Where have the last few weeks gone?! I’ve fallen out of my blogging groove, but here we go!
I LOVED the tapestry weaving class that I took at The Workroom. I don’t love my first creation but that’s ok…. mainly it’s my colour choices that bump for me, and it looks a bit busy, but for a first piece I’m thrilled! The interesting thing about this kind of weaving is that it feels like you can make something very beautiful even as a complete novice. The techniques aren’t hugely complicated and you don’t need a high level of fine motor skill to get going. I’ve found myself looking at yarns differently than how I view them when thinking of knitting. It’s a whole other world to explore which isn’t really what I need, but I might not be able to resist!
I felt like a very simple knitting project, so I’ve started this Hudson’s Bay inspired blanket. I’m using Rowan Pure Wool Worsted which has the perfect colours for the job, and the acres of garter stitch are just what I wanted. I think this would be a lovely, classic, unisex blanket for a baby gift, and I’ll put together some kits for the shop.
I’m going to keep knitting the blanket until the arrival of a shipment of the gorgeous Acadia from the Fibre Company. There is an Instagram knit along being organized by Fancy Tiger Crafts, Kelbourne Fibres and Grainline Studio to knit the beautiful Lucinda Sweater by Carrie Bostick Hoge and I’ve decided to get onboard. Here’s a post from Kelbourne and one from Fancy Tiger Crafts which lay out the details. I love the loose, comfy looking sweater design and it does look like a perfect pattern for a summer knit where you end up picking up and putting down projects more than usual. The KAL starts on July 1, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that the yarn shipment will arrive on Tuesday….
On the random front, here’s a terrific article on tapestry weaving from the Toronto Star.
I’ve had this yummy looking tomato vodka pasta recipe bookmarked for ages and it feels like tonight will be perfect for a comforting, rich pasta dinner! One of my favourite former colleagues was a HUGE fan of all things Ina Garten, so I’ll think of him tonight!
I’ve never made pickles, but I think I’m going to make a batch of these easy bread and butter pickles as a project Wednesday. I wonder what’s the history of the name “bread and butter pickles”?
A lovely shipment of Madelinetosh Merino Light and Tosh DK arrived last week, and Vintage and the new Twist Light should be here sometime next week… Woo hoo!!! Come check out the new colours if you share my intense love of all things Madelinetosh!
A quick note, the next brunch at Edgar and Joe’s will be Sunday July 12. I’ll send out a mention closer to the date, but if you’re so inclined, mark your calendar. We usually gather at 10am and people start of head out between 11:30 and noon. It’s turned into a really nice gathering so I’m looking forward to the next one.
And on the holiday front, the shop will be closed on Wednesday for Canada Day.
Take care everyone!