Well that was a wild week

I’m sitting here in my old bedroom at my parent’s house (which I only moved out of an the beginning of the month) and realizing it has been a bit of a wild week.

First, I came down with a cold.  You can ask my sister Carla, I never get colds.  But if I do catch one, I will be sick (not really) for about 24hrs and then somehow manage to pass it to her where she will keep it for almost two weeks.  So I started getting sick over night between Saturday and Sunday.

Monday morning I was up and at it for our Golf Tournament at work.  This is a big fundraiser for my organization and we were at an unbelievably exclusive club in Foot’s Bay.  They never host tournaments, but they made an exception for us and it was incredible.  The weather was incredible, but not in a good way.  It had rained the night before, and while we had about 2 hours of sun, there was an hour of downpour and followed by a cold, grey and windy afternoon.

I went, despite my cold working very hard to keep my cold to myself.

 

The next day I showed up at work, my boss sent me home so for the first time in my life I was off work for being sick.  And I was sick enough that I didn’t really do any knitting.  However, unlike the weekend the skies were that perfect clear blue that they are up here sometimes so I went out to the High Falls in Bracebridge for a short walk.

Wednesday is when things really got wild. I went into work to find out that there had been some staffing changes.  This was not completely unexpected, there had been issues with this coworker over the summer, however I thought they had been resolved.  However, things are fine for me and I might even mange to get my contract extended slightly to help with covering her work. When I made it home I had zero interest in knitting, weaving or spinning, and my cold which was workable was still kicking my ass slightly.

Thursday decided to up the ante with some more office politics, which are being dealt with in a good, positive way.  However, the big thing on Thursday was that I started getting my knitting mojo back, and I came up with my solution to the issue I was having with the heel of a pair of plain Felici socks I’m making as a gift.

Friday, normally I go to work for Kim at indigodragonfly, but due to the nature of the work (ie being around people and not in my cubicle) we decided that since I’m not fully over my cold I should probably stay home.  And stay home I did.  This time though I had the energy to enjoy knitting, so I turned both the heels on my gift socks (just up the legs to go!), wound 5 skeins of yarn into cakes and cast on three or four new projects, direct warped my loom (although I have yet to sley the heddle and tie on), cleaned and took pictures of my apartment and headed to Parry Sound for dinner at my Grandparent’s cottage.

Which brings us to today, I’m in Parry Sound to participate in Doors Open and Trails Open, but after four beautiful clear days, the weather has decided to be miserable and overcast, so into that, with too many knitting projects on the go a the remainders of a hacking cough, I head out to guide walking tours of the fantastic Parry Sound waterfront trails.  Hopefully, I won’t freeze to death because I want to get some knitting done before I head back to Bracebridge for what will hopefully be a less wild week.

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Hello Bracebridge

Downtown Bracebridge on a spectacular September day

Sorry for the radio silence, I have been busy moving from my adopted hometown of Parry Sound, Ontario to Bracebridge, Ontario about 50mi (80km) southeast of Parry Sound in Muskoka.

Muskoka is famous for its lakes, it IS cottage country for many in the more urban and while there are many beautiful parts of Ontario where people have cottages (including Parry Sound/Georgian Bay, Haliburton, and the Kawarthas which are all located within spitting distance of Muskoka), Muskoka is the grande dame of cottage country, with three large lakes playing host to cottagers since the late 19th century.

Yeah, Muskoka is pretty spectacular

While many people choose to move to Muskoka in their retirement for its beauty (and to live the cottage lifestyle all year round), I moved for my job.  It is only a contract, but there are lots more options for me to work as a Stewardship/Conservation Educator or a Community Planner as there is a much larger population and more employers in my field.  Also, after living with my parents on and off since graduating from grad school in May 2010 it was time to move out again.

I moved just over a week ago and I’m finally settling in. I found a great apartment, out of town right on the Muskoka River with hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings, and thanks to my mom and sister it is starting to feel like home.

While things are going well here, but I’m pretty homesick for Parry Sound and Georgian Bay.

The Big Sound, how could I not be homesick for this!

One of the constants in my life has been moving.

Growing up, my Dad’s job moved us a few times, and since graduating from high school I have been moving every 2-3 years. When I moved to Parry Sound, it was just supposed to be for the summer, I was supposed to get a summer job and find something permanent in the fall.  Then summer turned to fall, fall into winter and my contract at the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve was up and I still hadn’t found anything else, a few months of unemployment and I came across another contract, for a year this time.  I couldn’t believe I had found work again in Parry Sound, it is a town of 6,500.

Without realizing it, Parry Sound had become as much a hometown as I have ever had.  Weekly dinners with my grandparents, going to the gym with my sister, making some really good friends (hi Laura), falling for my sister’s puppy, were all things I wasn’t expecting when I moved “home” to a backwater town in Northern Ontario from Austin, Texas.

Little Toshie has wormed her way into my heart, and I’m really not a dog person.

For the first time in my life, moving away doesn’t force me to abandon my old life.  Parry Sound is a 1 hour drive from Bracebridge, I did it every day this summer.  I already have my first trip back planned for September 29th for a community event (Doors Open Parry Sound) and a party at my sister’s place and to try out the new taco place that just opened the weekend I moved.

I am still knitting, and after a week of unpacking I spent last Saturday lazing around and finishing off a shawl/stole/scarf thing in Tosh DK and maybe this week I will tell you about my yarn show as an indigodragonfly Minion and how I got to meet the Yarn Harlot and finally posting about my other pair of Ravellenic Socks!

FO: Cone Socks

The Ravellenic Games are a great time for a person to challenge themselves, and for me taking on the challenge of completing two pairs of patterned socks in two weeks was a good one.

I was able to accomplish something new and try out a sock designer I have been really wanting to try, verybusymonkey. These socks have made me realize how much I love making socks, and lace socks are tops on my lists.

Also, because I wanted to be on Team Doom (rather Team Smart-Ass World-Dominating Knitters of Doom) it was my first chance to work with indigodragonfly’s Merino Nylon sock, which was awesome.  Such a great yarn, a two-ply with lots of sproing and great colors.

This managed to be the 8th pair of socks that I have completed in 2012, so I am way ahead of schedule on my year of socks, but I have no intention of slowing down.

– Details –

Project Name: Cone Socks

Pattern: Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey

Recipient: Mine, Mine, all Mine

Yarn: indigodragonfly Merino Nylon Sock in They Were Cones

Modifications:

  • Shortened Cuff and Leg – I have quite large calves and so I find I don’t like tall socks as they don’t stay up.  So I took out some repeats of the cuff and one of the leg charts.

New Skills:

  • None, I think: I’m really starting to get the hang of this sock thing!

Feedback:

  • Yarn: AWESOME!  Kim’s 2-ply sock yarn is a very different texture from other Merino Nylon sock yarns I have used and it is a welcome change.  It has great spring to it and really feels great in socks.
  • Pattern: This my have been my first verybusymonkey pattern but it won’t be the last.  I LOVE knitting lace socks and these ones are brilliant.

Re-Knit?: Probably not, but I will be knitting more of verybusymonkey’s patterns as soon as I can.

FO: Second Try Houndstooth

Second time’s a charm.  After a poorly warping my first scarf, I had some warp threads shred which resulted in a very short scarf.  This time everything went right and I have a full sized scarf ready for Christmas gift giving.

I enjoy this sort of weaving, simple but creating a neat result.  Having only two shuttles I’m sorta limited on my plaid options and I haven’t had the nerve to try out too many lace patterns, in part because I don’t have any pick-up sticks.

– Details –

Project Name: Second Try Houndstooth

Draft: Grab and Go Bag by Liz Gipson in Weaving Made Easy

Recipient: Probably Grampa

Yarn: Knitpicks Palette in Salsa Heather and Bittersweet

Modifications: None

New Skills: Actually not getting my warp threads shredded by using paper as warp separator.

Feedback:

  • Yarn: Palette has such great colors (they recently went up to 150 shades) but I don’t enjoy knitting stranded colorwork so this a great way to use it.  It is a bit rough but it is perfect for weaving.
  • Draft: So easy and yet creates such a complex finished project.

Re-Weave?: Yep, I already have another one warped up and another 5 or so of color sets to go.