Burning the Midnight Ice

Back in 2005 I got together with a group of friends to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, by staging an overnight Ringette tournament. We were inspired because of a friend, with whom we all had Ringette in common, who was fighting that battle. We even asked her to be our honourary chair which she then took and ran with, putting the rest of us to shame with her heart and energy. That little whim became larger thing and this year it happened again in Montreal.

oneI decided I just had to go because it had been over two years since I was on skates and five since I played Ringette. I needed to be there. Of course I don’t do anything halfway and I also had to make sure the whole thing was going to be fun for me and everyone around me. I showed up at the arena in style with my gear, dedication shirt and of course the tutu.

twoI told everyone before I left that I thought I had more packed for between games than during and I wasn’t kidding. We had a short break between the first and second game, only half an hour, so I did the half change. I pulled out my committee jersey from Ottawa 2007 for that break because it just seemed the right thing to do.


emmaOne of my personal special moments was playing against a young lady who was too young to play the last time I attended Montreal. Also, the last place I saw her was over a year ago in the UK. cherylThat game ended around about 2:30am so I had an hour before my next game. What with the time it was getting to be I decided it was time for jammies and my jersey for the one and only event that ran in the Toronto area. While I do love my angry monkey jammies I was quite jealous of my friend’s cows.

My next game was an add on, I was asked to step in for someone so she could help out with breakfast prep. So in the end I played four games on two different teams, because I’m crazy that way.redyellow





I finished up at 5:30 Saturday morning with basic black. While I don’t know yet how much money was raised I know that once again I had a fabulous time. It was awesome to get back on the ice and especially for a such a great cause.


Appreciation and Validation

I knit because I enjoy it. People often compliment my work but really I only do it for myself, because it makes me feel good to look at these things and say “I made that!”

Back in the summer when I realized I would be staying in Canada a little longer than originally planned I decided I would enter a few things in our local fall fair, just to see. Because it wasn’t a planned thing I decided I really only had things to fit in three classes; socks, shawl or small cape and fancy scarf. The items I chose have all been on Boxer Yarns before because they were all 12 in 14 projects, Don’t Blink!, Salt Water Waves and Deep Sea Fronds.

I dropped my projects off to the nice ladies from the Agricultural society on the Wednesday evening, snuck off for my pickup of salt water taffy and headed back home. The only day I had planned to attend the fair myself was Monday for the heavy horse show so I even though I knew the judging was Thursday I didn’t think much on how I might have done. Saturday some friends came by the house to hang a ceiling fan for us before going to the fair that evening. She sent me a text asking how many entries I had and I told her three and what they were. She said they had seen the socks and shawl and they were very nice but since she didn’t say anything else I assumed I hadn’t placed with those. On the Monday at the fair my mom also asked how many entries I had and she too had only seen the shawl and socks when she was there the night before, she was also holding out on me. As we walked up to the building I said to her that I didn’t know what the problem was, I could see my scarf from where we were. She asked how and I said “because it’s long and green, I can see it hanging over there on the left”.

IMG_3224So my socks were the “worst” of the bunch if you can call a third a worst. I have a couple of theories on them, one is they are a bit of a lace sock which maybe makes them less practical in Canada. I also have to wonder if they didn’t think my heel was complicated enough although I personally think all heels are plenty complicated thanks.

IMG_3225The shawl apparently went over well. I thought it was considerably prettier than the one that came in first but I know where I went wrong here. I read the word small and entered a small shawl, had a read the category properly I would have entered a different one.


IMG_3223Then there was this. I guess nobody could see my scarf for all the “stuff” on it. I won 1st Place and Special: P.A.S. Homecraft Division in Class G440 an additional prize of prize item chosen by committee. There are 87 categories in class G440, look at that ribbon!!! I was just shocked, I kept saying “I won a special…”

I don’t have data or most of my US friends on my Canadian phone so I was texting another friend to relay to Haldecraft headquarters that I had done good things with her yarn babies, her words. I really do have to thank her for providing me the medium to make such beautiful things.

When I went back Monday evening to pick up my stuff and told the nice ladies that my scarf was the green one they all came over to tell me how beautiful it was and the beading was such a lovely addition. They also wanted to know that I would be entering next year and you bet I will. Here’s the photo I took when I got home.



If any of you non Canadians didn’t know, this is our Thanksgiving weekend. I like to think that I’m a good planner because I manage to get my turkey day both here and in the US when I head south.

Yesterday we went out to a local market to pick up some of the necessities and I just couldn’t resist taking photos. I firmly believe that mother nature has a sense of humour.


I don’t even know…


Brussels sprouts, still on the stalk.


Gourds, in all the colours and shapes.

The market also has a small area where there are birds and goats for children to feed. I didn’t have the heart to tell the little ones that this isn’t a duck.


I do love cute goaties.


Have a great weekend everyone, Thanksgiving or no.