02/52 : 2017

Made it to the second week! It’s been cold and I’ve gotten out for a few walks, but very carefully as I’m afraid of slipping on the ice again. I’m knitting more pussyhats… in less than a week we march!

I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m looking forward to being a part of a movement and making a positive statement about how I feel about the way the country is headed. I still can’t believe that that horrible man is going to be the president. It’s just inconceivable that someone so incompetent, petty, a compulsive liar and don’t get me started on who is propagating this fake news situation. From the beginning he was spouting untruths and innuendo and rumours as if it were facts. And that is just a small sampling of what is wrong with that man.

Anyway, on I knit for peace, for charity, and for myself. It makes me feel calm and good.

Also, for anyone wondering… hey she lives in Canada. Yes I do. I am a dual citizen, born and raised in California. I vote in every US election. I file my US taxes. I have family that lives in the US and we spend a lot of our time there. I am a citizen of Canada as well and I file Canadian taxes, vote in every election here. I love this country (both countries). My children and husband live here and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. But we need to be vigilant here as well. Extreme right-wing, isolationist, fascist movements are happening all over the world. We need to fight to keep democracy and decency alive and keep the freedoms that we have fought for.

Okay, rant over for now, and with that, on to my photos of the week.

granny stripe blanket
finishing another hat
finishing another hat – I like to use my pinkie ring as a marker.
moorland blanket
moorland blanket – growing
cold sunrise
cold sunrise – still so much snow everywhere!
dundarave pier
dundarave pier – early morning walk along the seawall.
cold birds
cold birds
cold hikers
cold hikers – Kasmira, Lily and me.  Giving my new pussyhat a trial run.
deep cove
deep cove – my favourite place
golden sunrise
golden sunrise – lion’s gate bridge



On The Hook

Is it Wednesday already? I guess I need to set a schedule out with alarms and alerts to remind myself. It may take awhile to get back in the groove of regular posting.

This week I started my Moorland Blanket, a pattern and crochet-along being offered by Lucy at Attic24.

As soon as I saw her initial post on this project, I was enamoured with the colours and the stitch pattern used, and I ordered the yarn pack through Wool Warehouse in the UK. 15 skeins of yarn.


I did a small sample to get the right hook size and settled with a 3.75mm, which is the same size I’m using for my Granny Stripe Blanket.

I decided to make mine a bit narrower… it will be 42″ instead of 48″ and I started with an initial chain of 161 stitches instead of 181.


I’m enjoying getting into the groove of this pattern and watching the colours progress. I’m in the greens, which frankly I haven’t seen a lot of around here lately. It’s refreshing to see so much green!

The PussyHat Project. I’ve completed 7, including one for me out of handspun and some of my hand dyed fingering weight doubled. I stopped by the yarn shop yesterday and bought a few skeins of discounted bulky pink yarn and have another one going. I’ll keep knitting these until we march!


I’m still working on my Feelin’ Groovy socks. As boring as the process is, I do love the crazy striping of the yarn and that it is a super easy project to throw in my purse and knit when I have a few moments to spare. So it is nice to have something like this on the go. And I can see that there is progress being made.


I didn’t work on my Granny Stripe blanket this week, but I did get it out and into my view. It’s currently 42″ wide and 32″ long. So I have quite a bit still to go on it and I love the bright cheerful colours of this.


Finished: My Tea Cozy Poncho! I was only a couple of rows from the end and I’ve already worn it to a recital on the weekend. I need to get a photo of me wearing it, but here is Josephine..


What are you working on this week?

01/52 : 2017

I guess it’s something about the odd years. Looking back at my previous attempts at Project52, I completed 2013 and tried to do 2015 but gave up after about 4 weeks. So now it’s 2017 and I think I want to do this again.

I take photos all week and post them on instagram and on flickr. So why another venue? These will be the ones that I don’t post. That’s my criteria. They’ve got to be different, otherwise what’s the point? So I guess this will be Project52 – The Outtakes 😉

It works out that the first week ends on Saturday, so I’ll be posting Project52 on Sundays.

Okay, let’s do this!

white tusk
White Tusk
moorland snippets
Moorland Snippets – A new blanket I’m starting from Attic24
sampler cat
Sampler Cat – I stitched the pillow back in 1986. The cat is circa 2001.
setting sun
Snowy Sunset – And it’s cold!
low light
Low Light – It’s time to get blinds in the living room
filtered me
Filtered Me – If we can filter our water, we can certainly filter ourselves. Especially with THAT neck. sigh…
snow bushes
Snow Bushes – it’s so cold the snow hasn’t melted at all.
packing up
Packing Up – the wok that made the blessed corned beef hash.
snowy day
Snow Day
snow branches
Snow Branches
PussyHats – the count is up to 7 and still knitting!

I can’t remember a winter this snowy since 2008/2009. We’ve had snow on the ground since December 5th. It’s piled up all around the house – because of our metal roof, the snow thunders (really loud!) down the roof and we’re surrounded by a growing mountain of snow.

We had a wonderful holiday with all the kids back in town and hanging out with us. My sister and brother-in-law came up for New Year’s and we had a fun visit.

We ate way WAY too much food and I’m feeling like a fat slug, so I’m back on the treadmill and trying to get my 10,000 steps a day.

Knitting knitting knitting pussy hats right now. I’ve finished 7 and need to get more done for the 21st, where I will be marching in the Seattle Women’s March with my sister and our friends.

I hope you had a good week!