My first half-marathon!

So this past weekend I crossed something off my bucket list.. I ran my first half marathon! I took the ferry over to Vancouver and got ready for the most fun weekend!

 As far as firsts go, this one was amazing! I ran the seawheeze. It's an event hosted by Lululemon, and they really pull out all the stops! This event included heaps of awesome swag, and lots of yoga as well as a great concert by Capital Cities to boot!

It was such a beautiful route! Over 11kms of the run was waterfront. Stunning! And part of the race took me right past my old apartment. So it really was a trip down memory lane for me. It was so amazing to be a part of something so big, and with so much encouragement! Quite a few of us from the Island went together, and it was so awesome to share this experience with friends. xo I stayed in beautiful English Bay, which was perfect as it was walking distance to the race... and it just so happened to be across the water from my old digs. Oh nostalgia!

All of those tents that you see is for Bard On the Beach. And the tall building you see peeking out of the trees to the left is my old place! It's the only tri-pod looking building in Kits. The route took us down this street in front of where I'm snapping the pic too..  Oh so fun!

I'm pretty proud of myself, and I really had the best time! Registration will be opening for next year's seawheeze on Sept. 10th! This one sells out fast, so if you want to run it register first thing! I promise, you'll love this event! xo

In fact, I had so much fun with it that I'm registering for another half that's taking place here in Victoria in October! I'm so looking forward to having my hubby and little man there to cheer me on this time.

Now to try to find that routine we're all lacking ;) Tell me, how was your weekend? xo


Summer Fun

I'm baaaack!!! We just got back from our lovely holiday in Ontario. Goodness how I miss the cottage. Though I absolutely adore living out on the west coast, there is something about eastern Ontario. The rocky landscape, the trees, the lakes... bliss...

It was incredibly nice to see family again too! It's been a year since I've last seen my immediate family... 5 years since I've seen my brother in law, and 12 years since our last small reunion.. .. definitely too long. This reunion was a big one though, some 65 people attended as we had both the Philpott and Crawley clans together again. And as I predicted, the visit went by too quickly. One day we'll see each other more often, I'm sure of it. But for now, I'll take what I can get, and this past visit was so very nice.

Being out at the cottage was such a special part of the visit for me. Oh how I love this space. Over the years the cottages have been undergoing many renovations, but it's still keeping with the traditional feel and look. This place will always have a special space in my heart. xo

Those are my boys out swimming in the early evening. I can't tell you how happy it made me to finally share this piece of paradise with them. There are so many memories here...my heart just bursts with joy in being able to share it with them. There were heaps of photos taken, and you may see some here and there pop up in nook's facebook page...

And now it seems we are preparing for a very busy fall. First thing's first though... I went to fibrations last weekend to help out my dear friend Melissa, of misocraftyknits.  I was able to go for a quick shop before the end of the event, and check out my little haul!

Guys, I believe I showed some serious restraint here. There was so much that wanted to come home with me! The yarns are from JOMA yarn, Caterpillargreen yarns, and RainCityKnits. The bags are of course by misocrafty!

These babies had to go straight to the yarn shelf to hang with their friends... as it's all work knitting and preparing for a winter market for the next little while.

Tell me, how has your summer been? Are you in fall mode now? Or hanging on to every last bit of summer? I've missed you! Coffee's on, come chat! xo


SSKAL - what I'll be knitting.

You know what tomorrow is, right? It's the beginning of the summer sweater knit along with very shannon! wahoo! This is by far the most popular knit along she has, and it's so fun! I really had wanted to participate in the tops, tanks & tees kal, but sadly my knitting schedule couldn't accommodate...
But I can do a sweater... right?
no. I will.

see, I'm being realistic here, I've chosen a sweater that takes bulky yarn... and I"ve already knit this sweater 3 times already... so yah, it will be easy, peasy...

Want to know what I'll be knitting?
pattern: Jane Richmond's Oatmeal Pullover.
yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in "crush".

I'm pretty excited about this one. Because well who doesn't need a hot pink sweater? Also, my previous oatmeal has been worn out... I loved it that much...

Want to join in? The KAL runs from July 30 - Sept 24.. and there are always some pretty amazing prizes! It's really fun, and the group of knitters you get to know are fantastic!!
Find all of the details and sign up form here. And be sure to join in on the ravelry group for inspiration, knitterly chats, and generally seeing what everyone else is knitting! xo

Are you joining in on the summer sweater KAL? tell me, what will you be casting on? xo


feeling ready.

This past week has gone by in a flash! And though it's been quiet here, I've had a pretty productive week! I am officially re-organizing the office and beginning my prep for the winter market! I know. It's only July, but I really feel I have to keep ahead on this, or I'll freak out just before the market. Well no, I probably will still freak out a little bit, but it's always better to be prepared, right? This fall also looks to be a busy one for me on the business front. So exciting! Soon I hope to share some news with you! xo

Also, sometimes a re-organized office just gets you on the right path... and gets you feeling inspired. That's the way I feel, anyway.

Oh, and do you see a hint of a blanket draping the chair? It's another F.O! more pics to come soon! Promises. xo
I love my new-found space. And I feel ready for my upcoming busy season.

 How about you? Do you need to see some sort of order before you feel productive? Are you gearing up for fall knitting? Where is your happy & productive space? 


summer hopefuls!

This weekend marks our first camping trip of the year. And of course the majority of Vancouver Island is under a fire ban. Luckily, we'll be camping at a private camp-ground, and as of right now there are no fire bans there. We'll see by the weekend though. At any rate, we'll still have a good time.

this is from last year, but we're going to the same spot!
The reason for my absence here is actually just the normal busy life of balancing work and summer life with a kiddo. You know, you'd think that summer is a slower season for us knitters, but this year I am keeping very busy! I am also needing to plan and knit for the one winter market that I like to sell at. So then I am left to wonder when I'll do some selfish knitting?

Though I may need to be patient as to when these items can be on my needles, I thought I'd share a few of what's at the top of my queue. Just because it's summer, and hot as all get out around here, it never means it's too hot to knit (not for me, anyway) ;) 

so here is what's hopefully up soon for me. (in no particular order)

1.    boxy. by joji locatelli. - this one has been in my queue for ever. I even had the yarn all picked out and set aside for this last year... so far I haven't changed my mind on the pairing. It's a daring one!! wollmeise Pure 100% merino superwash in wasabi.  

2.    oatmeal pullover. by jane richmond. - though I have already knit this one several times, I'm putting it up here because I know it will be on the needles soon. As soon as the sskal starts up, I'll be casting on for this in knit picks wool of the andes bulky in crush. Because who doesn't need a hot pink sweater?!

3.    something by martina behm. ha. ok so I've actually never knit any of her patterns yet, and she's always been on my radar... along with several of her patterns being in my queue. I have several options that I already have yarn for.... naiada, brickless, viajante, nuvem, lintilla, & hitchhiker just to name a few. HA!
This woman is so incredibly talented, and I am frankly surprised I haven't knit anything yet. Time to change that for sure. :)

My queue is pages and pages long, seriously. There are so many items I wish I could just cast on. Though it seems I actually need to feed my family, keep on top of the household duties, care for my child, and you know.... be a grown up. So in the meantime, I consider myself very lucky to be able to do what I love. And hopefully one day soon, we'll see more selfish knits popping up in the blogger feed. yes?

Tell me, what are your summer hopeful knits? I'd love to hear about them! Have you gone camping this year yet? What are your fave knits to bring? xo


hello weekend!

Is it Friday already???

Man! It's been a busy week here. I knit 18 items for work knitting, and I've made excellent progress on gift knitting. Of course, with only weeks away from our family reunion in Ontario, I'm discovering some of the cutest stuffie patterns, and I'm wanting to knit all of my nieces and nephews one. Ha. That's crazypants. I wonder if I can do it?

But let me tell you of my weekend plans. We'll keep ourselves occupied getting the tent trailer ready for camping, mostly. Oh, and with this heat wave we're experiencing out here, I've promised Owen a beach day.

I mostly hope we find the time to relax this weekend. I feel like our family badly needs it. I know I do! I like to maintain a very busy schedule... we usually have a few things going on every day. But lately I feel fairly unmotivated. Namely in my training schedule. Oh, didn't I tell you? I'm training for a half marathon! My first! But for some reason this week, I'm really struggling with lacing up. I have a 13k run that needs to be done by the end of this weekend, and I'm determined to do it, however I wish it wasn't such a mental battle for me this week.

photo cred: Susanne Sagmeister Photography.

So I think what our family really needs is a bit of a rest. At least as much as we can grab throughout the weekend. We'll still prep the trailer, because it's exciting, and we'll head to the beach...
I plan on packing a picnic and my knitting!

I'd love to hear what your weekend plans are! Is it extremely warm where you are? How are you staying cool? What's on your needles? xo


casting on!

Remember when I told you I had nothing on the needles just for me? Well I've fixed that :) I just knew that this particularly bright skein would not stay in the stash for long... I just had to cast on!!!
I have to say I'm really excited about this because I rarely grab something "new" from the stash to knit with. yippee!!

Regia Fluormania Color 07184

And really, socks make the most portable knitting! I went to a beautiful wedding this weekend. There were 2 tables of us knitters, and  you can sure bet that I brought out these lovlies! It was neat to have all of us knitters there in our fancy dresses, and cocktails in hand... knitting away. haha! Then the next day our little family decided to take an impromptu road trip to Port Renfrew. Love road trips! (every knitter does, I think). We even saw a bear!

I'm really excited to see how these socks knit up. My hubby suggests that I keep them short, but I really haven't decided..

What do you think? Long socks (as long as the yardage will allow) or short, ankle socks? Do you prefer a certain length, or do you let the sock decide for you?
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