Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fourboysandanlgirl Podcast Episode 2 Show Notes

Well, I did it! Episode Number Two. I think my editing skills are getting better and I like the backdrop I'm using so far. Enjoy!

You can also find me on Revelry at 4boysandanlgirl or on Instagram at fourboysandanlgirl. Take a minute and say 'Hi!'


Safety eyes for my blue whale purchased at Fiberlilly.

Blue whale pattern is called The Get Whale Soon Tissue Box Cover by Tamara Kelly.

Skull cross stitch from the Decor Hacks website under their Halloween Cross Stitch Canvases.

Canada Post Deliveries:

Knitting project bag from Mrs. Browns Bags (Jodi of the Grocery Girls Podcast) on Etsy. These are VERY popular so, if you want one, I'd 'follow' Jodi on Instagram and keep an eye out for her shop updates.

Gradient yarn from LittleBeansCrochet on Etsy in the colour way 011 (eleven), named after the character from the Netflix series "Stranger Things", in Kayleen's Luxe Socks base, 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon. I still need to be alone with that yarn....

KAL (Knit Along) That I'm Participating In:

Sunshine and Bubblegum's Gradient KAL running from September 1 - October 31, 2016.

Podcasts Mentioned This Episode:

Lynne at the Sunshine and Bubblegum Podcast.

Yeah for this wonderful knitting/crafting/making community!

Fourboysandanlgirl Podcast Episode 1

For those of you who come and visit who do not follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably don't know that I've embarked on a bit of a new adventure: podcasting! I began my first knitting/craft podcast last week and here it is for your viewing pleasure.

I will be including notes from each podcast in my blog so please stay tuned for those. Here are my first set of show notes from Episode One:

FOs (Finished Objects):

Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos knit in Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca Pale Blue which is 100% alpaca.

Moose antler buttons purchased at The Roost in Lark Harbour, NL by artisan Austin White

Spindrift Shawl by Helen Stewart knit in Sweet Georgia's Tough Sock Colourway: Mirror Pond which is a fingering weight yarn 80% merino super wash yarn and 20% nylon.

HOs (Half finished objects usually referring to socks)

"How I Make My Socks" sock pattern by Susan B. Anderson in Richard Devries 100% merino Peppino fingering weight in the Mango Merlot colour way plus Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sock in a discontinued colour way on the cuff, toes and heels.

WIPs (What's On My Needles):

Ayrton Sweater by Jane Ellis from the Noro Family booklet from Noro. Knit in Plymouth's Yarns Mushishi in 95% wool and 5% silk slub mix in the colour way Harvest.

Project bag made by me.

Gorgeous key fobs or progress keepers from Fire Fly Fibre Arts.

Cross stitch kit by Majorlein Bastin and Leisure Arts purchased in The Netherlands ~ 15 years ago.

Stash Enhancements:

Coffee and Yarn tea towel from Atelier West Studios made for MALA, a knitting shop in Corner Brook, NL.

Sock yarn purchased at MALA from WYS (West Yorkshire Spinners) in their Signature 4 Ply 75% wool (contains 35% Blueface Leicester) and 25% nylon.

Shawl skeins purchased at the Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria, BC are from Sweet Georgia's Touch Sock (see link above) in colour ways deep cove, melon and west wind.

Joma Yarns sock yarn purchased at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC in the Bling-o-rinobase, 84% super wash merino and 16% stellia (sparkles! Yeah!), in the Sealed With A Kiss colour way.

Youghiogheny Yarns found through the Grocery Girls podcast both Yough Sock which is 100% super wash merino wool in the Bejewelled and the Autumn Orchard colour ways.

Podcasts Mentioned:

Lynne at the Sunshine and Bubblegum Podcast
Dani at the Little Bobbins Podcast and 
The Grocery Girls Podcast

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Drive Back

On our way to the West coast we did the full nine hours (plus with stopping to eat and washrooms etc) in one day. On the way back we broke the trip up into two days, staying with my parents in Gander Bay for a night. They have quite nice camping facilities in their front yard too;)!

En route, we stopped into Corner Brook and had lunch at the Captain James Cook National Historic Site.

Then onward we pressed to Gander Bay. The next morning, we finally bought salmon fishing licenses for our boys (Eldest has been nagging since Christmas) at my cousin's shop and headed off to a salmon river where I got to go kayaking while the boys fished.  


It was a great day though the boys didn't catch anything. I am particularly proud of this picture: "A Boy Fishing".

Then it was onwards to home. I hope the movie above works. I haven't added on to the blog in so long I've quite forgotten how!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Camping Trip 2016

We lucked out on our camping trip this year. Gorgeous weather and a gorgeous location. The only downside was that our destination was on the West coast of Newfoundland which meant a 9 hour drive from home to be able to set up our tent. It was so worth it. And nine hours means a lot of knitting time...

Yes, D in Gibsons, this IS another sock! Sock tales coming soon...
We camped at Blow Me Down Provincial Park in Lark Harbour, NL and, let me tell you, it is worth the trip from wherever you are. The sites are nice and private (though there is just no way to avoid trailers with generators when you're tenting these days is there???), the outhouses very clean, and the same with the showers etc at the comfort station. And look at the beach in the day use area.

The waters were clear and cold but the boys managed to get in for a bit regardless. Youngest spent the most time in the water floating around and showing off his 'swimming' skills (he can't swim yet).

We spent every night in nearby Bottle Cove watching the sunset complete with a fire on the beach.

Naturally there was knitting at the beach too.

We did a lot of hiking on trails ranging from easy to moderate/difficult. We found this gorgeous waterfall at the end of an easy .5 kilometre walk in from the trail head. 

I knit on the rocks while the boys fished. It was heaven. That's 100% alpaca on a rock right there by the way.

Another easy route was from Bottle Cove beach and around to the point starting with this lovely boardwalk.

The campground from the highest hike in the park...

And no trip would be complete without a trip to the local restaurants. I can highly recommend the Captain Cook Eatery complete with unicorn ice cream.

A very successful camping trip all in all. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Summers Day in Cupids

We are just back from our wonderful summer 2016 camping trip. As I am way behind in blog posts on what we've been up to this summer, here's a start on catching up.

A few weekends ago on a stunning summer day we drove into Conception Bay North and the community of Cupids, most famous for having been the first approved British settlement by John Guy in 1610.

We spent a considerable amount of time on this beach playing in the water - very refreshing after hiking - and enjoying the sights.

Legend has it that pirates used this arch and cave to hide from authorities and to hide treasure.

Wouldn't the colours of this rock make a great colour way for knitting?

To the boys delight, some blueberries were ripe. In Newfoundland we say that unripe berries are 'green'. Therefore, these pink berries aren't pink, they're green!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Late To The Party

On our front deck, August 2015.
Hello there! I'm late to Amy's last Five on Friday link up until September which is a shame. However, I am back to write a weekly post regardless! Unlike the Five on Friday link up posts where I offer up five tidbits of what we've been up to, I thought I'd concentrate on my travelling 'Commitment' sweater so you can see what it's been up to.

Kelly Park, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, August 2015.
According to Ravelry, I started Jane Ellison's Ayrton Sweater last August (2015). (I've been calling it my 'Commitment' sweater ever since because this pattern is really more of a coat than a sweater and the instructions start off with "...knit 23 1/2 " in garter stitch". If that's not commitment, I don't know what is!). I was making great inroads with it at the time and kept at it completing both sleeves (I like to do sleeves first or after making the back) and was half way up the back when another project lured me away. There is no project monogamy in this house. None.

I picked this sweater up again about two months ago and have been knitting furiously ever since. Let's see some of the places I've been knitting.

Back to Kelly Park.

On the beach after a wonderful day on Bell Island complete with a tour of the Miner's Museum.

True colours. Love!

Enjoying the boys playing with their cousin at the Johnson Geo Centre.

Watching Eldest play soccer (football) whilst his brother's played in a different part of the field. I am always the only one knitting.

This one should be pretty obvious;)! The boys were in the play place after a 'healthy' lunch. Don't judge.

Back to Kelly Park and a view of my new knitting project bag.

Back and sleeves laid out on the back deck so you get some idea of my commitment levels. It measures 37" from the top of the back to the bottom, most of it garter stitch (which I do love the look of on a sweater by the way).

And though I didn't get a picture, I sat this afternoon working away on the last section of my sweater with a WONDERFUL group of ladies at one of my LYS' (local yarn shops) called Cast On Cast Off (COCO). I hadn't been in this shop in quite awhile and wasn't aware of the knit together on Saturdays so it was a pleasant surprise to join in with the very welcoming group. What a lovely experience. I will try and make a point of dropping in more regularly though there may have been some yarn acquisition while I was there and it is singing it's siren song.... I'm trying to resist and knit this sweater already! Thanks for the warm welcome, Katie and Katie and Katie...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Week of July 18 - 22, 2016

Hellllloooooooooo! Can you see me waving from my front deck with a cup of tea in hand? Actually, I'm typing from my gloriously cool and extremely messy basement but we can all use our imaginations, can't we? I thought I'd drop by and slip a Five on Friday post in and hook up with the lovely Amy at Love Made My Home once again. Yippee for being on time-ish! Amy is taking a break from the Five on Friday posts in August so I'm happy to slip in under the wire.

For my Five on Friday posts, I usually like to choose five pictures to talk about and that has been a bit hard considering I have been absent for so long and have been SO busy. Here are a series of five pictures that sum up the past few weeks yet still leaves out a considerable amount for me to write about later.

So far the summer has been cool and slowly warming up but the good days we have had have been fantastic. Blue, blue sky and white fluffy clouds. The kind that make you fly along with them when you're laying on your back, staring up at the sky.

I have been knitting. A. Lot. You'd never know it with the progress of this now year old WIP (Work In Progress) and it is firmly being called my 'Commitment' sweater despite the fact that that isn't its real name. It has earned that title because it has been a real commitment getting to the finish line! This picture shows off the gorgeous yarn and its true colours though.

The family reunion is done and dusted and was FANTASTIC if I do say so myself. The only complaint I heard was that it wasn't long enough! This was our view from what I believe to be the best camping spot in Gander Bay, in front of my parents new house.

No trip to Gander Bay would be complete without a picture of a Gander River Boat.

Finally, my roses have bloomed and a couple have made it inside. The colours on this particular rose just makes my heart sing!

Don't forget to drop by Amy's blog and see if there's another blog or five you can start to follow regularly!