October 12, 2005


As promised, I do actually have some knitting to report. I’ve finished a pair of socks for Mark:


These match the Shadow Cables Pullover I made for him in the spring of 2003. I had to redo the leg of the first one because I didn’t increase enough to compensate for the pulling in of the cables — I increased the foot (these were toe-up) more than I usually do for Mark’s socks, and increased a little more after the heel, but it wasn’t enough; he couldn’t even get the sock onto his foot. So I had to rip out the leg back to the heel and increase another 10 or more stitches (I have it written down somewhere). They’re still snug socks, but he can get them on.

It’s finally sunny here — just in time for Mark’s parents to head back to Ottawa! Fortunately they’re going to do some sightseeing in Saint John on the way, so they’ll get to see a bit of this province by sunlight, but it would have been nice if there could have been some good weather for them while they were here!

One of the exciting things we did over the weekend (ok, it wasn’t exciting to anyone else, but I was thrilled) was put together a new acquisition:


This is our new china cabinet, straight from Sears, which has an outlet in our landlady’s store — it’s the most convenient way to get department store things, unless we want to go into Moncton. It arrived flat-packed, though, and we put it together — not actually hard, but it took a fair while. And then we unpacked all the china, crystal, and assorted fragile things that Mark’s parents had brought down for us (thanks guys!) and put it into it. Well, not all — the cabinet’s not big enough for everything, but fortunately the house is equipped with this:


Apparently our landlady’s mother used this to store and display her doll collection — we’ve put our dishes into it. That probably reflects our obsession with food pretty accurately!

You have no idea how happy this makes me — not only does it mean the last boxes are unpacked (well, except for the ones we don’t intend to unpack yet), but it also means we can see and enjoy our beautiful wedding gifts (which almost all the nice things in our house are) every day, even though we don’t use them except when we have guests.

Since this may give pleasure to no one but me and Mark, I’ll end with something else to entertain you. Here’s a rather poor picture of what is apparently a fairly common local sight — a ring-necked pheasant, this one in the parking lot at school:


Posted by Aven at October 12, 2005 12:03 PM

I had one of those pheasants walk down my driveway just the other day! It is hard to get used to the rainy, foggy, crappy weather we have here in the Maritimes, especially since if the sun would only come out, there is so much beautiful scenery. The whole city to country move thing can be quite a shock. I moved from Houston to Nova Scotia, and it took nearly a year to get used to it, and I even grew up here.


Posted by: Samantha at October 12, 2005 12:23 PM

Nice socks! Congrats on the new furniture - I am happy for you, because I love getting new stuff like that.

Now what is this I hear via email something about brown rustic yarn? Spill it lady!

Posted by: Dani at October 12, 2005 03:43 PM

The socks look fantastic and comfy…now you have no excuses not to make some for yourself. And I love the non-IKEA furniture. Your place looks very cute.

Posted by: Jill at October 13, 2005 12:54 PM