call it done

It’s been a 2-year project, one that was started with no clear idea of what I was making… scarf, shawl, blanket? I’m going to call it shanket… cross between a shawl and blanket. I suppose I could have gone with the old serape idea…

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For now, it’s a nice colourful addition to my bed. And I’m calling it done.

Scrappy Linen Stitch Blanket using, not surprisingly, the linen stitch.

Size 4mm (6US) needles.

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn, leftover from years of socks.

Measures 30″ by 74″

Ravelry Link

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The backyard patio, that is.  Two days of power washing, planting, weeding, washing furniture, washing windows… I’m exhausted and want to just sit and knit.  But now I can do that on our cleaner than clean patio.  Except rain is forecast… darn!

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I’ve been dyeing too…

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weaving and a shop update

I finished off another woven shawl, one I named Jelly Beans because I was weaving it on Easter and I was craving jelly beans and the warp yarn is the colour of jelly beans, and it was making me crazy.   It’s 12″ by 64″ and made of soft bamboo, merino wool and silk.  Ravelry link and Etsy link.

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I made a trip down to my sister’s last week and brought all my goodies I’ve been working on, and so we added a few more shawls to the shop.

Even though we’ve had tons of rain and grey skies, the garden has managed to bloom and beckon me out in it.  We’ve done a good start on the clean up and I can’t wait for warmer and sunnier weather to spend more time out there and get the veggies going.

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But until the weather cooperates, I’ve got plenty to keep me busy inside!

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On the loom now is a combination of Zauberball Crazy and Madeline Tosh Lace.  Ravelry link.

Have a good week!

46/52

We’re into the doldrums of November.  It’s been cold rainy weather most of the week so I decided to take up a paintbrush and paint the staircase.  54 balusters, 4 newel posts, 3 handrails. 2 coats.  And then I decided what the heck, as long as I’m covered in paint, might as well redo the inside of the front doors.  But then I ran out of paint.  So today I’m finishing this project and saying never again.  I’ll paint walls.  I’ll paint trim.  I will never paint 54 balusters, basically twice, again.  But boy they look nice!

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The only crafting this week was to ply my handspun and a little crocheting.  This was something I had crock-pot dyed a few weeks ago to quite surprising results.  I was expecting something very different, but I like what came out.  I named it November Skies.  Kind of grey/blue/stormy.  243 yards of merino, spun to a light worsted weight.

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I made another crocheted Queen Anne Lace skinny scarf.  This was out of Mochi Plus, two balls I stole from my sister.  But it will be donated to our box of things to sell, so it’s for the greater good.  I bought a few more balls of the Mochi this week.  It is so lovely to work with, so very very soft.  And it makes for a nice long skinny scarf that can be looped a couple of times around the neck.  It’s 80″ long and this is Autumn Rainbow colour way…

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And the next one in the works, in Seafoam…

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One more week until my safari daughter returns from Kenya.  From her instagram posts, it looks like they’re having an incredible trip.  I can’t wait to get her home and hear about all her adventures! I hope she doesn’t mind me slurping one of her pics.

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And now I think I’ve procrastinated enough and it’s time to get the dreaded paint clothes and finish those doors.

wip wednesday – the windows

I’ve been wanting new windows for years and years. And years. A number of them had failed and so they were very cloudy with no chance of sunshine ever coming though them again. And this spring, after the dreaded harmonized sales tax went bye bye, we decided to bite the bullet and get them replaced. All 26 of them. We’ve got a lot of windows in this here house!

Bright and early the truck and workers arrived and quickly got things unloaded and started things moving.

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They’re so bright and white…kind of shocking after the black metal windows we’ve had, with the dreaded fake leaded diamonds.  As of this morning 11 are done, that leaves 15 to go. Things are looking much more sunshiny around here!

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As for other WIPs, I’ve been sequestered away from the mess and noise, working steadily on my Beatnik.  No drastic changes, just getting longer.