The first snow

You had to look quick to see our first snowfall of the season this morning.

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It quickly turned to rain so there’s no evidence of any snow anymore.  That’s just fine with me tho.

Things have been busy, but of course I’ve been knitting on a “few” projects.  Eat Sleep Knit is doing a FKAL for their Yarnathon – making hats.  So we have until the end of the month to make hats and earn rewards (discount coupon) and team rewards.  Not too late to join in and the info is all on their Ravelry board.

So hats it is and of course I have several on the needles (and a couple finished).  (I’m not posting links to the patterns here right now because I don’t have time but if you want to know the patterns just go to Ravelry and my projects (justquiltin) and you’ll find the info there.

The top left/top right/bottom right  – those three are finished.    The top right and bottom right are made from the same yarn.  I have similar yarn in a different colorway and since it apparently likes to pool I’m going to make another DaVinci Cowl for the upcoming Indie Gift-A-Long (info on that on Ravelry too – it starts soon and there are of course pattern discounts for a period of time).

Anyway back to hats – the brown colorwork one is nearing completion but I think it’s turning out small — although most of these are all for donation so it will fit someone somewhere.

The hat on the bottom left –  here’s a larger image.  I love knitting this hat – knit sideways, all garter stitch, no increases or decreases the shaping is all by short rows.  Truly fun and engaging knit and I think there will be more of this hat in my future.

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I also have some furry looking pom poms to add to some hats and perhaps this chunky yarn will make quick to knit hats as well

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I also put the buttons on this little girl’s vest this morning – it’s my ESK 4th Quarter KAL project and also earned me two other badges.

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That’s all for now – have some chores that need to get

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Socks and Snozberries

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I made great progress on my sock during my Dr. Who binge watching.  Past the heel, which I remembered to make the solid color as I planned, and then back to the helical striping.

And I also bound off and buried ends on my Across the Heath cowl.  This Snozberries yarn is so pretty and goes with several of my coats.  I was originally going to gift it but I can’t bear to part with it since the yarn is no longer available… its mine mine all mine. 🙂

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Lots of Time

clock If you live where you need to adjust your clocks today – did you remember to do that?

I really only have the stove clock to remember to turn, my alarm clock adjusts itself automatically.   I still wake up the same time usually so today seems like a very long day to me – 2:15 PM and it feels like it should be about 6 PM but maybe that’s just because I’ve accomplished a lot – but it still seems like I have lots of time on my hands today  but I’m not complaining.

Many loads of laundry and other cleaning have been done.  Groceries were delivered this morning  between rain showers so at least the delivery man wasn’t trudging thru a downpour to my door with them.  But it is a chilly, damp, dark day.

I had planned to make a big pot of soup today and then realized after the groceries arrived I had forgotten a key ingredient.  So much for that plan today.  But there’s  a backup plan of tatertot casserole, warm crusty French bread (which I made) and since I’ll have the oven going anyway for the casserole, I’ve been hungry for pineapple casserole so yum nothing like some hot yummy pineapple. Total comfort food for a dreary day. And tho I’m not really keen on eating leftovers – those are both I definitely love leftover so I’ll be having some good lunches this week.

As I was cleaning I came across a cowl I had started knitting and then set aside for some other project – it’s another Across the Heath cowl – I’ve made several and love the simple texture and super simple knitting.   So I’ve knit a few rows here and there throughout the day and should be able to finish this one off tonight or tomorrow.

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And yesterday I pulled out some yarn to work on my “Disco Duck” badge for the Eat.Sleep.Knit Yarnathon.   Don’t know if I’ll get these finished in time but new socks are always a good thing.  The Disco Duck badge requirement is that you make something with “Disco” meaning “Discontinued” yarn – either discontinued by the dyer or the shop.  I pulled out some Cephalopod Bugga! in Jewel Anemone (the multicolored) and Flamboyant Cuttlefish (the solid).  I have been wanting to make helical striped socks after making the Helical Stripes Cowl because those spiraling stripes are so easy to do.

So used the same mock cable as the cowl edging to make the cuff of my socks and then started off on the helical stripes and got about 4″ done last night.  I would have gotten more done but one of the hanks of yarn was not cooperating and I had to wind it by hand because it was tangled – it was definitely a Bugga!!!

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I forgot that this is sport weight and not fingering – and while it’s not a heavy sport, I’ll probably make some adjustments on the foot – decreasing more stitches after the instep to keep the foot part form fitting without extra fabric in it.  My plan (if I remember it when I get there) is to make a solid heel flap and solid colored toe.  The multicolored yarn has some sections of the same color as the solid so it sort of fades out in bits here and there in the stripes but I knew it would do that and like it.

And a bit more playing   – checking out the new features of EQ8.   I think I’ll all this Pineapple Casserole. 🙂

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Lost pair of socks

Not lost, as in I can’t find them, lost as they are a lost cause and finally had to make a trip to the wastebasket.

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But dang – these were among my favorite pairs of socks – which is probably why they wore out.  I’m hard on socks – the minute I walk in the door at night I kick off my shoes and pad around in my socks.  The added friction against the carpets likely makes them wear out faster but that’s the way it goes.  I did look back to see when I finished these socks — early January 2012.  So nearly six years of wear – I certainly can’t complaint about that, especially since the yarn was 100% with no nylon in it.

Of course now this means I need to dig out the Nine to Five pattern and make a replacement pair since I so love the cabley look on the legs.  That pattern is definitely in my top five favorite sock patterns.

On the blocking mats today is my 4th Quarter KAL project for the Eat.Sleep.Knit yarnathon.  Once it’s dried, I just need to figure out buttons.

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It will go in my gifting pile since it says it’s supposed to be a 3T-4T size.  I now am a Great Aunt to two little girls but they are both too small for this – although next spring it may fit one of them.  Kids knits are so fun to do.  And this type of lace is one of my favorites to knit because I can easily read my stitches and tell what’s next without having to read the pattern line for line.

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EQ8

Well after watching the videos of  the new upgrades to EQ 8 I decided that for the reduced price of upgrade currently available, it was worth it.  There are several things that used to annoy me in EQ7 that have been changed in EQ8 to make them so much easier and timesaving to use.  So of course I had to play with it just a bit to see how all the new screens looked and check out some of the brand new blocks that have been added.

I snagged a few coffee and tea blocks from one of the libraries and quickly put them in a quilt layout.   It’s not a keeper design – there are things that would need to be changed – but it was fun to play with and I love all the stacked dishes…. perhaps because it reminds me of my own kitchen at the moment so I’m off to do some dishes (and/or load the dishwasher). 🙂

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Many points

This morning I was looking at one of my blank walls thinking it needs a wall hanging on  it.  Yes there are probably various things already made that I could put up there but isn’t a new wall hanging always better?

So I was playing with a design I had started a while ago in EQ and trying to decide – do I need to update to the new EQ8 or not – still undecided on that and need to do a bit more research to decide if all the new bells and whistles are things I want or not and I’ve got a few days left before the early discounted pricing for the upgrade goes away.   Decisions, decisions.

Anyway, back to the design I was working on.  What a difference various color auditions, orientation of blocks, etc. can make.  I started with this design.   I like pointy points but you know that means paper piecing which I’m generally not fond of.  But you can’t beat it for accuracy and in some designs it’s fairly painless where you don’t have lots of different shapes you are covering.

I just picked some random colors to color this in to see how it would look with the blocks broken into zig zaggy columns.  I like it a lot due to all the movement in it and I like the colors.

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But then, as I was twisting my head sideways  to look at it, I decided if it were to be a wall hanging on my living room wall, I would like it better sideways and colored it in more in a color combination I would like in my living room.  This version I absolutely love.

horizAnd one of my favorite EQ options when using a single block in a layout is the Symmetry button which with every click will turn all the blocks in the design through a random serious of  rotations and you can sometimes get some great new designs (and sometimes not). 🙂  Here’s six of the symmetry layouts – the coloring has not been moved in the blocks, the blocks have just been rotated various ways.

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Slippers

There’s a basic simple slipper pattern on Ravelry called Recluse.  It’s knit in the round, toe up, so you a perfect fit (unless you are me and overcompensated and made the first one very clown-like long even for my big feet).  But I cast one on yesterday afternoon and finished it last night – decided it was too long so ripped it back to get rid of some of the length and then made the heel area again and bound off for a second time.  Knit with double stranded worsted, so they are cushy and thick and should wear well I think.  And not a single seam or need to kitchner – simple bind off and they are done.

And, of course, I think slippers are always best in wild colors!

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It still looks sort of long in the photo but since it hugs your foot some of that length is eaten up when it stretches around the foot.    I may need to make several pair of these but for now I’ll concentrate on making the second one.

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Starts and Finishes

I can’t settle on a project today – keep flitting from doing a few things on the computer, unloading the dishwasher – go in search of a yarn hank (actually two) that I cannot find anywhere but don’t feel like dumping out whole tubs of yarn to find it – back to loading the dishwasher and everything is cluttered up so that I should just go from one end of the apartment to the other putting things back where they belong…… but I just don’t feel   like it! 🙂  I think this afternoon will be my lazy afternoon (especially since it’s about half over) and I’ll watch movies for the rest of the afternoon and knit.  I also need to sew the b binding down on my Halloween wallhanging.

Both of these Greyfel cowls are blocked and ready to wear.  Quick pattern in heavier yarn.  A great weekend project.  One will  be a gift and the rust one is to go with my new coat.  Overcast days, with a flake or two of snow seen floating down from the sky (only if you look very closely and at the right moment) are great days to take outdoor photos.  Finally a photo of the yarn called The Fox that shows up exactly as it looks in real life.

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Greyfel S 10-14-17 / F 10-15-17

I do love this yarn.

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Greyfel S 10-20-17 / F 10-21-17

I wasn’t sure how this yarn would look knit up but I think it turned out really well.

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I also made some progress last night on this little girl’s vet which is a quarterly knit along project.  I’ve just got maybe 2″ more to knit.

 

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And my pooling scarf that I’m going to steek is bound off and I just need to refresh my memory on what I had read about steeking before attempting it.  Once bound off the stockinette promptly rolled up into a coil — but look at those lovely colors.

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My popcorn is made so now to find a movie.

Socktober Sock

Don’t know that this pair will be finished before the end of “Socktober” but I do have one sock finished off last night.

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I stopped the pattern stitch when I started the heel flap because I prefer plain stockinette stitch across the top of my foot.  Good think too because the pattern stitch really ate up a lot of yarn so my second sock will have to have a different colored toe but that’s okay – no one will know but me (and of course now you since I told you). 🙂  I made the leg a bit shorter than normal due to how much yarn it was eating up but that didn’t help enough.  This sock looks like the foot is oddly shaped – sort of looks like the foot is not long enough but as you can see – it’s a perfect fit! – and my foot is definitely not short.

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The second sock was cast on right away last night after I finished this one off and I’ve got a couple inches of the leg done so far.   The temps have taken a dip this week into the 40s so sock wearing weather is arriving soon (up until Tuesday I was still wearing my sandals) but Fall has now arrived.

Sunday Afternoon Activity…..

20171022_1  This…. which I mixed up last night…. became this….

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And it has been tasted and is lovely crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.  I love this Harvest bread when it comes out of the dutch oven – you can hear all the little seeds crackling and popping from the heat.

While that was baking I added the last border on the cat wall hanging then go it layered and quilted.

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And love the fun retro looking fabric on the back.

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I’m off to a slow start but at least one of my Loopy Ewe Great Sewing Challenge projects will be finished before the deadline

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