1. Five times 2 = 10 2.5" strips of Alpine Jingle by Island Batik: Nancy A. in America
2. Fifth published pattern of mine in Modern Patchwork magazine Sept/Oct issue: Miriam in America
3. 5-item bundle of Captiva plus pattern: Michele T. in Canada
4. Five fat quarters of Wonderlust by Benartex: Dione in Australia
5. 1.25 total yards of Acorn Park by Connecting Threads: Kathy E. in America
Winners have been emailed for addresses!
Second of all, I suddenly have become a no-reply-blogger on blogger blogs with embedded comments. I have spent a couple of hours trying to fix, using the link on my own blog, here, using more recent 'fixes', and even though my profile is blogger, not Google+, and I have checked the 'show my email' box in my profile, I am still a no-reply. If anyone out there know what has happened, and perhaps how to fix it, please let me know in the comments box. I seem to be okay on my phone however. So bizarre. All right grumpiness out, on with the good. I also tried the sign out on my iPhone, went on the laptop, signed out, then signed back in on the laptop. Nope. My comment disappears into the ether; the Google box stays grey.
1. I love dogs, big dogs especially. Pibbles and Rotties are two of the top big breeds I love. Ergo, I love this photo, taken by Lindsay who writes a terrific food blog, Pinch of Yum:
2. I like Pinch of Yum. I've made lots of her recipes. You can find some of my favourite recipes under the tab above, "Yoga Posts and Recipe Links".
3a. I love Trader Joe's dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Not-so-guilty pleasure: I eat one pretty much every day.
|A like within a like within a like! That stack of fat quarters, plus a half yard of yoga fabric, I certainly do like!|
3b. I like this Chocolate Blueberry wine from Sunnybrook Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. I love wine, red especially, but the grape kind, not the other fruits kind, so visiting this winery on my most recent trip to the area with Brianne and Brady was as a favour to Dayna. She wanted me to pick her up some Bosc pear wine (sold out, not available until Christmas) drat. We stopped also for Brianne, who likes a sweeter wine (she loves ice wines) so she bought a pear ice wine. I decided to give this blueberry one a try when the host said it was a drier wine, and I was most pleasantly surprised. Mind you, why would I not be? I like chocolate anything, well, not chocolate-covered ants, but otherwise, I'm there!
4. I am in love with this new app, Picture This. My friend Kathi told me there was one out there, didn't know what exactly, so I "searched it up," as Brady says, and found this one which I've used a lot already. I've learned a lot already too! It's an identifier for plants.
6. I also love seeing transports, aka semi-trucks, aka tractor/trailers go by this time of year, their trailers the size that they use to haul oranges in Florida, but here in Essex County, they're laden with tomatoes, headed for the canning factory in Leamington. (I also loved seeing on our way home from Niagara Falls, a transport that had "GRAPES" on the side of its trailer, from a winery somewhere on the escarpment.)
7. I love tea. My favourite is Yorkshire tea, but my sister sent me these two that my mum had in her house:
I'm glad they brought back the original Tazo tea; Mum and I complained at length to each other that they ruined it a few years ago when they redid the blend. She was so happy to learn they'd gone back to the original, as was I when she told me, and I tasted the new/old blend! Now it's a bittersweet memory when I drink it...
8. I like this brave little tree, a sumac, already spouting forth all kinds of new growth after they went through and trimmed back the Greenway about 10 days ago.
9. I am in awe and in love with still seeing hummingbirds around my feeder, at the end of September! They are gone around mid- to late-August in Alberta, so being a bit more than 11° latitude further south (we're on 42N) now here in southern Ontario, which equates to about 1250 km (770 miles), makes quite a difference in many things, nature and climate-wise.
|A bit grainy as I zoomed in and it's through the kitchen window|
10. I like knitting. This is a beanie for Brady. I started it on the trip to Niagara Falls.... four times over.🙄
Second time: I'd read the pattern, and knew I had to do the ribbing first. I checked again that it was a K1P1 ribbing, and saw 'Set up Round' and did that, which was a knit round. Did another row after the set up round, where you PM (place marker)... and when I got half way through, realized wait a minute, where's the ribbing? No! I'd somehow substituted "Set up Round" for the 'Establish Ribbing' round....
Third time: Nearing the end of the 1.5" ribbing I suddenly had my full brain power kick in (this menopause fog is seriously debilitating; I cannot believe I do these kind of things). Why had I casted on 80 stitches and not 84??? Because I measured the yarn needed by guesstimating multiples of 20 of course... never did cast on the other 4 stitches.
Fourth time: So far we're good. Oh. But I couldn't go past the ribbing because I'd only brought the one size of needles with me on the trip! 😖
11. I love love love Brady.
He's the most amazing boy. Obviously I could write post after post after post on him, but I'll finish with two photos:
|Grin! He's even wearing the pirate pj shorts I made him, which wasn't planned for this photo!|
Yes! He wanted to learn to knit, and I told him the story of goalie Jacques Plante of the Montréal Canadiens whose skills with a set of knitting needles they believe contributed to his incredible hand/eye coordination. He knitted several of the knit stitches in the K1P1 ribbing as we
Linking up with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color where you will find many of us being grateful for a variety of things. It's such a beneficial practice.
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