And I already have an FO to show for it.

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My yarn order finally arrived yesterday without fanfare. UPS left it in the carport and so it was up to me to check whether a parcel had arrived when the morning went by without a ring on the doorbell. Having checked the order status the day before, I had a hunch that the box would be here on the 16th, and it was.

I have been trying to come up with something new to make for the fall craft fairs and made one of these today…

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This is Willow Wash worsted (it now also comes in bulky weight) in the colours evergreen, gold mine, catalina blue and cranberry.

The pattern is Autumn Headwrap, a free one that I found via Ravelry. Here’s the site link – Green Elephant crochet and things.

I learned how to do foundation double crochet for this pattern so I’m rather pleased with myself.

Happy crocheting!

Good takings at the market today. It helped that I had a special deal on: free barefoot sandals with every purchase. Weather was perfect – it was only 9 Celsius according to my car’s outside thermometer at 7am, but a short sleeved cardigan was enough to keep me warm, and the sun gradually warmed everything up until we had a 1pm temperature of about 23.

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Last night I started a new pair of crocheted fingerless mitts. These were finished this morning, and I made a second pair, similar to the first, to add to the stock.

My plan was to find a circle in a square type of granny, then fold it and sew it for a mitt. I used a motif I found on Ravelry – it’s called Starburst Motif. But I had some issues with the instructions. The main thing was that it says to change colour by slip stitching to end the previous round in the new colour, and also there was an odd start to one of the rounds, so I ended up tweaking it a bit so that it worked out how I liked it.

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The second pair I made up as I went along, having the experience from making the first pair.

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In all cases, the motifs didn’t lie flat. However that turned out to be a good thing, because when I folded them to sew them up (leaving a thumbhole) the centre of the motif snugged in to the wrist very neatly and it’s almost as if I intended it!

One last thing…the prayer shawl is done and is being washed.

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It will be delivered to its intended recipient very soon. It took 23 days, with help from a few others in our spiritual group, and interspersed with my other projects.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Happy knitting/crocheting/whatever!

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“The Sweater” is proceeding tonight. It has been ignored this week in favour of the Prayer Shawl, as I felt that that needed more urgent attention.

Also, I took ds2 and ds3 camping for four nights, and it was easier to knit on something brainless like a garter stitch rectangle, rather than a sweater.

I have to tweak the numbers here and there, as my row gauge is a bit off, so instead of knitting 13 sleeve rounds then decreasing, I am knitting 12.

I just put it on and I’m happy with the width of the body and the length, so that’s good news. It looks rather uneven but I think a toss in the washer and dryer will sort that out at the end.

So…camping. I think that the last time we went camping was about 9 years ago. I have not had the urge to sleep on the ground in recent years (I can’t imagine why!) and I tend not to sleep well in a tent. And I really dislike going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, not knowing if there are wild things lying in wait!

However, Tai Chi Man booked a two week holiday to visit family back in Britain, which at the last minute included a week in Switzerland to visit even more family. His mum has been diagnosed with mixed dementia and he felt it was a good idea to go now. So I thought the two teens and I should have a bit of fun too, and I booked a site at a private RV and camping resort just over an hour away.

We had a sandy site right next to a lake, power and water at the site, a picnic bench, and hot showers. Definitely what I call ‘soft camping’ though not as soft as RVing! Mostly sunny weather except for one evening and morning of rain. I took my farmers market tent/roof/canopy thing, which was invaluable for sun and rain protection and for hanging things up to dry.

A couple of mornings I had a peaceful swim (followed by a shower – there were lots of ducks and I didn’t want to get swimmer’s itch). I was so glad there was no wifi as it forced us to make our own entertainment, so we walked, played games, read books and cooked veggie dogs and marshmallows over campfires. Admittedly there was a couple of stops at the local library to check emails etc, but there was way less screen time than usual.

Monday to Friday was the perfect amount of time, and we avoided the Labour Day/weekend crowds, and only had to pay Low Season rates. And our Toyota Matrix managed to hold everything we needed, packed to the roof as it was, plus stuff on the roof rack.

It’s nice to be back in my own bed now. Camping makes you appreciate the conveniences of your home all the more.

Tai Chi Man is due to return tomorrow, which I am looking forward to, but he won’t get a rest after all that travel. He has to work Monday morning.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

And it IS a good evening! Why, you may ask. Well, I tidied away all my sewing stuff that had been moved upstairs for the sewing day with my friend. So the dining room table is clear again. And then I went through all my yarn bits and pieces in my craft room. I love doing that periodically because I tend to forget what’s there. Most of it is leftovers. Most of it I still like and intend to use up some day.

However, I tend to say Yes when offered yarn and more often than not it is old acrylic. Old scratchy acrylic that someone’s been storing in their spare room for, oh, about 20 years! I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but whilst I do love acrylic I don’t love the rough stuff. So I filled a clear bag with a tonne of old acrylic, plus some elann esprit in a rather unbecoming beige, and in fact I put all my multi-coloured esprit odds and ends in a Ziploc bag to give away too. I think I know someone who can get some use out of them. I also have a load of old knitting needles (all my local thrift stores have a bazillion knitting needles but no crochet hooks – what’s with that!?). I decided that as I have my Knitpicks Harmony set (now Rainbow Wood) and a full set of Milward straights from many moons ago, I didn’t need miscellaneous straight needles, many of which are numbered in the old Canadian/UK system.

It feels so good to declutter. So good in fact, that I went back to the email from Willow Yarns which told me that Willow Wash was on sale for 20% off, and I may (ahem) have ordered a few (25) balls of the stuff. Well, it’s pretty, and I know it feels nice and soft to work with. I have only seen a small number of the colours up close, so I ordered one of each colour, excluding the white, cream, greys, browns and black. Bright colours are definitely my thing these days. There are 36 colours total, so when you take out the neutrals, you get about 25. And they are $3.07 a ball right now, and when you order over $60-worth you get free shipping in Canada.

Well, that parcel will be one to look forward to.

So, it’s Friday, and the car is packed with my farmers market stuff ready for the morning. Only three more weeks of that particular market to go, though I have two more events scheduled in September. And then maybe some Christmas markets after that.

Have an awesome weekend!

Edited to add: this is my 1190th blog post – wow!

This could get addictive. Yesterday I was looking at the meagre stash of fabric that I have and thinking I’d like to make another bag like the purple/green one I blogged about recently. I couldn’t bring myself to cut into any of the fabric pieces. Today, though, I did it, because I now have a person in mind to receive one of these bags so I am motivated!

The rainbow fabric is one that came in a bag of cotton fabrics that a friend was destashing, and the blue spotty fabric came from the Fabricland moving sale.

I spent longer on this one. The handles are longer too, as I wanted it to be more of a shoulder bag. I pinned everything before sewing, clipped curves, generally took more care to do it right and it paid off.

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Here’s an update on the current projects. I don’t remember whether I showed you this…

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This is my Gio hat pattern in the Loops and Threads Zoomba – in a lovely shade of turquoise that goes brilliantly with the turquoise accents on my ski jacket.

This…

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is a reversible hobo bag that I made today by following a tutorial online. I did bookmark it but can’t remember the name of the site now. Will have to check and update…ETA: verypurpleperson.com

These…

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are the WIPs. The Brick sweater is finally to the bottom ribbing stage. I could easily have had it finished by now if I hadn’t been making stuff for the market. And the denim blue project is a prayer shawl in James C Brett Marble Chunky.

Have to love you and leave you, as they say…it’s time to make dinner. Sewing obviously builds up an appetite!

Rather than edit my Gio Hat pattern post again, I’m adding this as a new post.

I’ve been out most of the day, so vegged out all evening, finishing up a book (Dean Koontz’ 77 Shadow Street) and messing around with Facebook and Ravelry. However a day without even a sniff of yarn is just not right, so I picked up the failed flower that I made the other day, unravelled it, and made another. Here’s what I did…

Make a magic circle, ch1, 5sc into circle. Don’t join, keep going in a spiral, make 3sc into each of the 5sc. Fasten off, thread the yarn tail onto a large-eyed needle, push the needle through somewhere in the centre of the flower to encourage it to spiral a bit. Fasten off and weave in both yarn tails. Use a thinner yarn to sew a 1-inch button to the back.

And hey presto, abracadabra, higgledly piggledy, you now have a detachable flower for the hat that can be positioned wherever you like.

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