Sunday, November 19, 2017

Finished, half-finished and not started

I finished my Vertices Unite and it is ready for action. Not sure what sort of action, since it is the leventy-hundredth shawl in my collection. The scratchy sock yarn does soften up in a bath.

It is sunny today, but everything is damp. Here's a bit of the shawl on the hedge.

Here we have the sunny colours, and a bit of an idea of the whole thing.

I tried to take a picture of it all spread out on the floor. Awkward lighting.

Anyways, done. No one will see it all at once when it is worn, all scrunched up around a neck!

Now I shall concentrate on finishing up October's sock. I have started the heel and figure I can get it done by the end of the week if I put my mind to it.

Projects not yet even thought of....

Someone on Ravelry was offering a couple of bags of yarn that she hoped would be used to knit for charity.

I scored two skeins of Butterfly cotton, and I know I can get a scarf out of each of those. Bits of pretty wool -- might become blanket squares. Hats, cowls, perhaps I can get mittens out of 85 meters of wool?

There is more nice stuff and another bag full of yarn I don't want! I know someone who knits a lot of scarves to sell and I will ask if she wants some of the acrylic. Fine white baby yarn... what to do with that? It'll all get to a good home eventually.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boots for a gloomy day

I was going to show you a Saturday sky, but it is that flat white winter gloom today, and who wants to look at that?

The other day when I was at the museum I walked along the "mink mile" of Bloor Street and saw these boots in the Gucci window. Is that leopard-spotted snakeskin? I guess snakes have patterns like that, too. Most likely, I suppose, is that they are not snakeskin at all, but cleverly dyed and textured leather. Probably not even real diamonds for the trim, either!

Today my wanderings took me to the home of a nice woman who was getting rid of some yarn! I plan to do some charity knitting in 2018 and was happy to take it off her hands. Pictures tomorrow, if the sun ever comes out!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Eye Candy Friday

I was in the ROM yesterday for a brief stopover. I only had about half an hour so went to a small exhibit called the Evidence Room: very interesting, not very easily photographed. And not very cheery... but I must go back, I think.

I did find these delightful little spoons, though, on my way out. That's Mary of Teck, whom we know from The Crown and even Downton Abbey, on the far right. And, you know, some other kings and queens.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Three on Thursday

  1. I am so close to finishing my multicoloured shawl; I just need to do the edging. The pattern says to do an i-cord around the whole thing, but I don't like that and am looking for something lighter. I bought a longer needle so I could knit all around, but it is still not long enough and I have several short ones as well. Hmm, need a picture of that!
  2. I belong to a group on Ravelry called Lazy, Stupid and Godless. The knitters are all actually very nice. Someone just started a thread where people post pictures of themselves and the rest of us say kind things about them. It is very funny -- silly when high school girls need that sort of affirmation before they go out in the morning, so nice when middle-aged women do it. Someone said I look badass!
  3. Today I go do some drudgery for Hot Docs, get my teeth cleaned, come home to take a picture of my knitting in the bright light of day, think of something for dinner, think of an edging for the shawl, finish the book I have to return to the library tomorrow, etc etc. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A movie and a flower

This morning I was at the cinema, herding school groups in to see Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel. It is almost two hours long with a lot of earnest talking about climate change, and the middle-school kids I was sitting near were completely restless. No one really has to go to the washroom that many times in two hours. Not everyone was bored though, and some of the kids did ask really good questions at the end. (No Al Gore, but some enthusiastic young woman answered questions about what we can do, what Canada is doing, what Al Gore is doing.) I enjoyed the movie, despite having to shush people and tut-tutting with my fellow volunteers, and despite its gloomy ending -- spoiler alert: Donald Trump will ruin everything. 

My main job, other than shushing, was getting the classes from the subway station to the theatre. While I was there, a group called TTCRiders was collecting complaints and comments for their "Woes on the Bus" campaign. 

I kept away from their main action, but there were TV cameras here and there. I wonder if I'll be on the news in my little knitted crown. (I know there's a video on that page, but I don't have the latest version of whats-it to watch it, and don't care enough to download it.)

The biggest excitement of the day, though, was finding that my Christmas cactus enjoyed its time outside this summer so much that it is going to bloom for me! I think that occasional pouring rain and sporadic sunshine did it good. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Bata shoe museum

Because I am a volunteer at the Textile Museum, I get reciprocal privileges at a few other institutions around town, and I mean to take advantage of that! Today a friend and I went to another small niche museum, all about shoes.

They have a great floor!

A lot of the exhibits are kept in rather low-light situations. Understandable, given that they might be made of silk or straw and be several centuries old! But not great for amateur photography.

This dress was in an exhibit called Fashion Victims, all about the very real perils of clothing. The lovely green colour was made with arsenic, and both makers and wearers could fall horribly ill. The wallpaper contains arsenic as well!

You could also die a horrible death if you were wearing a steel crinoline and your big dress caught fire.

There are lots of other shoes there, historic, culturally interesting, men's high heels, ballet slippers, and on and on. Very nice, especially if one can get in for free!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cute things I never made

My poor, deprived children never had a handknitted garland of little mitts, or socks, nor a garland that looks like Santa's laundry line. (Oh, there's a whole flickr group of little mittens!)

from here
Now, of course, we are too set in our ways to start with things like that, but if I ever have grandchildren I might just knit them some tiny silliness!