Island Knitting

Last weekend we went on a road trip to stay at my in-law’s cabin on one of the Canadian Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea.  I enjoy going to the cabin.  As it is out of cell range and the cabin has no internet it’s a great place to go to and truly escape.  Both of the children had a blast visiting their grandparents.  Boo enjoyed playing all sorts of imagination games with Grandpa, while Nod worked on a learning new skill.  What new skill?  Climbing the stairs!  It won’t be much longer before Nod is running and chasing after his sister.

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Bohemian Hat

For the trip I brought 3 projects with me.  A hat, a baby blanket I’m making for a friend who is expecting, and a shawl.

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Completed Bohemian Hat

The pattern for the hat is Bohemian by Atelier Nordrise.  It is a free pattern on Ravelry.  Since it using huge needles and bulky yarn it knitted up super quick.  By the time we crawled into bed Friday night I had already completed it and weaved in it’s ends.  I don’t think I’ve ever completed a knitted project in one day and it was immensely satisfying.  It was my first time knitting a hat and doing cable work.  I’m real happy with how it turned out and looking forward to wearing it this winter.

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10 Stitch Blanket

The 10 Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown I brought along is another free Ravelry pattern.  I didn’t work on it as much as I had hoped I would of.  My shawl project distracted me from it.  I’m hoping to get the blanket done by July long weekend when we head out of town on another road trip.  My friend isn’t due until September but we’ll be seeing her mom in July and I’d like to be able to get it to them before the baby comes.

As for the distracting shawl, I haven’t photographed it yet.

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Growing

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Yes, I let her garden in a dress.

Spring has sprung and is quickly making way for summer.  As a result, my knitting and spinning is being pushed to the back burner in favour of spending more time outside.  Something both kids are enjoying.

In April, Boo and I were able to get in at a local Community Garden.  The kids and I have been spending quite a bit of time down there.  So far we’re growing potatoes, cauliflower, strawberries, beans, peas, onions, tomatoes, oregano, and basil.  Boo is loving having more space to grow in and that she can grow some flowers this year.  Last year we had to limit the flowers at our place due to my husband’s allergies.  This year she can go crazy at the community garden.

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Peas, Peppers, and Tomatoes

We aren’t just growing at the community garden.  I am slowly taking over the space out front with planters.  Earlier this month my husband bought me an 85lb bag of organic soil. He was surprised to find out that less than a week later I had used it all up.  I don’t think he fully grasped how much I had planned on growing this year.  Boy is he going to be surprised come harvest time.

Not as Planned

I have another post I’m working on to give you all an update on the projects the kids and I are working on this summer.  You all need to wait a little longer for that post.  In the mean time my Husband and I have some scrambling to do.  You see, this morning we woke up to find a press release stating that his job has been outsourced.  Since I cannot work for medical reasons this is a huge blow to us.  We’re now trying to figure out what we’re going to do next.

It’s been a while

Over three months actually!  I’ve got no excuse for the lack of posts other than laziness followed by life picking up speed.   Here’s a quick run down of what’s been going on.

In February I made the decision to start seriously considering my options and what direction to take my life.  Eventually I reached the decision that it would likely be best for me to consider retraining and return to school.  After researching programs and schools I’m fairly certain I’ve narrowed it down to two.  Each school and program have their pros and cons.  All that remains now is finding out if the volunteer hours I did in Primary at my church last year will qualify for the required hours.  If they do qualify it will just be a matter of waiting until June with registration opens up, if not it means that I’ll have to volunteer somewhere and then apply for school next year.  In either situation it feels wonderful to have an idea of what direction to head in.

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Knitting wise, I haven’t done much these last three months.  That’s not to say that I haven’t been knitting.  Nod’s sweater now has it’s sleeves.  All that remains is adding the button band.  Since later this month his is birthday it looks like his Christmas sweater will be a birthday sweater instead.  I just hope that after all this time it fits him.

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One sock done

As for my sock, I finished one and it didn’t fit me!  It does fit Boo though.  Almost perfectly in fact!  The smile that she got on her face after I offered it to her made up for whatever disappointment I was feeling.  I still need to make her the mate for it.