Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Changing Seasons

 The temperature has finally made it to "seasonable", which means crisp and chilly and much less scorching. I was able to block my Shaelyn Shawl in BFL "Mermaid Hair" dyed by my own daughter. This is a great size, even though I had to cheat the last stockinette section. It's big enough to be a versatile accessory, now that it feels like autumn.

 I have taken up the much neglected Alpine Frost scarf. Joining the third ball was an encouraging milestone. I would like to crochet 8 inches in this ball and then start the edging as Alicia did in her blog, Posy Gets Cozy. She has a corgi named Clover Meadow, but the big star is her sweet little daughter in their Portland setting.
 There was some success in making stitch markers. I also whipped up the great pattern, Maize fingerless mitts, in the clearance priced Cascade 200 superwash aran. How is it that I always underestimate the softness and roundness of 220? These are for my hair dresser to send to her husband who is in basic training in the air force in eastern Canada. 

 D read to me an article in his Discover magazine. Are we going mainstream?

We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend with family and turkey feasts. On Friday I helped take my friend's son to the airport but that night my kids surprised me by coming home early.
 Here they are with their masks we brought back for them from New Orleans

We voted in the Federal election at the early opportunity so Em could have her chance.
We had a delightful evening at my SIL's on Saturday night and all the young people played board games.
 Mom and Paw came over for turkey sandwiches and salads. We had a nice relaxed meal. D was on call, so we were able to include him.
I am so thankful that I found my interchangeable needle set and their little pouch in the beading supplies. This has been lost for almost 2 years and I had given up on it. Both were gifts from D.
Last week my nephew's wife came over and we crafted a banner for her amazing 2 month old daughter. It was great fun and Mommy did a great job exploring crafting, which is totally outside her comfort level. We have known each other through camp and she was in our youth group and one of our favourite people. It amazes me how sensible young moms are these days. This is one contented baby.
 I found out that they did like the blanket I knit for their son and so got to work making a mercerized cotton blanket for the new one. This yarn was such a find. I knit a shawl that ended up too small to use and had not enough left over to do anything with. So I frogged the shawl and I'm knitting a Hap Blanket using this and some colours from the big brother's blanket. It will make a nice gift for a first Christmas.
 The yarn looks kinky, like socks knitted from a sock blank, but will relax in a soak. Cotton doesn't have memory, either. The centre is this orchid and the edging will be grey and green with a bit more of the purple.
Today I stripped the beds and washed the floors. The house is quiet again and I am still going a bit crazy with washing walls and the little nooks and crannies that get forgotten. Hopefully that will make my Xmas washing easier.
I still have D's sweater (1/2 front and sleeves) to knit out of Silky Wool in fingering. It is a bit neglected, but still sloggy. I think I'll knit the sleeves on the ferry this weekend when I go to see Emily's Wind Symphony concert.
I can feel the Christmassy feeling just around the corner, and then I'll want to work on his cross stitch stocking more as well.
I am making myself finish the crochet scarf before I can work on the other two shawls on my needles. Why? Because I am worried I will never finish it, and because I feel like there are just too many projects on the needles. By the end of this month, I hope to be starting a whole new season of projects!

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