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Groovy blanket – more progress


Thanks to Netflix, and also being a passenger in my car on the weekend, the black borders on the grannies and dot blocks have whizzed by and are now done. Twenty one blocks finished in no time at all! At least, it feels like no time.

I put them on the floor in no particular order, just to admire them and consider my next step. I think I will make the horizontal stripe strip next, so I don’t have to face all that sewing yet.

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It’s been a nice at-home day today. It feels like a bit of an oasis of calm in an otherwise busy week, though I am going out later and have to make sure that I take some food for a potluck and also leave some at home for the boys. I changed the bamboo sheets over to flannel ones, as the nights are getting chilly and I’m not willing to close the window and turn on the heat yet. I’ve cooked a pot of black beans to make refried beans, and made a huge pile of tortillas. Next, guacamole. Shame I don’t have any fresh tomatoes to make salsa. Didn’t plan that too well.

I took the bull by the proverbials today and synced and updated my iPad Mini. Really hoping that I don’t regret it. I know there have been a few issues with iOS9, so maybe waiting for 9.0.1 was a good move. Ds2 tried updating his iPod which was running iOS6! Hmmm, let’s just say he was iPod-less for a few days while trying to figure out how to fix the situation that arose. In the end, with the help of his younger brother, he worked out how to find the problem and restore it from an archived backup running iOS 8.4. He is now back to living in headphones and doing everything one-handed, as his iPod is like an extension of his body! Sigh!!

Time to get back to the kitchen, which is warm and sunny – the family room where I’m sitting right now is in the basement and it’s cold down here. Happy crafting and talk to you again soon.

Grandma’s Knickknacks – 46%



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.  Not 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.