Stitch, Snow, and Such...


Ah, the soothing power of textiles... Stitch of all sorts has lifted the week here, where SNOW has been a big thing to tackle!  A new project is on my knitting needles...for winter comfort and, hopefully, winter use.

Yes, knitting! Just before Christmas, I was generously gifted by my lovely, long-time blog friend Melanie with several skeins of beautiful lilac/lavender blue acrylic yarn. Enough to make a garment. Acrylic isn’t usually my first choice for garments, but with so much… why not??!! So I'm knitting an Allegra Jacket. A simply styled open-front cardi, which I'm hoping will be a nice multi-season piece for my wardrobe. Knit cuff to cuff in one piece, a little seaming… We’ll see how long it takes me! :/ Just finishing the first cuff, and beginning pattern set up/shaping…  I have posted the project on my Ravely page, but I'm still having trouble linking to my projects there, and I'm not sure why. If you'd like to see my projects and details, you can find me at Ravelry as PinkMagic


Homekeeping... This week I did a little sewing. From two fat quarters, I made this quartet of simple, small drawstring bags in two sizes. These will be for kitchen/fridge use to hold anything from cheese, vegetables, pieces of ginger, etc. The Bee's Wrap sheets I purchased Stateside back in October are great, but having only a few (and they are expensive), I'm needing to find other ways to store/keep food plastic-free. I will likely be sewing up more bags like these...


Rippling along... My Ocean Ripple Blanket continues to grow.. and I'm about halfway toward finish...It's the largest blanket I've made, and will fit across our bed. It's not easy to photograph at this stage!


Reuse-recycle... Not sure if I showed you this idea. I store larger yarn projects--between work/rows--in old pillowcases. A kind of big work bag. This keeps them tidy and a little less dusty, as they sit in the basket by my comfy chair, waiting for me to pick them up of an evening. (The new knit jacket in progress also has its own pillowcase-work bag.)


And in other stitching... Something I'm just starting, is this little needlepoint kit, which was kindly given to me as a gift. It features a portion of the wonderful Strawberry Thief motif by William Morris --a great creative hero of mine! I've not done needle point, or cross stitch, either, for a long time... so nice with the change of stitch to mix it up a bit!


Tea time with the Lord!! ...This has absolutely nothing to do with stitch, but everything to do with keeping all my fluff in place as we are deep in winter now... *sigh* ...


The view from here... 18 inches/40-50 cm snow fell between Monday and Tuesday earlier this week. We're just about getting back to something that feels normal, after dealing with all the white stuff. The roads are clear enough now. But sidewalks/foot paths are not so easy to get around, so walking is a bit of a challenge at the moment. We are meeting friends in Oslo tomorrow, Saturday, and it will be interesting to see how it will be getting around the big city with so much snow... :/  *sigh*... I think I'd better pour another cup of tea...

With busy weekend ahead, I may be slow to update comments, replies, email, etc... But will meet you soon...

How are things in your corner of the world right now?! 




Comments

  1. I LOVE that pattern! and the blue/violet looks perfect for the project....beautiful. I just finished a little baby sweater in acrylic (which, like you, is NOT my favorite) but it wasn't quite the awful feeling knit I had expected. I think acrylic has come a long way! Such great ideas...love the pillow case one!
    And William Morris (sigh) did he ever create anything that wasn't a total winner. Enjoy the design.
    Wimpy us are digging out from about 8" of snow and subfreezing temps. Schools have been closed ALL week!! Main roads are finally passable. We simply don't know how to handle the stuff here in the south!!!!

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    1. Acrylic actually has come a long way I think, Steph. The yarns I'm using for the ripple blanket are acrylic too... but then acrylic is rather good for a blanket sometimes. For baby knits it's a good option, since they get a fair bit of wear, tear and growing out of. William Morris... I just love him! How did he do all that he did?! A true renaissance man! In spite of thr school schools and such have been going... Train service and such has been wonky, but we're keeping up. You sure have got winter there this year! Be warm... keep safe!

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  2. this reminds me of my three years of living in far northern Minnesota.
    40 below zero F for days on end. and snow measured in feet not inches!
    still... it was beautiful nonetheless.
    though just made you want to hibernate.
    be safe on your journey to Oslo and have fun! and I know you will! :) ♥

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    1. Pretty soon we'll be closing in on 2ft of snow... oh, I hope not! :/ Thanks for the fun wishes, Tammy! :)))

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  3. Lovely catching up with all your goings on. That yarn is such a pretty colour and it will ge lovely to see the finished project. Your bags are such a great idea. I bought some beeswax so I can make some of my wraps. The beeswax was not that expensive actually, so I hope it works. That snow is so pretty, but I know treacherous for getting about in. Your village looks like a fairy land. I hope you and TJ have a great day in Oslo! Love and hugs. Xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Marie... :) And we had a great time in Oslo... I will share more in a couple of days, once I get some photos and a new post ready!

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  4. somehow I missed this post! I agree that acrylic yarn has come a long way! A lot of natural fibers are sadly super itchy to me so I appreciate the synthetic ones... you are making beautiful things! can't wait to see the jacket and the blanket is looking lovely and I love the other things you are stitching! So much SNOW!!! Time with the Lord would be a good help for this!!! HUGS! take good care!!!

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  5. You've been VERY productive! Those are some teeny weeny needles. It'll be beautiful, that lovely periwinkle. And I love your ripple blanket and all your stitching. The bags are adorable. Oh, you've been very busy! I especially loved the view from your home -- it's fun to see where my friends live. You treat 18 inches of snow like it was a dusting! That would close us down -- and we live in the north!

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    1. Hi, Jeanie! The knitting needles are 5-US. I have some needles smaller than this, but I'm not happy with very skinny needles. 3/4-US us my tiny limit... LOL! 18 inches snow is a dusting for some here, especially places more north. This feels like a lot for us here at the moment. Not much shuts down for snow though life keeps on ticking! ;)

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  6. Wow, you have some awesome projects that you are working on. I love the pattern for the jacket. I do hope you will model it for sure.
    Making bags to put your fridge items in is a great idea. I was wondering what you would do without using plastic storage bags. I like the bag idea a lot.
    Your blanket looks like it will be lovely; I like the colors.
    I also liked that you made pillow cases to hold your knitting projects; that's a great idea.
    How fun to do different kinds of stitching. My mother used to do needlepoint when I was growing up. I have a few of her works. She was very good at it.
    I loved that you had some time with the Lord. I like the idea of studying with some hot chocolate for me. We try to read from our scriptures daily and it does help bring peace into my heart.
    We got about 10 inches of snow this weekend and it was much needed. I like the beauty of the snow but not walking in it. I do hope you had a lovely trip with your friends. I will look forward to your posts.
    You do inspire me with all the homemaking things you do. You are very creative and talented.
    Sending warm thoughts and hugs your way!

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and thoughts, LeAnn! :) Plastic is such a tricky thing. It's like we're wired to use it, and now having to unlearn it and relearn something else for storage of food and more. Plastic can be very useful, especially in the medical fields. But otherwise, we don't need much of the plastic we use. Oftentimes, instead of plastic wrap, something can be put on a plate and placed in the fridge as is. We don't think about vegetables and things needing to "breath" but they do. So they tend to last longer in the fridge stored in a cloth bag than wrapped up in plastic which seems to speed up the decay process. Well, I could go on and on about plastic, you know... ;)

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  7. Hi dear Tracy, just testing in a different browser ... big hugs!!!

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  8. Yes, you certainly are keeping busy -- that big blanket is going to be gorgeous. I can't imagine all that snow. Years and years ago, we got about an inch in Los Angeles and you'd think the world had ended. We are definitely not set up for severe weather.

    Was cleaning out my reader subscriptions (I use 2 and one is redesigning the format, which is not fun to use, so I'm updating the other) and came across a quilt blogger I used to read (Bonjour Quilts). Beautiful amazing work. While she's inspiring, I know my limits and will simply admire from afar.

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  9. Eventhough it feels cold it really isn't that cold, just damp and rainy. Our daffodils and crocus are beginning to come through the ground. Oh my, but I love when I see that. And I also love, love the blue color of your first knitting projects at the top of this post. Plus love that you are having tea with your day.

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  10. That ripple blanket is just so beautiful!
    I hope you enjoyed your time in Oslo. The Professor and I were looking at a map of Scandinavia this week and were surprised with how close Denmark is to Sweden. And there's a bridge connecting the two countries!

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