Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Socks number XIV

They were finished after socks XV but XV were a test knit so there was a deadline.

A definite date defined deadline.

These socks also had a deadline, but it was not so definite. The socks are cotton so I wanted them done for the summer and they were done in a timely fashion. Just over one month for these socks with the test knit completed in the middle.

Straight forward simple socks with no textural pattern, they knit up reasonably quickly.

The pattern is Susan B Anderson's 'How I Make My Socks', a free pattern on Ravelry that has resulted in some of this families' favourite socks.

The yarn was purchased at The Creative Chalet in Kimberley and cotton was chosen as that is what Brad wanted.

They don't look terribly long in these photos but something about the angle when I tried taking them on Brad's feet made them look ski-like.

He likes them and says they are comfortable. Success. In addition, they were delivered on Father's Day.

Connie :)

Monday, 24 June 2019

Car knitting adventures

Travelling to and from Kimberley provides a significant amount of time sitting in a vehicle. Time that can be productively spent making. The number of shared photos of people 'car knitting' tells me I am in good company with this activity.

It is, however, an activity not without its challenges. Brad is very supportive and has made more than one stop along the way to keep the knitting productive.

On route to Kimberley, we stopped to look at the cabin. Somehow, I managed to get a sliver in my thumb. The sliver was uncomfortable and it was snagging on the yarn. My fingernails were not sufficient to get it out, but I knew I had tweezers in my toiletry bag.

Brad pulled the car over in Longview and I jumped out of the passenger's side. It was pouring rain and in my enthusiasm to get quickly to the back of the car, I pulled out all my printed knitting instructions with me.

I stared in horror as I watched instructions for three different projects float down the side of the road. Managing to retrieve them all and swearing a bit, I threw them in the back of the car. Brad patiently laid them all out while I found the tweezers and extracted the sliver.

The papers dried on route to Kimberley and are all still readable although a little worse for wear.

Returning from Kimberley and knitting on a different pair of socks, I managed to drop one of my dpns down the side of the seat. Attempting to get it out, it was pushed under the centre console. Again stopping roadside, Brad got out his knife and managed to extract the needle for me. (The socks in progress at this time are for him so perhaps he was extra supportive.)

Connie :)

Friday, 21 June 2019

Handmade wardrobe

This blog was started, in part, to document an experiment of not purchasing anything new for a year.

Now, as I have to replace my worn out items, I am contemplating a handmade wardrobe.

This dress was started more than a year ago and it was finished this week. It was made with fabric from Christine's basement as a trial for the pattern. At this sewing rate, my wardrobe might be rather sparce.

The pattern was an 'easy' Vogue pattern, but it messed me up more than a few times, hence the big gap from start to finish.

The fit is fine and I think I might actually use it! I think it could use a little white belt and a slip. (Do people still wear slips?)

Connie :)

Thursday, 20 June 2019

From the passenger's seat

Part of being a driving passenger is taking photos as we whiz through the landscape. Jensine is my inspiration. She took numerous photos from the car window and would end up with some amazing captures.

Far more are trashed than kept but is is always fun to find a keeper.

On route to Kimberley we had rain and a bit of sun.

The road home was more sun with afternoon thundershowers.

Connie :)

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Garden under siege

As mentioned previously, with the garage build, the garden is open to ALL the neighbourhood critters. The yard feels like a disaster with everything in construction limbo.

(Some views of the garden still look pretty good.)

Wandering around I could see evidence of both deer and cat were observed in the garden. The cat poop really ticks me off, the deer damage, not quite so much. A significant amount of time was spent installing deterrents for both domestic and wild animals.

The deer are eating the saskatoon bushes
Something else is eating the alpine strawberries
Chicken wire was utilized for both wrapping the saskatoon bushes that the deer were eating and covering any soil that might look tempting for the cat(s).

The deer had pushed aside the wire over the strawberries and had eaten the plants on the edge. They can still get under this, but I am hoping we can at least get a share of the strawberries.

I wrapped the three saskatoon bushes in chicken wire. They survived their first winter crushed under the snow, were protected their second winter with wooden tipis only to be decimated by deer this spring.

For the rest of the garden, I applied as much mulch as I could gather and then put down chicken wire or other physical deterrents to discourage the pooping cats.

It will be good to get the fence back up once the garage exterior is completed.

Connie :)

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A test knit

Not having enough to do or make (haha) I signed up for a test knit for a pair of toe up socks knit with DK yarn.

The deadline for completion and feedback is June 21st and guess what? I am finished and have submitted my feedback.

The socks are called Woodcove designed by Sallyravels. The socks were made for me as I am the most convenient person on which to try the knitting as it progresses.

Yarn was purchased at our local LYS, Willow 'n Wool. One skein had some nylon in it for the foot portion and the contrast was 100% merino. Of course, being in a bit of a hurry to get cast on, I didn't check the label and made the first sock opposite to what I had intended. For the second sock, I used the yarn as intended.

Now I am thinking I should pull out the first sock and redo it. Or, my second thought is to wear them as they are and determine how much longer the sock with nylon wears compared to the one that is 100% wool.

(That is a decision for down the road because right now I am on to other projects!)

The fit of the sock is amazing. They also knit up oh so quickly compared to fingering weight yarn. Toe up sock knitting was new to me and not having to pick up stitches at the heel was a happy learning experience.

Connie :)

Monday, 17 June 2019


Sorry about that.

The blog suddenly took a rear seat to life.

The cabin sold. Even though we had been given the money for it, I couldn't quite believe it. Almost four years of trying with countless 100 km trips to show it to people, someone was finally serious about the purchase. Although the amount we received was much less than we put into it (without even factoring in all our work) we were happy to finally find it a home.

We stopped on route to Kimberley last weekend to see if it was still on site. It was.

But it didn't have a roof.

Seeing it so little and roof-less finally made it real.

The roof had been totally dismantled and was in pieces both around the site and in the garage. The site of this carnage did cause some sense of anxiousness; however, it dissipated once we drove away.

Not our project.

With a non-communicative family, we don't know if it has since been moved and I am trying not to care.

Now we can fully focus on the next project.

Connie :)