Monthly Archives: July 2011

Beeswax.

When I was in Vancouver last month, I admired my friend’s beeswax candle. It was a thick cylinder with a honeycomb print on the outside, and there were large bees sitting on the candle. I went to a farmers’ market a few weekends ago and bought a candle for myself, though shaped a bit differently:

It’s funny how your tastes change as you grow older. You know, when you’re a kid, it’s all about displaying your toys and stuff animals, then figurines, but as you grow older you begin to place value in items that reflect your lifestyle too. This beeswax candle, from a local farmers’ market, sits beside my Nancy Pearl Librarian action figure.

I’ve been knitting a lot lately, mostly getting my Pas de Valse cardigan done. After the Manu and the Pas de Valse, I think I will focus my energy next on a sweater like Vivian by Ysolda Teague – anything that is made out of somewhat bulky yarn! Both the Manu and the Pas de False are long sweaters knit out of light fingering weight yarn, and it’s agony at times going back and forth in stockinette stitch. I need to see some faster progess and variety with pattern on my next project.

I also have the Sylvi to work on, but I’ve reached a point in the instructions where I actually have to use my brain to do some math so I’ve put it on hold, because math is difficult.

Back from BC and SK.

I’ve recently taken two weeks to visit Saltspring Island in B.C. for a wedding, Nanaimo for play-time with my friend’s newborn baby, Vancouver for some intense games of Settlers of Catan and knitting and excellent food, Saskatoon for dinner with my future mother-in-law, and Lac La Ronge Provincial in northern Saskatchewan where Corey and I saw two bears and went fishing.

please ignore the smudges in the photo.

It was my first time fishing. I went out with Corey at 6am and we each caught two fish. Went back later in the evening with Corey’s youngest brother and I caught two more. I am now a pro, or a specialist as it says on the new fishing rod that Corey bought for me.

We stayed at a cabin in Lac La Ronge that belonged to Corey’s dad’s family. It slept six of us and it was the only cabin on the little island in the big lake. How lovely!

In the photo above, I’m working on the Pas de Valse cardigan. I got back into knitting on the trip, thanks to being around one of my dearest friends who is also a knitter in vancouver.

In fact, once we got home, we decided to make a small IKEA trip to get some new things for our home, since we plan to stay here a little bit longer. We came home with this:

knitting shrine.

It’s also a shrine to my friend, apparently, because she also took that graffiti photo, made/sent those cards, shares the same Nancy Pearl librarian figurine, and is in the photo with me which was taken during our trip to Portugal.

We also bought a ton of picture frames, and even got one for our Scott Pilgrim cartoon poster. Since we have decided to stay for at least another year in our current apartment suite, we decided to put more effort into actually decorating our place, rather than just slapping things up on the walls here and there.

In other news, I have started up a book blog called Little Owl Reads. I debated for a very long time whether to do a YA book blog or an adult book blog, but decided to just talk about books that I read, in order, because that’s probably easiest for me right now. Never mind the fact that I just started part-time work at a local children’s bookstore. I love YA fic and there are so many amazing YA blogs out there that I wanted to start one too, but realistically I could never read that much YA because I love adult fic too. So my blog will have a mix of the two. A good friend of mine from library school bought the domain for me as a gift!