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The big freeze

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Yes, Winter Solstice is nearly here and we have been enjoying some delightfully cold temperatures. Last night was predicted to hit minus 17C and tonight is -20C (-4F). I’m sure the furnace is getting a good workout, keeping the house at +15 overnight.

The snow that fell is now ice. We have to drive carefully on the side roads, but the highway is mostly dry now. It was beautifully sunny today, and I enjoyed my weekly piano lesson followed by 20 lengths of the local pool. I also stopped in at work and picked up some mesh wrap in silver and turquoise to add to our Christmas/Solstice/Pagan/whatever tree!

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There’s also a couple of metres of turquoise organza with silver snowflakes on around the base.  Seems like the bottom of the tree could do with a bit of pruning as a couple of branches are looking a little out of place.

I had an enjoyable weekend. Saturday Tai Chi Man and I took the boys out to a vegan restaurant downtown that we’ve never tried before. They are heavy on the faux meats but the food was good. The boys had “burgers” and we had pulled “pork” sandwiches, all with fries. And OMG, I had the BEST hot chocolate complete with whipped coconut cream and a vegan marshmallow on top.

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We followed this up with the movie Moana at the big theatre not far from our house. It was fun and when we came out it was snowing heavily.

Sunday Tai Chi Man and I went to the Holistic Market, a regular gathering of energy workers and vendors, and had some Tesla treatment done. This apparently heals at a cellular level. I certainly noticed some effects, and it took a while to ‘ground’ myself again afterwards.

In the evening, I had the work Christmas dinner to attend. Eating out at a non-vegan restaurant can be tough, not just for finding tasty vegan food  but also from the perspective that I’m surrounded by people eating meat and fish, which I can find disturbing. This time, I made a conscious decision not to let it get to me. I love my group of co-workers – there were 18 of us there Sunday, which is almost all the staff, except for a couple who couldn’t make it. We sat at a long wooden table and I plunked myself down right in the middle of one side. The food was okay – I’m sure this place prides itself on its food, but it’s very meat-centric and expensive. My plate of roasted vegetables was $21!

The managers handed out gift certificates for part of the meal, gift certificates for the store, and gift bags which were totally unexpected and welcome. Mine of course had yarn in it, plus a few other nifty things. My friend across the table received a ball of yarn and a pompom (same kit as the one I used to knit the hat I showed you last time) but she doesn’t knit so she gave them to me. Next day, they were already transformed into this…

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This is my Gio hat pattern, minus the peak, with a crab stitch edging (reverse single crochet).

There is a new WIP in my life and it is a girly Santa hat. The plan is to make it in hot pink Red Heart With Love (crocheted) with a knitted Astrakan brim. The brim is more than half done and then I shall see how easy (or not) it is to crochet along the edge and work the body of the hat up from there.

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Not using a pattern. Just winging it as usual. I can’t believe how much knitting I’ve done in the last couple of weeks. Maybe my knitting mojo is coming back. I did try crocheting the brim but the first row convinced me that knitting it would be easier. It really is impossible to see your stitches with this loopy stuff. But it’s perfect for a Santa hat.

Brrr, I’m feeling a little chilly. Must be the thought of that -20 temperature outside. Stay warm, people! Talk to you again soon.

 

 

Nearly there…

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Last night, the Coatigan got its button/buttonhole bands. Tonight, it got its collar.

I wove in a few ends, but I think I’m done for today. I do have this to look forward to though…

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Yup, a metric craptonne of ends. And the cuffs yet to add.

I did finish this yesterday though.

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The blues are a bit deeper in real life. It’s a pretty shade of James C Brett Marble Chunky, though I don’t have the label to hand right now. The buttons were bought on clearance at work. This is destined for one of my co-workers in my aim to give each one of them a random gift for no reason.

Tomorrow my goal will be to get the cuffs finished on the coat, and I may also start another small project, if I find the inspiration. I will also need to persevere on my piano practice. I have three tunes to practice – This Land is Your Land, We Wish you a Merry Christmas, and Silent Night. Eight weeks in and it is getting more challenging. I was getting quite frustrated with myself this morning, trying to get the hands coordinated. Considering I learned to type with all my fingers, both hands, when I was 16, I know I can do this piano thing, it just takes practice. What’s challenging you right  now?

 

FOs: Caterpillar Cocoon and Hat, and a Coaster

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I just completed three full shifts in three days and to be honest I just didn’t feel like crocheting after I arrived home after 9pm Thursday night. However last night I pushed ahead with the cocoon and called it done when it looked big enough. I have been really bad at following the pattern as I felt I couldn’t really trust it. No gauge info, no final measurements to give me confidence.

I started weaving in the ends at home and finished them on breaks at work today. I really hope that this set looks good on its intended recipient, but I suppose as it’s meant to be a photo prop it only has to look good for a short time and any (potentially) excess cocoon fabric can be tucked around the baby.

Another small project that I finished today is a double thick coaster. It’s an African flower motif, but I’m not going to bother linking to the site I was using for instructions as the “pattern” was really vague and I had to peer at people’s photos to see if I was interpreting it correctly. I suggest a search on Ravelry for a better option if you’d like to make this motif.

I made two motifs in different colourways out of Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK and a 4.25mm hook, then slipstitched them together back to back. I’ve been wanting to test out this motif for a long time. It’s really easy and one day I hope to make a larger project with more of them.

This item is for a fellow Ravelry member who was let down in a swap. I think her parcel got lost in the mail. A few people are sending her small extra things to make up for the disappointment. I will add a few bits and pieces to this coaster and send them off soon.

Another bit of mail I need to send is a few grams of Stylecraft Special DK in Copper to a Raveler in New Zealand. She has nearly finished a blanket and just needs to finish half of a row in Copper. She didn’t want to buy a whole new skein so asked on one of the forums if anyone had any they’d be willing to send her. I have half a ball left over from Demelza so I will be putting some in an envelope and mailing it off soon.

I just love this Ravelry community. It has added so much to my crafting life.

 

 

A distraction from the current WIP

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I think I’m safe to post this here as my Jersey (British Isles) family doesn’t read my blog (except maybe for my mum and she won’t tell).

I had a Michaels email yesterday – my usual routine when those arrive is to keep the most recent one, just in case I find myself in need of a coupon, but this time the info was somewhat more interesting. All yarn on sale? Hmmm, have to check it out.

When I arrived, the employees were frantically opening towers of cardboard boxes and stocking the shelves, and at first I thought I might get Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice because it was about half price. However they had no white, and I need white for the main colour of my next project.

I went off to Costco and when I came back there was still none, so I looked at the Loops & Threads Impeccable. A similar 100% worsted weight acrylic, not quite as soft as the Vanna’s, but less money and more yardage per ball. The colours are white, four shades of green, yellow, purple, orange, royal blue and cherry red. The purple looks blue in the photo for some reason. They are 4.5oz each, so bigger than the usual 3.5oz put-up.

That haul of 12 skeins cost me $30, which I think is a good deal as I will have enough to be able to make this blanket AND this cocoon/hat set (Ravelry links). I already bought the board book and I feel that this combination will make a nice newborn gift for the new parents. I will need to have it all finished by February to allow for snail mail, so no rush for the deadline.

The Coatigan continues – I think I have 31 squares made so far, so when I get to 36 I’ll take another photo. (Oooh, I just realised that 31 is halfway there.)

It’s been a gloriously sunny day here. After my piano lesson I met a friend for tea and we sat outside the coffee shop for an hour, enjoying the rays. Not bad for November, eh!

 

FO: Chameleon toque

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And it’s done. And I’m once again WIPless. But not for long!

As you can see, the hat can be worn slouchy or with the brim turned up. I love how it looks different from every angle, thanks to the changing colours. The body of the hat is Tunisian full stitch, the crown is half double crochet, and the brim has two rounds of single crochet. When it’s turned up, you can see the wrong side of the full stitch, which looks a little like knitted garter stitch.

Sally the Styrofoam Head is modelling it along with the simple stitch cowl I made a little while ago.

OK, I am taking a break from Tunisian for now.  A project has caught my eye, and I know you’re going to think I’m crazy for starting a blanket when it’s over 30 degrees (90) outside, but this one is pretty. Sadly I don’t have any of the same yarn as the designer used, but I do have a crapton (totally kosher unit of measurement) of Stylecraft and that’s what I’m going to use.

It’s Dedri Uys’s Joy’s Journey, link here.

Take a look at those beautiful Scheepjes colours. It was designed to have a tactile pompom edge for people with Alzheimer’s. I don’t have a recipient in mind, I just want to make the blanket. It is just double crochet, spiralling around, not even individual rounds so no joining, and the pompom trim is something that we sell at the store where I work, so I’m going to take my little yarn ends from the turquoise colour pack of Stylecraft Special DK to the store tomorrow evening, as I will be working anyway, and get myself 6 metres of the trim in a colour that matches one of the yarn colours.

I am excited to crochet again.

I see that the DK yarn in the pattern is paired with a 6mm hook, but I think I will use my 5.5mm Addi Swing, just because it’s so comfortable. I have two of those hooks now and definitely recommend them.

Keep Calm and Crochet On!

 

 

 

WIP: The cowl that became a hat

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Well, almost.

I was crocheting away on this piece of Tunisian full stitch, thinking it was going to be a cowl, and then I remembered that the last rectangular piece that I made with this yarn also became a cowl. Hmmmm, what to do?

Ah yes, slipstitch the ends together, and add a half double crochet crown, and it’s a hat.

I’ll also need to add a row or two around the brim. I really hope this looks okay when it’s done: the hdc (with a smaller hook) looks so different from the Tunisian texture. But I haven’t learned how to do Tunisian in the round yet so had to improvise.

We are having a heatwave here – the temperatures this week are in the 30s, varying somewhat between the hotter town area where it’s all paved, the lakeshore, and our neighbourhood which is a little way out of town and higher up. It’s not surprising to see 37 (as I did today according to my car’s outside thermometer) with it dropping as I cross the bridge over the lake and another couple of degrees change as I get close to home (32).

I would have taken the boys to the lake for a swim but they are so unadventurous.

Instead here I am, sitting at the dining room table at my laptop with the ceiling fan running (no AC).

I read a huge library book in two days this week. It’s called Broken Harbour by Tana French. It’s a detective/homicide sort of thing set in Ireland. I also had a huge headache that took a long while to wear off (a couple of days) which I think may have been due to the excessive reading. You may scoff, but I have problems with both eyes, and whilst the left one focuses to read, the right one does not. So my theory is that it was eyestrain. Must remember to spread my reading time out more.

W0rk is getting interesting. Inventory time looms which means we are spending all our time in between customers making sure all the fabrics are in their right groups, laid down horizontally instead of the usual way of displaying them upright and draped, highlighting barcodes ready for counting and weighing. The bolts of fabric get weighed on commercial scales, and we also have to count all notions like spools of thread, packets of needles, etc etc. One day is set aside for fabrics (though the store is still open for most of that time) and another day for notions (a Sunday, and the aim is to get as much as possible done before opening time at noon). It’s a bit crazy, especially when we have customers messing up the organisation or wanting to wander into the section being weighed. I think that closing for the day would make more sense, but it’s not my decision.

So, enough waffling, it’s time to get dinner prepped. I hope you’re having some decent summer weather where you are (if you’re in the northern hemisphere).

 

 

 

 

Stash beanie

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This didn’t take long to make – two strands of James C Brett Marble Chunky with a 6.5mm hook, generic top down crochet beanie, of which I have made many. I’m pleased to have used up two partial skeins from the stash.

Tonight’s Netflix show of choice was White Collar, a TV series about an FBI guy and his sidekick, a reformed art forger who is impossibly good-looking! 

The Boho wrap is unchanged, and the skirt-scarf is thus…

  
Approximately 17” along that right edge, which is the width of the rectangle or the length of the skirt, depending how you look at it. Yeah, black doesn’t photograph well. 

So much for this WordPress app, which isn’t working properly again. I can upload certain photos, but others freak the app out, I think, as I get an ‘uploading’ thing cycling at the top of my screen indefinitely. Frustrating! Back to Safari for me. 

We had a wet and windy day, and the new snowfall we had earlier in the week has all melted. It always amazes me how warm plus 5 feels after minus 5! My day was full of shopping and baking, and the aforementioned crochet, so even though it felt like it was getting dark at 2.30pm I was happy, cocooned in my house with the smell of molasses cookies and home made bread. 

How was your day?