more and more plants

I apologize if you’re not a plant person! There’s a little knitting at the bottom of the post.

Last weekend we ventured out on a gorgeous day to do some shopping (City of Craft) and eating – here’s the soft serve we had after lunch at Momofuku Milk Bar – one cereal milk, one fried apple pie, both with cornflake crunch. Man that apple pie one was really delicious.

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Crown Flora was having a plant sale and Dale’s been wanting some new cacti or houseplants so we checked it out. There was a line-up to get in still, but it wasn’t nearly as long as it had been before the shop opened, so I heard.

Plant sale!

Things were getting a little picked over, but we still managed to find some gems. It was one of those small spots where the line to pay snakes around the store, so once you join the line you can still check out all the plants on your way to the cash! Ha!

Plant sale!

It was quite windy, and I saw a few people struggling to protect their new plants while walking around. I’m super glad I took my basket as it made it very easy to carry them on the rest of our outing (with a box in the bottom for stability). Still managed to get poked by those cacti a few times though.

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Some beauty shots:

succulents

moon cactus

jade

globe cactcus

In the garden, the radishes popped right up and need thinning. The peas are just starting to come up – there was a bit of snow yesterday and today, hopefully they’re okay.

radish sprouts

And since it’s been so gloomy, I set up my desk lamp to be a grow light for the tomatoes (with a daylight bulb). They’re looking good and I think they’ll appreciate the extra light.

tomato under lights

A little bit of knitting, since I don’t have much I can share – I started this sweater out of Indochine silk from Lantern Moon, but I was a bit unsure about the amount of yarn I have, and it got ripped out.

indochine silk

But the good news is, the yarn is much happier being knit up into a cowl.

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READING

A bunch! A whole bunch of holds on e-books came in from the library all at once, isn’t that always how it is?

Bios, The Chronoliths, and Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson: good straight-up scifi. I like this author a lot.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Marukami: long and definitely winding. Like when I read 1Q84, I had to concentrate a bit to keep the thread as I’m reading. Lots of weirdness. I liked it but it was kind of hard to keep going sometimes.
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie: Interesting premise, I’m definitely going to read the other books.
Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper (The Glittering Edge #1): Another good scifi world from a woman author! I really enjoyed this one.
The Martian by Andy Weir: Read this one really fast as I only had a few days left on the book! It really does read like a movie – the film is supposed to come out in November. Really draws you in, and amidst the science there’s humour too. Loved it!

EATING

The very first tiny leaves of chard from the windowsill; Oatmeal Date sandwich cookies (I made them smaller, and cooked the dates just with water and some sugar); shepherd’s pie. It’s still cold after all.

Wednesday socks

I’ve had these socks on the needles forever – they mostly lived in my purse and I worked rounds here and there on the subway, waiting at the doctor’s, waiting around anywhere really. There wasn’t much incentive to finish them over the summer, but this week I was close enough to the end that not finishing them seemed silly!

chocolate cherry socks

chocolate cherry socks

chocolate cherry socks

A bit big on me, but that’s because they’re for the boyfriend! 68 stitches on 2mm (US 0) needles, 1×1 and 3×1 ribbed cuff and leg, standard top-down heel flap. The yarn was a gift years ago, so I’m glad I finally used it – it’s Claudia Handpainted sock yarn in Chocolate Cherry, mm!

time for a new iphone case design!

My cross-stitched phone case has been looking pretty darn raggedy lately – the threads at the sides were just complete gone! So I spent some time yesterday clipping out the remaining threads. I used a lace weight silk/merino last time, which really wasn’t very durable. This time I’m using some proper embroidery thread, leftover from my Winterwoods sampler kit. I haven’t decided on a particular design, though I have some ideas – we’ll see where it goes.

Tonight (Wednesday the 18th) I’ll be at the Downtown Knit Collective for the Twist Collective fashion show, along with other fantastic Twist designers and LOTS of knitwear. It’s at Innis Town Hall at University of Toronto at 7:30 and everyone is welcome – you don’t have to be a member. Come check it out!

Attention Toronto friends

(And visitors!)

As you know, I play in a handbell band called Pavlov’s Dogs Handbell Ensemble, and we’re playing a show tomorrow! The title of the show is NGP Gunpowder Plot – An Evening of Burlesque, Comedy, Music and Murder*

From the Facebook page:
Hosted by the marvelous Liana K! Doors open at 9:30pm. Show begins at 10pm. There will be lovely dancing ladies, hilarious comedians and wonderful musical acts. There may or may not be burning effigies, but there will definitely be prizes!

WHERE: Toronto Underground Cinema, just north of Queen off the west side of Spadina
WHEN: Friday, November 5, 2010, show at 10 – we’ll be the first act, so get there on time!
HOW MUCH: Advance tickets are $15, $20 at the door – but I have a discount code for a few $10 advance tickets!
Just go to the ticket page and enter the code “NGPPavlov”

There are a limited amount of tickets at this price. I also have 2 guest list spots, so the first 2 people who tell me they want to come get free tickets!

We’ve had a bit of a rocky couple months, so I (and all the girls) would really appreciate it if you’d come out and support us.

Hope to see you there!

*No actual murder involved.

For those of you who aren’t able to come (sniff) or are otherwise just here for the knitting, a little Tosh Merino Light for you!

tosh merino light