Sunday, November 29, 2009

So thankful!


As my American friends celebrate thanksgiving this weekend, I too have so much to be grateful for. You see, Friday night, I had a little accident. I was hit by a car while running. I was crossing a busy street at the crosswalk (I did have the right of way) and a turning car didn't see me and struck me. Miraculously, I have no serious injuries. My right knee is a bit busted up, and I have bruises and scrapes everywhere, but I'm so insanely happy to be in one piece.

The whole thing was so surreal. The sudden, intense blow to the body (I did not see it coming), the crowd of people, the sirens, the ambulance ride—it was so weird. Surprisingly, I was quite calm. My only worry was that my husband would be scared when he got the call from the police. Once he showed up at the hospital I felt better. It took a long time while they checked me out (x-rays, cat scans, tetanus shot, glueing my head back together—fun times!) but the final verdict was that I would come out of it alive and happy.

And friends, I am SO HAPPY! You can't even imagine! Happy that I'm here, happy to live in a country with universal health care (I can't imagine the medical bills I would have otherwise!) happy for all the lovely people that care about me, and happy that I can still knit (no damage to the hands, people!)

The paramedic told me I should buy a lottery ticket. What a lucky girl I am! My marathon training might have to wait, but I don't care. Walking with a cane is a blessing compared to the alternative.

So, let's spread some of this luck around. On to the Selvedge giveaway. The random number generator picked Cornflower as the lucky winner (visit her great blog and book club!) Congratulations! Please email me with your address and I'll send the magazine to you, as soon as I can hobble to the post office.

Happy thanksgiving everyone!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Seeing double

I got a little surprise in the mail recently:

A second issue of the latest Selvedge magazine. If you don't know this publication, it's an absolutely gorgeous fiber arts magazine from England.

When I contacted Selvedge to let them know, they told me there was a little glitch in my subscription, and that I could pass on the 2nd copy to a friend.

So... if you're interested, leave me a comment, and I'll choose someone at random next weekend.

Hope you're having a nice weekend. I'm tending to some woefully neglected household chores. But there's sure to be knitting somewhere in there too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bright Star

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.

John Keats

Bright Star is by far one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen.

I loved it so much, I saw it twice.

And I'm seriously tempted to see it again. The sets, the actors, the English countryside, the way the poetry is woven in so naturally... it all made me swoon.

One of the many things I loved about it was spying all the Sophie Digard creations the Brawne sisters wear.

And you mustn't miss this lovely website featuring Jane Campion's production scrapbook.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


This was the finishing weekend. I'm securing a steek with a crochet edge as we speak. This is a plain grey seamless hybrid cardigan for my very patient husband. I started it over a year ago. So close now.

crocheted steek

In honour of Vestvember, I also finished my golden vest.


Pattern: Plain and Simple Pullover, by Rain Knitwear Designs.
Yarn: Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester 2/8

I test knit this great little top for Veera. If you don't know her blog, you should. I love her pure, simple aesthetics.This easy pattern produces a pretty and highly wearable garment. It's knit in fingering weight, so it was rather slow going, but I love how light and comfortable it is.

Have a sweet week everyone!