It’s Going to be Legendary

Tonight’s the season finale of “How I Met Your Mother”.  It’s always been one of those shows I liked, but wasn’t sure I loved.  It didn’t have the “must see” excitement of “Friends” at least not for me.  There were moments though that I found myself thinking how good the show was and it became part of my weekly viewing at a time when I watch fewer and fewer sitcoms (once the staple of my tv diet).  A few years ago, I realized it really was “must see” tv – a smart (but silly) show that when you least expected it tugged at your heartstrings (Robin’s infertility; Barney’s unspoken (for a while) love for Robin).  Besides, how can you not love a show that features a brawl at Tim Horton’s?

Maybe it was the number of soap operas I’ve watched, but one of my favourite parts of the show was that the character’s histories weren’t forgotten.  Marshall and Lily’s break up, or Marshall’s father’s death, or Robin’s Canadian citizenship, or Barney’s search for his father weren’t just plot points for an episode, or even two or three.  They became as much a part of the show as Ted’s search for the mother.  I admit that early on I was rooting for Ted and Robin, even though “father” Ted said it wasn’t her.  Now, it makes perfect sense that Robin and Barney are getting married.

When I read recently that the writer’s knew how the series would end from the first season on, it made perfect sense.  The bizarre, seemingly random events were connected and have made a difference in how Ted met their mother.  I think that’s the ultimate message of the show: what may seem like a small and trivial event in the moment may ultimately be a big moment.

My week on the road

It’s been another wet and windy day here, which is better than the freezing rain that seems to be hitting other parts of the county and the province.  It’s been a while since I’ve been home for a storm.  It’s much nicer to be here than on the road.  We had a major blizzard on Wednesday; so much so that the roads were actually closed, something that very rarely (if ever) happens.  That day I was in Halifax for the Canadian Lobster Value Recovery Summit 2014.  It was stormy outside:

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but inside there was a surprising amount of agreement amongst a very diverse group of interests in the lobster industry.  The agenda was structured so things that there could likely be agreement on were given time to be discussed and endorsed to move forward.  The others; well, there will always be differing opinions.  It felt like there is an opportunity to actually do something, but as one of my favourite expressions goes: “the proof will be in the pudding”.  (I didn’t have pudding, but I did have a delicious trifle for desert Tuesday night:) 🙂

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Before heading to Halifax, we spend Monday and Tuesday doing a sessions to help people sign up for DFO’s online licensing system.  That took us through Deer Island, St. George, and Campobello.  The hi-light was getting to meet people and help them (at least a little) with some of the issues they were having.  The low; well it was pretty much what I expected: the frustration of a system that forces people who are not comfortable with computers, in places with little (mostly no) cell coverage and slow “high-speed” internet to go online for a license to continue their livelihood because there is no other option.  It felt wrong a year ago.  It still feels wrong today.

Vacation Knitting

I just got home from vacation – a little over 2 weeks in Florida.  It was great to have some warmer weather and a bit of down time.  There was also yarn involved. 😀

My traveling project was a second sock.  Between the flights down and home, I managed to finish the sock:

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They are a vanilla sock in Opal Hundertwasser.  Just have the ends left to sew in.

My oldest niece has a birthday April 2.  I’m knitting each of my nieces and nephews mittens and a sock yarn monkey for their birthdays, so I wanted to get a good start on her birthday gift.  I finished the mittens:

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They are a basic mitten pattern from Patons Yarn.  This was my first time using Willow Daily Worsted.  I didn’t find it quite as soft as Cascade 220 Superwash, but it is a good yarn at about half the price.  (Considering the rate these kids lose mittens, that’s a good thing! 😉 )

I also started her sock yarn monkey:

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but there’s definitely some assembly still required (hopefully this weekend).

Finally, for the days on the beach watching the kids playing, I worked on dishcloths.  I knit them throughout the year; use some for birthday gifts and the rest I give as Christmas gifts.  My go-to dishcloth pattern is the Garterlac Dishcloth.  I always have one in my purse to work on in waiting rooms, etc.

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I finished 4 on the beach.  The bottom fuchsia is in Peaches & Creme; the 2 dark dishcloths are Knit Picks Dishie; and the blue is Bernat Handicrafter Striping.

All in all, it was a very productive knitting holiday!

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Sometimes they keep in touch

One of the things I love about knitting is giving my projects as gifts. My family and friends have come to expect that birthdays or Christmas usually will include some hand knit gift from me. What’s especially rewarding is seeing things I made several years ago still being used, sometimes by someone else as they are handed down from person to person. Whenever the family is together in cold weather, I look around and smile as I see various hats, mittens and socks from me making appearances.

Some projects go further away. Some, not as far, but really, how many times do you see someone’s socks? I always enjoy updates that they are being used and enjoyed.

From a Facebook tag a couple of years ago:

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To a text I received this week:

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It’s nice to see that “my” socks are keeping people’s feet warm in this cold weather.