happy earth day!

Things are springy here in Victoria and I wish I could say the same for my homies back on the prairies. There’s nothing quite like the promise of spring on the prairies with the snow melting and people wearing short pants only to be reminded of winter with a blistering snowfall. You have my sympathy, prairie pals. We’ve had our fair share of weird weather too, although I’ve been told that this is quite normal for spring in Victoria. But snow is rare at the worst of times in coastal BC, and last week we received weird hail-like snow shower. The ESL students at my work were going crazy with the squealing and the taking pictures.

spring snow.

Is it weird that I start out all my posts talking about the weather? Anyway.

It was my sister-in-law’s birthday at the beginning of the month and I finished up a pair of Monkeys for her. It was so sweet, she sent me an email saying that she should be framing them instead of wearing them because of their intricate pattern. I knit them with Sweetgeorgia Yarn that I got in last year in Halifax at Tangled Skeins. It’s a lovely yarn but if I were to knit them again I think I’d pick a lighter colour so that the pattern would really pop.

monkeys

A few days ago I just finished up a Koolhaas hat for Silas. Mission Falls is quite lovely and I want to use it for more projects. I’d really like to make Annie Modesitt’s Backyard Leaves scarf with it. Or maybe Stefanie Japel’s One Skein Wonder with 1824 Cotton? My queue on Ravelry is getting out of hand.

handsome.
Dreamy yarn & boy.

koolhaus
Silas at the Seattle Public Library, which was Jared Flood’s inspiration for the Koolhaas hat.

Speaking of spring and Earth Day, here is a list of things I am looking forward to in the next few weeks:
· starting my new job at a women’s clinic! yay!
· getting a worm bin from the Compost Education Centre
· going to the Moss Street Market for fresh fruits & veggies!
· checking out the rummage sales Victoria has to offer
· general spring/summer time fun like drinking on patios, bike rides, and sunshine at 9pm!

thrifted yarn

Speaking of rummage sales, I scored on a $3 box of yarn at a sale last week. The contents weren’t amazing but there is some Patons Beehive wool and other vintage goodies, including that whole pile of small skeins of tapestry wool. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it yet but that is the case with most of the yarn I buy. Perhaps some kind of scrappy scarf or maybe I can use it to practice colourwork. Joyce (my sister) and I went to two fairly large rummage sales, one at Central Middle School and another at Christchurch Cathedral school, and got some vintage earrings, books, housewares, and jewelery. This further proves that people who live in Victoria have a lot of good stuff and tend to give it all away at ridiculously cheap prices.

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6 thoughts on “happy earth day!

  1. look at all that tapestry wool! officially super jealous! it’s great for embroidery projects! or tying it together to make random scraps of kindness hats and mittens!!

  2. Oh if I wasn’t on SSI, I would have gone to that same sale at Central! Plus, Jon and I went to the compost centre the other weekend about worm bins too (did you get on the list?) and next weekend, we’re going to Moss St also – are you stalking me? 😉 And now with the Tangled Yoke, it’s like we’re living the same life! Ah! It’s like we’re reading each other’s mind!

    I, however, will not be starting a new job though. 😉 Congratulations again!

  3. Oh if I wasn’t on SSI, I would have gone to that same sale at Central! Plus, Jon and I went to the compost centre the other weekend about worm bins too (did you get on the list?) and next weekend, we’re going to Moss St also – are you stalking me? 😉 And now with the Tangled Yoke, it’s like we’re living the same life! Ah! It’s like we’re reading each other’s mind!

    I, however, will not be starting a new job though. 😉 Congratulations again!

  4. Wow! Great haul. I’m always envious of people who have good luck finding yarny things at rummage sales and the like.

    And I love those socks! They turned out really well. 🙂

    (PS-I checked out yarn online today…heh heh. Are you starting to sweat yet? Well, you probably will in a fun fur bikini, anyways….) 😉

  5. oh i’m so happy about your new job! that’s such great news.

    i do have to say, though, i’m also kind of happy about your snow/hail storm. it sort of makes up for the cherry blossom photos that you posted when it was still -25C here. 😉

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