Sunday, August 26, 2018

Yopping Update #8 - Bonnie's Wish

This week has been all about one project, and one project only.

Wait.  What?

That's right folks - Bonnie's Wish is full speed ahead.  I finished the wingspan border - and then went right onto chart number two.  I am currently almost half way through chart number three.  I have to stop every four or six rows to colour in the next four or six rows on the chart to keep all the different cables separate and organized in my oh so dyslexic brain. So far I have only had to go back and fix one cable that was stubbornly crossing the wrong direction.

My husband commented last night that he hasn't seen me this focused on a project before.

I am definitely going to be a monogamous knitter on this one until she is finished  (and if you believe that I think I have a bridge to sell you....).

On the painting front I have completed another still life - painting, my almost blooming cactus.

I also got a book out of the library and it has painting exercises  that I am working on as well but they are meant only for me - so no reveals here.

However, I can show you the set of 18 watercolour paints I scored for only $7.99 at Winners!

The concert I went to last Sunday was amazing. My friend and I rocked it from 3:30 until 10pm and I bought this t-shirt which perfectly sums up my attitude these days.

I also was made an honourary slug by one of my brother's bandmates -

Can you see my name written on the slug!  How cool is that!

I am also working hard on learning Croatian.  I have about 3 1/2 months until I go there to meet my grandchild so I am practising with simple books from the library.

So it has been a busy week - adding in a few walks, a couple of Aquafit classes, a swim and some meet-ups with friends.

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And now it is time to go snack on an apple from our tree.  I love this time of year.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Yopping Update #7 - All about a baby

Good Morning dear Readers!

This week has been all about the baby knitting.

I finished all the pieces for the sleeper - and after I purchase a 12 inch zipper it will be ready to put together.

I finally knit the matching pair of baby booties.  If you recall I had knit the first pair on two different size needles - so I had to make another pair just the same.

Last week I forgot to post my finished Miette:  Here she is:

Last night while watching the latest Outlander season on netflix I did two more repeats on Bonnie's Wish.   I actually did three repeats, but one of them was done twice because I found a mistake in a cable and had to rip back - Damn that Jamie and his bare bum!!

I did another painting this week - my first time starting with a wash of blue to begin:

It was a good week on the health front - no more stomach pains, lots of swimming and walking and I got ALL my errands done on my to-do list - including a new smart phone.

I spent all Friday night downloading photos off my old phone and learning my new phone.  Phew - old dog, new tricks and all.

Today I am off to a concert with a friend - to see a number of 80s bands at an outdoor festival.  The skies are still pretty smokey, but I think that will be better than sitting in the hot sun and heat all day.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Yopping Update #6 - Just when you think it is safe to come out of the woods.....

Good Mornings fellow Yoppers and dear Readers. 

On the knitting front this past week I finished the cross-over sweater:

and I LOVE it.

I cast on a zippered sleeper that has knit-in booties and mitts - perfect for keeping a baby warm in winter. :

I just started the first leg last night.

No spinning this week - but I did another painting:

So it was a good week - I got a one month rec pass and swam Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  On Friday I went for a walk - but it was so hot and I spent the rest of the day drinking water. 

My dh had cataract surgery Thursday morning so I was in caretaker mode (as much as he would let me) Thursday and Friday.

Saturday started off very well - I was at my twelve step group meeting and then just before the break I started to get a stomach ache. 

Within five minutes I knew I had to leave at the break and thankfully it was a short drive home. 
The pain was unbearable for the next three hours and I finally relented and went to Emergency. 
Long story short - once admitted, and within about thirty minutes, the pain was gone.

Wait.  What?

They ran some blood tests (some?  like six vials worth), I had to pee in a cup and they did an ultrasound and ECG but everything came back normal.  So I was discharged within two hours. 

So that was the end of my week that had been going so - swimmingly!

It started to pour rain last night, and my plants and I are very happy.  It is soooo much cooler today and everything outside smells so fresh. 

I will take it very easy today - lots of knitting, and checking out blogs, and, of course, Netflix!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Yopping Update #5 - Being Brave

Hello to all from Beautiful British Columbia!  Today is BC Day here in my home Province and I intend to sit on the porch in the sun and enjoy a doing nothing kind of day.  (Well, except for going to the pool for either a long swim, or an aquafit class if it is on this afternoon.)

On the knitting front I did get my sweater blocked, and the buttons will be sewn on sometime this week.  I promise.

I unpicked the cast off on the cuffs so that if they weren't long enough after blocking I could add a bit more length.  I think they are actually long enough, but I might add a couple more rows because I have the wool left over and I really want long sleeves to cover past my wrists.

I finished the baby pants (just needed sewing up and a crocheted drawstring for the waistband.

How cute are they?  So I immediately cast on the matching cross-over sweater. 

We went to a friend's 50th birthday party on Saturday and the normal three hour drive took four and a half due to traffic tie ups so I got a lot of knitting done on this sweater.  Should be finished in a couple of days. 

I finished the birthday present for my friend. I so love making these double-knit hemp pot-holders.This one is the symbol for the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Rat.

I finished my 4 ply - and it needs a wash but I am super please with it. 100 gms of sport weight - now what to knit with it?

Now, on the being brave front I have promised myself between now and the end of the year I am going to do 100 brave things. 

Here is my first brave thing - a side shave - something I have wanted to do for quite some time.

And then I attempted a second watercolour on my own.  I bought some brushes (cheap dollar store so it kept losing bristles) and here she is:

I copied the image of the poster from the class I took.  I have bought another set of brushes so next week I will show you my next piece( hopefully without the frustration of little hairs that need to be removed!)

I did get some more repeats done on my Bonnie's Wish shawl.  I am enjoying this pattern so far:

My Hoya is out in full bloom (which always reminds me of my mom because she had one always blooming in the dining room window).

AND my cactus looks like she is about to bloom!

On a final not I purchased a desk organizer on facebook marketplace for only ten bucks and I am sooooo excited to be organized and have a place to paint because I finally cleared off my desk.  

NB:  there is the poster image I copied on my latest water colour attempt.

Ok, so that is it for my week. I got a long swim in on Monday and a long walk on Friday and a sleepover in our camper on Saturday. 

All in all it has been a good week. 

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