Monthly Archives: April 2022

still going around

Border getting wider, but I think needs to be wider still

Borders on large objects make the object even larger. It’s the nature of borders! YoungB would have been happy to take delivery of the temperature rug with a reasonably narrow border (about where it is in the above photo). The weather is cooling, and he’d appreciate the extra warmth provided by its undoubted weightiness. I haven’t weighed it yet or calculated rough weight from yarn used.

However, because the blanket is large, I think the border should be wider – something like as wide as the side of a square, simply for visual balance – and have kept working on it. I had hoped I might finish it on the long weekend just gone, but didn’t. All the same, YoungB shouldn’t have to wait much longer before he can use it.

I hope your long weekend went according to plan, no matter how you spent it.

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Posted by on April 26, 2022 in Crochet


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comparing modalities

That represents a lot more work than you’d think 🙂

During lulls in the technological efficiency, I occasionally pick up the blanket and work a stitch or three of the border. It is looking good, but there’s definitely a very l-o-n-g way to go. I’m enjoying the linen stitch/moss stitch. As a knitter, I find it more similar to knitted linen stitch. I recognise that the chain 1 is approximately equal to the slip 1. I don’t as readily see it resembling knitted moss stitch, except in its reversibility. That’s a distinct plus.

Whatever you call it, it’s effective. The border at that point garnered praise from a knitter friend who has stalled on her large project (a wondrous blanket that makes mine look very ho-hum indeed). I would have stalled, too, I think, had I not decided Most Firmly from the outset that I would not do anything else until the temperature blanket was finished. I’ve been pretty good about that.

With that in mind, and as my computer has just given me one of those, “I’m going to shut down on you,” messages, I’m off to do a spot more work on that border.

I hope your dedication is also holding in the face of temptation 😀

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Posted by on April 20, 2022 in Crochet, Knitting


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long way round

I weighed some of the yarn to make sure it would get to the end 😀

Whatever you celebrate, or even if you don’t celebrate anything, I hope you’ve had an enjoyable weekend. We’ve taken things very slowly. Plans have vanished without trace and nobody has minded. When I’ve found a spare moment, or hour, I’ve worked on the border of the temperature blanket.

It is a long way, and getting longer with each round. It will be some time before I can call it done but I am happy with its progress.

I hope you’re happy with all your progress, too 🙂

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Posted by on April 18, 2022 in Crochet


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corner, corner, corner, stop

Corner 1 – bottom RH

Bottom left-hand corner turnaround? Not an unusual thing. Bottom right-hand corner turnaround? Most unusual and Very Exciting.

Corner 2 – top RH

Whizzing up the long side – my word, that was quick! – and turning the top right-hand corner? Golly, how long ago some of those squares were made. Whizzing along the top edge – also quick; and there’s that dodgy one whose design-feature edge I remember putting to the outside for later consideration – and, guess what?

Corner 3 – top LH and stop!

Arriving back at the start, the corner that began it all. Yes. The basic blanket is finished. Tonight, I will probably start the tidying round of UK DC but that could be all I’ll get done, despite how speedy it is when you’re not having to JAYG or tidy ends. There’s a long weekend ahead. We’ll do our usual food and celebrations – lots of singing, of course! – but I anticipate plenty of time to sit back and relax with a bit of hooking.

All the best with any plans you have for the long weekend, particularly if they involve taking it easy with a bit of hooking 🙂

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Posted by on April 13, 2022 in Crochet


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reno(vation) update

Time I updated my view of the view

Yesterday, I worked in the CBD. Of course it was a chance for me to check the progress of the renovations on the old GPO. As you can see, the knocking-down stage appears to have finished. The large crane at the left of the photo is concreted in place and being used for construction. There’s a sad irony in comparing the amount of new concrete used to ensure machinery is safe and secure with the enormous amounts of it that were removed from the demolished part of the building.

Of course, in Australia we simply say “reno”, but if you don’t understand that it’s a shorthand version of “renovation”, you might want to pronounce it more like Reno, the city. That would be quite wrong.

In blanket news, I have about six squares left to enclose in row 20 before I get to turning that Very Exciting Corner. I’m off to wield my hook. Hope you’re able to wield yours, too 😀

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Posted by on April 12, 2022 in Crochet, Musing


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slow and not yet very exciting

Working back to enclose row 20 of 20. Yesss!

I’ve had a longer break than anticipated from the temperature blanket. For what seemed like ages, I had three more squares ready to add to row 20 and a fourth that only needed its tails tidied before it, too, could be incorporated into the last row. Slow, for sure, but progress. Then there were a few more middles and a few more tails tidied. Then came the magic moment when I sent a message to YoungB to say, “I’ve just made square 380.” It and a few of it mates weren’t added, or even ready to add. But they were made.

Last of the squares with all tails tidied and in order of appearance.

By now, I’ve tidied all the tails – isn’t that a glad sight! – added those row 20 squares and am working back on the enclosing round. This time, when I get to the bottom corner, I’ll have a Very Big Happening: I’ll actually go around the corner, not turn back and add another row. It’s enough to make me want to sit and crochet all night, but I am back at the office tomorrow. So, yeah. No all-night crochet fest for me. There’s a long weekend coming. That might be the perfect time to take it easy AND manage to get a good run at doing the last enclosing all the way back to the beginning of the blanket.

Given the number of health-related interruptions this blanket has had, I’m reconsidering the notion of a time-consuming envelope border and looking for something a good bit simpler. As long as there’s a border that ties to the colours used in the body of the blanket, that will be enough. I have lots of yarn and a plan that involves simple DC stripes or perhaps moss stitch.

May your plans, whatever they involve, be as simple or complex as you want.

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Posted by on April 10, 2022 in Crochet, Health


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batch centres

A couple of warm days to end what was obviously a cool year

We’ve transitioned to a hybrid work model, where most of us have elected to continue WFH a couple of days a week and the balance of our days at the office. Particulars vary. I was at the office one Monday, and didn’t manage to crochet on the way to work, while there, or on the way home.

On the Tuesday, I was at home. During breaks in my day, I was able to direct my spare minutes to finishing the majority of the centres for row 19. Even without their tails being tidied, it gave me a buzz to see them stacked up and waiting. Incentive is a good driver, and end-product visibility is one of the better incentives.

Then I hit a roadblock of the longstanding bad back variety, which could be shorthanded thus: “You used to have this problem, and you used to have that problem, and you still have both of them AND you now have a totally new problem to compound that.” Great. You know it’s probably not going to turn out well when none of the old remedies quite cuts it AND you can’t lie down without making it worse. Now, that’s just not fair, is it? I was heartbroken at having to call off a couple of well overdue catch-ups with visiting Melbourne friends, but there wasn’t a lot else I could do.

Most saliently, I couldn’t crochet much, because I couldn’t sit or stand long enough to make sense of anything. Also, heavy-duty drugs can leave you feeling very groggy. So close to the end and, yeah, can’t see straight!! Centred or not, batched or not, I’d have to call that an absolute creative brick wall. Fabulous.

However, I’ve pushed on in bits and pieces here and there since then: a couple of centres during an online lecture where I was standing most of the time, and one or two middles when I could sit for a while. You get there. I got to the end of row 19, eventually. Yes, it’s enclosed and all! And the first four – or last four – squares of row 20 have been added. All the row 20 centres are made, and three more squares have middles, although their ends are still trailing. It is tantalisingly close, but I am still unable to sit long enough to do much. Well, you know. When we get there, we’ll have arrived.

I hope you’ve been faring better in every respect.

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Posted by on April 3, 2022 in Crochet, Health


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