loftslag: adventures in Iceland!

 

Loftslag means “climate” in Icelandic. But according to this web page on an art exhibit (which I stumbled upon while looking up the word), the literal translation of loftslag is “air song” :) which is a lovely way to think about weather.

If weather were a song, then it was definitely on the rather expressive side while we were in Iceland earlier this month. Was it worth the nervous driving through narrow mountain passages and one-lane bridges and white-out conditions in snowstorms?

It would be a definite yes :) 

It’s a place with so much diversity, not only of weather but also landscapes and geological features. One moment there’re icebergs and the next moment there are bubbling hot springs emerging from the earth. Seemingly barren lava rocks with lush green moss thriving on them. It’s quite surreal.

Apparently, however, there’s not usually blizzard/hail/50+ km/hr wind combo in May. So if you’re thinking about going in spring, don’t be discouraged! Some folks we commiserated with at a hostel (after everyone’s driven through a white-out snowstorm) said they went in February last year and the roads were beautiful. But certainly, if you go in July, there would be no chance of snow. But then it would be more costly, which was why we went in early May.

But anyway, here are some pictures I took on film with Diana, and some faux film photos with the mobile app Huji (which imitates 90s disposable camera, and apparently all the rage, because the 90s is cool again…? Anyway, I’m quite impressed with the faux light leaks and dust effects!), and some regular phone photos too when the lighting wasn’t good for neither the real or faux film cameras. I figure if people are interested in going to Iceland, they would be seeing photos of all the must-see locations on tourism sites anyway, so I don’t need to show you my versions of all the same sights. But I can share some of my favourite pictures and moments :)

We started in Reykjavik, the capital city, as most travellers do. It was a snowy, windy day, as you can see by the the water in this picture, but with some sunny periods every half hour or so, as shown in the following picture. The city has the cutest, most colourful houses lining every street.

Completely jet-lagged, disoriented and starving, we ate at a cafe that boasts traditional Icelandic food. It turned out to be a great choice, with our herring/egg and mashed fish on toasts, rye bread ice cream (it wasn’t doughy at all), and skyr with pancakes. There was also a “Brave Heart” menu option with most of the things pictured as well as “fermented shark”. I was tempted to get it but that was quite a lot of food which I didn’t think I could finish. I later read in a museum brochure that fermented shark smelled like ammonia. So I’m happy with our menu choice. The mashed fish and rye ice cream were particularly delicious. 

This would be one of the three times that we ate out in total out of the 9 days we were there. Things are quite a bit more expensive than back home, and us thrifty travellers relied a lot on grocery stores, gas stations and snacks we packed from home. Not the most nutritious, but I figure it’s 9 days out of my life, I can eat as much kale as I can bear when I get home.

Then we drove north towards Iceland’s second largest city, Akureyri. But before that we stopped to see the Grabrok Crater, which was where the very first picture of the post was taken. The weather was deteriorating as the day progressed :S 

After some challenging/terrifying driving we finally made it to Akureyri. Fellow (Canadian!) travellers at the hostel highly recommended visiting the Christmas House, so we went! And it was fantastic!

So Icelandic folklore about Christmas doesn’t involve Santa. Instead, there are the troll mother Grýla (there is a father as well but I forget his name) and her 13 troll children called the yule lads, all with their own great names. They come into town before Christmas and leave small gifts in children’s shoes if the children have behaved well throughout the year, but if they hadn’t they’d get an old potato instead of a gift, and the giant feline pet of Grýla, the yule cat, might also eat the children :S 

Empathizing (but not endorsing the actions of) the hungry yule cat, we went to the Netto (grocery store) in town. And look! It has yarn!!! Not one but multiple isles of yarn!!!

It is utterly delightful and at the same time a bit bizarre to see yarn (like serious, made in Iceland, 100% natural fibre) being sold alongside sauces, tins and bread. And without fail every Netto we shopped at along the way carried yarn (this picture was taken a bit later in another town). I wish yarn-crafting is as much interwoven into the fabric of our Canadian society as it is in Iceland. (puns intended)

We then made it to Mývatn, a popular place with much to see due to it being in an area with active volcanic activities. Like these bubbling pools of blue (really, robin’s egg blue) mud!

Just as fascinating is Dimmuborgir or “dark castle”, a lava field with large rock formations and caves. The picture really doesn’t do the place justice as to how vast the lava field is and how large the rock formations are. We took the “small circle / family” trail because we didn’t want to get lost. When I look at this picture I always think of Mike the brave hobbit (or elf? he’s kind of too tall for a hobbit) walking into Mordor. And legend has it that it is where the yule lads live! :D

Much of what we drove through in north Iceland was fields upon fields covered in this red vegetation in contrast with the green moss, which is quite interesting for someone who is used to seeing grass all the time.

Now driving south along the east fjords, we came upon a few older villages, including the very picturesque Seyðisfjörður. We were hoping to visit the museum, which has a printing press, and some outdoor art installations, but the museum was closed and we couldn’t find the installation :S The view was beautiful nonetheless!

We continued south to Fáskrúðsfjörður, which once served as the base for French fishermen, so Mike was finally able to read some of the words in the local museum :D (the museum actually wasn’t open for the season yet, but we went in to ask about where we could find a washroom nearby, and the kind people at the museum let us walk through the exhibit to reach the washrooms).

Many of the houses are from the 1800s and have beautifully carved name plates.

The gem of the east fjords for me was Petra’s Stone Collection! This is just one small fraction of the collection, it just goes on and on all around the gardens. And they’re all rocks that Petra collected over her life time in the mountains of east Iceland. She also collected other things, like ball point pens, key chains, sea shells… one could lose an entire afternoon in the small house museum.

Here Porg is at Jökulsárlón, which is a glacial lagoon in south Iceland. I’ve never seen an iceberg before and it’s absolutely fascinating how blue the ice is. This is the only picture we took of Porg actually, even though we took him on the trip thinking he would look right at home… but it’s been too windy to take a regular photo, let alone him sitting him on a rock or something to take one… but I think this one’s a good one :D

While driving across south Iceland we drove through Eldhraun, a lava field covered in moss. 

It looks so lush and squishy (not so in my photo, which was kind of far away from the side of the road, but you’d find tons of pics on the web), I totally understand the urge to roll in it, but please don’t! It takes decades for moss to grow and once trampled upon it may not even grow back. So hug with our eyes only. 

Equally hug-able (if one could hug houses) are these turf houses, which make me think of hobbit houses, at the Skogar museum, where we learned that Icelanders are an immensely resourceful people, building dwellings and homes not only with very limited resources (the earth and rocks under their feet and the driftwood that washed up by chance), but also to withstand very harsh weather. There was an entire house that was built from driftwood!

On our second last day we visited part of what is called the “golden circle”, which I think is the busiest tourist area in Iceland judging by the traffic. We saw the Geysir in the active hot spring area, and Kerið crater, where Bjork had a concert! It has different colours of earth and vegetation at different sides, with a way to talk to the bottom, and the lake a the bottom is very blue. 

We took a bit of a detour to Hveragerði, a town in an active volcanic area with many hot springs, originally to visit the geothermal park, but it was closed due to public holiday, so we had lunch in the geothermal restaurant instead, and had the best mushroom soup and breads at the soup buffet (it seems many restaurants that serve soup and bread serve them in buffet style, which is awesome!).

We stayed in a small cabin with a resident cat :)

And we even found risotto in a cup! Not bad for camping food huh :) 

On the last day we had an evening flight, so we stopped by Fjölskyldu- og Húsdýragarðurinn (animal park) in Reykjavik before heading to the airport. 

We have seen many Icelandic horses (and sheep, goats and even reindeer) through the car window while driving by but never this close. So here they are :D According to the park brochure the sheep and the horses are sent on holiday to pastures during the summer :)

And that was our trip! Never long enough. But at the same time by the end of it I do feel I’ve had enough of the nervous driving. Kind of miss the public transit here in the city if you can believe it. We definitely would like to visit this beautiful land again one day, not soon, maybe when we retire, and probably on a bus tour :)

Thank you always for reading my stories! Wishing you great adventures and new inspirations in your own faraway or local travels too!

 

 

keep calm and smell the lavender

I was making some sleep and relaxation balms and salves as gifts. Partly also because I wanted to start making my own lip balm because the EOS stuff I’m using seems to make my lips peel…? Very annoying. 

Anyway, after doing much research and comparing recipes, because I also don’t want to invest in a lot of material to start (and essential oils tend to be a bit costly), I bought some basic material and made some solid perfume kind of balm, and a salve for heels as well. 

For the solid perfume, I used one part beeswax and one part extra virgin olive oil. The olive oil we just always have for cooking, and the beeswax I got it from the Bee Shop, from local bee keepers. 

For the first batch I used:

  • 2 tbsp of beeswax
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Melted the beeswax and oil in a double boiler (which is a mason jar in a pot of simmering water over medium heat)
  • After it all melted I mixed in 15 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of cedarwood oil
  • Distributed in clean small containers (tiny jam sample jars and David’s Tea tins!) — I filled 2.5 containers, and then made a bit more following the same beeswax to olive oil ratio to make 4 containers.

This sleep balm proves to really work for sleep, applied to the temples and soles of feet before bed. My friend and I both tried it and it worked! So If you have trouble sleeping I’d suggest giving it a try! I tried it as a lip balm but it didn’t go on very well.

I then made some salves for heels, because I was giving it to someone who doesn’t like strong scents. It has less lavender, and has coconut oil. I used:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp beeswax
  • Melted the oils and beeswax together in double boiler
  • Once all melted, added 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of cedarwood oil
  • Distributed in 4 small containers

So I did some experimentation on myself with this salve. It works well on the heels, but not so great on the lips or face, as it is quite greasy-feeling. I think it’s also great for dry hands and it smells great. I think maybe this is why a lot of lip balm recipes call for shea butter or cocoa butter. I’ll give that a try when I have a chance to go to the health food store. 

Also, I only bought a 175g block of beeswax and I still have more than half left! It goes a long way.

Happy weekend!

 

scarves galore and more

I worked with the best team of people in the world. And over the past few years I probably spent more time with them than with my family. Which was partly why I was leaving (not the people, just the type of work), but also makes it hard to leave.

The only way I know how to mark a transition in relationships (because it’s not goodbye, it’s just… we won’t see each other everyday and won’t share the same things when we do see each other again), and to say how much I love them, is to make people things. I observe what people like to wear and I make the things that I think they’ll like.

So, I made all these scarves and reading socks in about a month. All loom knitted :) 

I followed a YouTube tutorial for this one, the pattern is called Dragon Tail, and I used Red Heart Unforgettable in Dragonfly, with two strands held together, and the 41-peg loom.  

I used Loops & Threads Barcelona for all the other scarves. It was on huge sale at Michaels, it’s got great colour variations and the weight works with the gauge of my looms. This one I followed the tutorial for a triangular scarf, but whenever there is a colour change I work an eyelet row. If I were to give this scarf a name, I would name it “going with the flow”. It was fun to make. 

For this one I worked [2 eyelet rows, a few garter rows, a 2 popcorn rows, a few garter rows, and 2 eyelet rows] with a few inches apart. 

And fun reading socks! It was made with Caron Chunky Cakes (toes, heels and cuffs), two strands of worsted yarn held together (green part) and a super bulky pink yarn for a fun contrast. I followed a toe-up socks tutorial.

And in the midst of this making frenzy for my coworkers, I was invited to a baby shower of a good friend from high school. So I thought, of course I can finish a baby blanket in a week! (I didn’t, I was one panel shy of finishing it the night of the shower, so I’ll have to wait to give it to the baby when he’s born.)

I followed the ten-stitch blanket tutorial and used the regular Caron Cakes, with a 24-peg loom. It’s amazing how it works! And I really like how the colours turned out, very modern-looking, I think.

And here it is finished :)

 

I find loom knitting very meditative. Perhaps over the summer I’ll make another blanket with variegated yarn. 

Have a good start to the week, everyone!

 

new chapter

I was invited to an altered book workshop a while ago. It’s a great way to journal. I altered a few more pages after I went to the workshop.

The above is a section that I managed to finish in the workshop, done by gluing many pages together in the end of the book, then cutting a window through all the layers, then gluing it down to the back cover.

I then tried to experiment with this tissue paper painting method, but I think one needs to use special tissue paper that “bleeds”, which are not the ones from the dollar store. So anyway, I thought I’d paint an octopus instead. The Chinese characters say “octopus of prose”.

So then on the next page I tried making a found poetry, and this was when I realized that this book (which I picked up many years ago from a “FREE!” bin at work because the cover was a very nice teal colour but I actually have no idea what the book is about) is actually set in Toronto! It’s a bit hard to read in the photo so here’s the poem:

well…

In the meantime,

pause

on the dusty shoulder of the Don Valley Parkway, feeling the cars swish by on their way to King and Bay.

This was a time of

trust

made everyone nervous

limped along the gravel,

the one humbling period

No matter where

remained a rich tourist

the Holy City

At night, it shimmered.

Then I worked on the cover. Weaving words and handmade paper and the roars of an Albertosaurus (she’s from my Tyrrell Museum ticket).

The book form lends itself naturally to mirror image printing. I thought this looked like a sea dragon rising. 

I called this piece “Mycelium Running,” which is also a very cool title of a book about the unseen organisms that keep the balance of the earth. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus. Not the roots, but rather the branches. And the mushrooms are the fruits of the fungus. Mycelium is vital in ecosystems for its role in decomposing plant material, and it comprises of some of the largest organisms in the world.  

This is called “mincing my words,” made after I royally failed a job interview, and remembering other interviews that didn’t go as I hoped. With pieces of my handwritten notes from school and resume, and feeling like I was pretending to be who I was not, going in circles and nowhere. The weaving on the left and the X’s were a way of me saying “NO” to the whole thing. 

This is my favourite. It’s called “Revenge of the Upside-Down”. But we, we who are female, we who are racialized, we who are different from the so-called norm, are not backing off. 

Close-up of the glitter and determination!

So, I thought it’d be fitting to post about this project today, and to end the post with this particular image, as I’m transitioning from full-time frontline work to academic work in the fall, starting a new chapter, wading through uncertainties, chasing a dream. 

In the meanwhile, I’ll have a summer with less work and more time for craft and fun adventures :) Stay tuned for more projects and pictures! Thank you for journeying with me, always.

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Long time no write! Have been working on some long projects for a while, which I will be sharing soon! But for now, awesome projects I came across this week!

This is brilliant! I should make one of these so I’m not forever fishing for the right hook in my box full of hooks (and needles, sigh, so disorganized…). From Crochet Spot.

 

Stay calm and smell the lavender, without harmful chemicals. How-to for an easy-to-make lavender room spray on Purely Katie.

 

With just 3 ingredients, perfect for gift-making! Tutorial for lip balm lockets from A Beautiful Mess.

 

Perfect use for variegated cotton, a meditative stitch worked from corner to corner so it’s not boring. Pattern for a moss stitch dish cloth from The Cookie Snob.

 

I’ll pack a cowl! XD This awesome cowl is a free Ravelry download, by Deb Jacullo.

 

What a brilliant idea, building a terrarium with Legos! From Make and Takes.

 

This chubby cockatoo! Free pattern from Furls Crochet.

 

Have a fantastic crafty week, everyone! :)

 

going places

If I were to give this shawl a name I would name it “going places”. Because of the repeated arrow pattern.

It is a loom knitted project, for a gift. I used a 41-peg loom (largest of the set), and followed this pattern for “woven herringbone stitch”, but I replaced all the yarn-overs with purl stitches, because the yarn-overs just came out way too loose with the gauge of my loom.

(But you know what, the other night I had a dream that I got a new finer gauge loom that works perfectly with worsted weight yarn. Yes, very specific dream. So maybe it’s a sign. We’ll see. Anyway, I digress.)

It’s actually a really easy k2 p2 pattern repeat with just different number of knit stitches at the start of each row to create the herringbone pattern. Perfect for knitting while TV-watching, but not boring.

The yarn I used was Loops & Threads Barcelona. It’s quite soft, the colour transitions are fun to knit with, and the weight works well with the gauge of my loom, plus it was on massive sale at Michaels.

The pattern is worked over multiples of 4 stitches, so I knitted this over 40 pegs, until it reached 46″. Basically until I ran out of yarn, which is one skein and a bit more (leftover from another skein). With the regular bind-off method it really puckered, so I used a stretchy bind-off method. If I were to make it again I would definitely make it longer. I did win at yarn chicken on this one though, so no complaints!

It was even long enough to work as a squishy scarf :D

Perhaps you’d give this a try? Let me know if you do! :D

Whether you use needles, hooks or looms, have a happy crafting week!

 

cumulus cowl

I had a vision of this cowl when I saw the yarn, which was Loops & Threads Barcelona in Arctic, and I bought it because it was on massive sale. It is a very fluffy yarn and with the colours it reminds me of clouds. I wanted to create a subtle cable texture where the cables may not be super noticeable at first glance, and the crossing of the stitches are a bit hidden, like clouds, which are easily taken for granted unless we take time to stop and notice their forms and shapes, and twists and turns.

I was happy with the way it came out so I thought I’d share what I did. The fabric is doubled so it’s extra warm and squishy. It would work nicely with any bulky yarn with long colour transitions of grey and white. (or other colours you like!)

 

It is a loom knitting pattern, and if you’re new to it now worries! I include links to video tutorials for different techniques. Loom knitting itself is quite easy, so a beginner would be able to follow this pattern.

Material:

Half a skein of Loops & Threads Barcelona — about 150 yards.

41 peg Knit Quick round loom and loom knitting hook

4 mm crochet hook (for weaving in ends)

Pattern:

Mark the pegs with elastic bands or stitch markers. Mark the first two pegs, *skip two pegs, mark the next two*, repeat from * to * around until there are 3 pegs left.

E-wrap cast on all the pegs around the loom.

E-wrap every round until piece is 2″ in length.

Cable round: *Take off and hold the loops from the first two marked pegs. Place the loop from first peg on the second peg, then place the loop from the second peg on the first peg, then e-wrap the two stitches* (cable stitch complete). E-wrap the next two stitches as usual. Repeat from * to * over the next two stitches on marked pegs to work cable stitch. Continue around working cable stitch over the stitches on marked pegs, and working regular e-wraps over unmarked pegs. (Here’s a video for the cable stitch, except that in the video u-wraps and purl stitches are used, whereas in this pattern only e-wraps are used)

E-wrap 3 rounds.

Repeat the last 4 rounds until piece is 16″ in length.

E-wrap until the piece is 18″ in length, don’t fasten off.

Seaming:

Place the cast on loops back on the pegs, careful in matching the loops to the pegs (i.e. the first loop of the round in the first peg, second loop on the second peg, and so on). Bind off loosely, treating the bottom two loops as one. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Move the seam towards the middle of the cowl, and enjoy the fluffiness!

Happy weekend, friends! :D

 

the sharing hat

This hat was made and the pattern written while Mike and I participated at the Warming Toronto event at the end of February, which was an event in which people gather together and make hats and scarves for shelters and outreach programs in the city. So I’m sharing this pattern with these intentions:

1) The hat is quick to make. I had to restart several times while I was figuring out a pattern, and I was also eating a very delicious plate of fish and chips (AWAY from the yarn — this setup was only for Instagram!), but I made the hat from start to finish within 4 hours, so making it from the pattern should take much less time!

2) Since it’s such a quick make, I’m hoping that this will encourage you to make one for yourself and make another to pass it on to someone who can really use a thick and warm hat!

Behold the cozy yarn pile — by the time I finished the hat we’ve collected 114 finished items! :D

The event took place at a pub, which has an upstairs library with couches and fireplace, perfect for yarn-crafting and provided backgrounds for my photo shoot that are much more interesting than what I usually have :D

The hat is worked sideways then seamed together. It has rows of braided puff stitch and texture created by crocheting into the 3rd loop on the back of a half-double crochet stitch. If you haven’t tried neither of those stitches, don’t worry, I took plenty of process photos to show how it’s done :)

The hat measures about 9″ tall (brim folded) and 20″ around. 

Material:

Two skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky, or other super bulky weight yarn (the hat uses about 150 yards, so 3 skeins would make 2 hats! :D)

Contrasting colour yarn for pom pom.

9 mm hook, and a smaller hook for weaving in ends.

Yarn needle.

Pattern:

*Note: beginning ch does not count as a stitch throughout the pattern.

Row 1 (RS): ch 26, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch to end. (24 hdc’s)

Row 2 (WS): ch 1, hdc in back loop only (BLO) in the first 6 hdc’s, then hdc in the 3rd loop in each of the remainder of the hdc’s, like so…

You would insert the hook into the strands of yarn in the direction of the arrows. This creates a nice raised braid on the right side :)

Row 3: (puff braid row) ch 3, skip first 2 hdc, dc in next hdc…

[yo and pull up a loop] three times in the first hdc of the row, then pull through all loops on hook (puff stitch made)…

*skip next hdc, dc in next hdc, puff st in the same hdc as last dc made* rep from * to * till there are 7 hdc’s left in row, dc BLO in each hdc to end.

Row 4: (puff stitch row) ch 1, dc BLO in next 7 dc, sk next st, dc in next dc (between 2 puff st’s)…

puff st in the st before the skipped st…

*skip next st, dc in next st, puff st in st before skipped st* rep from * to * till end of row. When arriving at the end of row, work last dc in the very last st…

Then end with a puff st.

Row 5: ch 1, make sure the first hdc is made in the very first st…

Then hdc in next 17 st’s, hdc BLO in last 6 st’s.

Row 6: ch 1, hdc BLO in first 6 hdc’s, hdc in the 3rd loop in the remaining 18 hdc’s.

Row 7: ch 1, hdc in first 18 hdc’s, hdc BLO in remaining 6 hdc’s.

Repeat rows 2–7 three more times, except in the last repeat, omit row 7 and end with row 6.

Decrease row at top: ch 1, 2 dc tog evenly across the top of the hat.

Cut yarn and leave a long tail for sewing. Thread yarn tail in yarn needle, weave yarn tail through the stitches at the top of hat, cinch close and tie to secure. Turn hat inside out, sew seam. Make and attach pom pom. Fold up the brim for extra warmth!

I hope you enjoy making the hat! Leave a comment if you have any questions or need clarifications. And if you’re looking for places to send your yarn-craft items… 

Here’s a list by the Toronto Knitters Guild of places that accept yarn-crafted goodness in Toronto.

Warm Hands Network collects and sends handmade items nationally and internationally, especially to northern locations.

For friends in the USA, the lists on Mental Floss and Red Heart may be good places to start :)

With glowing heart and busy hands — happy yarn-crafting!

 

 

winter solace

Have been hearing about the Winter Stations project for a couple of years now, but haven’t had a chance to go. I had a week day off last week, and it was relatively warm, so I headed down to the beach to visit this year’s installations.

Winter Stations are installations that go over life guard posts on the beach. This year it’s nice and close to the bus route on Kew Beach

I spotted the Pussy Hut from far away.

I love this picture of bright magenta knit against a cold, foggy lake.

A gem on a desolated winter beach.

Inside the structure one could see a piece of the sky, and the sound of the waves crashing to shore is actually amplified.

This makes me think of a forest of strange trees. Designed by OCAD students! :D

A lace tower in the fog.

A closer look brings rows upon rows of pinwheels. It wasn’t very windy that day, but I imagine that if it were and if all the pinwheels were spinning it would have looked epic.

This piece was called “Obstacle”. The structure seems impassable until one actually tries to walk through it — the pieces spin to make way. There’s always a way out. Probably my favourite interactive piece.

Winter Stations is up until April! Check it out when the weather is clear :)

Happy March, everyone!

 

Lately

Lots of loom knitting projects lately. I even made myself a garter stitch sweater.

Really hoping to write up a pattern soon, but I think I have to give it another try in order to get some process photo to explain the collar part. It’s quite thick and warm, and really happy to have used up much of my blue yarn stash :D

Made a garter stitch hat as well, for my mom. I think I like this look better than the ewrap stitch version. And it would look quite nice with a pompom.

Also learned how to make slipper socks! I watched this YouTube video to understand how to make the toes and heels (which are actually made the same way), and then read this blog post to learn the top-up method.

They look cozy don’t they? Kind of like the reading socks they sell at bookstores these days.

It was Chinese New Year a couple of weeks ago, so I made some new year cake to bring to my parents’. I followed the recipe on All About Ami, it was really good, and very, very simple, perfect for someone who doesn’t usually bake, like me :D

Also on the cooking front, my co-workers have been recommending turmeric tea for a long time. Mike came across some turmeric paste in the grocery store, so we gave it a try. I found numerous recipes and they’re all very similar. I ended up just making this with 1/2 tsp per cup of milk, pinch of black pepper, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of ginger powder, a few squeezes of honey, and boiling all together. I enjoyed the taste, and hope to reap the health benefits of it soon!

And if your in the downtown Toronto neighbourhood tomorrow, it’s the annual Warming Toronto Knitting Day, benefiting Street Knit, which brings handmade mittens, hats and scarves to folks who are street-involved. Swing by for some snacks, mingling and yarn-crafting fun! 

Happy weekend!