I think I promised some photos last I posted…
Can you see the eyes?
Snakes over the shoulder.
It’s time, past time, for me to get back to writing. I’ll not make excuses my friends but just get back to it. I also won’t make promises for the future as none of us know what that may hold but I hope that I can convince myself that when a topic strikes me as word worthy it will land here.
For today I will go with my standby, the Haldecraft 12 in 14. This is my August project.
The yarn, Haldecraft HandDyed Why Is A Raven in Tiptree. This yarn is from the Alice in Wonderland yarn club, June 2013, and as describe by the maker:
“The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
This month’s colorway is Why is a Raven. Is it black? Is it brown? Does it come with a quill? Many people have asked each other for years what Lewis Carroll meant by the question, especially since he was such a cunning riddler. The joke is that there really isn’t an answer… the Hatter was indeed, just quite mad.
The pattern I chose for this is the Slytherin ! Shawl by Susan Ashcroft. Everyone expected that I would make this in a shade of green because Slytherin’s house colours are green and grey/silver. However for some reason the idea of knitting it up in a deep brown was more appealing and since I have been sorted into the Slytherin House on the Pottermore website I decided I was allowed to make that decision.
This is a garter stitch shawl with pattern changes made by the percentage, or weight, of yarn used. The result of this being that I had no worries about using enough yarn for the requirements of the Halde-along. The no-fuss countless stitch method stressed me a little, I had to let go of my perfectionist self. I was pleased when I got to the snakes to discover I would have an odd number so the ends of the shawl would match. The shawl was a relatively easy knit, although I did start over once because I do have to watch what I’m doing after all, otherwise I find I have a whole bunch of slipped stitches instead of knits.
I am so pleased with the final result. The dark brown/black yarn with the gold beads selected by my Mister is exactly what I had hoped it would be.
Today nearly didn’t go as planned, what with the time my alarm went off I almost bailed on the whole thing. However knowing that my friend in hockey and Boxers would be sorely disappointed I managed to drag myself away. You see today was San Jose Sharks day at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Luckily for me I got to the GO station early enough to get a prime parking spot right in front of the station. I like to take the train into Toronto, less stress, and it’s kind of like being in Europe again. I was in downtown much too early, long before the HHOF opened, so I treated myself to breakfast at Cora’s before heading over there.
I’ve always loved the statue out front. It’s called “Our Game” and is meant to depict excited young players coming over the boards. The last time I was in Toronto to meet my friend for dinner I stopped and offered to take a photo of a couple, with their camera, in front of this statue. Something I like to do for people because I know, as the one with the camera, that I’m not usually in any of my travel photos.
The hall has a display right now that shows each team’s jersey with that of their franchise affiliate. In many cases the affiliate team has a different name but not this one, the San Jose affiliate franchise is the Worcester Sharks. At a quick look someone might not even realize that these jerseys are from two different teams but the top one is San Jose and the bottom is Worcester.
All in all I had a great day and just to keep this somewhat yarn related, I did have my knitting with me. I also bought the shirt in this photo.