Friday, July 20, 2018

Eye Candy Friday

I've seen more butterflies than usual this year, I think. 

It's hard to get them to pose in the sunshine.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Just a quick hat set

I've just got to stop putting my hand in the air when people offer up free yarn for charity knitting. I got myself another bagful the other day.

There was one skein of Lorna's Laces Swirl Chunky, a wool and silk blend, soft, warm, bright!

In the skein, which of course I forgot to photograph, the yarn looked like I could make a regular stripe pattern, like this. But alas, I think you need a yarn that is machine-dyed. My colour pattern soon slipped a few stitches out of sync, no matter what I tried.

So I just made a hat. It is knit flat on the number of stitches I was using for my last attempt at lining things up, I think 49. It is not quite big enough for me; great for a 10-year-old or so.

But that didn't take all the yarn, so then I knit a teeny tiny scarf.

I will have to find a nice button or two and then a child can make a tight or loose cowl/collar/scarflette.

Perhaps I could have knit a less pointy hat and had more yarn left for a bigger scarf. Next time.

We are ready for our close-ups...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Went to the beach

The last couple of days I have been in London, Ontario, visiting my brother who has been away for a year.

We went to Grand Bend for an afternoon, looking at the beach and the lake and the sailboats and the ice cream stores.

lifeguard chair

How many colours!? 
As far as the eye can see, it's blue (and green and white and...)
At his house, we were awash in wildlife. First a woodpecker, then a shrew, a gopher, and finally this lovely deer, right outside the kitchen window! 

Apparently the neighbours have an attractive apple tree. She did like munching on some of John's flowers, too.

I got some knitting done, but will have to show you another day. (I took three projects, of course, and finished one.)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Startitis and high fashion

I have a few things on the go right now. It is 32°C out, and forecast to be over 30° all week! So of course, I have to pick my knitting carefully. It's too hot for a wool scarf,  or a wool hat, so now there's this:

Yes, Kate Moss and I have much in common. This is a still from a movie about Vivienne Westwood. And I love the sweater!

I have some DK cotton yarn to use. I couldn't find anything like it on Ravelry, but I found this pattern, which has been on my shelf since the day it came out in 1987.

Big rectangles knitted on 8 mm needles. Really big rectangles. It was 1987, and a sweater 50 inches around was not out of the ordinary. Kate's isn't oversized at all.

And then there's Westknits' Loosey Goosey. Super oversized, knitted on 10 mm needles. 

I think I will more or less follow the pattern for the green sweater, so the holes are not ginormous, but I will add rows knitted with a much bigger needle, and I will add some dropped stitches here and there. And I have 4 different yarns, that oughta spice things up, too!

It won't really look like the one at the top, but I'm not Kate Moss, either.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Muffin Monday: Yogurt Bran

It seems like it's been a while since I made muffins, and we happened to have a litre of buttermilk in the fridge, and 2 kilos of frozen berries, so I gave these a go. Sort of this recipe, sort of that.

I have made these before; the page in the book is pretty splattered! It says it makes 2 dozen muffins, and my notes say 1 dozen regular and 1 dozen small. This time it made 3 dozen small and an 8-inch round cake! Who knows how these things work!

I used buttermilk instead of yogurt; the recipe calls for vegetable oil and as it happened I only had about 1/4 of a cup, so these are made with mostly olive oil; and I had no white flour, so they are all whole wheat.

My regular muffin pan was dirty because I just made some cloverleaf buns for a potluck party. (Very good, made the dough in the breadmaker!) I didn't think the paper muffin cups were quite the right size, so I sprayed the one pan and crossed my fingers and trusted the "no-stick" coating on the other. Bad move.

Some came out easily, but some didn't. There will be a lot of half-mini-muffins around here.

But tasty! And I think if one actually follows the recipe, they would be perfect!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A new hat

This has been Ascot Week, and the hats have been divine. Of course, people other than the royal family wear fantastic hats; I suggest the Daily Mail's coverage if you are interested!

So, I was looking at hats and knitting on a boring scarf. Of course, I put that aside to knit a hat! In perfect pond scum colours, from a dyer in town who was moving and had a big sale on her front porch.

I wasn't sure I had enough of that, so added a stripe of the green tweed I used to make Arthur's Harry Potter sweater in 2006. (OMG, those kids are so cute; where are they now?!)

That is terribly washed-out, sorry! It's a very long hat indeed.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Knitting and pond scum

I have a plan. I will knit maybe six of these strips and make a child's blanket.

I have 3 more full balls of heavy sock yarn, so I can just knit till that is gone and see what I have!

We are fully into the lazy, hazy days of summer. The garden is full of things -- amazing how they all just come up every spring and disappear in November. Magic!

Ornamental onion! Make me a yarn with all those colours.

Another colourway for yarn, please:

I walked up the hill today and around Wychwood Park. There was a house for sale, and an actual Open House today. I toyed with the idea of going in, but it was so far out of my price range I thought I'd get turned away by the butler or something! But it was across the street from the pond, which I do love. If I had $7-million, I'd certainly think about it.

Today the pond was covered with duck weed, and there was a turtle on a log, and the shadows and reflections were very nice indeed.