Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Surprise Package

Last night, Howard re-installed the kitchen sink. Sinks become a shining thing of beauty when you don't have one for a week. The countertop is drying. I have another step to add to the backsplash and then hopefully all we have to do is watch paint dry. It didn't turn out flawless but it did turn out pretty and that is good and enough. I'll post pictures when things are all back together again and I have the opportunity to do a little "staging" LOL - too much HGTV.

Today, I am going to clean house.... and I'm actually rather excited about that. It's been FOREVER and it shows plus... once I'm done cleaning... I plan to spend the next three days in the studio working on my challenge projects and coaching assignment. It's been a long time for that as well.

In-between painting yesterday, I worked on the swatch for the new yarn. It's a discontinued yarn - Naturally Merino - that is 70% New Zealand merino and 30% silk. When I first returned to knitting, I saw it in the bargain center at a yarn shop and had no idea what I might want to knit and how much I might need so I bought everything they had - 32 balls - and saved a LOT of money. And now - it's good to be finally knitting with it.

I've learned to create large swatches. It's like making a muslin. It saves a lot of time in the end. When I change needle sizes, I alternate the right side of the swatch and I tape a piece of the yarn and the label into my swatch book and  record which needles I used and what the different gauges were for the next time I want to use this yarn. The swatch book has also saved me a LOT of time since when I find a yarn I like, I tend to buy it in several colors.

I fell in love with this edge from Nicky Epstein's book Knitting On The Edge. I think it's an elegantly simple, slightly ruffled, bit of interest without being right in your face. The edging is knit from the bottom up which changes how I'm knitting this poncho but that's okay. I'm only sort of using the original instructions.

For this edging, you begin with a multiple of 20 stitches plus 9 and end with a multiple of 8 stitches plus 1. I needed to end with 210 stitches which meant casting on 529. It's easier to do this with a crochet cast on which also makes a nice, neat edge.

When I'm casting on that many stitches, I find it easiest to use markers every fifty stitches. They allow me to double count as I go along and later - when I start the pattern - to check that I haven't ribbed when I should have knit. The next row was a knit 1 purl 1 rib. Without those markers, I'd have made a few mistakes. I leave the markers in place until they are no longer necessary.

Since we're going on a rather expensive cruise later this year, I'm sewing as much from my stash as possible. I had skirt possibility fabrics like a black linen and a dark denim and a grey check that went beautifully with the yarn and so did this printed burn-out. I'm not sure if I'll use it but... it's an option.

Thank you so much for the links and the definitions of eccentric. I never knew there were so many ways of looking at that word. Fascinating. The consensus seems to be that an eccentric is someone who walks to their own drummer and that's okay with me. I definitely do that. For an eccentric skirt, ParisGrrl sent a link to the Fishtail Corset Skirt from DangerousFX. It's my favourite shape and I love how from the front everything looks "normal" and then there's this extra pizzazz in the back. Maybe. You never know. Definitely in a plain fabric if I do.

Ms. Chloe and I went for a long walk yesterday. At a few points when we were forced off the path, I had to carry her because the footprints were deeper than she is tall. She'd have been swallowed up by the snow. She spent the afternoon lounging by the fire. Oh... such a tough life.

My daughter sent me this Pin last night.. LOL - what fun - like I'm a surprise package! The outside isn't necessarily the inside. Love that.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - finished painting the countertop

The best thing about the worst time in your life is that you get to see the true colors of everyone. Life's not about the people who are true to your face. It's about the people who remain true behind your back. 
- unknown


  1. What a beautiful color! I want some! And it is gone you say?
    I love your blog, especially when you show the failures & problems , as well as the good stuff.

    1. It's a gorgeous colour. Just a little bit of shimmer. I bought it at least five or six years ago and it was discontinued then but you could try on Ebay. You never know.


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