Friday, September 03, 2021

Blue is everywhere

A friend of ours is a jazz guitarist (and philosophy professor) and during these Covid days has hosted concerts on his front porch. We hadn't gone before because it was at sort of an awkward time, and, oh, no, other people, and it's not right around the corner... so many not-serious obstacles. 

This past week, though, a saxophonist with whom Stephen has collaborated was visiting Toronto and playing with a bassist and drummer. It was great to sit outside and hear some live music. Rather wild modern jazz!

I took this picture of the dull brass instrument, but then noticed it is pretty blue! 

On a more sedate note, this giant wave is painted on a building down the street. It actually goes along the backs of several buildings, but this is the real tsunami. 

Our neighbourhood has several of these little libraries, and I am finding them great for our slow but steady decluttering. A few books can be sold for a few bucks, but the majority of ours are too "well-loved" to be acceptable to the book shop we go to. Of course, I treat these boxes sort of like real libraries, in that I often borrow novels or cookbooks for a bit and then return them! 

Any day now I will pick up my blue knitting. 

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Blue September

According to Mary's own personal Project Spectrum, September is for blue.

I do actually have blue knitting to be doing, and as it is not supposed to be super-hot this week, maybe some work will be done on that. I shall try to look up to the blue sky instead of down to the flowers and grasses this month. 

Until very recently, September was the big month of change and disruption and new routines. With an academic husband and kids in school, it was always a big deal. This should be the husband's last September of teaching and the kids are mostly done with school for now, so perhaps we can relax a little. 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Green at the end of summer

Maybe it is not quite the end of summer, but the garden is looking kind of sad. Mostly due to lack of water, I am sure. We swelter all day and hope for an evening thunderstorm!

September is blue month. I even have some blue knitting I could be getting on with, but it has been too hot to have any knitted fabric in my lap. I would like to get it done, though. I also have a blue sewing project that needs a bit of attention. Always lots to do...

My latest project has been going through old Vogue Knitting magazines to see if I can part with any. I haven't dared to look at my old favourites from the 1990s yet, but I have about halved my collection from 2000-2020. Well, I have set them aside and offered them on Ravelry, but I still have them in my house. For now. In a week or so they go to a little free library if they are still here. 

Not much else happening here! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Update on greenness

Just some random green things. 

These extraterrestrial-looking buds open out into giant hot pink flowers, which I think is pretty cool. 

This is our kids' elementary school. I remember, years ago, going with the grade 1s out to plant muscari bulbs among the bushes here. One neighbour tended the garden here for decades, long after her child left the school. Then one day some schoolboard employees came along and ripped it all out! Lame excuses were made but all that remains is about a foot of mulch all over everything. I hope I can post a happy updated picture in a few months, but I doubt it. 

The other day we went to the McMichael gallery, about an hour's drive from here. My neighbour's sister has a show on there now, and this was taken in the garden outside. Well worth a trip. 

Lastly, a cool green cup of hot tea. I continue to test out the heirloom teacups to see which are nice to use. This one's handle is not all that comfortable, but it is lovely. 


Monday, August 02, 2021

It's green month

According to Mary's own personal Project Spectrum, August is for green

We came back to Toronto and found the garden somewhat overgrown. While we were in Vancouver hoping for rain, there were deluges here. The mint loved it. 

As did the sage, a herb I like the look of a lot but rarely use. I think I need to do something with pasta and butter and sage. 

I was looking forward to some home-grown kale as well, but apparently the squirrels like kale! This is all that remains. 

Let's see what happens with green this month. I will try to find things that are green but not plants growing in my garden!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Actual knitting content

The sock-yarn blanket is maybe a foot long. That's all the colours, and they will be mixed in various ways and various zigzags and one day it'll be a big, colourful blanket. 

For now, though, it is going in a drawer for a few weeks or months while I return to Toronto and the two-coloured sweater. It's probably still too warm to knit on that there, but I will do my best. 

We have had 6 or 7 weeks in Vancouver with not a drop of rain. Imagine, going from Vancouver to Toronto to get some rain! 

Monday, July 12, 2021

More yellow and some new knitting

I do think of yellowness when I am out and about, so my mini Project Spectrum is a success in that way, but I don't get around to blogging about it. This is partly because my blogging energies are taken up with another project, Mostly Roys, a trip through a family album that I recently discovered.

But, here I am now. With some yellow roses in Stanley Park. 

Stephen and I went to New Westminster and walked along the very gussied-up riverside with a friend. On our way back through town we found this sign at a level railway crossing. 

Quintessential Vancouver yellow: the sulphur piles on the North Shore, along with Girl in a Wetsuit. 

 Bus yellow. 

New knitting! We have been trying to get some furniture for our new condo, but there is a global shipping foul-up and it is hard to find a chair, along with bike parts, loom accessories, computer chips and many other household goods. We did manage to get a couple of chairs for the living room, and a bed, all grey! You want a different colour, wait until October... 

So I have started knitting an afghan to throw over our grey furniture. It doesn't look like much yet, but I can assure you that I have some garish greens and a shocking pink in the wings. 

We are off to Victoria for a few days later this week, so there will be blog fodder galore, perhaps!