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.

Look what I found

I was wandering around the devil’s distraction (also known as Pintrest) when I happened upon an archived book called The Art of Knitting published in 1892.

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I thought you might like to have a look too so I added a link to the book title.  I can’t tell you how pleased I am that these books are archived on the internet!  What a resource!  Modern times definitely have perks!

I barely got 5 pages in and I found some wonderful knitting stitches.  Gorgeous! My creative mind was thinking I can make this or that with these stitches! (This is one of the reasons why I can’t finish things!)

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I encourage all my knitting friends to hop on over there and check it out!

 

 

Making my free time mean something

The reduced hours at work are starting to take effect and I had a day off this week.  I used it wisely.  I cleaned out 4 cupboards.  One was just a mess and now it is sorted. One opened up space so all of my candles can be stored in one spot. And two are now empty (future plans for them still in the works).  They used to hold unfinished projects.  I moved them into my son’s old room.  I got real with myself about 2 of those UFO’s and unraveled them.

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Some of that crap is just nasty and will get donated to charity.  Some of it is less nasty and it might be made into toys.  Not sure yet.

My dog got a hair cut “a la mommy”.  Cute alert.

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It is the dog version of a bowl cut.  Uneven ears, stray strands hanging out.  I’m on a budget and she wont sit still.  Better than letting her become like a sheep that missed shearing day.

I also made some progress on the dark modern version of the counterpane I saw at a local museum.

Museum version.

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My version.

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The above photo shows where I left off.  I made 4 more blocks.  I think the blocks are lovely.  A bit hard to see the detail but still nice.

I’m proud of myself!

 

 

 

Completed project and progress on goals!

I have spent my New Years Day parked on the couch but I have not been unproductive!  I had dug up a UFO after finishing my last project and I found it was almost done!  Anyone else have this happen?  Only a few hours of work away from finishing a project and then- SCREECH!-motivation vanishes and the work comes to a grinding halt and then sits there, literally for YEARS! I have no idea why this is so for me.  Anyway today I finished a project.  When I started it, I had intended to put it in my friends craft sale and see what happens to it but now that my boys are grown, I may put it in my hope chest.  My “I hope to be a grandma chest”.

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In keeping with my “shrink the UFO pile” goal for this year, I reached into the pile and randomly pulled out a bag.  The bag contains a project that uses double point needles and is based off of a knitted counterpane I have seen in one of the house museums I like to go to. 75

Mine will be in black with some sort of acrylic yarn so not exactly the same and not very Victorian.  Anyway, when I checked the bag, one of the needles had gone missing which led to a clean out of the basket where I keep all my needles.  I didn’t find the needle but apparently I had been given a whole new set of that size when my mom cleaned out her crap so yeah!  The project is back on track, the needle basket is cleaned out and my new year is on track for working on the UFO pile and cleaning out the storage areas in my house.

 

Completed projects: year in review

I like these posts.  I’m always surprised at how much I’ve actually done in a year!  So lets see if this year holds true-in spite of the extra stresses and giving up on Historical Sew Monthly.

Lets start with the non wearable items: rock painting.

Next up: modern sewing projects.

Modern knitting and crochet.  There were quite a few of these, including one where I spun the wool myself.

There were a few historical knitting projects.

There were not as many historical sewing projects as in years past but more than I thought!

The total is 25 which works about to be about 2 a month.  Not to shabby!  I’m happy with that.

I hope for myself another productive year and I wish it for you readers as well.  I also wish happiness and peace!

 

Completed project: cowl

I have a million scarves and cowls already but I live in a cold climate and the jewel tones of this wool were too divine to pass up.  (Plus the wool was on sale so was I really breaking my rule: “no new wool till I finish what I have”?)

I did it in a plain knit so it was easy on the brain an eyes and quick to make up.  The camera washed the colors out a bit.  The color at the top is closer to what is true.

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I have 4 days off work this Christmas holiday so I hope to create something more historical.  I’m thinking an Edwardian hat.  Cross your fingers.