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Galloping grannies


The giant granny blanket continues to grow. It’s not much of a giant yet – about 37″ across – but I’m hoping it will be huge. I’m prepared to buy more black and grey if it means finishing up my random colours.

Sadly the beanie has had to be frogged.

At the end of the moose/tree section I knew it was likely to be too big. I forged ahead anyway and completed the text part.

Then, I had to be honest with myself. The circumference was 24 inches, bigger than my head, and with the snowflakes and the crown decreases the total height would have been 12 inches. The design wouldn’t have been visible with so much slouch so I made the decision to frog.

I still want this hat so I’ll look at the DK yarn that I have and use some smaller needles and start again.

After seeing a knitted bumwarmer on Ravelry, I picked up a small piece of jersey knit fabric and sewed a tube. It can be worn around the hips for extra warmth, or even the torso Japanese-style or just as a cowl.

Since the big freeze, we’ve had milder temperatures. Minus 3 feels very comfortable now. So the roads are clear of ice again and there’s been lots of melting, though the piles were so deep they haven’t disappeared yet.

I’m working this weekend so I will wrap this up and take myself off to bed. See you soon

Item #1 – check


Sweater guts

Sweater guts

My last post itemized a few things that I intended to do. Well, number one is done. While I watched a movie on Netflix (The Baker – quite amusing) I ripped out the sweater.

And here is what it looks like now. A large pile of navy blue bulky acrylic, a small pile of red worsted weight acrylic, and the inevitable pile of scrappy ends from the messy parts (like the grafted armpits).

This yarn is very soft and only lightly twisted and it has not retained much kinking from being knitted into a sweater.

We are experiencing a lot of smoke in the valley again. Apparently it’s being blown north from Washington State. My eyes are sore and my nose is running. By this point in the summer, we British Columbians are looking forward to fall’s cooler temperatures and maybe some rain, if we’re lucky.

Hope you have a super Sunday. 🙂



The monster sweater to be frogged

The monster sweater to be frogged

i actually have a weekend of no work or other onerous commitments. So unusual. So it was lovely to have a slow start to the day. As I’ll be working on Monday and won’t have time for housework, I cleaned the bathrooms and kitchen, and did three loads of laundry and hung them out on the clothesline.

The thought of my messy craft room has been bugging me a bit, so I went in there and sorted through all the drawers, bags, shelves and other stuff. Filled a garbage bin, a recycling bin and a couple of bags for the thrift store. Then vacuumed and made a list of things I’d like to get done.

the list:

  1. frog the monster sweater, aka the Elizabeth Zimmermann Wishbone sweater knitted from Willow Wash Bulky
  2. make the waistband smaller on the skirt I sewed a few months ago, as it’s too stretchy and it’s falling off me
  3. line a groovy bag I bought at a Waldorf Christmas sale years ago…the lining shredded quickly and I want to use it again

After that, the list gets more vague, i.e. come up with some scrap projects for yarn and fabric. Maybe even a quilt! I haven’t quilted for ten years but I haven’t forgotten how. The last quilt I made was a scrappy affair that was designed to be used at the beach/park and it’s well-worn and faded and patched now. I still love it as much as ever.