Yay Socks!

Still trying to decide what my next “big” project will be. So I have cast on some socks.

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No Purl Monkey Socks

This is a lovely Online Supersocke yarn in their “vintage colours” line. I’m doing two at a time.

That’s a big plane

Last week our local airport had a three-day “air fair”.  The middle day had the Snowbirds and a CF18 demonstration team, but we went to Crossfit instead of watching that.  On the Thursday afternoon we drove out to see the static displays.  It ended up being only the B17 on display, but that was okay because that was the big draw for me.

The Commemorative Air Force in the States has a number of vintage war birds that they have restored and maintain in flying condition and they tour the continent.  Three years ago, they had their B25 Miss Mitchell attend a one-day air show here.  This year, it was to be the B17 Sentimental Journey and the B25 Made in the Shade.  Unfortunately, the B25 didn’t make it from its date in Manitoba – mechanical difficulties meant it had to be taken back into the States for some work.

the details!

When we arrived, there weren’t very many people around.  After we finished our walk through, the line up was stretching far.  I wanted to shoo them all away so I could get a nice photo.

B17 Sentimental Journey

As was usual in WWII, the planes all had nose art.  This was Betty Grable.

nose art!

If you click through onto the CAF site, they have info files on each of the planes.  Here’s the pdf for the B17.

The engines

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the ball turret

In the documentation, it tells us that there were seven gunner positions throughout the plane.  The bombardier in the nose also had to man a gun when required.  The ball turret and rear gunner were probably the most precarious.

Bill in the waist section

the cockpit and instrument panel

We really like aviation history and Bill particularly likes WWII history, so whenever we have the chance to see something like this, we will go!  There are more photos on my flickr album here (scroll down to see the plane photos).

“I’ve lost count” Sock Yarn Hat

I had started this hat back in April when I was making sock yarn hats.  It was set aside for the Lush cardigan and the shawl.  I don’t like having multiple projects underway, so put my mind to finishing this before starting something new.

finished!

Ravelry project page is here.  I still had some of these two yarns left over, so have started another hat just to have something on hand in case I need no-mind knitting.

I am still contemplating my next project, but it might be Itineris.

In other news, after a couple of days of cooler temps and some rain, we are back into the 30°C+ range temps and higher humidity.  Blah.  Very thankful for our central air conditioning.

Ava agrees!

Finished the Shawl and a Hat

That certainly took more attempts than it should have.  But I persevered and finished the “Age of Brass and Steam” kerchief/shawlette.

Age of Brass & Steam

Age of Brass & Steam

Ravelry project page is here.  I ended up doing four complete “stocking stitch” sections, and on the fifth one, I stopped after the 7th set of rows because I feared I would run out of yarn.  I had 6 g of yarn left after completing the “final section” and casting off, so good call.

detail

detail

It measures 60″ wide by 20.5 inches deep, blocked.  The fabric is soft and drapey and quite luxurious with the cashmere blend.

Now that it’s complete, I likely would do this pattern again.  I know that I have to pay attention on the purl rows to not forget those extra yarn overs.

Last night I also finally finished a sock yarn hat that I had started April 27 (according to my Ravelry page).  It got set aside to work on the Lush cardigan, then got left at home when I flew to Vancouver, and when I got back, I wanted to conquer the Age of Brass and Steam shawl.

I’ll have photos of that tomorrow.  The one I took last night was not very good.

It’s been a busy month; I’ll write more in the next few days.

Chopper hard at work.

Chopper hard at work.

Will it defeat me?

Before I went on my visit to Vancouver, I started a shawl so I would have a no-brainer project on hand for knitting at the airport, etc. (Rav link: Age of Brass and Steam)

I have had to re-start the damn thing four times.  My stitch count kept being short by one or two stitches whenever I finished a section and actually counted.

The pattern has both yarn overs and “M1″ increases on the right side, and YOs on the purl side.  I suspect I am missing the odd YO on the purl side.  I have now gotten to this point:

Age of Brass & Steam

Age of Brass & Steam

The yarn is really lovely – Sweet Georgia Yarn’s Cashluxe Fine (merino, cashmere sock yarn).

the colour is "rusted"

the colour is “rusted”

I tried to work on it last night, but didn’t feel like it.  I am again out by one stitch.  I know I can make it up during this next section, but to be consistently missing YOs or increases is bothering me.  I’m tempted to rip it out (again) and make a Boneyard shawl.  Love that pattern!

I have been very busy this month with roller derby (something every weekend).  Coming up there is a recruitment event on Sunday, then practices, then another double header on July 11.  I have committed to ref for a couple of other leagues in the province during their season, so have some other dates as well.  Then I think it will slow down a bit.  It’s all great, but man, was it hot on Saturday night when the outside temp was above 30°C, humid and inside the arena was just as stifling.  Blah.

For the past month the northern half of our province has been in dire straits with wild/forest fires raging uncontained.  We have had mornings and evenings where we’d get a whiff of wood smoke, but since early this morning, we have had thick, thick smoke.  Our air quality health index is at 10+ (which is “very bad”).  Hopefully we (and the north) will get some rain soon to cool things down and put some of the fires out.

smokey

smokey

Lush Cardigan finished!

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quick bathroom selfie

I finished the Lush cardigan on the weekend but it took a few days to get some photos.  I was a bit apprehensive about the sizing on this because of my gauge being different than what the pattern called for.  I wanted to use up some yarn I’d had for a while.

Here is my Ravelry project page for it.  The Rowan Felted Tweed DK yarn I used was slightly smaller gauge than what the pattern called for.  So I used the Medium size stitch counts to anticipate having a Small size finished sweater.  The thing that caused me the most concern was the lace panel.  The pattern has you make the lace panel, then you turn it horizontal and pick up stitches on the top and bottom edges to do the collar to neckband/yoke to body.  I felt that the lace panel was just slightly too long and that it would be too loose around the shoulders.  I wanted this to be a close-fitting cardigan, and was worried all the way through working on the sweater that it would be too loose.

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(excuse the “after reffing” hair)

The yoke panel is very nice; I like the detail and how it’s constructed.

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back view

Yoke:

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before final blocking

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back yoke and the waist shaping

There are detailed project and mod notes on my Ravelry page (link above).

Snotty model look!

Snotty model look!

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I tried to show the waist shaping detail, but it’s hard to see.

Overall, I’m quite happy with this, but I would have preferred it be a bit snugger in the yoke and waist.  I chose to go with 3/4 length sleeves because I like the look wth the lace panel.  Full length sleeves would have seemed heavier.  I did have some problems with the sleeves.  I knit the first sleeve then tried it on and it was impossibly snug on my biceps/upper arm.  I left it, then did the second sleeve.  Upon working the second sleeve, I realized I had mis-read the pattern and instead of working the sleeve (from the arm scye) for 4 inches, I had only worked it for 4 rounds.  So the decreases had started much too soon and that’s why it didn’t fit.  Once I’d finished the second sleeve, I ripped out the first and reworked it properly and they fit just right.

So now I have a hat that has been sitting for a while, and the shawl I cast on for travel knitting.  I think I’ll finish those two before I start something new.  But I am looking forward to using up some of my new sock yarn!

The Toothless Wonder

Ever since Rufus came to live with us (i.e. directly off the track), he has had dental issues.  He was given a dental cleaning when he was “under” for his neutering, just before we got him.  When it was time for his next annual vet visit, he had a dental done, and this time he had eight teeth extracted.  He had some gum recession and gingivitis.  After each dental, even with brushing and gel treatments, his teeth were plaqued up within weeks.

Fast forward to his vet appointment last week.  We knew he needed another dental and anticipated several extractions.  Poor fella ended up getting several (20?) extracted and now has 7 teeth left.  His appointment was on Friday, so we’ve been giving him soft foot and his favourite, cottage cheese, over the weekend.  He has been gumming down some kibble, so once his gums heal completely, we’ll see how we’ll feed him.

"I ain't got no teefs."

“I ain’t got no teefs.”

He did pretty well after the procedure, considering how many teeth they removed.  He slept well Friday night and by Saturday afternoon was more like himself.  He’s such a gentle, easy going soul.

Actual Yarn and Knitting Content!

When we last checked in, knittingwise I was on a hat kick.  I didn’t really know what I wanted to work on, so just to have something at hand, I was using up bits and ends of sock yarn and making hats.  I had a few sweater patterns I had found on Pinterest and Ravelry that I was interested in trying, so I went through my yarn and found a suitable choice.

The pattern is Tin Can Knit’s “Lush” Cardigan (Ravelry link). Very interesting design in that you start by working a narrow lace panel which becomes the foundation for the yoke, then the neck/collar is worked from one long edge and the sleeves and body are worked from the other.

The yarn I chose was slightly different weight than what the pattern calls for (I’m using Rowan Felted Tweed DK).  I did a couple of gauge swatches and determined that to get the size and fit I wanted, I was going to have to use the stitch counts for the medium size but the length/row measurements for the small.

I finished the yoke panel and it seemed very long.  After blocking it was even longer.  Many of the pattern notes on Ravelry said not to worry, that it would all work out, etc. so I kept going.  It was difficult to tell until I had knit a considerable amount of the body if it was going to be okay.  I won’t know 100% for sure until I get the button bands done, but it seems like it will all work out in the end.

the yoke with upper body and neckband completed

the yoke with upper body and neckband completed

The pattern does incorporate some waist shaping, but I preferred to use the shaping that I had used on my Flax pullover, so I did so here.  It is so flattering!

All was going along swimmingly, until I finished the first sleeve:

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it’s supposed to be a 3/4 sleeve but it’s too tight!

I had assumed that because the Flax sweater fit so well without tweaking the sleeve circumference, etc. that this would be the same.  I hadn’t even given it a thought as I knit the sleeve.  I decided to continue and knit the second sleeve and see how it felt.  It was during the second sleeve that I realized I had misread the pattern and where it said “knit even for four inches”, I had interpreted that to say “knit even for four rounds“.  Duh.  No wonder it fit poorly.  The sleeve was narrowing right from the armscye and couldn’t accomodate my Crossfit/popeye biceps.

I completed the second sleeve and it fits very nicely, so I have ripped out the first sleeve and am in the process of reknitting it correctly.  I haven’t any buttons picked out yet for this.  There’s not much of a selection where I live, so I may look on etsy to see if I can find something suitable and appealing.

We hit up a couple of my favourite yarn stores in Vancouver, Three Bags Full and Baaad Anna’s.  I have enough sweater yarn in my stash right now (earmarked for specific projects) so I looked mostly at sock yarn.  I’m mentioning it here because I will want to know months later what yarn I got in case I wind it up and lose the labels.

This is Madelinetosh ToshDK that I got for Tin Can Knits Prairie Fire sweater.

I have five skeins of it, the colour is Citrus.

I found a new-to-me sock yarn at Three Bags Full:

Biscotte & Cie, a yarn company out of Quebec.

Great self-striping yarns – I’m really looking forward to using these!

stocked up on some Sweet Georgia Yarns “Tough Love” sock yarn (plus a skein in “lemon curd”)

and some SGY Cashluxe Fine. Soooo cooshy!

I haven’t decided what I’ll start next, once I’ve finished the Lush cardigan.  I still have one sock yarn hat that it in progress, plus I started knitting a shawl so that I had “travel” knitting for my trip, but I haven’t made a lot of progress on that.  I really dislike having a bunch of projects underway at the same time, so quite possibly I will finish those two off before starting something new.

The poopers are doing fine – the boys enjoy going for walks and romps in the back yard and Ava enjoys sleeping on the couch and our bed.  We had Ava and Rufus in for their annual vet appointments last week and they’re both doing great.  Rufie does need to go in for a dental tomorrow, but that is unavoidable.  He just has genetically bad teefers.

I have been doing some work around the house in culling and minimizing and reorganizing, I go to Crossfit four or five times a week, and at least once a week I’m out for derby for several hours.  (Did I mention that I joined the Saskatoon league?)  So busy, busy, busy!  I was at a derby tournament on the weekend and had a great time, learned a lot and got more reffing an officiating experience.

Cranky in action!

Cranky in action!

I know I haven’t been posting much on here; I’m much more active on Facebook (which I prefer to keep to people whom I actually know) but also on Instagram, which you can follow here, if you feel bereft of pooper pics :D

The rest of the trip

was spent watching Terminal City Roller Derby, yarn shopping, Fluevog shopping, hanging out, eating, making great food.

It was again a bit of a challenge to go to a derby game and not be reffing from the stands.  I didn’t know who to cheer for, so I cheered for the zebras.  Ha.

double header with the four house teams

this was in a different venue from the one we went to a couple of years ago (which was a dark hockey arena).  Great viewing experience!

picking up some food in the ‘hood!

Ande made (well, I helped a little wee bit) an amazing supper on Sunday – Black Vinegar Ribs. Recipe here.  We got the pork ribs “country style” so they were big and meaty and delicious.  I will have to make this here some time.

On Saturday and Sunday we went downtown and walked around for a few hours with Bing.  He was exhausted!

poor Bingle!

He does so well in public – everyone loves him and comments on what a handsome lad he is!

Sunday night we tried to take a commemorative selfie:

you can see how well that turned out.

So of course we hit up the Fluevog store on Granville (and also went to the Gastown one to pick up).  I had carefully reviewed the website and decided which ones I wanted to try on.  These shoes were released in the fall when I was in Vancouver, but only in black or red.  They just didn’t appeal to me, but when I saw they had them in some new colours, when I saw this blue, I was all over it!

Fluevog Mezzo “Della”

I put them on right away and wore them for the rest of my trip.  Super comfy and fun!

The other ones that spoke to me were these:

Fluevog Esoteric Temptations “Odette”

Again, very comfy shoes!  They have taken the “Swordfish” toe and put it on a mary jane style pump.

oh, of COURSE I’m buying these!

As always, our favourite Fluevogologist was there to attend to us.  Thanks again, Allan at the Granville store!

I’ll do a separate post about the yarn.

(more photos on flickr)