Saturday, October 31, 2015

What I've been up to

Neither sewing nor blogging, evidently!

I have been doing a lot of machine knitting but it's a top secret project that I can't blog about yet. Be patient and eventually all will be revealed.

And no, nobody has offered me a book deal. Which is just as well because I have enough hobbies already thank you very much. As well as a full-time job.

I finished my golden cowl, which was mostly done in the last post in which I tried to explain to you, my loyal readers, why I hadn't been posting very much. I even got to wear it a few times, as we had some unseasonably warm temperatures in early October.

As I had hoped, it looks good with my most recent suit. Hmm, I finished that in March? It must be time for another one soonish.

My husband and I had a mini-vacation in Quebec City. What a magical place! We stayed right in the old city, in a house that was occupied, before 1855, by Joseph Légaré, one of the first landscape painters in the region. We saw some of his paintings in the Musée de beaux arts.

Parc de l'artillerie
The place had stone walls that were about 3 feet thick. It was right across the street from the Parc de l'artillerie.

There are cannons everywhere in Quebec City!

And cobblestones and steeply sloped streets - sometimes in combination!

And cute metal-sided houses.

We climbed hills, walked and ate good food.

And we went to Montmorency Falls. Wow!

There has also been some walking in the woods.

During which this sort of thing could be seen, if you looked up.

I'll leave you with a couple of more blog-relevant photos. This has been a good week at the thrift stores. First, my friend Gail got in touch to alert me to a major pattern find.

Yes! Those ARE Jalie and Style Arc patterns!

And this: 4+ metres of a nice rayon print.


  1. WOWWWW! What an amazing find in that fabric and pattern bundle!!!!

    Your trip sounds like it was fantastic. I can't wait to get a knitting machine. Maybe next year :)

  2. Hubby and I were in Quebec City last month as part of a Fall foliage cruise. You're right - the city is lovely, however; we missed seeing the fall colors. Anxious to see what you make up with that rayon challis. The gold knit top looks lovely. Karen

  3. I am hooked on the Inspector Gamache murder mystery series; part of the reason is the Canadian setting. I must visit Quebec City someday, so thanks for the pics! Also, looking forward to seeing the knitting machine pics. I don't have enough hours to pursue all the hobbies I'd like, so I need to live vicarously through you on that one.

  4. Style Arc and Jalie at the thrift store! That's awesome!
    Your vacation looks like it was a great one!

  5. Ooh, very nice city! And lucky find with the patterns.

  6. Great thrift store finds!

    We honeymooned in Quebec City and Montreal because we were poor graduate students at the time and we wanted something foreign with a different language and architecture. QC for the win!

  7. Your suit and cowl neck top are great! Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos!

  8. Can't wait to see your machine knitting project! And wow, could you walk through the rainbow?! Beautiful. Lastly - what a thrift store find! Lucky you!