Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Best Western Plus, Waterloo, ON

I spent last night at the Best Western Plus on King Street N.

There is a lounge in the lobby that is open in the evenings

Here was my room (it was huge!) ...

Monday, 11 December 2017

Yeah Yeahs Pizza, Toronto, ON

I had lunch today at Yeah Yeahs Pizza (on Yonge Street near the Summerhill subway station).  I had read about it recently on Blog TO about how it "comes to us from Nova Scotia".  I love love love pizza and I'm originally from Nova Scotia so I thought I'd check it out.

Old-school video games

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Knitted mittens

I made a pair of mittens this weekend.  I haven't made mittens in years and it's a pattern I've had in my head for more than 30 years.


Cast on 36 stitches. Divide between three double pointed needles (I used 5mm). Join together to knit in the round being careful not to twist the stitches.

*Knit one, purl one* (repeat) for 20 rows.

Knit the next row, increasing four stitches evenly (to 40 stitches total).

Knit nine more rows.

Increase one stitch lifting the stitch below onto the needle and knit into it, place a marker, knit 38 stitches, place a marker, increase one stitch lifting the stitch below onto the needle and knit into it.  Knit the next row.  Knit one stitch, increase one stitch lifting the stitch below onto the needle and knit into it,  knit 38 stitches, increase one stitch lifting the stitch below onto the needle and knit into it, knit one stitch.  Knit the next row.  Continue until you have 10 stitches between the markers (this is the thumb).  Put the 10 thumb stitches onto a stitch holder. 

Knit the next row, casting on two stitches when you get to the end (to make up for the thumb stitches on the holder).  Keep knitting around and around until you get to the top of your baby finger.

*Knit two stitches together, knit two stitches* (repeat) for a row.

Knit two rows.

*Knit two stitches together, knit one stitch* (repeat) for a row.

Knit a row.

*Knit two stitches together* (repeat) for a row.

Knit a row, pulling the yarn through each stitch as you go.  Pull the yarn through the middle of the mitten when you get to the last stitch to tighten the top of the mitten.

Take the ten thumb stitches of the stitch holder and spread across three needles.  Pick up five stitches around the thumb hole.  Knit around and around until you get to the tip of your thumb.

*Knit two stitches together* (repeat) for a row.

Knit a row, pulling the yarn through each stitch as you go.  Pull the yarn through the middle of the thumb when you get to the last stitch to tighten the top of the thumb.

Secure the loose ends of the yarn and weave the ends.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Toronto I ❤︎ Beer Holiday Festival, Toronto, ON

I went to the Toronto I ❤︎ Beer Holiday Festival today in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Exhibition Place.  It was from 3pm to 10pm.  I along with my friends, Bruce, Christine, Darlene and Jennifer, had bought VIP tickets a couple months ago.

VIP tickets are $50 (+ applicable tax and service fees) online. Included in your ticket are 15 (4.5 oz. pour) tokens, an I ♥ BEER sampling glass and one hour early admission (2 pm).

Getting my sample glass

Friday, 8 December 2017

Mitred Square Dish Cloth

I finished a dish cloth this evening.  It was a fairly easy pattern once I mastered slip slip knit.


Using a US6/4mm needle, cast on 80 stitches.  I used cotton yarn.

Row 1: Knit placing a stitch marker after 40 stitches (at the halfway point)

Row 2: Knit to two stitches before the stitch marker, knit two stitches together, slip the stitch marker to the other needle, slip slip knit, knit to the end of row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until two stitches remain.  Repeat row 1 once more. Cast off.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Book ~ "I is for Innocent" (1992) Sue Grafton

From Goodreads ~ Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial legwork has just dropped dead of a heart attack. In a matter of weeks the court's statute of limitations will put paid to his case. Five years ago David Barney walked when a jury acquitted him of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now Kingman, acting as attorney for the dead woman's ex-husband and their child (and sure that the jury made a serious mistake), is trying to divest David Barney of the profits of that murder. But time is running out, and David Barney still swears he's innocent.

When Kinsey Millhone agrees to take over Morley Shine's investigation, she thinks it is a simple matter of tying up the loose ends. Morley might have been careless about his health but he was an old pro at the business. So it comes as a real shock when she finds his files in disarray, his key informant less than credible, and his witnesses denying ever having spoken with him. It comes as a bigger shock when she finds that every claim David Barney has made checks out. But if Barney didn't murder his wife, who did? It would seem the list of candidates is a long one. In life, Isabelle Barney had stepped on a lot of toes.


It's the 1980s and Kinsey Millhone is a private detective in Santa Teresa, CA, in her thirties.  She is renting space from her lawyer, Lonnie Kingman.  Six years ago, David Barney was acquitted of killing his estranged wife, Isabelle Barney, by shooting her through the spy hole of her front door.  Isabelle's first husband, Kenneth Voigt, is suing David in the civil courts to secure the fortune for his and Isabelle's daughter, Shelby, and has hired Lonnie as his lawyer.  After Morley, Lonnie's private detective, passes away suddenly, Lonnie hires Kinsey to continue with the investigation.  Kinsey discovers that David has an alibi and everything he says seems to be true.  There are many who could have killed Isabelle so Kinsey doesn't lack possible killers.

In the meantime, William, the hypochondriac brother of her elderly landlord, Henry, is visiting from out of town.  He and Rosie, the cranky owner of the local Hungarian tavern, surprisingly hit it off.

I liked this book and found the story interesting.  I did find there were a lot of characters and I had a bit of a hard time remembering who was who.  It's written in first person perspective in Kinsey's voice.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

This is the ninth in the "alphabet series" featuring Kinsey Millhone.  Though it is part of a series, it works as a stand alone.  I discovered this series in the mid-1990s and have read them all.  Since the series will soon come to an end (I finished the latest, Y is for Yesterday, in October), I am starting at the beginning and rereading them.