The Week That Got Away

I even missed my “Keeping You In Stitches” post yesterday! Hopefully, being back in a routine will help this coming week. Going back to work after a vacation is hard but things went as smoothly as they can. I’ve been walking back and forth each day, now that I live closer and that “free” hour of exercise is making me feel much better. The commute takes me through a lovely local park and over The Rideau Canal and Prince of Wales Falls (Hog’s Back Falls for my local peeps) and that touch of nature and nurture in the day is good for the soul.

The Prince of Wales Falls, part of my daily commute :).

My resurrected “Pleasance” shawl is coming along nicely. I’d forgotten how scrummy the ZYG Serenity Silk is, pity it’s discontinued. I’m still working the lace section and hoping to get to the short row section this week. Progress so far, big blob in a beautiful colour :):

Pleasance Shawl Detail

Nupps!

Clue 3 of the Addewid KAL was released Friday the 15th. I was at work when the notification came through and couldn’t wait to get home and start this section. I’m really liking the lace patterns used in this, they flow together beautifully and this design does not have the more traditional “spine stitch” in the centre, it grows with yarn over increases every few rows; subtle and pretty. No picture at the moment, I’m on the last couple rows and will do an ETA picture post tomorrow evening .

Hope Monday treats you well. Cheers!

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Yarn Bomb Friday

Canadian icon – Terry Fox –  gets a runner’s bib yarn bomb.

Staid Ottawa… I’m impressed.

Read more about Terry and how his run for cancer research, The Terry Fox Run, has become an International event. Click the photo for the full article.

Terry Fox memorial in Ottawa, Canada

Terry Fox memorial in Ottawa, Canada

 

I’m Gonna Knit Myself A Cocoon!

This is what I woke to this AM!

Yes, I live in Canada but seriously?! Seriously… This is just ridiculous and I’ve seen a few winters and springs!

Not even a hint of warmer temperatures to date. There has always been at least that, in my memory.

A freak April snow dusting makes for good conversation. THIS nonsense makes me envy the hibernating bears!

#30march2014 #seriously? #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #theeclecticpoet #itsbecauseihaveplans #mothernatureneedsaboyfriend

I came across these photos from June of last year. I went to a local powwow with my BFF. This one is small, right in the heart of a large park in our city. I call it an “Urban Powwow”. All the tradition and with accessibility for school trips, seniors. It was a very good day.

One of the highlights and totally unexpected, was this guy:

One of the best KIP moments I've seen!

One of the best KIP moments I’ve seen!

Security at local festivals is very normal, laidback and this fella had the right idea for one that is so mellow and family-oriented. Tapping his toe to the traditional music and… knitting socks! BFF is another avid knitter and so we chatted with him for a bit and then went back to enjoying the music.

Fancy dancer

Fancy dancer

Another highlight was speaking to one of the vendors there. This gentleman was a professor at University of Illinois, now returned to live in his country of birth. He was there as a dancer and also to vend wonderful, embroidered shirts in Traditional motifs, that he had created. When we met him, he was in full regalia and an imposing figure at over six feet. His arm and leg bands were beaded with both the Canadian and USA flags, as his family is Seneca Nation. I wish I’d thought to ask for a photograph.

These things were top of mind earlier today, as I will be celebrating Canada Day on the first of July and Independence Day on the fourth. I’ve always been interested in my roots and part of my family are Loyalists from Cape Cod. others are more recent immigrants and some were here before the world began. I love the connectedness that comes of seeing extended family and homeland as opposed to seeing just borders. Finding these photos today, made me think about my beliefs regarding pride of country, respect for roots and embracing newcomers. The strength of a nation is its people.

With that, I’m off to by some kitschy Canada Day “stuff” after work. I have a couple of Americans joining me this year and they might as well see the full red and white Canuck experience 🙂