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Easter in Nelson

Easter in Nelson


Posted on Apr 20, 2014 in New Zealand

Setting the table

Setting the table

It’s been a few years now (four to be exact, sigh, how did that happen?), but every year when Easter rolls around I think of New Zealand and the time I passed the holiday in Nelson on the South Island. I know I’ve written about this before, the post was lost when my site died last year so I’ve the chance to reminisce once again!

Yummy!

Yummy!

I’d been working at a Tasman Bay Backpackers for a month or so, and the other travellers working there with me and I decided we should do a nice dinner: the couple from Finland made a beautiful roast lamb, the other Canadian girl made a desert, I made a delicious salad, and the German did the dishes. We all bought boxes of cheap wine to wash it all down from the local grocery store.

Wine for everyone!

Wine for everyone!

Memories for everyone, too

Memories for everyone, too

Hanging outside after dinner.

Hanging outside after dinner.

It was a fantastic dinner and I get all nostalgic and kinda teary eyed just thinking how special it was. Moving to New Zealand for that year was hands-down the best thing I ever did in so many ways.

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In which I knit socks.

In which I knit socks.


Posted on Mar 23, 2014 in Knitting

Like everyone else in Toronto (except my friend Andrea, who is insane), I am over this winter and have taken to hibernating on the couch on the days when I don’t have to go outside. Yesterday I finally finished my Jaywalker socks, and while I’m happy to have used up stash yarn and actually finish a project, Im really underwhelmed by how they turned out.

Jaywalkers

Comfy.

Comfy.

It’s been a few years since I’d knit socks, and in the past I was crazy and knit them on US1 needles which meant that I cast on 72 stitches. The Jaywalkers were knit with a more reasonable US2 needles, and I stupidly thought I’d need more give thanks to the chevron pattern, so I’d cast on with 84 stitches. This meant that they are a little larger than they needed to be, and I realized after weighing the leftover yarn that I would run out abot 3/4 of the way through the second sock if I didn’t add in a bit of leftover yarn from another project. Thankfully I have a lot of pink sock yarn lying around for some reason, and the colour matched perfectly. Additionally, I just didn’t like the way the colours looked knit up (they’re too chaotic), which is a shame as the yarn as I remember being so excited about FINALLY owning Colinette yarn; it’s also quite springy and lovely to knit with. All the same, I’m glad I knit my stash yarn and can happily move on to my next project.

Basic Knee High Toe Up Socks

Stripey!

Stripey!

Because I’d nearly run out of yarn on the Jaywalkers I wanted my next pair to be knit toe-up, and had two skeins of Lorna’s Laces sock yarn sitting in my stash ready to go. I bought these yeeeaaaars ago at Lettuce Knit, and looking back I’m not really sure why. These colours are really not my style, but I think at the time I was more eager to buy the yarn (it was newly available and selection wasn’t that great) so maybe I didn’t care so much about the colour. It’s very summery though, and kind of reminds me of a carnival (I guess that’s what I should call these, my Carnival Socks haha. Anyway!).

It took me a few tries to get the hang of the Magic Cast-on for the toe, and you can see that one edge is a little on the weak side (will likely have to fix that somehow later on), but other than that it’s a super quick knit: I did the entire foot last night watching The Desolation of Smaug, and Twelve Years a Slave (loved the latter; thought the former was meh — which is disheartening because New Zealand.) I’m not really sure how turning the heel is going to work out, but it’s happening later today so will let you know how it goes.

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YYZ

YYZ


Posted on Mar 15, 2014 in Travel planning

Unnecessary splurge of the day

Unnecessary splurge of the day

Sales girl: I love this! Where are you going?
Me: … nowhere? Not for a while, anyway.
Sales girl: Why are you buying a luggage tag then?
Me: I can hang it on my purse.

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That moment …

That moment …


Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in Knitting

#firstworldknitterproblems

#firstworldknitterproblems

… when you’re excited to finally finish a knit sock, and then are crushed to remember you have to kitchener stitch the damned toe. Surely I’m not the only one out there that hates grafting the toe together? I’ve left entire socks on the needles for months on end to avoid having to do this final step. Pun not intended.

The famed Jaywalker sock, pattern by Grumperina

The famed Jaywalker sock, pattern by Grumperina

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marmalade’s JaywalkersA little big, I wish I’d made it the first size.

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