Catch up!

Oh dear, I’ve fallen behind. What can I say? Life gets busy… blog motivation lags… but my hands have been busy knitting, crocheting and fluting!

Work continues on my Sosu Mystery Shawl. I’m still on clue 3 and the last clue was released on Friday. So now I can see where it all goes. It’s different that’s for sure and I’m not sure how to wear it. I will get it finished, but not right now. It’s definitely a lot of warm squishy wool. Summer weather is here and since I won’t wear it until the Fall, it’s getting a brief time-out while I work on other more summery projects.

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The first two yarns used is my hand-dyed fingering weight wool, Tigerlily and Gerbera. For my third colour, I chose a darker turquoise from Huckleberry Knits, BFL/nylon, “palaces out of paragraphs”. I had to look that up to see what it referred to and it’s from the Hamilton musical. I added a fourth colour as well. It is the same base as the first two, Peruvian Highland, in a soft green (Cypress). I’m adding the green in the long garter stripe section for a little pizzaz.

I’m happy I got to learn a new knitting technique, brioche, and some very interesting shaping. It’s going to be gorgeous, but it’s on hold for right now.

I think that rather than try and compress the last 3 weeks into a post, I’m going to leave it for now. I don’t want to overwhelm myself today. I’ll be back soon with an update on the summery project.

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So with that, happy weekend!

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18/52 : 2017

I came, I played, I drank wine, I survived! And now I’m a little hungover this morning!

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Last night was our duet at our Recital Club gathering. Such a supportive and positive group of people made my despair over a few “hiccups” go away. Ah, the joys of a live performance! Our tuning was superb according to the listeners, and believe me, with flutes… that’s essential!  We played Duo for 2 Flutes in G major by G. Cambini.

And I wore my Azufral cowl which made me feel invincible. That will be my go-to-armour when I need special powers… lol.

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I started a new project, which is one of the reasons I hurriedly finished the last two shawls (Summer Sorbet and Azufral). This is a mystery shawl written by Susanne Sommer, the same designer for Summer Sorbet and my Peruvian Poncho. And it’s Brioche!! I’ve been wanting to try brioche and must say I’ve been a little intimidated by it, but with all things… just give it a try and it might be okay. And it’s more thank okay, it’s very addicting, not to mention soft and squishy.

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I started with two darker colours, a deep blue/green and a grey green and after our winter, our grey and rainy spring, the colours were just too blah and no zip at all. So I went back to the stash (I decided NOT to buy any new yarn for this project. It was going to be a true stash-buster) and found some leftover skeins of fingering weight that I dyed a few years ago for our market booth. What luck! I picked two: Tigerlily and Gerbera for the colours A and B. There will be a third colour for the edging and I do have a pretty green that I also dyed, but not as much yardage in it so I’m not sure it will work. But regardless, there is something in my stash that will work and, second regardless, I still have some undyed wool that I can dye to my specifications. Hmmmm…. I could even try a speckle effect for that. Well, I have time to decide on that.

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The colours together reminds me of sunshine, blue skies, orange tulips dancing in the breeze… it makes me feel happy.

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Two days in a row now that we’ve had beautiful weather. I think today will be knitting (of course) and working out in the yard. Those weeds sure thrive in the rainy weather and then there is the matter of power washing the patio. But first… knitting! And coffee!

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17/52 : 2017

Wow, we’ve made it to the end of April and I have two new projects off the needles!

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The first is my Summer Sorbet poncho by Susanne Sommer. This is similar to my Peruvian Wrapped Up poncho (same designer) where the piece begins as a triangle shawl with an i-cord border and then joins to work in the round. This one has sections with different stitches: garter stitch, slip-stitch colour work, short rows, eyelets…

The yarn is Holst Garn Coast, a Danish made merino wool/cotton blend. It’s so very light and will be perfect for the warm weather (waiting waiting for you warm weather!!) 

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How light you ask? It’s 50 grams and 383 yards.

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This wool is only sold in one shop in Canada and lucky for me, it’s here in Vancouver: Wet Coast Wools. Lots of colours to choose from and 3 different blends: wool, wool/cotton and wool/silk. I plan to try all of them!

Their website also ships internationally: Holstgarn.dk

My modification was to make it a bit shorter than the pattern calls for. I eliminated the last couple of sections and shortened the last slip-stitch colour work section.

I plan to wear it over a navy blue sleeveless dress to my nephew’s wedding in June.  I’m so happy it’s done and ready to go dancing!

My other project is my Azufral, a small shoulder-hugging cowl by Berocco and knit in their Mykonos, a shiny linen/flax/cotton/nylon blend. I’m hopeful it will work but I’m not sure and it’s still blocking. I’ll get photos of it when it’s dry. It does remind me of chain-mail… my armour!

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I was thinking I might wear it for my recital next weekend, but not sure if it will stay in place while fluting. Test runs will happen this week.

My youngest set off for the east coast again, this time to work on his master’s degree in Architecture. It’s going to be a long haul for him and lots of good work and interesting designing and I already miss him like crazy. Thank goodness for FaceTime, texting and Instagram. sigh… maybe he’ll finally design me my hobbit house with lots of cubbies for yarn.

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I started another ZickZack project! I really did love making my last one, the ponchette, and thought a skinnier scarf would be nice to have as well.

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This is knit with 1 ball of Crazy Zauberball in ‘Blasser Shimmer’ and 2 balls of Crystal Palace Yarns’ Sausalito in Mediterranean. Blues, greens, purple, pink. Right up my colour alley!

So that’s my week and I’ve got a big one coming up. A big birthday, yikes, a recital, dinners out with friends… and of course more knitting!

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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!