Sunday, August 9, 2020

Yopping Update #6 - Another archived project sees the light of day

 Ok, I am still fighting with blogger.  If I make the header smaller then it won't center on the page.  Also it took me ages to convince blogger I didn't want every letter I type to be underlined.  I had to log out and back in to get it turned off.  Anyways.....

This happened this week:

124 locking stitch markers!! I am so ready for the next square in the Wrapped in Jamie CAL.  I blame my dear friend Susi.  She sent me a picture of her locking marker score and so I went on Amazon, and the rest, as they say, is history.  

I did finish knitting Dahlia on Friday night.  I had to frog the cuff of the first sleeve and reduce it another 9 stitches and was much happier with the fit.  It is now on the blocking mat, and once blocked I can finish sewing on the collar and bottom hem.  I am so thankful I have blocking wires.  I can't imagine how one would block a rectangular sweater without them.  


Pre blocking - Otis thought it made a good pillow

Of course finishing Dahlia meant my needles were empty as I did need to frog Amiga to have enough wool to finish the Dahlia sleeves. 

FitznStarts invited me to a Gnome mystery KAL that started on Thursday.  A clue is being released every two days - I can't show you any pictures until it is finished on the 19th of August - but I can tell you that two of the colours I am using are my own homespun.  If you want to check it out the link is here.  

I started another wee project from my list, but I can't say much more because it is a gift.  Let's just say I vowed never to make another - and yet.....

Before the rains came for three days I resurrected my coil basket project that my son and I started in Arizona in March 2018.  We each bought the same kit and would work on it around the campsite. I took a few minutes to remember how to do it, but then got into the swing of things quickly.  I have completed about 4 rows now and have two more before I do the finishing round.  It is a great back porch sitting in the sun project because you have to keep wetting the raffia which keeps everything nice and cool. 

When I sent this picture to my son he said that he was just thinking about getting his out of hibernation to finish as well.  Great minds think alike!

My daughter finally got her new phone.  We have had a few video chats and I am so happy the drought is over. 

I have been a bit under the weather for the last three days.  No fever, or cough, but my tummy is not happy with much except plain carbs.  Aw...what a shame.  

I will leave you with a cartoon I saw on facebook that pretty much says it all.  

I resonated with this a lot this past week as I do my homework for my 12 Step study group. Step 4 ain't for sissies - that is all I am saying.

Remember to be safe, be kind, and be calm. 




Sunday, August 2, 2020

Yopping Update #5 - Kool (Aid)

I figured out how to caption - Phew

Okay, let's see how my patience lasts as I navigate the new blogger platform.  Already I am having trouble adding captions to my pictures.  Sigh.  I hate change. 

I have been knitting endlessly on the Dahlia.  I am about half finished the left side, and then I can start the sleeves.  I am pretty sure I will have to frog Amiga to finish the sleeves but the Amiga was just a plain knit, so I am happy to sacrifice it to finish Dahlia. 

It has been a hot week, and the spinning wheel has been quiet, but I did decide to try my hand at dyeing three of the skeins I spun during Tour de Fleece with some Kool-Aid I bought in Arizona over two years ago.  You can't buy the unsweetened Kool-Aid here in Canada so when I saw some on our two month camper trip in early 2018 I bought a few packets.  Thanks to You Tube I ended up with this:

Not bad for my first two attempts. 

The big news this week is I received my wins from Tour de Fleece.

Now I am ready to spin some rainbow yarn for socks!

A breed sampler - 10 times 1 ounce - plus a diz.  I had to look up how to use a diz, but now I know and will put it to use to make some pencil roving so I have a better chance to make fingering weight handspun. 

It has been hot here and I have been living on the back porch chasing the early sun in the morning and the shade most of the afternoon.  It is a long weekend here and it seems like there are a lot of people not concerned about CoVid-19 - so I am staying home and steering clear of any public beaches or parks. 

My daughter's phone broke so I have no new photos to share with you this week.  If I don't get to have my daily fix whatsapp chats with her and my grand-daughter, then you, dear readers, will have to wait until next week for a photo update. 

Maybe by then I will figure out how to add captions to my pics. 

Arggggg!!  What happened to the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' maxim?