Saturday, January 10, 2015

Some January Firsts

I've spotted the first signs of life in my garden! I planted lots of spring bulbs last fall, hoping that at least a few of them would escape being eaten by the squirrels. I was very happy to see the first of them poke their heads up above the ground this week.


I've also suffered my first appliance death of the year. When I plugged the iron in this week the red light came on to show there was a connection, but the iron didn't actually get hot. This is not the kind of malfunction one can overlook in an iron, so into the garbage it went. A new one has been ordered.

I washed several of my new couch cushions this week for the first time. It was when I went to iron them that I discovered the iron didn't work. I won't go into the details about why I had to wash the cushions, but I will say this much. Our cat has used up eight of its nine lives in one go.

I've also finished my first knitting project for 2015. It's the Dicey Highland Hat, a fun pattern from Jenjoyce Design.


It was an interesting social experiment, standing in front of our cottage taking selfies of me wearing the hat. People driving by tended to stare. Imagine that!


Finally, here's my first picture of Cultus Lake for 2015. I love the way the late afternoon light is shining on the lake.


How about you? Do you have any January firsts?

34 comments:

  1. I saw some daffodils poking out of the ground, lots of them actually! It will be a couple of months before they flower but it is a good sign to see the shoots. Love your hat! I knitted a hat that needs extensive blocking (that's what the instructions say). Bah humbug, I probably won't bother. It gets wet in the rain and stretches over my head.... No appliance deaths in my house this year. Not yet. Have a lovely weekend. x

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  2. I LOVE THAT HAT! Everything about it!

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  3. Crocuses in January (if I'm right in thinking that's what your bulbs are?)? Seriously?? Bare earth and green growing things?? We have definitely retired to the wrong climatic zone :( ! You must have been rather hot in your beautiful hat, ha ha. Can you tell how envious I am of your weather? -- Ruth

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  4. Looking out at the snow on the lawn, freshly fallen today, I can't believe you see green! Congrats on your first 2015 project! I haven't finished one yet for this new year :)

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  5. The bit about your cat made me laugh! My first is a crochet baby blanket which I will blog about soon.

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  6. I would have thought it too cold up your way for sprouting plants, but such a welcome sight! The hat, and you, are adorable :-)

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  7. I found new leaves on my Mexican hat plant and noticed some buds on the trees outside a restaurant yesterday. So, yes, firsts are coming fast and furious.
    I love the picture of Cultus Lake. So Beautiful.

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  8. Unfortunately my lilac is starting to open some buds. It may soon regret its rashness. My paperwhites are in bloom, but they sometimes bloom in December.
    Great hat. The photo of it on the green moss is a great color story.

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  9. Oh man I can't believe you have crocuses already and you are about what..a three or four hour drive away. Maybe mid March we will see them...sigh. No firsts here I am afraid other than first time I have shovelled 18 plus inches of snow in a 24 hour period! Not something one likes to celebrate!!

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  10. I had two appliances die rather spectacularly within a week of each other to close out 2014 in a big way, so I am glad to report they are all working well so far this year, even those two (my husband was able to repair them both himself). But I turned on the dryer a little while ago and I don't like the squeaky sound I'm hearing from the belt. Rats. I love your hat, the colors are great and it looks really nice on you. I'm so impressed that you have bulbs coming up already. It will be another six weeks or so here, I think, but when I was pruning our winter jasmine plants this afternoon, I did spot one little blossom on one of the three plants. So there is a little bit of spring here now too. :)

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  11. You're finished a project already? That's great! I absolutely love the picture of the lake.
    My biggest January first would have to be going a week without missing any college courses due to illness. It took a lot of willpower, but I did it!
    Looking great in that hat!

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  12. Dicey Highland is a cute name for a seriously cute hat, in a glorious shade of purple, Kristie. My iron just died too, obviously it is going around...
    We have had our first trip to the beach for 2015, and I have made my very first online sale, on Gumtree, an old treadle sewing machine we had here.
    The lake is so beautiful..

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  13. I have just seen some sprouting life, I love the hat a real delight.

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  14. Bulbs up here too, and the first snowdrop and daff. LOVE your new hat :o)

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  15. Lovely to see those bulbs popping up. I'm hoping for not too much drama and appliance death this year, I need it to be very easy. And it's far too early to be asking me if I've finished making anything! Check back with me in six months or so. The hat's great, and well done you for braving the onlookers to take your photo. Wishing you a good Sunday. CJ xx

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  16. Great January firsts! Well, mostly! Sorry to hear about the need to wash the cushions already - not good. So annoying about your iron, at least it is only a relatively small item and you did have a no appliance failure Christmas at least too! It is only when these things go wrong that you realise how much you rely on them isn't it. Anyway, I hope that you have a great week ahead and that there are lots more lovely January firsts still to come! xx

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  17. I took my first selfie of the new year but of my feet, as I mentioned on my blog. It's quite difficult to get it quite right, well so I found. Your hat is lovely, very bright and cheerful and your picture of the lake is beautiful.

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  18. I have spent the morning in the garden and there are bulbs popping up everywhere. Always makes me think of the spring to come and some much needed colour in the garden. Great hat btw

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  19. How fun to have plants sprouting up already. Love the hat. You made me laugh with the selfie comment. As far as appliances go the iron is at least pretty inexpensive.
    Hugs to you and have a great week,
    Meredith

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  20. Such a beautiful toque! I can imagine the reaction you got taking the selfies. A true knitter would have stopped to help, and take one from the back. I've not finished a project yet in 2015, but I've started the decreases on Tourbillon, a cute Fair Isle tam by Angela Wu (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEw14/PATTtourbillon.php).

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  21. Aren't selfies pretty much the norm now (I don't actually do them but it seems I'm in the minority)? I bet people considered it less strange than you think! And it's a beautiful hat...I really like the color combination you chose...and that little line of colorwork at the hem is simple but striking. How is it possible that you have bulbs up right now?? Oh, that's right, you don't live in Fort St. John anymore. ;)

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  22. Our ground is frozen solid here. Is this normal that you already have shoots coming up there? I love your hat! And the photo of Cultus Lake! But your cat, not so much. Does she have a bladder problem or something like that? I hope she is OK and that your couch is OK, too.

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  23. I real like your hat and your picture of the lake. oh oh I have two cats my own, I can just say good you could wash the cushions. take care Jaana. PS. We have about 10 cm snow, so no bulbs looking up - yet. DS.

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  24. We have the first snowdrop buds, but are still waiting for the first snow at ground level - there is snow on the mountains around. Love the hat!

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  25. I noticed some more spring bulbs making their way through the earth this weekend too. I'm really looking forward to them blooming, a sure sign that spring is on the way. What a fabulous photo of the lake and a beautiful view.

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  26. I had a snowdrop in my garden, then we had frost and it disappeared, the daffodils will be flowering soon. I love it when they start coming through. The photo of the lake is beautiful.

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  27. We have some snowdrops flowering - actually since before Christmas. Also some primroses and there are a couple of daffodils about the flower. But I think the weather is going to get colder so I hope it doesn't destroy some of the plants in the garden. Love your hat!

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  28. wow, signs of early early spring! We have snow on the ground and the cold has returned. I love your hat and you look so lovely in it!

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  29. That Darn Cat! OK, I absolutely love how you placed that beautiful hat on a bed of moss. So pretty! And bulbs already? Wow.

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  30. First kayak outing of 2015, last Sunday at Elkhorn Slough (upstream of Monterey Bay). A peaceful afternoon among sea otters, seals, and of course pelicans and many other waterbirds.
    -- stashdragon

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  31. Hey Kristie,
    I don't think there have been any personal firsts, but I have been enjoying noticing the small green shoots emerge from the ground. And there are quite a few daffs in bloom in St Ives too. And I love your hat. It really suits you. I've asked a friend of mine to knit me a bobble hat. Perhaps I'll show it off if I can take a suitable selfie ;)
    Leanne xx

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  32. Our bulbs that I planted in the first few weeks of our arrival are beginning to appear too. Is it much milder where you now live or have never forgotten the images of snow so deep in your previous garden? I'm sure those driving past must have been admiring that fantastic hat! Did the covers wash ok and fit back well afterwards? Sarah x

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  33. Oh, those appliances! I love the hat and, as always, envy you your beautiful lake.

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  34. The next time someone doubts me when I say the annual time of renewal starts in January, I'm sending them to this post! Well, they don't doubt as much as just look at me as if I'm crazy. That is a great hat! If the front-porch selfies become a regular thing, you may start to attract an audience--and perhaps volunteers to take the pictures for you!

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