Friday, January 20, 2017

Eye candy Friday

Eye Candy Friday is a thing we used to do in the golden olden days of blogging, and I think it's a fun thing to do. I'll try more regularly to put up a nice picture of something on a Friday, just to brighten us all up.

This past week I went to my favourite little museum, the Textile Museum of Canada. These bits of eye candy are from an exhibition of works by Sheila Hicks. Ammmmaaaaaazing.

These are little bundles all up on the wall. Things wrapped in fabric, in threads, in string.

These below are gigantic. Too bad it was in a museum and I couldn't get someone to go stand there for scale; each of these things could be a floor pillow for sitting on. More wrapping, some sparkles.

Mainly, Sheila Hicks is a weaver, and has made many of these small weavings, often including things like sticks or shells or corn husks. This image also includes the reflection of the photographer!

For some reason, on my way home, I was compelled to take a picture of some tied-up recycling...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A hat for the weekend

A funny picture taken with the camera on the computer, so I am ill-lit and backwards... but I needed a quick picture of me in my pussyhat.

There is a women's march here in Toronto on the weekend, so I will go. I'm not sure what good any of it will do, but better to march than not, even if you're in a different country from what you are protesting. And of course, there are many women's issues one could deal with in our own country!

And, yes, I've read the nay-sayers. And the rebuttals. I think the hat is a nice verbal pun, a marker of solidarity, and an acknowledgement of "women's work."

My hat is made of nice red wool and some Barbie-pink acrylic found on the floor of my daughter's room. It has knots in it and the colours are... terrible. But if it helps focus attention on how intolerable Mr Trump is, then it's all good.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Post and the tube

I saw a few post boxes in London, but I was surprised at how few there were. Have some been taken away because people are not mailing as much as they were? I didn't go searching, so maybe I just missed them. Anyhoo, here's a selection.

Love the George V boxes!

This next one is a cheat, because it's from a Victorian tableau in the Museum of London! It was the only VR I saw, however.

We happened in to the London Transport museum in search of a loo one day, and although we didn't see the displays, we did pop into the gift shop. We saw just how entirely cool the buses and tubes can be made. They sold little buses of course, and T shirts with tube maps, but also so much more. 

An oft-neglected part of the transit system: the upholstery! Each tube line, it seems, has its own upholstery, which they call moquettes, and of which they are quite proud.

Oh, so much to obsess about... If only I'd known this was special, I'd have taken a better picture. Apparently you can see the London Eye, St. Paul's and more in this.

Somewhere on the tube, perhaps the Piccadilly line.

No, wait, maybe this is the Piccadilly line!

This, for sure, is the District line.

Every day we rode the tube, and we had a few bus rides, too. It took us too long to figure out how to get an actual map of a bus route, so we were a tad nervous about just getting on a bus and hoping it would take us in the right direction.

A seat on a bus.

The architecture of the whole business is wonderful, from big to small.

Gloucester Road station, a temple to the railroads. 

Some iconic roundels.

The tile decoration in some of the stations is quite astonishing. I'm so glad someone spent the time and labour to make the stations little design masterpieces. We don't have much like this in Toronto...

Victoria line

And since this is a knitting blog:

This will be a "bed-wrap" or you might call it a shrug. Really, two sleeves connected over the shoulders. More on that later.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

New year, new look

Just for fun, I changed my template.
After 11 years, I figured it was time.

Friday, January 06, 2017

A brief word about knitting

I just went back to posts from January 2016 looking for my list of knitting goals and so on. I think my last such list was actually from January 2015, and there are still things on that list that I haven't looked at for ages.

I'll do a real knitting post some day soon, but I would like to say that although I only finished 15 knitted items in 2016, I did read 70 books, so I wasn't completely idle.

I have a few things on the go, but I hope that my first FO of 2017 will be a gossamer-light lacy bed-wrap!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

A short history of my holiday

Seven days in London!

It costs a lot to travel at Christmas, and to stay in London, but amusement there is often free. We did our best to spend our time doing free things, and except for Westminster Abbey and a bookshop or two, we managed it.

We avoided the queue at the Abbey by booking our tickets in advance
It is so great having giant, top-rate, all-encompassing museums free to the public. We saw the British Museum, the Museum of London, the Tate Modern, National Gallery, Science Museum, V&A, Natural History Museum... I think that's it.

The Natural History Museum is a fantastic work of art itself

We also mostly had beautiful (but a tad cold) weather, so enjoyed the riverbanks and wandering about.

Late afternoon skyline, our first day there

There were some less-than-perfect days as well.

I would hate to have booked tickets for the London Eye in advance

It was definitely a museum-based holiday, perfect for wintertime.

I learned about Instagram on this trip. At the end of the day I could post pictures from our flat, where we had wi-fi, and share them to Facebook or Twitter via Instagram. Now, can I find you a link to my account.... Here you go, I think.

I also learned that my phone, though it is not great as a camera, is way more convenient than my actual camera. I took about 10 pictures on the camera, and leventy-million on the phone. Now I want a new phone with a better camera!

Those of you who have been around this blog since the beginning will know that I have a thing for British pillar boxes. I saw very few, and I'll show them to you later, I think. I didn't drag the kids to the far suburbs of London to find an Edward VIII box, nor did I even search out the Penfold in Kensington which seems to feature in a lot of movies. I did stumble across one anonymous box the night before we left, and this is the very last picture I took.

Why do I always find these things when the rest of the family is dashing across the street in the dark?

Now, just a few pictures, if I can edit ruthlessly!

Holding up a bench on the Embankment

We were amazed at the sumptuousness of the fabric, National Gallery

The "walk" lights at Trafalgar Square are inclusive of all


So wonderful. 

Lion hunt, British Museum

Who wouldn't like to live in a chequered building?

The Barbican
Museum of London

Natural History Museum

A chicken dish in the V&A

Glaze samples for a potter, V&A

I'm glad we had this warning

Look, there really were pelicans!

On the Victoria Memorial

A jumble of styles at the Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Walkie-Talkie, Cheese-Grater, Gherkin and Tower

At the Tate Modern

And as the sun sets in the west, we say "Farewell" to Swinging London. I think we need another post about pillar boxes and the Tube, and maybe even some knitting, but that's it for now.