Monday, February 20, 2017

Misc. Monday

I have to say February has certainly been an eventful month so far. A couple weeks ago it started snowing. And it didn't stop. For four days we were inundated with the white stuff. Given that we live in a place that panics if two inches of snow falls, you can't imagine what it was like when over two feet of snow came down! Of course, I was in my element. It was stunningly beautiful, and brought back so many memories of childhood winters on our family's farm in Idaho, and also memories of the years we spent in the Kootenays when my children were young.




There are a few downsides to being buried in snow though, especially if you are a wiener dog. Poor Jenny. The snow was many times higher than she is. In fact, it was even higher than Fergus, but unlike Jenny he loves the snow. I just had to be sure I got up early enough each morning to shovel a path for them to walk on. By the end of Snowmageddon 2017 we had run out of places to put the snow as we shovelled it. You can see from the picture our wall of snow was almost higher than my husband's car.



The snow event was followed by an ice storm. Ice storms are a regular occurrence in parts of Ontario and Quebec. They are almost unheard of in British Columbia. It was a thing of both beauty and destruction. The morning after the storm we woke up to a world coated in ice. Literally everything outdoors looked like the top two pictures. Quite predictably we lost our power. My morning started by lantern light and finished the same way. The strangest part of the ice storm wasn't the actual ice though. It was the sound of branches "exploding" as the weight of all that ice became too much to bear. You can see an example of the destruction in the bottom picture.




Given that I've been snowbound and icebound for much of the past couple weeks there's been lots of knitting happening. Okay, there's always lots of knitting happening, so I guess I should say more than the usual amount of knitting has occurred. The thing is, I hardly have any pictures to share. My Coast Salish vest from the knitting retreat I attended last fall is done. Except for the zipper. So no picture there. My skirt from Sylvia Olsen's book Knitting Stories is finally finished. It's been washed and blocked, and is now drying. So the only picture I have of that is the one above where I am sewing the waistband. I've also finished the Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. Again, no picture. The socks are the ones I Kitchenered by lantern light during the storm, knit with Regia's Pairfect yarn. And the shawl is part of the Curious Handmade mystery knitalong. It's upside down in the photo, but that's the kind of thing that happens when you resort to having your dog model your knitted items.




It has been a treat to be able to get out for long walks again now that the weather has improved. A few days ago I was walking beside Frosst Creek (yes, it has two s's, it's not a typo), and there was an eerie mist seeping through the trees.




When I turned around to come home I was treated to this sight. So much drama in one walk!




My hikes up Teapot Hill have been curtailed due to snow and ice. I'm hoping the trail will be walkable in a week or two. But the roads are now clear of snow and ice, so I've resumed my walks to the lake. The cloud formations yesterday were incredible.

So that's February so far. I'm hoping the remainder of the month has a little less weather drama, and that by the end I will have some pictures of all the knitting I've been doing to share with you. In the meantime, how's February been treating you in your corner of the world?

15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos. I especially love the misty one...so pretty. Ice storms are beautiful, but trees snapping - not so nice. I've heard that sound when I've walked in the woods in winter. And here (eastern PA) we had unseasonably warm weather this past weekend.

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  2. Wow, you've been through a lot with the weather lately. I know exactly the sound you mean and it's pretty scary. I lost a beautiful maple tree in an ice storm. Thankfully, it didn't damage the house or a car. Your photos are beautiful, especially that rainbow. What an eventful walk with lots to see. Hope you and your family are all doing well.

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  3. Pretty dramatic weather. I've been through a few ice storms and always find them scary.

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  4. The weather sucks in Wisconsin, no way around it. It's REALLY warm and raining, when we should be getting snow and pleasantly cold temps. Of course my kids' school still has the heat on even when it's 60 outside (way way above normal) and they're in danger of passing out in class.But then unpredictably and chaos seem to be the new normal these days, alas.

    Your photos are beautiful ;)

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  5. Now that is what I call dramatic weather and it certainly makes for some stunning photos. Over here in the UK we have had a really mild Winter and appear to be heading into Spring with plants emerging from their deep sleep. Take care.

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  6. That's a lot of snow Kristie. It took my a while to see the car actually :-) I do miss a good winter, I really do. Ours is dull and grey and wet and windy most of the time.
    Despite the obvious disadvantages of being stuck in the house without electricity (I hope you had heating!), to me, it sounds just like what I need. Preferably with the children stuck elsewhere, maybe granny. Enjoy your hikes, now that the paths are clear. I look forward to seeing all your knitting projects x

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  7. Very dramatic indeed, but Oh, so beautiful Kristie. I am glad you are cosy and safe with all that snow outside, not to mention the ice storm. My daughter encountered an ice storm, her first, in Ontario, and I could tell she found it most dramatic and unusual. The photos of the icicles are so pretty, but that picture of Frosst Creek in the mist is fantastic - a framer! Can't wait to see all that knitting you are doing.

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  8. It does sound like you've had our weather this winter! I don't mind lots of snow, but the ice storms are so destructive. After our huge ice storm a few years ago, you couldn't pass any forest along the roads without noticing the wide spread destruction of the trees snapped off. You have some beautiful shots of your area, and it all looks magical ... especially the misty woods :) Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Wendy

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  9. Ice storms can wreak havoc! We had school closed one day this winter due to icy roads.
    Your winter walks sound so lovely. And your photos are gorgeous!

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  10. Beautiful pics! That was a lot of snow and ice. We had that last year. But this February is the warmest we've ever had. It was in the upper 70s today.

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  11. Oh wow, I would love to experience that much snow, just for a few days though. The photos are beautiful

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  12. Nature -- she sure does know how to keep us on our feet. But man, she also puts on an incredibly display! I am loving the snow-covered heather photo. That is so beautiful! Can't wait to see more photos of some of your recent knits...they are always inspirational to me!

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  13. Snowmageddon?? The author in you really pops out here, Kristie, and the photographer, such lovely pictures. February has left us with some snow and a couple of days with chaotic scenery on the highways, always a surprise is winter. I live in the south of Sweden and the wind always creates problems when it snows. You can go from dry land to meter high walls in seconds. Mostly we've had days below zero with no snow at all. Still, knitting as lovely as you do calls for some serious winterdays, doesn't it?

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  14. That does sound like extreme weather to me! Those trees have been damaged so badly. A dachshund is not designed for that much snow. Tavi hasn't experienced snow yet! The pictures you took on the walk are beautiful, hope you can soon get up Teapot Hill. Sarah x

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  15. So beautiful, we could have done with a bit of snow over winter rather than rain rain rain. Loving the colours of your projects, looking forward to seeing the finished items.

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