FO Friday: Happy Canada Day and 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

Hello, wishing you all a happy Canada day! We celebrate July 1st. As many of you are not Canadian and are unfamiliar with Canada, I hope you will find this post a little interesting.

This year we are also celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. This site shows a timeline and history of the conflict that galvanized the citizens of this colony of Britain. After 3 separate attempted invasions during the war, Canadians actually started to think of themselves as Canadians. Up to this point most Canadians saw themselves as European colonists, or communities of expats from other countries.

As a proud Canadian, these  celebrations with fireworks and military reenactments are important to who we are!

War was declared on our colony June 18 1812, we were viewed as easy pickings as the war in Europe was drawing the attention of Britain away from North America. This is actually far more complicated than I can comment on here.  None the less, we as a small population fought to protect ourselves, and with our native allies, survived to become a nation in 1867.

Today we are close friends with our neighbours to the south and yet maintain our more European culture and connections. That’s something to celebrate!

Also wishing our neighbours a Happy 4th of July!

Did you know that the original Fort York still exists in downtown Toronto? In 1812, this was the location of the Parliament of Upper Canada.

Well on to this weeks Finished objects, these are for the Craft Fair next month. These are for a fundraiser to build a wheelchair ramp into the hall at our church hall which was built in 1856. My object was to think of items that are more general in their appeal.

Six Untangles Pattern here

Box of Untangleds waiting to be glued

 6 only 4 more to go. Believe it or not these are starting to get old…

XL Coffee Cup sweater  Free pattern here

The Box

6 of 12 done!

I am looking for ideas for other projects, suggestions would be welcome.

Please post in comments with links if possible, Thanks :0) 

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 = 32 + 7 = 39

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 =  2 + 9 = 11

Stash used 2012 = 51 + 3 = 54

Stash Purchased 2012 = 68

Beryl Blanket Hexes =  48

Books = 19

Take Care and cya next week

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WIP Weds and Friday’s at Tami’s

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andrea Morrison (@wonderwhygal)
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 06:35:44

    I can imagine that the tangled is starting to get old. I don’t think I could repeat a pattern like that.

    Happy Canada Day!
    I’ve actually been to the Fort. My husband was Air Force and whenever we visit anywhere, he always wants to visit any historical military sites. I actually have a photo very similar to the one you posted.

    Keep up the knitting mojo!


  2. wooldiaries
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 09:06:23

    I am thinking as I type of out the box patterns that are quick and will appeal to the masses. Pause while I think. Nope can’t think of anything off hand. Oh wait what about coin purses, with zips?


  3. kitenswithmittens
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:40:35

    Good idea!


  4. Voie de Vie
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 13:02:10

    Happy Canada Day! Thanks for that background and a different perspective on the War of 1812. I haven’t yet been to Toronto, but it’s high on my must-visit places.


    • kitenswithmittens
      Jun 30, 2012 @ 12:46:43

      As this is a very complicated and controversial event in our shared history, I tried to give a more simplified explaination to those who are unfamiliar with this conflict. More information is available over the web.


  5. Kathryn | Alpacamundo
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 21:09:58

    The developer/supplier I work with as part of my day job is based in Toronto, so I knew that Monday was Canada Day. I did not know it was related to the war of 1812 though.

    I am also happy that our two countries are friends. 🙂

    Enjoy your holiday.


  6. kitenswithmittens
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 17:50:59

    The War of 1812 began June 18, 1812, and a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act (BNA Act) 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867, in Canada), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the name was changed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as by Canadians internationally.


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