Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yopping Update #50 - Ta-Done

And she is done!

So there is that. 

I have made some progress on the Fisherwoman's sweater - six inches this week. I can manage 4 rows before I have to put it down and give my arm a rest so it will be slow going.  I have 6 more inches on the back before I start the neck shaping.  I have already cast on the two sleeves, and done the ribbing so once the back is done I will do the sleeves before the front. 

This week there has been some pool exercising for my arm, and on top of physio I also had doctor and dentist checkups. On Thursday I went to the Vancouver Symphony where they played live the soundtrack from "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" while we watched the film.  It was a wonderful evening and I even took my own wand to the event to be part of the dress-up that seems to be important at functions like this!

Two more weeks to go for this Yopping year and I am working on my list for Year Nine.   I have been through my queue on Ravelry and picked out some things to work on, but knowing me I will find other projects that interest me along the way. 

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This morning and afternoon we have had a riot of hummingbirds flitting back and forth to the feeder, the swing, and the trees.  I am not sure if it is mating behaviour or fledglings, but it has been exciting.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Yopping Update #49 - 1000 stitches and counting!

I worked on putting my squares together and I am very happy with the result.  I used mattress stitch to put the sides of the squares together in strips and then used slip stitch crochet to put the strips together picking up the cast on and cast off edges.

Next the border decisions.  The pattern called for knitting each side of the border separately but I opted to pick up all the stitches and work the border as one!   I picked up 39 stitches on each side of each square - that was easy for the cast on/cast off edges, but I had to do the math to equally space 39 stitches over 58-60 rows.  I luckily have a 100cm circular needle which can hold all my stitches.  At the beginning and end of each row I do an increase so the corners end up mitered.

I did the math to figure out if I had enough stash to do the border.  I knit a 20 x 20 garter stitch swatch and then weighed it.  4 gms.  I frogged the swatch and measured the yardage. 8 yds.  Then I calculated how many stitches in each colour of the border.  It came out I had enough of one colour, but I really wanted some orange to pop the border.  I went to Michaels and as I walked towards the bins of Loops and Thread DK there was the colour I wanted.  Easy peasy.  And with my 40% off coupon it only cost my 4.99!  I wanted to finish the border with dark blue, but didn't have enough in my stash.  I took the blanket to my quilting friend, and lo and behold she had the perfect colour blue in her stash.  That is where I am today - I will do the last 3 rows in the dark blue and then it is done.
I currently have 1000 stitches on the needle.  Good mindless knitting as I binge watch the new season of Killing Eve.

I have been weaving ends in as I go, so once I cast off and sew up the one mitered edge it will all be finito!

So that was my week. No work on Fisherwoman's sweater, but she will be on deck as soon as this blanket is off the needles.

I have physio tomorrow and the dentist so I imagine tomorrow evening I will be grumpy and sore.

I am working on my list of projects for next year.  I think that it will be pretty free form except for my advent knits.  I also am committing myself to getting my novel published one way or another in the coming year - so that will be at the top of my list too.  I know it isn't crafty related, but it is creative, and it definitely is a project!

Exercise wise I got to the pool only once this week (feeling sorry for myself), but I got in two walks, and I tried a Zumba class yesterday.  It wasn't a real Zumba class as I thought it would be, but it was a class called Strong by Zumba which was like a pilates/aerobics/boxing class.  I did what I could while protecting my arm.  There were a lot of squats so I expect my legs will be uber sore tomorrow.

So that's it for me - except of course the ubiquitous picture of my grand-daughter - sleeping like a baby!  I wish I could sleep like that, but with my sore arm a full night's sleep is still impossible.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Yopping Update #48 - Putting it all together

June already?  What?

Yes, and four more weeks to wrap up the 8th Year of Projects (but for me the end of my 2nd year).

I have been making a little progress on the fisherwoman's sweater - 4 rows a day is my max, but on Thursday and Saturday my arm was too sore for even that.

I am pleased with the pattern so far

I did finalize the order of my squares in the knit along blanket and I found the advice to turn the pictures into gray scale helped in my final decision.  

bottom three rows are sewn together

I tried a couple of methods to sew them together but didn't like the look.  So I am sewing the six squares in each individual row together using the mattress stitch, and then I will decide how to join all the rows together after that.  

I will need to buy some yarn, I think, for the border.  The pattern calls for a knit border, but I might do a crochet border.  More decisions coming my way.  (And we all know how I LOVE making decisions.)  I imagine there is some way to calculate how much yarn I will need for the border so I will have to get out my math skills and dust them off.  Then, maybe, I will have enough in my leftover stash rather than having to purchase more (and that is another decision!)

On the home front I finally fixed the running toilet. Thankfully it only took a nine dollar seal (and an evening or two spent on the internet).  The peace and quiet is fantastic!

I got out for a couple of long walks this week, and three visits to the pool.  My physio on Thursday was good, but, man, did my arm ever hurt for the rest of that day and through the night.  

I am now off to the pool, and then I will spend some time in the sun on the back porch.  I bought some potting soil this past week, and all my porch flowers are looking lush and happy, and I planted two tomato plants for our late summer harvest.  

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Yopping Update #47 - More decisions and ONE WIP

My goodness, we are getting down to the wire with this year's Yopping (Year of Projects).  As usual their will be many little knits not knit (all my advent plans), but also, as usual, I have created many things that were not planned.

As of this moment I have....drum roll please....only one WIP!  I will get to the details of that ONE WIP in a moment.

This past week, thanks to Portuguese knitting (for purl) and Continental knitting (for knit) I finished all my remaining squares on my Hearts and Diamonds KAL from the Simply Knitting Magazine.

so now my guest bed looks like this

I keep going into the room and looking at the arrangement and switching things around - I am almost happy with it, and once I am I will start sewing it together.

Back to my ONLY WIP...

I picked up the Fisherwoman's sweater, and it took me a while to remember where I was with it, but I finished the first pattern repeat (16 rows) last night.  I can knit about 4 rows an evening before my arm gives out.  The wrong side rows are just knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches so that is mindless, but the right side row involve 6 charts - all with cables - and the charts aren't all the same number of rows so I had to get organized with coloured markers and lots of magnetic bars to keep my place on each chart.

Yesterday was my one year birthday with CoDA and I got my one year coin:

On a sad note my dear brother-in-law's boat was destroyed by fire on Friday evening. We had all put our hand-prints on it in memorium to him.  The police are investigating, but it looks like a beach party fire that went awry.  So very sad.  I can hear him from the great beyond harumphing about the senseless damage done by thoughtless persons.

My arm is up and down - sleeping is still tenuous and I think I overdid the pool exercises last Wednesday so I am playing overly cautious since then.

I made some notes to share at the CoDA meeting and I will leave you this week with a poem I read to the group

Meditation for Courage by Rudolf Steiner

We must eradicate from the soul
all fear and terror
of what comes towards us from the future;

We must look forward
with absolute equanimity to whatever comes,
and we must think only
that whatever comes is given us
by a world direction full of wisdom.

It is part of what we must learn during this age,
namely to act out of pure trust
in the ever present help of the spiritual world;
truly nothing else will do if our courage is not to fail us.

Therefore let us discipline our will,
and let us seek the awakening from within ourselves,
every morning and every evening.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Yopping Update #46 - Thought process

I took the advice of Yarnma from last week's comment and from the pictures of JustMagicMaria's blanket and I crocheted around each of the squares with a row of hdc (half double crochet) and then joined them together using Rachele Carmona's Flat Braid Join with only one chain on her Youtube channel.

So I went from this:

to this:

I didn't like how the pink was arranged

but now I see the light green is all bunched up

hmm  I needed to flip the square middle left
Now the pink needs adjusting again
Nope, that isn't right either

so I flipped all the bottom squares, but something was still off

So let's swap square 5 and 8

And that is how I finally was ready to join them together.  As I was arranging them I realized that to me the squares all look like different landscapes or seascapes.  Sunrises and sunsets, sky and land and water.  

I did a final row of hdc in dark pink before blocking. 

It didn't seem quite finished once blocked so with some advice from my quilting friend we decided I should add another border in purple and she suggested the shell stitch.  I had enough purple left over so I went for it.  

Done - TaDa  

Remember the annoying nagging monkey - well, this happened:

I made him a friend

Chilling on the piano

And then because I can't leave well enough alone I decided I could knit some more squares for my Heart's Desire Blanket using the portuguese knitting technique.  

background is red, heart is pink and white


fairisle square
I overdid the knitting thing though because my arm was super sore last night, lesson learned (ya, right), no really, lesson learned.   

I will only knit 1/2 square tonight, and see how that goes.  

Generally speaking I think my arm is s l o w l y improving - I see the physio again on Tuesday.  

So that's it for me - some progress.  Plus I blocked a few more of my KAL squares which had been sitting there mocking me - so I am currently at 30 squares out of the 36 and they are all blocked now.  

It is a long weekend here, and we have had company, - today we are going out for lunch and dinner (my husband had his 71st birthday on Friday and we have been celebrating ALL weekend (and by celebrating I mean eating - lol), but I will try to get to the pool this afternoon regardless.  

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Yopping Update #45 - Hooking along

Despite my sore arm I have found that crocheting is doable so I finished my basket weave kitchen cloth.  This was done with my left hand - I like this stitch and once I saw how the pattern was unfolding I could crochet without looking at the pattern.  Of course I did frog it back many rows, twice, when I realized that things were going wonky on one side.  I think it is pretty good now and in my kitchen drawer waiting to be put into circulation.

I then picked up and finished the lopi slippers and felted them - FOR THE WIN!!  I love them.  They are a perfect fit and sooooo comfortable.

I went back to my crochet mandela sampler blanket I started last year.  I have finished two more mandelas.

My monkey came out of the time out bag on Friday and I finished the tail, the 2nd leg, two feet and two arms. I finished these parts with my right arm - so he is technically an ambidextrous monkey since I crocheted his head, body and 1st arm with my left arm. And then I even put it all together - how cute is he?  The instructions for stitching the toes took three tries, because I couldn't easily follow the instructions and pictures in the pattern, but patience persevered and I did it!

"So glad to be out of the ziploc bag and finished - see?  Nagging works!"

I have finished all the squares for my baby blanket, and I have bought some purple yarn to crochet the squares together.  I am now looking into which kind of join I want to use - I tried the single crochet and didn't like it, then the flat braid and didn't like it.  I want something in between the squares and not just seamed together.  Part of the problem is that top and bottom the squares have chains to work with but the sides don't.   Any ideas crocheters? Any one?

9 squares in search of a border

So, yes, crochet is my go-to at the moment - and I am using my right hand again as long as my elbow is tucked firmly against my side with a pillow under my forearm.

Physio went well on Thursday - lots of IMS needles which I think help quite a bit.  Although I was wallowing in self-pity on Wednesday, by Thursday things were looking up and I got some errands accomplished that have been too long on my to-do list.

On Friday I went for a l o n g walk with a dear friend and we chattered our way to and fro along the seawall.  My feet were a little sore Friday night, but it felt good to be out by the sea in the sun. (I discovered last night that part of the sore foot problem was a sliver festering in my heel - ouch, and I know, too much information!)

Yesterday my dh and I had lunch at the Quay where a Peruvian Tall Ship was on display.  I did get a bit too much sun, but it was lovely watching the tourists come and go as we sipped our coffee at the waterfront. (I also had my first ever Poke  bowl for lunch.  Oh My God - so good!!  How did I not know of these wonderful things before now!)

I bet you were expecting a picture of the Tall ship

Happy Mother's Day to all who mother in whatever capacity they do so.  I like how in England it is called Mothering Sunday - makes more sense because I know so many Mothers of both genders, who mother whether they have children of their own or not. 

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ok ok  Here ya go (picture from (Tristan Le Rudulier/CBC)