iced blue

The weather has turned so bitterly cold, my now reptilious hands have given up the fight against any cream I slather on and I have been known to wear one of my new hats indoors (actually I love them so much, I'm not sure that's entirely necessary). Early morning the pavements are icy and treacherous.

At the weekend, with the sun shining as beautifully as it is today, we dressed rather quicker than usual and went to the beach for a walk. Little did I think that the beauty of the blue skies above belied the danger on the ground and within moments I slipped down a steep hill on a large sheet of ice, hurting my hand so badly I thought I may have broken it. It hurt so much I was buckled up with the pain, pressing my hand between my knees to try and dull it somehow. Now, the husband, although concerned, wondered out loud more than enough times how in the heck I managed to miss such an enormous length of ice. He actually spent a little too long pondering this question for my liking that I could have swung for him .. only I was one hand down already!

As we soldiered on with visions of hanging up my ski boots for the season, or no skating (really must arrange some lessons), it wasn't until we were back to the safety of a warm home and a boiling kettle, that the true horror set in. What if I couldn't knit? The knowledge that opening a bottle of wine could be troublesome was nothing compared to not being able to pick up the needles.

Fear not, though, dear readers, you will be pleased to hear that anti-inflammatories and an immediate ice pack (huh, she was spoiled for choice there, she says bitterly) worked wonders and, after a couple of days, I am now back to beavering away on my cardigan. Incidentally, many a time have I ruminated on why some Ravellers have so many wips on the go at any one time. But after suffering from this cold spell (being such a delicate flower) I can quite see the appeal because I'm considering going off on a bit of a tangent to knock up this soothing pattern.

Keep warm, northern hemispherites and mind that ice. And as for those of you living in the southern part of this globe, it'll be your turn soon enough, brrrr! Have a great day!


  1. Oh dear Kate, that was a close shave, imagine not being able to knit!!!!!
    Beware of the WIP's, mind you that is a lovely pattern, it's in my Ravelry library too. :)
    Absolutely amazing photos, by the way!
    V xxx

  2. Oh No, glad your hand is ok! Mine the ice! Happy knitting (and wine drinking!) :) x

  3. You poor thing - hope it doesn't stop you knitting that rather lovely cowl.
    England is feeling the cold too this week - we've been promised a blizzard here in Suffolk!

  4. ouch, so glad it is ok, that could have been really nasty. take care x

  5. Ouch, you really. Have my sympathies as I did something similar 17 years ago on steps. I landed on my back as I couldn't grab anything as I was holding a bottle of gin that I didn't want to smash! Rest it and take care if it for several months :-)

  6. So glad that your hand is on the mend! I have often wondered what it would be like to get a hand-disabling illness or injury. It would be very hard to deal with for someone who loves to sew, knit, craft, etc.

  7. There is nothing like the beach in below zero temperatures, but I am so glad there is no permanent injury - you are not being spared the true Canadian experience of frigid temperatures and treacherous sidewalks. Do take care! The photos are beautiful, so much better than the rain, non?

  8. wow--that was a close call.....I can't imagine a day without those needles clicking away!!!!! beautiful pictures...something so special about the beach in winter!! lovely!

  9. Hi there,

    I'm new to your lovely blog here. Nice to meet you :-) I hope you are enjoying life in BC. I spent one of the best years of my life in Vancouver studying at UBC. I lived in Kitsilano, and looks as if your photos were taken from around that area. It still is one of my most favourite places in the whole world. Your photos bring back such wonderful memories.

    Mel x

    PS Sorry to hear about your little mishap and if you could send some of that famous vancouver drizzle down this way to put out these horrible Bushfires that would be lovely ;-)

  10. Oh Kate, it all sounds painful. So glad to know that you are on the mend. Your photos are beautiful.T x

  11. Ouch! That sounds horrid. Glad it's on the mend though - the thought of a winter without knitting?! Shudder.

  12. ~ A new life and so much to learn, Kate...Take Care.
    YOU would quite possibly be skating a little here in the good all UK Too. Brrrr we have gone a little cold with the white seasonal stuff our selves..hehe. Wear those hats and indeed gloves with pride, they are so lovely!
    I have my beret on all day in work, Ooh don't like to be cold!
    Love Maria x

  13. So sorry to hear about your slip on the ice, Kate! Your hand sounded sooo painful! I'm glad it got better quite quickly though....how awful it would be not to be able to knit or do whatever crafting one felt like.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend...take care.
    Helen x

  14. Gosh, poor you! The thought of not being able to knit... Thank goodness you could get back on the needles. The cowl looks gorgeous, and your photographs are beautiful too. Laura xx

  15. Ouch, sorry to hear that. The blue skies are utterly gorgeous though, we have the same here at the moment, ice cold with bright sunshine. I get through mountains of lip salve and hand cream in the winter. I am glad you are alright and knitting and wine opening are back on the cards - Annie

  16. My poor Kate! I'm sorry I'm a little late in delivering my heartfelt sympathy here! I can truly imagine how painful it must have been - the intense cold makes pain even worse, I believe - and husbands are not always the most sensitive creatures at such times! Thank Goodness you can knit. Can you hear my sigh of relief coming from across the seas?

    Keep trucking dear Kate. Unwards and upwards :-)


    ps I still find it wildly exciting and a tad strange to associate your blog with those stunning mountains...

  17. Hi Kate, I'm so glad your hand healed fast. I have not forgotten about knitting the beanie, but there is no chance in this heat! I have favourited the page and as soon as it is a bit cooler I'll be visiting Lincraft for the wool. I want to knit it for my daughter who's in Ontario so it will be for next winter as by the time it is cooler here it will be heating up in your neck of the woods.


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