I added this project to my Ravelry page when I didn’t have the pattern in front of me. I knew it was some odd name, in my mind it came up as “Orange Surprise”. The actual pattern is called “Pink Memories”. 😀
I had this Madelinetosh Tosh DK that I had bought years ago to make a short sleeved sweater. I decided I wanted to use it for this, so I had to source come other yarn so I would have enough. I found some at Hawthorne and Wool and love how it complements the orange.
I made my usual modifications to the sweater (longer in the torso, longer in the sleeves). Instead of doing the colourblock option that the pattern has, I decided to add some contrast colour stripes/bands. I like how it turned out.
I also did my preferred method of waist shaping. The original pattern calls for an A-line shaped body, but I didn’t want that. It also has garter stitch sections, and a pocket. I ignored all of those.
Again, I was off with my measurements and it’s a bit roomier than I had anticipated. I washed the sweater when I got back from my trip to Vancouver, and it became quite loose and drapey. I put it in the dryer for a while and that tightened things up a bit.
The colour of the yarns is most like the second photo.
The yarn was nice to work with, but the orange bled a lot onto my hands and needles. It certainly is different after washing. I am starting a new project with another colourway of this same yarn, so I did my gauge swatch and then washed it and dried flat. It bloomed and softened.
I haven’t given this blog any attention for months and months. It took us a while to adjust to having a household without Ava. The boys were sad for a while, and looked for her for a few weeks after.
We took a short road trip end of September to Duluth, just to see what was there. Unfortunately (for me) they were having a heat wave and the temp one day was 39°C, and that was down by the lake. Ugh. I didn’t enjoy that very much. We decided to go the end of September anticipating lovely cool autumn days, but that didn’t happen. It was fun to get out of town and do some driving, though. But always nice to get back home. Chopper did better on this trip than he did his first one in 2014 (just weeks after he came home to us), but he is definitely a homebody dog. Not as seasoned traveler like the rest of our hounds have been.
We had a nice drive once we got past Winnipeg. Boring flat southern Canada. We decided to go via Kenora, Ontario, then south through Sioux Lookout, etc.
I’ve been trying do spend more time in creative pursuits. I’ve started learning watercolour painting. That’s really hit and miss, but I enjoy working at it. Have done some knitting as well. I will make some individual posts with some of the projects I’ve done recently.
March 1, hopefully we will start to see some milder temps and weather. This winter has been horrible for wind and extreme temperatures. 😦
Ooops – I didn’t realize it had been this long since I posted.
I took off to Vancouver for my birthday and spent four days with Ande. We had a great time. It was blue skies and sunny when I arrived, but by the next morning, it was mostly showery for the next couple of days.
We headed out to Victoria for the day on Friday – DeHavilland Twin Otter over in the rain, and a Turbo Single Otter on the evening flight back. We flew Harbour Air from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria and were on foot for the day.
Ande is not comfortable on small planes, but she was a trooper! I love float planes!
We did a ton of walking around downtown Victoria, did a couple of self-guided historic walking tours. We spent a couple of hours at the Royal BC Museum; always a fun time. And we had afternoon (fancy) tea at The Empress Hotel. Very posh.
As we had been up since 6 and walked all morning, we were ravenous and almost forgot to get a photo of our delightful tea:
Those scones were soooo good!
I took some photos which are in my flickr album here. We had a great four days. Lots of Bing time and snuggles, and we had a pug that stayed for the weekend. We went to a Jamaican picnic where I had Goat Head soup; we had Chinese hot pot; went to Dayton Boots for custom made boots. Hit up the Roundel for a fantastic brunch. Managed to find a yarn store and bought some yarn. Spent some quality time at Ande’s beautiful condo. I finished knitting a mitten. I had a direct flight back from YVR so spent the $$ to upgrade to a “plus” seat so I had some leg room.
As part of our Sunday Funday aka “active recovery” days, we decided to drive somewhere, take a ferry, and see something. We packed a big cooler full of good eats and hit the road in the van. Gorgeous sunny day, not too hot. I had looked up Fort Carlton and the website I saw said it was open. We took a circuitous route which involved a ferry, a religious shrine (detoured) and the Fort. Which wasn’t open on weekends after all (not until July). Hmmpht.
Such a beautiful valley near the river.
We explored what we could at the Fort, then had our delicious picnic lunch before heading out again. We decided to not follow the map and just drove to see where the road went. We got to the pretty much abandoned hamlet of Carlton nearby. More pics are in the album here. We walked around. Interesting, but eerie. We took a few turns here and there and ended up coming out at Rosthern. So we stopped and had a look at the visitor center (closed).
Did some light deadlifts.
We then stopped at the Valley Regional Park to give the zip line a try (and have a pee).
And we stopped in at Duck Lake and had a look at Russell Hanson’s museum. Really interesting stop to make. We drive past it all the time; I’m glad we had a look. We plan to do more of these little day trips throughout the summer.