I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Hubby and I were on the road to Prince Albert to visit a friend. We had a great time poking around town, visiting Shananigan’s Cafe, and hiking in nearby Little Red River Provincial Park. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Smitty’s Restaurant, of all places! Nice location by the fireplace on a cool windy day.
I’ve been busy knitting up more hats. I modified the instructions on the His and Hers Beanie to come out with a hat I like much better. I wasn’t happy with the top of the hat using the instructions as written, which didn’t seem to match the photo of the top of the hat. So I improvised and did a regular hat top of one row of decreases, followed by one row of knit stitch the whole way around. The yarn used is Fleece Artist National Parks yarn – some of the Greenwich Dunes National Park colourway. It turned out much better than the original pattern, which had you decreasing every single row at the top of the hat. In fact, it turned out so well I’m knitting another hat from the remains of the Fundy National Park colourway to send down east to my niece instead of the flat topped one.
I had a fun week last week. Some knitting, some sorting through boxes and culling more books, and a lot of time with friends and family. I celebrated my birthday with a shrimp pig out at Red Lobster. Actually, it was too much shrimp. But that’s okay. I have shrimp maybe once a year. Dinner was good and the surprise “party” at a friend’s afterwards was nice too. I put party in quotation marks because she literally did not find out it was my birthday until 3:30 PM on my birthday, and when we arrived three hours later to spend the evening playing games and watching a movie, she had decorated the place, her daughter had made a card, and they had a gift for me! I feel so blessed to have such friends.
Next up is a knit cowl out of the Greenwich Dunes National Park yarn. That will go to another niece. I’m about half finished it now.
I was able to get to the MacKenzie Art Gallery to see the hooked rug exhibit called “Home Economics”. It was well done and interesting. I loved the Grenfell rugs and the more modern ones that tell a story. I was surprised the art gallery shop did not have any hooked wall hangings or rugs from local rug hookers available for sale.
While at the art gallery we also saw an Indigenous Peoples art exhibit called “Boarder X”. It was all about movement in the landscape. There was a young lady from the Cree nation there to help with interpretation of the artwork. I was very thankful for her guidance, as I know little about Indigenous symbolism. Her explanations helped me greatly. There were some very moving pieces of artwork in the exhibit.
I am seriously looking at cutting back some of my rug hooking supplies…wool fabric in particular. Keep an eye on my website store to see if anything pops up that you’d like. I have a lot of dark colored wool. If you’re interested in doing background, it might be just the thing. Let me know and I’ll see what I have. I’m thinking $1 CAD for each 3″ x 12″ swatch. My swatches are usually larger than that, but I still will only charge $1 CAD for them. Shipping and handling will be extra.
If you’re interested, contact me using the form below and we can talk or arrange a visit.