I'm secretly hoping for a rainy day this weekend so that I can curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and catch up on my reading (and maybe a
crafty crossword). Here are a few things on my list...
The first issue of By Hand magazine – full of recipes, craft ideas, and things to build. Read online for free or order a paper copy to enjoy.
The next TFA knitalongs are just around the corner. I know what I'm making. What about you?
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Did you see these awesome crochet hooks from Lisa Clarke of Polka Dot Cottage over at Wise Craft? Sadly, the contest is only open to US residents, but hey – crafters need to write Christmas wishlists too, don't we?
Whip up a dozen moist muffins on a leisurely Sunday morning. Or better yet, set out the muffin recipe ingredients the night before and let the first person up bake a batch for everyone. Most of these muffin recipes can be made in advance and frozen.
When it comes to women and our money, most of the surveys and reports we’ve read sum up our financial situation like this: we simply aren’t on a level playing field with men. It turns out women aren’t, for example, as confident in managing financial services, we’re often reluctant to talk about cash (it’s still considered taboo) and, no surprise here, we generally don’t earn as much as our male counterparts.
All of this got us thinking—is the relationship between Canadian women and our money as dire as it seems? To find out, we've created a survey that goes deep into the minds (and pocketbooks) of women across the country specifically to find out how you feel about all-things financial. Who pays the bills in your household? Have you ever asked for a raise at work? Do you know how much is currently in your savings account?
Take our survey and find out the results in an upcoming issue. Plus, one reader will win a $250 Visa gift card just for participating.
Fit seniors have a 'fitness age' of up to 25 years lower than their real age.
If you’re looking for a little motivation for your next marathon—or, hey, even your next trip to the gym—consider the age-defying athletes of the recent National Senior Games in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Games’ participants, who have to be at least 50 years old to qualify, have a "fitness age" of up to 25 years younger than their real age, according to research being done at the University of Maryland.
Pamela Peeke, an assistant professor of medicine at the university and a board member of the foundation that runs the National Senior Games, has surveyed 10,000 amateur athletes who qualified for the event.
The athletes compete in a wide range of sports, including triathlon, track and field, distance running, swimming, golf, and even that cruise ship staple, shuffleboard. The fitness calculator Peeke approached Ulrik Wisloff, who made news in 2014 as the Norwegian researcher and creator of an online fitness age calculator, as reported in the The New York Times. The calculator was designed to approximate a person’s cardiovascular fitness and relative fitness age based on age, sex, heart rate while resting and after exercise, waist size and current exercise regimen.
Peeke and Wisloff created a special site and asked the athletes to enter their data into the calculator and allow them to collect the results. The athletes’ average chronological age was 68 and their average fitness age was 43, according to The Times.
Because of the wide range of sporting events—athletes competing in triathlons and shuffleboard are likely at different fitness levels—Peeke and Wisloff will be analyzing the data further, to see if those who play more vigourous sports enjoy more age-defying benefits. They said they expect to have a paper ready to be published in a scientific journal soon.
For Peeke, 61, this research is also personal. As a runner herself, she sought out Wisloff after taking the test and learning that her fitness age is 36, according to The Times. Her devotion to the cause is also splashed on her Facebook page, where she urges readers to "assume the vertical" and get moving.
Warm up in style this winter with this super soft—and luxurious—alpaca yarn wrap.
Cuddle up with the Banff Wrap – an extra soft wrap knit in a luxurious alpaca yarn. The wrap is knit with two strands of Eco Alpaca DK yarn held together, and the ombre effect is created simply by alternating the colours of the strands – a lot simpler than it sounds! The large finished wrap is the perfect size to keep you warm from indoors to outdoors, fall to winter.
The Banff Wrap is knit in three sections – each one with a different colour combination. When you run out of yarn for one colour combination, you switch to the next. The instructions clearly explain how to switch between colour sections, so you can smoothly transition and avoid mistakes. If you desire a smaller or larger wrap, simply subtract or add stitches when you cast on, but it is important to remember that your cast on must remain an odd number.
Materials: - 7 Skeins of Americo Eco Alpaca DK (100% Superfine Alpaca) 100g / 262 yards (240 m) - 7 mm (US10.75) 24-inch (60 cm) circular needles - Yarn needle
Contrast Colour AA Eco Alpaca DK in a dark colour 3 Skeins
Contrast Colour AB Eco Alpaca DK, one strand of colour A and one of B
Contrast Colour BB Eco Alpaca DK in a light colour 4 Skeins
Note about the yarn:Eco Alpaca DK is available through Americo Original online and at select yarn stores. You can substitute for other DK weight yarns in your stash. Remember that you will need 3 skeins of one colour, and 4 skeins of a second colour.
Measurements: One Size – 67 inches (170 cm) in length and 23.5 inches (60 cm) in width
Gauge: 13 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch using 7 mm (US10.75) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge
K, k: knit
P, p: purl
CC: contrast colour
This pattern is knit using 2 strands of yarn at the same time.
Section 1: Colour AA
Using 2 strands of colour A held together, cast on 79 stitches
Purl 2 rows
Begin Seed Stitch Pattern:
R1: K2 *(p1, k1), repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p1, k2
Repeat row 1 until you have used up 2 full skeins of colour A.
*Note: As new colours are added, make sure that they are joined on the same side of the work in order for the stitches to look consistent on both sides.
Section 2: Colour AB
Add colour B to the 3rd skein of colour A and with 2 strands held together continue knitting until you have used up colour AB.
Section 3: Colour BB
Using two strands of colour B held together continue knitting in seed stitch pattern until you have enough yarn to complete the following:
Repeat row 1 once more
Knit 2 rows.
Cast off and weave in ends…and enjoy your beautiful new wrap!
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop that features a high-end selection of yarns, textiles, custom knitwear patterns and accessories. Only natural fibers, produced especially for us in the Andean highlands of South America are offered, including luxurious wools, llama, alpaca, organic and premium cottons, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo's one-of-a kind runway pieces and classic styles for the hand knitter are created in our design lab. Americo is based in Toronto, Canada and ships internationally from their online store: americo.ca/shop.