16:52 : 2017

I have very little blogging mojo this week. I have a few photos that I’ll post and say, “have a good week!”

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my love of tulips will never wane.
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some days it’s a game of hide and seek to see where he’s taking his day’s nap.
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the camellia season has begun!
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a new project. details on Ravelry.
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finally able to open the windows and get some fresh air.
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thinking of my mom. april 23rd was her birthday and she is missed every single day. xoxo

15/52 : 2017

It was a reunion week! Well a reunion day. While we were cruising around South America last year, we met a number of knitters who would meet on sea days in one of the lounges. It was a fun way to pass a day at sea and we looked forward to meeting up with the ladies and passing the time knitting and crocheting, and oohing and aahing the yarn we would purchase in port.

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Two of the ladies were coming over for a day’s visit this week, so my sister came up and the four of us had a day of visiting, yarn shopping and catching up. It was so wonderful seeing them again and I think we need to plan more meet-ups!

As Melissa and I left the house that morning to meet them, I said to my husband, “I won’t be buying any yarn today, just visiting and driving us around.” HAH!

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My fluting weekend went very successfully and we came (via ferry), we walked around the harbour near our hotel, and then we spent a full day of playing, listening (you haven’t lived until you’ve heard a flute choir play Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody!), catching up with old friends, eating and then whoosh, back to the ferry and home. It took me the whole next day to recover…

And now it’s Easter weekend and I’m eating too many chocolate eggs and waiting for the rain to stop. I need a sunny day or two, I need to get the garden cleaned up, I need to get some sunshine on me.

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Fortunately, yesterday after a heavy rain in the morning, the sun came out in the afternoon and we got our walk in.

Happy trails to you!

14/52 : 2017

Well, I tried something and failed. I thought it would be handy to learn how to post from my phone since that is where the majority of my photos are and I’ll be travelling around a bit in the next few months and won’t have my computer with me.

I successfully wrote it, added photos, was adding links when I accidentally deleted everything. I tried to get it back but couldn’t find it even though there were numerous updates to the draft. Rats.

Anyway, moving on, another week another poncho!

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This is Wrapped Up by Susanne Sommer and it’s a cleverly written pattern that starts as a triangle shawl, uses an i-cord border along the neck edge, joins to knit in the round and ends with an i-cord bind off.

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The bind off is really very clever and I’m surprised more patterns don’t use this because it gives such a lovely bottom edge and has plenty of give to block. It does take a lot more yarn to do this bind off however, and I sadly lost at yarn chicken twice before getting it done.

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The colours are kind of wild and wacky, but I can roll with that.

Peruvian Poncho.

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The yarn is baby alpaca, Indiecita DK, that I purchased last year in Lima, Peru on our tour around South America on a big boat. Baby alpaca + garter stitch = soft squishiness that you never want to take off.

Except maybe when the warm weather finally appears. For that blessed day, I’ll have another one of Susanne Sommer’s patterns made, Summer Sorbet, in a light wool/cotton blend.

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Other highlights this week: a 91st birthday party for Warren’s auntie. I made her a Rosewater Beret out of Cascade 200 Superwash in purple. It was a perfect colour as that’s what she was wearing already.

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There was of course fluting this week with a lesson and practice with my friend for a recital in May. This weekend is our annual Flute Choir Workshop, so I’ll be busy with that. It’s always a lot of playing, trying out new music, listening to new music and catching up with old friends. And eating treats!

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Happy knitting, happy music and happy treats to you!