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I’ve lost track of my weeks for my 52week project ūüė¶ and rather than try and figure out if we’re at week 20something, I’m just going to post a few random things.

I finished a sweater for summer. It’s Serge by Berroco, a free crochet pattern. I didn’t use the yarn specified and instead used Cascade Roslyn, a light dk that is a blend of wool and silk, in Grape.

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Crocheting is a bit more challenging for me and there are some imperfect areas, but overall I’m happy with it and the size. I wanted it cropped, but lengthened it a couple of inches since I’m tall and long waisted. I was afraid the sleeves were going to be too tight in the underarm area, but actually it’s just right. Since it’s a summery garment, I’ll be wearing it with sleeveless shells most likely, so there isn’t any added fabric bulk.¬†Ravelry Link.

I’ve decided to make my Instagram account private again. There are just too many weirdos and strange accounts trying to follow me. Yuck.

I’m drinking an ice latte this afternoon. That means the sun is shining and it’s warm. Hallelujah!

I finally got to wear my Summer Sorbet for a family wedding last weekend. It was a perfect light poncho to drape over my sleeveless dress. I think I’ve got a couple of good summery knits to wear now. I still love my Bonnie Blue¬†and plan to wear it this summer as well.

Lucky for us, our summers usually aren’t too hot, so it’s always good to have a few wooly things on hand.

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13/52 : 2017

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I’m happy and I’m sad to report that I finished my ZickZack. Happy because now I can wear it and it’s fabulous… sad because it’s finished and I miss knitting the two different coloured balls together and seeing new colour combinations appear. It was like magic.

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On the advice of my sister, who came up for a visit this week, I made it into a poncho. Pre-blocked it wasn’t wide enough; the measurements of the scarf were 11″ by 60″. I thought I could give it a good aggressive blocking, so with my sister’s help we used the blocking wires and stretched it out to 18″ by 60″. After it dried, it bounced back a bit, as I was sure it would, to 16″ and that is a great width for a poncho.

So I seamed up the top edge, left a hole for my head and voila… my ZickZack Poncho.

We had a nice sunny day for a walk to the library, but it was still pretty chilly out. Wanting to wear my poncho, I just plopped it over my jacket, and it was very cozy and I was very colourful. I won’t get lost wearing this!

The yarns used for this project is 1 ball (100 grams) of Crazy Zauberball and 2 different colourways of Sausalito (50 grams each). I divided the first Sausalito into two 25 gram balls and started the shawl with it and the CZ, added in the second colourway (50 grams) of Sausalito into the middle section, and then finished off the shawl with the second half of the first ball. Does that make sense?

Ravelry Details here.

I didn’t take a lot of photos of my sister’s visit. I just forgot and the weather was pretty hideous the whole time. But that didn’t stop us from making a pilgrimage to a couple of yarn shops and down to Deep Cove to visit our favourite shops and have a Honey’s donut and coffee.

And we made Cheez-its! It was a recipe that showed up on our Facebook feed and hmmmm, had to try it!

Cheez-its Recipe.

I will make these again but will try to roll the dough even thinner and bake to crispy. But the cheese… and the sea salt… yum!

Last night we met up with some old friends at their new condo. They downsized from their house to a place with an incredible view, good location… now it has us thinking. Can we do that? Where would I put all my yarn? I don’t know, but it’s interesting… and the view!

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I think I’ll go knit and contemplate what life would be like in a much smaller place but with a fabulous view.

05/52 – 2017

Another crazy week. We had glorious sunny weather, we had snow. The news continues to make me sick, but I love hearing all the good work that people are doing to fight for what is right. Knitting and crocheting keeps me sane, as well as walking.

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Looking over at Vancouver
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Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
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The snowy Lions above Mosquito Creek Marina

I wear a Fitbit and I love keeping track of my steps, my stairs, calories burned, etc. It amazes me how many steps I can get just here at home doing this and that. My Fitbit also gives me a nudge to move every hour and sometimes I do as it asks, but if I’m in the middle of knitting, I’ve been known to¬†ignore it.

So I think as part of my weekly round up, I’ll do an activity round up as well.

Steps: 62,935

Stairs: 96 floors

Miles: 28.32

For my knitting round up, I finished two projects, both Hygges! I love this word although I’m not sure how to pronounce it, but basically it means “cozy” in Danish.

Hygge Cowl: This is a lovely lace cowl that graduates needles size to give it a very gentle shaping. The pattern calls for 2 balls of The Fibre Co. Acadia. I had three, so I made mine a bit longer. I changed needle size with each colour change and bound off with a little bit of the green at the top.

I’ve worn it both ways, but mostly as a loose cowl rather than a shoulder shrug. My neck needs warmth more than my shoulders.

The pattern is by Kristen TenDyke: Hygge Cowl.

Hygge Cabled Booties: This was a really fast knit, made in Knit Pick’s Wool of the Andes in Bulky. They are wonderfully cozy and I intend to wear them as slippers around the house.

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The pattern is by Staci Perry of Very Pink Knits: Hygge Feet Cabled Booties.

Staci has a number of video tutorials on her website, Verypink.com,¬†for this project as well as many other projects. For these Hygge Booties, I learned how to do a provisional cast on using a crochet hook… which is so easy and will be the method I use from now on. Also, I learned the German Short Row. This is done on the toes and the heels. My first toe looks a little rough, but the second toe and heels look much neater. Practice makes perfect, but they didn’t need to be so perfect that I would rip out that first toe!

So now I sit and knit and watch the snow outside and try and get that hygge feeling!

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Vintage Needles

A number of years ago, my friend Nancy gave me her mother’s needle collection… mainly straight needles and a few dpns. I keep them in a jar in my craft room, but hardly ever use straight needles. I love my circulars for most projects. But when I started this project, the ZickZack Scarf, it seemed very appropriate to use Nancy’s mom’s vintage needles. I like having them on a rigid needle to better see how the project is coming out.

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I needed a size 3US, 3.25mm. These say “Fingertip 10”. Not knowing what that means, I measured them in my needle gauge and voila, perfect 3s! They are a nice smooth needle and perfect for this project.

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This is the ZickZack Scarf. Originally I¬†was going to knit it using¬†2 skeins of Crystal Palace Yarn’s Sausalito in Mediterranean and 1 skein each of¬†Hibiscus and Borealis. I started it but wasn’t happy with the colours together. So I put the Mediterranean away for another project and got a ball of Crazy Zauberball (in my stash) in Flussbett… a greeny-brown-teal and I’m much happier with how it’s looking.

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It will be a long-term project. It is a daunting 850 yards of fingering weight on size 3.25mm needles, but it’s an easy pattern to pick up and do since every row is the same.

I guess I’ve come down with ‘startosis’ because I have 2 more projects that are new this week besides the ZickZack.

Hygge Cowl. I bought this yarn last year at Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation, Washington, and loved the feel and colours of it.

The pattern calls for this specific yarn, but just two balls. I have three, so it’ll be a longer shoulder-hugging cowl-shrug. It is a simple lace pattern that goes pretty quickly.

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I’m about 1/2 done.

Now, I know I started a blanket a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve started another one. I love blankets because I’m always cold, even in the summer. Cascade Knitterati Knit-Along. I posted a little blurb about it in my last post but it is to celebrate Cascade’s 30th anniversary. 30 different designers will create 30 different blocks and the money from pattern sales will be matched and sent to the charity, Haiti Babi, a non-profit that¬†helps young mothers earn a sustainable living wage.

This is square one. I’ve dithered back and forth on the dpn/circular debate. I really don’t enjoy dpns but for the first 20 rows it seems to be the most logical way to do it. But it gets very crowded on those needles and I’m afraid of dropping all the stitches off, so I transferred them to circulars to finish it off. The yarn is Cascade 220 superwash.

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Moorland Blanket. I didn’t get much work done on my Moorland¬†this week. I left it at home when I travelled down to my sister’s to do our marching and haven’t had a chance to pick it up since I’ve been back. I’m on 22nd colour change.

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I’m afraid I’ve got too much going on now and¬†how will I decide what to work on this afternoon?

On The Hook

Is it Wednesday already? I guess I need to set a schedule out with alarms and alerts to remind myself. It may take awhile to get back in the groove of regular posting.

This week I started my Moorland Blanket, a pattern and crochet-along being offered by Lucy at Attic24.

As soon as I saw her initial post on this project, I was enamoured with the colours and the stitch pattern used, and I ordered the yarn pack through Wool Warehouse in the UK. 15 skeins of yarn.

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I did a small sample to get the right hook size and settled with a 3.75mm, which is the same size I’m using for my Granny Stripe Blanket.

I decided to make mine a bit narrower… it will be 42″ instead of 48″ and I started with an initial chain of 161 stitches instead of 181.

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I’m enjoying getting into the groove of this pattern and watching the colours progress. I’m in the greens, which frankly I haven’t seen a lot of around here lately. It’s refreshing to see so much green!

The PussyHat Project. I’ve completed 7, including one for me out of handspun and some of my hand dyed fingering weight doubled. I stopped by the yarn shop yesterday and bought a few skeins of discounted bulky pink yarn and have another one going. I’ll keep knitting these until we march!

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I’m still working on my Feelin’ Groovy socks. As boring as the process is, I do love the crazy striping of the yarn and that it is a super easy project to throw in my purse and knit when I have a few moments to spare. So it is nice to have something like this on the go. And I can see that there is progress being made.

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I didn’t work on my Granny Stripe¬†blanket this week, but I did get it out and into my view. It’s currently 42″ wide and 32″ long. So I have quite a bit still to go on it and I love the bright cheerful colours of this.

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Finished: My Tea Cozy Poncho! I was only a couple of rows from the end and I’ve already worn it to a recital on the weekend. I need to get a photo of me wearing it, but here is Josephine..

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What are you working on this week?