Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dog Park

So I finally found out about a dog park on base. It's just a fenced in ball diamond, but the organizers have troughs for water, balls and poo bags available. 
I have started getting up and taking the puppies over on nice mornings. Chica can barely contain her excitement when I say "park"!!
They haven't been around a lot of other dogs, so it's a good socialization time for them. That's a WIP though, and it's a large project, but we are nothing if not persistent. 
Chica is funny ... she won't play fetch with Amy other ball but her own. So I take hers and we just hunt it down if she loses it by being distracted by other dogs. 

The last few of days the puppies had the park to themselves and they just loved it. Petey just wanders around, exploring, marking the perimeter while Chica plays fetch. She will take an occasional break to stalk and play with Petey, but then it's back to the ball. 
Then other dogs showed up. The other owners are usually afraid of their dogs hurting the puppies; I explain that I'm more concerned for their dogs. LOL!! The puppies make a lot of noise, Chica likes letting everyone know that she's present. The other dogs make appropriate play overtures, but the puppies maintain a wariness. I really hope that they get used to other dogs and learn to play with them. 
Until then, we try. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bits an' bobs

Heads up - Westknits MKAL spoiler pic below. 

The Woodstock Fleece Festival was wonderful! I love the yarn shows - all the pretties and seeing wonderful people in real life that I keep up with the rest of the year online. 
And Craig came with! He is my first SO to actually accompany me to and into a show. This bodes well for his prospects ;)
Actually he drove while I slept most of the way there and back. He had fun checking out the animals and did a massive walk around the town, taking pics of the old buildings. That is my finished Hitchhiker - the Cheshire Cat kits were quite popular at this show! 

I am enjoying the Westknits Building Blocks MKAL. I've been a bit slower at each clue than the last one, but that hasn't diminished my delight in the project! 
It is the same neon in the 3rd section as the 5th!! Amazing the difference that the CC makes!!

And super exciting - I drive the first 2017 CRV production model off of the line last night!! They are not quite perfected, but the kerfuffle about them finally rolling some off was something. It was a moment. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Linen Challenge

So then this happened. 
 Yeah. 85% of this Studio Linen is recycle rayon linen which is what gives the yarn a lovely sheen and drape right off the ball. This means I really can't just toss the balls in my knitting bag and go. Well, I can, but this is the result. YMMV
This was good opportunity to just zen out and untangle something. I feel like I've got choices and decisions to be made all around me and this was something that I could just do. It felt good to make it neat again, and then, lesson learned, bagged.

So ... I'm still working on a colourway for my Building Blocks MKAL  Clearly, having more choices was not a valid strategy in making this process easier. I keep looking at my Bag of Loveliness and then just sighing and thinking.  One of these skeins was a raok gift and I'm having a hard time deciding whether or not to use it in this project. It might end up a sentimental favourite in my stash. 

It's definitely cooling off, but I've not lit the furnace yet. I did plug in the electric fireplace to take the chill off of my feet. I'd likely have it going even if the furnace was running, it's not for overall room heating. And the puppies love it!! 

Saturday, September 24, 2016


So on this, the day before my 47th natal celebration, Craig and I set off for The Needle Emporium. Truly, where else would I find the perfect gift for myself?!?
 Another beautiful day for a road trip, even with a decided chill in the morning air. 

My mission to Julie's was to make sure I had a proper
selection of Hedgehog fibres Skinny Sock to make a final decision on my colourway for the Westknits Building Blocks MKAL  I was more than successful! I also picked up the latest Rowan magazine

On the way back we veered off of the highway since traffic into Toronto was nuts - concerts & sporting events galore - and I remembered how much I love a Krispy Kreme donut. And since it was on the back way home, and the Magic 8 Ball concurred, we stopped in. It was more processed sugar than we usually eat in an entire month, but it was so totally delicious!! Craig had a simple glazed, but I went with a salted caramel, and a lemon filled. It's my pre-birthday, I shouldn't have to make the hard choices. 

Then there was groceries and home. Since we were making this a cheat day, it was manicotti with a homemade pasta sauce. 

I am now defrosting the freezer to make room for all of the yummy things that I'm making tomorrow. Planning and meal prep is key to any kind of diet plan and having only a 1/2 hour lunch with no easy access to other food. 

I am getting ready to cast on my next project:
 Sorrento from The Studio Linen Collection by Erika Knight

I am having a lovely day, and looking forward to another one tomorrow!

Friday, September 23, 2016

This 'n That

Sometimes, no matter how much you like what you do, it doesn't work out on other levels. So I am now working at Honda for the company that takes the cars off the line and parks them for shipping. It is relentless, but I like the predictability of the work. The people are easy-going and fun, I walk 12-14km on an average night so exercise is a bonus, and I really love working afternoons. 
Not an easy relationship work schedule, but generally nothing worth having is easy. Craig is being supportive which makes it easier. 

Overtime's been thrown out this week and I've been taking it since I'm not on a knitting deadline. But the knitting never, ever stops - I've been working away on my socks! 

Winter is coming - I've gotten a crazy urge to cook all the things!! It also is about lunch prep. Afternoons requires planning so that I can eat healthily and  maintain my current weight loss trend! This weekend I'm planning on doing up these three and making chicken soup.  
 Yes, that curry recipe has been well used! 
I went into the cupboard to make sure that I had all of the spices that I needed and that resulted in me coming to the realization that I need more little containers and spice bottles. 
Yeah, that needs sorting!!

Going to be a great birthday weekend with Craig. Saturday will be errand day - The Needle Emporium  Costco, Walmart, then Sunday will be about cooking and knitting. I can't wait!!