3 Questions : Julie

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

This week, I have the privilege of throwing three random questions at the lovely Julie of Knitted Bliss. I first found her through Ravelry or some other knitting source. Her collection of

patterns

is impressive (I’ve tried

one

already and can’t wait to try more.) But I enjoy her blog for more than just her patterns. Her own knitting projects are impressive and inspiring. Plus, every week, she shines a spotlight on a fellow knitter who did a clever or beautiful modification to an existing pattern. As well as shares some of her favorite things from around the web (I’ve found a lot of great things through those posts.) And, like all my favorite bloggers, she shares a bit of her life as well, all the little things that fill her days and bring a bit of joy.

Did your mother or grandmother make a specific food you loved?My grandmother used to make these amazing coconut squares with pink icing, which are sometimes called Pink Lady Squares, or Pink Party Squares, or even Pink Angels. They have a graham cracker base, a condensed milk and coconut middle, and a pink icing top- they are insanely sweet and indulgent, but my grandmother used to make them all the time when I was a kid. Even though she passed away about 5 years ago, and in the years prior to that her Alzheimer’s was too severe for her to bake anything anymore; my mom or my aunt will still make these squares around christmastime, and having them there on the holiday dessert tray is a bit like having my grandmother’s spirit in the room.

What is the story behind one of your scars?I have a scar on my shoulder from last summer, when I had a lump removed. The very phrase ‘lump removed’ makes people panicky and immediately think of cancer, but it was benign- it’s called a lipoma, which is basically just fatty tissue. When I was pregnant with my daughter, it grew rapidly (no doubt my body was in the mode of growing everything!) until it was the size of a mouse, which is not something you really want to have to live with if you don’t have to. The funny part is that while Canada has amazing healthcare, since the lump wasn’t actually affecting my health, it was deemed a cosmetic issue and I was referred to a plastic surgeon. I had never been in a plastic surgeon’s office before, and I had to have three appointments- the consultation, the surgery, and the follow up to remove the stitches. Being in a plastic surgery environment is stepping into a completely different world- everyone who worked there was tall and lean, had lashes the length of butterfly wings (due to a product that they sold there), and looked incredibly good- nurses in their 50s looked maybe only a few years older than myself. Everything was white, there were chandeliers in every room, except the surgery- that room had an entire wall of cabinets that held nothing but breast implants, which you could just make out from the frosted glass of the cabinets. It was such a surreal experience, to be having a cosmetic surgery, even though it wasn’t cosmetic in the conventional sense, and surrounded by people for whom this was a very normal sort of environment.

What is your favorite movie line?I’m not sure I could pin down a favourite movie, but one I enjoy watching again and again is Midnight in Paris. Partly because I’m love with the jazz age, partly because a lot of my favorite writers are represented in the film, and partly because of this scene that I find endlessly hilarious- Gil, the main character, has found a rip in the fabric of time and can visit Paris in the 1920’s anytime after midnight. While on one of his visits to this time, he is sitting with several great thinkers and artists of the time, confessing that he has fallen for a girl from this era. Their responses are priceless, and show there are a lot if different ways to look at the same thing:

Man Ray: A man in love with a woman from a different era. I see a photograph!

Luis Buñuel: I see a film!

Gil: I see an insurmountable problem!

Salvador Dalí: I see rhinoceros!

Be sure to check out Julie’s blog, Ravelry, Pinterest and Twitter.

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