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whatever the weather

Dr B was happy to give his fingerless mitts a good workout

You might have heard that we’ve had some wild weather here lately – it’s still wild, to be fair – and we endured a statewide blackout last week. That’s always the time you discover your torches aren’t as reliable as you’d hoped, because that’s the only time you use them; but we were fortunate. For starters, we have a gas stove and gas hot water. Our supply of oil lamps, candles and torches (even the less-than-brilliant few) meant that we could manage without electric lighting for the several hours required. There has been flooding in neighbouring suburbs but we’ve had to deal with nothing more major than a few tree branches across the road and a couple of bins blown about in the backyard.

There seems to be more than the usual equinoctial tempestuousness to contend with right across the globe, so I hope you haven’t been adversely affected by any weather events, wherever you are. It’s true that I’ve been happy to be home on a holidayette – an extra-long long weekend – and not having to be out and about. I’m sure I need only add that knitted fingerless mitts and knitted beanies have been and continue to be well to the fore šŸ™‚

Those that Dr B is sporting are Maine Morning Mitts by Clara Parkes, knitted using Moda Vera Jester in the Gelato Mix colourway. I made them in February 2015 and, although they weren’t meant for Dr B, he was delighted to be their recipient when they proved too large for the co-worker for whom I’d originally intended them. There will always be someone whom they’ll fit šŸ˜‰ Isn’t that right?

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Knitting

 

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what’s slower than glacial?

The sad victim of second mitt syndrome :)

The sad victim of second mitt syndrome šŸ™‚

Progress on this mitt! In fact, progress on the pair of them. I began the second mitt, but it’s become clear I should have ribbed the whole of the first mitt. Therefore, tinking ahead šŸ˜¦

Dr B and I were to have done another training walk today, but I came home from work early yesterday because I was sneezing and carrying on so much that the Admin Team bullied me into it! I said I had an allergic reaction (thought I couldn’t have said to what). They weren’t convinced. I’m fine today. Plainly, that’s not the speed with which your common cold resolves. I stand by my original assertion. However, a much-needed long sleep meant today’sĀ morning chores turned into afternoon ones and Dr B has headed off to do things with amps, so our walk isn’t going to happen. Tomorrow, Youngest Aunt and I will walkĀ a 16 Km beachside loop.

The training programĀ that’s outlined on the Bloody Long Walk’s website doesn’t start for a couple of weeks – and that’s the Beginner Level – so we’re ahead of ourselves in that respect. That’s no bad thing, since it means we’re able to sort out our equipment now and have it working to our complete satisfaction by September. Dr B is worried about me – I think it’s in his job brief šŸ™‚ – so I gave in gracefully and, at his urging, bought some new boots the other night. My joggers would need replacing before September and, to be fair to them, they’ve already done lots of kilometres and are showing signs of wear. They wereĀ never intended to provide the sort of ankle support I’ll need on the roughs and ups-and-downs of the first part of the walk, so boots it is.

I have longstanding allegiance to an old name in Aussie boots, but couldn’t get what I wanted.Ā After discussion with a very helpful young man at a nearby outdoor/sports store, I ended up with something lighter, waterproof and more modern.Ā I hope they’re as good as I was led to believeĀ and that they serve me as well as my last pair of Mulgas.

So it’s on with the knitting and on with the walking and the whizzing-past of the year. As for YoungB? He’s seeing Naples at the moment, in the company of a local. He’s posting photos of food porn (special Neapolitan fish cakes), cultural porn (Pompeii) and a degree of beach porn (views of Capri and the Amalfi coastline, not hot babes in bikinis). AfterĀ getting sunburnt during all that northern activity, I imagineĀ he’s going to find our southernĀ winter temperatures akin to my knitting: glacial.

Whatever your temperatures are doing, may you be progressing wellĀ on all of your projects.

 
 

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plainly, I don’t knit that fast

Ya wanna know how the mitts went? I made quite good progress with them through the week but there was no way I was going to finish them by Thursday. Work is too busy, meaning I’m working longer hours to try to stop that overwhelming me (failing) and, yeah, just not enough leftover hours. I’m almost finished one mitt – only the Ā thumb left – and have cast on for the second. My boss is unperturbed. He’s the sort of person who’ll be pleased to get them any time, so if I can maintain a steady pace with the knittingĀ this week, they might be readyĀ for him to wear to next weekend’s footy match.

Appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, this really is in the middle of dense suburbia

Appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, this really is in the middle of dense suburbia

Not being footy people ourselves, I suppose we’ll be out walking again. Today we managed a shade over 15 Km in a loop and 251 m of climbing (last week it was only 209 m). We have a wonderful parkland reserve within walking distance of home – closer than last week’s wetlands – so that’s where we ended up doing a lot of rough walking and most of the climbing. We are both still mercifully free of blisters but my feet were aching by the time we came home and the toe that I’ve broken several times – which, consequently, has next to no ability to bend in any directionĀ – was actively painful. I climbed straight into my compression tights and I’ve been massagingĀ my feet on a couple of tennis balls while I sit at the computer (a suggestion from my podiatrist). I’m improving. I could probably, and very likely will, do another walk tomorrow thought it won’t be such a long one.

So that’s the story of the mitts. They’re not forgotten but, alas, nowhere near finished. I’ll keep knitting. I hope you’re managing to keep knitting, too; or walking, if that’s your thing šŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2015 in Health, Knitting

 

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it’s not exactly knitting those mitts but it’s doing something

Local wetlands park, one of the delightful nearby lots of paths for off-road walking

Local wetlands park, one of the delightful nearby lots of paths for off-road walking

This reserveĀ is sort of down the bottom of our road, and it’s where Dr B and I did some of our training walk yesterday. I say “bottom” advisedly, since coming home is an uphill business and sufficiently wearing that, once home, I climbed into my compression gear and went straight toĀ bed. For three hours.

IsĀ my knitting progressing? Well, of course it’s not. My boss’s birthday is this week and I sort of half-promised him some fingerless mitts in his footy team’s colours. I found suitable yarn at my LYSĀ and have cast on for the first mitt. But that’s truly as far as I’ve gone because the main colour is black and I cannot see to knit black at night, no matter how strong a lamp I use. Could I have done some today before the light faded? Perhaps; but realistically, no.

However, if I do a few hours a day and bits here and there, they’ll probably be ready by Thursday. Whaddaya reckon my chances are? Fnigres corsesd!

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Health, Knitting

 

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getting round to things

Eldest Niece's mitts have finally left my hands and I hope they'll soon be keeping hers warm.

Eldest Niece’s mitts have finally left my hands and I hope they’ll soon be keeping hers warm.

Today, the Aunts, two of the Nieces and I joined aĀ fundraisingĀ walk,Ā a gentle 4 Km circuit beginning and ending at a beachside venueĀ familiar to me from the occasional Audax Christmas dinner.Ā I don’t think any of usĀ came remotely close to working up a sweat. No matter. We did it and enjoyed ourselves. Also, it provided an opportunity for me toĀ hand overĀ Youngest Niece’s birthday cowl (crocheted using Moda Vera Ambruni yarn) as well as the fingerless mitts for Eldest Nephew (knitted using Country Tartan 8 ply yarn) and Eldest Niece (photographed above and knitted using Bendigo’s Murano yarn, nominally an 8 ply). Middle Niece is pondering her options and will probably put in an order for one or the other article forĀ her birthday in June šŸ™‚

Meanwhile, I’m about four stitches away from completion of unpicking the sticky beanie (knitted using Moda Vera Bouvardia yarn) and hope to be back on the knitting of it by tonight (the four stitches are where I’ve woven in the ends, so I’m finding them particularly tricky). I won’t complete it tonight but it will only take a couple of evenings of work (it’s knitted in the round so there’s no seaming to contend with) to have it where it needs to be: ready for popping in the post to the friend whose head it’s intended to cover. Then, and I’ve promised myself it will be only then, I can make a start on some socks for Dr B.

And that’s as much of a plan as I can wrap my head around at the moment. Work is manically busy and we continue to have computer problems on the home front. I hope you’re faring better, whatever your weather and whatever you’re getting round to šŸ™‚

 

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they weren’t meant to be mine

What cold weather will do to good intentions? See you pilfer mitts intended for someone else :)

What cold weather will do to good intentions? See you pilfer mitts intended for someone else šŸ™‚

That cold Easter Monday I mentioned and the “now I have some of my own”Ā Murano mitts to which I alluded? Uuh, yeah, it was genuinelyĀ cold and neither Dr B nor I could get warm. We were both doing some computer work. He reached for the colourful mitts I’d made him using Jester yarn (RavelledĀ but not yet blogged). Me? Well, I pinched some.

Over the years, I’ve made something like 15 pairs of fingerless mitts for other people and someĀ for myself that have ended up being given away. These weren’t meant to be mine. I made them for someone else. But, as they were meant to be a surprise, the intended recipient won’tĀ know I’ve pinched them. And I really, truly can and will make her another pair.

In the meantime, I have warm, comfortable fingers while I type and, believe me, that’s a first šŸ™‚ Bendigo’s Murano to the fore again, this time in a lovely shades-of-purple colourway (it looks blue but it’s definitely purple).

Just call me the yarn thief šŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Knitting

 

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a good afternoon’s work

Two afternoons, really, and there's still a thumb to finish

Two afternoons, really, and there’s still a thumb to finish

Hello, again, I hope you had an enjoyable Easter weekend? Ours was sunny and delightful until Monday. Then the temperature dropped (so much so that we caved in and turned on our space heater) and the skies opened. It was cold. It was wet. There was hail. Winter announced its loud arrival. Of course, today has beenĀ warm and sunny šŸ™‚

Given the combination of unfriendly weatherĀ and a public holiday, if you had fingerless mitts with aĀ looming deadline, wouldn’t you have stoked them up while watching La Terra Trema? (Not the best choice, because I really needed to read the subtitles!) I did and made one mitt. This afternoon I’ve knitted the second oneĀ to the point where all I have to do is 10 very short rows on that second thumb. Nothing to it. Then it’s on with the blocking and Eldest Niece should have them for her birthday.

Once again, I’m usingĀ Bendigo Woollen Mills’ Murano yarn, this time leftovers from the beanie I made for Dr C way back when. It’s perhaps not the best yarn for something like this, in the sense that it has a tendency to felt and it pills something dreadful after a few wears – meaning that it might not be as long-lasting as a harder-wearing yarn like Cleckheaton’s Country Tartan – but the colourways are such fun and the resulting mitts certainly very warm (I finally have some for myself).

The next question is, should I make a shopping bag to accompany them or just gift-wrap them in paperĀ instead?

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Knitting

 

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