Monday, May 18, 2009
Shame the weather wasn't better. Because the tulips are spectacular. Bed after bed of fully blooming tulips in every colour of the rainbow. During WWII, while Mom lived in Nazi-occupied Holland the Dutch Royal family was evacuated to Canada. And while here, Queen Juliana gave birth to Princess Margriet. As a thank you present she sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to the city of Ottawa - laying the foundation for Ottawa's annual tulip festival.
The chilly temperatures gave Edward a chance to try his new sweater - the sweater started by Mom, the sweater I finished after Mom's passing. It's still big for him - so it will fit next fall and winter - but it looks great on him. The colour suits him to a T. I couldn't be happier with that little sweater.
While in Ottawa we visited Knit-Knackers on the main floor of an old house off Bank Street in Ottawa. Everywhere you look is fabulous yarn. Good thing I don't live in Ottawa - there'd be many lost hours spent there. What'd I get? Two large skeins of blue/green handspun - eek, me knitting handspun!?!! My sister insisted the colours were too beautiful to resist. And several skeins of Noro Iro. More baby blankets for the Warm Hands Network in the queue now. I avoided the siren call of the odd ball bin - can't beat those bargains, but it's heartbreak to fall in love with something only to find there isn't enough to knit anything. Fun to look at everything; my sister and sister-in-law enjoyed it too. All the while Edward crawled around in his hand knit sweater and hand knit socks, playing with a small ball of Baby Alpaca and charming everyone in the store.