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Happy Canada Day!

We celebrated Canada Day with the annual Wartman Canada Day Washers Tournament and BBQ. It was a smashing success, even in the rain. The tournament started at 3 pm 19686301_10154912218281748_1365491656_oand we managed to get all the games in before it rained. I love that the kids get mixed right in with the adults. We have had some great parent child pairings over the years. This year it was the brothers, Jack and Taylor, who were the strongest kids team. Bob and Wade won again. Someone has got to knock them off their pedestal. Jack is in training to do just that. He and Taylor managed to win a game against the top team. Jack 19488506_10155372133329462_8388273018065918028_otells me he will get them next year, but for this year he presented the green jackets to the winners.

Tim was kept busy cooking for everyone. We had a great night even if the fireworks were a bit obscured by the smoke.

I did manage to get an episode of CAWcreations posted on Thursday even though I was not feeling well. My Dad tells me that Molly pops in to the background a couple of times. One of which I really should have edited out but I missed it. Oh well such is life. I am working on both my sweaters for my “I like your sweater” KAL. My Fleece and Harmony projects will be going in the Canada KAL. Moria announced it on her podcast Knitting in Stitches.

Happy knitting!

 

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Family Flying the Nest

It has been a year of change. My children are growing up so well. I am proud of all three of them. But it does mean a change in my focus, they do not need quite so much of my attention. Usually when I have time to do stuff, they are working, studying, or hanging with their friends. I know it is what I raised them to do and I so want them to have their own lives and experiences. Now I have to let them go and do their thing.

This Easter weekend it was particularly apparent. My oldest has his own spot downtown near his work. It has been really hard but I have been waiting for him to text me instead of texting every time I think of it. I did not hear from him until Sunday morning before going to my parents for Easter dinner. My middle guy is in the midst of his final project for second year engineering at UPEI, so he did not go to any of the family gatherings because he had to submit assignments periodically throughout the holiday weekend. My baby drove us to both of our family gatherings. She is graduating from high school this year and is already registered for her courses at UPEI next year. Where or where did my babies go.

My husband and I are spending lots of time together. I am so glad that we have stayed close because most evenings and weekends it is to two of us. On Friday, we took our dog, Molly for a walk on the beach while both the kids that live at home worked. We stopped in at Fleece & Harmony on the way so I could pick up yarn to draft new sock patterns for the summer season. Saturday we went  to the market and did some shopping before picking our baby up from work and going to visit family in Summerside. Sunday was dinner with my family including my oldest and youngest. Monday we got to relax. I so needed a down day.

We are watching the new Anne of Green Gables series on CBC, so I looked up my Anne books and have started rereading. I do this fairly regularly but it has been a few years this time. Last night I finished the first book. I like how they are true to the book while adding a bit of the darker side of life during that time period.

Impulsive Knitting

I was taught to knit by my Mom and Grandmothers. They all knit without patterns, or as a child I never noticed them reading the patterns. Especially Grammie Yoston, who cooked the same way a handful of this and a dash of that. Reinventing her recipes really taught be to be a scientist because you had to deduce what she was not telling you. She assumed everyone knew certain things that we did not. Anyway back to knitting, Grammie always said that growing up no one lost mittens because all of the ladies in the area knew which one of them made the mittens that were found. Each had a personal way of doing a cuff or making a thumb.

Sock knitting is a tradition in my family. We have had generations of fishermen and women in the family. They need warm socks for the May / June fishing season in Atlantic Canada as there are still many cold days. I published Grammie’s Old Fashioned Socks  as one of my CAWcreations patterns. We always used local 100% wool to make these socks and generally they were a bit big at the start of the season and felted to a perfect pair by the end. I never really bothered with gauge and shrunk them to fit. Which was a problem when I published the pattern. I thank all of my fellow knitters who provided feedback to me on this first pattern.

In the last year, I have started making “fancy socks”. Not really what any modern knitter calls fancy, but they actually use sock yarn and small needles. I have been hopeless. I knit really loose. The legs of my socks are big, but the foot tends to fit because I take in after the heel until it “looks right”. Did you know when you write a pattern, people do not like it when you say complete until it looks right. What is a girl to do except learn what looks right is in counts. I also tried publishing the pattern with just turn the heel and pick up your stitches. Apparently, not everyone was taught to knit by Grammie.

Eventually I discovered that I need to go down at least a full needle size to get correct gauge. For example, if a pattern calls for a 2.75 or 3 mm needle, I use a 2.00 mm. I have finally started to get gauge so I decided to subscribe to The New York Sock Collection by the Knitting Expat. So that I can get a good start on knitting a drawerful of socks for myself.

I planned Mina’s directions exactly. My knitting group was doubtful that I could do it. They have experienced years of my well I did not like this on the pattern so I changed it. It is a running joke that I buy a pattern to change it. Even my sock yarn blanket is in stockinette instead of garter stitch because I preferred it. The first sock went well but I thought the pattern did not pop so I started another one before even getting to the heel of the first one. On the second, I just had to put a twisted rib, who can follow a pattern. Not this gal. Love them both but the pattern really pops with a solid colour.

Finally, I have started knitting socks for my husband. They are vanilla socks in a size 11. (Knitters find a partner with smaller feet!)  I tried them on him last night and they fit perfectly. Maybe I will eventually learn to knit “fancy socks” or as the rest of the world calls them socks.

Playing Hooky to Travel

My husband works for the government and sometimes has to travel for a day or two on short notice. In the past, this has created logistical issues for me. Now that my baby is in grade 12, I am taking advantage and tagging along.

It is so nice to spend the time together in the car. We chat, enjoy the radio, and shows like The Vinyl Cafe. His down time can be our time, but when he has to work I can knit, explore, or just work on my own writing. It is so nice to step away for the daily grind. Even a one night trip can give a much needed boost.

After a crazy September, I am looking forward to playing hooky with my hubby tonight and tomorrow.

Biking and Knitting on a summer Sunday

I am trying to bike more. The last three weekends I did 5K, 12K, and yesterday 16K. I had hoped to do 20K but I got a little too brave going through a gate on the trail near Morell, PE. The bike went through no scratches but my leg is bruised. Great time of the year to get a Florida shaped bruise covering most of my thigh. We got a great picture before the accident, and went to Rick’s Fish and Chips in St. Peters after. Nothing like the best Fish ‘n Chips in PEI to make you forget the pain.

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I did make it to Beanz for knitting afterwards. There’s nothing like the knitting crew to help you forget pain by focusing on fun conversation. The staff at Beanz was so friendly even after being slammed all day. They all make me smile.

I even got a special delivery at knitting. My uncle, Peter, made me a knitting table. It has three dowels at the back that I can put the yarn cakes on so they do not roll around the floor. I absolutely love it (and all that I sent him was a picture from Pinterest). Here it is:

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I am in the process of varnishing it. I hope to have it done for knitting on Tuesday at my place. Such a great day.

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ONRPEI Weekend Events Apr. 15 & 16 — ONRPEI.CA

April 14, 15 & 16 All New People at The Guild

via ONRPEI Weekend Events Apr. 15 & 16 — ONRPEI.CA

“All New People” written by Zack Braff and directed by Keir Malone opened last Thursday, April 7. The last three shows are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The cast is strong and although some themes are heavy they are broken up by comedic moments.

Check it out!

St. Patrick’s Day – Family, Fun, & Fellowship

Since it is her school break, this year my daughter came to breakfast with me to support a local charity. She also enjoyed the music and loved the food, except for the blood pudding which she gave to me. Lucky me… will bring her again. Processed puddin’ does not compare to what Grammie and Grandad used to make. I cannot seem to find anything like it today. I may actually have to learn to make my own.

Right after we went to visit my family in Launching Place, PEI. We had a good chat on the way out and another over coffee at my parents. She stayed out for the night. Tim&CherylI enjoyed the rural winter scenery as I meandered back to Charlottetown.

Every year a core  group of friends gets together at a local pub to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I love this day. Even though we may only see each other in passing or not at all for the rest of the year. It is so fun to touch base and see where everyone is at. Just relaxing in a very accepting environment with some great local music makes for a mini-vacation.