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!

Saturday, 17 October 2020

The Old York, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had supper this evening on the patio at The Old York (Niagara Street/Wellington Street).  As a head's up, on the weekends, brunch ends at 3pm and supper doesn't start until 5pm ... so there is a two hour break when you can't get food.  Weird on a weekend, right?  We got there during the break and decided to wait until the supper service started because we figured it would be hard to find a space on a patio somewhere else.  It was interesting to see people arriving and then immediately leaving because there was no food being served.

Gord was craving a burger and ordered the Old York Burger with bacon and mushrooms.  He said it was a good burger, though he thought the mushrooms were canned rather than fresh.

I ordered the Old York Fried Chicken.  It was really good.  The honey sauce was a bit spicy but not too spicy.  The fries were yummy.

Heather and James were our servers and they took good care of us.

Knitted cat blanket

Crumpet likes to sleep on a towel in the hall ... so I thought I'd knit her a blanket (I used a dish cloth pattern).  She hasn't checked it out yet (she's snoozing on our bed) and I hope she likes it.

I used 6 ply Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn (Pitter Patter) so it's really soft and 8mm needles.
  • 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

Friday, 16 October 2020

Topbox - October 2020

My October Topbox arrived today.

Get 4 hand-picked deluxe samples delivered to your door for $15 per month. It's the best way to discover the products you'll love.

Here's what I received ...