Thursday, March 8, 2012

ODDS 'n' SODS

- First of all, happy International Womens Day! Even Google changed its logo for the day... :) The premise, that women deserve the same rights and opportunities as men, seems like a no-brainer, but the truth is, it still ain't happenin' -- even right here in 'progressive' North America! So take a moment to reflect today .... yes, 'we've come a long way, baby,' but we're not there yet.

- I've always had a secret theory that West Coast living makes you younger, and here's the proof! (For non-locals, Saanich is a suburb of Victoria).

- I realized this morning that it's knitting day at the Rock Salt, and I still haven't showed you last week's pics! Here's Esther modelling the shawl she knit that my friend Grace designed for Elann.com:
... and Aiko had her dolls model the Noro dresses I knit for them:
... and Dona wanted to model my 'Christmas in January' shawl:
I also finished cowl #5 in the Great Cowl Knitalong:
This is a bit of a story! I never thought to look at the pattern requirements until two days before the start date, and I realized that I had neither any super-bulky-weight yarn nor a 16" 12mm circular needle! So I went searching for what I did have, and found this:

It's pin-drafted roving that I've had stashed for the day I decide to learn/practise spindle spinning, but, with size 10mm needles, it did the trick, and I was able to finish the cowl before the challenge deadline!

I have two other bits of news this morning. First of all, I'll be doing some writing for a little local bi-weekly news-advertiser paper. And -- I got another little job. I wasn't looking, but this sort of fell in my lap, and so far I'm loving it: I'm now Salt Spring Island's 'Welcome Wagon' lady! Hey, it pays pretty good, it's only a few hours a week, I can work my own hours (and there's no 'boss' hanging around), and I get to meet lots of interesting people .... works for me!

I've cast on another shawl, finally, and the final cowl. Pictures next time, my camera battery is charging. :)
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6 comments:

Julie said...

I cannot imaging a 'job' that would suit you better, you've always loved meeting new people!

Esther V. said...

love the speeding granny blurb!
What a hot Gramma wearing that shawl..
see you in 5 hours.

Grace said...

I will never get tired of seeing a design of mine knitted ---it is amazing !

Grace said...

Esther --are you on ravelry so i can give it lots of love

Marilyn--congrats on your jobs!

Apple Jack Creek said...

Oh my word, that first shawl is beautiful!

Congrats on the writing gig and the Welcome Wagon job ... that should be fun!

Wren said...

It must be amazing to live afloat...for 16 years, you said? Wow! Thank you for sharing!