- Jean Cockburn
- Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
- Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
We had a lovely typical Saturday today. We went to recycling in the morning and picked up the Globe and Mail newspaper and some milk at the store. We had a simple lunch then JM watched hockey in the TV room and I played with origami over at the studio/cottage. Then I had a nice 40 minute walk up Wren Road at 4 PM, during which dusky time I saw 4 deer and a flicker. Then home to start our New Year Eve's dinner, macaroni and cheese by special request of the other diner. In honour of the occasion, I made Cheese and Pasta Gratin from Alice Water's Simple Food.
|The house looks very welcoming as I return from my walk.|
|The Cheese and Pasta Gratin, aka Mac and Cheese, prior to its final 15 min at 400F in the oven.|
|This is a wonderful cook book.|
|The bubbly was poured once I had finished preparations.|
|The studio/cottage at dusk.|
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The day after Christmas and many of us are out for a walk. I remember this phenomenon since I was a child; a true if unacknowledged Canadian tradition. After being cooped up inside with so many people and excitement, and eating and drinking too much, on December 26 we feel the need to get fresh air and exercise and maybe some solitude. I remember doing this in Alberta at minus 30 degrees, so our local maritime temperature of plus 8 degrees is much pleasanter.
|Where Chickadee Lake meets the shore|
|The Chickadee Lake trail|
|The boardwalk over the adjoining marsh|
|An ant hill with deer footprints|
|An old cedar rail fence|
|Memorial bench for Marilyn's mother|
One of the Christmas gifts that I made this year that I enjoy seeing in use on a daily basis.
Here is the list of what I made for gifts this year:
|New dressing gown and the New Yorker|
- sewed dressing gown for JM
- knitted socks for JM
- crocheted Japanese room shoes for AB
- knitted hat and scarf for MMc
- knitted socks for JRC
- knitted socks for KEC
- knitted socks for KJC
- sewed dress for MLM
- knit Aran vest for RJM
- knit scarf for GM
- sewed tapestry tote for SP
- knit socks for MB
- crochet covered rocks for KT and VB
- sewed 2 small bags for Quilting gift exchange and school raffle basket
- made blackberry and mahonia berry jam for 12 family members and took 1 jar as a hostess gift
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Ta da! I finished Katie's socks this morning, then J. and I rode our bikes in the beautiful winter sunshine down to the store to mail them off.
|This pattern is called "Genome Socks" because the cable pattern looks like chromosome pairs. Perfect for Katie! I bought the lovely Hazel Knits 'piquant lite' 9 ply hand painted fingering yarn at Sock Summit last July, 2011 in Portland.|
Monday, December 19, 2011
I drove home from a Tai Chi workshop in Parksville, and arrived at the ferry terminal just at dusk. I was able to get a quick photo of the ferry in the dock. By the time I was actually on the ferry at 5 P.M. it was very dark.
|The ferry in dock, with Christmas lights around the upper bridge.|
|The lights as viewed through my car window, from on the ferry.|