Sunday, January 27, 2008

very slow
very lazy
snuggled up and knitting
that is my idea of heaven
and the way one should spend winter
with movies
"Away From Her"...I sobbed through the entire movie, the tender bits and the sad bits. Sarah Polley is brilliant. "Juno" ...I found funny and smart and very sparky. "Atonement" was visually beautiful in all respects - hair/makeup/fashion/set decoration/the gardens/the mansions - and a lovely broody movie. I want to rent "La Vie en Rose" and then I should be on my way and ready for the Oscars!
I was browsing on eBay and looking for a certain sweater pattern, as I often do. And today I found it! This is the first sweater I ever made and of course I copied my pal as she started the sweater before me. This was back in 1970-something, maybe 1975 or 1976? I still have my original sweater, in grey, a little small but I still like it.

I think the modern version of this very retro sweater would be this handknit beauty designed by Stella McCartney.And perhaps another modern version would be Anna's "Flicca"...a pattern I have purchased and still look at longingly...waiting for the right yarn to go on sale!

Anyway..............the point is............winter is the time to snuggle down and knit.

Friday, January 18, 2008

It's winter.
New "do" ......and check out that Pashmina...a gift from my pal....I love the colour. Hair seems to be the topic of late.
I don't really like my hair long, or short, dark or light...(I'm think'n sometimes headscarves aren't such a bad idea..ummm maybe too hot though) and so when I went to visit Katherine this week she finally could do whatever she wanted. I came to her without pictures or ideas just desires lol. She clapped her hands and voila. A haircut perfect for Africa, India, Costa Rica, You Get The Picture - no trouble "do" at all. Not much hair at all, really.
I'm knitting - socks; and I've picked up my "slouchy cardigan" again...I think I will love this sweater to wear over"p.j's" post-op. Yikes less than 2 months now. I have lists to make.
I saw "Attonement" last weekend and really enjoyed it...though provoking....quandering type of movie that was visually beautiful. I had not read the book and I knew that I would not have gotten through it. The movie was fantastic for me. I hope to see "Juno", and maybe even a bit of a slush-fluff like "P.S. I Love You". Why not?
I've been experimenting with recipes from my new Christmas cookbooks - Jamie's and Nigella's. Trying to adapt the wonderful flavours to something more ww-approved.

Friday, January 04, 2008

My Most favourite Christmas gift - from my Pal Leslie

First the original photo - that is me looking at the (off-season) deserted film set of "Random Passage" in Trinity, Newfoundland. I love Newfoundland.
And look what Leslie did with that photo.......I love very own stamps.....The top portion -the big picture and one stamp will be framed once I find a frame..the stamps I will use but only to very special people of course. So, if you get some snail-mail from me...check the stamp.
First knitting project of the year - socks. I am determined this year to make socks that actually fit. I think I have it now - tiny needles, 2 mm. bamboo which are lovely to use, an ancient "BeeHive" sock pattern and "Trekking XXL" yarn. A few adjustments along the way and I have my own pattern.
The snow. I bought snowboots this year....for the past decade or so, my trusty Blundstones (with woolly socks) were sufficient for most of our winters. Not so this year...that pile of snow across the street is about 8' high and we have literally run out of places to put the snow! A melt-down is in the forecast though.
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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A set of wonderful "Cosmo" Glasses...the Eifel Tower! I love them!
Honourable Son #2 browsing for Boxing Day Sales.
The backyard tree...coated in ice.
Christmas 2007

A gift to Bryan...a collage of all the momentos I could find from our trip to Europe in 1974! I think he liked it!

Big beautiful tree
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