Dipping my toes in the pool and trying to get back in the swing of things.

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Even with the kids grown and out on their own, September still feels like the start of the year…. without all those pesky resolutions and snow. More to come…

here and there

As a follow up to This and That, Here and There seemed a natural title. Also, it’s a rambling kind of post. shrug.


Okay, I have to admit that I have fallen off the 52week bandwagon. I should have known but January 1st always gives me hope that I can do anything, but alas. No.




I just got back from a trip to Ohio with my sister to visit our brother and his family. They live in a small town close to where our father was born and our grandparents, great-grandparents. The corn is in our blood it seems. We had a great visit, ate way too much yummy food, visited family, drove around the countryside, sat and knit during an all-day thunderstorm, watched the fireflies with amazement.


May we present to you… corn. Shoulder high before the 4th of July!

Getting to Columbus, however, is no easy task and it was an all-day (24 hours) expedition that entailed changed flights, backtracking flights, puddle jumpers and conflicting information. Why does it have to be so hard???


New York is not on the way to Columbus from Vancouver, but nevertheless, we had a layover there. shrug.

Our favourite porch at the Ivy Inn, our B&B in Saint Paris
Hello jolly tractor man… one of about 30 that drove by our place because tractor parades are a thing.ย 



Stately Kiser Mansion, refurbished and gorgeous.
Early mornings on the porch.
Stained glass in the Ivy Inn.



I’m back home now and happy to be here to get some projects done before I head off on another trip with my oldest daughter.

I brought these socks to work on for the Ohio trip. I packed minimally, carry on only, so I wanted something small, compact and that would last me the whole time without running out of knitting. These are basic socks, 2×2 ribs but it’s the yarn that’s amazing. I bought a skein of Intrepid Otter in colourway “Breaking Bad” on the Washington State LYS Tour in May, at Quintessential Yarns in Duvall, WA. I was able to finish one sock and get halfway down the leg for the second by the time I got home.

Breaking Bad socks

I’m also doing some sample knitting for All Wound Up, some secret stuff so I can’t post it here for now, but it’s involving colour work in worsted weight, so it’s fun and creative and a complete change from my size 2.25mm sock needles.

Porch knitting

In between knit projects, I’m getting our guest rooms spiffed up for company coming at the end of the summer… painting both rooms, getting a new bed, re-caulking the guest shower. It’ll keep me busy till I leave in July to meet Robin in Zurich. At least I don’t have to worry about my knit project for that trip because it’s all ready to cast on, but not until I’m at the airport.


Hope you’re enjoying your summer!

Dear brother Mike with his Missy and Rosie.


this and that

I’ve lost track of my weeks for my 52week project ๐Ÿ˜ฆ and rather than try and figure out if we’re at week 20something, I’m just going to post a few random things.

I finished a sweater for summer. It’s Serge by Berroco, a free crochet pattern. I didn’t use the yarn specified and instead used Cascade Roslyn, a light dk that is a blend of wool and silk, in Grape.


Crocheting is a bit more challenging for me and there are some imperfect areas, but overall I’m happy with it and the size. I wanted it cropped, but lengthened it a couple of inches since I’m tall and long waisted. I was afraid the sleeves were going to be too tight in the underarm area, but actually it’s just right. Since it’s a summery garment, I’ll be wearing it with sleeveless shells most likely, so there isn’t any added fabric bulk.ย Ravelry Link.

I’ve decided to make my Instagram account private again. There are just too many weirdos and strange accounts trying to follow me. Yuck.

I’m drinking an ice latte this afternoon. That means the sun is shining and it’s warm. Hallelujah!

I finally got to wear my Summer Sorbet for a family wedding last weekend. It was a perfect light poncho to drape over my sleeveless dress. I think I’ve got a couple of good summery knits to wear now. I still love my Bonnie Blueย and plan to wear it this summer as well.

Lucky for us, our summers usually aren’t too hot, so it’s always good to have a few wooly things on hand.



Catch up!

Oh dear, I’ve fallen behind. What can I say? Life gets busy… blog motivation lags… but my hands have been busy knitting, crocheting and fluting!

Work continues on my Sosu Mystery Shawl. I’m still on clue 3 and the last clue was released on Friday. So now I can see where it all goes. It’s different that’s for sure and I’m not sure how to wear it. I will get it finished, but not right now. It’s definitely a lot of warm squishy wool. Summer weather is here and since I won’t wear it until the Fall, it’s getting a brief time-out while I work on other more summery projects.




The first two yarns used is my hand-dyed fingering weight wool, Tigerlily and Gerbera. For my third colour, I chose a darker turquoise from Huckleberry Knits, BFL/nylon, “palaces out of paragraphs”. I had to look that up to see what it referred to and it’s from the Hamilton musical. I added a fourth colour as well. It is the same base as the first two, Peruvian Highland, in a soft green (Cypress). I’m adding the green in the long garter stripe section for a little pizzaz.

I’m happy I got to learn a new knitting technique, brioche, and some very interesting shaping. It’s going to be gorgeous, but it’s on hold for right now.

I think that rather than try and compress the last 3 weeks into a post, I’m going to leave it for now. I don’t want to overwhelm myself today. I’ll be back soon with an update on the summery project.


So with that, happy weekend!


18/52 : 2017

I came, I played, I drank wine, I survived! And now I’m a little hungover this morning!


Last night was our duet at our Recital Club gathering. Such a supportive and positive group of people made my despair over a few “hiccups” go away. Ah, the joys of a live performance! Our tuning was superb according to the listeners, and believe me, with flutes… that’s essential! ย We played Duo for 2 Flutes in G major by G. Cambini.

And I wore my Azufral cowl which made me feel invincible. That will be my go-to-armour when I need special powers… lol.



I started a new project, which is one of the reasons I hurriedly finished the last two shawls (Summer Sorbet and Azufral). This is a mystery shawl written by Susanne Sommer, the same designer for Summer Sorbet and my Peruvian Poncho. And it’s Brioche!! I’ve been wanting to try brioche and must say I’ve been a little intimidated by it, but with all things… just give it a try and it might be okay. And it’s more thank okay, it’s very addicting, not to mention soft and squishy.

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I started with two darker colours, a deep blue/green and a grey green and after our winter, our grey and rainy spring, the colours were just too blah and no zip at all. So I went back to the stash (I decided NOT to buy any new yarn for this project. It was going to be a true stash-buster) and found some leftover skeins of fingering weight that I dyed a few years ago for our market booth. What luck! I picked two: Tigerlily and Gerbera for the colours A and B. There will be a third colour for the edging and I do have a pretty green that I also dyed, but not as much yardage in it so I’m not sure it will work. But regardless, there is something in my stash that will work and, second regardless, I still have some undyed wool that I can dye to my specifications. Hmmmm…. I could even try a speckle effect for that. Well, I have time to decide on that.


The colours together reminds me of sunshine, blue skies, orange tulips dancing in the breeze… it makes me feel happy.


Two days in a row now that we’ve had beautiful weather. I think today will be knitting (of course) and working out in the yard. Those weeds sure thrive in the rainy weather and then there is the matter of power washing the patio. But first… knitting! And coffee!