Then you might remember the knitting bag:
Then there's the Hiking Bag:
It worked perfectly! I took it on every walk loaded with water bottle, iPad, lip balm, sun screen, sun glasses, bug bite stick and Minions Tic-Tacs. (Banana!) The pack is a little more ahem...weathered looking now. But I was glad that I used the Otter Wax on it especially when we got caught in the rain or the time I slipped and it fell partially in the St Lawrence. It even held an umbrella instead of the water bottle on a couple of hikes when we weren't sure if it was going to rain on us or not.
Oh and there's the tea cosy:
Then there were the socks that I finished the day we left:
Then there's the Big Project. I give you the Flaming Intersect Cardigan:
I'm really happy with how this sweater turned out! The fit is spot on. For some reason it used less yarn than it should have but I'm not complaining. I have 3 balls left, something over 1,000 yards, enough to make another smaller sweater. However first I want to modify the colour in another dyebath because I don't really need any more bright madder orange sweaters! I have 3 already. It is a really lovely colour though, isn't it? Even bright enough for Sharon, I'm sure. ;)
So what's coming up next in the crafty project department? I need to finish the Boro Bag, which only got stitched on a very little while we were away. I'm going to our Spectrum Study Group tomorrow and bringing it along to work on. I'm also knitting a pair of Foxy Socks for Thom which are close to finished. Plus the Catalina Shawl in charcoal black lace-weight wool from deep stash. I have one 24-row pattern repeat to go but I can only knit on this when there's not much else going on. No reading, no TV and good light. The stitches need to be watched carefully. It's a pretty design though. A combination of lace and twisted rib which looks really light and ethereal in the photo. Mine is the smaller size and probably not so ethereal at all. But that's OK. I haven't had time yet to assess the sewing queue for fall. The van still needs to be cleaned out and the garden needs big time help before the rainy season sets in. I still have to plant my garlic and bring in the cactuses from their summer vacation. We finally caught up on the grocery shopping. It took 4 separate trips to different stores to get stocked up again. Yum, fresh fruit and veggies! Most of the supermarkets we visited while we were away did not have the variety that we're so used to here. I put that down to our large Asian and South Asian population who insist on fresh ingredients. Not so much pre-chopped and packaged "stir-fry mix". Even the mushrooms were all sliced and packed in plastic cartons. Where's the loose bin with the paper bags to store them in? And I also missed our Cobbs bread. So. Good. On the other hand, dairy and meat were cheaper than here. We actually got reamed out by an old lady in Maine who gave us a hard time for buying "expensive" free-range organic eggs. They were still half the price they are here! She apparently wouldn't pay more than 88 cents a dozen. Obviously there's some government support going on down there. Because somebody isn't paying what it actually costs to produce the food they're eating. But I digress.
What I did like was the ability to buy wine and beer in the grocery stores in most of the US. In most of Canada there was usually a government liquor store near the supermarket. Only in Quebec were we able to buy wine at the same time as the rest of our groceries. So sensible. Wine and beer are food, people! We don't need to be protected from ourselves, thank you much.
Ahem. I digressed again, didn't I? Maybe it's low blood sugar. I can't stop talking about food so I guess I need to go cook some dinner now.