Friday Fun

It's been a busy time here at C&Q with visitors, a weekend away and a couple of daytrips besides and I've been scurrying this week to catch up. Sadly, when it's this busy, the blog is always the first to suffer (along with laundry but nevermind!).

After spending most of this week at the computer following up on various projects though, I was happy to relax a bit today with a late breakfast and a book, followed by some cozy time on the couch at Loop after picking up the latest PomPom Quarterly.

Loop has new bags! And I'm excited to try Quince & Co's gorgeous wool - it feels so light!

Loop has new bags! And I'm excited to try Quince & Co's gorgeous wool - it feels so light!

Incidentally, PomPom are having a Christmas party with a pop-up indie yarn market on December 6th. Do check out the details as it sounds like a fun time. Rach and I are going to put in an appearance and I think I might just knit myself the Take Heart toque from the latest issue for the occasion.

Speaking of parties - I attended one last week at the Oxford Yarn Store for Kathleen in celebration of the launch of her book Silver Screen Knits.

That's the  Lana Turner Beaded V-Neck Top  on the cover. Already in my favourites and am mulling over my yarn selection.

That's the Lana Turner Beaded V-Neck Top on the cover. Already in my favourites and am mulling over my yarn selection.

The party was fantastic and Kathleen has a great write up of the shop itself, along with the event, over on her blog at Knit Like You Mean It. They had a beautiful alpaca silk blend yarn that I'm still thinking about. Sigh.

Souvenir yarn from Paris:  Biscotte & Cie  Felix self-striping sock yarn. Not exactly French, but French Canadian.

Souvenir yarn from Paris: Biscotte & Cie Felix self-striping sock yarn. Not exactly French, but French Canadian.

What else can I tell you? Our weekend in Paris was incredibly relaxing and I finally managed to visit the very cute L'Oisive The et Tricot. As it was a weekend we were lucky enough to grab a table for brunch - which was huge and incredibly satisfying!

 The afternoon session of Lizzy's Meadow Quilt class shows off their first blocks.

 The afternoon session of Lizzy's Meadow Quilt class shows off their first blocks.

The following weekend I was lucky enough to meet fabric and quilt designer, Lizzy House, and take her workshop for the Meadow Quilt at The Village Haberdashery. She is just one of the sweetest people and her class was great fun. I don't consider myself a quilter (yet?), but I think I could be by the time I get through with this project! 

Still lots of catching up to do though - more soon!

Half-term and a new hat

My little guy's second half-term is now at and end, thank goodness. Not that I don't think a little break in the school routine isn't a good thing, but having two weeks off (as opposed to one, like other British schools) definitely starts to seem a little excessive in the second week when you can tell the kids are feeling the absence of routine as painfully as the parents are.

If there's one thing I kept solidly to over these last few weeks though, it's been bedtime. In our world, allowing bedtime to be disrupted over two weeks just means that it's going to be at least another two weeks once school starts to get things onto an even keel again. Besides, with my mom visiting and the little guy tiring us out with activities during the day, it's meant that we can relax with a glass of wine once he's been tucked in and it's lights out!

And of course being me, that's meant relaxing with a glass of wine AND my knitting! I've been working pretty steadily on this:

 WIP:  Bedouin Bag in Three Sizes  by Nora J. Bellows. I'm doing the smallest size. 

WIP: Bedouin Bag in Three Sizes by Nora J. Bellows. I'm doing the smallest size. 

I am completely in love with the colour. Coupled with the bright and happy chartreuse, turquoise and olive print fabric I found to line it with, this has the potential of being my go-to bag this summer.

The only problem with the bag in it's pre-felted state, especially now that I'm even farther along in the knitting, is that it is MASSIVE and can no longer easily be taken anywhere (double-stranding five skeins of Cascade 220 - so far! - will do that). Not that I've let that stop me mind you, but I did decide at the beginning of the week to take along something a little smaller. I cast on Monday evening for the alpaca pom pom beanie kit that I bought at Unravel and by Tuesday evening I was weaving in the ends:

Pattern:  Pom Pom Beanie  by The TOFT Alpaca Shop   Yarn:  Toft Alpaca Chunky Weight Alpaca  in Steel   Yardage (for the Pre-Process Stashdown 2013): 95 yards    Click the photo to link to my Ravelry project notes

Pattern: Pom Pom Beanie by The TOFT Alpaca Shop
Yarn: Toft Alpaca Chunky Weight Alpaca in Steel
Yardage (for the Pre-Process Stashdown 2013): 95 yards 
Click the photo to link to my Ravelry project notes

It didn't matter that the weather warmed up as soon as I finished it - I wore it anyway. That's how much I love this hat. I love the look of it, the nice, snug fit (especially over my ears!), the versatile colour and especially, ESPECIALLY the alpaca fur pom pom that came in the kit.

Thanks to my mom for capturing these great pics while we were visiting the Tower of London this week.

Thanks to my mom for capturing these great pics while we were visiting the Tower of London this week.

I've been surprised at the number of toques that I've seen in London this winter, but even more surprised by the number of them that have been sported with ginormous pom poms on them. Being Canadian I knew I could rock that look but I'm really happy to have it bring me a little London style too!