New Brunswick


To those of us who live in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2008

We had a wonderful time, again this year, at my sister’s cottage. This year there were even more of us attending the festivities, and we had a great party! We also had Way Too Much Food! I took the following picture, out the car window, on our way there. I wondered if Kelly might be somewhere on the opposite ridge.

Thanksgiving 2008

Last year, at this time, my husband was not at all well. This year is a marked contrast. It is an understatement to say that we are all very Thankful, for his recovery from two, yes two, diseases. His strength and courage has been remarkable. I’m grateful for him every day!!

Thanksgiving 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Lookin’ good!!! 😉

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.

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.

Well, I’ve been hunkered down with my knitting for the past couple of days. We had an ice storm, and as it has been extremely cold ever since, the ice has remained. I ventured out at one point, and promptly slid on the driveway, with feet flying. I put some sand on the driveway, went inside, and haven’t stuck my nose out since.

One of the reasons I went out, in the first place, was to take some photos. Our poor little birch trees are so laden with ice; they’re drooping to the ground. The ice though, is like glittering diamonds. The photos I took don’t do justice to the beauty of it. This is a photo heavy post though, because I just can’t help myself.

This was taken just after the storm, and as you can see, the storm clouds were still lurking.

 

Ice Storm

 

This was taken from my dining room toy room window.

 

Ice Storm

 

See the poor trees?

 

Ice Storm

 

….and some more photos….

 

Ice Storm

 

Ice Storm

 

Ice Storm

 

Believe it or not, that’s not all of the pictures. I actually did narrow it down. Here’s a question for any tech savvy people out there, does the fact that my photos are hosted on Flickr help someone to view a photo heavy blog post? Sorry, to anyone with a dial up connection.

Now, here’s a Ravelry story for you. Remember the animal baby blanket I knit a while ago? Well, I noticed, in Ravelry, that someone in Texas is knitting the same blanket, in the same substitute yarn that I used. She is using different colours, and I’m so intrigued to see how it comes out. I decided to tell her so. I sent her a message using “Rav mail”. She responded by noting that I live in New Brunswick, Canada, and she is originally from xoxox City, NB. “My goodness”, I wrote back, “I’m living on the outskirts of that city! What is your name, perhaps you went to school with a member of my family?” She mentioned her name, which rang a bell, but I couldn’t put my finger on why. I emailed all of my siblings. They knew the last name right away. Her family lives two doors down from my parents!!! I live in a small town folks; this is crazy weird. Do things like that happen just to freak me out?

Oh, and I finished the mittens! Here they are.

 

Herringbone Mittens

 

  • Pattern: Herringbone Mittens
  • Source: Elliphantom’s Blog. The pattern is a free pdf file here.
  • Materials: Strange combo of acrylic stash yarn and Nashua Creative Focus Superwash
  • Needles: 3.75 mm and 4.5 mm circular. Magic Loop!
  • Modification: I knit the cuffs slightly longer than called for in the pattern.

That photo was a bit blurry, so here’s another one…mitten with icy twigs. See how that works? I get to sneak in another ice photo.

 

Herringbone Mittens

 

I really recommend this mitten pattern. It’s fun to knit, it whips along, and the pattern is free! I mentioned that this pair is being given to our local shelter, but I have another pair on the needles for my daughter. I’d better get back to it!

My goodness, the time is flying by! Christmas is fast approaching. I have so much to accomplish, and yet parties, concerts etc. are occupying my time. No complaints though! Fun. Fun. Fun. My five year old is the main party-goer! I have to say that viewing the Christmas season, through her eyes, is a very special treat. Oh, the excitement!!!!

I have been knitting some Christmas gifts. I can’t blog about them, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Fortunately, most of you are in the same situation, and can understand the dilemma. If you’re on Ravelry, you can see some of the projects I’m working on though. This is one case where having Ravelry still in beta mode comes in handy.

Here’s something I can talk about though. On the weekend, I went to our local Christmas arts and crafts sale. Vendors come from around the province for this event. I go every year, but I’ve never seen yarn there before. This year there was yarn! Lovely alpaca yarn, from alpacas raised right here in New Brunswick! I didn’t know that this alpaca farm existed. I should have taken a picture of the shop’s stand, but I didn’t have my camera with me. Boo! Here’s the yarn I bought though:

 

Baby Alpaca

  • 100% natural undyed baby alpaca, fingering weight, approximately 200 yards/skein
  • Purchased from Sunrise Alpacas, Grand Falls, NB, Canada. They don’t have a website yet, but they’re working on it. I can pass along their email address and telephone number, if anyone is interested.

 

Baby Alpaca

 

I was thinking of knitting Eunny’s Anemoi Mittens with this yarn. However, I don’t think I purchased enough for the main colour. Boo again! We’ll see; maybe I’ll have to send away for another skein.

Well, we had a wonderful long weekend for Thanksgiving! It was lovely sunny weather, with just enough of a chill in the air to know that it was fall. We had our turkey dinner at my sister’s cottage, in Shediac, NB. Shediac is home to Parlee Beach Provincial Park and is on the Acadian Coastal Drive. It’s cottage country in a big way! (Someone else has a Flickr photoset of Parlee Beach, and I don’t think it would be out of line to give that link….provided you know that I didn’t take those photos.)

As a genealogist, my own interest in the area, includes its history. Like many other Maritime spots, I have family links to the area that go back for generations. I haven’t spent much time in Shediac myself, but I always have a sense of familiarity, or belonging, when I approach the town. My gr, gr, gr, gr, grandfather (4 greats!), William Hanington was the first English settler in that part of New Brunswick, settling there in the winter of 1785. He trekked 200 miles on foot, overland from Halifax, in the winter, with the help of a Mi’kmaq guide. He worked hard and eventually prospered. He donated land for the construction of this church, which he named St. Martin’s-In-The-Woods, after his home parish in London, England, St. Martin’s-In-The-Fields.

 

St. Martin's-In-The-Woods

 

St. Martin’s-In-The-Woods

 

Are you still with me? I could go on….but I won’t. I’ll spare you. I have other things to write about! You see, before we actually arrived in Shediac, we stopped at London-Wul Fibre Arts, which is located just outside of Moncton, NB.

 

London-Wul

 

They were having a sale! What a lovely shop it is too!

 

London-Wul

 

Now that I look at these photos again, I wonder what kind of yarn is in the baskets lining the bottom of the shelves. I don’t think I peeked in those baskets! Darn, I’m always thinking of the yarn I left behind. I will write more later about the yarn I actually bought. As my mom and I perused the yarny delights, the rest of our carload got out to feed the goats! They raise Angora Goats at London-Wul, and produce beautiful mohair yarn. Did I take a photo of the goats? No, I didn’t! Bad blogger! I was too busy pondering yarn purchases.

By chance, I met another knit blogger, Tanya, who I’ve been gabbing with as a Ravelry friend. I was so pleased to meet her in person! She was very nice, and showed me all around the store. I was envious of her yarn purchases! She’ll have some fun knitting this winter, that’s for sure. I was also introduced to Line. I know that I saw Line at the Yarn Harlot event, but it was difficult to meet everyone there. I’m so glad that I had another chance. These bloggers live a 2 hour drive away from me, but it was still so nice to meet some other fibre addicts. Seriously, for a while there, I thought I might be the only one in the province! Did I get pictures of them? No, I didn’t! Bad blogger again!

So, later, when our carload arrived in Shediac, a few of us went antiquing. We found this wonderful shop, in someones converted garage.

 

Shediac Antique Store

 

That’s one of my beautiful sisters out front. I hope she doesn’t mind that she’s in the picture. Here’s a close-up of the shop:

 

Shediac Antique Store

 

No, I didn’t buy anything there. I only wish. After the shopping excursions, we headed for the cottage, where the kids all played together, and the rest of us relaxed by the fire. Then we ate! Thanks sis for a wonderful dinner! Here’s my little guy eyeing his big meal:

 

Rustic Thanksgiving

 

All of this, and I haven’t even mentioned my FO! Yes, I finished my sweater! More on that next time.

My daughter and I had a wonderful time at the park last weekend. There were so many family events going on there, it was difficult to choose what to take part in. There was dancing, there were bands, there was face painting, there were balloons, there were sing-a-longs, and there was a puppet show.

 

Puppet Show in the Park

 

There was also a petting zoo:

 

Petting Zoo in the Park

 

One of the highlights of the day was when one of the goats got loose! It was skipping to and fro, and was highly amusing. Here’s my daughter feeding one of the llamas:

 

Petting Zoo in the Park

 

It was a beautiful day, in fact, we’ve had wonderfully warm days all week. In these pictures, my daughter was wearing a jacket, but only because she was recovering from the sniffles. We had a nature walk after the festivities. Paths forked, here and there, and my daughter led the way. We teased each other that we were lost. She was so proud of herself when we finally emerged from the woods.

 

Walk in the Park

 

Duck Pond

 

These are my real “Eye Candy Friday” photos though….fall colours:

 

Fall Colours

 

Fall Colours

 

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here, in Canada, and we do have a lot to be thankful for! We’ll be travelling a bit, and celebrating with family. I may even take in a yarn sale!! Woot! However, between you and me, I’m a bit worried that Deb Barnhill (Knitting Pharm) might get there before me, and take all the good stuff! I don’t know for sure if she’ll be going, but I have a sneaking suspicion. Have a great weekend everyone!

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