Completed blanket for a baby I don’t have.

It is very fuzzy and pleasant to knit up. I’m very tactile when I knit. The yarn has to feel nice.

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Doors Open 2019

This past weekend was Doors Open in Winnipeg.  On the Saturday I showed the kitchen of Dalnavert House to the guests and I showed the Costume Museum’s display of 1919 clothes (you guys already got a sneak peek of those items.)

On the Sunday I was at the Vaughan street jail.  I wore my olive dress for both days but only had time and opportunity to get photos on the Sunday at the jail.

This is the whole Sunday crew.  Such a fun bunch of folks! But what was my facial expression?  I look like I am having a most satisfying fart.

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We had the line ups hold strike signs in honor of the strike of 1919 and I do want you to notice our Mountie and the home made horse.  So cute and funny!

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I tried to get a couple of good photos of Olive in action.  I shall have to try again.  My petticoat was in sore need of starching apparently!

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The bodice could benefit from a ruffled corset cover to keep it from riding up and sitting on top of the girls.  I never did move those stupid buttons on the bodice up.  Still on the need to do list.

At least the shawl I knit got a good use as it was freezing in the jail.

Some of the things one contemplates as one waits for the next batch of tourists….

How does the bird poop end up on that window sill with the next building less than an arms length away?

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Note pigeon shape in the upper portion of the window.

How many years worth of pigeon poop are these 2 piles?

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Piping done

Everything is cut out and the piping is made so next available day the sewing will commence.  IMG_20190324_174237586.jpg

I got some more de-cluttering done and now my sewing space is fit to actually work in.

In my cleaning up, I found a lost item…again. My pocket watch.

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In other productivity news, I used up some wool and made a mitt.  I wonder how many days/weeks/months/years it will take me to make the mate?

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Canadian cloud finished

Canadian clouds are a Victorian thing.  They are basically thin shawls or fat scarfs for the head.  Any stitch pattern seems to be what was practiced but it should come across as light and fluffy, like a cloud.  I finished mine.  Well, basically I finished it because I ran out of wool.  I’d really like the thing to be longer…at least 1 ball longer.  Two balls wasn’t enough BUT I think it is good enough.  It will do the trick.  I don’t often costume in the winter so this isn’t a crisis.

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You have to be chubby to survive our winters

Another day at home.  If I don’t think about the lost income, I can get to like this.  I’m on my couch knitting up a storm…after last nights snow storm.  Okay, not really a storm, just a dump of snow on top of nasty cold weather.  I’m just glad I’m in here and not out there!

I’ve made some progress on my cloud.

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If I get bored with that, I move to the black counterpane.  I’ve added another 4 blocks to that.

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If I get sleepy or if I get involved in a complex plot on Netflix, I switch to a baby blanket that is a simple repetitive crochet stitch.

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And every once in awhile, I look up and out my living room window.

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We have several bushes in the front yard that the birds seem to LOVE.  There are usually dozens of them in there.  In the summer, you can’t see them because of the leaves…only hear them.  In the winter, you can’t miss them because they are chubby little pork chops.

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I caught one in mid flight!  How does that non aerodynamic blob fly? (To bad I chopped his head off).

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Distraction…so worth it!

As you may recall, last week I posted about an on line knitting book I found.

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I also commented that I liked one of the patterns suggested for a Canadian cloud.

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It is the one in the middle of the left hand page. Finding a couple of balls of fine wool during my clean and purge work, led me to abandon my current projects (again) and start a new one.

As is normal, the instructions are a bit vague and some trial and error is typical.  The instructions read.

Use #6 needles.  I have no idea what that is.  I used 5.5 metric 9 US needles with fine lace weight wool.  The idea behind clouds is loose and airy.  Cast on even stitches.  That didn’t work out so well.  I used multiples of 3 plus 4.

First row: knit.  That is straight forward.

Second row: Slip one, knit one.  * Wool in front of needle, insert needle under three stitches and knit as one. Repeat from * to the end of the row.

Second row translation: Slip one, knit one (this creates the edge of the cloud) *Yarn over the right needle (I did front to back)Knit 3 stitches together.  (I found it too tight to do that so I slipped the next stitch, knit one, pull the slipped stitch over the knit stitch and off the needle.  Move the knit stitch back onto the left needle, pull the second stitch on the left needle over the first stitch and off the needle, move the first stitch on the left needle back onto the right needle.) Repeat from * to the last 2 stitches.  Knit last two stitches.

Third row reads: knit 2 * k1 out of the put over thread, purl 1, knit 1 repeat from *

Third row translation: this is where I guessed.  You could knit the first 2 stitches or you could slip one, knit one. (which is what I did).  *Knit 1 into the yarn over stitch but don’t pull it off the needle! Purl one onto the same yarn over thread and pull it off the needle.  Knit one. Repeat from * to the last two stitches.  Knit 2.

Fourth, Fifth and Sixth row reads: knit all three rows.

What I did: I slipped the first stitch on each of these rows to keep the pattern of the edge.

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The drawing in the book looks more like a stocking stitch.  If I do this again, I will be more careful about changing the instructions so that I am alternating each row with knits and purls to make it smooth on one side (stocking stitch).  But a cloud wrapped around the head will look fine with both sides of the work looking the same.