Sunday, 2 September 2007

It's a Girl!

Yesterday Skip and I went to the Ukrainian Festival at Harbourfront. We watched Ukrainian dancing, ate south Asian food and Mexican churros. I bought a folder that had 1472 photos of Ukrainian Easter eggs- pysanky. It is in Ukrainian so I'll have to get some translations for some of the things but the different regions of Ukraine are represented by their typical egg patterns (i.e. Hutsul region eggs have a lot of black on them). This is a pysanka from the Hutsul region:

I started the fingerless gloves with the Drops alpaca yarn and stayed up WAY too late knitting but I just couldn't put it down. It feels so nice. I designed a pattern with a K2,P2 ribbed cuff and two cables on the back of the hand and stockinette on the front. I'll improvise the thumb when the time comes. I started it on dpns (Clover bamboo 2.75mm Clover) but switched to Addi Turbos 2.5mm and they seem to be the same diameter - go figure.

Today we went to the Hispanic Fiesta at Mel Lastman Square in North York. We arrived in time to see folkloric shows from Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Bolivia. I ate Cuban tamales, an empanada (similar to a Jamaican patty with a doughy crust), a churro (deep-fried star-shaped extruded dough rolled in sugar) and a soursop popsicle. Skip ate the same stuff minus the churro and his popsicle was mango-flavoured. This is what churros look like:

We stopped in at Fred's mother's nursing home to drop off a couple of magazines. She was eating dinner so we didn't stay. She seemed disappointed but we didn't want to wait. We'll go visit her next week sometime.

When we got home, we were surprised to find that Chewy was out of the chrysalis and had its wings completely unfurled.

I had noticed this morning that the chrysalis had turned dark so I knew it was just a matter of hours before it would metamorphose into a butterfly.

We took Chewy outside - still attached to the lid of the 'Bug Bottle' and just watched to see what it would do. It flew a couple of feet to one of the pepper plants, landing near the bottom. It then climbed up to the top of the plant.

After a few minutes, it flew to the other side of the yard landing on a sea holly where it stayed for about 20 minutes. Then it flew off.

When I came back in the house, I checked information on the Internet to see whether it was a male or a female. Males have a characteristic black dot on each wing.
Females do not have the dots and the black veins between orange patches are wider.

Chewy was definitely female - ergo the title of today's post.

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