Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Happy Fall, Knitting and Reading On

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It is now Fall! The first day of Fall in Canada was yesterday. It is nice and cool now and leaves are falling off the trees. I think Fall might be my favourite season because it is so cool outside and crisp. I am also anticipating the upcoming holiday season even though it might look different this year. My birthday is also in October, and this year so is our wedding. It is such a busy time right now planning for the wedding and taking some courses for work. Time is flying by.

I bought this cute little pumpkin below from Michael's last week. It was my first shopping trip to Michael's since quarantine. It was nice to browse yarn, planning stickers, and fall décor. I got the letter board below and the pumpkin in the photo and my scarf is coming along.

I am so happy it is Fall

 Michael's shopping trip

I did a bit of decorating for the Fall last night. I decorated the top of my bookshelf in the living room and the windowsill behind our couch. Just a few things to put out for this year, because I know we'll have to take them down pretty soon when we move. I really love how festive it feels in the apartment now with just a bit of décor.

Left: Pumpkin I knitted. Right: a crocheted one I bought

I have been knitting more of the scarf for Liam as a Christmas gift. It is coming along nicely. I used the  Rib Ridge Men's scarf pattern by Purl Avenue. I think he will like it and the texture is different from others I have made him. 

I am continuing to read Normal People by Sally Rooney. I am enjoying it and like the main characters' relationship. It kind of makes me think of book One Day in December because it follows the two main characters over the span of years and shows how their relationship changes. I lost my hold on Overdrive today, so I hope I get it back soon. In the meantime, I started reading Beach Read by Emily Henry. It seems good so far and I like the writing style. There has been a lot of hype over this one this Summer, so I hope that I enjoy it.

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Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you are having a good week so far and keeping safe!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Saturday Stitch - The Filet Net Stitch

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I knitted the filet net stitch. It is a fun stitch to knit. It is a good stitch for market bags, shawls and blankets according to New Stitch a Day.  I can see how the loose lace pattern would be great for those market bags I see people making because it gives those holds in the fabric. I might knit one someday maybe using this stitch.


Cast on multiples of 3:

  • Row 1: K2, *sl 2, psso, sl 1, psso, sl 1 back to main needle, yo 2x, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
  • Row 2: K3, *p1, k2; rep from * to end.
  • Repeat rows 1 – 2 until you have reached your desired length.

Pattern from New Stitch a Day 

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you like the stitch!  Stay safe!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Knitting Updates and Reading On

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It has been some time since I have blogged now and I missed you! Last weekend was so busy with family events and visits. I have been working more on Liam's scarf and reading more. It is starting to really get cool now and I am loving it. It is sweater weather! It is nice and cool and we don't need the dehumidifier and fan running all the time in our basement apartment with no air conditioning. We have survived our last Summer here and we look forward to future Summers with air conditioning in our new townhouse.

I have knitted more of the Ridge Rib Men's Scarf pattern from Ravelry by Linda Thach. It is an easy pattern to get used to and I love knitting this pattern while watching TV. I sometimes really enjoy projects that are relaxing and easy and keep my hands busy while watching shows and YouTube. 

I have been reading more of Normal People by Salley Rooney. I love the story so far and I can't wait to read on to learn more about the characters and how their story unfolds. 

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Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are staying safe and happy. The cases of Covid-19 have been climbing here in Toronto and our Premier Doug Ford will be discussing numbers for celebrations and gatherings soon. I hope that it doesn't affect our wedding plans in October. We shall see.

Have a good day!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Fall Friday Favourites

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It is almost Fall on September 22nd in Canada, we are so close! One of my favourite seasons is Fall because it gets cooler and it feels like a new beginning. In the past around this time of the year, it was always time for back to school and it was a fresh start. It always remains a time that I feel like a refresh. There are so many wonderful things out now that Fall is on its way and Halloween coming up soon. I think it is a good time for another Friday Favourites - Fall edition.  I found a lot of really nice Fall finds on Etsy today. It is always so fun looking on Etsy and I get so many ideas just browsing. I hope you like today's list!

This picture from FoxandWild on Etsy that says "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall" is so cute and festive to hang on your wall.

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This wreath is so cute and festive from AnitaRexDesigns on Etsy. I was thinking today about getting wreathes for our front door when we move. It will be more fun decorating for seasons now with a house to decorate.

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This T-shirt that says "sweater weather" from Blissible. I love sweater weather and "sweatah Weathah" it is so cozy and cool.

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These pumpkin stitch markers from HappyLilac would be fun to knit or crochet with this fall season!

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These Halloween stickers are so adorable from Brookeillust on Etsy. I want to stock up on more festive stickers I might be shopping soon!

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This pumpkin mask from EllieFrankandCo is very fun and festive.

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I love this mug that says Morning Pumpkin from celebrateanddesign on Etsy.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you are enjoying your day so far. Stay safe!

Have a good day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Knitting Scarf and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been doing well. It feels like right now there is so much going on and I need to take more time to work on things. Our wedding is coming up in October and then we are moving a couple of weeks later in November to our townhouse in Toronto. It is going to be a whirlwind of activities. I am excited we are going forward with the wedding, but also feel like now I have to get busy and we have a lot of work and preparations to do. I of course, am sitting here knitting and blogging instead because its Wednesday and that is what I like to do and the other responsibilities can be worked on later. 

I started knitting the Ridge Rib Men's scarf by Linda Thach, pattern found on Ravelry. This is going to be a gift for my fiancé Liam for Christmas. The yarn I am knitting with is Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in the colorway black. I am using straight needles size US 10, 6.0 mm, as suggested in on the pattern. I am starting to knit gifts earlier this year. I might also knit him some socks. I want to knit some other things for my family as well. 

I finished reading Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson. It was such a good book and really interesting to read. He does his research and discusses interesting events in history and philosophers. I like that I learned a lot while reading it. I want to read his other book The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. I have started reading Normal People by Sally Rooney. It seems like it will be a good read and I am just learning about the characters at this point. I will let you know how I like it as I read on.

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Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting my blog! The cases of Covid-19 are going up in Toronto unfortunately and even before school starts tomorrow. I really hope we don't get the second wave in the Fall and that it holds off for awhile. I also hope that people stay safe and practice safe socializing and keep distance from those not in their bubble. It is hard when socializing to keep this in mind and to keep distance, but it will really help everyone as a whole in the long run.

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Saturday Stitch - Chain Stitch Rib

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Today I knitted the chain stitch rib. It was a quick 4-row repeat and it is different knitting into the 3rd row down of the knit stitch on the 4th row. I watched a YouTube video linked below to understand how to knit the 4th row. It is so interesting how many techniques there are in knitting. It is fun learning more of them and seeing the result.


Multiple of 3 + 2

Row 1 (ws): k2 *p1, k2. Rep from * to end.
Row 2: p2 *k1, p2
Row 3: k2 *p1, k2
Row 4: p2 *knit into stitch 3 rows below next stitch on left needle, drop all sts above from left needle, p2

Pattern from The Weekly Stitch

Youtube tutorial I used from iknitwithcatfur

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I hope that you enjoy your weekend.

Have a good day!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Finished Knitting Merry Fair Isle Ornament and Reading On

Hello Friends, 

I hope you are doing well. I finished knitting the ornament on chart 5 of the Merry Fair Isle ornaments by Patons. I love these ornaments and I have now knitted three of the ornaments to put on the tree at Christmas.

Project Details:

Pattern: Merry Fair Isle Ornaments by Patons in Yarnspirations, chart 5

Needles: US 3, 3.25 mm double pointed needles. I used bamboo Clover brand needles.

Yarn: Loops & Threads Joy DK in red and white

Ravelry Notes: notes

I am not sure what my next project will be. I am thinking of taking a trip to Michaels soon to stock up on yarn. After over six months of not going yarn shopping, I feel excited thinking about it. I am going to knit some gifts for Christmas for Liam and my family. So I will need to stock up on some yarn and for some other projects.

This past weekend I visited my parents.sister, and brother in law to celebrate my sister's birthday. I live about 40 minutes away from them so I make some special trips and stay over night most of the time. We went to a nice restaurant by the lake and walked along the lake after dinner. I spent some time hanging out with Moo and Roo as well. It was so nice spending this time with all of them and I have missed these visits more during Covid-19 with social distancing, so I really appreciate that we can spend time together now doing normal things.

Beautiful sunset over the lake

My dad with Moo

My Mom with Moo and Roo

I have started reading Normal People by Sally Rooney. It seems good so far. I just started reading a bit of it yesterday when I got my hold from the library on Overdrive. I will let you know how I am liking it as I read on. I am still reading Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson. He is now talking about people's values and not using people as a means to an end and instead, treat relationships with people as the end. I agree, it is good reminder to always treat others the way we wish to be treated and that our connection with them is the goal and that we are not being used to get something else in return.

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Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On,As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday, and Ginny over at Small Things for Yarn Along.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you are keeping safe and if your little ones have gone back to school now that they are safe and enjoy the beginning of their school year. I have been watching the news thinking now would be an especially tough time for parents and kids getting back to the routine of going to school. I hope that all goes well with this return and that we can keep healthy and that social distancing and the wearing of masks helps avoid more spread in classrooms.

Have a good day!

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