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Sunday night miscellany

  1. Our iMac hard drive died this week and we are┬áhoping that a techie can recover some of the data or we’ve lost a tonne of stuff. Yes, I know we should have backed it all up.
  2. A friend gave me a bag full of pink yarn and a partially completed blanket. It’s a pretty pattern – I may attempt to continue it, though I don’t have a written pattern and would have to figure it out, and I don’t know what size hook she was using.
  3. Another friend is moving house and passed on a big bag of oddments so I gathered the reds, oranges and browns (there was a lot of wool in there) and made a teacosy. I started it Saturday morning while a passenger in my own car and finished it tonight. It is crazy and flowery hence its Ravelry name: Crazy Flowery Teacosy. Photos include naked basic teacosy and flower-embellished finished result.
  4. I am working six out of the next seven days and am wondering whether I’ll have the time or inclination to crochet and blog. I still have my Chinese philosophy course lectures to watch and I’m a bit behind.

Have a great week!

More Lanesplitter


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!


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.

Lanesplitter progress


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.


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!



And so to bed…