Sunday, 28 February 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

Friday, 26 February 2021

Burger Drops, Toronto, ON

I picked up supper this evening at Burger Drops in Liberty Village. 


I got a single American burger with pickles and no lettuce, onion or cheese with fries (there were LOTS of fries!) and Gord got a double cheeseburger with lettuce and no pickles and onion rings. It was a good meal.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Book ~ "Our Darkest Night" (2021) Jennifer Robson

From Goodreads ~ It is the autumn of 1943 and life is becoming increasingly perilous for Italian Jews like the Mazin family. With Nazi Germany now occupying most of her beloved homeland and the threat of imprisonment and deportation growing ever more certain, Antonina Mazin has but one hope to survive - to leave Venice and her beloved parents and hide in the countryside with a man she has only just met.

Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to leave the seminary to run his family’s farm. A moral and just man, he could not stand by when the fascists and Nazis began taking innocent lives. Rather than risk a perilous escape across the mountains, Nina will pose as his new bride. And to keep her safe and protect secrets of his own, Nico and Nina must convince prying eyes they are happily married and in love.

But farm life is not easy for a cultured city girl who dreams of becoming a doctor like her father, and Nico’s provincial neighbors are wary of this soft and educated woman they do not know. Even worse, their distrust is shared by a local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico. The more he learns of Nina, the more his suspicions grow - and with them his determination to exact revenge.

As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their feelings deepen, transforming their relationship into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day brings them closer to being torn apart
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It's autumn 1943 and Antonina is a Jew living in Italy with her father (her mother is ill and in a nearby rest home).  To protect Antonina, her father arranges with his friend, who is a priest, to have Antonina live with a Catholic family on a farm and pretend to be the Catholic wife of Nico, one of the sons, until the war is over.  She doesn't want to go but her father convinces her it is the only way she can stay safe.  

Nico has been helping Jews escape the country and carries on with this mission once Antonina (now called Nina) moves in with him and his family.  As Nina settles in to farm life, she and Nico become friends and eventually fall in love.  A former schoolmate of Nico's is now a Nazi official and suspects something is up and is determine to find out what it is.

I thought this book was okay.  It is written in third person perspective in Nina's voice.  The story started off interestingly enough with Nina giving up her life in the city to move to the country and pretend to be Nico's wife.  But then it took a dark turn suddenly.  While I had to applaud Nico's dedication to wanting to save lives, I would have thought that he would have given it up once he fell in love in Nina.  Plus his actions put his family in danger and I can't imagine having his family terrorized and beaten was worth it.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Knitted baby beanie

I knitted a baby beanie this evening.


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.

Monday, 22 February 2021

Knitted baby beanie

I knitted a baby beanie today.


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.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Knitted baby beanie

I knitted a baby beanie today.


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.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Knitted baby beanie

I knitted a baby beanie tonight.  It's colourful!


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.

Book ~ "Dead in the Doorway" (2020) Diane Kelly

From Goodreads ~ A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES

Whitney Whitaker has scored the perfect piece of real estate: a ramshackle white Colonial at the top of a hill with views of downtown Nashville. What more could a self-taught home-improvement maven and occasional house-flipper ask for? Ideally, the property of Whitney’s dreams would not have come with a dead body blocking the entrance to the foyer. But Whitney, always quick to take heavy-duty matters into her own hands, also happens to be a skilled amateur sleuth. So that helps.

AND SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

Who is this older woman - and how did her corpse end up at the bottom of the staircase of this locked, unoccupied house? That is what Whitney, along with the support of her wood-working cousin Buck, Detective Collin Flynn, and, of course, feline partner-in-crime Sawdust, intends to find out. Her friendly-neighbour investigation takes a sharp turn, however, when Whitney discovers that the house’s former owner was a gourmet baker whose secret recipe for peach pie was to die for - perhaps literally. Now it’s up to Whitney to learn the truth about what happened before she loses this killer real-estate deal ... and the killer comes knocking at her door. 

Whitney works part-time for a property manager so has connections in the building and repair world.  Her uncle is a carpenter so she's learned how to fix and build things over the years.  She and her cousin, Buck, want to buy fixer-uppers, repair them and then flip them for a profit.  

Whitney and Buck buy a house from the family of an elderly woman who had recently passed away to fix up and flip.  When she arrives one morning, Whitney can't open the door because something is blocking it.  So she goes in through another door and discovers an elderly woman dead, after apparently after falling down the stairs.  It turns out it she is a neighbour and friend of the former owner and she hadn't accidently fallen down the stairs.  Was it a random burglary gone wrong?  Or did one of the other elderly neighbours have enough of her nastiness and kill her?

I liked the writing style.  It is written in first person perspective from Whitney's point of view and third person perspective from Sawdust's point of view (which is funny since it's written from the perspective of Whitney's cat).

I've read many books by this author and I liked this one.  Though it's the second in the House-Flipper series, it works as a stand alone (I read the first one a couple years ago and the third one a couple weeks ago).  It was a quick light read and is a "cozy mystery" so there is no swearing, violence or adult activity.