Thursday, November 25, 2021

Blogmas 2021 Announcement - Knitting and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I am excited to announce today that I am participating in Blogmas this year! I have been posting for Blogmas for the past three years and loved posting daily Christmas content. It always brings me a lot of joy at this time of the year to post more and connect with other bloggers.  

I started knitting a Santa hat for my nephew. I am using the pattern Baby Santa Hat by Christina Toppen on Ravelry. Using size US 8 5 mm circular needles and the yarn is Canadiana in the colorways white and cardinal acrylic worsted weight yarn. I am still working away on the Breezy day in Berkley scarf, however I want to buy another skein of yarn to finish it.

I am still reading The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson. Too be honest, I haven't been reading much lately and really would like to change that. I think this will be a great book and I will be making an effort to pick it up more often. I bought The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews from Indigo in a gift shopping trip. I can't wait to read it as I haven't read many Christmas books in the past and think it will be so nice to have a holiday book on the go.

My Santa themed knitting and reading of the week!

My husband bought me this Silk Peppermint Mocha creamer for my coffee a couple days ago. I saw a vlogger drinking it and really wanted to try it. He was so sweet to look for it for me at the grocery store after I mentioned it and doubting they would have it at our local store. I was shocked they had it. It is so delicious if you like peppermint flavor. I do not find it too sweet as I had been thinking it might be. I definitely recommend this one! 

I got this wine glass from Indigo that says "this is my Christmas movie wine glass". I couldn't resist and got it about a month ago. I watched Dash and Lily on Netflix and one night drank my red wine out of this cup. It has a plastic lid on top, great for avoiding spills when Millie jumps onto the couch and it walking around. It felt so much more special just drinking from this cup. It really is the small things that make a difference to your experience.

Last weekend I went to visit my parents at their home and we decorated their Christmas tree. It was so much fun decorating and drinking eggnog and having a cupcake. We got Mary Browns chicken and salads and potato wedges for dinner. It was so special spending this time together. Moo is enjoying sitting beneath the tree.

Here is their tree all decorated and looking beautiful! I can't wait to put up and decorate my tree this coming weekend. I hope Millie doesn't climb it too much! 

Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday. There is a weekly link up with other knitters and bloggers there to share what we are working on.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I am looking forward to the first day of Blogmas next Wednesday. I hope you are staying safe and enjoying the holidays! To my friends in the states, Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoy your day with family and friends. 

Have a great day! 

Friday, November 12, 2021

Knitting Blustery Day Scarf and Reading On

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I am happy it's Friday and finally the weekend! It has been a busy week and I need some time to rest and relax. I was knitting more of the Blustery day in Berkley scarf found on Ravelry.  It is coming along well now and I am enjoying the relaxing easy pattern to get back into the flow of knitting. Millie is always interested in watching me knit and bites the needles and plays with the yarn. Soon after I took this picture she started sleeping while I knitted.

Millie is now 6 months old and she is so fun and sweet. She likes to run around the house and she has been meowing a lot lately to let us know what she wants. Today I found her in her room on the cat tree perch looking out the window while Liam and I were working. She is more independent now and likes her alone time as well. We were happy all went well with her incisions from her spay and she has healed nicely. I am happy she can resume her usual play and is back to her usual energetic self.

I have been reading The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson. It is good so far I think I will enjoy the story. I am still wanting to finish The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, but have to get my hold back from the library.

Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and hope that you had a good week and have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween!

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well.  It has been a busy week with Millie getting spayed last Tuesday. I have been feeding her because eating normally didn't work with the cone and she would bump into the bowl. Today we freed her from the cone after going to the vet for a check up, and she was happy to run around and play as usual. I was happy to see her so happy and playing. I dressed as a witch for Halloween for work and also for my friend's Halloween party. I bought the witch hat on Amazon, which was URFUN Womens Wool Witch hat, and the black dress which was TARAINYA women's long sleeve maxi dress on Amazon. They both arrived the next day. I love the hat it is so comfortable and heavier so it doesn't fall or blow off your head. The dress is so soft and love the length and fit. I can wear it all year round instead of getting a costume dress that is just for Halloween. Then I bought the black toole, feather, and face paint from Michaels to dress it up a bit more for the party last night.  I took a photo with Millie before leaving for the party.

My friend's boyfriend's place looked very spooky for the Halloween party and we had a lot of fun taking pictures, chatting, and eating.

casting spells...

I didn't decorate a lot this year, but here are some decorations I put out for Fall and Halloween this year below. I used the "hello Fall" sign from last year and decorated around the TV stand with knitted and crocheted pumpkins from previous years. I bought the crocheted one a long time ago and the pink one was knitted last year. I also put up a fall wreath on the door and I liked how the porch looked with the wreath up this year. I plan to also get a wreath for Christmas. 

I displayed a small Halloween scene on my dresser with the haunted house and the trick or treater girl. 

I bought this Tiny Treasures Ashland trick or treater girl figurine from Michaels yesterday. She is so cute with her ghost costume and has a vintage look to it. That goes well beside my haunted house. 

I got this haunted house a long time ago and display it every year for Halloween. Each part opens to see some spooky scenes inside. I love haunted houses at Halloween and this one is pretty nice detail for a Dollar store find. One of the ghosts heads broke off, but mostly still in pretty good shape. 

I am still busy working on the Blustery day in Berkley scarf  and it is almost halfway done. I bought another skein of yarn at Michaels because I realized I wouldn't have enough to finish it to the length I wanted with just one.  I will be starting on some other projects soon for Christmas gifts to have them done in time for Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed Halloween!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

I Got Married! & Knitting Scarf

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It sure has been some time since I blogged and the reason is that I was in the process of finally getting married! I got married after four postponements on September 26th. I am so happy we finally tied the knot and are married. It was such a lovely day and I will probably do a post later on once we have more photos. Here is a teaser photo my photographer has provided below.

I casted on for a scarf just to ease back into knitting and work on something fun! I am knitting this pattern Blustery day in Berkley  by Bridget Dean on Ravelry. It is a simple one row repeat and nice to knit up while I watch a show. I am using yarn I found and loved at Michael's. It is super bulky Loops & Threads Eco-Luxe in the colorway blush blend. I will also be working on a secret project going on the needles soon as a Christmas gift.  I was taking photos of the scarf below and my kitten Millie was investigating what I was doing. I snapped a few pictures with her in it. She is growing a lot now and is 5 months old! She is so sweet we love her so much.

I am still working on reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I like it so far and think it is a good idea to create goals like that to focus on different aspects of your life each month. 

Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday. Join along for her weekly link up party to see what others are knitting.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I will be back posting to my regular weekly posts now. I got off track due to so much going on with the wedding planning and focusing on those things. I hadn't been knitting since I finished the bunny toy and I have missed it. Happy to be back! Take care and be safe :)

Have a great day!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Finished Knitting the Simple Bunnies Toy

 Hello Friends,


I hope you are doing well. I haven't been posting here much lately, but I keep thinking about posting and sharing my knitting and reading progress and what has been going on in life lately. I have been busy with work, Millie, and planning my wedding going on the 5th time. It is really crazy how long it has been dragging out and we now have a date for September 26th. The way it is looking is we will have a ceremony with family and close friends and then go to a restaurant. We aren't able to have the big reception party afterwards as planned due to Covid-19. So that is where we are at now with the wedding and nothing is ever final and from previous times we know it is last minute that things can change. But Liam and I are just ready to get married now so it will probably happen as planned this month in September. 

I finished knitting the Simple Bunnies toy for my nephew. It was a fun knit and I hope that he enjoys holding it and looking at it. He is now 4 months and is growing so fast. I was looking after him lately and he is smiling a lot and making a lot of sounds.

Pattern: Simple Bunnies by Julia VR

Needles: US 6, 4 mm circular needles

Yarn: Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads in soft gray

Millie is doing well and adjusting well to our home and being with us. She is playful and sweet. We are so happy to have her here. She follows us from room to room and enjoys spending time with Liam and I. She is attached to us both and loves a lot of attention. It has been really nice to be working from home and just being home more in general to spend more time with her as she gets used to our home.

One of her favourite spots by the window a blanket in a basket

I am reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, as you can see my reading has been very slow lately. I will work on finishing this book, then plan to move on to another one I own soon. For the remainder of the year, I will make more of a point to read more.

Thank you for stopping by! I have my next project in mind now and looking forward to starting soon. Lately I feel like knitting has been slow and on hold and I really want to get back on track with it. Also blogging here with you all is so fun and I miss it too. Things are still crazy here with the Delta variant and no end in sight for Covid-19. It is another one of those unpredictable times when we are in one of the waves. We are in the fourth wave now and hope it is a short one. Stay safe!

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Knitting Simple Bunnies Baby Toy and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It has been so nice having our kitten Millie with us, and it has been so busy in a good way. I love chasing her around and having her snuggle in my lap while I work or go on the computer. She also likes to nap beside Liam as he works as well. I haven't been doing as much of the things I usually do like knitting, reading, and planning since we got her since my priorities shifted to taking care of her mostly. I feel like now that she has been with us for a month, I am starting to incorporate back some of the things I did before but it is slow. I knitted more of the bunny toy and as you can see below, she was very interested in the yarn. I didn't knit for too long that day but she was happy to just bat at the yarn for awhile as I knitted.

I have been knitting the bunny toy for my nephew. I used the pattern Simple Bunnies found on Ravelry by designer Julia VR. I still have the head and ears to knit. I wasn't seeing the part of the pattern for the head, but the ears part is in the pattern and are up next.

I started reading This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith. It seems good so far, it is a new release this year. I also took out the book From To-Do To Done by Maura Thomas. I will be working again on getting things done around our home and in my personal life. I am still reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, just waiting to get my hold from the library.

Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday

Thank you for stopping by! I am now fully vaccinated got the Moderna as my second dose and Pfizer as my first. It feels good to be fully protected now. Hope you all are staying safe! We are getting through this. I see cases rising a bit in Toronto, but hopefully we can keep it under control. 

Have a great day and stay safe! 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

I got a Kitten!

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I haven't been blogging a lot lately because we got a kitten! Her name is Millie. She is now 10 weeks old, although the vet didn't believe me because she is so small. She has been keeping us busy this past week and a half. We brought her home from the breeder on July 10th and she had a rough night meowing and was not being sure of us yet. I was up every couple of hours lying on the floor across the room from her to give her comfort but also space. 

The photo below is from the second day we had her which was a Sunday. She was still not sure about us, but was letting us get closer and sit by her. She kept an eye on us and she started exploring her room more, her toys, and litter box.

Soon after, she let us first pick her up and she was sitting with us on Monday. She has since really warmed up to us and she is such a bright light for us in our lives. She is so sweet, playful, and just wants to always be around us. The photo below was one morning when she climbed up onto my shoulder and was chewing on my hair.

She has so much energy and loves chasing toys. She really likes the cat dancer and the ball spinning toys. She has started chasing after balls as well. It is so cute when she just runs around from one room to the next and gets the "zoomies".

During the week, while we are working she sits in my lap most of the day because I am working in the room we have open to her to play in. She always likes to be with us and lies on our lap and snuggles

Thank you for stopping by today! I really enjoyed sharing photos and talking about my Millie. Life has been so much better and full with her in it. I haven't been knitting or reading much, it has been all about her lately. In the next two weeks, I have some time off work so I will have some much needed time off and me time.

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Knitting Baby Toy and Reading On

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I haven't been blogging for a few weeks simply because I finished the other baby gifts, then didn't know what to knit next. I have so much of the baby yarn left from the blanket and the hat, that I wanted to knit some more things for my nephew Luca, so I am now going to work on a baby toy for him to snuggle with. I found a pattern called simple bunnies on Ravelry by Julia VR. I seem to be drawn to patterns with the word "simple" lately. Maybe because there is a lot going on in my life right now and a simple knit appeals to me. I am liking quick knits and simple patterns that I can do in the midst of a busy time. 

I casted on the bunny toy/blanket so far and I like how it is forming the blanket part of the toy. I like the eyelet stitch detail around the blanket. for this pattern, I am using snuggly wuggly yarn by Loops & Threads in the colorway soft gray. I am knitting on size US 6 4mm circular needles.

For reading, I am still reading mostly the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and started reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I have a lot of books on the go that I pick up and read here and there. I want to work more on finishing some of these books soon, since I have had so many piling up. 

Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting today and stay safe!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Finished Knitting the Simple Lines Baby Hat

 Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. This week has flown by again and I am glad it is Friday. I have been feeling well since I received the vaccine. At first I was tired and had some headaches but I am over that now. I am happy that I got it and feel so good about protecting myself and others from Covid-19. It will be two weeks since the vaccine on Sunday so that is when you are more protected after receiving the dose. I look forward to getting the second dose in September or hopefully sooner. 

I have finished knitting the baby hat for my nephew now. I used the simple lines baby blanket pattern by Heather Tucker on Ravelry. I also finished knitting the Simple Lines baby blanket last month and have included it in some of the photos to show the completed set.

Here is the complete set of the hat and the blanket that I will be gifting my sister for my nephew. The monkey in the photos won't be a gift to my nephew, my sister bought me this stuffed animal from IKEA years ago and I thought looked so cute for the photos. Maybe I will knit a snuffed animal for him in the future that would be so fun to do!

I hope the hat fits him well. I have heard that he is a bigger baby for one month old, and so I knitted it a little bigger in case. I was following the pattern for 6 month babies. I thought I would knit it bigger so he can also wear it longer. It stretches pretty well too so he will be able to wear it in the Winter.

I liked knitting the hat to match and enjoyed knitting same pattern again. I love how the squares turned out in the pattern on the blanket and hat.  In this photo you can really see the squares and the pattern pop.

Pattern notes:

Pattern: Simple Lines Baby Hats. I knitted the pattern for squares

Needles: US 6, 4.0 mm circular needles

Yarn: Snuggly Wuggly yarn by Loops & Threads in the colorway "soft gray"

A short update on reading, I have still been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and The Trainable Cat by Sarah Ellis and John Bradshaw.  I hope to finish these in the next week or so to start some other books on my list.

Joining along with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for stopping by! I am happy to be done knitting both baby items now for my nephew and I am so excited to gift it to them soon. It was so fun knitting them and thinking of him wearing the hat and snuggling with the blanket. I will be washing and blocking them tonight to get them ready to give as a gift soon. The ends of the baby blanket curl a lot, so I am hoping blocking helps to smooth down the edges. 

Stay safe and have a great day!

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