I seem to be very chatty this weekend.

The smoke and the crappy air quality in the valley led to us postponing the visit to Wild Play so we went to lunch at the only restaurant we ever visit, as it’s vegan and we can eat everything on the menu.

We went with friends and even after we paid the bill we carried on chatting and were there longer than usual. I received a lovely birthday gift of unusual yarn (from a LYS in Nanaimo), a pack of Zentangle cards and some Faber Castell PITT artist pens. And a loan of a book which comes highly recommended by my friend.

The photos I’m going to upload will probably come out all random as I still haven’t perfected their positioning even after years of blogging!

What else have I done today? Started reading the book…started colouring in my Secret Garden colouring book with my new pens…baked gluten free vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting to take to work tomorrow…started using up some sale yarn which I have had in my stash far too long. I’m forcing myself to crochet a big granny square with two strands of this Lion Brand Homespun in the colour Spice, just to get it used up and out of here!

That yarn is new – so new, it wasn’t in the Ravelry database. It’s basically rubber, the thickness is similar to bulky yarn, and I haven’t a clue what to make with it, though the Phildar website suggests jewellery and a small bag. We shall see…

Phildar Phil Techno

Phildar Phil Techno

Homespun blanket in the works

Homespun blanket in the works

Enjoying the new pens

Enjoying the new pens

A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

Recipe from the book Vegan Cupcakes take over the World

Recipe from the book Vegan Cupcakes take over the World

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The Waldorf bag from Nepal – relined to replace the crappy black flimsy stuff that was in there before. And a new leaf button to replace the one that was lost almost immediately.

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Today’s orange sun and lack of a view, thanks to all the smoke in the valley. Can’t see past our own trees.

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The jersey knit skirt, waistband folded down with a bit of elastic inserted for support.

Wow! Amazing how much I can get done when I make a list. We cancelled going to Wild Play (aerial adventure/ziplines) today because of the smoke and decided to go out to lunch instead (seeing as it’s my birthday tomorrow). Fifty three years young! I will be working but intend to take some baking with me to share with my co-workers.

Sweater guts

Sweater guts

My last post itemized a few things that I intended to do. Well, number one is done. While I watched a movie on Netflix (The Baker – quite amusing) I ripped out the sweater.

And here is what it looks like now. A large pile of navy blue bulky acrylic, a small pile of red worsted weight acrylic, and the inevitable pile of scrappy ends from the messy parts (like the grafted armpits).

This yarn is very soft and only lightly twisted and it has not retained much kinking from being knitted into a sweater.

We are experiencing a lot of smoke in the valley again. Apparently it’s being blown north from Washington State. My eyes are sore and my nose is running. By this point in the summer, we British Columbians are looking forward to fall’s cooler temperatures and maybe some rain, if we’re lucky.

Hope you have a super Sunday. :-)

The monster sweater to be frogged

The monster sweater to be frogged

i actually have a weekend of no work or other onerous commitments. So unusual. So it was lovely to have a slow start to the day. As I’ll be working on Monday and won’t have time for housework, I cleaned the bathrooms and kitchen, and did three loads of laundry and hung them out on the clothesline.

The thought of my messy craft room has been bugging me a bit, so I went in there and sorted through all the drawers, bags, shelves and other stuff. Filled a garbage bin, a recycling bin and a couple of bags for the thrift store. Then vacuumed and made a list of things I’d like to get done.

the list:

  1. frog the monster sweater, aka the Elizabeth Zimmermann Wishbone sweater knitted from Willow Wash Bulky
  2. make the waistband smaller on the skirt I sewed a few months ago, as it’s too stretchy and it’s falling off me
  3. line a groovy bag I bought at a Waldorf Christmas sale years ago…the lining shredded quickly and I want to use it again

After that, the list gets more vague, i.e. come up with some scrap projects for yarn and fabric. Maybe even a quilt! I haven’t quilted for ten years but I haven’t forgotten how. The last quilt I made was a scrappy affair that was designed to be used at the beach/park and it’s well-worn and faded and patched now. I still love it as much as ever.

imageI am a bit miffed with WordPress today. I saw an update the other day and did it, thinking YAY! It will fix the app’s refusal to upload photos without crashing. Not!

I just tried it out, and ‘clicked’ on the photo icon and it looked like it was connecting to my camera roll, then…..black. And back to the home screen.

As I was in the app, I also decided to check the blogs I follow. (Most blogs that I subscribe to, I get an email which ensures that I will remember to read the update – often I forget about Reader for weeks.) Well, there are oodles of blog posts in there from random blogs that I never signed up for. Yeah, I can go and block each one, but that takes time. And the blogs I usually follow in there are nowhere to be seen, probably buried in the mass of spam.

I am grumpy about it all! Can you tell? But I won’t let it ruin my day. I have added a serene scene from my beach day earlier this week to make us all feel better.

image imageNo, not me. Vexed is the name of the show I’ve been watching this week on Netflix. Amusing detective series based in Britain. It makes a good accompaniment to crocheting squares and tonight I have added FIVE, yes, FIVE squares to the blanket.

I also finished a water bottle carrier. It’s the one in my sidebar, the Hiking Hydration Unit, of which I made lots last year. After finishing the wavy cellphone bag last week, I decided I needed a coordinating water bottle holder.

It’s late, so I’m just going to pop a couple of photos in here and go to bed. Good night!

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It’s nice to be adding squares once more to the blanket. It’s still too hot to have a pile of yarn in my lap, but the first three rounds of each square are done first, then the fourth join-as-you-go round attaches it to the rest. ┬áNot too much overheating time.

As I just completed the seventh row of squares, it seemed to be a good time to photograph and share. Eighty four squares out of a planned 180, therefore 46% done. I am expecting to add a border too.

The wooden box in the photo is how I’m organising my yarns. As I use each one, it gets moved over to the other side of the divider until they are all used and it’s time to reverse the process.

This Stylecraft Special Aran has a nice woolly feel to it, not acrylicky at all. It seems that a lot of bloggers, especially in the UK, love the Special DK, and I may have to try that one day, especially as it comes in twice as many colours as the Aran.

I keep receiving yarn company newsletters and it’s hard to resist the Deramores ones. However I don’t know whether I can justify to myself a yarn order right now, though that might change if I get some birthday money this month :-)

I have enough yarn to keep me going until the next sale!

It feels like the end of summer is in sight. It’s been a hot dry one, with drought conditions and water restrictions and hundreds of wildfires around the province. Too many fires were human-caused, unfortunately. People just don’t seem to learn. A carelessly discarded cigarette butt or a (banned) campfire can start a massive burn that can cause death and property damage. There’s one at Rock Creek right now that swept through a campground, burnt down the owner’s home, and campers had to leave with just what they were wearing, in some cases bathing suits. I’m not sure what other damage has been caused.

We are forecast to have rain tonight and many people are praying for it. It’s windy and cloudy right now, but still dry. We had a short shower earlier in the day, but not enough to dampen things down to be safer.

The sun has looked orange again today because of the smoke in the air.

Wishing everyone a safe summer’s end. Talk to you again soon.

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