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Nobody really feels like getting up for school on the first day after holidays. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Knitting on Impulse
For the first time in possibly ever, I have no New Year's resolutions. No desperate bursts of will-power, no lists of deficiencies to correct - just a decision to leave my feet solidly on the ground and navigate the chaos,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Knitting on Impulse
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I've got two exams and a paper due this week, so this will be brief. (Things will get a whole lot better after Christmas - I just bit off rather a lot this fall!) The rain paused at last, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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As we wound down the switchbacks of a sweltering southern British Columbia highway this summer, it was the dog that caught our eye, scurrying back and forth in his seat and clearly having the ultimate face-out-the-window experience. While I'm sure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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The first day of school was only an hour, and it was the first decently hot day this "summer," so I squelched down my guilt, played hooky from a thousand and twelve urgent tasks and we took the kids up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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I love my children more than life itself, but summer's inherent lack of routine combined with a return to university studies rather overtaxed my juggling abilities (as those of you who haven't given up on me may have noticed!) Full... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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I never cease to be amazed and thankful for the trails on our very doorstep. The fragrance of the forest on a warm day, dappled sunlight filtering through trees, the buoyant spring of a pine needle laden trail, pillows of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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But he's not immune to the charms of a plateful of sushi: (That would be Rob's belated birthday dinner he's eyeing.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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This morning was part 2 of the Grade 5 bear watching experience... though since the massive amount of snow we had this winter is lingering well down the mountain, there are actually more bears hanging out in places like the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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I don't know why they fascinate me so. I grumble when they snag my legs as I lurch from the garden, distracted by an eager dog on the leash. I indulge their expansion nonetheless, because I can't bear to skimp... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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From the front garden: "Hey Mom, come look - we found a bear!" No worries - the kids kept a respectful distance (bear awareness is a routine part of the Whistler school curriculum) and this fellow, like all our local... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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Soft splashing in the moss, steady pattering in the adjacent wetlands, dripping off my brim, making misty musk of abundantly pungent skunk cabbage. Glossy black presence grazes earth's juicy offerings with the affable serenity afforded a first class physique. Spring... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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They're made. And up. Really! Fingering Samplers: Sampler Snack Packs: (There's also a bright and frisky snack pack in the works, but they take a huge amount of time and labour, so Skeiner Dude simply couldn't get them both done... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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A tiny skein twirling into being under the nimble fingers of my darling husband: (Yup, samplers are underway.) Monday evening's sky: As lovely as a flaming crimson showcase can be, I am equally awed by the softness of a blue... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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Sad things: Thorny things: New things: Life. It's a good thing. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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Yup, it's still snowing around here. I designed this little hat on the fly, my goal this time being to come up with colourwork that wasn't stranded, because I know not everyone is necessarily into that. And since single strand... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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Admittedly, the spring skiing rocks, but sometimes you step out of the house and think, "Excuse me?" "I'm really really sure it's April now." "As in, Spring. S.P.R.I.N.G. people." Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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It's an idea I've been pondering since early this year - one of those concepts that seemed like a casual curiosity, but kept circling back, bumping into me by accident, until with crashing force and emotion it became an epiphany... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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It has been a seriously disruptive couple of months. There's been happy but routine-trashing things, obnoxious energy sucking things, exciting things, worrying things, new things, variations on things that have been around for years but are enormously draining just the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
Well, the kids' room isn't perfect, but 10 big black garbage bags have left the premises and I've achieved the major functionality goal that has eluded me for 3 years now, so I'm counting the week a success. Therefore, to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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It's that time of year, when a harried mother's thoughts turn to the choice between excavating her kids' room or tossing in a match and a bottle of gasoline and quietly closing the door. As I suspect the strata council... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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Water, in and of itself, has no inherent colour, but it permeates a complex world of light and shadow, minerals and organic matter. I chose five water photos for this palette, and as they were fairly complex in nature, studied... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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It is usually well into summer by the time the melt truly reaches the alpine, and there is a kind of fierce hopefulness in the barely unfrozen rivulets splashing directly out of the snowpack and down the sparse rocky earth,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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The creeks around here tend to acquire a blue-green hue by the time they accumulate in the valley bottom, and even splashing across crystal clear shallows, the tint is unmistakeable. The rocky creekbed contributes its own mix of greys and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse
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Where water collects, wetlands happen, and slow moving water harbours some wonderful colours: Green. Lovely, smooshy, slimy, olive-gold-emerald-y green. In Summit Sock: In Bluefaced Bliss: and Pure Cashmere: Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Knitting on Impulse