Saturday, 24 October 2020

High Park, Toronto, ON

It was a crisp sunny day and I wanted to get outside for a walk.  I headed to High Park this afternoon ... I lived near the park from 1996 to 2001 and had spent a lot of time walking through it.  I don't get there as often as I'd like.

High Park is a municipal park in Toronto, Ontario. It spans 161 hectares (400 acres) and is a mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo. One third of the park remains in a natural state, with a rare oak savannah ecology. 

High Park was opened to the public in 1876 and is based on a bequest of land from John George Howard to the City of Toronto. It is the largest park entirely within the city.

I had a lovely 6.5km walk ... the leaves on the trees are changing and were gorgeous to see.  

I took the Queen streetcar and got off at Colborne Lodge Drive and headed north along Grenadier Pond.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Knitted cat blanket

Crumpet, one of our cats, likes to sleep on cushions on the chairs under our table. The cushions are black and attract fur so I've put towels on the cushions. Recently I knitted her a blanket to replace the towel on the floor in the hallway where she likes to sleep (a success!) and a blanket for their window perch (a success with Muffin but Crumpet hasn’t checked it out yet). I thought I'd make a cat blanket to replace the towel on her favourite chair. 

It's a square ... I didn't place it well enough
when I took the picture

About five minutes after I put it on the cushion on the chair, Crumpet jumped up, cleaned herself and then went to sleep.  So I'd say it's a success!

Thanks, Mom!

I used a skein of Braid Big (Salt and Pepper) by Loops & Threads for it.  The recommended needle size is 12.75mm but I used 8mm and it seemed to be okay.  I've never used it before and I like it.
  • Cast on 3 stitches
  • Row 1 (wrong side): k3
  • Row 2 (right side): kfb (knit front and back of stitch), k1, kfb 
  • Row 3: k5
  • Row 4: kfb, k until 1 stitch left, kfb
  • Row 5: knit
  • Repeat row 4 and 5 until you have reached the desired size (it's the first half)

  • Row 1 (right side): k2tog, knit until 2 stitches left, ssk (slip slip knit)
  • Row 2 (wrong side): knit
  • Repeat row 1 and 2 until only 3 stitches remain
  • Last row: Bind off the 3 remaining stitches

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Ipsy Glam Bag - October 2020

My October Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today.

  • $12 a Glam Bag ($223CN for a year)
  • 5 beauty products worth $50+ (the average Glam Bag value in 2019)
  • Glam Bags are available in the U.S., U.S. Territories, & Canada. U.S. shipping is free. Taxes will apply to all bag orders shipped within the U.S. Canadian shipping is $2.95.

Here's what I received ...

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Knitted cat blanket

Crumpet, one of our cats, likes to sleep in the hallway so I'd put a towel down for her on the floor.  Last week I'd knitted her a blanket to replace the towel on the floor in the hallway.  It was a success and she likes it.  

So I thought I'd replace the towel on their perch in one of our windows ... fur sticks to the cushion on the perch so I'd put a towel on it (the towel is easier to wash than trying to get fur off the cushion).

I bought some Cuddly Chenille (Paradise Isle) by Loops & Threads for it.  The recommended needle size is 8mm.  As I was knitting it, I noticed it was knitting really thick and tight.  I don't have a bigger needle so I kept going.  It turned out to be more of a mat than a blanket, which I think should work out okay.  Neither cat has checked it out yet (they are sleeping on our bed).

I measured the perch width-wise and it was 16 inches so that's how many stitches I put on.  I did a garter stitch until I ran out of yarn.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

KC's tree, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON

 I went for a walk this afternoon to Trinity Bellwoods Park to check out KC's tree.

When I was there last week, the leaves on her tree were very orange.  Today they even more vibrant!

Monday, 19 October 2020

Knitted dog blanket

I had knitted my sister's dog a blanket to match the sweater I had knitted for him for Christmas.  I'd used the same yarn but wasn't crazy about the way the blanket had turned out.  So I took it apart and knitted another one using a different pattern (basically just big dishcloths) ... and I like it much better.

I used Caron Chunky Cakes Yarn (Sweet and Sour). It's a 6 ply yarn and I used 8mm needles.

Cast on 65 stitches (or an odd number of stitches).

Row 1 to 5: k1, p1, repeat until you reach the last stitch, k1.

Row 6: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, purl until you reach last five stitches, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1.

Row 7: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, knit until you reach last five stitches, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1.

Repeat rows 6 and 7 until desired length less five rows.

Last five rows:  k1, p1, repeat until you reach the last stitch, k1.

Bind off all stitches in knit. Weave in loose ends.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Virtual Marathon, Toronto, ON

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was supposed to be today. Instead it is happening virtually during the month of October. 

 Gord and I had signed up to walk 5km .  We walked to Trillium Park and back (8km) this morning in support of Annex Cat Rescue (it’s my third year). 

 A donor is once again supporting Annex Cat Rescue by matching the donations raised. You can donate until October 31 at

As Gord and I were walking south on Strachan Avenue and then along the Lakeshore, we came across some police officers on horseback.

The walk around Trillium Park was so nice ... the leaves on the trees are changing.  I love this park!