Sunday, September 10, 2017

Misty Morning

Living here in paradise, if we're up before dawn


and out on Cultus Lake by 8 AM, 


we are able to enjoy a quiet hour or so on the lake


before those with noisy power boats and jet skis disturb the peace.


A beautiful way to start the day!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Dappled Eclipse Shadows

During the eclipse this morning I was going about business as usual, which means taking my son's dog Kona for a long walk.

Eclipse Shadows


I didn't expect to see much of a change in the light. It seemed logical to me that sunlight would spill out all around the moon and still illuminate the atmosphere much like when a cloud passes in front of the sun. I was right. The slight decrease in the brightness of the day wasn't all that impressive.

I DID however notice that the shadows under all the trees looked really weird. All the light shinning through the trees made crescent shaped dappling during the height of the eclipse. I guess it worked much like a home made pin hole camera as suggested by NASA.

More eclipse shadows.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Our 40th Anniversary

We spent our 40th wedding anniversary in a manner that so suits our introverted ways. 


Quietly paddling along Lightning Lake in Manning Park


The weather was perfect! Neither too hot nor too cold.


We saw numerous water fowl and listened to the enchanting song of a loon. 


Lots of fish were jumping all around us, one directly in front of my kayak. 


Beautiful large blue dragonflies flitting everywhere. 
Sorry, wasn't fast enough to photograph jumping fish and flitting dragonflies!
You'll just have to take my word for it.


You'd think from the photos that we spent most of our anniversary far apart, but that wasn't the case. We were often floating together enjoying the beautiful scenery and the quiet tranquility. 
The PERFECT way to spend a major milestone anniversary!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Bobbing Along

With the purchase of a couple of kayaks our stay-cations just got a lot more fun!



We've been "trying out" kayaks from Western Canoe Kayak in Abbotsford annually for a few years now.


Always something came up that made us postpone the purchase.


But we've finally taken the plunge. Well, not literally; no one has been dumped in the water yet. The kayaks are surprisingly stable.


I'm looking forward to the mini-vacations. There are plenty of small "no motor boat" lakes to explore around here. 


We purchased the kayaks yesterday and today we went to Abbotsford's Mill Lake to get them out for their inaugural run. 


Even in the midst of the city it was peaceful just bobbing along out there.




We didn't have to buy expensive, ugly roof racks for my car either! Both kayaks load quickly and securely into the back of my husband's truck and only require a tie down rope.  


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bathed and Pressed

The Dogwood Blossom yardage has been bathed and pressed for quite some time but I only just remembered now to take a few photos for Ravelry and my blog.



I haven't decided yet exactly what it will become, but most likely some sort of Saori style art clothing. 


Likely a layering piece to be worn over a "uniform" aka Anita Luvera Mayer style. 



First it will make its public debut at the Chilliwack Exhibition.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Bit Each Day

With so many other projects urgently needing attention I haven't been knitting a lot lately, but I do try to put in at least a little each day so that my granddaughters will get their sweaters in a reasonable amount of time. Lately my knitting time has been confined to the 30 minutes or so that I sit with my morning coffee. Still, it's adding up!

A little each day adds up.

I only have the front bands to do and the youngest granddaughter's sweater will be complete. It's miles too big for her. We've had a couple of try on sessions. Better too big than too small at this age though! She's growing like a weed.

Even though the sweater would likely fit the older sister right now the colour and mood of this one would be all wrong for her. Wildly colourful with lots of pattern and variety is in keeping with the youngest's personality. I'll come up with something less busy for the older sister!

On Sunday when I wrote the post about the handwoven hat I did not have a picture of the inside to show you. So here you are, an inside shot. The hat is fully lined with a fabric labeled as "mixed fibres", but seems like a polyester to me. It's the perfect weight and colour for this hat, has a nice hand, and doesn't fray or wrinkle.

It's lined too.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Add a Hat

There was a time when men, women and children all wore hats when they went out. 


I'm glad that that's no longer the case since I look dorky in every hat I ever try on!


I also have a very large head so it is hard to find hats that fit me.


Luckily Heddie is always happy to model hats for me since her lack of a torso and limbs makes her a rather poor model of other clothing.


The hat is sewn from handwoven fabric left over after making the white tunic and using the "Brimmed Hat with Side Pleating" pattern by Etsy seller kalliedesigns.


It is fully lined, and beautifully embellished.



Hopefully both the hat and the tunic will be accepted for display in the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild's textile art show, "Fibre Flair!" which will be opening at the Chilliwack Community Arts Council's Art Room Gallery in September.