Feeling a bit restless again today, but managed to make myself finish these yoga socks, aka toeless heel-less socks. Crocheted with a 5mm hook and Schachenmayr Bravo left over from the first Wingspan.
December 7, 2013
We had a bit of a shuffle today. Ds1 moved out a week ago. On Monday, I blitzed his bedroom and the downstairs bathroom which he used exclusively. Since then, ds3 has been in there with a tape measure and a thoughtful look on his face, and I have been trying to ascertain whether ds2 is interested in using one of the desks in there for his computer too.
Ds3 looked like he was moving in, but he moved the wires for the secondary internet router and it stopped working, so he decided to set up his desk in the family room, next to ds2. I’m sure it’s temporary, until the wifi is working properly again.
I considered the bedroom fair game, and started moving my stuff in!
The smallest basement bedroom is now a little less cramped. It has a weights bench, a Nordictrack, a rebounder and a bookshelf. That’s pretty much it. Ds3 has been using it quite often since he started PE10 so I’m sure he will appreciate the extra room.
Ds1′s bedroom is now at least partly my craft room. Isn’t that a classic? I read so many threads on Ravelry where people have turned their child’s room into a craft or yarn room once they move out. My yarn and fabric, small stashes that they are, are now in there, and I have adopted the smaller desk for my sewing and knitting machines. Knitting and quilting books are filling the hutch above the desk, and quilts that I made years ago are camouflaging the stuff that ds1 left behind. The quilt covering the sofa bed is one I need to continue patching before next summer, so I will see it every time I go in there and be reminded of the job!
Ds1 said he may be coming over tomorrow to take more of his things away, so that will be good, though none of it is in the way. We will also be enjoying a family dinner out tomorrow, as it’s Tai Chi Man’s birthday this week, and our 26th wedding anniversary!
December 6, 2013
A very quick update. Wingspan 2 is finished. James C Brett Marble Chunky, MC36, size US10 needles. I weighed the project and the yarn after seven wedges and did another one, then did an extra row along the inner edge before binding off, but still have about 20 grams of yarn left (out of a single 200g skein).
December 2, 2013
December 1, 2013
Finished objects abound this week, with the first being a commissioned granny square hat crocheted with James C Brett Marble Chunky and a 6.5mm hook. Five squares, each with four rounds, sewn together and a couple of rounds of single crochet for the brim edging.
Add to that a gift for a friend – a Distinguished Gentleman’s neckwarmer, pattern by Mychawd found on Ravelry of course. If you make this, consider not doing the decreases on the last knit row. I didn’t as I thought it would be much too tight. This photo is before washing and possible blocking, though the curl will probably hang around. Made with Knitpicks Brava Worsted in Currant.
November 28, 2013
Well, I had some dried leaves stuck to my yarn, but it was worth it to get outside and use the full daylight effect to get this photo. I realised today that of course I should have used my longest cable as the wedges of the scarf/shawl add to the length as you work. I’ll have to remedy that later.
I am currently enjoying some President’s Choice Chocolatey Chai, and have made it extra Chocolatey with the addition of some Kirkland (Costco) chocolate chips, which I have to say are really good and can be eaten by the handful! Even better mixed with dried cranberries. Who needs fancy desserts or snack bars when you can indulge in such loveliness so simply!?
I called my mum earlier today and also spoke to my sister as they were together at the time. Mum’s been in a hotel room for a week, following the sale of her house last Friday, and is anticipating moving into her new home tomorrow. She bought a beautiful brand new two bedroom cottage in an Over-55 development. It’ll be easier for her to access, safer without all the steps of the old place, and I hope she’ll be very happy there. My sister has been a rock throughout all the stages of moving, from driving mum around to see houses to decluttering in readiness for the move to advising the utility companies etc etc. She’s awesome! She’s off to Prague for a few days with her husband next week and I know she deserves the break.
Well, time to glug down the last of my tea and get out for a walk in the windchill!
November 27, 2013
I know these photos aren’t the best. I seem to do most of my knitting and blogging in the evenings and the light is not great. This is a beautiful yarn, James C Brett Marble Chunky, colour MC36. Unfortunately it does also share a lot of colours with my Harmony knitting needles so it blends in rather!
Anyway, this is my second Wingspan. The first was knitted with DK weight yarn, but rather than reduce the stitch count and maintain the width I have opted to keep the same stitch count and have it come out larger.
I have had enough of working with leftovers and wanted to get my hands on something pretty and soft. I have tried to get a close-up for the colour detail and also compared the size of the first wedge of my DK Wingspan with the new one. Considerably bigger!
When I look at my Ravelry project page, the projects are arranged in rows of four, and I really like to keep the number of WIPs to one row. But this one will make five….oh well!