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defuzzing my mitts that fit

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Now, isn’t that a bit smoother?

In case you were wondering, I do actually tidy up my fingerless mitts now and then, using my defuzzer (aka fabric pill remover). There’s a variety available. Mine is battery operated and I’ve had it for years. It does a good job.

Those mitts were knitted in Bendigo Woollen Mills Murano, a sturdy 8-ply that’s now discontinued. I have a few leftovers that will doubtless contribute to more fingerless mitts. The colourways are delightful and the weightiness of the yarn perfect for keeping fingers warm. The base design is ideal for computer work, providing no inter-digit bulk to hamper ease of movement.

I’ve made many pairs of these mitts, some true to pattern, some – like those above – altered slightly.

May your mitts always keep you warm, and your fuzziness be controlled 😉

 

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2019 in Knitting

 

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that was the CAL cowl

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Fit for purpose and very warm

Tracy was running a series of KAL/CAL events, with a range of themes. For the March event, I knitted the Bloom-ing beanie for Nic, and delivered it for her 50th birthday, as planned. I’m sure it’s been getting a great workout since then as she dashes about suburbia on her morning walks. We are past midwinter and the daylight hours are noticeably longer, but early-morning temperatures remain appallingly unfriendly.

I managed to crochet a cowl for the April event, with the intention of wearing it under my new, maroon jacket. That’s it in the photo. I used Moda Vera Malibu, a pure wool 8-ply yarn, with inbuilt colour changes and slightly irregular thickness. The colourway is 86718, which is mostly shades of blue and grey. I used a 5.75mm hook, and worked half-trebles (UK terminology) into the back loop only. The side outermost in the photo looks knitted and is delightfully smooth. The other side is also attractive enough to wear facing out. It is bumpier in appearance and rougher in texture, but not harsh against the skin.

For August, the theme is to finish a WIP. I have so many that you’d think I could gallop to the finish line. You’d be wrong. I find myself well occupied with other sorts of creative work: reinventing oneself requires new ways of looking at everything. Repackaging and presenting to best advantage is surely creativity at its finest.

I am also rewarding myself by catching up with a few old friends during the interlavorum. This is a new word I coined in the style of interregnum, to mean “the time between jobs”. Purists – that is, people who are Latin scholars – might argue that it ought to be interopum, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue nearly as easily and, you know, it’s my word. I can do what I like with it.

All the best to you with enjoying your interlavorum if you happen to be at such a stage 😀

 

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2019 in Crochet, Knitting

 

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the shades of remembrance are blue

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The shades of blue in my stripy wrap are more homogeneous than those in Youngest Aunt’s beanie

I recently spent a couple of days with Youngest Aunt, and one of them happened to coincide with the anniversary of our Mum’s death. We reminisced about what a wonderful cook she’d been, but agreed that there was no particular main meal we recalled with such a pang that we had any particular desire for it. Having said that, I think I’ve mentioned before that I would sometimes like to sink my teeth into one of Mum’s delicious egg-and-bacon pies; but, as Youngest Aunt doesn’t now eat meat, I can see why that wouldn’t be something she would hanker for.

Scones, biscuits, cakes and desserts, however? We were in mad agreement there about how delicious and toothsome many of them were; most of them, actually, particularly  the desserts. That’s probably why, to this day, we still make and enjoy them. My menfolk have sometimes expressed the view that, if I would make a couple of them more often, they’d be very happy; diet be damned 😀

We also talked about the knitted articles we still use, particularly at this chilly time of year. Mine is a dark-blue wrap, and it’s on the armrest at my end of the sofa, getting a good workout most nights as we watch TV/snore in front of TV (the detail varies from person to person and night to night; I wouldn’t want you to think we’re set in our ways). Youngest Aunt’s is a beanie, in shades of blue from light to dark and it is working similarly hard when she goes out for daily walks. Both are made from yarns long since discontinued and both continue to be wonderful reminders of our Mum.

May your memories keep you as warm as my knitted hugs 🙂

 

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adventitia, and perhaps adventure

11.07.03: The Cardiovascular System: Mechanics and Dynamics

Cardiovascular system of the human heart. Copyright Yale.

I’m delighted to report that, so far, YoungB is thoroughly loving his job. Yes, I know it’s early days. But I can remember jobs for which I’ve had zero enthusiasm from the outset, so it’s good that he comes home buzzed. At this stage, thanks to my nursing background and a good memory, I still know a great deal more than he does about the subject matter. That will change rapidly as the project gets into full swing. However, I’m happy to revise as we go along. 🙂

Yesterday, Middle Aunt and I had a short catch-up at a relatively nearby coffee shop. I confessed to her that, no matter what I think to the contrary, I obviously have a massive ego because I was mortally offended recently when someone suggested that I should do a medical terminology course to assist my job-seeking. You what? To be kind, it was perhaps a slip of the tongue and the speaker intended to suggest a medical reception course. Well, yes, if I were intending to apply for those sorts of jobs, then familiarity with relevant specialist software would indeed be beneficial; but, as I’m actually looking for work at higher levels (in line with what I’ve been doing for years), then it’s irrelevant.

It’s the case that I am doing a couple of courses. I’m pushing on with my genealogy short course, which is purely vocational and thoroughly enjoyable. Additionally, I’m struggling somewhat with popular business management acronyms in a diploma course that I now have not only the time to deal with, but also the physical and mental energy; well, almost. YoungB agreed that he would not have seen business studies as my field of interest – he’s right! – but that a better handle on the terminology and an actual diploma at the end of it will be useful. Yeah. That’s the idea.

So between queuing at Centrelink, going through all the rigmarole of updating every known contact so that workplace information is deleted, and replacing some worn-out shoes, I am feeling accomplished. I’ve also done a spot of shopping on YoungB’s behalf, namely a couple of new, lightweight jumpers so that he can cope with the workplace aircon. I found myself apologising last night because they weren’t handknitted by me!

Who knows? Now that I’m less stressed, I might find my knitting mojo again. And then, with a bit of luck, he might get some handknitted-by-me jumpers for work purposes. There’s an upside to everything. Right?

All the very best with your terminology and jargon challenges. 😀

 
 

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not matching, merely meaningfully mended

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Well, it worked!And, trust me, nobody is going to see it when he’s working on his computer.

The other night, YoungB came into the kitchen for an evening cuppa. On his head? The grey, cabled beanie I made for him last year. Gosh, that makes me happy. I’m sure you’ll understand why I don’t mind continuing to feed him, even though he’s well able to cook for himself 🙂

And on his hands? Nothing! Because, ahem, I hadn’t mended his fingerless mitts. Ahem, indeed. OK. I quickly grabbed my darning needle – still threaded with yarn from my last knitting effort, namely the Bloom-ing beanie – and fixed the hole. It’s not neat, it’s nothing like a similar yarn but it’s effective. He’s now delightedly wearing his mitts. And, as I say, when he’s using his computer, nobody will even notice what is keeping his hands warm 🙂

May your yarny rescues be every bit as effective and much, much neater 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Knitting

 

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or with the brim not rolled over

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And if the brim isn’t rolled over, the beanie fits better because it sits closer to your head. It also keeps your ears warm.

As a matter of interest, and the spirit of full disclosure, this is how I would wear the Bloom-ing beanie: with the brim up, rather than double-rolled. In my experience, it provides a tighter fit, hence a warmer head. It also means that the crown sits flatter, rather than tending to the conical.

It wasn’t a quick knit for me; but then, as I’ve said frequently, I’m not a quick knitter. I started it on about 6 March and finished it by the KAL deadline of  31 March, so I’m not complaining unduly.

This month’s Knit Spin Weave KAL/CAL is cowls and/or scarves. I have a reasonable success rate with cowls, so I’ve signed up. Yeah. Right. I’ve already frogged two efforts!! Sigh. I don’t think I want to do a scarf, but then again…Perhaps the better part of valour might simply be to admit defeat now 🙂

I do hope that your crafting endeavours are meeting with slightly more success than mine. One beanie is good. A cowl as well? That would be even better!

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2019 in Knitting

 

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fully blooming

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Nic’s Bloom-ing beanie, finished by its KAL deadline.

With some dedicated knit-on-the-bus efforts and only a couple of late nights, I managed to get the knitting done and the seams sewn. I would be lying if I were to suggest that the sewing is good. It’s not. I’ll have to do it again. I’ll also need to block the beanie. However, I met the KAL deadline.

Am I pleased with myself? Given how much ordure is being thrown around our section of the globe right now, I am inordinately pleased. Also, I am still slowly crocheting my table runner, which is the background fabric in the photo.

I hope you’ve managed to meet all your crafty deadlines 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2019 in Crochet, Knitting

 

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