Feeling pensive

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It was warm and sunny. Probably one of the last warm and sunny days this year. I walked along the path, watching the kids run ahead through the "magic forest", collecting colorful leaves, being delighted by all the yellows, golds, reds and browns. It's heart-warming to see how enchanted they are by such simple things.

Seeing how their faces light up when they discover something new, I am reminded to slow down, take a look around and really notice the beauty that surrounds us.

It's easy to forget this in the mad dash that is our daily routine.

Herringbone cowl

Sunday, October 23, 2011

This weekend I had to turn on the heat in the house. Normally that would make me pretty sad, but this year I am embracing the cold, and will make the best of it.

Perhaps the fact that I have a new, cozy and gorgeous cowl to wear is making the transition a little easier. It only took two weeks to make, significantly less then I thought, and I love it. My only moment of panic came when I had to block it, just some of the old fears resurfacing, but a little encouragemet from my new friends from the luvinthemommyhood ravelry group, helped me overcome them.

I wore the cowl all weekend, and was especially happy to have it at A.'s first visit to the skating rink. Can you say cold? He looked so adorable all decked out in skates, elbow pads and a helmet..... but I digress.

Now I'll have to start thinking of Christmas gifts....suggestions anyone?

Carefree cowl knit along

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I was really excited when I heard that Shannon of luvinthemommyhood had decided to start off another KAL. This time, in keeping with the season, we are knitting a cowl.
I have to say that I did not have a hard time making a choice. One of the patterns I've always admired is the Herringbone cowl. The look is the perfect blend of classic and modern style. As for yarn, I thought that luxurious was the way to go, warm and super-soft, so I invested in 2 skeins of Malabrigo worsted. The color is called "Polar Morn", though I think that something like Storm Clouds is more accurate. It is soooo soft. It'll feel great wrapped around my neck. I've made pretty decent progress, and am sure it'll be ready for when the cold weather hits. And sadly, that's right around the corner.

Stocking up

Monday, October 10, 2011

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet and relaxed, sunny and warm.
It was so nice to be able to sit out on the balcony, absorbing the last few warm rays of sunshine and trying really hard to ignore the fact that A. refused to nap all weekend.
I’ve always had a predominantly monogamous relationship with my knitting projects, but lately I feel the need to keep starting new things. Today I forced myself to finish up some headbands, like the one I made here. They have been really popular with my friends, and I even made a set , as loot-bag gifts, for a toddler birthday party. I enjoy knitting little girly accessories like this, so I made a few for the shop. I have not updated my etsy shop in quite a while, so I felt it was time.
Life has been a little crazy around here, and I am having a hard time keeping focus. There are a lot of changes happening for our little family, and it’s sometimes overwhelming. It’s certainly affected my creativity. It’s odd, because I still knit, quite a bit, but it’s almost a furious knitting process, as if I am trying to capture that “feeling” of contentment it usually gives me, but it’s not quite working out. I know that time will resolve everything, but I am running out of patience.
I will be showing off some more knitting soon. I’ve been working on the Levenwick cardigan by Gudrun Johnston, and I am making some decent progress.  And I cannot wait for the new Luvinthemommyhood KAL to start. I’ve got a pattern all picked out, and yarn ordered.  Here’s to putting reality and its problems aside and focusing on some fun stuff, right?

Apple picking

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It may sound trivial, but family is really important to me,but especially creating family traditions and beautiful memories for my son and niece. Maybe I’ve become more conscious of the importance of traditions by becoming a mom, or maybe it’s the fact that I don’t have a lot of family around, but I spend a lot of time trying to come up with memorable and fun traditions for our little clan to enjoy.
For the last 3 years, every September, we go apple-picking. Believe it or not this was an entirely new experience for me.  Growing up in Romania, we had our own apple trees in my grandmother’s garden so there was no need to go too far to stock up on fruit.
There are lots of choices around Montreal when it comes to apple-picking, but so far we’ve gone back to this one particular orchard called Verger Lacroix. They grow Honey Crisp apples, which are my favorites. We pack up the kids, sandwiches, sometimes drag the grandparents along and we spend the entire day there. They have everything from a playground to a petting zoo, sometimes even a little maze made of bales of hay. A trailer hitched to a tractor takes you to the place where you can pick, and what 3 year old does not love that? Every time we’ve gone the weather has been absolutely perfect, and we’ve had a blast. Both my son and my niece will talk about the experience for weeks afterwards, and I am sure they will remember these excursions.
The only problem is…..I’ve got 30 pounds of apples! Help! What was I thinking? Anyone have some apple crumble/cake/crisp/pie recipes to share?