Tomorrow I drive to Nanaimo to meet a laceknitting comrade, Cyndi. Don't tell her, but I'm bringing her a few little gifts of thread and wool ... silk, linen, cotton and laceweight wool. Shhhhh!!!
Nanaimo's just over an hour away, a nice drive through Cathedral Grove and around Cameron Lake, past Coombs and the Old Country Market with the goats on the roof (really!). The pictures were taken July 2007.
We will be visiting a couple of LYS (Local Yarn Stores, for the uninitiated) and having lunch somewhere. Nanaimo has some fabulous restaurants ... hmmm ... Thai? Mexican? Organic? Hmmmm ....
On the sticks: PhoenixPalme, or Phonixpalme, as it's otherwise known. This is the shawl I'm knitting for my son's wedding in August. I'm using high-twist silk thread in "natural" colour, and am doing a 3/4 circular shawl.
This means knitting back and forth and doing a little fudging with a bit of the pattern, especially along the front edges. I started on Round (or in this case, Row) 49. None of this makes sense unless you've converted a circular knitting project into a shawl, and in a couple of weeks I'll have pictures!
We're loving the springtime here on the West Coast. The fish in the pond are coming out of dormancy, and are eagerly awaiting the first mosquito eggs to be deposited into the pond. Today I tossed an earthworm into the pond, and there was a feeding frenzy. The fish mortality rate over the winter wasn't too bad ... I think we lost about 1/2 dozen, out of more than 40. Remember, the pond was rebuilt last summer, so the mere fact that we have any surviving fish is wonderful! That's Eric, tweaking the lining of the pond last July, as it was being filled (this is the young man who will be a groom this summer!).
Now tell me, what self-respecting Malamute wouldn't lounge on the new pond liner and drink the water as the pond is being filled? Malamutes don't like water, remember? (ya, right!).
And this is a view of the rebuilt pond, taken from the kitchen roof. This year we will be covering any exposed liner with more HUGE rocks around the edge of the pond, and small, round rocks in the shallow ends of the pond.
Life is racing towards the Aug. 23 wedding date for my son and his fiancee. We have so much to do here at home, as we are having family visit for a few days after the wedding. Our Freecycle motorhome will be completely redecorated and refurbished inside; the house will (fingers crossed) be completely repainted, exterior; two bedrooms inside painted and tiddled up; attic cleaned out and organized; a deck will be built beside the pond; the pool needs to be drained and cleaned and filled; flower boxes need to be built and put up and filled with plants; lawn needs to be replanted where the bobcat skimmed it off while removing the old shingles off the property last summer, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera (to quote the King of Siam). Almost makes a person tired just thinking of it all!
My belly button start for circular projects has had a phenomenal number of hits in the last few months. Many bloggers have posted links to it, and it's a hit on Ravelry, too. So glad to see so much positive feedback!!
Keep your eyes peeled for the PP Shawl updates, as well as pictures and a story or two of the time Cyndi and I have together tomorrow!