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Better photo and another FO

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Edited to add: I just spent all of five minutes adding all my free pattern links back in the sidebar. They were all still there, in the background. If I’d realised how quick and easy it would be, I would have done it 9 months ago when I changed the theme! Doh!

 

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Daytime shot of the Polaris scarf, taken outside this morning. We have another day of orange sun, the sky being totally obscured by smoke again.

And I finished off this coaster, which is about 5 inches in diameter. I felt like my experiment was a success and I’m itching to move on to something new.

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If you look carefully, you can see a little bit of the Phil Techno rubber yarn peeking out at the bottom of the photo. I didn’t want to trim it too close. The yarn is Red Heart with Love, and I think the colourway is Boysenberry.

Yay for finishing things!

So my day looks like this…keep nagging young men to get up and get ready for the bus, drop them at bus stop, go to gym (which I joined on Tuesday and I am all gung ho for getting fit again), come home, shower and change, vacuum the house, and make dinner. Sounds like a plan!

And tonight I can pull out a cake of Lion Brand Mandala (totally non-fattening) and crochet on the couch, guilt-free!

 

 

A week of WIPs

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Another week has whizzed by, though it didn’t feel like it at the time! In this heat, I am gasping for some cloudy, rainy, cool days, but we are still experiencing hot sun, 30 plus degrees (90+F), dry and smoky air.

A new wildfire started just a couple of days ago (photo above is from the day it started, viewed from our house). In the first day, it grew to 100 hectares, overnight it grew to 1000, and now I think it’s around 1500. It’s on the southern edge of a town south of us, and thankfully not heading towards the main residential area but into the forest. However the town south of that one is now threatened. Some people have been evacuated, others on notice to be ready just in case.

The crazy thing is that the vast majority of these fires are human caused. A discarded cigarette butt is often the reason and one moment’s carelessness is all it takes.

So what’s been going on in my crochet world? I did work on the Everything is Cool and Groovyghan a little bit. (I blogged about this on July 21st and showed you a photo of the progress.) Well, I’m just not enjoying the next part of the CAL. It requires a bunch of fiddling with little rectangular bits that stand up on their own and get filled in on the next row. Not feeling it!

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(A quick evening shot – the brown and green rows are the latest ones and I don’t like them.)

The three bags/baskets of DK are going down to my craft room tonight along with this WIP so that I can put it in time out while I consider its fate.

I have been loving this WIP, however…

The yarn is Katia Polaris which a kind Raveler sent me a little while ago. I only have one skein and decided to start out with 3 stitches and work Tunisian Simple Stitch, increasing at the beginning of every alternate row, until the yarn runs out. The colours are very vibrant and I always find this stitch very meditative.

Today I started playing with some Phildar Phil Techno that a friend gave me ages ago. After experimenting with knitting needles and crochet hooks without success, and asking for ideas on a Facebook crochet group, I am using a 5mm crochet hook and some Red Heart with Love to actually crochet around the thick rubber ‘yarn’ to make a coaster or hot pad. So far it’s going well.

I am off to the kitchen now to help clean up. Tai Chi Man has been busy, taking out the old range hood (cooker hood) which is a dated colour, rusty and inefficient. Of course, with an old house, fitting a new appliance to an existing space is always going to be a challenge and this one is no different. He has been adding bits of wood to the opening and messing about with wires and has run out of time as far as fitting in the new hood.

I’m glad he is such a Mr Fixit and has oodles of experiences at DIY and installations. I’m sure it’s saved us thousands of dollars over the years.

If you’re in North America, I hope you enjoyed your Labour Day. Roll on fall/autumn!

 

Smoky Sunday

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I seem to be very chatty this weekend.

The smoke and the crappy air quality in the valley led to us postponing the visit to Wild Play so we went to lunch at the only restaurant we ever visit, as it’s vegan and we can eat everything on the menu.

We went with friends and even after we paid the bill we carried on chatting and were there longer than usual. I received a lovely birthday gift of unusual yarn (from a LYS in Nanaimo), a pack of Zentangle cards and some Faber Castell PITT artist pens. And a loan of a book which comes highly recommended by my friend.

The photos I’m going to upload will probably come out all random as I still haven’t perfected their positioning even after years of blogging!

What else have I done today? Started reading the book…started colouring in my Secret Garden colouring book with my new pens…baked gluten free vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting to take to work tomorrow…started using up some sale yarn which I have had in my stash far too long. I’m forcing myself to crochet a big granny square with two strands of this Lion Brand Homespun in the colour Spice, just to get it used up and out of here!

That yarn is new – so new, it wasn’t in the Ravelry database. It’s basically rubber, the thickness is similar to bulky yarn, and I haven’t a clue what to make with it, though the Phildar website suggests jewellery and a small bag. We shall see…

Phildar Phil Techno

Phildar Phil Techno

Homespun blanket in the works

Homespun blanket in the works

Enjoying the new pens

Enjoying the new pens

A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

Recipe from the book Vegan Cupcakes take over the World

Recipe from the book Vegan Cupcakes take over the World