Sunday, December 18, 2016

Yop Yop Yop 25 - Almost half way!



Ok, so I can now divulge my latest addiction which is illusion knitting.

I have made six to date, but four can't be shown until after Christmas.

Here is the one I made for my knitting group's Christmas Party:

This is what it looks like looking front on:


and this is what it looks like looking at it from an angle:



And here is the one I made for me because....hummingbird people!




Other than that this week was all about finishing the sweater. I finished the knitting on Wednesday, Thursday I sewed in the sleeves and all the ends, and Friday I blocked it.



Saturday I wore it!



My peace cowl is coming along - it will be done by the 21st, and I am getting together with 10 other knitters on the 21st to knit peace into the world. I will add an i-cord to finish it with leftover yarn from my sweater. If you want to see who else is knitting for peace and where they are in the world check out this Ravelry group.




It is snowing today - a perfect excuse to sit inside and knit and binge watch The Gilmore Girls.

I started the very complicated Uncia shawl from The book of Haps using the yarn I bought in London in September. Definitely not a TV watching project but I am excited to see how it is coming along.



Lastly, I learned this week that my sore back is the result of three of my vertebrate having compression fractures. Ouch indeed!

I can still swim and do yoga, gently, so that is good. I am sore, but I do have good meds. Sleeping is the hardest. Sitting and knitting is pain free. Walking is fine. Standing? Not so much. Getting up from sitting? Really not so much.

But, the presents are bought and mostly wrapped, and we got our tree last night. I have my Christmas elf here to help with decorating, and the nuts and bolts are made (which is the extent of my Christmas baking).

I hope you are all finding time for Peace and Knitting amid the hustle and bustle of this Christmas Season.

I listened to Dylan Thomas reading his poem A Child's Christmas in Wales this morning.

It made me happy.

And that?

That is a good thing.

20 comments:

  1. That sweater turned out really cute! What pretty designs in the knitting. And thanks for the listening recommend. I don't know that I've ever heard of A Child's Christmas in Wales, but you got me curious and I found a recording online. :)

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    1. the best recording is of Dylan Thomas himself reading it from 1952. CBC radio plays it every year and I love it.

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  2. so talented! especially love the angel one!

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    1. and the sweater is from the yarn coupon you gave me for my 60th.

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  3. Gorgeous sweater...
    have already binged on new Gilmore Girls... and 3rd season of Mozart in the Jungle... we have glorious weather, but I got sick of cleaning and packing.
    I watched an echidna crossing the road stop two streams of Christmas traffic this morning... And that made me very happy...
    And I totally emphasise about the back. Me too.
    5 more sleeps...
    And it will be winter!
    xx

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  4. emphasise?
    damn you predictive text...
    EMPATHISE

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    1. lol. either way I know what you meant. Isn't it only three more sleeps? December 21st and all that - or do you mean five more sleeps till you are in winter.....yes! that must be it. Then the unpacking can begin. ;)

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  5. Love the illusion knitting and so sorry about your back. I've been pushing mine to the limit lately but because I was so physical on the farm I have really strong back muscles and although it might get sore it never pains me like some people. I can lift and tote with the best of them and I am so grateful.
    Your sweater is lovely and really looks good on you. If you like birds you would enjoy Knitting Pipeline audio podcast and now video? Not sure, I'm still just listening but she always has nature notes in addition to knitting. Good for you with the Peace cowl! Love it...me....I'm very slow but there should be some more time over the holidays. Have a great Christmas and New Year!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too. I will check out that podcast - I have a whole list to listen too now! I wish you peaceful knitting on your peace cowl. No stress. lol.

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  6. Oh everything is coming along wonderfully. The sweater is gorgeous and I love the illusion knitting. So sorry about your back, hope the meds work wonders.

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    1. I hope so too. Fortunately sitting and knitting is relatively painless.

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  7. The sweater looks lovely. sorry to hear about your back. I hope it heals quickly.

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    1. Thank you. I am going to wear it for its debut on Thursday to a Christmas Open house. I have a bone density scan on Friday - hopefully they will have some answers.

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  8. I really like your illusion knitting. The sweater is beautiful. I think you will get a lot of use out of it. Your back issues sound very painful. Hopefully, something can be done to help ease the pain. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. I am always cold so I think that sweater and I will become inseparable!

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  9. That is such a beautiful make, I would seriously love to make one myself :) The illusion knitting is a new one for me, it looks very effective. Enjoy Christmas and have a lovely new year!

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    1. Illusion knitting was new to me until this month - and I have already knit 6 of them!

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  10. The sweater is not that hard a knit, but not tv knitting that is for sure.

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  11. Ooh! I love the illusion knitting. I have always wanted to try the illusion methods.
    Congratulations on finishing your sweater. I like the delicately textured fabric.
    Take care of your back and be sure not to overdo things at Christmas. Will it heal by itself or will it need special treatment? Anything with the spine is painful.
    Wishing you comfort in more ways than just knitting! May you have a safe, peaceful and merry Christmas. xx

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    1. I've been told it will heal on its own, but I do want to see a specialist because I want to make sure my activity isn't harming the progress in any way. Merry Christmas to you too.

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