Posted by: christinelaennec | January 22, 2016

January goings-on

We’re a month past the solstice now, and “the days are starting to stretch” a bit, as they say here.  The mornings are still very dark but it is now still a bit light at 4:15.  When there’s sun, the shadows are wonderfully long:

Long shadows! 14 January 2016, Glasgow.

Long shadows! 14 January 2016, Glasgow.

Last weekend we had a lovely snowfall.  In the photo below, you see the statue of the Duke of Wellington (and in the background on the left, another horserider statue in George Square).  It’s a Glasgow tradition that the Duke of Wellington wears a traffic cone on his head.  A few years ago, the city council debated whether putting a traffic cone on the Duke should be made a punishable offence.  There was a public outcry, to the effect that putting the traffic cone on the Duke is a public service, not an offence, because the sight is so unmistakeably Glaswegian. The measure was dropped. I have never seen the statue without it, although perhaps there are brief periods of time in the middle of the night when the police climb up and take it off?

Snow falling, Glasgow city centre, 16 January 2016.

Snow falling, Glasgow city centre, 16 January 2016.

The statue is in front of the Gallery of Modern Art.  At the moment it is displaying flashing neon signs about Scotland and Scottishness.  Some of them say We [heart] Walter Scott, We [heart] Robert Burns, We [heart] Parsimony…

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 16 January 2016.

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 16 January 2016.

Here is the other horserider statue – I didn’t go investigate to see who he is.  No doubt he is jealous of the Duke of Wellington and wishes someone would put a traffic cone on his head:

George Square, Glasgow, 16 January 2016.

George Square, Glasgow, 16 January 2016.  The City Chambers are at the back of the square.

Our garden was very pretty in the snow:

Hellebore in the back garden, 17 January 2016.

Hellebore in the back garden, 17 January 2016.

There was enough to make a snowman!

The Dafter and her snowman, 17 January 2016.

The Dafter and her snowman, 17 January 2016.

Inside, we are cosy and warm.  I have so much enjoyed playing with the rats and getting to know them.  It’s hard for me to get good photos, but in this one, you can perhaps see that Caspian is very relaxed, his eyes are half shut:

The lovely wee rats. January, 2016.

The lovely wee rats. January, 2016.

Tilly loved the snow and clamoured to go out in it.  She pounced on it, and enjoyed wading through it (it came up to her belly).  But she was spooked by the snowman.  Mostly, though, she has been inside:

Tilly finds a warm spot!

Tilly finds a warm spot!

My Oregon cardigan is progressing, slowly.  Here is the ribbing.  The photo doesn’t do justice to the beautiful colours but it’s the best I can do in Scottish winter light:

Bottom ribbing of the Oregon cardigan. MId-January 2016.

Bottom ribbing of the Oregon cardigan. MId-January 2016.

And for those of you who are curious about steeking, here’s a close-up of the central steek.  You can see that all colour changes begin and end at the steek.  Once the steek is cut, I will pick up stitches to make the button bands, trim all the ends away, and fold the steek stitches back to the inside of the cardigan.  The four-stitch wide section is where I will pick up stitches to make the button bands,leaving only two stitches visible on the right side, to match the other two-stitch wide vertical bands of ribbing.

Front steek of the Oregon cardigan.

Front steek of the Oregon cardigan.

That’s the plan, anyway!

I wish you all a good weekend.  Here we have a birthday to celebrate – much excitement!

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Responses

  1. The days are lengthening here too! It’s already so encouraging! I always used to be annoyed by that traffic cone but maybe now I can see that it’s a tradition. I’m glad they don’t insist on doing that to every horse and rider statue! Yay for the snow man!!! Your sweater is looking beautiful here at its start!!!! I’m making lots of progress on mine but of course mine is chunky weight and very basic. Nothing time consuming about it. 🙂

  2. I am loving your sweater you have such a talent. I am pleased to report there is still no snow here as yet, the temperatures did drop for a while but we are now back to rain. I didn’t know that a traffic cone on the Duke was a tradition, you learn something new everyday. Take care.

  3. I think the statue on horseback in George Square is that of Prince Albert.
    I well remember friends at Strathclyde University taking their weekend costitutional to ensure that the Duke was suitably attired!

  4. your sweater is absolutely gorgeous already – it’s going to be a beaut! I had a laugh when you said the other statue said he probably wishes he had a cone on his head too. How does your cat feel about having rats in the house? or am I stereotyping here? 😉

  5. Wish you all a blessed weekend, and a lovely birthday celebration. I missed your last post – havn’t been reading much due to severe headaches. Lovely picture of your girl (she always has the loveliest smile) and your knitting looks so interesting. Sweet Tilly all snug indoors. My cats have been in due to the cold, but they are bored stiff and getting up to no end of mischief :). Pam in Norway

  6. Ooh the colours of your cardigan are coming out beautifully already! I think I understand the main concept of steeking, but I still marvel at how it all doesn’t come undone! And now I’m curious how the ends will be folded away and stay down neatly. I’ll have to watch this space I guess!
    Love the snowman, and Caspian was particularly cute with his half open eyes 🙂

  7. Ici, la neige était aussi au programme. Elle était très attendue ! Nous en avons profité pour faire du ski de fond sous un ciel très bleu. Pour moi, tricot et couture sont également au programme : un petit bonnet de bébé et un quilt pour le réchauffer : il faut dire, à ma grande joie, que je vais être grand-mère pour la première fois, dans quelques mois ! Très bon week-end à vous et joyeux anniversaire à celui ou celle qui est concerné !

  8. I loved seeing the snowy pictures of Glasgow. And the best one was seeing the lovely Dafter and her snowman! Thank you for sharing the photos of your amazing sweater. I’m so intrigued with the idea of steeking. I too wonder what Tilly thinks about the rats. Give her a hug from Lilly. My best to you, Pat xx

  9. Love the traffic cone on the Duke. Well done Glasgow. Hope the birthday was lovely.

  10. I’m glad you liked the story behind the Duke of Wellington’s traffic cone!

    To those of you who are wondering what Tilly thinks of the rats: she has never seen them. The door to the Dafter’s room is now closed most of the time, or when it isn’t (we move them most nights to the bathroom for playtime, and obviously we also air out her room!), Tilly is behind a door elsewhere in the house. I think she has decided we are protecting her from something dangerous in the Dafter’s room. She hears them, I know, running on their wheel for example. And she definitely smells them, especially when one of their hammocks is in the laundry pile. But we try to give her no less attention, and she seems pretty happy and relaxed.

    To my knitting friends, I had hoped to have something to show you, having knitted the first ten rows or so above the ribbing, BUT then I realised I hadn’t quite aligned the pattern properly! And so I have taken out these rows and am just starting out the pattern again – placed as it should be. That will make me very happy! I never mind reknitting. Twice the fun for your money!

  11. I love seeing your Glasgow photos. They really make me miss the place.
    I’m not sorry to have missed the snow, however (I was in Spain when it hit), and am very impressed by you all venturing out in it!

    I hope the birthday celebrations were enjoyable and that you’re all doing well. xo

  12. It looks like you had a just right snow to make a proper snowman 🙂

    I just read that in a horse statue with a rider, the number of hooves on the ground indicates how the rider on the statue died. Have you read that?

    I admire your knitting ability, Christine! I have been crocheting a border around the latest preemie blanket I knit.

    We are noticing a bit more light here, too! xx


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