Normally I don't make you suffer through a lot of other non-knitting stuff before I give you the yarny updates. Today will be an exception.
I had to go to the eye doctor again today (third time in three weeks - such is the downside of becoming old and blind) and it's only about a 15-minute walk from my work. I'm a solitary creature and always have been, so I occupy myself with walking and audiobooks and taking the occasional cell phone picture.
Today's picture walking was epic.
The first item to catch my eye is one of those old heritage houses on Barrington Street. The buildings with the oval blue or green plaques are designated heritage buildings. This one is particularly lovely. I wonder what the room at the very top is like inside.
Then at the bottom of Spring Garden Road and Barrington (really technically on Spring Garden Road) is a city landmark. It's what passes for a cathedral in these parts. I believe it's Catholic, but don't quote me on that.
The red brick building is associated with the church building. Come to think of it, this may be Saint Mary's Basilica. Anyway, it's fascinating and beautiful architecture.
On my way back from the eye doctor, I managed to get an entire full shot of the Hark! A Vagrant mural.
I cut down by Pizza Corner on Grafton Street. (I think it's Grafton Street). I should have taken a picture of Drala - where I got my orange backpack. But I have to go back to the eye doctor AGAIN to pick up my multifocal contacts, so I'll try to remember it next time.
Then I walked by Mary Janes and The Black Market. [The Lad had to remind me that the second store is called the Black Market. I thought it was all Mary Jane's. I lied on Instagram. So shoot me].
Mary Janes (which is one of those funny-smelling stores which I suspect gives rise to a whole lot o' Doritos cravings) has kind of a funky bee and flower mural on the outside. [Next time I will angle the phone horizontally to get the entire thing in...]
How cool is that? You know my fondness for art and public art.
Next to it is another store, and I was blown away [no pun intended as you shall see] by the vibrant colours and the total aesthetic impact. It looks a bit Moorish and Moroccan and lush and kind of textiley.
From left to right:
Well, how colourful and bright! And look! There are sugar skulls in the window! Look at all the pretty things in the window.
I am going to haul out paint and canvas, because this is so awesomly amazing, I must render it larger and for mine own walls... I'm going to do something very Grant Leier / Nixie Bartonish with these.
And that was before I looked closely and saw some of the products on display. So this is what kept me giggling like a loon all afternoon.
No wonder the Buddha is smiling. And @piddleloop Jen made a very witty remark on Instagram about the proximity to the beaver.
And just across the road from that is the old public library.
Apparently we have a local theme going on.
Then back to work and I passed a musical mural and a kind of interesting artsy decorative wall shrubbery thing outside the Vic building.
On the sock front, I ended up frogging my BMFA STR LW Sweet Pea Jazz Strings sock because I needed the yarn for double knitting.
Goodbye and farewell.
I started the double knit sock which is Tour de Sock #6.
In fact, I started it several times.
And I switched yarn several times.
I am not going to finish it. I'm on about row 13. I have given myself permission not to do it. My other teammates don't seem to want to lynch me. I've done 5 of them and used sponsor yarn for all five, so that's an extra 5 points to my team. I don't care if I get a DNF.
I started a project page but didn't link to the pattern. I will take it down at the end of July. It is full of swear words and pattern hatred. I named the project "Double Fuck Off" which kind of gives you an idea of how I'm enjoying it.
So instead, I cast on Tulip by Cookie A. I'm on the heel flap of number one. I would have turned the heel last night, but we were watching Harry Potter.
I also finished the first Sadie Sue Tipsy sock.
Princess is home, and the Lad's birthday is today. I had to actually do some math today to figure out how old he is.
I am a terrible mother.
So in light of all the riot of colour, I will save my backlog of stash enhancement for another day.
I'm off to chortle like the 12-year old that I am...