Sunday, February 5, 2017

Yopping 32



Nothing made it to the blocking mat this past week because this week was all about the virrat streams socks and of course starting new projects.

My first time on a nine inch circular needle. I am almost finished the first sock.





My wool order arrived from England so I have started the traditional Tree of Life Christening Blanket.





First repeat done - 10 more to go!

That is just the center of the blanket. Then I knit the four quarters and then the edging - this will be a long project I think.


I have done 8 repeats on my latest (fourth) Peace Cowl. I spent at least a day looking through Ravelry trying to find a different cowl pattern to make, but nothing compared to this pattern. I am seriously addicted to this pattern. Seriously.



I spent a whole afternoon darning my daughter's favourite socks - heels and toes - I am pretty proud of myself for rescuing them from oblivion.





I also made an i-cord for my cowl and wove it through the top so that it could also be a hat! Now I am doubly happy with this project.



As for the rest of my week I attended the funeral of a classmate. He and I went to school from Grade 3 to Grade 12, and I am so thankful I got to see him last summer for one last hug. He gave great hugs. He was an elder of the Musquem people and he will be sorely missed in the lives of hundreds of people from all walks of life.

My anxiety has been pretty high this week (I have stopped watching any kind of news for the time being) and my back is still very sore - especially early in the day. I am faithfully doing my exercises prescribed by my Physio, I did get to a Yoga class, but haven't made it to the pool for a week! It has been snowing like crazy for the past two days so besides a lot of sleeping I have been knitting a fair bit too.

The Super Bowl starts in an hour - so I am getting knitting all organized (and snacks too).

Blessings to all of you this week. Hug your loved ones. Make those phone calls you keep putting off. Answer those texts.

Time truly is shorter than we think.

16 comments:

  1. Your Peace Cowl and Christening Blanket are beautiful. You are an amazing, talented knitter!

    I haven't watched or listened to the news for months now. My heart can't take all the sadness and hate and craziness in the world.

    Doug's watching the SB too. I hear him cheer or groan depending on who has the ball. Go Atlanta!

    Take care and let's hope this is the last of the snow. xo

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    1. Go Atlanta indeed....and then it all fell apart :(
      Still so snowy here, and it's FEBRUARY!

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  2. The peace cowl really is lovely... and I love the yellow socks... props for the darning. It is somehow satisfying.
    I hope your pain, in all its forms, soon dissipates. If you can find the British series Lovesick on Netflix I'm sure you will be pleasantly distracted for a bit of binge knit/viewing. And The Crown is also wonderful ( though not funny). When you feel stronger, promise me you'll watch the Aussie series called Please Like Me. It will make you laugh and cry. Extraordinary young Aussie talent. Take good care of you. Gentle non-squishy cyberhug

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    1. We did watch the Crown, it was so good. I will check out your other suggestions. Today has been a better day - 50 minutes in the pool helped - but it is still snowing (day 4). Sending you a cyberhug too!

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  3. I love those yellow sock, both the colour and the pattern. I hope that your anxiety soon passes. It certainly doesn't help that there is so much negativity in the news at the moment.
    As always, your knitting prowess blows me away, you really are so talented.
    Take care of yourself :-)

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    1. I am loving the yellow sock too. I am playing yarn chicken with the second sock so I may have to adjust the cuff length....fingers crossed.

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  4. I'm always impressed to see how many projects you have on the go at any one time. I'm working on a baby blanket and like you I'm knitting the middle and will then add sides. The middle is a fairly simple 4 row pattern and I've lost count of how many times I've had to backtrack to correct mistakes. I had to give it a rest for over a week as I had quite a nasty cut on the top of my right hand middle finger. Blood or plasters are neither compatible with knitting a white garment! I hope you can keep the swimming up and help your back and yes turning off the news etc when you're feeling anxious is a good move. I hope that eases soon too.

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    1. I did get to the pool yesterday for 50 minutes. It as a godsend.

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  5. Oh wow, that is going to be a beautiful Christening blanket and it will be so loved as an awesome family heirloom.
    Great work on the socks, cowl and darning.
    The thing that most caught my eye though is the transforming cowl. A very ingenious idea and project.

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    1. I 'borrowed' the idea from another pattern I knit from a kit a few years ago where the hat transformed to a cowl. Cool idea I think.

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  6. You are the most awesome knitter I know! You should be teaching a Craftsy class! That blanket is going to be so beautiful...museum quality knitting is what you do! How are you liking the 9" circular? Brooklyn Knitfolk podcast does her socks that way and loves it.
    I'm so sorry you have been anxious but watching the news makes all of us anxious I think so you're not alone. I too had to "back off" as it is just so sad and unbelievable. I posted a quote from Jimmy Carter on the separation of church and state and 2 people ranted at me big time! Of course, progressive that I am I stand out like a sore thumb here in AR! LOL! So glad you got to the pool too...I hope it is a heated pool.
    I love that sock pattern and your darning is amazing! I have so much to learn....good t hing I love learning! LOL! I hope this week is happy and pain free! Gentle hugs.

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    1. You are very kind. Not sure I have anything special to give to craftsy. I do like the 9 inch circulars although the knitters pride needles I bought seem to have a catch at the join which is annoying - I think I will take them to the store where I bought them and see if that is a normal thing for knitters pride. Yes, the pool is heated and the steam room is my new best friend. The pain is a bit easier and last night's yoga class was hard but I managed it. I avoid posting anything controversial because I can't stand the backlash. I also have Republican relatives so I have to tread easily. I hope you have a great week too.

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  7. I love all those projects - the sock is gorgeous with the contrast colour. I hope your back eases soon.

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    1. I am very happy with the socks - I am using up leftover stash from other projects and those two worked well together.

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  8. Your socks have such an interesting pattern. You are wise to switch off from current affairs from time to time. We all need a break from the constant stress. I find radio is better than TV. Literally, not so 'in your face' (ears maybe, but not 'in your face')!
    Take care, Mary-Anne

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    1. yes, I prefer listening to my radio podcasts - usually comedy! It helps.

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