July 04, 2005


Canada Day was pleasant and relaxing — I painted my fingernails and toenails red, wore a white dress, and hung out with Mark and some friends who were moving into a new apartment at Queen and Spadina. We watched the Ontario Place fireworks from the building’s roof — the show itself was great, but almost as fun was standing there before the big show started and looking out over the city at the 20 or more small bursts of fireworks going on everywhere — from the big but distant displays all along the curve of the lakeshore, to the local fizzes in the small parks, the entire cityscape was sparkling with colourful explosions. It was amazing.

I must say, though, that I think I’ve been spoiled for Canada Day in any city but Ottawa. It’s just such a big deal there, and so much fun. Anatole, a long-time friend, has pictures of this year’s celebration up on his photoblog. They’re great pictures, and capture the celebratory mood of the occasion very well.

On Sunday Mark and I joined a couple of friends for a trip to the Toronto Islands. I’m always amazed that you can find views like this:


and a beach like this:


just a 10 minute ferry ride from the heart of downtown Toronto. For a $2 TTC ride and a $6 ferry ticket, we were able to spend most of Sunday lazing around on a beautiful, sandy, almost empty beach, listening to nothing but the wind in the poplar trees and the waves crashing, watching the sailboats drift over the blue water of Lake Ontario. Absolutely lovely.


I didn’t knit at all at the beach, but I have started a new project. I’m making a top-down cardigan (from Laura’s pattern here) with the other yarn I got from Dani. It’s called Higgin’s, and it’s a cotton/viscose blend. I’ve just started it:


It’s got little tufts of beige and white on it; I’m a little confused by them, to be honest, because they aren’t really attached to the yarn, so they come off very easily. Here’s a close-up of the fabric, including the tubular cast-on — a new technique for me. I like it, though it was time-consuming and fiddly to do.


And that’s it for now. It’s back to blazing heat here, so it’s time for me to turn off the computer and flee for the air-conditioned hills. Or something like that.

Posted by Aven at July 4, 2005 10:53 AM

Glad to hear you had a good weekend Aven!

Posted by: Dani at July 4, 2005 12:31 PM

Beautiful photos, sounds like a nice trip to the islands. I guess we torontonians tend to forget all about the great little places around us. Nice start to the cardi.

Posted by: Shannon at July 5, 2005 12:59 PM