Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
The beginning of knitty, the local and far flung blogs of knitters who shared the same desires and mistakes as I did, but introduced me to so much more.
The wrap above is my reversible cables design that I made for many a baby, but adapted for a soccer mom cozy from merino and possum wool I bought as the local yarn shop was closing.
One year I knit a hat each month for the men in the First United Mission in downtown East Side Vancouver. Another year I made a hat each month, in a rainbow pattern, to donate to the kids in Mexico,where we are involved with a foster home. I've gone down twice at Easter, once with D and last year with Emily.
Elijah, my canoe partner and guide was such a delightful man. I trusted him and his firearm to keep me safe as he worked extra hard to find us lions and interesting sights. He tried to figure out my pattern for his wife. It was the first time they had had knitting on safari. But we took a break every day for lunch, and it was World Wide Knit In Public Day, so I brought it in the canoe. My desert island knitting, the Taize in Handmaiden Marakkesh was a good choice for a month with only one project.
Last year my friends yarn bombed my front drive for my birthday!!!
Emily has designed her first shawl, a gift to her cousin who was in Africa on a mission last year. It is called Purple Africa, and I will test knit it as soon as I finish my Godson's sweater. She is already planning her next design and dreaming of a wool shop of her own.
Next month I turn 50. Hence the looking back. I want to thank you, gentle reader, for including me in the knitting universe, for reading and commenting and encouraging me with your own blogs and podcasts.
I was all alone with this crazy passion. I found the knitting internet and everything opened up. Then there was Ravelry, and my own knitting group and still you are there. Looking forward to our next big knit.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Interrupting Cow toe up pattern with heel gusset, but switched to the Skyp sock for the leg. They are so soft! Caroline did a wonderful job of dying this! I really enjoyed having these socks in the car as emergency knitting. I still have the sport weight teaching socks, but as soon as their done, I'm doing another Lala sock project.
Queen Anne's Lace shawl. There have been too many shifts, weekends full up and no time to settle. This week I had off, so I looked at my to do list, and instead of moving everything, every day to the next one, I checked off some items. Garden beds weeded and planted, check. Patio furniture scrubbed, check. Planters repotted, check. The sun is more friendly than in past years because I started acclimatizing in Maui. It's hard to remember the sultry, hypnotic beauty of the beaches. But with camp and hiking, and working in my back garden, I am actively enjoying the beauty of my own reality.