Twenty.

Cascade 220

Cascade 220

Earrings

Yarn and earrings

Roses

Cheesecake

Cheesecake with strawberry sauce

I turned 20 today, which I’m pretty sure must be a mistake because there is no way I’m old enough or responsible enough for that. Mistake or not, though, I had a lovely day with some of my favourite people! Dinner and a movie (the Avengers) with H and G last night (thank you for the yarn, earrings, and fabric tape!) and dinner and cake with my family tonight. My mum made an amazing cheesecake with strawberry sauce. And although I had to work today, my coworkers gave me cookies and my boss gave me a few roses from when she was finishing the display of flower arrangements. Overall- a pretty awesome start to my twenties!

Yarn details- Cascade 220, colourway 8885 Dark Plum. (Rav link)
Earring details- From this artist, although this pair isn’t listed in her shop right now.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Lately.

Puzzling

Chai

Reading and knitting

Boneyard shawl

Boneyard and bag

This week, I’ve been…

Knitting :: Although it’s in the boring, really-long-row stage, I’ve been squeezing in a few rows on my Spring Boneyard shawl whenever I can. I’ll probably do one more colour repeat and then cast off- it’s getting to be long enough.
(Rav link)

Reading :: This House is Haunted, by John Boyne. I read most of this when we were camping a few weeks ago, and I’ve only got a few chapters left. It’s not something I would normally pick up, but I love the historic setting. I also started reading Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry on that trip. I’m only a few chapters in, but since it’s my first Mistry novel, I’m excited to keep reading!
I finished The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather this week, and I really loved it- the combination of essays and recipes was exactly what I needed for a quick summer read, and I have so many of the recipes bookmarked to try!

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with Yarn-Along and KCCO.

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On a Friday.

Fruit salad with dinner

Market bag

Drying mint

Curry plant

Evening blogging

I’ll do a proper garden update soon, especially since everything is changing so quickly, but for now, two new happenings- mint harvest and a few new herbs. The spearmint is spreading quite quickly, so I’ve hung some of it to dry. I haven’t had much success with air drying in the past, but there’s so much mint that it was worth another try. I think it would be so nice to be able to make tea from dried mint in the winter months.

The garden centre near our house is selling a lot of discounted plants that have been in the centre for awhile- if you’re willing to pick through to find some healthy plants, there are some lovely herbs for great prices. I picked up some rosemary, pineapple mint, and a plant labelled “curry”. Based on my reading, I’m not sure whether the flowers or leaves will actually be useful for food, but the yellow flowers were just too pretty to leave behind. I also loved the smell of the lemon balm, but I wasn’t sure of its uses- if you grow it, what do you use it for?

What were you up to this Friday?

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Presqu’ile 2014

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We’re back from our family camping trip- tired, sunburnt, bug-bitten, but excited to be going back later in the summer! We spent 4 days at Presqu’ile Provincial Park. We got a bit of rain on Monday and Tuesday but managed to keep most of our stuff dry… most of the rain kindly waited until Tuesday evening when we were already home. Highlights this year included seeing baby snowy owls, hiking the Marsh Boardwalk trail and the Jobe’s Woods trail, and the variety of animal visits to our campsite (some interesting- a snapping turtle and a very friendly chipmunk, some troublesome- a skunk and a tenacious racoon).

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Four things.

Knitting Hitofude

Jam making

So many jars

On the river

On the river

Veggies for frittata

Just four quick updates today…

1. Happy belated Canada Day to my fellow Canadians and happy 4th of July to my American friends! My celebrations this year were pretty quiet since I was working the long weekend, but I’ve got extra time off this week to make up for it!

2. I’m over on Liesl’s blog today answering some questions for her Three Questions interview series… go check it out! If you’ve got a moment, Liesl’s blog is lovely and I’m sure you’d enjoy it if you stuck around and read a couple of posts!

3. My friend Jasmyn released a new knitted bag pattern this week! You can find her blog post about it here.

4. I’m heading out today to go camping with my family, so I’ll be away until the middle of next week. Photos when I get back, of course! You can see pictures from our previous camping trips here, here, and here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014
(Jeelee Joolery)

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014
(Farm Girl Food)

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014
(Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.)

Artfest 2014

On Sunday we headed downtown to the Kingston Artfest, a big art festival with loads of vendors, musicians, food, and the like. We had a wonderful time and made some great purchases, ate some amazing food, and admired all of the booths. No yarn purchases for me, though, surprisingly!
Vendor links are above for more details.

I hope you are all having a lovely week!

Pieces.

WIP: Bunny

WIP: Bunny

Reading

WIP: Bunny

This week, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A little cream bunny rabbit! I know a few people who are having babies soon and I have seen so many of these adorable stuffed animals, and I think they would make perfect gifts. I’ll pick a softer, machine washable yarn for the ones for the kids, but this is just a test one since it’s the first toy I’ve ever knitted. The plain wool is the gorgeous undyed 2-ply worsted weight from Topsy Farms.
(Rav link)

Reading :: The Backyard Homestead after seeing it recommended by a few different people. This is full of so much useful information! I’m finding the vegetables reference section particularly useful for my garden- it gives basic care info for a huge variety of plants.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along as usual.

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Strawberries.

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It’s finally strawberry season here in Ontario! We went to the first day of pick-your-own at Fruition Berry Farm and got 12 litres of amazing berries. I made my first truly successful strawberry rhubarb pie (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)- turns out the secret really is the minute tapioca! It thickens the pie filling superbly. I used the all-butter pastry recipe but did a lattice top instead of a full top. My mum also made up a few batches of strawberry jam.

What are your favourite strawberry recipes? We’ve still got loads left!