Sneaky Serpents

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: IMG_3119

“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.

IMG_3208Hopefully in future I’ll get another photo of this as it looks being worn.

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Playing Tourist

IMG_3141Today 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.

IMG_3139I’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.

IMG_3151The 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.

IMG_3183Of course what’s a visit to the hall without a photo of the Stanley Cup? No, I didn’t get my photo taken with it. I have to draw the line on tourist impersonation somewhere!

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.

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