Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Catch-up

:: Happy Spring! I don't know about you, but I'm glad to finally be able to slam the door shut on this past winter. The snow was beautiful, but enough was enough. It got to the point that I was actually sick of wearing all my handknits. A sacrilege, I know, but true.




:: These are some of the few survivors from my fall bulb planting several years ago. I'm not sure how the squirrels missed these on their previous rampages, but I'm sure that they'll find them before next spring. I think my next attempt to foil them will be to plant snowdrop bulbs directly into the lawn. There's so much moss mixed in with the grass I'm hoping it will disguise the presence of the bulbs.  




:: I finished Sylvia Olsen's Skirt in the Round just as the last of the snow melted. This is so comfortable, but also so very, very warm. I don't think it will be seeing any action until next winter.




:: I've also finished the vest from the knitting retreat put on by Diane Morriss from Saltbox Yarn Studio and knitwear designer Sylvia Olsen.




:: The timing is much better with the vest than the skirt. It's meant to be worn as a jacket, so I will be wearing it often this spring. I have wanted a Coast Salish/Cowichan style garment for ages. After looking in vain for several years in thrift stores hoping to find one, I finally decided the only way I was ever going to own one was if I knit it myself. I have to say I'm quite chuffed with the result!




:: In what was a culinary first for me, here I am basting a cake with a single malt Scotch whisky. And there was more whisky added later to the icing. Oh, and then there was the Guinness that went into the cake itself. Click on the link at your own risk.




:: Last month I had a big birthday. One with a zero on the end. And proceeded by a numeral that I'm sure can't be correct. When Lucy asked me how old I was I told her I was twenty times as old as she is. It made me feel almost prehistoric. In spite of the denial over turning 60, I did have a wonderful time celebrating with family. First was a quiet day here at the cottage, with several yarn gifts from the animals and Jay (they might have had a bit of help with the ordering), and a raspberry huckleberry pie. A few weeks later I was in Victoria celebrating with Lucy and Oliver, and then last weekend I was in Vancouver with Ella. Alexandra had also driven down from Kamloops for the weekend, which was a treat.




:: This is my definition of bliss. A good book, a fun sock pattern, and a new Emma Bridgewater sheep mug filled with Yorkshire Gold tea.




:: The biggest challenge for me this winter was not being able to hike up Teapot Hill. Now that the snow has melted I have been making up for lost time. I enjoy the challenge of the hike, as there is quite a bit of elevation gain. I also enjoy being in the mossy green forest, and the fun of spotting teapots as I'm walking along the trail. It's a joy to be back.




:: Sunshine has been a rare commodity over the past several months. Which makes me appreciate it all the more when it finally does make an appearance. I loved the way sunlight was streaming in on my quilt (made by a dear friend, not me!), almost like it was purposely highlighting some of the quilt blocks. Of course, there's a downside to these rare glimpses of the sun. They also highlight a winter's worth of dust.

:: I hope this new season is treating you well. I'll be back in a week or so with another finished handknit to share with you.

17 comments:

  1. Swooning over your skirt and vest - gorgeous! And the cake...I clicked the link and then quickly clicked back - lol.

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  2. I knew the cake was beyond my culinary talents - but I loved the pictures of you included with this blog. Your skirt and vest are beautiful.

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  3. Ha, ha, ha on the "slamming the door on winter" thing. We got 4 inches of snow today with now some unholy sleet-hail-ice mixture to top it off. This after last week's 12-inch dump. I am glad--truly--that someone has crocuses despite the squirrels!

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  4. So glad to hear from you! Your knitted outfits, as always, are gorgeous. The squirrels dig up my crocus and daffodils, but they always forget where they bury a few so I end up with them coming up in the strangest places. I figure they like to rearrange my garden as much as I like to rearrange my living room. Your grandkiddies are growing up too fast--just as mine are! So sweet that you get to see them from time to time.

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  5. So happy to see your lovely post, Kristie. Your skirt is fabulous, and the vest very very special. I love them both! Happy Birthday to you, and I'm glad you celebrated so well, and for some time too. Well done. Was the whiskey cake a birthday treat? Hope so, seems apt to me. I had not realised you could not climb teapot hill during winter; you must be very happy to be out there again, doing the best novelty walk I know of :)

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    1. That's the thing that made this winter so different, and so difficult, Patricia. I usually can hike Teapot Hill in the winter. But this year there were two months where it just wasn't possible to walk on it. Way too much snow and ice!

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  6. Absolutely great post, photos, your knitting garments. .. how great it is to find teapots while hiking :) Although I have discovered your blog recently I do enjoy your posts.
    Happy birthday by the way!

    Luisa xoxo

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  7. Winter... hmmmm. It was 5 here yesterday and the snow level was really really low on the mountains. We are all over it up here too!! Your knitting is fantastic, love your vest and skirt!! You may have had a big birthday but you can still rock a short skirt!! Happy Birthday! If it isn't squirrels it's deer eating up our front garden. Your cake looks delicious. So great to see your post !!! Have a super weekend !!

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  8. What a beautiful vest! It'll be just right for hiking for the next several weeks. Congratulations on your birthday. I'm glad to hear you celebrated the milestone well.

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  9. Happy Spring to you, too. And of course, Happy Birthday! This is a lovely round up of news, thoroughly enjoyed reading about your makings and your family gatherings. Have a great week. xx

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  10. Your definition of bliss is my definition of bliss. Is the book good?

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    1. The book is very good! I highly recommend it. :-)

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  11. happy birthday!!! Just think you are the youngest in the sixties group :) Love that skirt and I am hoping spring visits us soon. I'd like that a lot.

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  12. I just have to do that teapot hike one day. I love the pic you posted. Your cowichan vest is gorgeous. I am hoping to spin enough fibre to make one this year.

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  13. Happy Birthday! I found a Cowichan sweater in a thrift shop. It was so heavy, yet not warm enough for this climate in winter that I gave it away. For Minnesota, a vest would be perfect.

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  14. Happy birthday indeed!!! May your fresh new year be filled with blessings!! What now of your blogname? Should that be North of 59? I love those knittings but as I've said, I leave them to someone else and enjoy them here!!! And that cake....well for one you shouldn't be driving when you have it!!! I will absolutely try it, adults only!! Spring is here, yes, and my birthday just passed, only 54. You look like a girl with that long hair and your slim figure, age is more within you know, I think 60 will treat you well. Thank you for this lovely post, Kristie!!!!!

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