July 06, 2016

Botanical Blues/ Watercolour Finish

July 6, 2016

 Almost every day I have a pen or pencil in hand. That means I have quite a few pictures to choose from for painting. Next up on the painting board a fairy. 

 "The Pretty Pair."

Progress on the Rustling Leaf Beret.  Tosh sock. Colourway well water. A row here and there adds up. I am so pleased to be able to knit again. 


I've been searching for this book on Canadian Wild Flowers by Catherine Parr Traill for some time.  It's second hand, but is in good shape. There's another one I'd like to own, but haven't found it yet. For those of you who may not know, Catherine and her sister came to Canada from England in the 19th century.  Catherine wrote the Backwoods of Canada and she sister Susan Moodie wrote Roughing It in The Bush. ( They each wrote two books about pioneer life.)  If my memory serves me correctly, it was Susan who spent a winter alone in the bush with her children while her husband was off working. Can you imagine?

Thank goodness Catherine had the foresight to collect and record Ontario's wild flowers. Her niece Agnes Fitzgibbon illustrated her wild flower books. Catherine knew expansion would deplete much of the wood lands and she was, of course, way ahead for her time. I'd love to see Catherine's herbarium housed at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Have a great week...


  1. Wow, Dixie! The paintings are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing a little history about the book, I always enjoy reading them. Love the colour of your Beret and the pattern is beautiful. I am so happy to see you knitting again. Just a friendly reminder, knit slowly :)


  2. No I cannot imagine living isolated in winter conditions with my children whilst, my husband is absent for all those months! Your drawings and paintings never fail to inspire me; they are gorgeous. Lovely knitting, Dixie; such a pretty pattern.

  3. You are so talented! The Pretty Pair is amazing!

  4. How I wish I could draw...Those are so beautiful. I do knit, although I have nothing on the go at the moment but two projects bought for. I live in southern Ontario too, about as far south as you can get, in Kingsville on Lake Erie. I've heard of Catherine's book; will keep my eyes out for a copy as I'm always curious about the flora around me here, being originally a prairie girl.

  5. Your art work is beautiful and I love your knitting - such a gorgeous colour and texture and 'Well Water' is a wonderful name for it :)


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