Saturday, November 12, 2005
happy stash of brand new, clover, double pointed needles.
my new & fabulous tape measure.
made in Germany.
this is what i asked for as my "souvenirs" from Paris.
i sent a list, as you can well imagine.
Needles, tape measure & row counters.
it pays off to be specific and list dimensions.
And, below, to refresh your mind ~
here is the fabulous "Canadian Colour" skein ...
that is currently being well used for some socks. I am so loving the way these
colours work together.
Friday, November 11, 2005
no wonder i couldn't find
information about my local shop that sells
"fairly traded handicrafts from around the world". !
i was looking for 1000 villages.
Math & numbers were never my thing.
it's really TEN thousand villages.
here's the listing for Quebec
stores of 10000 villages/ten thousand villages.
they also sell fair trade coffee, tea and sugar....
|Montreal|| Dix Mille Villages|
5674 Monkland Avenue
"Ten Thousand Villages provides vital,
fair income to Third World people by marketing
their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.
Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans
who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed,
providing sustainable income through fair trade.
This income helps pay for food, education,
health care and housing. Thousands of volunteers
in Canada and the United States work with
Ten Thousand Villages in their home communities."
Thursday, November 10, 2005
something wonderful happened last week.
this bright & colourful skein of
hand dyed Mohair & Merino mix arrived in my mail box from a friend!
it feels wonderful.
It's from the farm of Gordon & Jane Jorgensen in Pugwash, Nova Scotia.
they have cashmere goats, angora goats sheep & a llama. (that would be Cocoa.)
they sell skeins of hand dyed (single colours & blends) of
wool, cashmere, llama and mohair yarns,
fleece for spinning & thrumming,
and ... more.
and yes, they take orders.
i'll take a picture when it's started to become something more than a skein.
speaking of skein:
last month i mentioned that i bought some fabulous superwash wool.
Hand dyed. it's creamy soft. and i bought it to make socks. for me.
the colour seems to be rather pale in the photo. it's due to the bright sunshine.
it's actually a lovely warm caramel/coffee colour.
here it is .....
Monday, in the english newspaper (the Gazette)
there was a story about nightmares.
and how they point out what's feeling wrong (to you) in your life.
" Bad dreams are a gift from subconscious
to prod the dreamer to action when awake."
Well. there you go. Consider yourself prodded.
for a completely different frame of mind ~
i'd like to share with you this lovely hand made tapestry that was made in India.
Embroidered tapestry purchased from the 1000 Villages shop in Montreal.
do you know the 1000 villages shops ?
they buy hand made products from coops around the world, to help give paying jobs.
i can't find their website but i know there Must be one. somewhere, that will explain it much better than i can.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
You may not be a granny, but you've got the
mentality. Hard work and artistic vision lead
to your beautiful knitted results.
Are you a knitter?
brought to you by Quizilla
just found this quiz
thanks to "trampled by Geese" of Canada's west Coast.
Have you ever heard of this site ? touted as " a body image site for Every body.
the "throw the food at the model" game is hilarious.
while you're at the site,
check out the "features" on the side bar, and have a look at Vinnie.
Now, there's a business with an audience.
also, have a look at the Funky Mermaids on Parade.
Doesn't that sound like SUCH FUN !??????
There is a new Regia Wool here in the house.
I'd never seen this colourway before.
it's Called Canadian color. Not "colour": which actually IS Canadian.
I started a new pair of socks with this over the weekend.
I'm loving the colourway.
Mona probably has this exact shade in her newest kit of new Regia wool.
i hope she does, these colours knit up really nicely.
it's a grey day.
we're expecting rain, freezing rain, and probably, snow.
right now the sky is like a sheet of soft grey flanelette.
One smooth, even colour.
a good day for a cup of tea.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
one of my trip highlights:
About the Calanais Standing stones: click here...
A cross-shaped setting of standing stones, dating to around 3000 bc, unique in Scotland and outstanding in Great Britain.
sadly, i don't have any photos to share of Lewis for the blog. But wow. this was a magical site.
a bit about the isle of Lewis, Scotland.
for your viewing pleasure ..... some scenes
of the isle of shetland. Yes, including some Sheep....
If you'd like to see larger images, just click on the photos.
all photos copyrite 2005, knitting with a poodle.
and, here i am in Shetland,
looking .... protected from the weather.
and, a view in Shetland ...
Yes, that's me,
trying to stand upright in the wind
at the Ring of Brogdar in Orkney, Scotland.
This gives you a nice
idea of just how Windy it really was.
Shetland was Even More Windy than Orkney.
if you ever get a chance to visit Orkney,
you will be so glad you did.
these Standing Stones are older than Stonehenge.
Yes, that's correct: Older.
it was a magical experience to be there; to see them with my own eyes.
we were so lucky to have gorgeous weather.
everyone told us that this was the first Full day of sunshine they'd had all summer !
Wow ! ~~
thanks to everyone for your well wishes
and great comments.
i'm back in the saddle and it's even sunny today.
Good knitting news in spite of illness:
the Man Socks are finished. And they are, i can honestly tell you, being cherished.
and they fit the manfeet beautifully. And yes, the Mansocks are huge. (girlie socks so much quicker to make in comparison !)
... the Yellow & Green OnLine socks are finished. yipppppeeeee ~
These were all started during the Socktoberfest Celebrations.
and yes, of course mr. Fuzzy,
knitting-companion is feeling sparky too.
He evenhad a play-visit with his
yellow friend Buddy on the weekend.
Really, a curly dog's life just doesn't get any better.
Curly boy's brother will be here over the weekend.
No doubt there will be knitting involved and possibly
some dog cookies.
And, for the
comment about companion walking dogs: No idea.
i did a lot of research on dog breeds before the knitting companion came to live here.
I checked many sources, and one was Dogs in Canada. So, Good luck to you.
knitting photos of course will follow.
In the meantime, the second half of the Scotland photos never did pan out. so i share with you, photos that i DO have copies of.
Please note, that i did not
TAKE the scotland photos; but i do have permission to share.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Georgia Nicols Weekly Horoscope: Sunday November 6, 2005
All Signs (Eastern Time Zone)
This week the Sun squares or opposes
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Mars. (gulp.)
This is like shopping in holiday rush hour. It's bruising. But in many ways it means the alarm is sounded. It's time to wake up from the dream. It�s a culmination; it's a breakthrough; it's a release. (No, it's Superman!) This generally means two things: resolution is at hand; but also clarity is now possible. Since defining the problem is half the problem this is a time of opportunity. Do you want to coddle your illusion or have it ripped away from your eyes? If your illusion is removed -- you're disillusioned. Right? Nothing wrong with that.