Every Bit Counts

And so, here is the little bit that I’ve got completed on Jacaranda / Jose. Fronts cast on and almost to the first decrease row. Β In fairness, I’ve been working mostly on the Spiral Pram blanket, it’s just so easy to pick up and put down. It is looking much larger since I posted the last photo but is currently squished onto a 100cm circular – the longest I have – and so I didn’t bother with a photo. Hopefully, there’ll be some longer cords at Yarn Forward, in Kanata when I visit the ole stompin’ grounds for a hair cut there later today.

Jacaranda / Jose Cardi ~ Progress 4

Canada Day long weekend was lovely and relaxing. It’s a pleasure having The Boy here. The weather has been gorgeous and I’m feeling more than a little spoiled! We’ve done a few outings and a trip to Michael’s – meant to purchase painting supplies for The Boy – was the expected temptation that it always is for me:

#crafty #cantbealoneatmichaels #thisisrestraint #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl #karinb

I’m going to do a little bit of very simple jewellery making and the buttons were a pleasant surprise to find; some nice quality wood that should look well on a sweater.

Back to work today and the residual soon-to-occur moving day things are still happening. Hopefully, that will be fully settle and ready for a smooth execution on the day. Not much to post these days but in the intense heat and humidity, that’s just fine. Hopefully, your days are filled with sunshine, activities you love and a whole lot less computer time!

Cheers all πŸ™‚

Countdown Days

It never ceases to amaze me just how quickly the days fly by.

A scant two months ago, I began looking a for a place to call home. The immediate flurry of activity as rental and sales agents became involved has made much of the time a blur. The last three weeks of sale negotiations and the nail-biting stress of doing this on my own are fading quickly with the realization that it’s just over two weeks before I’ll be settled in my new digs. A good place, free of any hint of the ugliness that shadowed much of the last two years.

This realization put a burr under my saddle as of Friday past and I am now in full on packing and organizing mode. The Boy is coming back for a visit in three days too, note to self: men need more than snack foods! I’ve much still packed thankfully. It became apparent almost immediately upon moving here that it would be temporary, so only the things I’ve been using to be dealt with. An order of boxes arrived yesterday and I’ve working at getting the least used things packed, labelled and stacked. Next up this week is to find a small, private mover – beer, pizza and friends being all well and good but probably the same cost and to begin tying up all the account type things.

image

In between, there is a little knitting to keep me on an even keel. Jacaranda / Jose got a lot of love this past week, the back is now done and the fronts have been cast on:

image

Despite my – ahem – better judgement, I’ve decided to participate in the Sweet Georgia “Summer Of Socks” KAL. I love SG’s yarns and have some kicking around that really needs to be knit. A couple bordering on ancient skeins of “Boheme” colourway should do for this project. The Superwash Sock is thick, bordering on a Sportweight and I’m thinking my own “Japanese Lanterns” pattern would be pretty in this or maybe my original “Mad-tini” socks.

SweetGeorgia YarnsAnd with that, another work day calls – loud and grumpy, like an angry fish wife! – it would seem that again, I bought lotto tickets that aren’t jackpot winners. I’ll need to speak sharply to the sales clerk when I buy my next one!

Hope your Monday is gentle and if not that, productive.

Cheers!

 

Progress!

It doesn’t look like much right now but this is Dahlia, I’ve just picked up the upper and lower sections, getting ready to work the left side.

Right side done.

Right side done.

The construction technique is very interesting. Several provisional cast ons, knitting a square motif in the round, afterthought armholes, how it would all come together wasn’t readily apparent on the read through – not to this very visual learner / knitter but as it’s working up, I’m loving it. The top is the reverse stocking stitch collar and seed stitch border, the left halves of the middle, have just been unzipped to be worked out to the side “seam” and then followed by the left side and front border. The yellow stitches in the middle of the blob are the keeper stitches for the armhole.

I chose the colourway “sight unseen” and if I knit this again, would choose a solid or semi-solid (what I expected). Otherwise, the Manos “Serena” base is heaven to work with. I’ve another pattern that calls for it, “Parsley” and that may be my New Year project – a cute knit with spring / summer in it.

The day off was wonderful and if I’d found a Llama Daddy when I was out there, I’d be staying home today with more knitting and tea but the Christmas shopping got done and so did my hair so, two out of three ain’t bad πŸ™‚