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Made in Italy

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Made and photographed at our kitchen table, many years ago

You’d probably agree that it’s a cheerful thing to receive family photos. It’s especially cheerful for me as a knitter when they’re showcasing handknits. What is more, the photo that arrived at lunchtime showcased a handknit Made (by me when I was living) in Italy. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes! But, sure enough, that little, blue angel top is still going strong these many years later. The ribbons didn’t survive all the washing that four children entailed, or perhaps it was a nuisance. But the rest of it is in practically mint condition and still helping to keep a baby warm.

Details:

  • Sirdar pattern 3285
  • Yarn: 4-ply Snuggly Baby Yarn (and that is most likely what I bought when I first used the pattern to knit for a friend in New Zealand). For the pictured top, I would have used whatever baby yarn I was able to purchase from the local shop. Plainly, it was a quality one!
  • Needles: The pattern calls for 3.25 mm needles, which I expect I used.

May all your long-ago handknits come back to haunt you so beautifully 🙂

 

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sometimes you just have to

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Dr B was so worried that we’d get a birthday cake he didn’t like. We may have overcompensated 😀

When it comes to birthdays, most of us would be happy with a cake, as long as it wasn’t burnt or too dry. Right? Dr B has been worried for weeks that we’d get him something he doesn’t like. He even announced, in very worried tones, that he’d better order it himself. I told him that was a bad idea, as YoungB and I had already taken care of it… But, until it turned up, I don’t think he was at all convinced.

When you need a little pick-me-up, that’s a tiramisù (generally considered to be a dessert originating in Dr B’s part of Italy; so perhaps he has reason to worry about how good or bad it might be here Down Under, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic).

Never say he isn’t spoilt rotten!

 

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it didn’t last very long

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Getting those tents ready again. See? I don’t know where we’ll play bocce 😀

As you were – or as it’s heading for again, as seen from the office earlier today. That’s sunny and fine enough, but this morning was surprisingly damp, as the lingering clouds might suggest.

Tonight, Dr B and I wandered over to our local Italian Club to buy pizza, rather than do it ourselves. Call it a treat for having reached Friday!

May your reward for reaching Friday be equally as toothsome.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2020 in Food, Uncategorized

 

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impediments all round

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Even without green thumbs, I seem to have done quite well with this plant. It’s flourishing in a way my crocheted blankets certainly aren’t 😀

I acknowledge that many of my impediments to productivity are mental. I truly despair at the bureaucratic cynicism that permeates my workplace. It taints my thinking and I can’t drag myself to higher levels of recognition that, cynicism notwithstanding, our sector does a lot of good for a lot of people.

Real impediments also include a recent finger injury that’s painful and inconvenient, and makes sewing tricky no matter how dedicated I am with wound dressings. I think we’re just about out the other side with that one, so perhaps the sewing will ramp up again.

Let’s hope so. There’s only a couple more weeks before B-day, so I must get those rainbow squares joined asap, so that I can start on the next little blanket. Neither baby will be getting the blanket immediately, but lest you think I’m a terrible person, I mention only that these are extras, and I have already gifted more immediately useful items to both young women.

May your impediments be few, no matter what you’re up to 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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as clear as it gets

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Almost back to normal, before the next round of parties 🙂

My expectation is that the spaces won’t remain spaces for very long but that they’ll soon disappear under the next lot of merry-makers.

And, if I am still in my present employment, I’ll be playing bocce there soon. As rough as you might think that surface will be – you’re right! – I can assure you it will be a vast improvement on last season’s surface.

May all your surfaces be suitably smooth 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2020 in Musing, Uncategorized

 

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royg bits of rainbow

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It’s a bit sloppy, but I love the way the colours work together

The sample square turned out well, despite having been done quite late last night. Now I can’t make up my mind whether I want to do another 29 precisely like that, or continue with my original plan of cycling through the rainbow. Decisions, decisions!

Yarn is all Llincraft 8-ply cotton, the crochet hook I’m using is an F / 4.5mm, and the starburst granny square pattern comes from here. I believe I followed the instructions, but am not entirely convinced about a couple of spots. Never mind. I’ve almost finished the second square and will probably do a few more before I either pull the plug on the cycling rainbow or decide it’s working as I’d hoped.

May all your yarny decisions be equally fun 🙂

 
 

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smoky obscurity

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Hills obscured by smoke from bushfires

There are no fires too close to the city, but yesterday there was lots of smoke. Morning commutes to the CBD were hazy enough to require extra caution and it was still hazy – as you can see – when I took this view from the window around 10.30.

 
 

telly-watching shawl

As long as you  understand that by watching telly I mean, “Keeping Dr B company by sitting there knitting while HE watches telly,” then it gets the telly-watching-suitability tick. The pattern? As I said, it’s based on the idea of Dreas Shawl, but I’m using stash yarn. And my photo doesn’t want to play ball, so this is just me checking in and maybe tomorrow there’ll be a photo 🙂

 
 

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the blessed silence

The organisation I work for has three offices. Because I was getting an inordinate number of interruptions at my home location, I recently spent a day at the one closest to where I live. That meant I could sleep till 7 o’clock. Even at peak hour, it took all of 20 minutes for YoungB to drive me there. Oh, yeah, and it was quiet. I plodded through a solid day’s work with almost no interruptions and actually accomplished a task I’d normally struggle to complete in a week or so at my usual office. I was mightily relieved, and went back to my own office the following day in a much better frame of mind.

I’d been helped in that by chatting with a fellow crafter, who crochets wondrous garments for her granddaughter. We agreed that Ravelry is a wonderful source of patterns and inspiration. And so it is. I tried trawling through crochet patterns to find some TV-watching yarny undertaking. All to no avail. So it might be a knitted shawl instead. I promise nothing complicated and all garter stitch. Something like this might be sufficiently interesting, so that I don’t fall asleep, but not so taxing that I make mistakes. It won’t be with pretty, handpainted yarn, just using up some more of that big bag of stash.

All the best with your yarny undertakings, and may you get to enjoy the silence.

 

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the various suggestions

I posted a progress photo of my not-quite-square, whatever-it-will-be commuter crochet project (only, as I said before, it’s now much too large for commuting with).

It could be for knees, throwing or picnics. Or even to cover a motorbike!

My friends made some interesting suggestions. Two caught my attention: make another, then turn it into a very large floor cushion for the Bs’ motorcycling friend; or keep going and make a motorbike cover (that was from the Bs’ motorcycling friend), I think it needs to be larger for any rug purposes (and definitely so for motorbike covering purposes). It wouldn’t cover knees sufficiently well just yet, though would make a reasonable shawl if folded into a triangle. In any case, it’s certainly depleting my stash of bits and pieces yarn, but there’s more I could contribute. To my eye, that exuberant autumn-coloured stripe – mostly leftovers from making beanies, mitts and scarves for redheaded family and friends – needs balancing.

I was gifted a bag of the teal green (that ball of yarn at the top of the photo) and immediately thought it would be good at helping tie together a lot of disparate colours. It’s nice to occasionally put a plan into action, don’t you think? And, as I have plenty more of it, as well as various shades of blue, I reckon I’ll continue on that trajectory for a few more rounds and see where I end up.

In the meantime, YoungB needs to be given a wake-up call – he worked late last night, but his final exams are looming and he needs to plug away at revision – and I can probably do almost another round while he eats eggs and bacon. The joy of this is that I can just sit and work at it fairly mindlessly while the business of the household goes on around me. Don’t ya love that?

I hope your projects – whether they’re crochet or knitting or even macrame, whose knots and intricacies are calling to me again as I see it enjoying a resurgence among some of my younger friends – are potentially able to be considered for as many uses as my rug 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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