Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bottom-up construction during a heat wave

I finished the Thea Cardigan just yesterday. I think it’s pretty cute. I am not sure what I think of the bottom-up construction yet. I had a problem with sewing up the stitches under the arm. Maybe I am just not that great at sewing knitted pieces together. 

I really like the red buttons on the lighter grey sweater. I hope my friend likes it!  And it actually fits…

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So the gift is complete. I am sending it off to Germany today!

    

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3 WIPs and 2 in the wings

 

The weather has changed, and the smoke eased up. There are cooler days between the hot, so I was able to try sitting with some yarn again. I have a few things I started and haven’t finished. I’m not that sort to be okay with unfinished projects, at least not after the procrastination has worn off. I’m making an honest effort to complete the projects listed below… And I already have new projects in mind. I love making lists, so here is my “to-do” for the immediate future.

1. The Thea Cardigan has to be completed before anything else. The construction is botton-up and it hasn’t been a smooth project thus far. Still, I have to get it in the mail as soon as possible so that it still fits by the time it reaches Germany. If anyone has a favourite baby cardigan pattern, please let me know.

2. I started the Lucy Hat, oh, six months ago or more. It was a Christmas present, and now I hope it becomes a birthday present…. but I have a two week deadline. Can I do it?  I have been harassing Ravelry users who have completed this pattern to help me with the short rows. As with any knitting pattern that I have had a hard time comprehending, the instructions start to resemble an unsolvable riddle. Please send help! (Update: I did not make the deadline. Not even close)

3. This One-Ball Chunky Cabled Hat pattern was an exact dupe to a fashion photo a friend sent me and asked me to recreate. I was so impressed with myself for even finding this pattern. I have actually knitted the hat a couple times, but I really wanted a double ribbed brim, like the picture she gave me depicts. The pattern calls for a single rib, and the stitch count makes the double rib impossible. I knit it with a single rib, and pulled it back to try the double rib with an added stitch I would work into the pattern, but that failed so then I pulled it back again… fourth time is the charm?

Once these are completed, I want to start on one of these patterns:

1. This Cozy Luxe Baby Throw with an added crochet trim (Like this Fooshknitstoo’s version).  I have never made a baby blanket, and this cotton weight is something I have in my stash. I also want to try crocheting again, and an edging seems like a practical thing to learn as a knitter.  It’s also very Princess Charlotte (Why am I such a fad knitter?? Stay tuned for Outlander knit posts which will be next) .

2. A Pinafore dress, also in cotton. This seems like a fun summer knit. I can see myself making a few adapted versions with corresponding cotton shifts.  I wish I had a finer linen in my stash…

Speaking of knitting stashes, KnitCity is only 4 months away! This last year has been the fastest year yet!

Yard work, and the hot dry summer

It’s too hot to knit without air conditioning. It’s also too short a life to spend the sunny summer inside, especially when you live in a rainforest. If I have spare time I spend it in the yard taking care of the new plants we planted in late May. The side flower garden still needs some time to fill in, but the back yard potted veggies are looking very green and have grown so much. We’ve had more sunshine this June than we get during whole summers. The whole country is dry this year, and it looks like it may stay that way for a time.

My partner and I have been cleaning debris from the side of our rented house since we moved in a year and a half ago. Just when I think I have found the last puzzling discarded item another piece of something comes to the surface. This weekend it was an electrical box, and some plastic cutlery. It makes gardening a bit dangerous as rusty nails and glass shards can still be found on occasion. The last renters used the side of the house as their own personal dumping ground.  I should have taken pictures from the start as it would have been a dramatic “before & after”. There will be more pictures soon, but I thought I would share these iPhone snaps that my boyfriend took this weekend as we watered.

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It is exciting to plan for next year even while this year’s plants are still growing. Next year I will be able to build on the perennial plants already growing.  My garden goal is exemplified by my neighbours yard. You should see it! The house looks like a hobbit home, and the garden is so lush and beautiful.  Our neighbour also raises bee pollinators as part of a UBC study. Her garden is really for the bees, but I enjoy it also. I will get some pictures after the forest fire smoke clears.

Speaking of forest fire smoke, I am suddenly aware of how lucky we are to breath clear fresh air on most days. The smoke is so thick right now that I find it irritates my throat and eyes. You can look directly at the sun. It’s a bright deep orange sphere in a dirty sky. It’s impossible to see past the end of the block. I realized clean air is something I have taken for granted all this time, and I miss being able to take a big inhale of air that feels cleansing and unlaboured.

Reading this blog by my friend Nao helped me feel better about things lately. Some great pictures in this post, and some comforting words: Honey Grove