Thursday, March 23, 2017

Looking out a window

Today's Think, Write, Thursday task is to look out a window I don't usually look out.

In my house there are a couple of windows I don't usually look out of. One looks directly out on to the window and bricks of the next house, and it is in a sort of awkward place for looking out of, anyways.

My window, their window

One is under the back deck! Last summer we had to replace a few boards on the deck and realized we could leave a bit of a gap, so now sunlight can make its way down there. Nice, but nothing to see. I won't even show you a picture of it, since it is just a dirty window. I'm not likely to climb under the deck to wash it, ever!

I  just went out with the intention of looking out of maybe the library window, or the window of the grocery store, but the thought flew out of my mind. So you are stuck with my neighbours' house, and the hidden delights under my back deck.

Actual knitting content tomorrow!

To see out other people's windows, go here!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Think Write Thursday

Your Think Write Thursday topic for March 16, 2017 is to write about your heritage. Are you Irish and ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day tomorrow? Are you Italian or Greek or English? Tell us about your ethnic background and culture and how the traditions of your heritage fit into your lifestyle.

I am Canadian. If one wants to get technical, you could say I am Dutch-Canadian, but my father came to Canada when he was eight, and the only Dutch things we really paid attention to were sweets. Gestampte muisjes, chocolate, speculaas. Oh, and my surname is obviously Dutch!

On my mom's side, we are a Canadian mish-mash for generations. A bit of French-Canadian, a bit of British Isles. So, the dominant culture, really.

I pay no attention to St. Patrick's Day. It, like Valentine's Day and many other days, has become a commercial thing, though it is sponsored not by Hallmark or chocolate makers, but by the Guinness brewery. It is, here, only an occasion for drinking lots of beer. I wonder if McDonalds still even makes green shakes, like they did in the 70s. Now that was a tradition. (Holy crap, lookit this. A quarter of a cup of sugar in one small drink!)

Like a good Canadian, I celebrate Victoria Day, Canada Day, and the weird August holiday that is called Civic Holiday some places and Simcoe Day here in Toronto. Or you could call it Emancipation Day. And this is the heritage I will pass on to my children: holidays which move around, don't move around, have different names, celebrate queens no-one else bothers with, and more.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Slippers so far

I have knitted two rectangles of ribbing.

I have sewn a seam to make a heel.

Now I have to partly sew up the toe end, then fold back the points, do some crochet edging, make them all elegant and delightful.

I'm pretty sure the second one will be better than the first.

I'm off for a few days, partly searching out the perfect university for Elaine and partly visiting my brother. Two train trips, and if all goes according to plan, two days of car trips as well. The knitting is, of course, my prime concern.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Some more knitting

I was given this outrageously bright yellow yarn for Christmas. It's too bad the pictures don't really capture the highlighter-yellow properly.

I mixed it up a wee bit with some brown, some green and a bit of pinkish. 

I made a shawl of this pattern several years ago. This time I made three strips, all the same length, to make a scarf.

I used every scrap of the yellow. I even ran out mid-fan and had to finish with the green. 

It's very pretty. It's light and warm at the same time. It's quite fancy-schmancy!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

What I am knitting

First up, we have the March vintage accessory. This will one day be a ladylike slipper, with a crocheted edging and decorative buttons. Right now, it is a rectangle of grey ribbing. Not very exciting!

For excitement, though, I have Stephen West.

This is the first of four "clues" in his latest mystery knitalong. I should have something for scale... The line where the two textures join is about 17 inches long. No idea where we'll go next! The big deal is the "marl." We hold two strands of fingering yarn together, changing colours at will. As you can see, I have lots of green yarn!

The next clue comes out on Friday, so I have plenty of time to work on the grey ribbing!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Hello, March

March 1st was dreary and grey. Our winter has been so unusual, I don't know if we'll see an early spring, a return to snow and ice, or a bit of both! But I assume by the end of March we'll definitely be headed towards green things growing and lighter coats.

Big knitting thing in March: Stephen West is doing another mystery knitalong, and this one takes two strands of fingering weight yarn at a time, to make a marled slanket. A slanket is a blanket-sized shawl. I'm in!

At first, of course, I thought, "I don't have 7 or 800 grams of fingering yarn lying around here," but, of course, I do.

I have two big bowls out, with greenish yarns in one and lighter yarns in the other. I did happen to buy a skein of pinky-purpley-lime yarn the other day, but {cough} it may have been unnecessary. The first part of the mystery is revealed tomorrow!

Other things in March: It is time for March Break and since Elaine is in Grade 11, we will take a casual glance at some southern Ontario universities. Primarily, I think, the one her uncle works at, so we can get in a bit of a family visit.

Also, lots of good stuff coming up at the cinema, like this weekend of great talks. I will be volunteering at a couple of the talks, but unfortunately not the one with Jennifer Keesmaat, who I'd really like to hear. Can't have everything. March will also bring us the line-up for the Hot Docs festival; a few titles have already been released. I want to see at least half of those!

And so much more....

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