Well, I certainly got my money's worth out of Typepad in August. Not so this month. I should get cracking. I still haven't done the museum post, but that can wait.
It has finally dropped to a mostly reasonable temperature here. It has even been (gasp) cool once or twice in the mornings. But we're still not getting much rain. The forecast promises rain on a weekly basis and we get about three drops. In southwest Nova Scotia, people's wells have dried up. I have given up watering the tomatoes. I am just letting the ones on the vine do their thing. We're supposed to get rain tomorrow and Monday. (Which, true to form, will be about 6 drops total).
I get lazy about watering late in the summer. I just don't care. Yes, I'm that house with the dead twigs and drooping things in planters. Get over it. Look across the street. (They have nothing).
And it's fruit fly season. Is there anything more annoying than fruit flies? No. Fruit flies have the texture of quinoa. Ask me how I know.
Hmm....speaking of quinoa, maybe I should do another tomato quinoa salad for dinner. The upside is that we won't even notice any fruit flies.
This post will all be about yarny goodness. And whatever other digressions I have.
When I take photos, I always use colour. But if I need to check on the contrast of yarn, I will sometimes add a black and white filter.
I am planning a shawl or three. Or maybe four. I am on a shawl kick at the moment. I wanted to see how these two Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles would work together. The colours seem to work well enough. So I opened up the skeins to take a look. Hmm, there's actually more going on in the dark skein than I originally thought. I think they will complement each other nicely. The dark one is from the August HF Skinny Singles yarn club, and the light one is from the June club.
Yup, I am pretty sure they will provide sufficient contrast. So as soon as I finish the sock I am on (and I'm on row 58 of the foot, so it should be some time tonight), I can cast on a new shawl.
I have a matchy matchy skein of yarn and project bag picked out for some point. I was going to do this next, but I keep finding other things I want to knit.
So this may have to wait. I wanted to knit a skein of Scrumptious Purl yarn for the CanadaKal because I have 5 of them and haven't knitted any yet.
Princess is all settled in and has been busy doing "home stuffs" at the condo. I won't cover it all here, but if you're interested in her comings and goings, you can find her blog Cupcakes and Crankshafts. (Oh, look. I see she has done another blog post since I last checked. She puts me to shame). She's also on Rav as caoimhinross. She has no projects, but 17 yarns. To be honest, I'm not sure she even checks it out now that I'm gone. Feel free to harass her and ask her how the hat is coming along. But she'll need to learn decreases for that...
I have at least three yarn-related items which have come in the mail.
The first was a complete surprise (until I was earburned). I entered my Torquata shawl into Ambah O'Brien's finished items thread in her Rav group, and every month she does a random generated give-away. I won for July and received these fabulous stitch markers and tin. And a little note. How sweet and how unexpected. The tin is perfect for all my stitch markers which I keep on hand. The tin has her little logo on it, and one of the stitch markers is also her logo.
Now that Princess is gone, the Lad finally decided to move to the basement. He wasn't sure about it, but he decided after a number of weeks (she left in July after all) that he was going to move down there. I think that was two weeks ago? Yeah, it was labour day weekend. So what was formerly his room is now my home office and the spare room. I am using the armoire for my shawls and various handknits in one of the drawers. It is also where the overflow comforters and sheets live. We now refer to it as "the puppy room" since I can nap there with all three dogs. I even spent the night there on Thursday.
There's also space beside the bed for the hanging rack to dry the hand wash. Win win.
The armoire (the yarnoire) is on the third wall, but you can't really see the wall. Here it is with the Stripe Study shawl.
One of the advantages of the puppy room is that it has a good view of the back. We've had lots of good sky lately.
Wait, hang on, you say. What was that about a Stripe Study shawl?
Yes, this was back in July. I was originally going to do the Shawl of Destiny, but it just wasn't doing it for me. I wanted to use some of my Sweet Georgia Silk Crush (again with the CanadaKal). I was originally going to use Bison, Coral Rose and China Doll. But then after a bunch of rows of the Shawl of Destiny, I frogged it and decided to start again.
So I decided on the Stripe Study shawl by Veera Valimaki. The coincidence in the colourways was just that - coincidence. I have other plans for my Jade, Melon and Raspberry Silk Crush yarns.
My knitting book says I started on July 27 and finished September 9, 2016.
My notes say, "I realize I don't love garter stitch." That's true. To be honest, I prefer the look of stockinette. And I don't abhor purling, which many people do. See my previous musings where I theorize that Continental style knitters don't like to purl. For English style knitting, it's really no different from the knit stitch.
Anyway, the pattern was fine, but it is indeed asymmetrical. You use short row shaping to make the bigger side of the shawl. I like the fact that I can actually carry both yarns up the side (because all that starts on the non-asymmetrical side).
The Coral Rose is a beautiful colour, but the Bison was darker than my Cashluxe Fine skein of Bison. This was more of a chocolate.
The yarn is a bit splitty. And there were tons of slubs and knots and whatnot in the Bison skein. The Coral Rose skein was all right, but the Bison was a bit of a nightmare. If it had been the only skein of this yarn I had ever knit, then I would never use it again. As it is, I just got a bad skein.
Okay, rage interlude here. I am attempting to update my Apple Watch software because now that Princess has convinced me to go to the latest iOs on my phone, it now insists that I have to do the update. Which is fine. But. This watch has been twitchy ever since I bought it. It is hard to get it to update things and loading music on to it takes FOR. EV. ER. So I don't bother. My wireless headphones won't sync with it. And so I tried to do the update and it failed. So I went to exit that function and it told me it would unpair the watch. Fine and dandy. I can always re-pair it. Or so I thought.
I've been trying. And trying. And it keeps failing. It keeps telling me "Pairing failed" and that I need to move closer to the router or to a WiFi source. Well, I can tell you, my wifi is at full strength and both the watch and the phone are about 24" from the router. So I don't know what more the stupid thing needs. I am seriously pissed. If I have to take a trip to the Apple Store tonight I am going to be even more pissed. (Is the mall open until 9 on Saturdays? I don't even know).
Okay, it's 10:30 at night. And I am STILL trying to get my phone to update my watch software. I took it in to the Apple Store (where I had to wait for an hour for an appointment and then another half hour to wait once I got to the genius bar). It took Buddy a bit of time but he said it was installing and should take about an hour. That was almost four hours ago. But my wifi keeps disconnecting, so it seems to reset every time it does that.
I'm full of anger at the Apple watch. As a product i'd give it a 5 or 6 out of 10. I love my iMac and my phone. But not the watch.
Okay, back to the yarn.
But first, here's a fun shot of the sculpture and flowers outside the Bicycle Thief restaurant.
My July, August and September yarns from the Yarn Enabler Pencil Crayon of the Month Club arrived yesterday.
None of them have any names, and I have no clue which one is for which month. TBH, I think she forgot about me. I had to send an email asking where they were since they didn't seem to ship out with the others in August. I'm calling them periwinkle, teal and squash blossom. I don't think I'll join again next year.
I also got 2 skeins I had ordered from String Theory. They were both new colours - Oxygen Crisis and Anti-Muon. I really want Hydra, but I need a haircut, so Hydra will have to wait.
Right... back to the shawl.
Before I got distracted by my Apple rage, I was talking about my Stripe Study shawl. I think I was at the point where I was underwhelmed by the yarn. The pattern is okay. It was kind of an enjoyable knit, even though it took me forever. But that was because I had to put it down and didn't pick it up again until after I got back from vacation. I tend to be shawlmonogamous.
Pictures today. Still not blocked. In fact, now it's in the yarnoire, so it will likely not be blocked any time soon.
Note the cute pugglebutt there.
I have finished a single pair of socks. It's the socks which I started on my vacation. They're now finally done. The yarn is Pixie Dust from Kaleidoscope Dyeworks (another Canadian dyer - another entry for the CanadaKal). The yarn is pretty good. It's an 80/20 and is reasonably plump. It's not terribly tightly twisted, but it's okay. These are plain vanilla socks. One is very much more speckled than the other.
These will be for Princess. In fact, I can use them to pack around her poultry seasoning and her replacement Sephora nail file.
Yes, I do love these speckledy yarns.
The other thing I am unsatisfied with is the socks I was working on for Princess's boyfriend. They were just a garter rib. I used Hazel Knits Artisan in Spruce, which was an old club colourway.
But I ran out of yarn on the foot of the second sock.
I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm supremely irritated. I don't really want to do half a foot in a different yarn. What I think I'm going to do is wait until my irritation has subsided and then I'll do another pair of socks for G-Man out of a different yarn. Perhaps I'll use Wollmeise or maybe something with a 463 yardage.
GO AWAY FRUIT FLIES AND LEAVE ME AND MY GLASS OF WINE ALONE. Little bastards.
My phone now says 26 minutes remaining to download the current phone software. But those are Apple minutes and not real minutes. This may be done by midnight.
I was quite saddened to see Vicky (birdlegbags) mention on Instagram that Maegan of The Cyborg's Craft Room died unexpectedly. There's a #formaegankal going on. I have cast on a sock in Where Dreams Become Reality. I can't take a picture until after my phone is released from being held hostage to this wretched Watch update.
But I have to say, the yarn is amazing. Mine is in the Assockilate base. It's short repeats of colour and there are oodles of them. It's not even pooling or flashing, and I've done a heel flap and gusset. What an absolute shame. I'm glad I have several skeins in my stash.
I'm not sure what my next shawl will be. It might be Asunder by Lisa Mutch, and it might be Kisses on the Seashore by Joji Locatelli. I have both patterns.
Okay, it's late. I am going to try to finish the sock and then figure out my next shawl plan of attack.
Happy knitting and happy fall.