Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mitts and Mountains

First off, I want to share some pictures from our drive home on Sunday. It was a spectacular day. The sky was blue, the roads were bare, and best of all, Kellen and Anita did all the driving which meant I could sit in the backseat and enjoy the view.

The one feature that dominates the drive across the southern portion of our province is mountains. I took this picture just outside Osoyoos.


Osoyoos has the highest average daily maximum temperature in all of Canada, which is why the mountains look so different than in our damp corner of BC. You see the same type of terrain in the next picture, taken near Keremeos. I always worry about these rocks deciding to slide on down the hill whenever I drive by them.


A herd of mountain sheep crossed the road in front of us, then stood next to it long enough for us to take some pictures.



You might have noticed the lack of snow in these photos. The southern part of British Columbia has had an unusually mild winter. It looks and feels more like the beginning of spring, which makes the timing on my latest completed knitting project a little bit off.

Lucy doesn't like wearing mittens. In fact, she refuses to wear them. So I decided to knit her a pair of fingerless mitts, thinking that maybe if she has her fingers free she might keep them on. To help things out a bit more I got her Jan Brett's beautiful book The Mitten to give to her along with the mittens.

Tartan & Tweed Mitts, Ravelry details here

To give you a better idea of just how tiny these mitts are I put a pair of my fingerless mitts next to Lucy's.


I am hopeful they will still fit next winter, but if not at least she can wear them now when she listens to the story being read. How is winter progressing where you live? Are you buried in snow, or do you have crocus blooming in your gardens? I'll show you what's blooming here in my next post.

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  1. Hey Kristie,
    You know for a while your posts went missing from my feed But they are back now. Hooray!! The landscape and scenery in your photographs are stunning. So different from here. We have an abundance of crocuses and daff. This afternoon I noticed the first celandines too. I think that the boys would love a bit of snow. I really hope Lucy wears her fingerless gloves. They are adorable!
    Leanne xx

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    1. Nice to have you back, Leanne! Yes, the scenery is very different than where we live too, quite dramatically so. You are ahead of us a bit if you have daffs. What blog feed do you use? I need to start using one for all the blogs I read and I'm not sure which one to go with.

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  2. How is our winter progressing? Well, last week my big treat was to buy myself a NEW SNOW SHOVEL. I think that says it all...at least I have green growing (and blooming!) plants in the house -- my Christmas cactuses are on their second or third round of flowering. -- Ruth

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    1. Yes, sadly, the purchase of a snow shovel does say it all. Take heart. Sooner or later you'll have green grass and growing things. And I am more than a little jealous of your snow. :-)

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    2. I would happily send you some if I could! -- R.

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  3. We are moving into spring, hurrah! I have lots of crocus flowers in my garden already. The scenery you show today looks amazing. I have never seen mountain goat in the wild, it must have been so exiting. Happy belated Birthday, I think I forgot to comment on your last post. Best to read and comment immediately :-)

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    1. Crocus are such a nice flower to see after a winter without any life in the garden. I agree that the scenery is amazing, but I have also seen some amazing scenery in your country. :-)

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  4. My son never liked mittens, and still doesn't. But what a great idea to knit Lucy some fingerless mitts to go along with the storybook. I have to ask ... when you were in the backseat, were you knitting along with watching the scenery? I wouldn't have been able to resist that luxury, knitting while someone else drives. :)

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    1. I did knit, Diana! I wasn't sure I would be able to without getting a headache, but I happened to be on a plain stockinette stitch part of the sweater I was working on so didn't have to look at my knitting very often which meant I could do it. I got a lot done - it was a seven hour drive. And yes, it was a luxury. :-)

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  5. Those mitts are DARLING! And how neat to see the mountain sheep that close? I was on a mountainous ridge once where there were a million signs warning me to stay away from the mountain goats--but what was disappointing was that not ONE goat was to be seen despite the million warnings :)

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Now I just hope they fit, and that she will want to wear them. I'm sorry you didn't spot any mountain goats. I don't think I've ever seen them in the wild either. They don't seem to be as common as mountain sheep.

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  6. crocuses here, and a lovely walk in the sun on the seawall today. My husband even felt like he was getting a sunburn! How lucky we are to be here and not back east.

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    1. The seawall must have been beautiful yesterday! It got up to 17 here at Cultus Lake. Unbelievable. Like your husband, when I was out walking I felt like my face was getting sunburned.

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  7. Those wee mitts are gorgeous. I'm sure they will be worn! We have crocus blooming now as well as snowdrops and some daffodils. Still feels quite cold though!

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    1. I'm hopeful that if she doesn't wear the mitts this year, maybe she will next year. We have the crocus and snowdrops blooming, but the daffodils aren't quite ready yet. If this warm weather holds they should be blooming by next week though. I hope you get some warm weather to go along with your flowers!

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  8. What majestic mountains, Kristie, and the addition of some pretty mountain sheep makes it even better. It must be an enjoyable drive. Little mittens are so cute! I hope Lucy enjoys wearing them, especially with the accompanying book. And I can only dream of seeing crocus round here, but the tree ferns are doing quite well these days :)

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    1. I thought of you when I asked my question about winter, Patricia. It wasn't a good one for my readers in the southern hemisphere. I'm sure you've had some days where you wouldn't mind a bit of our colder, northerly weather. :-)

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  9. I hope that the mittens do the trick for Lucy! It is amazing to see how different places have different climates and the effect that it has isn't it. I would be worried about those rocks too by the way! xx

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    1. I'm going to visit Lucy in a couple weeks, so I'll report back once I see if she will wear them. I have my doubts! :-)

      Yes, those rocks give me the creeps every time I drive by them. They are so interesting to look at though, especially the few trees that have somehow managed to take root despite the lack of soil.

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  10. Lovely photos of beautiful mountains. Reminds me of our trip to Canada, happy days :) Loving the mittens.

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    1. Thanks Chickpea! I never get tired of looking at the mountains. I like all of them - the ones around us with their mossy greenness, the dry barren ones featured in my pictures, and the pine tree covered ones near my old home in the Kootenays.

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  11. Love the mittens and of course the book, always read it to my class when I was teaching.

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    1. Isn't that book lovely? The illustrations are beautiful and the story is a lot of fun. I hope Lucy enjoys it, although she might be a few months too young for it yet.

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  12. Oh they are the sweetest pair of little mittens. I do hope she likes the fingerless ones. I find them easier to wear when I'm walking the dog.

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    1. I like the fingerless mitts for walking my dog too, Joanne. Hopefully they will work for Lucy!

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  13. My grandchildren love fingerless mittens, they can keep their hands warm but still have nimble fingers to pick things up with. Plus, aren't they so much easier to knit? 'm sure Lucy will like them and the book.
    We have snowdrops and crocus here and today it is a beautifully bright sunny day.

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    1. That's encouraging to hear your grandchildren like fingerless mitts! Aren't the snowdrops and crocus cheerful to look at? They put a smile on my face every time I walk by mine. Enjoy your sunshine!

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  14. Oh, my! The fingerless mitts you've made for Lucy are completely adorable! I hope that your strategy works and you're able to keep her in mittens. :-D

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    1. Thanks! They were fast and fun to knit. I'm thinking now even if she does like wearing them the weather is going to be too warm. But there's always next year!

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  15. I love that book, I still have the copy I used as a little girl. You are such a wonderul Grandmaaaa. Love the mountain sheep.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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    1. It's funny Meredith. Several people have mentioned being familiar with the book. I used to read tons of books to my kids when they were young, but this is one I've only just found out about in the last year. The mountain sheep are always a treat to spot.

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  16. Wow not sure what happened with my typing there, I meant wonderful grandmother.

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  17. I love those mitts! So sweet. That is a wonderful book, my daughter likes it a lot. I'm glad you had a nice time away, the scenery on your drive is beautiful.

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    1. I'm glad to hear your daughter likes the book, Jennifer. I think Lucy will too, although maybe not for a few more months. She might be just a bit too young for it right now. But by next fall when the weather gets cold and her fingers should be in mittens she should be just the right age for it. :-)

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  18. Wow, those are tiny--but very pretty. It's been a long time since I had the luxury of sitting in a backseat on a drive. Since I'm one to stay focused on the road, other cars and anything moving near the road I miss a lot of the scenery when we go for a drive. I'm going to jump in the backseat next time and see how the family reacts. :)

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    1. Yes, they are really tiny Rick. Hopefully not too tiny!

      I highly recommend trying out the backseat. Not only do you get to see the scenery, you can add useful driving tips as you go down the road. Ha!

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    2. Giving advice from the backseat...hmmmm, that sounds interesting. My wife has this crazy theory that I like "helping" people that way. You could take bets on how many miles we would get before the family set me out on the side of the road. :)

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  19. Those mittens are just too cute!

    I can see the daffs in the garden just popping above the soil, and some dwarf narcissi in a pot out there look not far off flowering!

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    1. Our daffs and narcissi are a week or two away from blooming. I love how they come out just as the crocus and snowdrops are waning. Enjoy yours! I'm sure it will be more inspiration for your dye pots. :-)

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  20. Wow it sure looks dry through Osoyoos. It sure gets stinking hot there in the summer. Love Lucy's mitts , they are adorable. They must have been fun to knit.

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    1. The mitts were great fun to knit. Yes, Osoyoos is always dry. But what was surprising, and a bit alarming, about this trip was the lack of snow. There was a little bit at the tops of the passes and through Manning Park, but nowhere what there should be at this time of the year. And as for Osoyoos in the summer I have just two words. No thanks. :-)

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    2. Wow that's not good at all. I saw some weather cam shots of the Coquihalla on tv yesterday and was so shocked to see how snowless it was. I guess our snow pack will be quite small this year. I worry about forest fires , seems to be a yearly occurrence here. I am with you on Osoyoos in the summer too. I find its too hot and too dry for me in Kelowna in the summer.

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  21. Very cute mittens! But i guess it is not really mitten weather where you are …
    -19C again this morning in Toronto … I will wear two pairs of mittens.
    It seems very fitting that you saw those wild sheep at the beginning of Lunar New Year of the Sheep (or Goat or Ram). What year is better for knitters?
    Thanks for the photos!
    LisaRR

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    1. Sorry Lisa, somehow my reply to you ended up in the comment thread below. :-)

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  22. Thanks Lisa! You have been hit so hard by winter back east. It's hard to believe we live in the same country! Hopefully it warms up for you soon.

    The Year of the Sheep sounds very promising for knitters, so I'll go with that over goats or rams. The Chinese needed to be more specific when they chose words for animals so we could be 100% sure what it is we're supposed to be celebrating! :-)

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  23. Those are about the cutest fingerless mitts I've ever seen! I use mine (knitted by a friend) when I practice my drawing to keep my sweaty hand from crinkling the paper. They're also great when taking photos (unless it's minus 12 degrees like's it been here with windchill factored in). You sure have some beautiful country surrounding you.

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    1. Thanks Cathy! Using them for drawing is a great idea. And I agree about them working well for taking pictures. It's what I take with me when I travel for that very reason. I hope things warm up for you. Minus 12 sounds quite miserable.

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  24. Beautiful pictures, what a lovely journey you had. I love the idea of giving mittens with a book. I do hope Lucy wears them

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  25. Kristie, it looks soooo beautiful! And so do those mittens. I think I'd quite like to try some fingerless mittens.

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  26. What stunning scenery and yes, very different from your mountains.I love the tiny fingerless mittens, but I know what you mean about small children and things on their hands. Ours were forever taking off their mittens or gloves and losing them. It's still quite chilly over here with a yellow warning for snow and ice overnight, but spring can't be too far away. We have heather blooming in the garden which is very cheering.

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  27. Well, I'm a bit behind it seems. I love the little fingerless mitts, and yours as well! I have that same book and my kids just LOVED it when they were small ... searching out the animals on the sides of the pages was always fun. My mom made me a pair of big white mittens once (still have them), and they remind me of the mittens in this story. I never lost mine though. Love the scenery you get to see out there ... lucky, lucky lady ;)
    Wendy

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