No, fortunately it is not I who am having the bad day. I had a good day at the gym this morning, and I managed to complete Off the Record: Linden Shades (no hints or skips all the way through, thank you very much). I did have to do a bunch of work work, and I have more tomorrow (including copious amounts of grocery shopping for NAOSH week). That's not ideal, given that I've spent my last two complete weekends in a marking frenzy (plus a whole whack of evenings). I'm glad April is over.
This is the last I ever have to deal with these.
But I'm digressing, and I'm only on the third paragraph.
The reason it's a bad day for someone is that the house three doors down was on fire today. I've never actually seen a house fire before. There was black smoke bellowing from the master bedroom window. I took more video than photos and have not a clue how to embed videos in the blog, so you'll have to make do with photos of fire trucks.
No one was hurt.
At the height of the excitement, there were 4 fire trucks, a tactical unit, 2 fire supervisor SUVs and 3 police cars. Not bad for a gloriously sunny May day in Halifax. [No ambulances because no one was injured -- not even sure whether the owners were at home.]
Ironically, the house on fire is owned by a police officer, I believe.
It was a spectacle. Yes, indeedy. In fact, there were so many people coming out to watch, it was a veritable block party. All that was missing was the marshmallows on sticks.
The first fire truck drew up across from the house on fire. I knew something was up when the firemen started unwinding the hose. I've never seen that before. They don't generally do that for false alarms.
The fire must have been in the upstairs -- the smoke was coming out of the master bedroom window. It smelled electrical.
The second truck arrives.
The third truck arrives. Good thing I had no plans to go anywhere - I was hemmed in. Note buddy the quick change artist getting out of truck #3 and donning his gear.
The looky-loos come out and the first police car parks diagonally to stop any vehicular traffic.
I have no idea how to embed videos. If you're lucky and you click on these links, you'll get the videos. Fire truck #4 came around the block from the other end and parked at the front of fire truck #1. They had to use the extension ladder thing. It was quite fascinating.
This is three times now that I've experienced exciting goings on in my neighbourhood.
The first was in 2010 in the old house when the car came around the corner and tipped over in the next-door neighbour's driveway. For my six readers who weren't following me then, it was captured in pictures in this post. It's worth checking out the post for the wow factor.
The second time was two Novembers ago (2012 I believe) when there was a little incident with another neighbour and a gun and some smashed windows and french doors and a big police standoff. I don't have photos of that, though. Sorry to disappoint.
Anyway, that's mostly the non-knitting portion of the blog.
Off the needles I have finished my When Doves Fly socks. The yarn is an 80/20 MN blend by White Birch Fiber Arts ("Friends don't let friends craft with insipid yarn") in the Purple Rain, Purple Rainbow colourway. I love the yarn. These were orignally going to be for me, but then Princess claimed them. (What else is new?)
I reversed the direction on the second sock so that the rainbow striping sequence is upside down. They're fraternal ("mismatched") so Princess is even happier.
I'm on a self-striping kick, so I went to grab the next contender out of the bin. This is what I pulled out. Look closely at the label. One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just isn't the same. I didn't even notice when I got the yarn. I think I entered it on Rav as "Enterprise". Because that's of course what the label says.
There is no white, no navy, no flecks, no red, and no grey. As you can see, it is eye searingly bright neon and black.
The actual colourway is Event Horizon. Here's the first sock in progress.
There has been some stash enhancement as well. Or some woolpig, however you choose to look at it.
It's all in the form of self-striping yarns. There's some Fishknits, some TurtlePurl, and some (more) White Birch Fiber Arts.
I think I'll string it out over several posts.
Here's the Fishknits yarn. The Canadiana contains the colours of the iconic Hudsons Bay Co. blankets. There's only one stripe of each of the four colours on the leg, and the rest is au naturel. The Gabardinee is similar to TurtlePurl's Trenchcoat (formerly known as Burberry). [Ask me how I know about the similarities....] And the third is a white and red stripe with stellina. My feet will look like candy canes. Or, more likely, barber poles.
And speaking of stellina, it's all over my head. When did that happen?
I leave you with the photo of the HFD Division Commander. There were actually two of them. So I guess they were co-commanders.