Sunday, October 23, 2016

Yopping Week 17 Update



Well, the week started off with this yummy gluten free cake make by my daughter and her husband.





Which lasted until Thursday for morning cake and coffee.

I wound my homespun I created during Spinzilla.



and then I added ten more squares to my blanket using above said homespun.



I realized that October was almost at an end and I had to take a couple of hours away from knitting to do this:



19 pints of mustard pickles.

Friday night as I headed to bed I was surprised and thrilled to see my Hoya was blooming. My Mum always had a hoya blooming in the dining room window of my childhood home. I bought this plant at a Cortes Island yard sale two years ago. I think it had three leaves when I bought it. I never thought I could get it to bloom. But hope does, in fact, spring eternal:



I knit another ten rows of my sampler stitch shawl using my homespun. Only ten rows to go until it is finished.





and I got a bit further on my wayside sweater - first armhole complete and now I am working on the back.




A couple of swims thrown in for good measure.

An art class with a dear friend (finished product to be shown at a later date).

And a few errands to boot.

That was my week.

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That is what I will be doing today after yoga and a swim.





22 comments:

  1. Oh man, I love mustard pickles. Reminds me of my mom and grandmom. Yummy! I want to make a blanket like that so am enjoying watching yours grow.

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  2. Wow, I have to catch my breath just reading about your week! Your projects look great and the pickles look yummy.

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  3. You have lots going on :) It has been lovely seeing the projects you are working on. The yarn blanket looks fab, I have this on my list and que in ravellry so whilst I am off next week it will be a mission of mine to finally start it off. Don't think I have ever seen a Hoya plant before but it looks stunning from what I can see. The flowers on it look delicate against the huge rich green of the leaves. It must be so satisfying to use your own handspun for a project, looking forward to seeing the finished shawl xxx

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    1. The flowers are not delicate at all - quite waxy - and sometimes a drop of nectar hangs from them - they are lovely.

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  4. I've never heard of a hoya; I'll have to Google it. How productive you've been this week. I love that you're using your own homespun for your cozy memories blanket.

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    1. I was so happy to spin thin enough to add it to my blanket. Now it is full of knitting and spinning memories.

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  5. Mmmmm pickles...
    Blanket is looking magnificent ... will it be finished by winter?
    And cake... did it arrive in the mail or is your daughter visiting??

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    1. My Nan had a magnificent Hoya... it is one of the scents that takes me back to childhood...

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    1. I do feel productive when I see the jars all neat and tidy on the counter.

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  7. I've never heard of mustard pickles, but I have to say I'm intrigued. Separately, I consider these among my favorite toppings on many sandwiches. I'm just amazed at how productive you are. Lots of beautiful projects!

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    1. They are so good on ham or turkey or even tuna sandwiches. Mine are quite sour. Often the ones you buy in the grocery stores are quite sweet.

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  8. You are so creative, Mary-Anne. I love all the knitting projects that you are doing, and it is so wonderful that you are using your homespun in some of them too! I can't believe you managed to find time to make all those jars of pickles too! You really are some kind of wonder woman! :-)

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    1. Not a wonder woman...just a wondering woman.

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  9. Must be so wonderful to be using the yarn you created.

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    1. I really love using my handspun - it makes me feel so connected to past generations of women.

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  10. you are blessed with lovely creative mind dear

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    1. Thank you. I feel blessed by many aspects of my life.

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  11. Wow! Look at all your projects and beautiful squares with your homespun! I am wanting to spin just so I can have some...of course, I don't have a wheel and I don't know how but I do have a drop spindle(?) so this winter hopefully I will give it a go. I would be no where without You Tube! LOL! I have one of those plants and always thought it was called a Smilax vine? I can't kill it which is wonderful and mine has bloomed several times but probably needs some fertilizer...poor thing. Those are definitely the same blooms and plant...so thank you! They root really easily in water too if you want to propagate it. You are really going to town with all your projects. Yoga...another thing I want to do....swimming not so much, ha! ha! Good for you and also look at those pickles! LOVE!!! You go girl!

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    1. thank you for your lovely compliments. Isn't it great to discover things we have in common with new friends we meet in the blogging world (or on Ravelry!)

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