Wednesday, April 08, 2009


This is the townhouse that we are living in temporarily. The weather was beautiful that day, high in the 50's. James was in shorts, and he took the dogs out for a long walk.

Happy dogs going out for a walk.

Less than 24 hours later, this is what it looked like outside.

Crazy weather!

Since this is supposed to be a knitting blog, I thought it might be nice to show you all a bit of knitting that I have been doing. I finished a ruffled rib (nice, mindless knitting), started a February Lady, and another lacy scarf. Everything is green or brown. I think that is officially a color rut.

Misty Alpaca Chunky was one of my last purchases at The Shabby Sheep.

Picked up this Cascade 220 Heathers for the February Lady at one of my new LYS's in the town of Guelph. The Greenwood Quiltery is a quilt shop and a yarn shop in one. Fiber fun! It reminds me of The Shabby Sheep, only bigger.

This last was purchased at another local shop in New Hamburg called Shall We Knit?. Totally dedicated to knitting and spinning, it is a very cool shop with an excellent selection and a warm and friendly owner! They teach a class on using a knitting machine that I may have to take advantage of. There are spinning classes. There is a field trip to Shelridge Farm to learn how to dye!! Of course, I am going to that one!

I have joined the local Knitter's Guild. Check out the guest speakers over the next few months!! I am going to try to go to a local Knit and Chat.... I am really missing my regular doses of knitting conversation!! I really can't complain though, I seem to have landed in the center of the knitting universe with all the famous yarns and knitters that come from this area.

We close on our new house next week! I can't believe it is here already. It will be good to get permanently settled.

PS Hi TT! Ronda told me you are reading! :-)

Saturday, April 04, 2009

We went to town today.......

That sounds weird to me...but that's what we did. It was our first trip into Toronto, and we went to visit the One of a Kind Show It was amazing, and put just about any craft/art show I have ever been to to shame!

Toronto is a big bustling city, more so than Dallas, probably more along the lines of NYC! We were surprised. The traffic was crazy, and the drivers were aggressive. But Lake Ontario was beautiful... it was bluish green along the shore, and it looked like the Caribbean instead of Canada! No, I don't have a picture of that, but I will get one next time.

Can you tell where I am standing? I think if you click on the picture it will make it larger on another page. Ok, fine, I will tell you.... I am standing in front of the infamous Lettuce Knit.
Both James and I were shocked at how small the inside is!! Probably 12' x 30'. We met Denny McMillan and had a really nice chat. My first question to her was "How in the heck do you have knit night in here!?!?" She laughed at that, and said it is very close quarters, with a lot of "excuse me" and "oh, pardon me" going on. Now, you are probably thinking...why is there no picture of the inside? Well, it's kind of weird/touristy/stalker like to just go in and start taking pictures! Maybe next time. The one thing I will go back to buy is the Barbara Walker Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I would also like to go back and take a dyeing class. By the way, those are held in the basement.

Lettuce Knit is located in what is called the Kensington Market neighborhood of Toronto. It is a very ecclectic mix of shops, fresh markets, restaurants and homes. All kind of jammed in really close together. A little shabby, a little funky, and lots of young people. We had a late lunch at a little Mexican place that Denny recommended and they had excellent guacamole and tasty pork tacos. Yes, we left Texas to come to Toronto and eat Mexican food!

I will leave you with a picture that James took this week, looking out his hotel window at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It is an amazing picture, considering he took it with his phone! I like it so much that I am using it for my desktop. The building (yes it is one building) across the street is the hotel New York, New York. You can see the crazy roller coaster in front of it. Pretty cool. Once again, click on it to see it bigger!