Hi, friends! I wrote a long Thanksgiving post a few days ago and somehow it’s not in my drafts and I never published it (I was waiting for photos to add and my phone wouldn’t upload for some reason). Sorry . . .
Thanksgiving was hectic and at first quite frustrating, but turned out ok. I stayed with my Aunty and Mum went to a big family gathering at my sister and brother in law’s place. My younger cousin’s girlfriend came for dinner with us, as both my cousins were working up north over the holiday.
The pumpkin pie filling being mixed up.
Pies in the oven.
The stuffed turkey breast we never ate. My sister sent cooked turkey, stuffing and mashed potato, so I gave this to a friend who was in a bad crash a week or so ago and had her car totalled when it was rear-ended and pushed into the back of the pickup truck ahead of her. So all was good in the end. She got one of the pies, too, as my sister kindly sent apple crisp home with Mum (along with loads more leftovers!). It was so thoughtful of her and I’m still enjoying stuffing sandwiches with cranberry sauce for supper every night. I know . . . bread on bread . . . but very yum! and still my favourite treat from the two holiday meals.
The lovely flower arrangement that my cousin’s girlfriend brought for our table.
I think that’s all the photos I had time for that day; it was quite hectic.
On the crafty side, do you remember the Fair Isle style bag that will end up being a knitting bag? It’s coming along nicely, but I still haven’t finished the handles. They are only moss stitch (seed stitch to my English friends ‘k1, p1, then on the way back, knit in the purl stitches and purl in the knit stitches) Not too exciting, and I may have mentioned I often get hung up on finishing projects . . . but not on starting them!
The Fair Isle style bag, which is now well past this point, but I don’t have a current photo.
What I started on the last day of September . . . a project I’ve had in mind for several years. Way back when I was a manager at a Lewiscraft store (a Canadian craft store chain that went out of business around 2005), I was buying Astra yarn by the twos. I was knitting soft teddy bears using doubled yarn and had a fair bit left on each skein at the end. So I began planning to make myself a Fair Isle style cardigan. I bought a dozen skeins of the hot pink colour to use as background and give the whole thing a warm look. I’m not too fond of acrylics, but wool was dear, not available in many colours and also much too thick. This acrylic is not as fine as I’d like, either, but it’s good for learning on. I call this my ‘barn and garden’ sweater . . .
I’m a row or two past this now and the sweater is over a foot long already. I’m planning on a long cardi, past my hips for warmth and a sleeker style. It should look good over jeans, my black pants and my long black A-line-ish skirt. So I have a bit to go yet. But I’m enjoying it very much. In this picture you can see a bit that looks like a country dirt road, running vertically through the pattern. This, in case you don’t know, is a Norwegian ‘steek’. When you knit with wool, it works even better, as acrylic is really a bit slippery for this; but I need to learn and best not on very expensive materials. When the sweater is done to the shoulders, I will have two more steeks, one for each armhole. I will stitch up, then down, right through a row on either side of the centre. This stabilizes the work. Next I will be brave and get out the scissors and, yes, cut right up the middle!!
Then I will fold back the sides of the steek, pick up some stitches and knit the button bands. On the side steeks I will pick up stitches and knit the sleeves. Fun, eh?
Here is a photo of the latest part of the pattern, lying on the book of motifs I borrowed from the library (and I really think I’ll have to buy myself a copy!) It’s not as clear as I’d like, but you get the idea. The horizontal line through the centre of this motif hardly shows in the photo. It’s a bright orange yarn with occasional stitches of bright blue. The blue looked like a good contrast in the skein, but in the knitting is pretty much invisible. So I’m going to have to go over those stitches with a better colour choice later, using duplicate stitch.
Even in this close-up you can’t see the line, really.
This is the book I’m using. I’m choosing motifs as I go along, so this will be a real sampler sweater.
Well, have to go. If I have time later, I may have a few more words, but those will come in a separate post.