Thursday, October 17, 2013

Canadiana: Upper Canada Village and the CBC Hockey Night in Canada SongQuest (and some Doctor Who)

Back in August I had a great day out at Upper Canada Village.

Here're the knitting-related photos that didn't make it onto the writing blog:



more spinning


sheared wool!

the gears underneath all those machines...

I've got Doctor Who links!

Here's a list of some the most intriguing Doctor Who items on Etsy. And here're some adorable stitch markers:

Meanwhile, some music news:

Hockey Night in Canada on CBC is running a contest!
"Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest is on the hunt for songs that celebrate what hockey is about: teamwork, commitment, hard work and going for the goal."
Whisky Trench Riders have two awesome songs in the contest!

Please like/vote/share the word, if you can! The best is to play and like directly through the SongQuest profile pages (you don't have to log in, except through Facebook) so that all votes get recorded. Thanks for your help!

If we reach 100 plays on each song within the next two weeks, I'll do a book giveaway on the writing blog!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Celebrating Wool and Yarn and Knitting! And Scotland!

I'm trying to at least blog on here once a month, but as you can see it's not working very well. There are lots of interesting things to note, but somehow I never get around to compiling them into a blog post.

However, this week is Shetland Wool Week, and next month is National Knitting Month in Canada, so I didn't want to miss calling attention to those!

I'm still working on the leaf pattern blanket, which is about 50 rows away from being finished! Then I've got two new babies-to-come to knit for...

I found out about Shetland Wool Week from the awesome Kate Davies, whose latest pattern, The Shepherd, I purchased the other day.

My question exactly!

In other dates, 11 October is I Love Yarn day! And boy, do I. Just looking at all the handspun undyed wool from those Shetland sheep gets me drooling.

Well, the sheep are adorable, too

Speaking of patterns, the Celestarium is a gorgeous one:

If I finish all my current projects, I'd like to try it. If you're looking for other interesting patterns, Knitty, which is in its eleventh year, is a great place to start.

While I'm dreaming, I'd also like to sign up for the KnitTraders of Kingston knitting tour of Scotland! And I have Kate Davies' recent pattern book, but would love to own her Legacy of Shetland Lace.

Hmm, I think I should write a story set in the isles...then I could justify all these books as research!

Another of the islands has an interesting history:

And look! Costume designers on The Hobbit talking about wool!

What craft projects are you working on?
Any festivals (like Rhinebeck) in your area?