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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Once upon a time, maybe even this time last year, I found three balls of very ugly sock yarn in a thrift shop. I thought I could make a blanket or hats to keep someone warm. So muddy and grey and splotchy.
I brought it with me to Vancouver, thinking that I'd never get around to doing anything with it if it wasn't my only option, so here I am, forced to make something with it. (I see that I have not told you about my other project, so we'll get to that soon!)
Of course, hats for charity would be good. I think I could get a lap rug out three balls. Make something where this gloomy grey and brown mush won't get anyone down! What to do?
I have started a baby dress for my niece! I wanted to make this pattern and I know the mom is not bothered by gender conventions in clothing. I figure that it could look like a bear pelt or some sort of woodland sprite. We don't all have to be princesses, now, do we?
There is a ridged yoke, no real sleeves, and then a slightly flared dress down to more ridges at the bottom.
I just have to shape the underarms now and then zoom quickly down the body. I hope this is not all a big mistake!
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
We have travelled.
We are back in Vancouver for three months. We have an apartment overlooking the east end of False Creek, with the SkyTrain and an elevated highway between us and the water. A bit noisy, but it sort of all fades into the background.
The flight was uneventful and not too crowded. Everyone just sat still and tried not to breathe for five hours. We had some N95 masks, we washed our hands, we got groceries delivered shortly after we arrived so we haven't been inside a store. I think we'll be okay!
Vancouver is much less locked-down than Toronto. I am excited about the idea of actually going in to a shop without having pre-ordered something for pick-up. I've only really been in the grocery store for ... ages.
We've only been here since Monday, though, so we are still not going in any stores. Luckily the view is pretty entertaining in all kinds of weather.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
This was taken this morning; it is now perhaps twice as deep!
I know, this is not much of an update!
It's always possible to see pictures at my Instagram, for when I am too lazy to make a whole blog post.
I will show you a picture I put on Insta the other day! It is also snow-related.
We learned (from another Instagram post!) that this pancake ice was forming on the Humber, Toronto's western river. It's a short walk from a subway station, so we put on our masks and went across town to see. My camera was almost out of power so I didn't take any video, but if you click through to that link you can see it swirling around. The river comes down off a weir, and some is frozen and some is not, and the ice is forming near the shore, and some water is fast and some is not... so you get swirls of ice in a round ice-free section. Quite nice.
I might even have some knitting news soon!
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
- The Pine Islands, Marion Poschmann
- Dirty Old London: the Victorian fight against filth, Lee Jackson
- Pastoral, Nevil Shute
- Sweater Quest: My year of living dangerously, Adrienne Martini
- The Five: the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper, Hallie Rubenhold
- No Place to Go: How public toilets fail our private needs, Lezlie Lowe
- Love Enough, Dionne Brand
- Crap: a history of cheap stuff in America, Wendy A Woloson
- Little Fish, Casey Plett
- Aubrey McKee, Alex Pugsley
- A Song for the Dark Times, Ian Rankin
- Redhead by the side of the road, Anne Tyler
- Vancouver After Dark: The Wild History of a City's Nightlife, Aaron Chapman
- Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo
- The Bohemians: The lovers who led Germany's resistance against the Nazis, Norman Ohler
- Cemetery Boys, Heather Brewer
- They said this would be fun: race, campus life, and growing up, Eternity Martis
- The Last Gang in Town: The epic story of the Vancouver police vs. the Clark Park gang, Aaron Chapman
- Black Star Nairobi, Mukoma Wa Ngugi
- 1536: The year that changed Henry VIII, Suzannah Lipscomb
- Versailles, Colin Jones
- Blacktop Wasteland, S A Cosby
- Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates
- Black Docker, Ousmane Sembène
- You look like a thing and I love you: How artificial intelligence works and why it's making the world a weirder place
- Somebody's Gotta Do It: Why cursing at the news won't save the nation, but your name on a local ballot can, Adrienne Martini
- The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
- Rule Britannia, Daphne du Maurier
- 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy, James P P Horn
- Nairobi Heat, Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ
- Heat: an amateur's adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta-maker, and apprentice to a Dante-quoting butcher in Tuscany, Bill Buford
- On the Road, Jack Kerouac
- Dark Age Ahead, Jane Jacobs
- N is for Noose, Sue Grafton
- No Crystal Stair: a novel, Mairuth Sarsfield
- Maigret at the Crossroads, Georges Simenon
- The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel
- Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
- George, Alex Gino
- In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin
- Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
- The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
- The Falls, Ian Rankin
- The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy
- Gumboot Girls: adventure, love & survival on British Columbia's north coast, a collection of memoirs compiled by Jane Wilde & edited by Lou Allison
- Scurvy: how a surgeon, a mariner and a gentleman solved the greatest medical mystery of the age of sail
- Exit Music, Ian Rankin
- Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
- Sahara, Michael Palin
- The Last Duel: a true story of crime, scandal, and trial by combat in medieval France, Eric Jager
- Brighton Rock, Graham Greene
- Syria's Secret Library: Reading and redemption in a town under siege, Mike Thomson
- Anil's Ghost, Michael Ondaatje
- The Complaints, Ian Rankin
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
- Lieutenant Hornblower, C.S. Forester
- Earth and High Heaven, Gwethalyn Graham
- My Nepenthe: Bohemian tales of food, family, and Big Sur, Romney Steele
- The Fire Engine that Disappeared, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
- Mr Midshipman Hornblower, C.S. Forester
- The Woman in Blue, Elly Griffiths
- The Silk Train Murder: A mystery of the Klondike, Sharon Rowse