A Kayak

I’ve always enjoyed being on the water.

A few years ago, when our oldest was a toddler, I took kayaking lessons and it was heavenly. I even learned how to do a wet-exit!

Since then I haven’t done much kayaking…only when we rent a cottage that happens to have one.

Earlier this summer, I went over to a friends house and saw she had bought a kayak. She talked about how awesome it was to go out on her own, and it even fit IN her car, so it was pretty easy.

I was inspired, so hunted around for a used sit-on-top kayak that could fit in my small SUV (and 8-footer) and found this one:

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I’m not planning on going all hardcore and paddling several times a week or anything, but I’ve been out once with that very friend who inspired me and it was completely perfection! I hope to get a couple more outings in before it gets too cold.

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Sea Glass Skirt Pt. 5

I am loving this knit more and more! I just finished tier 4 today, and I can’t wait to wear this! My goal is to finish it by Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct. 8th).

Fluff Books

I love me some chicklit, fluff books, especially in the summer! Here are a couple I read recently:

Who Do You Love: A Novel by [Weiner, Jennifer]

The first is something I found on the shelf at the cottage we recently rented. Once I read the synopsis and realized it had knitting involved, I though it’d be a perfect summer read. Yes – I was right! It took me two afternoons to read 😀

I didn’t know it was part of a series that followed the same female characters on their paths through womanly life (romance, jobs, family, etc), with scenes of knitting woven in (pun intended). Cute, fast, uncomplicated and predictable. Just what I look for in a fun read!

The second is yet another Jennifer Weiner book (I’ve read many), and one I bought at the end of the school year because I knew I could count on her for a good chicklit story. It follows the on-again off-again life-long romance that starts as a chance meeting in a hospital when the two main characters are children.

In all honestly, it didn’t capture me at the beginning like her other novels have. I felt a bit weird reading about childhood/teenage romance/sex! But, the story got more interesting as they got older. Another good summer read for me!

What are you favourite chicklit or summer reads?

Sea Glass Skirt Pt. 3&4

I’m at the half-way point of knitting my Sea Glass Skirt! Here are parts 3 and 4 of my mini vlog series about this project.

 

Mini Road-Trip

One thing I thought would be cool to do with the kids this summer is to take them on mini road-trips to nearby towns.

Earlier this week, we drove out to Lucan, had lunch, and found a playground.

I was hoping we could go explore a valley I used to drive by often, but construction nearby didn’t make that possible.

So, I went to my AllTrails app to find another nearby area with hiking trails. I found directions to the Coldstream Conservation Area, and off we went.

The kids were kind of tired by this point, so we didn’t go for a long walk. We did find a cool bridge and thought it’d be a good place to come back with DH too. They played on the playground for a while, then we headed home.

Hopefully we can do a couple more trips like this during the summer!

Sea Glass Skirt Pt. 2

I have finished tier 1 of my Sea Glass Skirt, by Jill Stover, now on to tier 2!

Here’s a quick video where I show tier 1, talk about modifications I’m making to the pattern, and preview the yarn choices for tier 2.

I’ve been dying to knit the Sea Glass Skirt by Jill Stover ever since I saw this version by Bettina (Ravelry user name: Zwitscherhexe):

I dove into my yarn stash and came up with these colours:

Ravelry Project Page for my version

Now that I have some serious time during the summer, I have cast-on this week! I’ll be doing short videos as I do each tier (there are 5 in the pattern, but I may change this as I go). Here is the first video, and stay tuned for more as I progress!

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