across the tassel stitch, when browsing for stitch ideas this week and it looked fun to knit. I enjoyed the simple pattern and I hope that if you try it out, that you enjoy it too!


Tassel Stitch


Pattern: 

Cast On in Multiple of 6 + 1
Row 1 : * K4, P2 * K1
Row 2: P1 * K2, P4 *
Row 3 : * K4, P2 * K1
Row 4: P1 * K2, P4 *
Row 5 : * Right Needle Btwn 4th & 5th stitches and draw through loop, K1, P2, K3 * K1

Row 6: P1 * P3, K2, P2TOG *
Row 7 : K1 * P2, K4 *
Row 8: * P4, K2 * P1
Row 9 : K1 * P2, K4 *
Row 10: * P4, K2 * P1
Row 11 : K3 * Right Needle Btwn 4th & 5th stitches and draw through loop, K1, P2, K3 * end with K1, P2, K1
Row 12: P1, K2, P1 * P3, K2, P2TOG * P3


Pattern from Studio Knit 


What I thought: 
I like the stitch, it was easy to knit up. It was good learning how to knit it. I would want to find out how to make it look symmetrical if I was knitting a scarf with this stitch. The left side of my work looked different than the right side. I think if I had knit a few more stitches it would have looked better with the full tassel stitch being complete on the left side. I think it is a fun texture and would be nice on a scarf or as a bag.

Knitter level: 
Beginner: The stitch is easy to follow and the repetition is easy to learn after a few pattern repeats. It is a little confusing when reading the pattern to knit into the 4th and 5th stitch, but I watched the video created by Studio Knit and it was very simple after she explained it. You put the needle in between the 4th and 5th stitch then go to knit behind and then go back to the stitches that were skipped and continue the pattern.  

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, it is always nice to read your comments and get your feedback. Have you knitted this stitch pattern before? if so, what did you knit with the pattern? 
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Knitting The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I revealed on Tuesday that I was going to be knitting the "Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief" by Orange Flower Yarn. I found this pattern on Ravelry and I loved the look of it when browsing finished projects and how it looks on people who have knitted the kerchief. I started knitting it yesterday and I really love knitting it! I began knitting it on regular straight US 8 (5 mm) needles because I did not have large enough circular needles yesterday, but I could not wait to get going on the project. I went out today and bought a long circular needle from Michaels, so the work will fit more comfortably on the cord. I bought a cord that is 36 inches long so it would accommodate the kerchief if I decide to make it larger. Also for future shawl projects, it would be good to have a longer circular needle. I am enjoying learning how to knit this project as I go. I looked up how to knit the garter tab, that was all new to me and found a great video on YouTube to explain how to knit it. I liked how it was getting more repetitive the more rows I knit in the stockinette pattern which is a two row repeat and I feel more comfortable with what to expect next.

Beginnings of the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief
The next row is the beginning of the garter/eyelet section. The piece is still small, measuring at 7 inches wide and 2.5 inches high down the middle. I am using a larger yarn than required in the pattern, it is the Loops & Threads Chameleon yarn which is Aran Weight. I knitted a swatch to check the gauge and it was very close to the gauge measurement they suggest, but the pattern says that exact gauge is not important. I suppose it is because you can make the shawl larger or smaller if you want depending on the size of yarn and needles you choose and that is personal preference. I really like working with this yarn, it is so soft and feels light even though it is Aran and thicker than worsted weight yarn. 


I also started knitting the second sleeve of the 3timesChic sweater and it is coming along nicely. I am looking forward to being done all the knitted pieces, so then I can focus on seaming them together and blocking the pieces. 

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