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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Cross-country skiing at Little Red, Post-call


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Today there was mail!

Well packaged mail! from The Small Object

I mean, seriously…the cutest packaging ever.

I bought 2 vintage twine holders and a pencil box.

Because, well, because they’re really cute people who will hold my yarn!

isn’t that the happiest yarn holder you’ve seen in your life?
for G-d’s sake. he’s wearing a top hat! all jaunty like!

Now there’s actually a reason for these cute little fellas- Inspired by the folks over at Mason-Dixon Knitting recently, I started the Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitty.

It is a beautiful river of soft chocolate that makes me so happy to knit. EXCEPT! that the lovely washable wool that I’m knitting it with is in a cone.

A cone that bounces around all over the place and falls on the floor and picks up dog hair and lint and crap. This does NOT make me happy to knit.

Now the offending cone of yarn will be well ensconced in a happy twine holder and I will be happy ALL THE TIME! well, at least while i’m knitting this scarf.

Also- photos of the cute pencil box

In other exciting news-
the garlic chives are all blooming!
Which means: Garlic Vinegar! So pretty and so yummy for salad dressing!

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Mike and I went on a little ‘holiday’ to celebrate the end of his classes and the end of my job.

It started with the obligatory self-photo shot in the car.

We first made a very important pit-stop.

Did you know it’s ‘illegal’ to take photos inside of a SK liquor board store?  How silly is that rule.

We then mosey-ed on up the road to Rouleau.   You might know it better as

Dog River: home of everyone’s favourite gas station

It totally doesn’t look like a set.  I was really surprised to find out that the gas station and Ruby’s Diner were actually built for the show.  They totally look like they are re-constituted local landmarks.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about check this out.

From Rouleau, we went on to Moose Jaw where we spent a night at the Temple Garden’s Spa hanging out in the pool with ALOT of seniors and prentending we were more fabulous than we are.

The best part was the hotel room

with the king sized bed.  We figured out that the room with the bathroom and entrance actually had a larger square footage than our entire house.

The view from our balcony was lovely too…

Part of our ‘package’ was tours of the tunnels.

THIS WAS SO COOL.  Like many towns/cities in the prairies, Moose Jaw was riddled with underground tunnels that led all over the city.  They were originally built usually to move supplies to hotels, restaurants and stores from the CP stations.  Over the years they got forgotten about, boarded up and generally most people assumed that they didn’t exist.  One day, about 15 years ago, a car fell into the road on man street and ta-da! the tunnels were rediscovered.  They have created tours around them, cataloguing some local and national history in a very fun way. THe Chicago Connection was really fun and it talks about the possible connection with Moose Jaw and Al Capone’s Rum-runners in the 20’s. The Passage to Fortune is really sad and terrible.  It covers how 100’s of thousands of Chinese men (mostly) came to Canada from the 1880s to the 1940s seeking fortune and were treated HORRIBLY by local and national governments, business people and locals.

If you have any interest in Canadian History, I highly suggest making a visit.

Moosejaw is a lovely city.  They have preserved all the old buildings downtown, gutting them and creating a really neat area with old architecture and new shops and cafes.  For a while, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and Regina were all vying for the capital of the Province.  Moose Jaw is a really wonderful place.

We enjoyed it very much.

We had snacks at Coffee Encounters on Main St.

We wandered around 3 quilting/knitting shops.

We bought really good fudge (and that’s saying alot because I really HATE fudge).

We had lunch at

Which according to Craig, Mike’s roomate in Regina, is the best Celtic pub west of Newfoundland.

(he might have a slight bias, being that he is from NFLD).

We ran into some of Mike’s friends from Regina, also out to the Spa for the day.

Nothing says holiday like being mostly drunk by 2pm in the afternoon.

We ate lemon squares that were ALMOST as good as those from the Rhineland Bakery in Victoria.

We wandered around some more and met a very interesting man.

This is Chris Weber of CWStringworks.  He repairs stringed instruments.  In the above photo he is standing with his 9th mandolin that he rebuilt.  It was beautiful and so was the music that he shared with us.  He is also part of a fun celtic band called Crofter’s Revenge.  If you ever need any stringed instrument repair, he is your guy.

The holiday wasn’t just about eating and wandering, it was of course all about knitting!

I finished a gift for a former colleague and her new baby

These are Saartje’s booties (pdf) and they are so cute they make me want to have babies, just so I can put them in them.

I also made her the tulip bib from One Skein by Leigh Radford and gave her a bottle of Nutrimetics Baby wash.

This is almost the end of the Cotton Ease, and thank G-d.  I will be so happy to have it out of my stash for good.

I finally got started on my first Rocking Socks Club package of 2008.  And I’m so in love.  The best part about this whole thing is that they send me colours that I normally would never choose and it forces me to knit outside my comfort zone.  Yay!

Um… there was also some yarn purchasing.

Mike lives 3 houses down from

and they carry

You can clearly see that I am being positively influenced by the Blue Moon folk in my new colour choices.

All in all, a wonderful whirlwind holiday.

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In response to your comment: Spring, jen?

does this look like spring?

i don’t think so.

On thursday it was +18C.
Does this look like +18C?

i don’t think so.

Every year the tulips burst out of the ground with optimism.

Every year the prairie spring fights back.

I think these tulips need some help with staying warm.

How about some handknits?

Patons Kroy 75% wool 25% nylon
basic toe-up sock with spiral rib and short row heel. Picot edging.

Maybe I’m just as foolish as the tulips, but i have to hope: spring’s got to come… eventually……right? RIGHT?!

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Until spring spring does decide to grace our (semi-frozen, covered in dirt and dust) door, here is some ‘substitute sakura’
substitute sakura mosaic

and a picnic for good measureelise and denver

I just keeping hoping that old adage: “fake it ’til you make it” has some sort of truth to it.

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So I woke up yesterday morning…


is it dust?





not enough to cover the world with blankets of clean. just enough to make the roads icy and sloppy. just enough to get my cuffs wet. just enough to make my trip to work cranky.

but also just enough to soften the edges.

edges softened

morning light

just enough add a little texture.

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I have been tagged by my friend jen. I’m supposed to list six things that have made you happy recently.

I’m going to use this as an opportunity to practice with flickr.

1. studying


I really enjoy taking classes and learning new things. I get super excited about facts and interesting science tidbits. I had a midterm this am and I actually enjoyed myself, preparing for it and writing it.

2. Multi-coloured pens, sharpies and highlighters.

mutli-coloured love

I am and always will be a science nerd at heart. These are the tools of my trade.

3. My birdfeeder

I put up a feeder in the front 3 weeks ago and I have been very stressed out (yes, I know- I’m weird that way) that the birds wouldn’t find it before it got cold. They found it.

nuthatch 1

We’ve been a regular 2.99$ special buffet around here lately.

nuthatch 2

Nuthatches, junkos and chickadees mostly.

nuthatch 3

They’re hard to photograph, they’re so quick.

nuthatch 4

They make me very happy.



4. This is a combination- Library, books on tape and ipod.

books on tape

Since I started knitting obsessively 3 years ago, I kind of gave up my other great passion- reading. I recently discovered the joy of books on tape. I can use my hands to knit and still ‘read’ a story. GREATEST INVENTION EVER. Also the Saskatoon library has the greatest books-on-tape catalogue ever. There are perks to living in a province with alot of seniors. This means I get to go ‘read’ all these books for free! WOOHOO!

5. New shoes

I have the hardest time ever finding shoes that don’t give me blisters. Ask any of my friends who have been gifted expensive practically new hiking boots and shoes. Apparently, I have a ‘very European’ foot, which means I have most of my foot to between my heel and ball of my foot and very short toes. I have wide feet, a deep instep and a weird bump on my heel of my right foot that causes blisters when I even look at shoes other than flipflops or crocs. This problem hasn’t been a huge deal for me for the last 10 years. Living in BC meant that I could get away with flipflops or crocs or rubber boots, year round, without a worry. Now, with a prairie winter on the way, I felt I probably was tempting fate to avoid getting ‘big girl’ shoes any longer.

I searched high and low. I tried on many cute shoes that didn’t fit. I cried a little and I found:
shoes 1 shoes 2 shoes 3

London by Birkenstock. I may never win any fashion awards, but damn are they comfy. They don’t touch my feet, they fit and I’m a happy camper.

Also in the above photos- reindeer wearing christmas sweaters flannel-lined pants from j.crew which totally count for things that make me happy 5.5

6. Good food

I kind of fell off the food wagon lately. I still eat really healthy veggie food, but for the last month it’s been reheated soups. I have a tendency to make 10L+ of soup at a time and then freeze it to eat over the week while Mike is gone. Now this is fine, but kind of boring.

My friend Crystal has recently reminded me how good (and easy!) vegan cooking can be. I’ve made 3 different stirfries in the last 5 days. HAVE I BEEN MISSING OUT!

stir fry

this is the best of the bunch- tofu fried in garlic, with steamed (but still crunchy! oh so important!) peas, broccoli, spinach and celery, on brown rice with Ashley M’s ginger peanut sauce.

Usually everything is just a vessel for the peanut sauce, but this certainly held it’s own.

I also haven’t been baking alot lately. My mum bakes alot and has been giving it to us. I don’t really like a lot of starch, but I do like my baking. With all of mum’s baked goods around (that I actually don’t want to eat because I don’t like- shh don’t tell!) I haven’t wanted to add to it with my own baking. I miss my baked goods and that was oh so evident on Saturday morning when I whipped up these


…and then promptly ate 3.

Dear Good food, welcome back into my life.

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