Friday, 22 January 2021

Baby Beanie

Gord's son's girlfriend, Jasmine, is pregnant and due in a couple months.

I've never made a baby beanie and thought I'd given a try.


I used 4 ply yarn and 3.75mm double pointed needles and cast on 64 stitches.
  • Row 1 - Purl
  • Row 2 - Knit
  • Row 3 - Purl
  • Row 4 - Knit
  • Row 5 - Purl
  • Row 6 - Knit

Knit until the length is 3 inches from the beginning (row 1).

Decrease:
  • Row 1: *K6, k2 together; repeat from * to end of round. 
  • Row 2: Knit all stitches 
  • Row 3: *K5, k2 together; repeat from * to end of round. 
  • Row 4: Knit all stitches 
  • Row 5: *K4, k2 together; repeat from * to end of round. 
  • Row 6: Knit all stitches 
  • Row 7: *K3, k2 together; repeat from * to end of round. 
  • Row 8: Knit all stitches 
  • Rou 9: *K2, k2 together; repeat from * to end of round. 
  • Row 10: Knit all stitches 
  • Row 11: *K1, k2 together; repeat from * to end of round. 
  • Row 12: Knit all stitches
  • Row 13: *K2 together; repeat from * to end of round. 
  • Knit the yarn through the remaining loops and pull tight.  Weave end inside.

PG Clucks, Toronto, ON

I've been hearing about PG Clucks on College Street for years but have never gotten around to checking them out.  They recently moved into our 'hood at Queen Street W/Dovercourt.  Gord headed there today to pick us up some lunch.


Because of COVID, I had to order online ... their online ordering system is cool and efficient.

Gord ordered 3 Piece Meal ... 3 pieces of 24 hour brined, double dredged dark meat chicken. Choice of 1 side (he got German potato salad) and spice level. Includes 1 each of ranch & hot sauce.  The chicken was boneless thighs so the meat was tender and juicy.  He said his meal was really good and he'd get it again.

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Icicles knitted dishcloth

The Year of the Dishcloth is organized by the Kitchen Sink Shop. January’s pattern is an Icicles dishcloth.



Cast on 38 stitches.

Rows 1-4: K38

Icicles Pattern:
  • Row 1: K3, *P1, K7* 4 times, K3
  • Row 2: K3, *K1, P5, K1, P1* 4 times, K3
  • Row 3: K3, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1* 4 times, K3
  • Row 4: K3, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3* 4 times, K3
  • Row 5: K3, *K4, P1, K3* 4 times, K3
  • Row 6: K3, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3* 4 times, K3
  • Row 7: K3, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1* 4 times, K3
  • Row 8: K3, *K1, P5, K1, P1* 4 times, K3

Knit Icicles pattern (rows 1-8) six times total.

Finishing:

Rows 1-4: K38

Bind off and weave in ends.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Nova Scotia's Community Haul ~ January 2021

I received my January Nova Scotia's Community Haul subscription box today.

Weddings and school concerts, charity bake sales and chase-the-ace - our community halls are where Nova Scotians have come together for generations to celebrate and support one another. Since we’re together apart for the foreseeable future, we’ve transformed the community hall into a Community Haul. 

Community Haul, partnered with Symplicity Designs set out to create a safe and fun way to help the small business community through the next year. Our product forges connection, creates community, and offers you the opportunity to explore Nova Scotia - all from the safety of your home. 

We've launched a 12 month subscription box to celebrate Nova Scotia business owners and help reboot the regional economy. By pledging your community support with a subscription, you can help keep the lights on for dozen of small businesses during these economically stressful times. What's more, every box sold will support the IWK Foundation to provide care for the women and children in the Maritimes.  
Support Nova Scotia businesses by opening your doors to our Community Haul!

I'm originally from Nova Scotia and thought it would be fun to receive stuff from "back home" and help support their economy.


Here is what I received ...

Monday, 18 January 2021

Honeycomb (aka Newfie) knitted mittens

I just finished knitting another pair of Honeycomb (aka Newfie) mittens.  They are fun to make.


I used 4 ply yarn and 5mm double pointed needles.

Wrist
  1. With A, cast on 42 sts
  2. Knit 1, purl 1 for 18 rows
  3. Purl
  4. Purl, increasing 2 stitches on each needle for a total of 48 stitches

Pattern
  1.  *Knit 4 with B, slip 2 purlwise with A*, repeat to the end of row
  2. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
  3. Purl 2 rows with A
  4. Knit 1 with B, * slip 2 purlwise with A, knit 4 with B*, repeat to the last three stitches, knit 3 with B
  5. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
  6. Purl 2 rows with A
  7.  *Knit 4 with B, slip 2 purlwise with A*, repeat to the end of row
  8. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
  9. Purl 2 rows with A
  10. Knit 1 with B, * slip 2 purlwise with A, knit 4 with B*, repeat to the last three stitches, knit 3 with B
  11. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
  12. Purl 2 rows with A

Thumb
  1. In step 12 above, purl 2, put 7 stitches on a stitch holder for the thumb and cast on 7 stitches, purl to the end.  Purl 1 row.

Mitten
  1. Knit the pattern until long enough (I did 6)
  2. Knit 1 row
  3. *Knit 4, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
  4. Knit 2 rows
  5. *Knit 3, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
  6. Knit 2 rows
  7. *Knit 2, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
  8. Knit 2 rows
  9. *Knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
  10. Thread the yarn through remaining the loops and pull tight
  11. Weave end inside

Thumb
  1. With A, pick up the 7 stitches from the holder
  2. Pick up 7 stitches around the thumb hole for a total of 14 stitches
  3. Knit to fit length of thumb
  4. Knit 2 together all around
  5. Thread the yarn through the remaining loops and pull tight
  6. Weave end inside

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Book ~ "Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs" (2020) Andrew Cotter

From Goodreads ~ "Olive, Mabel and Me" is the new book from broadcaster Andrew Cotter and his now internet famous canine companions, Olive and Mabel.

Olive and Mabel went viral on social media with their sporting contests during the COVID-19 lockdown, with Andrew Cotter’s unique commentary propelling the videos to over 40 million views.

Now Cotter shares stories of his adventures with his loveable (and occasionally exasperating) canine companions in this beautifully written, touching and laugh-out-loud funny new book.

I first became aware of Andrew, Olive and Mabel in the spring when I came across his "company meeting" Zoom video with his dogs, Olive and Mabel.  Around that time, I was starting to do more and more live webinars since COVID locked us all down and I couldn't do face-to-face meetings (which was about 75% of my job).  I thought the video was a hoot and I started following them on social media.  I love reading books about animals so was looking forward to reading his book.

Andrew is a Scottish sports broadcaster working primarily for the BBC, covering mainly golf and rugby union.  When COVID arrived and all the sports he covered were cancelled, he didn't have anything to do.  So he was bored and spontaneously filmed Olive and Mabel eating and put a funny sports-like commentary with it.  He uploaded the video and was pleasantly surprised at the response.  He's since done more videos, including the Zoom company meeting.  And that led him to write this book.

The book starts with his childhood, where his family always had dogs, and that started his love of dogs.  He always wanted one but he and his partner, Caroline, didn't get one until they settled down away from London.  They started by doing a lot of research to find the perfect breed of dog for them.  They determined that a Lab fit the bill and got Olive as a puppy.  Four years later, puppy Mabel joined their family.  Olive is a black Lab and Mabel is a yellow Lab and they have distinctly different personalities, which Andrew amusingly explains.  Andrew is very much into intense mountain hiking, sometimes with a lot of snow, and Olive and Mabel often join him on his day long treks.

I liked the writing style and enjoyed this book.  It was informative but amusing.  It's obvious Andrew love love loves his dogs.

Humber Bay Park West, Toronto, ON

It was such a nice sunny day today that Gord and I headed to Humber Bay Park West for a walk.  It was good to get outside ... it's been a while since we've had a nice day.  There were quite a few people out and about so we all had the same idea.

We've been to Humber Bay Park East many many times and don't know why we've never gone to Humber Bay Park West, which is less than five minutes from it.

There are a couple parking lots and we found a spot in the one in the middle.  We walked around a nearby point and then head southwest and ended up at the dog park.  Then we turned around and headed to the beginning of the park, doubling back to the car.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Sticker Day

Today is Sticker Day ... and it reminded me to dig out my stickers and celebrate!  I haven't taken them out in years!

I started pen palling when I was about 10 and then stopped when I was about 34.  I had the same pen pals for many years and at the most I was writing to about 100 people!

A part of pen palling was collecting stickers to put on letters and envelopes so I got involved in sticker exchanges.  How a sticker exchange worked was there would be maybe 10 to 20 members from all over the world.  When you received the envelope full of sheets of stickers, you would take out what you wanted and replace them and put your initial in the corner.  Then you would send the envelope off to the next person on the list (this is back when postage was cheap).  When the envelope of stickers came back to you and sheets of yours were still there (that meant than no one wanted your stickers), you had to take them out and replace them.


When I first joined sticker exchanges back in the 1980s, I was still living in Antigonish, NS, and there wasn't much of a selection there so it was a great way to get exposure to so many different stickers from all over the world!

I kept the sheets of stickers protected in photo albums (sorted by style, content, type, etc. ... yes, I was that anal!).  Once I stopped using them, all those photo albums took up a lot of space so I took the stickers out of the albums and put them in a canvas bag which has spent the last 20 years or so in my closet.

I took them out today and went through them and sorted them a bit ... there are hundreds and hundreds of sheets!  


I've sort of got them by type ... animals, hearts, rainbows, unicorns, funny sayings, famous characters, shiny, scratch 'n sniff (some still smell after all these years!), etc.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Honeycomb (aka Newfie) knitted mittens

I just finished knitting a pair of kid-size  of purple on purple Honeycomb (aka Newfie) mittens ... a pattern I've used many times.


I used 4 ply yarn and 5mm double pointed needles.

Wrist
  1. With A, cast on 30 sts
  2. Knit 1, purl 1 for 18 rows
  3. Purl
  4. Purl, increasing 2 stitches on each needle for a total of 36 stitches

Pattern
  1.  *Knit 4 with B, slip 2 purlwise with A*, repeat to the end of row
  2. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
  3. Purl 2 rows with A
  4. Knit 1 with B, * slip 2 purlwise with A, knit 4 with B*, repeat to the last three stitches, knit 3 with B
  5. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
  6. Purl 2 rows with A
  7.  *Knit 4 with B, slip 2 purlwise with A*, repeat to the end of row
  8. Repeat this row 4 more times (5 in total)
  9. Purl 2 rows with A

Thumb
  1. In step 9 above, purl 2, put 6 stitches on a stitch holder for the thumb and cast on 6 stitches, purl to the end.  Purl 1 row.

Mitten
  1. Knit the pattern until long enough (I did 4)
  2. Knit 1 row
  3. *Knit 4, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
  4. Knit 2 rows
  5. *Knit 3, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
  6. Knit 2 rows
  7. *Knit 2, knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
  8. Knit 2 rows
  9. *Knit 2 together*, repeat to the end
  10. Thread the yarn through remaining the loops and pull tight
  11. Weave end inside

Thumb
  1. With A, pick up the 6 stitches from the holder
  2. Pick up 6 stitches around the thumb hole for a total of 14 stitches
  3. Knit to fit length of thumb
  4. Knit 2 together all around
  5. Thread the yarn through the remaining loops and pull tight
  6. Weave end inside