My MacGyvering was completely successful:
The Madtosh chunky feels amazing after a good soak too. Minimal dye in the bath as well so I’m calling this a very successful project.
My Christmas knitting is almost complete. Just 1/2 of a sock left to go and I am done. Added bonus, those socks don’t need to be mailed. As a reward for being this close to finished I’m allowing myself to cast on a new project. In this pretty shade of blue Malabrigo.
It’s supposed to get quite chilly here this week, -8 to -10. Crazy chilly for here. I think a new soft & fuzzy cowl is just what the doctor ordered.
Say you knit a longish, roundish, cabley thing. It’s a perfectly nice thing.
But, we all know, blocking makes knitting better. Cables can’t get enough of the stuff. Hmmm, how to block a longish/roundish object. Not a lot of items in the household that will be long enough (see longish) or large enough around (see roundish) without being too big. You know what’s just about right? A paint can. Actually, two paint cans, one atop the other.
Excellent. Hmmm, but there’s those nubbly handley bits. Okay, add two smooth plastic place mats and a tonne of elastics collected over the years from broccoli.
Magic! Tall enough and round enough. Let’s cover it in a bin liner to be very clean and such. Just in case.
Excellent. This is so coming together! Okay, slip the longish, roundish, cableyish knitting over it and…uh oh. Too slippery. Ixnay on the bin liner. Add a few clothes pins. Voila!
MacGyver’ed the heck out of that bad boy! Oh, and the longish, roundish, cableyish object is a City Creek Cowl in Madtosh Chunky in Tart. I love that red.
Sunday was the annual Spinthrifts swap-a-rama. Canadians and Americans, spinning yarn for each other. Then we all meet in Bellingham, eat amazing Mexican food, go yarn shopping, and hit Trader Joe’s before heading back to our respective countries. It’s amazing.
How amazing? Well just look at this lovely handspun that Jen created for me:
Gorgeous. Merino. Looks like a blue sky with tiny clouds skimming across it. It makes me so happy.
Then, there was some yarn store shopping. Not much…let’s just move on…shall we?
Then, Trader Joe’s. Which means, cheese:
So.much.cheese. Ridiculously cheap and flavourful cheese. YAY!
Okay, back to Giftmas knitting. Happy Monday!
are pretty much the best thing ever. Late summer ones are even better. You get to do things like process all the beans! This year I planted green beans (my favourite) and red runner beans. After a tough start due to cold weather and very hungry slugs, I am finally seeing some results.
Left to right we have Frenched blanched green beans, pre-blanched red runner beans, and larger (older) green beans just chopped & blanched. It was all I could do to not leap in and steam up the entire lot of Frenched beans and eat them with butter and salt. Soooo good that way.
I decided I was going to blanch the red runner beans and freeze them for use in soups/stews/etc later in the winter. See how pretty they are? All bright red and purple. Look at them after blanching:
They went all dusky purple. Nature is so weird!
Today I grated and froze between 8 and 10 pounds of zucchini for winter use. Also probably in soups & stews but possibly in muffins & breads. This week we’ll be buying canning jars and starting to process all the beets. Oh my, do we have beets. LOL
Finally, the most fun this weekend was had making tubey scarves on a friend’s circular sock knitting machine. This this is soooo cool! I took a couple videos:
Oh wait. And finally finally, I finished a pair of socks:
These poor things have been on the go forever. I’ve knit and ripped them 3 times before finally being reasonably content with this pattern. They will be nice and warm when winter comes again. Which seems so far away when I’m still having to put on sunscreen before I go out and work in the yard.
Day one progress of my Ravellenics project. One chart repeat of 36 rows. My double handed knitting is getting a little bit faster as I do it more. Which is good, ’cause I got a lot of knitting to get done! This needs to be about 48 inches long when it’s done.
Gearing up for the 2012 Ravellenics is in full swing.
Team Canada! FTW
Since the games are in London this year I went with as British a project as I could think of. I found a chart on Ravelry of the wallpaper from flat of in the new Sherlock Holmes series.
So far so good, right? So, I took the chart and did some swatching in the round:
So, a long, tubular, circular scarf is the plan. In 17 days. ‘Cause that’s totally doable, right?
The yarn? Best part! I’m using Sanguine Gryphon in Nekkid, as an homage this scene:
And a skein of gorgeous Grimpen Mire, Hound of the Baskerville’s tie in, that the lovely yarnpiggy gifted to me.
Perfection, no? Now I just have to wait for the 27th of July and the start of the games.
And that means it’s knit night.
I finished a hat!
What? I know, I know. Yesterday I proclaimed spring and today I’m all finishing a knitted wool hat. Contradictions. All about the contradictions.
I don’t drive so me and the bus/train/neighbourhood bus, we’re pretty close. I’m also crazy nosy and get bored easily. Like most 5 year olds you see out and about unattended. So, to stop me from mumbling and wandering off I try to find things to take pictures of. It’s like having an electronic pacifier for when I’m out in public. Today’s roundup:
Willing to bet this one is a little bit different from the one in Harry Potter. Probably a fair bit more vomit & people yelling, “No man! I love you!”
As evidence, I offer this photo:
I went to pick up one book that I had pre-ordered. It was even prepaid. There was absolutely no reason for the additional 4 books that leapt into my bag. Sigh.
This is my next big project. Still in string form, obviously:
Top down cardigan starting with the lightest and moving to the black. So excited!
Bus bench engraved graffiti
The Fraser River and a rather unsettled bit of weather for the commute home.
Now, I’m going to have grilled cheese sandwiches & tomato soup for dinner, look at my books, and hopefully not get greasy fingerprints on the pages.
This = yummy food that helps deal with the overload of late summer zucchini & tomatoes:
Want the recipe? It’s super easy and it looks kind of impressive. It’s also vegetarian! Yay!
That = I’ve actually been getting some knitting done. Case in point, one Dancette shawl in Plucky Knitter Primo.
Holly Carp is this stuff nice to knit with! Dancette is also a lovely pattern. I didn’t change a single thing when I was knitting it. Not my normal modus operandi.
The other thing? Hmm, well…oh, okay. I’m back to being a part-time student again. So that’s exciting. Sociology this semester. Need to see which theory I side with, sociological or psychological explanations for criminal and deviant behaviour. I have a feeling it’s both, but don’t ruin the surprise! I had a little study date with myself last Friday night. First off, over to have some sketchy pho in downtown Whalley. Mmmmm, Bun Cha. ZOMG, amazing.
Insanely good. Then, walk over to the lovely new library. Wait, what’s this? Hmmm, graffiti or something deeper?
I like to think it has a deeper meaning than a binner trying to keep track of which manhole covers he has investigated under. I’m probably wrong though. Then, once all settled in the library what should my wandering eye espy outside?
Why yes, that is four locals smoking crack beside the rec centre. Sigh. Then I went back to my books.
This Friday? Lather, rinse, repeat. Hopefully there won’t be anyone smoking crack outside the library this time, but I’m willing to take the chance.