Cowl Weather is Coming!

Knitting cowls are my weakness! I could be in the middle of knitting something I really want to get done but if I see a cowl I want to do I often get side tracked. They feel like a quick little project that doesn’t take up much time. To me cowls (or snoods as they are often known in the UK) are much more desirable than a scarf. I hate that you have to wrap a scarf and then it unravels and then it drops on the floor… UGH! Anyways!

I came across 2 balls of Rowan Aran Tweed that mom and I got in a goody bag when we went to visit Rowan up in West Yorkshire. I looked up the yarn in Ravelry to get some ideas and came across this lovely cowl…

The Illusion Cowl

The Illusion Cowl

I loved that I could use both colours I had and it called for 2 balls of each. It was destiny! It’s even reversible!…

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I’m going to add a couple of more stripe repeats to use up more of the yarn but I’m still over half done. Now we just need some cool weather to use it! It got up to 24 degrees here in southern Ontario this week. Crazy right!

Late Weekend Up!

It was a big weekend so blogging about it seemed a bit daunting! That’s why it’s Wednesday night and John keeps asking when he can read an update of the weekend we had together, like he’s already forgotten or something!

First, it’s autumn so what better way than to mix up the hair…



Hilarious, I had half my class believing that I was “Ms. Quart’s twin from Canada. They are only 8!

We were headed towards Canterbury when I read that the UK’s largest knitting and quilting show was on at Alexander Palace or as the locals say “Ally Pally”. It’s not really a palace but a place to hold events, built in Victorian times…


Good old John is always game but even I worried when I saw the size of this show!…good thing I was sporting a knitted cowl…


Upon entering was a cute display of unfinished projects…we all have them right…


The building itself was a bit run down but had the most beautiful view of the entire London skyline. You had to remember to look up in the building itself because it was gorgeous…



The show itself was a bit of a mixed bag. It had some interesting booths and then others that were simply horrid. If you’ve ever been to Toronto’s Creative Sewing Festival you will know what I mean. What I did like though was that there were many displays. I thought some of the modern quilt ones were cool as well as the needle point…



Rowan was there with a very large booth. They had the garments there that mom and I saw at their office when she was here…




Some of the other booths I thought were nice…




I didn’t really buy anything but I did get some very cute hand drawn fabric from a French couple. It looked drawn by a child with cute quotes in French…


I believe we also saw Nicky Epstein at a table with examples from her new book “Knitting in Circles”…


After the show we went into the neighbouring town to look around and we found a Children’s book shop. I was soooooo excited. Mom would have loved it…



At home I whipped up a lovely roasted squash, fennel and walnut salad. Soooooooo simple but flavourful. It’s a “keeper” as dad would say…





Another great weekend but all the more pleasant because it was so unexpected!