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CAL: Peacock Tail Bag

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imagePart two of the CAL is done. I finished the back part today at the beach. What a difference the overlay stitches make – the piece on the right has exactly the same stitches and colours, but without the front post stitches and chains.

It was mostly overcast but still high 20s and I had a swim in the lake. Ds2 and I met friends who we hadn’t seen in a while and stayed long enough that Tai Chi Man was able to come and join us after finishing work and cool off in the lake.

While there, we spotted some smoke coming from a hillside to the south of us.

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I don’t think it was a large fire and the water bombers (planes) attacked it quickly, so I heard. This is the fourth one that I know of in our direct area in the last couple of weeks. Can you see the smoke? It’s right in the middle of the photo.

Well, rather than type this I really should be crocheting my ripple blanket right now, so do excuse me!

 

 

The delights of fall

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I don’t know about you, but I love the shoulder seasons. The more moderate temperatures are so much more comfortable than plus 30 or minus 30. Today we enjoyed 28 degree weather (82 for you people still using Fahrenheit) and sunshine and I spent some time on the beach with a friend. We sat and crocheted for some time and then had a swim. The lake was pretty darned cold but I felt like it might be my last swim of the season so had to do it.

Because the nights are drawing in and getting cooler, it takes longer for the warmth to peak and it’s more welcome.

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These fingerless mitts are for middle son. As he’s started going to the college across the lake, he will be standing around at bus stops on a regular basis and I thought that he might need something to keep his hands warm but leave his fingers free for whipping out his bus pass. I wasn’t sure whether he’d like them, so I just made them anyway and presented them to him tonight. He seemed pleased, put them on straight away and they fit perfectly.

The pattern is from here and I made the men’s size. However I worked two fewer rows of the cuff ribbing which led to the hand being two stitches smaller around. I feel that crochet ribbing is not as stretchy as knitted ribbing, so didn’t want to make them too big and have them flop about around his wrists.

I used about 50 grams of True Grey Loops & Threads Impeccable worsted weight acrylic with a 5mm hook.

My beach time was all the sweeter, knowing that I’m working the next two days. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Grrrrrr!

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imageI am a bit miffed with WordPress today. I saw an update the other day and did it, thinking YAY! It will fix the app’s refusal to upload photos without crashing. Not!

I just tried it out, and ‘clicked’ on the photo icon and it looked like it was connecting to my camera roll, then…..black. And back to the home screen.

As I was in the app, I also decided to check the blogs I follow. (Most blogs that I subscribe to, I get an email which ensures that I will remember to read the update – often I forget about Reader for weeks.) Well, there are oodles of blog posts in there from random blogs that I never signed up for. Yeah, I can go and block each one, but that takes time. And the blogs I usually follow in there are nowhere to be seen, probably buried in the mass of spam.

I am grumpy about it all! Can you tell? But I won’t let it ruin my day. I have added a serene scene from my beach day earlier this week to make us all feel better.