Thanks to Gilles Vigneault for exactly describing what this winter has been like, so far.
So, a ridiculous amount of snow fell yesterday. 37.5 cm according to the University of Waterloo weather department. That’s more than a foot, for you Imperial types. It’s a beautiful, sunny day out there now, which makes it easy to forget yesterday’s unpleasantness. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of winter. Really! I love it. But it’s March, for crying out loud! I’m kind of done with all that!
The picture above fails to convey the sheer snowiness of the landscape outside my window. Like the fact that I shoveled twice yesterday and you can’t tell. Like the fact that the snowbank between my sidewalk and the road is coming dangerously close to being the same height as me. Or the fact that there are maybe 4 car tracks on my street, which means that people have been staying home. Usually, the city removes the snowbanks at some point during the winter, to improve visibility (for when you’re turning corners, or backing out of a driveway) and to make the roads wider than, say, a metre and a half). But they haven’t this year. Not sure why, but it’s making it hard to shovel, because there’s nowhere to actually put the snow. Except maybe the street, which I’m considering.
Oh, and it’s spring forward day, isn’t it. I’m going to go change my clocks…. Ok, done. While I’m here, can I start a rant on how dumb it is to be changing the time twice a year? Nah, it’s been done to death…
Right. Knitting. Well, crochet, in this case.
The picture is fairly true to colour. I don’t know if I love it or hate it. It’s certainly very busy, and there are going to be granny square motifs, equally stripey, all along the outside edge of it. So it’s going to be stroke-inducing. At first, I thought they were crazy when I saw the five colours being used. Now I’m getting used to it. We’ll see how it turns out, all done.
SSS is proceeding apace, helped out tremendously by the fact that Dr. Thingo got the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD (the original. Not those recent abominations) and we’ve been watching them the past couple of evenings.
And on a sad note, my local yarn store is closing. Sadly, the rent at the small mall in the middle of Uptown is getting to be prohibitive and business is not going well. So they’ll be closed by the end of the month. I’ve been shopping for yarn there since I was in university. I may have had my problems with the place, many of which have been resolved recently, but it was wonderful to have a LYS within walking distance. I don’t have a car, so I can’t easily get to the next closest one that’s not a big franchise (it’s in a town that’s about a 20 minute drive from here). I’m going to miss them for sure. And I’m going to go help with the liquidation, but I feel kind of bad taking advantage of the deep discounts since this is the end for them. Kind of like picking over grandma’s stuff after she’s died. I wish the owners and employees good luck in the future.