Mokira green socks.

I started this pair of socks 10 days ago, Mokira from Spillyjane. The yarn is Indigo Moon, colour Salal. I enjoyed working with both the pattern and the yarn. I do think it looks like Malachite as the yarn is darker than in the photograph. img_0116img_0115

Flowering trees.


Signs of spring. This magnolia can be seen from the bedroom window and from the breakfast nook downstairs as well. At last, I have given up on wearing my ski coat, the temperature has been in the double digits (C) for the past week. I don’t want to put in my plants too early, I am very cautious before the May 21st weekend but I did buy parsley and rosemary to go with my chives that are growing well.
Project Spectrum has suggested a picture facing north. So that is my Northern view.

Out of town



We had out of town guests and decided to drive north to Squamish and possibly Whistler on Saturday morning. We made a special stop at Shannon falls, it was a little slippery to walk on the light snow fall and it was worth the short climb up the trail to see the falls. I loved looking at the rocks, click on the pics to make them bigger. I focused on taking pictures of rocks for Project Spectrum North.
In Squamish we arrived to find there was an art show, the exhibit was in a rail car shed at the railroad museum, it was a great show and we found several nice pieces that did not fit the budget. Wildatart hopes to hold the annual show next year in conjunction with the Olympic festivities in host it in the new roundhouse that is being built.
On the way back home, after a great lunch at the golf course restaurant, we stopped at Porteau Cove and took a picture of the rocks.

Notions and Knitting

After decades of sewing, I finally have my first narrow hemming foot. (3mm) I think I just used to avoid the whole issue of narrow hems, my clothes were much to practical. But I have a few light weight fabrics in the stash and I had left a blouse abandoned for several months. My attempts at a hand sewing edge were terrible, so I am in practice mode. I also picked up the ruffled organza elastic trim, it was a lot cheaper than the two hanks that I bought in France. The big buckle, I am always collecting purse findings, I have visions of making my own leather purse one of these days. I have saved my green leather coat and a black leather coat of my father’s in hopes that I’ll make a couple of fabulous purses.

The noro striped scarf is nearly done I am nearing the 6 foot mark. The socks are coming along as well and really don’t have too much to knit to complete the first one.

socks and scarves.

Another pair of plain socks on the needles, St. Ives yarn and solid green. That will be my start for Project Spectrum4, winter. I am in need of socks. I haven’t used this yarn before but sofar I am quite pleased with it.

The striped noro scarf just happened. I had 3 balls of Noro silk garden left over from my Hey Teach sweater and couldn’t find the receipt. So after seeing dils scarf I couldn’t wait to cast on a scarf of my own. Mine is only 33 stitches wide but still 5 inches in width. It is addicting to watch this scarf grow in length and you do just want to keep watching to see what happens next with the colour.


The arequipa socks are done, they have alpaca in them, so probably too warm for me to wear now that it is starting to be warm.

The yarn harlot has the teacher list up for the Sock Summit. So far I can’t see how I am going to work that into my summer, I’ll just have to dream on that for awhile. I have my lotto ticket for today, imagine 48 million, I can think of a few knitting friends I can take with me.

A new Direction

Only fourteen days and Project Spectrum begins again. Each year comes with a whole new set of guide lines and as usual with any challenge, we get out as much if not more than what we put into it. This year it is based on Cardinal Directions and Lolly has posted the schedule for the next 8 months.
A excerpt from Lolly’s blog-

“Just as the cardinal directions are linked to a color, each direction is also linked to a season, an element, and a natural material in many cultures. This quartet of features (color, material, season, and element) are a part of this cardinal direction. As a participant in Project Spectrum, you can choose to simply explore the colors associated, or even the textures of the natural material. If you choose, you can interpret the directions through the lens of the associated season or of the element. Your interpretations can be literal or esoteric. You can explore the science or the philosophy. Like the Project Spectrums of years past, it is totally up to you!

NORTH (March/April)
Color: Green
Material: Stones/Gems/Rocks
Season: Winter
Element: Earth”

Once again there is a Ravelry connection and a flicker group will also be added.
I think I will be doing a sock theme, I am on a roll so far this year with socks. I have some great green sock wool in the storage locker. I’ll add some sewing, maybe a necklace, green is a recurring theme for me. Maybe even my coat for the great coat sewalong will be revisited.