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Small Projects & 11/06/2015

Since I’m late with my post on knitting this week, I thought I’d combine it with the Friday random musings.

On the knitting front, I’m still on a sweater break until I decide what I want to make next… so in the meantime I’m having fun making small projects like the cowl from last week.

I’ve finished my toe up sock and I LOVE the Cascade Heritage sock yarn.  I’ve said it elsewhere, but it’s super soft yet strong and the colours are lovely.  So I’m doing well with my goal of a pair each of toe up and top down socks over the summer… how’s everyone else doing?

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I wanted to try the Hempathy from Elsebeth Lavold  and I’m well into an Ilene Bag which seems the perfect pattern for it.  I’ve never knit with hemp or linen before and I was expecting it to feel stiff, but this has actually been a really nice experience.  This has been another fun, small project which won’t take a huge chunk of time to finish.

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On the random side, I had a truly wonderful day last Saturday in Toronto.  Firstly, the bar mitzvah was a lovely event and I got to see several friends from my old tv days.  The bar mitzvah boy was beaming, and one of his friends told a story about Elliott making all his teammates say thank you to their waitress when they were on a road trip, which just sums up the kind of person Elliott is.  Mazel Tov!

I also got to spend some wonderful sewing and hanging time with a bunch of talented sewing friends.  I think I’ve mentioned before, but I LOVE The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee, both of which you can find on YouTube…. and on top of the baking and sewing what I really love is the sense of camaraderie among the participants… there is something so indescribably special about spending time with people who share your passion, be it knitting or baking or sewing or whatever gets you excited!

And speaking of creative community, I’m thrilled to be taking Intro to Tapestry Weaving at the Workroom starting next Friday.  I’ve been seeing these gorgeous wall hangings on my Instagram and Pinterest feeds so I can’t wait to give it a try!

I was sent a flyer for the Alzheimer Society’s Purls of Wisdom program.  It’s the 4th Wednesday of the month from 2 to 3:00pm at the Salvation Army at 1340 Dundas Street.  It’s meant for anyone in early to middle stages of dementia and is an opportunity for them and their caregivers to experience the therapeutic benefits of knitting.  If you’re interested and need more information send me an email and I can send you the flyer on the program.

I have a pretty great family and one of the most impressive members is my cousin Meg who works for Unicef and is working on their High Five to Save Kid’s Lives program.  Check out the video and send in your $5 donation if you can.

If you haven’t seen Borgen, the Danish drama series about their parliament and the first woman Prime Minister you’re in for a treat!  TVO is showing the series on Sunday nights at 9pm and again on Tuesdays at 10pm.  We’re all so cynical about politics these days but apparently the series caused a resurgence in voter engagement in Denmark.  I know I’m biased but I LOVE seeing Copenhagen which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.   My Mom says there’s lots of swearing in the series but I’ll have to take her word for it…

This Sunday is the next Knit/Crochet brunch at Edgar and Joe’s., 10am at 255 Horton Street (south side of Horton, just west of Wellington), parking at the back.  Hope to see you there!

Suzanne

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