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Two steps forward and one step back

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The backing for the wonky log cabin quilt came together quickly, as I used chunks of the fabrics left over from the top. I bought a polyester batting from work – the cheapest thinnest stuff you ever did see – and pinned the layers together.

And then I quilted some of it…and hated it…and am now unpicking the stitches from the back with a seam ripper. It was too much quilting, too messily done, and it ruined it. I had quilted five squares out of the 25, used a full bobbin of thread on it over 1.5 hours, and it will take ages to pull out. However I will be happier with it in the long run if I suck it up and just do it.

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More happily, I have an FO! A pompom beanie crocheted with a cake of Caron Chunky Cupcakes in Jelly Bean. The pattern was on the ballband but it’s also available for free on the Yarnspirations website. Details on my Ravelry project page. It’s constructed using a sideways ‘ribbed’ brim, then you join into a loop and work along the side for the body of the hat. The main part is moss stitch, which in crochet is (sc, ch1) around, working into the chain spaces on the next round. It makes a nice fabric, and alternating both ends of the yarn cake gives you a variation in colour as you go. The pompom comes attached to the yarn, which is why it coordinates so well.

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I’ve been mostly staying off Facebook lately, preferring just to post an occasional photo to Instagram. I spend at most a few minutes a day on Instagram so have more time to do better things! The above photo is from one of my visits to my favourite local tea shop. This book is from the library and I’m really enjoying the read, and identifying what is cosy for me. Certainly, one of my cosiest things to do is sit in Chai Baba and drink their awesome teas and either crochet, read or talk to the friends we bump into there.

Another cosy thing I like to do is take my breakfast outside to the deck. It’s cool and quiet and I can look at the sky, enjoy my breakfast, maybe wrap myself in a blanket or quilt if I feel a little chilly, and look out for birds and squirrels in the trees.

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It’s my birthday tomorrow and I feel like the celebrations are happening not just for one day but for half a week! Last night I went out to dinner with friends and we had a lot of fun. We’re all Brits so have the same sense of humour. Tomorrow I am working, but there is a potluck at my house in the evening with a different set of friends who we always have a laugh with. We usually play Mexican Train Dominoes, and there is lots of digressing and wordplay and puns. And Sunday morning we are off to brunch at another vegan cafe with a couple of our sons. I am totally making the most of turning 57!

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So while I was procrastinating on the quilt unpicking, I made these tote bags with some old stash fabrics. I made 12 in all but took the photo before I made the last one. I decided that as I have to work on my birthday, I will practice Random Acts of Kindness and give a bag out now and then throughout the day to customers who need one. It will save them taking a plastic bag and hopefully it will remind them to always carry a cloth bag with them when they shop in future.

And then I spotted the stash of old jeans on the top shelf of the sewing room closet, and this came together.

It’s a fun little bag made from upcycled denim. I sewed a little flower where there was a hole at the corner of the pocket, which inspired me to make the strap out of the same fabric and also applique another patch on the back. I loved it so much that I immediately started another, but it got to 4pm and I had to start cooking dinner. I could have carried on for hours!

Have you seen this nifty gadget? It was very useful today, for sewing over bulky seams and the parts where the tote bag straps joined to the top of the bags. It basically helps the machine to handle the thick seams without skipping stitches or getting stuck. Definitely a good investment.

Well, I really must get to bed. It’s been a busy day (including a 9am Cardio Barre class and a half hour weights session tonight) and I have to be up early in the morning, Have a great weekend!

Wonderful weekend

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Wonderful weekend

Weekends off are so much more precious when you have to work some Saturdays and/or Sundays. This weekend, I have been off both days. Yesterday we enjoyed some of the simple pleasures of a typical weekend, like going to the library, picking up groceries, going to the gym, and making and eating simple vegetable soup for dinner while gazing out at the lovely carpet of fallen leaves in our backyard.

Today Tai Chi Man and I went to the gym again, followed by a long leisurely cup of tea at our favourite tea shop, which has such a warm, welcoming vibe. Some more downtime at home this afternoon, during which I have put the finishing touches on the latest crochet hat project, and then we’ll be taking the family out to dinner.

So, to the crochet projects. The scarf and hat each use a skein of Loops & Threads Barcelona, colour Sky. The scarf is just your basic C2C stitch pattern, which I find very soothing and addictive. The hat is from a pattern by Make & Do Crew. It is called a 1.5 hour beanie, though I know it took me longer than that to make it! The pompom is huge and floppy, and I made sure to tie it on in such a way that it can be removed for washing or if the owner just doesn’t like it. I put a large button inside the top of the beanie for stability.

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This yarn has been in my stash for over a year. I know that because I made a C2C scarf and coordinating hat with a different colourway last September. And I still have two skeins of a pink colourway yet to use. I think I may have to make another C2C scarf with that, and a different style of hat, just for fun.

I did knit a little on the sock at the tea shop today, but at 9 stitches to the inch and infrequent activity the first one won’t be done any time soon.

I have also made progress on the Fair Isle hat and will show you that next time. Maybe finished!

Hope you are having a great weekend. TTYL

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.

 

 

A hat with pizzazz!

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A very quick hat made the same way as my Very Vivid Hat which I blogged about here.  Photo taken last night so not very sharp. This is a super-super bulky yarn, and though I used a 15mm hook I think a 19mm would have been better. One always thinks that the bigger the hook, the easier the work, but while it goes fast it can be quite a workout for the arms!

This is Red Heart Vivid in Purple Pizzazz, one skein, plus a purple  fake fur pompom from Premier Yarns that we sell in-store at work. They are in my opinion expensive for what they are, but there was a grab bag in the staff room one day with some freebies and I nabbed this.

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