Sunday, 19 August 2018

Statistics and Deadlines

The Harrow Fair entry form has to be into the fair office by 8pm on Saturday August 25.  My plan is to head down to Harrow tomorrow afternoon to hand in my entry form and pay my membership fee. 

I have filled out the form and have 31 entries listed.  Of those, 23 are fully completed, 3 have not yet been cast on, 3 are still on the needles and 2 are cast off but need to be assembled and the finishing completed.  I have 10 days before the entries must be delivered to the fair grounds.

Since last week's post I have finished these.



I started and finished these.

Preemie hat and booties made with James C. Brett Baby Shimmer D.K. 90% acrylic and 10% viscose.  I can't tell you what the pattern is.  It is something I photocopied  many years ago and it just says hat and booties.  There is not even a picture.  I didn't photocopy the pattern well either.  The first three sentences on the top of each page were missing so I had to wing it.

I started this on the bus to Listowel.

It is a small shawl in DK weight.  The yarn is Truffles, 80% wool and 20% cashmere.  It has been in my stash for a while so I don't know if the yarn still exists in the outside world.   The pattern is Bellis and I have knit it before.

Here is what I picked up at the Spinrite tent sale.


This from the outlet store in Listowel.

More photos from Listowel.






Those are empty boxes spilling out from the tent.

We stopped at Mary Maxim's in London and I brought these home with me.


The Listowel purchases went under the bus.  The rest came inside with me.  I used the seat belt to keep things from flying around.



I started this after getting home.


I am going to leave you with pictures of my garden and dogs to keep you amused while I go back to my comfy chair and knit like mad.






Sunday, 12 August 2018

Almost Time

The Harrow Fair entries have to be in to the fair on August 29.  That is only 17 days away.  So far I have 24 entries.  21 are completed, one is in knitting progress and 2 still need the finishing touches.  I have a list of 6 items I would still like to make.  If I don't, the world is not going to end.  There is always next year.  I have loaded my file for the entries here.

I completed a non-entry.


Paton's Kroy in Camo Colors, my sock recipe.  I just had to complete my "take everywhere"  socks  as I needed the needles for this.

I started a pair of children's socks.  I am making it up as I go.  Here is a close up of the patterning.


In keeping with the Christmas theme I am adding evergreen trees to both the front and back.

I made myself felted slippers earlier so I made children's slippers for the slipper category.  They are green


to keep with the fair theme.  I also have pooches on my mind (see below).


The design is from one of my favourite pattern books for children and babies.  Cutest Ever Baby Knits by Val Pierce.  I have knit a number of the patterns in this book. My only complaint is that each pattern is only one size. 

These are also from the same book.





I started this Christmas Theme item below way back soon after the 2017 fair ended.  It stalled as I tried to decide what to put on it.  I recently decided it is done.  My friend A. agrees.  There is no pattern.  I just kept using patterns I had for the various components except the ring cover.  That I made up to fit the styrofoam ring I bought at Michael's.

It is done.



The little guy in the background is Hamlet.  He is the latest addition to our family. 



He is a cairn Terrier 9 going on 10 years old.  He is a rescue from the Ontario and Eastern Region of the Cairn Terrier Club of Canada.  He and Harley are getting along fine although there are times they are still working it out.  (Sometimes it means that they are peeing it out - males!!!).  It helps that Hamlet is a go with the flow kind of guy.

I am delighted with this baby blanket.


I could not find a pattern for what I wanted to make.  Instead I found this pattern for a wall hanging and added rows to the bottom and top and stitches to each side.  Somehow I halved the rows needed for the top and bottom twice and blanket was coming out wider than tall.  I had lunch with my friend A.  I was outlining my options for fixing this near fatal mistake.  I did not want to have to rip back and start over.  I was thinking of cutting off the garter stitch bottom border and picking up stitches to add rows going down.  A. suggested I simply add more sky and more snowflakes to that sky.  So I went home, charted it out and added sky.  The blanket came out square more or less which is just fine.

The yarn was a special purchase at Mary Maxim's a couple of years ago.  It is their Mary Maxim Baby DK Sport, 55% acrylic and 45% polyamide in white.

This baby will be winging its way to New Brunswick after the fair to warm my great grand baby.  I became a great grandmother as of a few hours ago.  Its a boy, no name given yet.

I have wanted to make this one for many years now.  It is a vest.


Under the tree is a pocket for the battery pack for the lights.  They light up!  I found a chart for the tree on a pattern for some other sweater I found at Len's Mill Store in London.  The presents are from a chart in one of my stitch pattern books.  I used a basic vest pattern also picked up at Len's Mill Store with some modifications.  My friend A. is getting this after the fair.  She has been my Christmas consultant for the last year and her enthusiasm for this theme has kept me going.  She has chosen the decorations to be added to the tree.  It is one of my works that still needs to be finished.

All the yarn is Paton's Classic Wool Superwash DK although some is their former discontinued same yarn different name from my stash.

I am heading to the Listowel tent sale on Thursday on a bus trip.  I always think of a trip to Listowel to the Spinrite factory outlet as a yarn orgy.  It is so much fun at the time.  Afterwards you feel a bit sick.  The only thought running through your head as you try to find space to store it all is, "What was I thinking?"  I can't wait!


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Catching Up

It has been a long time since I posted.  My busy season at work hit and I was working 7 days a week until the end of April.  Any free time was for napping and knitting.

I went to part-time in May but ended up sleeping my days away and trying to catch up on bills, gardening and appointments.  I found I wanted to knit more than write about it.  June pretty much followed the pattern set in July.

I took some time to fly to Baltimore to visit my brother.  I spent most of the time sleeping.  He came down with a cold and wanted to sleep.  Suited me fine as that is exactly what I wanted to do too.

Hubby and I welcomed Harley into our lives.  He is nine years old and is a mixed breed.  I mixture of what we can only guess at.  His personality is all terrier.




We are still getting to know each other.  We have given him two nicknames so far.  Squirt and Mr. Crankypants.  Only he knows what he calls us.

The problem with taking this much time between posts is that I can't remember what items I have posted about.  I have put items away in the drawer and don't know if I took photos first or blogged about it.

I will try and catch up.

The dishcloth category:

This was a pattern on the Lily Sugar'n Cream website.  Too bad for them I used Bernat Handicrafter.  I swear everytime I made a trip to the city, I stopped at Michaels for more of this cotton.  I was having brain farts and could not remember what colours I needed so I would pick up different colours.  I have enough yarn for this category for the next few years now.

The fingering weight shawl category:



The pattern is Rayna.  It uses one skein of fingering weight yarn, approximately 400 yards.  I used a skein of Yarn Indulgences, yarn from and indie dyer, I picked up in Picton.  Oh yeah, in May my friend C and I went to the Picton Fibre Fest.  We spent the weekend in Picton in a house we rented and had just a lovely time.  I got a lot of sleep including an afternoon nap on Saturday.

I find I like to wear a small shawl to work rather than jewellery and this shawl is a perfect size for that.

The felted category:


These are elf slippers from the Patons book Next Steps Four.  Ignore the price at Amazon.  This booklet is widely available.  I think is is $6.99 at Len's Mill Store.  I used Patons Classic Wool from my stash.  I made the extra large size and ran it through my washing machine twice to make sure the fabric was fully felted.  These are for me.  I wore out my last pair this spring.

The Single Baby item category:



I am expecting a great grandson at the end of July, beginning of August.  This pattern is the jacket on the cover of a King Cole booklet 623 I have had for years.  I can't find a link for this booklet and I put the booklet away and can't find it either!  I used Patons Classic Superwash DK in Denim for this project.  I went to visit my Mom the first week in July.  We seached all over Niagara Falls and St. Catharines looking for the right buttons.  I found them at Len's Mill Store in London on my way home.

Novelty Yarn category:




This is the Jewel Wrap.  It is a triangle shawl.  I picked up the pattern and yarn as a kit at the Picton Fibre Fest.  It was a quick knit.  Again I plan to wear this in place of jewellery.  I also plan to knit more from similar yarn in my stash.

The Child's Vest category:



I am quite proud of this little number.  I used a basic vest pattern from Little Sweet Peas published by Sirdar.  I added the tree from a chart I found on Ravelry.  I finished it off with various buttons I had acquired along the way and some jingle bells I had in my sewing supplies.

The yarn is more of the Paton's Classic Superwash DK.

I may have missed some projects.  I know I knit some socks along the way.  I suspect I gave them away before I got out my camera.

Current project:

I plan to send this one to the great grand baby after the fair.



I found a pattern for a wall hanging for a tree.  I took the pattern and worked out how to add extra width and length for a baby blanket.  I am using Mary Maxim DK.  The yarn is 100% acrylic.  The colour is Aran but my camera wants to make it blue.  I am 3/4 done.  I keep knitting on it instead of working on other things I should be doing.

Oh I did forget one project that is finished.  The novelty purse category:




The purse is a mixture of patterns I put together.  The yarn is Patons Country Garden superwash DK (alas, now discontinued) and Patons Classic Superwash DK.  The bag is lined with cotton from the Sewing Store in Essex.

Hopefully I will have an epiphany on what to write about next week while I am walking Harley.