Category Archives: hand knitting

Stash Enhancement eXpedition

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S.E.X. = more yarn for me!

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Michaels have a pretty good sale on right now and I went there today with a couple of coupons. As it turned out, the yarn that caught my eye was on sale (from $13 down to $6) so I didn’t need the coupons, and the yarn fumes might have gone to my head a bit. I bought eight 200gram skeins, two of each colour.

No specific plans for them – just tucking them into stash with the thought that they might make nice scarves.

What would you make with these?

WIP: Nash’s Sweater

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Hello crafty peeps

I didn’t want to leave you in the lurch so despite spending quite a chunk of time posting to my other site today (a chunk of time that was an unexpected gift because work was quiet today and I was asked if I wanted to go home early) I thought I’d update you on the current knitting project.

First I’d like to show you the cute project I made from this pattern before. It’s a really sweet design with the simple closure at the front. After I made the hat last week, I hoped I’d have enough of the Euro Baby Maypole yarn to make a matching vest using this pattern. (Both of those links are to my Ravelry project pages.)

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I think we can all see that this is a game of yarn chicken right here. I have used nearly a whole ball and I’m not even up to the armpits. The partial on the left is what’s left over from the hat. What are the odds that I’ll actually finish this vest before the yarn runs out?

I just thought – if I really do need more, I could go back to that yarn shop in May and get some more. Heck, I’ll be going there anyway. Who can resist a yarn shop when on holiday, eh! It won’t be the same dye lot, but that probably doesn’t matter, considering the self-striping nature of this yarn.

Potential problem solved! In fact, I’ll email my sister and ask her what the name of the shop is. Maybe she will even be willing to take a drive over there to see if they still stock it. It’s a small island, it’s not far.

Good night all, and talk to you again soon.

 

FO: Maypole Hat

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Well, WordPress is trying to confuse me. They’ve done some sort of update or rehash of their site and now all the tools that were on the left are on the right. Sometimes  I feel like saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Anyhoo, here’s the hat that was a WIP last time I posted. The diameter is about 16 inches, which I think is probably a 6 month old baby size. I still have part of one skein left plus a second, so it would be nice to make something else to match. I just haven’t decided what yet. I did a Ravelry search and didn’t come up with anything, except for one possibility, and it’s a little sweater I’ve made before from a library book, so I have placed a hold on it again. It’s Nash’s sweater and I could make it with or without the sleeves.

As I said before, this is Euro Baby Maypole, 100% polyester, and just in the knitting of the hat it’s already gone a little fuzzy so I don’t know how durable it is. Pretty colours, though. The ribbing was done with 5mm needles, and the stockinette with 5.5mm.

This was our view this morning –

The neighbour was out clearing snow off her car. Mine lives under our carport, not that I had to drive anywhere today anyway.

Yup, it snowed all day yesterday while I was at work (and I had to brush three inches of snow off the car so that I could see to drive home) and it was snowing this morning when I got up too. It didn’t last, though – by dinnertime, the sun had melted off quite a bit of it.

I had one of those lovely days today when my kitchen diary was completely blank  – no work, no appointments, no outside commitments – so I had a very sedentary morning (sorry, Fitbit)! This afternoon, though, I made up for it, doing multiple loads of laundry, cleaning bathrooms, the kitchen, the front entryway, and cooking scalloped potatoes, nut roast and date squares for dinner. Now that I have work some days, I appreciate the days when I’m home and can make more of an effort in putting a decent meal together.

Tonight, Tai Chi Man fancied a change of scene so booked us a couple of tickets to go to the movies. We are going to see The Ballerina, an animated movie which I’m sure will be cute and funny. My husband isn’t one for loud and violent films.

I hope Spring is springing in your part of the world. No sign of it here yet but we are supposed to see double digits (Celsius) next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitting, crochet and courses

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Whoopee! I am now a graduate of the Centre for Nutrition Studies whole food plant-based nutrition programme. I even have a badge for my blog, which is now in the sidebar near the top. It doesn’t fit in that well at the moment. I think it may be time for a renovation around here. I’ve been using the same WordPress template for, like, forever!

So that’s one FO! A finished course, for which I will get a certificate. I did the course partly for myself, partly so I could help others by educating them about healthy eating by not just giving them my opinion but actual facts backed up by actual science. And now I CAN!

The other FO is a crochet one which I whipped up in a little under an hour today.

It’s a cute lamb lovey, made from a kit that we sell at the store. It’s more expensive there than online, but I get a staff discount. And I’ve been eyeing these kits for ages. They come in many colours (always with three different colours/textures in one ball) with a different animal head or ball to go on top.

Rather than go with the crowd and knit a hat, I crocheted a granny square and added the lamb’s head to the centre. I was inspired by someone on Ravelry who has been posting photos of her projects to one of my favourite groups, the Colourful CALs/KALs group.

If you can’t find these at your local yarn store, they have them at Herrschners.ca. They are called DMC Top This knit hat kits.

What else? Ah yes…

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Knittin’…..started these Baby Janes a couple of days ago. Haven’t picked them up since. But if I actually get them finished they will match the bubble gum blanket’s border and will make a cute set. It’s a free pattern from Red Heart – I found it at work in the yarn section.

And the caterpillar is coming along. I did  add some hexagons today, and as you’ll see from the photo I positioned the bits for the head and feet. Tonight I sewed them on because I was too impatient to wait until I had added all the hexes.

We had a very pleasant Sunday. A slow pace, a walk along the waterfront, a cup of tea at Chai Baba. And a couple of interesting new recipes, which the boys were very dubious about. Beetburgers (a beautiful colour) in buns with grilled pineapple (another idea from Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease cookbook) with salad, followed by lime custard tart. I used an unbaked crust idea from the Fat Free Vegan blog (because I couldn’t find the right ingredients for the original crust) which was made with rolled oats, dates and fresh orange juice. The filling was silken tofu with lime juice and maple syrup layered with fresh fruit. It was rather good!

Despite all the doom and gloom in the news (best not to watch) I hope you manage to stay joyful and positive and spread good news instead of bad. ❤

 

 

 

 

End of year round up

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It is a little early for this but I was interested to see what my project stats were for 2016. I’m not obsessive about entering the amount of yarn used for each project so I can’t tell you how many yards I have crocheted and knitted but I can tell you what I made.

This is my Ravelry project page, the link for which will only work if you’re a Ravelry member. (It’s free to join – all you need is a user name and password.)

Some project pages include more than one item, for example the wildlife rescue nests and the itty bitty bags. So I have totted up, as accurately as I can, the totals and here they are.

Wraps/shawls 2

Cowls 6

Slippers 5 pairs (including the ones that are half finished and I expect to finish tomorrow)

Scarves 2

Mitts 4 pairs

Baskets/bags 15

Blankets 3

Frisbees 1

Nests 3

Home items (eg rugs, dishcloths) 10

Yarnbombing 1

Bath 2

Cosies 4

Hats 7

Amigurumi/toys 7

Baby 2

Coats 1

That makes a total of 75 which is ten more completed projects than last year. My goal for January is to complete the baby blanket WIP, and then perhaps I can experiment with a sweater or cardigan. I still have the Stylecraft Special DK Coast Pack patiently waiting in my stash, which would make a great sweater.

What are your crafting plans for 2017?

 

FO: Girly Santa hat

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I am excited about my new Finished Object…

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I don’t know how much wear this hat will get over Christmas but for some reason I just had to make it.

This lovely boucle Astrakan stuff works perfectly as a brim but crocheting it was out of the question. You just can’t see the stitches. It’s too much of a gamble. So I pulled out the old straight knitting needles, cast on ten stitches, and knitted a strip that was just about long enough to go around my head. I seamed the short edges together and then I managed to single crochet around a long edge with this hot pink Red Heart with Love. A lot of double crochets and gradual decreasing, plus a messy pompom, finished off the hat in two days.

I don’t have a pattern for it, I’m afraid. It was a design-on-the-go, see-if-it-works type of thing. (The pompom is held on with a bow on the inside of the hat, so it’s removable when the hat needs washing.)

I am feeling quite virtuous today, having gone to the pool two days in a row. Yesterday I swam 20 lengths, today 30. I would like to maintain a frequent swimming schedule but I am making no promises because I know myself!

I just realised it’s almost bedtime and I haven’t practised my piano tunes today. Oops! However I have spent a few hours on my Nutrition course and have learned some very depressing facts about the state of the US food industry. Ugh!

Have a good day and talk to you again soon.

WIP: Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Well, what have I been doing all week? I have to confess to getting a little bored with the granny squares. I only have a few left to do, and the weather is actually cold enough now to need a coat, so I should get it finished.

However, I have been lured away by this project. It’s a cute hat and cocoon set for a newborn. These things seem to be very popular for photoshoots at the moment. The downside to this particular pattern is that there is no gauge listed and no finished measurements. I did look up some size info at the Craft Yarn Council of America site but mostly I am eyeballing it.

The pattern called for 6 stitches at the beginning of the hat, and I was getting a very small conical shape that I didn’t like, so I changed it to 8 instead. Much prefer a rounder crown. Kept to the same number of stitches for the straight part and hoping it fits.

The pattern uses one colour for the cocoon and has shaping to make it look more caterpillar-ish. However I am using all four shades of green, as the caterpillar in Eric Carle’s book has different shades in it, and I’m working straight as it seemed to me that the skinny bits would be much too skinny. I dunno, I will only know for sure once the actual baby is put into it. I think I’m about halfway through the cocoon and it shouldn’t take long to finish.

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Unless…! Maybe I will be lured away yet again by this:

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The supervisor at work isn’t a confident crocheter but decided to give this pattern a go. Red Heart have brought out their Unforgettable Waves, which is a thick and thin version of the Unforgettable. Well, she tried it, but after a short distance along the brim she gave up in disgust and then found out that this yarn does not unravel well. She gave me the yarn and free pattern leaflet today. I think her intention was for me to keep the yarn for myself but I will crochet it up (if it plays nicely) and give her the finished hat.

Fabricland also now has their own line of yarn (Dynasty) which includes a Toque Kit (aka woolly hat). Inside the kit, you get a big ball of chunky yarn, a pattern and a fake fur pompom. Those things are very “in” right now, don’t you know! There is a big sale coming up and I have offered to buy a kit at half price  that weekend, knit it up, and put it on display before giving it to someone as a gift. That will be my first knitting in about a year!

Well, the kitchen awaits. Pizza to be made, family to be fed, etc, then I can get going with my crochet hooks.

Have a wonderful crafty weekend.