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Blogmas Day 6

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Retreat!

Yay, the day is finally here. We had a lot of snow overnight so the driveway had to be cleared twice before we set out. Ds1 couldn’t get his Golf GTi out of the drive at first so three of us were shoveling away like mad. He was already running late because he had to scrape ice off his windshield.

That was at 7am. We didn’t leave until 11.30 but traffic was still super slow going through the city thanks to the slippery roads. There were quite a few accidents this morning.

We stopped for take-out tea and for bread and “cheese” and bananas and then we were on our way properly. Thankfully we made it to the cabin safely and are now ensconced on the couch having settled in, stocked the fridge, lit the woodstove and enjoyed our first soak in the hot tub as the sun was going down.

We’ve been here a few times before. It’s private and quiet, just the way we like it.

Nothing says “Canadian cabin” quite like Tim Hortons mugs on a woodstove eh!

This is a photo-heavy post and the app is struggling to load them all. The wifi seems strong enough so hopefully it’ll publish okay.

Today’s vlog/podcast recommendation is The Orange Couch. Kate is a vegan who I “met’ through the Vegan Knitters and Crocheters group on Ravelry. She is relatively new to podcasting but is an experienced knitter and it seems like she finishes a sweater every week!

Oh, and I nearly forgot.

The light is a bit yellow in here but the yarn is yellow anyway (and the bead is light blue).

Blogmas Day 5

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A beautiful start to a cold day.

I was at work again today. In between managing the store and helping customers I got some more tidying done and I got that feeling of satisfaction that you get from accomplishing a worthwhile task. I probably should have taken a photo because it won’t stay tidy for long – most customers seem to have absolutely no respect for the fabrics or the fact that the staff have to clean up after them.

After work, it was time for the staff Christmas party. I think this is the first meal out I have had in two years. The last time I recall being in a restaurant was the staff party in 2019. Pre-plague.

The menu included a couple of vegan options so I had an Impossible burger in a bun with fries, a non-alcoholic Heineken, and a dreamy creamy peanut butter pie with non-dairy whipped cream.

We had a Secret Santa gift swap and sung a really bad rendition of the 12 days of Christmas!

Today’s Advent yarn is a pretty green and it is joined by a blue bead.

I forgot to recommend a blog or vlog yesterday. I’d like to give a shout out to Arne & Carlos who are widely known as knitwear designers, live in an old converted railway station in Norway, have a regular podcast and are running a knitalong for Advent making tiny sweater ornaments. They are lovely guys and very entertaining.

I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open so I think it’s time for bed. Tomorrow is the first day of my week off and we will be driving north to our cabin retreat.

Blogmas Day 4

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We woke up to snow this morning. That was a surprise for me as I rarely look at the forecast.

It snowed most of the day. I was at work today and it wasn’t crazy busy so maybe the snow put some people off the drive.

Today’s Advent yarn is a soft pink. Not as bright as the photo makes it look. Plus another seahorse bead and a round blue one.

Mr Fixit and ds3 just went out and bought a Christmas tree which will sit downstairs overnight to acclimatise to the indoors. Then tomorrow it can be set up and decorated. I may not have a hand in that because I’ll be at work until 5 or so then I’ll go straight to the restaurant where we are having our staff party.

We didn’t have one last year because of the plague (!) so this will be my first meal out since early 2020. I need to wrap my Secret Santa gift tonight.

Talk to you again tomorrow.

Blogmas Day 1

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Welcome to December! This photo was taken at around 7am from my back deck. I never tire of the view.

It was a work day today and I’m pretty tired tonight. The day went well and I feel like I accomplished something (I left the store tidier than I found it and cleared out a section of outdated fabric)!

It was unseasonably warm with the temperature reaching 18°C. Feels weird! Whilst I’m happy we don’t have icy roads, I’m hoping for snowshoeing opportunities at our retreat next week

Here is Yarn Advent Calendar #1. A 25g ball of turquoise yarn and two pretty beads. I was wondering whether to start a project which I could add to every day, using the colours in the order they show up. But I never decided on a plan for that.

One of the YouTube channels I follow is Crafternoon Treats. Kathryn from Yorkshire is doing her version of Vlogmas (Craftmas) and she talks about crochet, knitting, yarn dyeing and jewellery making, among other things. Go and check out her channel!

Advent calendar prep

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I now have 25 little drawstring bags to hold the yarn and knitting needles that I bought for myself with my birthday gift certificate.

Here they are, with a ball of yarn in each, with the one larger bag buried at the bottom with the needles in it.

I used a random assortment of fabrics. There are some Christmas-themed ones in there but mostly they are just pretty colours and they look bright and cheerful stuffed inside this box.

I have some numbered Christmas stickers coming from Etsy so that I can  number the bags. I did a quick search and the first hit turned out to be perfect: a Canadian supplier called ArkyFranky, 24 colourful Christmas-themed stickers for only $2.84, free postage.

I still need to hunt for other tiny things to add to the bags. My boss thought it was hilarious that I was making my own yarny Advent calendar but if I don’t do it who will?! And the only ones I’ve seen before have been animal-fibre based.

I’m having fun and that’s what counts, right?