Another Finished Object tonight, the Cowl I started last night.

I doubt that the colours are going to display well, so I may try a daylight shot tomorrow, though this morning wasn’t much for natural light. I drove to work in rain, it was three degrees and I actually lost traction in the parking lot at work and thought I was going to end up embedded in the side of another car. Note to self: paving can still be icy above zero!

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The stitch pattern is simple but a little more interesting than plain old double crochet.

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I added length to this, using 96 foundation single crochets instead of 72, and that made it long enough to double it around the neck. I also added four extra rows to make it wider. It’s 43 inches in circumference and 7.5 inches wide.

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This last photo probably has the best colour. Now that this is done, I can think about a crocheted vest to go with my knitted skirt.

Tired tonight, and work in the morning, so I’m having an early night. But first, here’s a not-very-sharp-but-that’s-probably-a-good-thing photo! Soft focus is good when you get to be over 50!

I wore the skirt today and it was very comfortable indeed.

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Tonight I started on the Luscious Cowl, though I think that the yarn used by the designer must be more thick and smooshy because her stitches look way more ‘filled in’ or dense than mine. Because the Marble Chunky comes in such a huge skein (200g) I made my cowl longer and I think I will also make it wider, so instead of finishing it in one evening it will take two. No big deal.

If I make this again, I will use an 8mm hook rather than a 9, I think. I dislike using blunt plastic hooks, preferring the aluminum ones, but I think the metal ones only go up to 6.5mm.

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I have an 8 hour shift tomorrow, so I’m off to bed!

Lanesplitter is finished. I had a bit of a push to the finish because I am thinking of wearing it tomorrow. My hands were a little tired after half of the K2P2 ribbing but I carried on.

I knotted the elastic – I probably should have sewn it but I wanted to be able to adjust it if necessary. Of course, the casing is all sewn up now so it’s unlikely that I will do that!

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I recently bought two turtleneck tops for winter in colours that I don’t wear often. Black and bright pink. I much prefer teal or turquoise, but those weren’t options. And in fact black and pink will work perfectly with this skirt, so maybe it was just meant to be.

My next project will be a Secret Santa gift for work. I’m sure none of my new colleagues will be reading my blog so I can show you this yarn.

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We were out doing errands today. Ds3 wanted to go to Best Buy to use a gift card, and the LYS just happens to be on the way. Tai Chi Man thought I was joking when I told him to stop at the yarn store, but I assured him I wasn’t!

This is James C Brett Marble Chunky again (same brand as the skirt) in a much brighter colourway. The project I’m planning is the Luscious One Skein Cowl from Moogly which is crocheted and looks quick and simple. I found the pattern on Ravelry but that link goes straight to Moogly.

The Christmas party is mid-December and the budget is $20, so that works well. And it will be the sort of gift-giving where you bring something that’s wrapped, someone will pick it from the pile, open it, and possibly have someone else “steal” it from them, etc etc, until all gifts are opened. The benefit is that as I don’t know who the ultimate recipient will be I don’t need to figure out something that the giftee will like – I can just make something I like!

OK, now I’m off to Ravelry to update my project page :-)

Ha, sorry, I do love a pun. The main part of Lanesplitter is now done and seamed. I haven’t actually tried it on yet, but I will do so before adding any ribbing, I bought a length of waistband elastic yesterday in a rather lovely purple – I know no one will see it but it matches the skirt so well.

Photos show both sides, I think the idea is to wear it with the seam at the side and, as you can see, the colour changing yarn makes for a rather obvious join. I did however make sure that the garter ridges matched up.

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It was a good day at work yesterday. A couple of scheduling wrinkles were ironed out, I took in some baked goods (made from Betty Goes Vegan by Annie and Dan Shannon) which went down well, and had a soak in a hot bath when I returned home. I must be meeting some unfamiliar germs because I feel like I am fending something off, so have been supplementing with vitamins and putting oregano oil on my feet.

We had wet snow yesterday but it didn’t hang around and today dawned bright and sunny. Hope you have a fun and yarny weekend.

This skirt is so easy. A four row pattern with edge increases and decreases to make a rectangle on the bias. I have gone with quite a lot of negative ease on this, so it will stretch considerably over my widest bits but not be too bulky at the waist. When it’s done, I intend to wear it with black leggings underneath. I really hope it looks okay – okay enough that I’m actually willing to leave the house wearing it!

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Once the rectangle is finished, which will be pretty soon, I have to seam it and add some waist ribbing. Getting elastic will be easy as the store I now work at sells it.

This week at work, I have to wear a fetching red T shirt advertising the new membership plan, so I won’t be wearing the skirt with that! But hopefully that’s only for a week or so.

In other news, I have just finished watching all of the episodes that I could find on You Tube of Ally McBeal. I blubbed all over the last one. But some episodes were missing, most importantly the two I was most hoping to see – the ones with Josh Groban in them. Sigh!

While wondering what I was going to watch next, the old British TV series The Survivors came to mind. This is a show that I can still recall, even though it was back in 1975! Every now and then, a scene will pop into my mind. So I was curious, and guess what! I found it on You Tube. I just watched the first episode.

It’s a bit ‘doom and gloom’ as it opens when a virus is spreading rapidly around the world and people are dropping like flies. But I will be interested to see how much of it I remember.

Work again tomorrow, 1 to 9pm this time. I’ll be setting up the slowcooker in the morning. Have a great Friday.

The triangle is growing. The sides are 16″ long now and when I reach 20″ I’ll stop increasing. Well, I’ll decrease on one side and increase on the other so that I get a straight section on the bias.

This photo shows the colours lighter than they really are, but I love the variations in the yarn.

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The pattern has you knit a cotton ribbed waistband and add elastic, but I haven’t decided how to handle that yet. I’ll see how it looks when the main part is done.

I just completed two full days at the fabric store. I’m learning a lot about the different facets of the job…cutting fabric and writing out the bills, dealing with customers’ questions, packaging remnants for sale, etc…and my feet are sore! No shift tomorrow and just five hours on Sunday, so that will be more manageable.

Of course the danger of working in a place like that is that you mentally spend your pay on all the pretty fabric that you see! But as I have the incentive of my pay creating a vacation fund for us, I will be reining in my spending!

An unusual name for a pattern, but a beautiful skirt. This skirt is a free pattern on Knitty and though it uses wool I am of course making it with acrylic. James C Brett Marble Chunky to be exact. Shade MC8, which is a combination of blues and purple.

The pattern is written for Noro, and uses two balls of the same colourway alternated every two rows. I’m just using the Marble as it comes off the skein.

I’ve never knitted a skirt before but have been wanting to do so for some time. Hopefully it’ll be done quickly so I can wear it to work. Yup, work. I now have a paid part-time job at a fabric store that also sells a small amount of yarn. Cool, huh!

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And so to bed…

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