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Crafting On this week is some custom knitting.  One of my friends from back in my stock brokerage day asked about me knitting a winter set for her grandson.

Luckily, Flickr has the ‘denim’ filter.  I couldn’t get the cables to show on the black.  I used the South End Knitters toque pattern because she wanted cables (she wants a pom-pom too, will have to figure this out).   The mittens are a basic pattern with X and O cables.  The scarf is just basic, I call it ‘mistake rib’ because it’s basically a k2 p2 rib, BUT you start with 1 extra stitch at the beginning of each row so that only 1 stitch of the rib matches up.  It makes a very stretchy, cozy scarf.


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Crafting On this week with one last Christmas project.  Ella needs some new fingerless gloves so of course, I had to make them Minecraft.

I couldn’t find a pattern so I made my own.  For the glove base, I’m using this pattern.  For those out of the loop, these are creepers, they sneak along at night and eventually blow up.  The pattern is a little snug fitting.  I would use a slightly larger gauge if I was making these for people with larger (not small) hands.

I frogged my blue sweater.  I had my sister buy the wrong yarn last year and I just can’t make it work out right.  So I’m using the basic saddle sweater pattern from my top-down sweater book.  I’ve also made the gauge tighter.  I love these patterns, but I can’t seem to be able to knit them as written (though this time was my fault).

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Last month McDonald’s had their annual Monopoly game.  I won a 3 month subscription to Texture, which is a magazine reading service.  I downloaded a bunch of magazines to take to camp.  I now remember why I stopped buying magazines.  They aren’t interesting any more and are just full of things to buy.  Very disappointing.  I used to enjoy picking up the odd magazine.

For Crafting On this week you’ll think I didn’t do any work.

I ripped out my work from last week.  The 2.75 mm needles were making the ‘fabric’ too stiff and I didn’t like it at all.  So I’ve gone up to a 4 mm.  My scarf is about the same size as it was last week but much nicer.

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Started a new project.  I need some new purse knitting.  This pattern was written for worsted sized yarn but I thought I’d try it with sock yarn.  I repeated the lace and cable pattern to make it wide enough.

I don’t think it looks so busy in person.

I haven’t been reading any ‘books’ this week.  I have been enjoying some really old cook books.  I have found a way to send the digital copy to my kindle.  There are lots and lots on Pinterest, like this and this.


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Man, I don’t know where yesterday went.  By the time I realized it was Tuesday/Crafting On day I was heading out the door for archery class.  Oh well, here’s my knitting for this week:

I finished up Grandma’s Christmas socks.  Now I have to get a new purse knitting project started.

Did I tell you that I started a sweater for me?  My sister and BIL gave me the yarn and the pattern last year for Christmas.  It’s a really nice pattern, though I can’t seem to memorize the ‘pattern’ part.  I can do a line at a time, but not the whole thing -which slows down the knitting.

I used a different filter on the picture and, for a change, this is almost the right colour.  As usual the yarn is from Knit Picks, in solstice heather (basically navy).

I’m working through Partners to a Degree but the story line has really slowed down and it’s not as enjoyable as the other books were.  I’ll finish it because that’s what I do, but it’s not demanding my attention like a really good book will.  I have a new Kindle book (when it was on sale for $2.25) called Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly .  It looks really good and will probably be my next read.  Maybe that’s what I’ll do to entertain myself on Saturday in between everything.

Guess that’s it for now.  The bread machine is squawking at me to deal with the dough.  I have to go and lug down all the bedroll supplies for Guides tonight. I don’t know why they can’t remember how to make bedrolls?  We were taught once and then expected to have it done right at every camp thereafter.

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Ella had a great time trick or treating last night.  It was a little chilly, but luckily Grandma had a couple of my old cloaks.  One house was even handing out hot chocolate for the Moms!

For Crafting On I finished up the Christmas sweater.  Finally got the colour right in the picture.  Funny how outside light always works best.

We didn’t have any pumpkins this year -they didn’t like swimming in the spring.  So Daddy improvised.

They carved up the big 47 lb watermelon.  Colin doesn’t think it’s ripe enough but he’s going to give it a try because it sure looks and smells ripe.

Doing her best ‘undead’ impression.

The folks over in Beachburg are so generous.

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Still fighting with the weather and the soy beans.  Colin is out there this afternoon trying again -fingers crossed.

My best friend from my stock broker days is going through some really tough times.  She lives about 3 hours away (everything seems to be 3 hours away from here).  She needed cheering up, so Ella and I hopped in the car and headed to Frankford to visit Tammy and her hubby Ray.

They took us to see the local hockey team, the Trenton Golden Hawks.  The Hawks played Stouffville Spirit (and won!).  We left before the end because Ella was getting tired.  It was my first hockey game.

Tammy has a stuffed friend named George who goes everywhere with her.  He wanted to help with my knitting.  I got about 2 inches done on Grandma’s Christmas socks while at the game.  I started my sweater that I got for Christmas (my sister gave me the ‘ingredients’) but it was such a fabulous visit that I didn’t even take it out of my bag.

The weekend was much too short.  I don’t think Tammy realizes how much I miss her.  It’s very lonely for that kind of companionship up here some days.  We had a good drive home and got home ahead of the crazy wind and rain.  I dropped Ella off at Grandma’s for a couple of days and Colin took me out for supper.  Look what I found in the parking lot:

Isn’t that the cutest?!

Oh yes, look what I found when I got home?  Besides the dishes and eggs washed:

When I left the light above the sink was an ugly, florescent bar light that was broken and didn’t work.  I now have a LED light that is positional and dimmable.  Being able to dim it is handy because we leave this light on all night.  Some of us don’t like the dark.  I know it really doesn’t go with the decor, but options are limited when you have no wiring to connect with and you are attaching to a cupboard.

Almost have both sleeves finished.  Looks like I’ll have enough yarn to take out the bottom and make it better, so it won’t roll.  Pretty sure I’m winning this came of yarn chicken.

On a very happy note:

Grandma’s casts are finally off -and it only took a couple of hours at the hospital.  She’s still not supposed to drive for a week or so and no long drives for a month.  The doctor also suggests she wear her wrist braces for a while because her wrists will be week.  She seems to be able to move all her fingers, that was my big worry after being immobile for 6+ weeks.



pork pie (going to use my Bavarian beef pie recipe)



McDonalds because Grandma wants her hair done



leftover pork pie



?? Ella’s got a Halloween party so who knows



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