Well, it’s official – I am a lace knitting champion and Viking Queen!
Why? Because I have finished the Savannah stole by Nautical Knitter.
Although I had very severe growing pains initially with the project (I would consider it my first major lace project) and as a result nearly flung it off the balcony in a hissy fit on a couple of evenings, I’m now very glad I stuck it out.
Even though I did all the work for it (with encouragement from my blog friends and the very kind Nautical Knitter, I should add), it’s almost like getting a big huge belated Christmas present!!
Start Date: 21 January 2008
(Amazing to think that it grew so much in that space of time, really!)
Unblocked size: 62″ by 19.5″ d
Finished size: 70″ w by 24″ d
(approximately 11 inches too long for me to model with the traditional wing thing (I don’t know what you call it). This is the closest I could manage:
– I already have a
ton bunch more Malabrigo in the stock. It drapes wonderfully and is ultra soft!
However, in order to get to Casa Loma I had to walk through
Millionaires’ Row a rather high end part of the city which is either referred to as “Lower Forest Hill” or “Upper Annex” in the real estate ads depending on which neighbourhood is more popular that week.
Although these are not gated communities (yet, anyway), the people who live here seem to think that they are entitled to special treatment. For instance, one woman who lived in a house which looks like this:
Well. She didn’t realise that she had a pinko who also happens to be a lawyer on her hands. In other words, I have many years of professional training in talking for hours and boring people to death until they agree with my point.
So, I did have a few words with her, something along the lines of “Where there are municipal signs,
…I am free to walk – my taxes pay for this privilege and as a tenant I pay proportionately higher property tax rate, more than double, as it happens – so in fact this means that if I want to bring a lawnchair along, put on some tunes and hang out here all day, I’m free to do so. And, by the way, I’ve been known to sing aloud in Greek and the background music can be quite whiny indeed. Oh, let me advise you that should you have a problem with me, you’re free to call your City Councillor and see how far you get… “
She ended up fleeing the scene. And I ended up getting a rather good picture of the SOTSii taken right on her property!!
I wanted to try the same stunt at this place:
I must confess I did have a look around for the smoking police (did you know they have more tobacco by-law enforcement officers in this City than residential property inspectors?!). Seeing no one, I did get this photo:
As I was leaving Casa Loma, I spotted this huge residential property across the street:
out of Millionaires’ Row (how I do love slumming)
But here’s my newest spooky creation in progress:
And… a free on-line mag accepted my Shazam! pattern for publication! The site is called All Free Crafts, and it’s great. The Shazam! is found here! Yippee!