On my needles :: A test knit

Another lovely test knit for Nadia. It's a hush hush project for now but I will make sure to share it with you once it's released.

For now I can say that I love the texture of this lovely knit. The pattern called for Malabrigo Sock but I couldn't find any in my local knitting store. They did have some but the colors where a bit too wacky. Then I saw this lovely yarn Tynd by Woolfolk and I knew I had to work with it. It is worked in a size 3 needles and that's the intimidating part but with those cold days I am sure I will enjoy long hours of knitting.

It's a perfect combination of soft and fluffy. A dream to work and I hope to wear. 

Weekend Lens :: Waiting for the storm

it was a nice and quiet weekend

snow and sleet kept us inside on Saturday. Reading, playing with friends and cooking

new friends were made over a dinner table as time flew and conversation flowed

big T was away for a sleepover and was back early sunday

quiet sunday. sledding and reading.

Time in a bookstore with T and L. S was with his dad at swim practice

juicy burgers for dinner and tea to finish my book

planning and making list for next week

bracing for the cold and snow heading our way

How was your weekend?

Reading :: Mr Mercedes

Wow this image almost fooled me and I am the one who took it. The weather is really not on the sunny side around here. More like cold, colder and coldest... It's a stay indoors, cozy up with a good book kind of weather. Speaking of books one of the goals for this year was  more reading so I took some steps to achieve my goal:

  • Less TV (no brainer)
  • Keep my phone in my purse
  • Have a new book waiting before I finish the current one. It works for knitting so why not.
  • If it's not good after two chapters toss it.
  • Keep a reading log. I've been keeping one on goodreads but I got this and I love it.
  • Teach the little ones to respect my reading time. Not sure about this one, I might have to build a bunker.
  • Take my book everywhere

Nothing beats a blood curdling mystery thriller to make you want to carry your book everywhere and read. When it comes to mystery i believe  Stephen King is a master. I'm not much of a mystery books reader but I am happy to break the rules for Mr King. Mr Mercedes is a far cry from the first books by Stephen King. No aliens or scary cats but a beautifully crafted mystery with engaging characters. The retired police officer, the mentally unstable killer living with his mom...a recipe for a good mystery read.

What are you reading?

Around Here

I know it's coming and I have come to expect it. That turn inwards and the little blues that accompanies this part of the year. It presents itself in a lot of bickering between little people and in me well just a general feeling of tiredness. I know what ails me but I also know the cure : days spent in my soft cozy worn out fleece pants, rhythmically interrupted with hot tea and made cozy with the warmth of yarn around my fingers. A good heart to heart conversation with the Mr. Making plans with friends and reading, lots of it.

I have been planning my next crochet blanket. This time I put a little more thought into picking the colors and have played with many combinations until I got the one that pleased me the most. This one will be for Samy. I am counting on the excitement to get me to finish the sleeves on my wip. Yes again those sleeves that I can't seem to finish ever. 

There is a sweet feeling to knowing yourself and the constancy of the things that heal it.

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Joining in with others inspired by the prompts here

This and That

I often come across articles, videos or images I want to share. I used to do it on Facebook but I'm not a big fan of that platform. After thinking for a bit I thought a tumblr would be perfect. 

Simple, easy and fast and that's how "This and That" came to be. A scrapbook of quotes, images, videos on subjects ranging from photography and parenting to social issues and poverty. Ideas and subjects that deeply interest me but that don't always find a spot on the blog.

You can have a look here. 

Weekend Lens :: Solar Power

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Sundays are

:: staying in your pajamas

:: calling your grandpa on his 81st birthday

:: gathering around the table for fun projects

:: making solar robots and testing them

:: cleaning up your office

:: putting christmas decoration away and filling the house with flowers

:: dreaming of warmer days

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend too