Monday, December 5, 2016

FO: Wingspan

It's done...
Turns out I was overly optimistic on getting more than eight wedges. I only got seven... well... 6.5. If you look closely, you'll notice that last wedge is a little shorter than the others. I didn't even have enough yarn to do the last four rows to finish of the top edge. For that I had to dig deep - I came up with one of Mom's really early spinning efforts. It was super-wonky, thick and thin, but it was the perfect thing to finish it all off.

And despite being 1.5 wedges short, it's more than enough to wrap around my neck
While it doesn't have all the colours of the the hat and mitts, the colours it does have are a good match to call this a perfect set.
It was a really fun knit - especially with the handspun - there was just no predicting how those stripes were going to stack up. That said, a look through the other projects show that this is a pattern that works with pretty much any yarn.
I think it will make my train trips nice and cozy. And I forsee more Wingspans in my future. It was a fun, fast knit that can be adapted to almost any weight.
But for now, I've got other plans for my needles. Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Top cat

With all the car drama, I never did finish the clean out on my studio while I was on vacation. But it is clean enough that I can get to and work with my sewing machine.

Yesterday,  I finally sat down and finished the top on my coworker's baby blanket.
Almost anyway. I still need to get something for the sashing. I'm thinking something solid or a very small print.

When I first planned this out, I'd intended to use bigger blocks. But I cut the first blocks too small by accident. The cat print was pretty large, and I was worried about losing all those cute kitties. But thankfully
Every square ended up with at least one cat face.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to get the rest of the fabric to complete this - but hopefully not too long. The baby it's intended for is already a few months old.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A new normal

It's been a week since I've been officially carless. It definitely takes some getting used to. The biggest thing is getting to and from the office.

While I can work from home, I don't want to do it permanently. If I don't get out of the house now and again, I start to go a little crazy.

Plus... someone has decided to finally be a lap cat...
...just not at the ideal time. In that picture, the lap top is balanced on my right leg, and my left leg is stretched out so he has something to snuggle against. And don't think I'm allowed to work at the desk when he's decided it's snuggle time.

So.... a couple times a week, Dave is dropping me off at the office (it's not too far out of his own path to work), but since he generally works until 9 pm or so, I'm taking transit home.

Since the office is 60 km (37 mi) and six towns/cities away, and our region doesn't exactly have the best transit system, it's a bit of an under taking. In theory, it should work like this:

I take the free shuttle from the office to the local GO station (GO is the regional transit system from all outlying cities/towns into Toronto), I catch the train and take it from Toronto, through Mississauga, Oakville and get off in Burlington. From there I get on a GO bus, and ride that into Hamilton. From the Hamilton GO station, I catch an express city bus (called the Bee Line) and ride that almost to my doorstep. The whole thing should take about 2.5 hours (like I said, It's not the best transit system).

Wednesday of this week was the first time I gave it a whirl... but it didn't exactly go to plan...right from the get go. The free shuttle was 12 minutes late. Which meant I missed my train. Normally the trains run every 15 minutes, but the station closest to work doesn't get full service.... so not only did I have to wait half an hour for the next train.... but that train was only going to Oakville. So in Oakville, I had to wait 10 more minutes, catch another train, and ride that to Burlington. Of course, all this waiting, meant that I was running well behind schedule, and when I finally got into Hamilton, the Bee Line was no longer running.. so that mean instead of one quick city bus, I had to take two slower ones.

In the end... that 2.5 hour trip morphed into 3.25. But it's okay....
I'm a knitter!

Hopefully Monday will be better... if not, expect to see a completed pair of socks soon!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December wings

Is it December already? It doesn't feel like it. Those darn snapdragons are STILL blooming. They are calling for snow on the weekend, but winter still feels far off. What a weird year for weather it has been....

...either way, I'm still preparing for the cold.
Wingspan is winging right along. It's fun to watch each wedge emerge - especially with the handspun. It moves quicker than I expected too - but it's easy to forget that each row of each triangle is getting shorter as you go.

The pattern calls for eight triangles, but I'm going to see how far my yarn will take me... I may get more!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


A while back, I wandered into the drug store and came across some new colours in my favourite brand of haircolour - pastel shades.

If you've been anywhere on the internets, you know that pastel hair is all the rage right now (along with mermaid hair, rainbow hair, etc.) My hair is getting to the point where its going to need a good cutting (ie pixie cut).

So figured why not go out with a bang (or two) before the big chop? And I grabbed a couple boxes of the pastel pink
Now before you get all excited, I knew there was no way I was getting my hair that exact colour. Short of professional intervention, I don't think is possible to get that exact shade (user reviews seem to concur). My hair has a huge amount of red/gold undertones, so not only do I have to bleach, but also tone, to get a base neutral enough. That's just too much work for me.

Also, my skin is very pink... if I was able to achieve that shade, I think I'd end up looking like Strawberry Shortcake.

But I wanted to see what would happen if I put a pink dye over my lightened, red/gold hair. I spent the last week lightening my hair in stages, and Monday night, I finally applied the pink dye and...
The pink doesn't show up well in the picture sadly, but it's there. It's a mix of rose pink, apricot, light gold and pale copper. It's not at all what I expected, but I love it
The varying shades are a result of the variation in the base - it's been bleached and coloured so many times before that the most recent bleaching left a variety colours - from pale yellow to tawny gold.
The downside about pastels is even though the colour is permanent, they still fade quickly. But that just means I can try something new in a few weeks when it needs a refresh!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nosy Tuesday

No exciting updates today, so I give you questions from KathyB...

#1 Have you copied a good idea lately?

Not that I can think of – but I’m always on the look out for inspiration

#2 Have you seen a shooting star?

Lots. Where I grew up there was little light pollution, so you could see the Milky Way. And my brother and I would always watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

#3 Have you found a lost yarn tag?

No - but I lose them a lot!

#4 Have you tried a new recipe recently?

I made banana bread last week and I couldn’t find my regular recipe. I grabbed the first one I found on the internet. It was a little sweeter than mine, but very good.

#5 Did you save the wishbone from the turkey and have a pull?

We haven’t in a long time,  but we used to. We always use to pull it with Dad and my brother and I would fight over who’s turn it was – thankfully there were generally three turkeys a year – Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

#6 How many knit gifts do you plan to give before the New year?

None! I’m not doing any Christmas knitting this year and it feels WONDERFUL!

#7 When are you most hungry?

Generally around lunch time. I tend not to eat breakfast so by lunch I want FOOD!

#8 Do you like highway driving?

I love it (when it’s not ridiculously congested, that is). I love driving in general and I’m really going to miss not getting behind the wheel.

#9 If someone could finish a knit in progress for you what would it be?

My lace tunic – I just have no drive to work on it. Partly because I suspect it’s going to look terrible on me when finished.

#10 Do you love your winter boots or shoes ?

I like ALL footwear. As evidenced by my 80-some-odd pair collection…..