Friday, April 24, 2015

Sheer Panel

Last weekend was a 'wash' as far as my knitting was concerned.  No Problem.  I had  nothing on all week and expected to get in lots of knitting time.  Or so I thought.

Then I received one of those great phone calls.  Our Hearst friends who hosted us for two weeks in Florida this winter called to say they were driving home from the sunny south.  If we were going to be home they would stop and stay a couple of days.  Yippee!  I would drop anything  - even knitting - for a few days with friends.

After two evenings of laughter and fun, I finally dug out my knitting.  Sheer has the back finished,

as you knew - and the front started. I am almost at the point where the third colour will be joined. Will it progress THIS weekend?   Not likely.
The last weekend in April is always the Jazzmania Weekend in Thornbury. A conflict with the DC Knitters Frolic in Toronto.  Why can't the event coordinators separate these events? Perhaps there aren't too many knitters who enjoy Jazz.  A battle of interests for me for sure.  This year,  the music won.

 Sis and her hubby are coming up and we will see the Toronto All Star Big Band on Saturday.
See them here or here .   A great orchestra of young people, some as young as 15 but none older  than 22.  At that age they must leave the band.  It is unbelievable how well these young folks play.  All big band, dance music of a previous era.  I look at them and think how many hours it must have taken  Mom and Dad to help their kids achieve this level of excellence.  Driving them  to lessons and urging them to practise.  Dedicated parents  for sure.

All of this socializing though means that Sheer will probably end the weekend where it started.  Here.
Whether 'Frolicing', listening to music or otherwise enjoying yourself,  happy weekend everyone.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

Back to winter weather today - cool  cold and windy.  I didn't get the memo.  But most of the other knitters did and arrived wearing wool.  They were knitting for summer while dressed for winter.

Sharon wore her great 'wool from England' sweater  today

 and was  knitting Silken Straw  with Knit Picks Lindy in this great colour.

Wilma, wearing her wool Eyelet Cardi by Chic Knits,
 
 has a great summer project on the go.  From the latest issue of Vogue, she is knitting this great  tee

  in Berrocco weekend

Doreen arrived wearing such a bright colourful cowl.

 Right away,  I recognized it as being arm knitting.  Last weekend, Doreen's Church held their annual quilt show and asked her to sit and demo arm knitting for the show go-ers.  She thought she would be passed by as the attendees had come to see  quilts not knitting.  Instead,, she said she had a very busy afternoon demonstrating this latest knitting trend.  The one she is weaering was knit with the frilly yarn that was so popular for scarves a couple of years back.  Doreen has shown us a much better use for the yarn IMO.

Sandy B and Sharon R  kept warm today wearing shawls knit from the same pattern.






Sandy wanted me to show readers how colour coordinated she is.  (Although my camera did a poor job of capturing their exact  sameness.)  Her I Pad, her I Pod,and her  knitting.  Her 'I Knit' I said.


Shawls were 'the project' today.  Jean has Swallowtail started with very, very fine Alpaca.  



 
and Nan has almost finished a shawl of her own design.

Nan's is knit with Tanis Fibre Arts DK weight and although my camera didn't capture it, the colour is  a lovely tonal brown.  Both the Fine Alpaca and the DK wool should be very cozy and warm for next winter.  Or next week if things don't warm up.
 
There are many, many things one cannot do on a cold spring day:  Too cold to garden, hike, head to the beach or eat ice cream outdoors.  But never too cold to knit.







Monday, April 20, 2015

Just A Bit

Just a bit of car knitting was all that happened needle-wise this weekend.  Fred and I took off for the big smoke. We had some mega-city errands to run (shopping at Ikea) and wanted to visit with  Peter and his Lady Of Spain whom we hadn't seen since the time between our Florida and Hawaii vacations. The idea started when I tried to get tickets to the Blue Jays home opener.  But those tickets sold out faster than I can think.  We chose the Friday night game instead. 

I had some air miles to spare so we treated ourselves to a room at the Sheraton across from city hall.  Saturday, we  caught the last day of Peter's latest art show at the Godard Gallery, went to lunch with Danny Marks at The Rex, ate dinner at an outdoor patio and had our first trip to the now, almost-new Ripley's Aquarium.  Whew!  How much can be packed into a two day weekend?

 The roof top patio at Wayne Gretzky's bar before the game. 46  steps to climb to get there.  We didn't see one overweight person up there. I need a selfie stick!





 The Pan Am Games count-down sign at city hall.

Volunteers in red shirts setting up displays in front of city hall for an International Children's Day celebration.  Who says big cities are not warm hearted?


Danny -  wearing the hat -  and friends at The Rex.  Noon to 3 every Saturday. The regular drummer was on vacation and the substitute had played with Anne Murray for 24 years!

Two of my favourite men.



As cool as it was by the time the sun went down, you couldn't stop these Canadians and one Spanish transplant from eating outdoors on the first warm day this year.

A couple of shots from the Aquarium.


Some marvellous Toronto Architecture and lots of big city fun.  A great weekend.  Now back to our normal programming.