yarn along Wednesday and new stitching start

A small funny to begin today if you will humour me. Last night as I was cooking dinner, my son began a conversation with: “you know, one day you’ll be a Grandma!” “Why yes, one day that would be very nice! I replied.” “You’ll get to go to Grandma school, just like Grandma did!!”

*pause* remembering that my very literal son must have heard something and squirrelled it away….

*click* Right – “umm honey? I think you mean grammar school” (where your very British grandma did indeed go to school. Truly, and my husband agrees, doesn’t Grandma school sound way more fun?

I thought about posting on Monday, but when project monogamy hits and the project doesn’t look all that different after hours of work, there’s not much point in writing about it.


Today I’m linking up with Ginny, and sharing what I’m knitting and reading. My shawl is coming along nicely and I’m averaging about 10-15 rows per day which is needed in order to finish it in time for the KAL deadline. My son and I are still reading Harry Potter. When the chapter about the first Quidditch match was over, he wanted more, PLEASE read more!! Heady, heart filling stuff, really.


I have a new stitching start in the queue for today, one that I’ve really been looking forward to beginning. I’ve changed out the charted linen and a few of my colours have been swapped out. This is a design that I plan to stitch and then hang up here. I am still plugging away on the coffee cup – it has a whole handle on the side now!


The water is very high this year. This picture shows an area where 2 years ago we had a very small beach. No sand castles this year! It is good to see the lake levels rising instead of continuing to drop which had been the trend for the past 15 years. See the colour in the rock? That is very common here. Georgian Bay is a true geologic wonder. If you are interested in that sort of thing, this interesting article describes in detail the history of our special place. This quote in particular sums it up for me…. “From the point of view of those travelling the water trail through Georgian Bay the legacy of the Pleistocene Ice Age is the ice-scoured topography of smooth rocks and islands that gives the area its beauty and character, and the thin layer of glacial till and outwash that has given rise to soil for plant growth. One is reminded of how shallow the soil is each time that one attempts to dig a latrine.” –

G.M. Courtin

I had to laugh when I read this. Intellectual potty humour at its best.



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14 Responses to yarn along Wednesday and new stitching start

  1. Donna says:

    Oh my gosh your son is adorable! I want to go to Grandma school too! Your shawl is looking real nice. That’s such a delicate pattern.

    • caroline says:

      Thank you! This is the second time I’m making this shawl – I made it for a friend and was so sad to give it away, that I cast one on for myself 😉

  2. Gill says:

    As I am British also I did go to Grammar School, and now that I am a Grandma (Nana) maybe I could go to Granma school as well!

    Very cute, and I do love your cross stitch.

    • caroline says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment! Over the years, I’ve become adept at remembering that certain things have different names, like the loo, that trousers are not pants, and a tomAHto somehow tastes slightly better than a tomato.

  3. woolythyme says:

    Sign me up for Grandma school, too!! (although I’ve been one for 12+ years now….do you think I might get some extra credit for life experience?)

    saw your umaro on last week’s post…..one of my favorite knits EVeR!! 🙂 (I thought it would never end, though.) I’ve dug out some embroidery to mix in with my knitting—-mine is all free style; my days of counted x-stitch are over. 🙂

    • caroline says:

      Extra credit for sure 😉
      I’m so pleased that you enjoyed your umaro so much, isn’t it amazing? Yes – it is taking forever, but WOW, so beautiful! Free style embroidery is gorgeous, you’re a brave woman. I need the security of a pattern – boring, but I play with colours and fabric a bit. One day, maybe I’ll experiment a bit more.

  4. That color is luscious! Wonderful! Is the shawl your own design, or are you following a pattern?

    • caroline says:

      Thank you Ranee,
      It’s a design by Dani Berg for Quince & Co. called “A Little Romance” and the yarn is their Tern in the Columbine colourway. I am loving it!

  5. Susan says:

    That’s ridiculously cute! Grandma school sounds way more fun though 😉
    Love that pattern! It looks so squishable!

  6. Adrienne says:

    The shawl is coming along beautifully!! Nice work.

    I’m looking forward to your turtle start! Love that pattern … think it’s in my own stash somewhere. LOL

  7. Susan says:

    Where on the Georgian Bay are you? I’ve only really been in the Collingwood/Blue Mountain area and then over the other side in the Muskokas.

    • caroline says:

      Hi Susan,
      We are fairly close to Killbear Provincial Park, out in the 1000 Islands. My inlaws bought out here in the ’60’s well before it was popular. 🙂 We are on a smallish island that is about 75 acres of which 45% is Crown land. Are you also from Ontario?

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