2013 really is a year of firsts for me. I’ve gone up a level in knitting again! Tonight I did the Russian Join. I found this video on Pinterest. Very clear and does not go too fast in showing how to do it.
The alpaca scarf is coming along. I just finished the first ball last night. Hence, the join.
I still need a name for it. Specs here.
Friend’s baby shower was this weekend. I had made some baby slippers. Two pair because they are having twins!
My niece wearing the bonnet.
How stinking cute is she? Seriously.
In other news, I made and actually ate a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving! I love the flavours of pumpkin pie (see obsession with Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte) but never liked the texture. A Ravelry friend suggested I try a vegan pumpkin pie. I loved it! Harry and my in-laws liked it too. I’m wishing I had a slice now actually.
Mr. and Mrs. Geek on Thanksgiving Day.
Now we’re getting ready for the winter holidays.
Mr. Cole is ready to celebrate the holidays.
Doesn’t he look just so dapper? I normally don’t like animals in clothing, but it really suits Cole.
If this is supposed to be garland on the Annual Gift Day Cat Tree of Awesome, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.
Other possible caption – Sarah promised me she would teach me how to knit before Christmas Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to teach myself somehow
Recently Harry and I watched Christmas Classics vol. 1 on Netflix streaming. So many great old cartoons that we had never seen! My favourites were Jack Frost, Christmas Comes but Once a Year and The Shanty Where Santy Clause Lives.
Creepiest and strangest Jack Frost ever! I love it! ^_^
The beginning of Christmas Comes But Once a Year is so cool. I love the three dimensional effect. They just don’t do cartoons like this anymore (don’t talk to me about computer generated stuff, that’s not what I’m talking about).
The little boy in The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives looks and sounds an awful like Bosko. I wonder if that was intentional. I’ve always enjoyed cartoons where toys come to life.
Tonight I went down to Main Street to check out the Candlelight Stroll. I should have worn more layers. Oh my lord it was cold! Got a hot chocolate from The Cakery and wandered up and down the street for about 45 minutes.
There was a guy carving ice at River Island Park, but I was too cold standing in one spot.
Ran into an old acquaintance in the train depot so it was nice talking to him. I had never been inside the depot. The windows are so cool.
I also got to ride a horse-drawn cart from the train depot to River Island Park. That was fun!
A lot of the photos I took are really blurry because of the low light. However, I did manage to get a few good shots of the lights at the mini park next to city hall.
I got a bokeh shot I’ve been trying to get! *happy dance*
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were “wassailed” with toasts of spiced cider.
– Yule Lore*
On the first day of winter,
the earth awakens to the cold touch of itself.
Snow knows no other recourse except
this falling, this sudden letting go
over the small gnomed bushes, all the emptying trees.
Snow puts beauty back into the withered and malnourished,
into the death-wish of nature and the deliberate way
winter insists on nothing less than deference.
waiting all its life, snow says, “Let me cover you.”
– Laura Lush, The First Day of Winter*
*You can find more poems/quotes here.