Monday, August 14, 2017

Fading Away

I forgot to tell you that I finally have a cedar chest!! A friend was selling one since she was moving East, and I didn't even bother to bargain, I paid my $50 and started loading it up. 
The outside shows wear, but it has history, and the inside (where it counts) is pristine. I love it.

Today was a laundry day and I did a few more rows on my Beyond The Wall MKAL  The rows are at a time-consuming length now, but I persevere. 


The 3.75mm circulars were proving too large for the So Faded sweater, so I ripped out and restarted; 3.25mm are the ticket. 



With 8 colours, my first fade would have been before the neck shaping ended, so after a consult with Julie, I finished the neck shaping, then started fading. I have adjusted the row counts on the subsequent colour sections and it's all good.
Except something went awry with the first fade row and I lost the continuity of the single stitch between sections.
 I kept knitting, thinking that it wasn't so horrible, that it was on the back shoulder, no one would see it. Who was I trying to convince? We all know what a perfectionist I am. So that got taken apart and I am much happier now!



This pic is 7 rows into the fade. The colours are so close that it is almost impossible to distinguish them apart. This is going to be the most subtle and awesome fade ever!!! Prism has outdone themselves on this gradient kit. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Uschitita

Uschitita yarn finally arrived at The Needle Emporium ! So happy that I had the day off; I stopped in Milton to pick up mi amiga Joan, and we enjoyed a good catching up on the drive.

I went with the mission of picking out a colourway for the What the Fade MKAL coming up at the end of this month. The purples called to me and with some help fromJulie, I put this kit together. Using black and white photography, I ended up switching the last two skeins for a more totally accurate tonal gradation. I;m a bit of a stickler for fading from dark to light ... unless you're fading from one colour to another.
Then Julie walked away to help customers and this one just sort of happened.


It may not end up being a What the Fade, it may be another fade or just stash, but I love them. 

This single skein of Hedgehog sock caught my eye - fairly screams Gryffindor, yes?

I put these for skeins of Hedgehog Singles together. 
Westknits is doing another MKAL come the end of September, and while he doesnt usually do fades, this caught my eye, but I managed to leave them behind.


My next project for Julie is a So Faded Sweater in a stunning green Merino Mia Gradient Kit from Prism Yarns  I wound up the first few colours and got started straight away last night!


On my way home, I ended up here:


I always seem to end up at Krispy Kreme when I go to Julie's. 

Since there was a Staples right there, I had the screen protector replaced on my phone. WOW!!! The original one was go cracked and abused that it's like having a new phone!! I also bought an external keyboard for the phone. I love it - it makes blogging so much easier! 
I have taken my flute playing back up; it's been a year!! I have missed it and am enjoying the playing immensely. My teacher, Myrelle, had suggested that I record myself playing, mistakes and all, so I did.
This is my favourite song (that I know how to play) and it is not bad considering that I've been not playing for awhile. https://youtu.be/Tt5NnEllCgw
It will give me a baseline for measuring my improvement.

Back to my So Faded Sweater before I head to work,


Friday, August 4, 2017

Beyond the Wall 2

So the Super Secret Project is a fait accompli, and I jumped straight away into my Beyond the Wall shawl.
I have finished Clue 2 and am headed into 3!! I should be caught up in time for the release of Clue 4 on Sunday. Go me!! 

I made time today to bake a pie using local berries. 
It was delish - the perfect tartness, cinnamon, and sweet. It's not going to last long - it'll be breakfast and snack and lunch ... you get the idea. 

I got new glasses!! Something a little different. 
I'm also trying out multi-focal contacts. I lose some sharpness on both near & far vision, but it affords me flexibility with sunglasses and the mid-range vision is excellent. I think I'll use them for beach days and sports. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mystery Solved

Ahh yes - I had won a contest on my Storm the Fleece group on Facebook. I totally forgot about it, and I also gapped it that Lyn was in the U.K.  
Between this windfall, and the mohair roving that Helen picked up for me at an event in Ottawa before she left, 
I'm going to have to go for a visit with my spinning sister Daphne and get my spinning legs under me! 

I don't think I told you guys about how I caught a ball on my inner upper thigh last week! It was a doozy and bruised up fast and in spectacular fashion. You can even see thread marks from the ball in the centre!! 
One of the young girls at work asked if I cried. 🙄 I told her that there was no crying in baseball. I walked it off, adjusted to the tenderness on my pitch (it's the leg I step forward and pitch off of), and played on. One of the ladies had an ice pack which I used, or it would have looked worse. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mystery

I am almost done my Secret Deadline Knitting! It was a bit slow going for a bit, but I'm picking up speed now. 

I got a mystery package in the post today. 


I don't remembering ordering anything from over the pond, and the return adressee is unclear. 
I think I'll let myself mull it over a bit as I work on the 2nd sleeve tonight, then open it as a reward before bed! 
Weird ... 

I rewatched the 1st series of Dark Matter, and I'm into the 2nd, and I'm heading into the 3rd later tonight. 
I really do love my android box! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rainbow Delight

Wow!! 
I finally rewarded myself with another packsage opening. This one is In The Deep Hue Sea  It's been several days of good knitting and I felt a treat was in order. 
I did not disappoint myself. A thoughtful sticker was a nice opening touch. 
500g of stunningly vibrant colours!!


I am a bit of a purist in my rainbows, so I'm not sure what to do with the pink, but I love all of the colours. Erica did two greens, blues, an indigo and a violet. I'm
stunned by the artistry of it and can't wait to get started on this Sweet Spot strip!!
She also included a couple of stitch markers which will never go wanting around me!! 

I received the new Hedgehog Fibres  kinny Singles Club package. I'm thinking that maybe I'll save them all up for an opening party. I'm surprised that I haven't come across any spoilers about the clubs in my social medias. 
So that's tonights excitement. I've finished Wentworth series 5, and I'm dying with curiosity to know what is coming in series 6!! 
I'm getting caught up on my reality series' now - FaceOff, Ink Master, Next Food Network Star ... just a few of my faves. 
It's back work tomorrow, so I'm going to knit for a few more hours yet. 

Hedgehog Fibres

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

At The Same Time

You know those patterns that have, "At The Same Time" in the instructions? So you be extra careful and pay more than the usual attention. 
Then there's those skilled designers that challenge you by throwing in the dreaded, "ALSO, At The Same Time". That's when I get serious and make a proper tracking sheet. 


Yeah, I got this!!
This is my ends jar. 
I like looking at it and remembering the projects that I've knit just by seeing a coloured bit of yarn. And it satisfies the hoarder in me. 

I'm on the last season of Wentworth  I love this show and think I might see if the android box has the original Prisoner: Cellblock H

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beyond the Wall - spoilers

I took a couple hours out of the deadline knitting and did Clue 1 of the Beyond the Wall MKAL  So glad I did! It's a nice change-up. I went with alternating balls of yarn, and the bobbles. When I do a MKAL, I like to do the pattern that the designer envisioned, so while alternating balls of yarn is not my fave thing to do, and I love letting yarn pool as it will, this is the path that I've set myself upon. 






Okay. To work, then two more days of my chosen work. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Absence

You know that when I'm so quiet on the blog, I've got a Super Secret Deadline on. 

But I did finish the hat for Elise and opened my reward! 


As lovely as I had remembered it!! Definitely going to be socks! I would like to have socks for all the major, legit and fun holidays. 

Craig and I have made time for a weekend at the beach. Goderich isn't one of the major beach towns, so it was not ridiculously crowded and we have had a lovely time - even the weather cooperated today! I have the varying shades of pink skin to prove it! 






Bowling was fun; I'm still not good at it, but I never gave up and earned a strike in my last frame! 
It's supposed to storm tomorrow, but that's ok. We've had a fantastic day today and it'll be a good winding down day before heading back to work. And when I say "winding down", you know I'm mean knitting 😏


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Great Expectations!

I really need to start lowering the standard by which I judge myself worthy of reward. I mean, I have bought myself lovely gifts, but then I make myself wait to open them!! 
I remember what is in them - from In The Deep Hue Sea is a lovely rainbow set, 

and from Ancient Arts a gorgeous Canada Day celebration skein. 


But remembering doesn't see the stunning depths of the colours that the camera and monitors can't possibly capture. I want to open the packages, but feel like I need to earn it. 
I was going well in the hat for Elise, until the new deadline came up.  
Maybe I'll finish Elise's hat tonight and open one present. Yes, that!!

I'm currently reading Area X The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer  Not a quick read, well and thoughtfully written. Quality sci-fi, no doubt. 



Monday, June 26, 2017

A little of this, a bit of that

Today needed up being a big winding day. Lace is a lot of work to wind - there's mileage on a skein and then the re-winding so it's not tight on the ball. 
I have my Lorna's Laces wound and ready for the Beyond the Wall MKAL
 I also wound some sock yarn to do a pair of inside-outside socks for Elise  Working on the Sweet Spot strip has got my Knit One Below mojo tingling again! 
 
I sense a pattern here, but the speckled nature of this lolodidit yarn is making it less clear. I've ordered a couple skeins of her kettle-dyed yarn to make it easier to lock down. 
I went into the Spare Oom this afternoon and bravely started peeling away layers. I found the box that I was looking for, cleared out a bag of rubbish, and got the shelf back in. That was a struggle, and much more challenging than it should've been. I had lines and angles shifting in my vision and reality wasn't matching up. But she persisted!!
I cast on for a hat this afternoon ... I think I've caught a bad case of startitis!! 
 The only cure for that is finishing, so Imma be a busy knitter. 
 
I got my Hedgehog Fibres sock club pkg in the mail, but I haven't opened it. I feel like I should save it as a reward or incentive. I know, but it's a fickle willpower ... I can't resist DQ treats or more yarn lately. 

So, back to the needles I go - a happy knitter I am surrounded by all these inspiring swatches and yarns!! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Challenge

The power was out for a good part of Angus yesterday and Dairy Queen was closed. It made for an oddly disconnected feeling day. 
I grilled some burgers for dinner and whipped up a Greek salad. I knit until it was dark, accompanied by a movie on the laptop, then music fueled with my back up batteries which I charged in the car as needed. Then it was early to bed and reading on the new kobo. I slept poorly, always checking to see if the power had come back on (ceiling fans), then getting woke up when it did by the shrill beeping of the CO2 detector. I did get some quality reading time in, which was nice. 

There were all sorts of glitches at work today due to the sudden outage, but we persisted and largely triumphed. 

I swatched last night with lolodidit everyday sock, something blue.  Her dyeing technique is proving something of a challenge to me in sussing out the Sweet Spot, but I do love a challenge. And I am quite fond of saying that if I can find a Sweet Spot in Koigu, I can find it anywhere! I think I see a hint of a pattern, but I'm uncertain. 
 
I'm going to try my hand at the Lucille colourway tonight. 
Timehop had this picture today. 
 
Mixed memories, but it makes me smile, so a win. And any picture with Amanda is a good one ❤️☺️

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tiny x's

It has been a lovely day at home. The puppies are getting a bit stir crazy from being inside due to rain, but Chica convinced me to play ball with her, and Petey has been happy chewing on a bone. 

I got some work stuff sorted out, then there was a bit of reading. Helen got me hooked on James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, and while it's not epic literature, I'm invested in the characters and keeping needing to know what is happening to Lindsay, Rich, and poor Cindy. Yuki is happy, but can it last?? I'll be diving into Unlucky 13 as soon as Helen sends it!!

I had leftover salmon Alfredo for lunch. I've been craving it for weeks and I'm about to have had enough, but it is so good! I could just sit and eat it with a spoon, but I don't think that would be super filling. Or healthy. And I do need to start being more mindful of what and how much of it I eat. I've let my nutritional intake slide away from the nutritional and just be intake. 

I got quite a bit of cross stitching down today. I'm pleased with my choice to use the doubled strand on the gates. I'm now almost halfway through this part of the Clue, so I feel like rewarding myself with some lolodidit yarn and Sweet Spot swatching. 
  


It's been a great day!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Good mail day

So I read the instructions on my next clue wrong and did the first set of gates with two threads instead of over two threads.  Though the piece is worked over two threads, so it was a redundant instruction that my Brian re-worked to make relevant. Yeah, that's what I'm going with.  
I liked the look, but I wasn't sure, so I also did a set with a single strand. 
 Definitely liking the heavier gate better!! 
I did give some thought to another set of gates further up in the design, and I may have to do them double-stranded as well, though they are a different colour and esthetic, so I'll have to see when I get there. I also went online and ordered more of the purple for the current gates and black for the next gates so I don't run out. 
 
So now I'm going over the 2nd set of gates again, then moving on to the other 3 corners. 

Happy Mail day today! 
I have been following Lauren aka lolodidit on Instagram for awhile and I finally ordered!!
 
This is going to make an amazing Sweet Spot strip!!! 
I know ... that's a lot of exclamation marks, but I'm that excited!! I know my plan was to cross stitch (especially while I'm between knitting assignments), but I might have to wind and swatch. 



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Starting Point - spoiler pics

I really love having my two days off in a row. Day 1 is always errand day - shops, appointments, cleaning. Day 2 is my day of home, knitting, relaxing. It is my ritual, I look forward to it, I need it. 

My Starting Point shawl is done!! I finished all the ends and laid it outside to block; it fit perfectly on my little back deck. It blocked out gently to 71cm x 203cm (28" x 80"). A generous stole, and if I knit another I could join them for a blanket. I love it; I has an intriguing construction with a pleasing symmetrical geometry.
 
   
 









I also finished the 3rd part of my Chatelaine X garden mandala. The Algerian eyelets were the finishing touch and all 4 corners are now complete.
 The charts for the 4th part are taped together and I'm ready to make 100's of tiny x's!!  








Happy Mail Day!! Jimmy Beans pkg arrived with the Lorna's Laces Solemat  that I ordered for the Beyond the Wall MKAL  The colours are brighter and less grey than the online pic. My fingers are almost twitching with excitement!!!

 The puppies are playing outside, no rabbit-chasing whinging to be heard, while the salmon that I planked is on the grill. It's been awhile since I've made salmon, the smell of it is so enticing. 
 I've powered through OITNB today -- how am I supposed to get along until season 6!!?? I am imaging storyline after storyline in my head. 
The Handmaid's Tale will see me through my evenings stitching. 
Have I mentioned how much I love my android box? An introverts best friend this! ☺️☺️
 Oh, I found this tiny robins egg shell on my driveway this morning.  
It made me happy, like seeing deer and rainbows. I know, I'm a bit simple, but my heart is pleased.