Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Wednesday, home of the works-in-progress.

One thing is taking all my time these days, no fooling around with stray bits of knitting: I am making a sock and that is that.

You may remember I made another sock out of this same yarn. More stitches, cable pattern on the leg, wild pooling around the heel.

First sock, huge orange blob on heel
I made a collage...

Top pictures, the crazy first sock; bottom, the more well-behaved second sock. I'm sure they'll never actually get worn both at the same time, so it hardly matters, but ...  interesting. This is October's vintage accessory, so I'm keen to get it done!

Of course there are other WIPs in the pipeline, and I am happy to tell you that I can use one of them for my December vintage accessory. Apparently the Alice Starmore fancy-schmancy mittens I started making almost a year and a half ago qualify in this challenge, which is to knit things published between the 1880s and the 1980s. Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting was published in 1988, so, yay for me!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pretties in the bathroom

This summer I bought this cut glass ball. I guess it was once part of a chandelier? It dangles in the bathroom window facing south, and at just the right time of the morning, if the sun is shining, it casts little rainbows all over the place. My fave thing is to spin it, making a disco ball effect, if you know what I mean!

I wish I had a better camera.

And for a bonus, the Christmas cactus is really doing very well. Also hard to photograph, because the super-pinkest bits look white in this. In real life, it's just as pink as pink can be. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday's almost done

Oh, no, I quickly have to post something today!

I can tell you what I have been doing with my time today: baking, knitting, watching Netflix. Very productive.

Yesterday we talked to Arthur, poor dear, away at university and having to study and write and work hard. Also, it snowed. So he was moaning about his lot, as university students do at this time of year, and I, his soft-touch mom, decided that if he just had some baked goods, he would be fortified to manage the end of term better.

Brownies that are kind of soft and a bit gooey do not pack well.

I have made the heel of the sock and am gusseting away... Nothing exciting to show.

Ah, but the Netflix! The other day the dear ladies at Mason-Dixon Knitting introduced me to W1A, a BBC show about the BBC. Hysterical. Canadian Netflix is missing the third season, which makes me a wee bit upset. Since I have already watched two seasons in two days... and I still don't know what W1A means. Is it a postal code? Never mentioned.

I'll try to think of something thrilling for tomorrow, but I believe I am doing NaBloPoMo pretty well thus far. Ten days to go!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Finished, half-finished and not started

I finished my Vertices Unite and it is ready for action. Not sure what sort of action, since it is the leventy-hundredth shawl in my collection. The scratchy sock yarn does soften up in a bath.

It is sunny today, but everything is damp. Here's a bit of the shawl on the hedge.

Here we have the sunny colours, and a bit of an idea of the whole thing.

I tried to take a picture of it all spread out on the floor. Awkward lighting.

Anyways, done. No one will see it all at once when it is worn, all scrunched up around a neck!

Now I shall concentrate on finishing up October's sock. I have started the heel and figure I can get it done by the end of the week if I put my mind to it.

Projects not yet even thought of....

Someone on Ravelry was offering a couple of bags of yarn that she hoped would be used to knit for charity.

I scored two skeins of Butterfly cotton, and I know I can get a scarf out of each of those. Bits of pretty wool -- might become blanket squares. Hats, cowls, perhaps I can get mittens out of 85 meters of wool?

There is more nice stuff and another bag full of yarn I don't want! I know someone who knits a lot of scarves to sell and I will ask if she wants some of the acrylic. Fine white baby yarn... what to do with that? It'll all get to a good home eventually.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boots for a gloomy day

I was going to show you a Saturday sky, but it is that flat white winter gloom today, and who wants to look at that?

The other day when I was at the museum I walked along the "mink mile" of Bloor Street and saw these boots in the Gucci window. Is that leopard-spotted snakeskin? I guess snakes have patterns like that, too. Most likely, I suppose, is that they are not snakeskin at all, but cleverly dyed and textured leather. Probably not even real diamonds for the trim, either!

Today my wanderings took me to the home of a nice woman who was getting rid of some yarn! I plan to do some charity knitting in 2018 and was happy to take it off her hands. Pictures tomorrow, if the sun ever comes out!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Eye Candy Friday

I was in the ROM yesterday for a brief stopover. I only had about half an hour so went to a small exhibit called the Evidence Room: very interesting, not very easily photographed. And not very cheery... but I must go back, I think.

I did find these delightful little spoons, though, on my way out. That's Mary of Teck, whom we know from The Crown and even Downton Abbey, on the far right. And, you know, some other kings and queens.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Three on Thursday

  1. I am so close to finishing my multicoloured shawl; I just need to do the edging. The pattern says to do an i-cord around the whole thing, but I don't like that and am looking for something lighter. I bought a longer needle so I could knit all around, but it is still not long enough and I have several short ones as well. Hmm, need a picture of that!
  2. I belong to a group on Ravelry called Lazy, Stupid and Godless. The knitters are all actually very nice. Someone just started a thread where people post pictures of themselves and the rest of us say kind things about them. It is very funny -- silly when high school girls need that sort of affirmation before they go out in the morning, so nice when middle-aged women do it. Someone said I look badass!
  3. Today I go do some drudgery for Hot Docs, get my teeth cleaned, come home to take a picture of my knitting in the bright light of day, think of something for dinner, think of an edging for the shawl, finish the book I have to return to the library tomorrow, etc etc.