Friday, March 25, 2011
Atlantic Seaboard WIP
So after working ridiculous 12 hour shift and trying to get ready for my new dispatch academy that starts in two weeks I finally just said "forget it" and snuck in some stitches. I think my favorite part of this pattern are the stories that go along with every row (I am currently working on row 15, out of 33.) This pattern represents the Canadian Atlantic Seaboard. I have learned that the Anne of Green Gables house is in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island (who knew she was Canadian?) That Irish moss is red algae that is gathered or raked on the beach from the surf after storms and is used to thicken toothpaste, shoe polish and ice cream. Dulse is a coarse red seaweed that is dried and eaten like potato chips. The Atlantic Canadian coast has an abundance of wild flowers in the spring, including heather and thistle (neither one native to the land- but both transplants from Scotland). And that "Nova Scotia is the Christmas tree capital of the world. In 1917 a massive explosion nearly destroyed Halifax, Boston sent millions of dollars worth of aid and supplies. In gratitute the people of Halifax presented Boston with one of its finest trees to serve as the city's offical Christmas tree in Boston Common. And every year since, a special Nova Scotian tree is selected and shipped to Boston to show the province's thanks for its neighbors help in time of need."