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Birthday weekend!

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I am in the middle of three days off, tomorrow being Monday and my birthday.

We didn’t manage an overnight camping/cabin trip, sadly, as it was too late to book anything and I didn’t want to just show up somewhere and hope to get a campsite. So instead we went out for the day, Mr Fixit and I, and were tourists in our own town. Well, our own province, rather. We drove to a good hiking spot that we’d been to before, separately. I had been there with my youngest son and some homeschool friends years ago, and Mr Fixit had taken ds1 and ds3 up there when they all had new fancy cameras to test out.

We set out early enough for it to still be cool enough to hike up a mountain without dying of heat, though in fact it only reached about 25 today, and there was quite a bit of cloud. Word from other hikers was that there were two bears about, but we didn’t see them. We hiked to the summit, enjoyed the view for a while, then hiked down.

Afterwards, it was off to a local vegan restaurant for lunch (they are allowing people to eat at their outside tables) and then to a park for some beach time. It was really windy and definitely not hot, surprisingly for August, but I swam and sunbathed, and Mr Fixit read his book. If it had been hotter, we would definitely have stayed longer. I didn’t feel like I was topping up the tan at all, though sitting here on my couch tonight I can see my shoulders are a bit red.

Avocado grilled “cheese” sandwich
Ginger snap and oatmeal choc chip!

And as if that wasn’t enough fresh air and exercise, I also spent a couple of hours cleaning the house this evening, which feels awesome as it was overdue.

Tomorrow I shall have to make myself a birthday cake! Not sure what kind yet – it will depend on ingredients on hand as I didn’t think of that when we went to the supermarket yesterday. I will leave you with this little sign that we found along the trail today.

FO: Girly Santa hat

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I am excited about my new Finished Object…

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I don’t know how much wear this hat will get over Christmas but for some reason I just had to make it.

This lovely boucle Astrakan stuff works perfectly as a brim but crocheting it was out of the question. You just can’t see the stitches. It’s too much of a gamble. So I pulled out the old straight knitting needles, cast on ten stitches, and knitted a strip that was just about long enough to go around my head. I seamed the short edges together and then I managed to single crochet around a long edge with this hot pink Red Heart with Love. A lot of double crochets and gradual decreasing, plus a messy pompom, finished off the hat in two days.

I don’t have a pattern for it, I’m afraid. It was a design-on-the-go, see-if-it-works type of thing. (The pompom is held on with a bow on the inside of the hat, so it’s removable when the hat needs washing.)

I am feeling quite virtuous today, having gone to the pool two days in a row. Yesterday I swam 20 lengths, today 30. I would like to maintain a frequent swimming schedule but I am making no promises because I know myself!

I just realised it’s almost bedtime and I haven’t practised my piano tunes today. Oops! However I have spent a few hours on my Nutrition course and have learned some very depressing facts about the state of the US food industry. Ugh!

Have a good day and talk to you again soon.

The delights of fall

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I don’t know about you, but I love the shoulder seasons. The more moderate temperatures are so much more comfortable than plus 30 or minus 30. Today we enjoyed 28 degree weather (82 for you people still using Fahrenheit) and sunshine and I spent some time on the beach with a friend. We sat and crocheted for some time and then had a swim. The lake was pretty darned cold but I felt like it might be my last swim of the season so had to do it.

Because the nights are drawing in and getting cooler, it takes longer for the warmth to peak and it’s more welcome.

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These fingerless mitts are for middle son. As he’s started going to the college across the lake, he will be standing around at bus stops on a regular basis and I thought that he might need something to keep his hands warm but leave his fingers free for whipping out his bus pass. I wasn’t sure whether he’d like them, so I just made them anyway and presented them to him tonight. He seemed pleased, put them on straight away and they fit perfectly.

The pattern is from here and I made the men’s size. However I worked two fewer rows of the cuff ribbing which led to the hand being two stitches smaller around. I feel that crochet ribbing is not as stretchy as knitted ribbing, so didn’t want to make them too big and have them flop about around his wrists.

I used about 50 grams of True Grey Loops & Threads Impeccable worsted weight acrylic with a 5mm hook.

My beach time was all the sweeter, knowing that I’m working the next two days. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.