Thursday, May 06, 2021

A sock with roots

Despite my last post, this has nothing to do with redness. 

Someone I follow on Instagram is doing a thing... a pop-up art show in an old-growth forest in BC. And she wants socks to hang on a line. Well, how could I say no? Luckily I have a basket full of socks with holes in which no longer fit anyone. She wanted plain coloured ones, which was a bit of a challenge, but I did find one. 

I knitted some roots dangling out the bottom of the hole, since darning this was not going to be much fun. I used Habu silk stainless steel yarn so the pieces can be shaped and twisted, but then I put beads on the ends so that weight sort of counteracts any other shaping. 

I did leave a "tap root" which can stick out here or there. 

There was a tiny hole in the top. How to finish that off? Since I was working with a small bag of miscellaneous beads instead of the gazillions of beads I have elsewhere in the house, I found a hot pink bead with an S on it, and it was Stephen's birthday, so -- problem solved. 

Sometime this summer, my sock will be a part of something exciting!

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Today it is May

One thing I enjoyed in the olden days, when every dang knitter had a blog, is a thing called Project Spectrum. People worked on projects of different colours as the months went by. I just thought of this the other day and realised I could do an 8-month version: 

  • May: RED
  • June: ORANGE
  • July: YELLOW
  • August: GREEN
  • September: BLUE
  • October: INDIGO
  • November: VIOLET
  • December: NEUTRALS
We also used to like using the coloured-text tool. Those were the days. 

I am not sure I have a red project to be working on, but I will keep my eyes open for redness and think about red through May. 

I think this is the last time I saw a rainbow, last summer: 

And I shall have a rainbow of projects!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time passes yet again

If you follow me on Instagram you might just think that all I do is go for walks around and look at pretty flowers and trees. Not wrong, really. 

I have also knitted about 13 inches of boring charcoal grey ribbing. I need about 7 more! And then, I get to make the yoke of the sweater. So that is very exciting. I may never finish...

There are some other things going on but perhaps they are not blog-fodder just yet. The end of April will be a very busy time with the university term ending and people moving and much confusion. I do at least have an appointment made for the first dose of the vaccine, so that is something! 

Let's have some more pictures from the last week or so: 

We watched the sunset from a patio one night

A very old sidewalk stamp. This might require a whole blog post one day

Thursday, April 01, 2021

It's April

I will not do an April Fool's post... yesterday I saw that heavy snow was forecast for Vancouver and that reminded me not to believe anything I read today. 

But I will show you some pictures and make a bit of a list for the coming month. 

I have made a sleeve. You saw the beginning of it last time. So now that is done (for the moment) and I have started on the body of the sweater. (It's dark grey ribbing, all the same, so not very interesting to look at.) I don't know if I've shown you this picture before, but I snapped it around Christmas time as I was on a walk through some swanky fashion shops in Toronto. Unfortunately I have no idea what shop or who might the designer be. 

When Kid #1 saw it, the eyes lit up, so I decided to have a crack at making something like it. 

The ribbed side is a charcoal grey, with a more useable sleeve shape, and it will be a raglan sleeve instead of a drop shoulder like that. I am using a pattern called Rugged Raglan, even though we won't end up with anything very rugged, I think! We haven't decided on the colour for the other side, or the cable pattern, but I am leaning toward some colour we can call Highlighter Marker

That will be my main knitting for the foreseeable future. We go back to Toronto on the 25th I think, so I have plenty of time to make the body rectangle, and then I have to join the sleeve in and make the top part. Perhaps there should be some trying on and consultation, but we'll see how things go. 

I don't really have any other plans, so perhaps a to-do list is not needed! Let's move on to some pretty pictures of what I have been doing!

Vancouver is full of flowering trees these days. Whole streets are lined with frothy pinkness. When the sky is blue, the combination is so beautiful!

We went to Stanley Park yesterday with a friend who was looking for a certain cultivar of cherry, but although the ornamental plums are blossoming everywhere, and we just call any pink or white flowery tree a cherry, we learned that the cherries need another week or so before they are perfect. We did a lot of walking around in the park looking at other delights. 

Of course, a favourite, Girl in a Wetsuit

Today I was walking on Kits Beach and saw a small sailboat had come ashore, perhaps last week when it was very windy. 

The tiller

The waterline

And that is how April begins. As long as that heavy snow doesn't really materialize, it all looks good. 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Trying to blog more

I seem to have fallen out of the habit of blogging, and I would like to get back to it. Once a week shouldn't be too much... but we shall see. 

I like to make something out of a cookbook once it's come into my possession, even (or especially) if it's tattered and missing parts. So I found the pages on Dunk Sauces in that James Beard book, and look, there's one starred! (A dunk sauce is what a modern person would call a dip, I believe.)

We have some shrimp and we'll find some veg and bread, and that will be a fun picnic at home. 

Yes, those are green onions and not chives, nor green pepper

I have also started a big knitting project. I tried about five different things with some pretty laceweight yarn, but nothing thrills me. So I bought some dark grey wool-blend yarn and am making a sweater. 

More as the story unfolds... 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A new cookbook

 I am very fond of the system of Little Free Libraries people have made. Give a book, take a book. 

The other day I went to put back into circulation something that I can't even remember now, and I picked up The James Beard Cookbook. I have been searching for years for Beard on Bread, so thought this would be a decent substitute for now. And so well-loved; someone had used this book a lot! 

The first thing I noticed upon getting it home: the entire middle was missing. I do not have pages 129 to 348. I go straight from Baked Fish to Chicken Fricassee. 

I flipped through a bit in the front half, and some days went by before I started in on the second half. 

Someone had had a bit of a misfortune. Could have set the house on fire, it seems!

Ah well. Perhaps it was not meant to be. I will find something in the first half to make, just to say I did it, but then, it's back to the street for this one!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

The dress is done

The dress made with the muddy, grizzly-bear-coloured yarn is done. The dress is very cute, and I made some super-cute leg-warmers to go with it, but I still question my choice of yarn! 

The leg-warmers are just the cuffs of some 2-year-size socks. I thought I wouldn't make real socks for a kid who can barely even sit up on her own these days, let alone walk. 

Yesterday I went to Dressew, a sort of Vancouver institution on West Hastings Street. There was a line-up to get in! I found my buttons in record time and didn't stick around to get tempted by fabric. Luckily I have a cousin with a full range of tools in town so I was able to borrow a teensie crochet hook to make the button loop. 

Now I just have to figure out how to get it to the family. The kid won't fit it at all till the fall, I think, so no rush. I'll collect a few things, perhaps. She might even get a matching chapeau!