Sunday, August 04, 2019

August plans

Things are getting out of hand here, so maybe it's a good idea to make a list.

In August I will:

Finish Elaine's longish underwear. Did I show you this?

I have one leg almost knit, have to buy more yarn, and hope to have them done in a week or so.

In typical vintage-pattern style, no sizing is given and although I think they will fit her, we really just have to wait and see. Were women really all the same size in 1940? 

I would like to get these done before taking off on a week's trip out to Victoria. On that trip I think I will take my British sheepy wool and make a hat and mitts, but no promises are being made about that just yet. There might be a different hat!

My really big project is I have to get Elaine sent off to university! Which means I have to stand by while she packs, I might have to shell out some cash now and then and I am supposed to not fuss (the hardest part).

And! I then have to move myself and my husband to England for a couple of months. We'll be back on the Cam, where it all began... As it happens, I think our little rental place is just across the river from where we were in 2005, so there will be more walking along the towpath and more watching the rowers! We are not going till later in September, so perhaps this doesn't even need to be on the August list at all. 

We will be renting (for a pittance) our house to a friend's daughter. Good for her to have the independence, good for us to have someone in the house. We could get way more money if we did way more clearing out and cleaning up, but I think we can prepare for this situation without too much trouble. I hope. I started emptying the hall dresser for her... How many hats and scarves and mitts and cowls and shawls does one family need, I ask you! 

So, knit some knickers and clean up the house. Here I go!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Get your sunglasses

I took part in another vintage knitalong. This time we were supposed to do something from the 1950s, so I looked at some lovely sweaters but decided on this quick 50-row doily.

It is meant to be done in fine crochet cotton, but I used dishcloth cotton and 4.5 mm needles, so I knew it would turn out huge.

It was going to be a giant purple thing, but then I ran out of purple. Then I ran out of red!

Luckily I have the perfect green bowl to sit upon it.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Eye Candy Friday

So many eye candies here!

Once upon a time, my dad took a million pictures. Even in the days of 36-exposure rolls of film, he stood there and used up half a roll at the Grand Canyon. Or the Brighton Pavilion or some beach in BC.

I became the holder of all these slides. My sister mailed me something like 4 or 5 moving boxes full of carousels of slides. Years and years ago! Eventually I got my dad's projector, too, so I can watch them easily.

The task was enormous and way more time-consuming than I had originally thought,  and I ignored it for quite a while.  We have a system now, and I have also hardened my heart so that I don't keep all those pictures of the Grand Canyon -- just the ones with my mom, or the rare ones she took of him! I must say that the family camping trips and so on keep getting put to the bottom of the pile because I know they will have lots of keepers!

We have a frame and a holder and we take a picture of the slide with a close-up lens, and then keep the real gems in archival boxes. If no one opens those boxes in the next 50 years they will self-destruct.... if only!

The ones I don't scan, I put in that bin if they have paper frames. One day I will finish the lampshade I once started.

Some have plastic frames, and they get just thrown in the garbage! I still can't believe I do that, but I have indeed thrown away thousands of pictures of Canadian university campuses in the 60s, pretty autumn-leaf colour in New England, waves crashing on beaches and Italian Renaissance architecture.

My mom and sister in Stanley Park in Vancouver, sometime like 1972... Note the groovy poncho my mom made. I had a purple one.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Some flowers

I am back from a slightly interesting holiday (to the shores of Lake Huron, where we went canoeing once and walking in the woods a few times, but mainly read and knitted in the air-conditioned, suburban "cottage").

Wandering around town here, I find I take a lot of pictures of other people's gardens, so I will show you a few flowers today.

Bee balm. I used to think this was the bergamot used in Earl Grey tea, but there is also a much more flavourful citrus fruit called bergamot. You can boil up the leaves of this, but it is not very exciting!

This is in my very own garden, a chive flower. Must catch it and spread the seeds around, before they just all fall on the deck.

Ah, daisies.

Day lily... everyone has these rusty old things, including me.

Very exciting here, a milkweed beetle on a day lily. Now that's something you don't see every day. In fact, I don't know that I have ever seen a milkweed bug anywhere before, and I had to ask my go-to bug guy for an ID. Now I shall have to keep my eyes open for more!

Very soon there will be some knitting to show!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Finished Dotted Rays

I love this pattern! Knit, knit, knit, occasionally make a hole, do short rows to make wedges, and that wonderful chevron edge! So fun.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

A very funny thing I made

There is a spinner called Studio Loo, who puts all sorts of bits and pieces in her yarn. I noticed a new batch of her stuff at Knitomatic, so dashed up there to see what I could see. So hard to choose, but finally I settled on my life in 1983... black yarn with a gold thread and Trivial Pursuit pieces attached! (I might have to go back for brighter colours and flowers, but for now this is enough.)

After wondering if I should make a hexagon, or giant lace, or a plain scarf, I found a cowl pattern called Through Thick and Thin, designed for yarn sort of like this. You change needle size now and again, and do some garter stitch and some stocking stitch. I didn't really follow the pattern, but I did use two sizes of needles and random knit and purl rows. Because the yarn is so bulky, I knit up 115 yards in a couple of sittings over about 12 hours!

I'll put it aside for the winter, and look forward to the confused glances I receive.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Three on Thursday

Finally I have three things to talk about on a Thursday, so I can do a Three on Thursday post! (As it turns out, these are three rather broad chapters: basketball, knitting and flowers.)

1. First, yeah, let's get this out of the way. Toronto has a basketball team which is doing very well this year. The Raptors have now won two games in a best-of-seven final series, and people are very, very excited. Not me, because I don't care about basketball, but everybody else, it seems, even the art gallery. (The Raptors' logo is a basketball/dino claw thing.)

2. Earlier this week I walked past the art gallery on my way to the Textile Museum, where I looked through the recycling... as one does. And I found this boxed set of patterns for quilting, appliqué, embroidery and a gazillion other things.

The person who works the front desk the evening before my morning shift goes through things that people donate for the big sale. She knows what sells and what doesn't, and she knows what is worth money and what isn't. This set was battered, probably incomplete, heavy, out of date... so I reluctantly put it back in the recycling, except for one wee booklet!

There are not patterns for garments, but there is a lace sampler, always lovely to look at, and some wonderful edges. If you knit them in big, fat wool instead of crochet cotton, they'd make a dandy scarf!

While sitting at the front desk, I like to have an easy knitting project to pick up and put down. Despite all the other half-done projects I have around the house, I took a ball of pink sock yarn and the pattern for Dotted Rays, a classic Stephen West masterpiece.

I have now almost finished that first ball of pink, and am adding in a purply sock yarn, left over from these. It's surprising how much kinda coordinating yarn one has if one looks. This is going to be great! 

I told you my sad story of losing my knitting on Day 1 of my England trip. I then went to John Lewis and bought some Rowan Denim, because one can never have too much of that. I have, as you know if you keep track of these things, several bits of Denim knitted up into a bunch of incomplete things. 

Well, I am now going to consolidate them into a blankie of some sort. I was working rather diligently on this until I started in on the pink. There is a family baby expected in the fall, so I will do my best to get this finished by then, but I can take a brief moment to knit a shawl!

3. Some pretty flowers for you. I just take pictures with my phone, which can sometimes handle close-ups and sometimes can't. 

My very own allium flower. They are such amazing big, purple puffballs. 

An iris. Who can resist trying to capture that elaborate inside bit? Pattern, texture and colour!

This peony was gigantic! 

Got to get back to my pink knitting now!