Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yop yop yop August 28 - September 3

Long swims
Long sleeps
But I did get this far on hubby's socks.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yopping in Croatia - August 21

Whew, I do have a couple of things to add to this week.

I made a little progress on my C2C

which will end up a doll blanket because I am learning this with some left over DK weight yarn.


I started my husband's socks yesterday.... no easy feat (pun intended) when you are knitting in 30 degree celcius temperatures.

other than that I have:

- had dinner with my hundred year old aunt

- took train to New York City from New Jersey

- visited Times Square at night

- visited the 9/11 memorial at ground zero in New York City

- walked to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty

- took the train to JFK airport

- flew to Oslo

- paid a ridiculous amount of money for dinner in Oslo

- Flew to Split, Croatia

- hugged my daughter tight, and my new son-in-law too

- swam in the Adriatic Sea

- ate Croatian bar-b-que

- swam in the Adriatic Sea

- walked around the Dioclatian Palace that Split resides in

- swam in the Adiatic Sea

- ate Octopus for the first time - and it was breakfast! (Although it was 3:30 in the afternoon).

That was my week. Yours?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Year of Projects - August 14 - 20

Well I did get 31 squares done for my sock yarn blanket before I left for New York, so that is one thing.

I did swatch for my husband's socks using Briggs and Little sport yarn, so I am ready to start knitting on the airplane on Tuesday night.

I am about 20 rows in on my C2C blanket which I worked on during the five hour flight last Thursday - although it seemed for every two rows I had to rip one out because I was watching movies, and learning to crochet this pattern needs attention.

By the way - watch the movie Eddie the Eagle - it is such a lovely film.

Mostly though I have been celebrating with part of my extended family my Aunt's 100th birthday.

Such a wonderful four days, not much knitting, but lots of love and joy, laughter and stories.

I am the one on the left!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Year of Projects - August 7-13, 2016

It has been a crazy week.

First, because I had a headache for all of it. (Thankfully it is finally easing off)

Second, because we were in the process of booking our European holiday and were having trouble making decisions.

However, knitting (and crocheting) prevailed so here is my update.

I finished spinning 25 grams of burgandy Corriedale and then plied it as well as plying some sparkly art fibre I had made eighteen months ago in my spinning class.

I used the sparkley peach yarn and knit six more rows on my sampler shawl.

I ended up with 168 yards of the Corriedale so I think I will knit another pair of socks with it sometime in the fall.

Look how thin I got it -

I knit 22 squares on my sock yarn blanket. Here I am knitting in the park on Saturday as part of an event sponsored by the West Coast Knitters' Guild.

This is all I am knitting during the Olympics, and I have challenged myself to knit 30 squares in August. I am leaving on holidays on August 11 so I have four days to knit those 8 squares - I am pretty sure I will surpass that watching all the Olympic events. As you can see it fits the bed now - just needs a bit more spill over before I start the i-cord edging.

I bought a kit of Star Wars crochet figures that I am going to add to my list. My list used to just include Yoda, but now I am going to make a few more.

And lastly, thanks to the inspiration of other bloggers taking part in this Year of Projects challenge I have started a C2C crocheted blanket using up leftovers I have in my stash of dk yarn. C2C, as I have just learned, means Corner to Corner and it is quite simple to do with a lovely effect.

I will be traveling for the next four-five weeks and I will pack enough wool to make my husband two pairs of socks that are on my list. I will update if I am near internet.

Happy crafting to all you Yoppers out there, and all you non-yoppers, and for that matter all you non-crafters. Just Happy.

I hope to be blogging about my travels when and if I have internet.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

I can't do this anymore

I said these five words to my husband the other day.

I have been thinking. I only remember saying these five words two other times in my life.

One when I was in labour with my son.

The other when I was camping with my Grade Six class.

I said I couldn't. But I did. I did deliver my son, albeit with some medical intervention.

I did finish the camping trip with my class, and went on to continue with that class until they graduated two years later.

But this this?

I really can't do it anymore.

I have had a headache on and off for over a week, but today it is very very bad. And the headache isn't even the this I am dealing with.

I can't make decisions.

I can't not make decisions.

I just wish I was on a little island, lying in the sun, swimming in the salt water.

This headache is so bad the side of my face feels numb.

That can't be good.


Two days later and still the headache.

Maybe if it goes away I can deal with this.

Maybe this is why I have a headache.

Catch 22?

Chicken or Egg?

Doesn't really matter.


I am not giving up.

I can do this.