Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rainy Day Sipping Tea and Kntting Socks

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. It is a rainy day here in Toronto and it is so dark in the room as I type this. I like these dark days sometimes, it feels cozier, but it also makes me a little sleepy and I just feel like relaxing instead of being productive. But I am usually motivated to write my blog entries, I love to share what I am working on with all of you!

 I finished knitting the first sock yesterday. I am using Bernat Sox yarn with size US 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed knitting needles. I am using the Bernat Basic Socks pattern which was provided on the Bernat Sox label when I purchased the yarn. I am enjoying knitting with this yarn, it is so soft and light. The sock is very comfortable and soft when I put it on.  I cast on the second sock yesterday, and I have been knitting the second sock today.  I have not made new progress in the way of my sweater, but I will be picking that up again sometime this week. I will also be cozying up today and reading The Nest by Cynthia D'aprix Sweeney and The little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

One sock done, one to go! 

Joining along with Frontier Dreams in Crafting On

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stitchy Saturday Arrowhead Lace stitch

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well.  This week I found this Arrowhead Lace stitch pattern and thought it looked so beautiful. I loved knitting this lace stitch and seeing the "arrows" begin to appear in the knitting was wonderful. I cast on 21 stitches and the pattern calls for multiples of 10 + 1,  so I repeated the pattern once. There is also an arrow going downwards in the middle between the other arrows going upwards because of this repetition. I think this pattern would be lovely for a scarf, for the bottom of a sweater, or whatever you choose to add a pretty lace detail. I am realizing that I really love knitting lace patterns, they always look so lovely and delicate and it is always such a nice surprise at the end to see the pattern take shape.

Arrowhead Lace Stitch



Pattern:

Cast on a multiple of ten stitches, plus one (11, 21, 31, 41, and so on).

Row 1 (WS): Purl

Row 2 (RS): K1, *[yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1; rep from * to end

Row 3: Purl

Row 4: K2, *yo, ssk, yo, sl 2 knitwise-k1-p2sso, yo, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2

Rep rows 1-4.

Pattern from Lion Brand website
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Potting Plants and Some Knitting Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. Today has been a dreary day, it has been dark and raining and windy all day. I decided it would be a good day to head over to Canadian Tire to get some supplies to pot some plants today. I bought some potting soil, river stones, gardening gloves, and a new pot. It is the first time I have potted a plant properly instead of just sticking a plant that is in its small pot inside of another larger pot. I laid down some brown bags, pulled on my pink gardening gloves(they have to be pink!), and then got to work.

I got a small bag of Promix potting mix and a bag of river stones for drainage
I decided to move my Rhoeo plant over to a larger pot because it has not grown for some time and probably needs more space to spread its roots. 

Rhoeo moving day 
Rhoeo and Peace Lily in their new pots 
As you can see, the Rhoeo plant is now in a much larger pot and already looks happier and not so squished. The Peace lily behind it has been potted as well. I put the river stones in the bottom, about 2 inches of stones until I felt like it was enough for drainage and then filled it with potting soil.  I also moved over my Aloe plant, that had been in the small green pot that is to the right of the cream colored pot. It also looks like it has much more space now.

Aloe plant has a new permanent home 

Different angle of the Aloe plant. I think it is such a cool looking plant.
Below are photos of all the plants I currently have and their new homes for now. I think they look a lot happier in their new pots. I did not want to disrupt the succulents and the African violets and they seem fine where they are.

Rhoeo in new pot

Succulents

African violets, they have lost most of their flowers but the one in the middle has new flowers sprouting!

All of the living room windowsill gang
Also in the living room, but on a side table, peace lily doing well potted in this adorable pot I love!

The kitchen twosome, the bamboo plant and the aloe plant! 

Knitting!
I have been working on knitting the sock and am almost finished. I am almost done knitting the foot of the sock then once I am done the 6 inches, I will be knitting the toe part of the sock and begin decreasing to shape the toe. I will probably be sharing photos of the sock next week when it is completed. I know I have already posted so many pictures of the sock and sweater by now. I am hoping to start a new project soon as well once I am finished the socks. The sweater is also coming along, I have finished most of it and now I am onto the neckline.

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope I did not bore you too much talking about my plants and I hope you enjoyed the potting plants post. If you have any questions about potting plants or what I did in the process please feel free to ask in the comments. It was my first time so I just learned as I went along! If you liked this post please follow me for more updates at my Bloglovin page, or through Google Followers.

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