It’s the Great Pumpkin!

Heading into the Thanksgiving season (at least here in Canada) I decided I wanted to try knitting pumpkins. A quick Ravelry search turned up a couple of patterns. I ended up trying both, and settled on a hybrid of the two, with a little inspiration on the top from a pumpkin hat.




Patterns: Great Pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice, and Little Pumpkin.

Yarn: Remnants of Knit Picks Swish Worsted, Cascade 220 Superwash (about 35 yards of each)

Needles: Knitters Pride Marblz US 5 (3.75 mm)


I loved how these turned out. They’re a cute, quick knit for the holidays.




Happy Thanksgiving!

As a Woman of Science

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. I know this because I was tagged in a tweet to celebrate it. While I thought it was cool, I was also a bit confused.



If you know me, you know a scientist I am not.  Science is not something I would say is in my skill set. However, I understand the link.  Science is a part of my job now; yesterday I spent the better part of the morning on calls that were essentially about fish biology and stock assessments. This is normally where I make a smart alec-y comment about it being as fascinating as it sounds, but the truth is, sometimes it is interesting, even for us non-science folks. (Did you know that since the groundfish collapse that groundfish species are not growing as large as they did in the 1980s, even at the same age? Or that lobster will only produce eggs in a very narrow water temperature window?)

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The First Week of Summer

I’m not sure how it got to be Sunday night again, but like most weeks in the summer it flew by and seemed crammed with activity.  Throw a Canada Day holiday mid-week and my concept of time really didn’t stand a chance.


Canada Day was spent in Seal Cove with the infamous greasy pole:


And on the beach:

They came by raft and bicycle.


Really, when I said jammed packed with activity, I meant jammed packed with eating. I’m not sure how many hotdogs I ate on the beach. We’d had a campfire the night before (I didn’t actually camp; just crashed the fire)



I went back to work and had a lunch meeting at Cafe Bleu Marie (I love when I get to work and eat)

Sausage crepe

Did I mention we ate outside?  I love summer…


Then, to finish off the weekend, we had supper at the Inn at Whale Cove Cottages:



Now, I’m thankful for elastic waist pajama pants and I’m wondering if I can conceivably wear my elastic waist linen pants (affectionately referred to as my buffet pants) for the remainder of the summer.