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The cowl grows

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The cowl is getting bigger. That red stripe was unexpectedly wide for a spot of evening knitting on the sofa. It’s nice to have some mindless knitting in the round to do. No pattern to juggle.
The room at my mum’s is very bright and attractive, upstairs with a sloping roof. Very modern too, as she bought the house only a few years ago, brand new, in a 55+ development.

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Yesterday was fun – I joined in with a fundraiser for Autism Jersey where we lined up with our hands in gloves glued to pipes that had metal scaffolding poles through them, and played human table football (foosball)! Some of the guys kicked the ball hard and high and I ended up with a few bruises but avoided a smashed in face so I suppose I should be grateful 🙂

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My hair and T shirt coordinate quite well.

I expect I will have to eat super clean when I get home because I’m eating a lot of things I don’t usually have these days. Decadent cakes, sweet potato fries, cookies…must keep walking.

iPad is playing up again so ta ta for now.

Travel knitting

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I packed my eight shades of Deramores Studio DK and my Knitpicks Interchangeables for my holiday. Waiting at airport #1 I cast on 130 stitches with the aubergine and knitted a few rounds. On the first flight to Calgary, I changed to the citrine and added some more. The jade was added during my Calgary-Heathrow flight (there was a long walk between flights and only a short wait before boarding, so no knitting at Calgary airport).

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The jade stripe is pretty narrow for an 8.5 hour flight because I did a little game-playing, movie-watching and dozing. Managing a little sleep was a miracle as it usually never happens.

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The pink stripe was added during the cab ride from Heathrow to Gatwick. I’m not counting rounds, just adding them in the time available.

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I changed to navy for the wait at Gatwick but I have to confess my eyes weren’t focussing too well by then due to tiredness. I slept for the whole of the third flight, which was thankfully short.

Well, this blog post took ages, interspersed with photo uploading problems and chatting to my mum. So I’m going to hit Publish and get it put to bed.

Two more WIPs whipped

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This BasicSimpleLazy hat is done! It’s for my sister’s stepson Ben, for whom I’ve never brought a gift in previous trips to the old country. And as his teeny niece has been and will be a recipient of a bounty of my handmade goods, I felt he shouldn’t be left out this time.

Sally the styrofoam head above is, of course, smaller than a real head (why do they do that) so it doesn’t fill out the hat in a flattering way, so ignore the bumpy crown which will, I’m sure, sit fine once on a real head. (I just pulled it down further over Sally’s eyes and the crown looks lovely now!)

I followed the pattern…mostly: DK yarn (Deramores Studio DK), US5 needles (3.75mm?), knitted to 5″ before shaping the crown, did the decreases as described. The only change was a cast on of 120 instead of 108, and my touch of colour was a bit more than a plain stripe. Circumference is 20″, depth 8″.

The other WIP that I whipped today is the second Agnes Lace Cowl this week, this time in Loops & Threads Facets, colour Ruby. It looks similar to the last one, though that was more reddy-purply and this one is more pinky-greeny.

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It’s so hard to get the colours to look right. The sun was shining in my deck door and I picked a shady spot nearby so the photo wasn’t too dark, but too much light washes things out. I used an 8mm hook and about 120 grams of this yarn (a ball plus part of a second) to get a cowl that measures about 10″ wide and 24″ around.

Only two weeks until my holiday, when I get to see my mum, my sister and my new great-niece. Can’t wait!

Stylecraft giveaway win!

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A few weeks ago, Stylecraft had a giveaway of four different yarn kits. One was comprised of their Classique Cotton DK, a couple were Malabar (I think) which had silk in it, and the last was a yarn that was kind of variegated with a lot of white in it. All you had to do to get a chance or two to win was to comment on the Facebook thread and/or sign up for their email newsletter. I did both, never expecting anything to come of it.

Well, I received an email while on holiday (I have to confess, I think I deleted their first one as wifi was crap and I was trying to minimise what I had to do online, so it was zapped without  me reading it). Thankfully they tried again, I read it, and got all excited. I was at my mum’s house at the time and my mum and sister must have thought I was getting way too excited at the thought of free yarn, but hey, they are not knitters or crocheters.

I had expressed a preference for the Classique Cotton because obviously being vegan I don’t use silk. Also I didn’t much like the fourth option. But I even had a choice as to a cream background or teal – well, if you know me even a little, you’ll know I love teal.

Ta da! The pattern leaflet and the yarn…

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There are 14 x 50 gram balls there, 100% cotton, DK weight. Pretty colours eh.

This is pretty unbelievable, I know, but I went about a week without crocheting. I finished the Dragonfly scarf while in Jersey, gave it away, and didn’t start anything new (not even on that 8.5 hour flight from London Heathrow to Calgary). Since then, I’ve been wondering what to make next, but distracted by getting back into the swing of things at home. Today, I went to a friend’s for tea and just had to have something, so I took along the ball of Loops & Threads Chameleon (very well-travelled, it is, as it came along on holiday with me) and started a cowl with an 8mm hook in Tunisian Full Stitch.

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It’s just 21 stitches wide, which is about 7 inches, and so thick and smooshy. It’ll make a very comfortable and warm cowl.

We’ve had a surprisingly rainy couple of days, which has been good for the garden, and tomorrow we’ll have to plant the annuals that we bought at the garden centre today at their two-for-one sale.

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

Tunisian cowl FO

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The above photos were taken last night after I decided that the cowl/scarfy thing was long enough. After some discussion on the Tunisian crochet group that I joined on Ravelry, I realised that I’d been doing the left edge all wrong, so it was time to call that a lesson learned and move on.

The piece of Tunisian simple stitch was about 25″ long and 9″ wide and the perfect size for a cowl. As far as I’m concerned, the somewhat curved ‘wrong’ edge can be the bottom edge, and the other neater edge can be the top, as that what will be seen most during wear. (Of course if I give this away, I doubt a non-crafty person would be able to tell the difference.)

The fabric resulting from the Loops & Threads Chameleon with the 6mm hook is so nice. Close but not too dense, soft, squishy and very warm.

Today at work I found some clear buttons to add to the cowl.None of the coloured ones really worked. The buttons are probably not going to have to be undone to wear the cowl but I didn’t want to just sew the ends together because of the drastic colour difference between the two ends.

Colours are looking washed out here, but it’s the same yarn that I used for the Spring Bag. I am playing with a 6.5mm  hook now and more of this yarn, practising the Tunisian knit stitch. Just a small piece that will probably become a cellphone cosy.

It’s a public holiday here tomorrow – Victoria Day – I already worked two days of this long weekend and I’m glad I don’t have to work tomorrow. I’m sure many Canadians decided to go camping this weekend, but in our area the weather has been chilly and windy and wet. Whilst I feel a bit sorry for those in tents, we really do need the rain.

Talk to you again soon.

Daisy Mandala Cowl

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These are the two mandalas that were going to be part of a poncho. There was a third, but I frogged it. All I had to do to convert the joined mandalas into a cowl was to seam them into a tube, weave in all the ends, and block. It really needed some steam to make it behave.

It was kind of inspired by the neckwarmer pattern by Lucy of Attic24. Her granny stitch cowl is equally colourful (like all of her designs).

Well, it’s just a quick post for now. I have been at work and the family’s tummies are grumbling (yes, I know, I haven’t got them well-trained enough to make ME dinner yet)!

FO: Monochromatic pompom cowl

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This is a totally free cowl, as the Needle Crafters Biggy Bump Chenille came from one destashing friend and the Cascade Pacific Chunky came from another.

It took a 10mm hook and a slow pace to hook the yarn between the pompoms so that they ended up all on one side and didn’t need to actually be pulled through any loops. Plan to work in the round if you use something like this, unless you actually want your pompoms to be on both sides.

It’s very soft and smooshy, about 26″ in circumference and 4″ wide. And I’m glad that I can say goodbye to another ball of random yarn.

It was a gorgeous sunny day in our valley, and I had two walks, plus took a drive to drop some stuff off at the Salvation Army thrift store and stopped in at the dollar store to pick up some large zipper-seal bags. Whilst there, I also found some clear plant protectors that just might keep the quails off our lettuces this year, a new calculator, and (ahem) this…
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I’m a bit of a sucker for Hello Kitty!

The large zip top bags were partly for my yarn. We’ve had a few large ants in the kitchen, only one at a time, but enough to make me think of all the bugs emerging from their winter hidey holes. I sprayed a lot of diluted peppermint oil around last night and haven’t seen any since, but thought it wise to seal up my yarn just in case anything decided to burrow in. It was also a good opportunity to enjoy looking at the colour packs I bought a while back. I still haven’t decided what they will become.

Well, it’s still quite early by most people’s standards, but Tai Chi Man has already turned in and I am not far behind. Sleep well, dear readers, and thank you for reading.