Monday, August 21, 2017

FO: Old Shale

As promised...
I gave Burton final say on the buttons for the Old Shale cardigan.
That boy has good taste.
I really am so pleased with how this one turned out. The grey yarn, and the delicate buttons give it just the Victorian feel I was going for.
The pattern is Old Shale Cardigan (there's a child-sized version too). I did make a few mods. I adjusted how the raglans were constructed, and I added the old shale lace pattern to the cuffs and collar. In the pattern as written, they are just plain garter stitch. Were I to make it again, I'd rework the pattern to do it from the top down... but that's just a personal preference. The pattern is fine as is.
The yarn is Barn Car Sport - nice and washable for Mom, but soft and warm for baby. It's classed as Sport Weight, but both Mom and I agree, it's more like a heavy fingering. Either way... it may be my new favourite work-a-day yarn. Mom dyed it in a soft Dove grey at my request, and as you can see, it has very subtle variations in shade. It just adds a touch of depth to the knit which I absolutely love.

Here's hoping the judges do too!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Holding pattern

There hasn't been a garden post all week because there's just not much new and exciting. We are stuck in another holding pattern again
The mammoth sunflowers are well over six feet and should pop soon. Which is good, the poor finches fly through the yard every day looking for a snack.
One of the clearance Delphiniums will bloom soon too. This should be the medium pink one, though it could be the dark purple one... I just can't remember!
And at long last, the Passion Flower has put up a bud. But it's taking FOREVER to bloom. I've been watching it for almost two weeks now!
But everything else in the garden is all about the same. The bumble bees keep on buzzin'....

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Burton's Button Conundrum

I was hoping to have an FO post of the baby cardi for you by now, but there was a small hitch... buttons.

As you know, I've got a pretty decent button stash. So about mid-week I laid the cardigan on the floor, hauled out my jars and started the hunt.
And of course, I had help. This was Burton's first button hunt, and I have to say he exceeded in his task as snoopervisor... as in... I'm sure there's still some buttons under the couch thanks to fast little swatty paws...

But alas, there were no buttons for the cardigan. The only thing I had in the right quantity (I needed six) were plain clear dome buttons. BORING! I had some pretty pearl buttons that were just perfect, but I only had three.

As luck would have it, I got a text from Mom on Thursday, asking if I'd like to accompany her on a little shopping excursion. I never turn those down, and since of one the destination was Walmart, I knew I'd be able get some pearl buttons in the proper amount at the very least.

And I did... but then our excursion took us down Ottawa Street... and to my favourite button and notion store. They have a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge colour coordinated wall of buttons and....
Well.. I just couldn't decide! I put it out to Facebook (you may have seen it there) and the overwhelming consensus is for the flower. A few people have expressed support for the diamond , but poor heart... no one likes her.

At first I was all for the flower, but the more I look at the diamond, the more it grows on me... I think it has a delicate elegance that matches the cardigan.

Of forget it! I'm going to let Burton decide!
Stay tuned...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Felines

I'm starting to get a feeling we may end up a four-cat household by the end of the year.
This is becoming a common sight when I open the curtains in the morning. Dear sweet Relic is coming for food morning and night. Lately he's been sticking around for some lovin', and it's usually Dave... "Mr.-I-don't-really-like-cats" who is out there giving it to him.

We've talked about building him a winter shelter, but Dave has been making comments like "It's too bad we just can't let him inside..."

There are several barriers to that at the moment:
  • Rupert hates him. So far, Relic backs away when Rupert thumps the window, but its hard to say what would happen if they were in the same space.
  • Relic is still intact. I have no problem getting him neutered, but he may still spray. Not ideal for an indoor cat.
  • Being that he's a stray (we are 99% sure), he could be an FIV carrier. He'd have to be tested before being introduced to the household.
He also doesn't trust me enough to pick him up. I tried to get him in a carrier earlier this year and it didn't go well. So for now, I'll keep working to gain his trust. We'll keep him well fed, and make sure he has a warm spot for the winter... and see where it goes.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Beautiful Bethany

Bethany is going along just swimmingly
I did accidentally use the yoke chart for the larger sizes (it's a bit longer than the smaller sizes), but I compensated by skipping most of the plain rows after so it should work out about the same.

As you can see, I'm onto the skirt now, and it's not nearly as exciting... just a few little eyelets broken up by several rows of stockknit. But I'll motor through it. Ideally, I'd like to have it done by the end of the weekend, but that's probably a little too ambitious. I've got some outdoor work that I really need to tackle. I guess we'll see how it goes.

Have you got any plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On to Bronte

With Exhibition done, the needles were free for another commuter project. I grabbed the Cornflower blue Barn Cat I'd dyed up for, but decided not to use on my handspun cardigan.

I got an decent amount done Monday's commute. This design is Bronte. It has a picot edge (which I still have to tack down), and a pretty little lace design that reminds me of willow branches trailing in the water...
Of course, that's hard to see until it's properly blocked... the joy of lace. So I guess you'll just have to wait a bit to really appreciate this one.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In need of colour

After getting Exhibition off the needles, I turned my attention to the baby cardi. I'm happy to say, as of Saturday night, it was on the blocking board. It's still there, so you can't see it yet (but soon).

Since I still have about a month left to work on fair projects, I thought I'd see if I squeeze in another baby item. Both of my recent FOs were grey, so I decided it was time for some colour. I did a deep dive in the stash and came up with some cheery pink Twinkle Cat DK.
This is the start of the Bethany dress.  I haven't gotten very far because I got distracted by the pinwheels (they are done now and I can't do anything more until I get more fabric). But it is DK, so it should move a little quicker than my usual fingering weight knits.

Like the cardigan, this will go to baby Wren after the fair.