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My new project is a free Ravelry Download – Agitator Mitts. Fingerless mitts crocheted with worsted weight yarn (I’m using Stylecraft Special Aran in the colour Denim) and a 4.25mm hook.

I have learned a new stitch – extended single crochet (I suppose that would be extended double crochet in the UK).

I am making the smaller size as the recipient I have in mind has very small hands, but if I have any doubts about them I may also make a pair in the larger size.

The rawfood diet is going well, though of course we are only on Day Two. I feel better already, except for the stiff neck, which was worked on again by my chiro today. It’s always good to have nutrient-dense snacks so that you don’t feel hungry and go and fall off the wagon at the first tummy rumble. Here’s what I made tonight – they are good!

CLADs (coconut lime almond date balls)

You’ll need a food processor for this. Blitz one cup natural almonds (fully raw if possible, but if you’re in N America they will probably be pasteurized) until they look like breadcrumbs.

Add one cup desiccated coconut and mix briefly.

Pit some fresh soft Medjool dates and pack them into the one cup measure until full. Tip into food processor and blitz again.

Finally, add the juice of one lime and mix again.

Use wet hands (to minimize sticking) to form mixture into small balls, store in an airtight container in the fridge. Will probably last for a few days if you can resist them for that long.

 

This is huge (about 3 feet across and 12-13″ deep) but thanks to the super bulky nature of the crocheting it only took five days. (Edited to add link to my Ravelry project page so you can see the changes I made from the original.)

I fitted so much stuff in there, you wouldn’t believe! And it makes a great footstool/extra seat/storage for off-season  blankets, extra pillows, whatever.  You could stash extra bedding in it for your guest room. Yarn stash! Christmas cushions! You name it.

Because I started out using up older random yarn (including frogged yarn from a cardigan) and ended up using some nicer stuff (Willow Wash in my two favourite colours and some Red Heart With Love variegated) I actually prefer the colours in the bottom part which will be hidden while in use.

And now it’s late and I really do need my beauty sleep!

 

 

 

 

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Huge, heavy, but oh-so-colourful

 

 

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Close up – especially love the variegated with the three solids

 

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Experimental stuffing 

I knew it was big. But this took

5 crochet/knitted blankets
2 shawls
I commercial throw blanket
2 thin quilts

It occurs to me it would be good for storing spare pillows too. I might have to stuff some in as well as the blankets to get it nice and firm.

I will do some decrease rounds next. The pattern just says to do one decrease round and then make a drawstring. But I’d rather reduce my stitch count first.

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday and I must get out and walk today. I was hoping for at least some sunbathing yesterday but instead Tai Chi Man and I cleaned out the cold room, tidying, vacuuming, relabelling the storage containers, and then I had to make dinner for all five of us (ds1 came over).

Today is May 1st, a new month and a new motivation for raw foods. Tai Chi Man and I plan to eat raw for the month of May. I am hoping to see increased energy, joints feeling young again, clothes fitting a little looser. I have my holiday in June visiting family as extra incentive.

Here goes!

I obviously got a bit carried away when increasing for this pouf. The pattern said to increase until there were eight hdc between increases. No, I thought I knew better, so I went to ten. Diameter was about 26″ so it looked good.

Then I started to work without increasing for the sides and it grew to about 35″ across, not counting the edges that flopped inwards when I took this photo.

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Last night I added more rounds, and my random worsted weight yarn is disappearing fast, and I estimate the sides to be about 8″ deep now. A long way to go yet.

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I love this project though. I can watch Netflix and hook away, no pattern to memorize, no counting, not even a slipstitch to interrupt the flow.

I went to the chiropractor this week. I had a stiff neck for a few days – it felt like a muscle was in spasm in the right side – and it was bearable until I went to work on Tuesday and did a bunch of lifting. We are always moving fabric bolts around, fitting new stuff in, moving older stuff to the discount aisle, lifting and carrying in the usual routine of cutting for people. By lunchtime, my neck was so bad, I could barely sip out of my water bottle or angle my head to take a bite of food. My range of motion was limited to almost nothing. I mentioned it to my boss and she had me do something less strenuous for the afternoon, and thankfully the pain lessened.

A visit to the chiro and a friend who does her own brand of healing helped, but then I went to work Thursday daytime and Friday evening and my neck was aggravated again. I have a follow up chiro on Monday, but in the meantime I’m thinking a swim and hot tub might help.

I am grateful for a work-free weekend to do family stuff. In fact I must call my mum! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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See this? Not happy! Added a couple of granny stripes and thought, nope, poncho not working out – go to the corner, face the wall, time out for this WIP. Yarn has been stuffed back in its bag and shoved aside.

So what do I do when faced with no current projects?

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Of course, multiple strands of random worsted weight and a 15mm hook. This is Super secret storage pouf. Planning to make it bigger than this, as I want to stuff a lot of blankets inside it. Good to be using up more old yarn.

And finally, a small colouring book purchase for our holiday next month.

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I have had so much trouble writing this blog post and getting the photos to load. It should have taken ten minutes and it’s taken half an hour. Grrr! Going to try scheduling this to post in the morning…wish me luck!

 

And it’s done! I don’t like the way the foundation chain gets all stretched out of shape in the centre of the shawl. Something to remember if I meet with that construction in future.

 

Well, I spiffed up my couch cushions…

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I’ve had this cheap and cheerful fabric around for at least a year, I think, and I still have about four metres each of lime on white and orange on white to use up! This worked well for my couch cushions because the couch is brown and I love turquoise. I just cut a metre of fabric, trimmed some off the width to square it up, then put the cushion in the middle, brought in two corners, then brought in the other two corners and tied them together. So much quicker than crocheting or sewing!

My crochet news is that I have finished the Happy-go-Lacy shawl, washed it and pinned it to my ever-so-sophisticated blocking mats. It should be dry very soon as it’s thin yarn and the weather is warm and dry. After I took this photo on my kitchen floor, I very carefully dragged the whole shebang into the living room where it will hopefully not be in the way.

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This used three balls of Red Heart Heart and Sole and a 6mm hook. Next, my boss would like me to make something out of the RH Scrubby which should be fairly quick, though the yarn is quite rough and I’m not sure what it’s going to be like to work with.

 

 

 

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