April 2008


Thanks everyone, for enduring my brief rant the other day. I wouldn’t normally write of such things, but I have been justifiably upset. It’s not just an education issue. The government here is flouting the law, and disregarding basic constitutional rights. What would you do?

Thank goodness for knitting! I have some finished items to show you.

February Baby Sweater

  • Pattern: Baby Sweater On Two Needles, aka February Baby Sweater, by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
  • Source: Knitter’s Almanac
  • Materials: Baby Bamboo Sirdar Snuggly, 80% bamboo, 20%wool. Machine Washable.
  • Needles: 4mm
  • Modification: I knit the body and the sleeves 1/2 inch longer than specified. Edited to add: Also, I did a slip-stitched edge along the button band.

Herringbone Booties

February Baby Sweater and Booties

I gave these items away, at a baby shower yesterday. I was sitting and chatting with someone, when all of a sudden I heard everyone gasp. I turned to look, and the recipient was holding up this sweater. She had just unwrapped it. I guess they liked it!! You never know how someone will receive a hand made item. I was very happy that it was appreciated.

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While I don’t really want to speak of political issues on my knitting blog, I should probably explain why I’ve been missing in action. Here in New Brunswick, Canada, we are are going through some craptastic times. The government here has ripped apart the health care system, has divided the Francophone and Anglophone communities, has revived language debates that had been ancient history in this province, and has absolutely destroyed the education system. When they mess with my children, they’ve gone too far. All of this has happened suddenly, without warning, and without the mandate of the people. The articles that I’ve linked to may lead you to believe that I am upset about the loss of Early French Immersion studies. However, that is not the entire picture. The education system here needs help badly. Instead of adjusting curriculum, or adding resources, the government has scrapped the only successful program we had. I really want to see things fixed! I have been a vocal advocate for my husband throughout his battle with cancer, and I was hoping for a rest. However, now I have to vehemently advocate for my children. I have no experience with political activism, but I’ve been fighting for a long time for the survival of my husband, and I can put up a good fight! Okay, rant over.

As you can plainly see, I am not my usual calm, knitting, self. I haven’t been blogging, and I haven’t been commenting on other blogs. I do have an FO though! It is currently blocking, and I will attempt to get some pictures of it in the near future. Meanwhile, I thought you might like to see these photos instead. It’s maple sugaring season in New Brunswick. The sap is running, and it’s a sure sign of spring. My neighbours, down the street, have tapped their Sugar Maple trees.

The Sap Is Running

The little buckets attached to the trees catch the running sap. This wasn’t a particularly good day, because it didn’t get cold enough at night, to get the sap to run during the day. There’s just a bit of sap at the bottom of this bucket.

The Sap Is Running

The Sap Is Running

Spring is here indeed. The sun is out, the sap is running, and the snow is melting. Now, if only our Premier and Minister of Education would dry up and float away.