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A Newfoundland Photography and Knitting Blog by Betty Nolan

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Aww, C'mon Ellen!

We had a small snow storm yesterday and it put Ellen right in the mood for reading. When she saw that I had a reading blanket almost finished for Andrea and Stephan's store, that was it! She promptly decided that she wasn't going out and about with us today, but staying home reading instead. It was sunny and not too cold in the afternoon, but no sir, Ellen made it clear she wasn't going anywhere!  So, John and I went on to Cape Spear without her.

I brought extra clothing because it's usually really windy and cold at Cape Spear, but today it was lovely. I even ended up taking off my hat! Ellen really should have come along. We even got a couple of Doggie Paparazzi pictures!

Back to the reading blanket.... I call it a Sunny Reading Blanket because the yellow is a happy colour.  It is machine knit in pieces using Loops & Threads Impeccable (100% acrylic). It's finished measurement is 63"x72" and it took 3,056 yds of yarn. All the pieces are crocheted together and the perimeter is crocheted as well (6 times around). Even though it is machine knit, it has a total of 1,600 rows on the machine. My knitting machine is not electric so it was kinda like a work out! 

Look at Ellen sitting pretty all wrapped up by the fire! Who says big girls can't play with dolls? :-)

Poor tree! Doesn't have much of a chance up here.


See how well this dog blends into the environment?

You can see the lighthouse in the distance

A few big waves on the move today

Lots of steps - this is the upper part

Looking back toward Town - Cape Spear Road

This picture is looking beyond Cape Spear. This is the end of the trail.

See my tiny yellow car in the parking lot?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Think It's a Secret, Ellen!

I finally finished the wrap/scarf that was supposed to be finished before Christmas! It's hand knit using a Vogue Knitting pattern with Knit Picks sugarbunny (80% merino wool, 20% angora). I finished it on the snow day last week, blocked it and it was ready to go for Sunday. Ellen was delighted that it was completed so we could do a photo shoot.

Every few months I take a run down to the South Side of St. John's Harbour. It's a different place every season so after a fresh snowfall I had to go for a look. I think it's such a cool place. All the fishing boats are docked, their crab pots are ready to go, but yet, there's a busy city right across the Harbour. There's something nice about looking across at the Waterfront. If you go up the South Side Road a little further, there's Fort Amherst. We'll have to go there sometime soon. That's another interesting place!

There are small bolted doors built into the cliffs along the side of the South Side Road. Some say ammunition used to be stored in there during the war and some people think the fairies used to live there. Perhaps they still live there because they can't get out. :-) I think what's inside those doors is a secret. A little mystery is good thing.

Then there's all the ice hanging from the cliffs. That, in itself, is a sight to behold! Makes the place even cooler (pardon the pun!) 

See the Basilica? Love all the coloured houses!

See The Room? (museum and archives)

The large white building is The Battery Hotel.

First sign of crab pots this year.

Portion of Battery Road

Water is pouring off the cliff behind the ice.

This is about 60-70 feet high.

An old train car. Trains no longer run in Newfoundland.