Here in Canada it is a special weekend. It is the weekend that we set aside around the 24th of each May to celebrate the birthday of our longest-reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. The holiday is, oddly enough, named Victoria Day. However, most of us Canadians affectionately call the holiday as “May 2-4.” This refers partly to the date of Victoria’s birthday, mostly to the large cases of beer most of us buy/consume throughout the weekend as we gather with friends and family. (How very Canadian of us.) We have barbeques and fireworks, start our gardens in earnest, open up cottages, and eagerly celebrate the first long weekend of the ‘season.’ It’s a wonderful tradition, and to most of us it represents a sacred passageway between a long, unforgiving winter, and the beautiful, warm days of summer ahead. It is, in essence, a watershed weekend. And what a beautiful one it is:
I have about an hour and a half until I have to leave for my planned activities. I am sitting in the backyard, enjoying the gorgeous weather while I wait for my laundry cycle to finish so I can finish packing for overnight. I thought it would be a perfect time to update you on some of my current works in progress.
If you remember, my sister asked me to make a sweater for her to give to her sister-in-law at her baby shower in June. The only parameters were: green, 6-9 months, unisex (baby’s sex is unknown), and somehow featuring a turtle theme. Here is the finished product:
All that’s left to do is sew on the buttons, which I will do today. I came up with the design on my own, and I must say I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I wasn’t sure about the embroidery, since I’ve never embroidered on knitting before, but it turned out so great! I love youtube tutorials. Seriously, if you are a visual learner like I am, video tutorials are extremely helpful.
WAY back, I started a pair of Jacquard socks. I was having trouble. Well, I stuck it out and finished one of the set. My gauge was still off, so it ended up too big. However, this is one of those ‘happy accident’ moments that I often experience in knitting. Rather than a pair of socks, I will now have a lovely pair of jacquard slipper socks. When I actually get around to finishing the second one, that is. Here’s the finished (slipper) sock:
Finally, my hedgehog love hat! Colour work drives me crazy sometimes, but I think it will be worth it in the end. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the charted pattern. After that I will continue in stockinette for a bit before I start the decreases. It will be a very slouchy hedgehog hat. Which, when I think about it, seems perfect.
How are you celebrating your long weekend?