The beginning of the week brought a surprise snowfall and four year olds like to follow squirrel's footprints and make cat's faces in the snow but they don't like to wear their hat or jacket...hmmmm. Went skating with my O's grade one class and it was divine!
First and foremost, a Happy New Year to all! The holidays have been pretty quiet and relaxing around here, fiddling around with yarn, a bit of knitting (and a lot of ripping out what I started, but more on that later), walking, window shopping, sewing, and playing. Hope you are enjoying these last few days of winter holiday!
We are still computerless, hence the Insta-photos. Blogsy is awesome, but it still ain't no desktop : )
I'm making three of these for gifts this Christmas, one for my guys and two for their cousins. These days, it's ALL about the stuffies and they're absolutely EVERYWHERE (I even found one in the freezer). Well, no more. Now they can stuff 'em in this bean bag cover and it becomes a chair, a giant soft ball, whatever they want it to be and out of sight at the end of the day. I kind of fudged the pattern from one I saw on Pinterest but upon further searching, I discovered the rollie pollie pattern at danamadeit.com which is available in two sizes. The one I made is a bit big but it holds every last stuffie (happy four year old). Fabric is Ikea.
By the time Santa finally made his appearance at the tail end of the parade, the sun came out and shone as brightly as it can in late autumn. My guys had a curb side seat; they were thrilled. I'm just glad I didn't start crying when the bagpipes passed us; I was too busy watching my youngest dancing to them playing Auld Lang Syne.
Of course, they didn't have Japadog (Vancouver street food - hot dog with teriyaki, Japanese mayo, fried onions and seaweed) when I was a kid but a regular hot dog and frosted malt from the basement of the Hudson's Bay Company rocked my world just fine.
I really can't believe that November is practically over! I feel like I don't have that much to show for it project-wise but I've definitely been trying to make the most of the rainy weather by taking on some reorganizing tasks, trying to make things more functional and accessible for the kids and cleaning out closets and storage rooms. There's also been lots of baking and just hanging around playing, savouring the time before the holiday busyness starts up.
Over the last couple of weeks, I've been experimenting with knitted stitches that create a textured fabric. I settled on a knot stitch for this cowl and the yarn is Ultra Alpaca Bulky, a beautiful wool/alpaca blend. It knits up crazy fast. If you'd like to make your own, I've included the pattern below. Enjoy!
Materials: 2 skeins Ultra Alpaca Bulky or 90 yards of similar gauge yarn and US size 13 (9mm) 24" circular needle, tapestry needle
Gauge: 10 stitches = 4 inches on US size 13 (9mm) needles
CO 58 sts and join to work in the round taking care not to twist sts. Place a marker at first st but around the yarn below it instead of on the needle itself.
set up row: knit
Rnd 1: *mk (make knot - k2tog without slipping sts off needle, then p2tog the same 2 sts), repeat to end of rnd
Rnd 2: knit
Rnd 3: knit 1, *mk, repeat to within 1 st of end of rnd, using last st of this rnd and first st of next rnd, mk
Rnd 4: starting with 2nd st of rnd, knit to end of rnd
Repeat rnds 1 to 4 four times more. Repeat rnds 1 to 3 once more. Next rnd: bind off loosely. Weave in ends with tapestry needle.
We recently visited the Reifel Bird Sanctuary to take a spy at the snow geese on their migration route from Wrangel Island, Russia to California. They were arriving in huge flocks but congregating a little too far away to get any decent pics. The littles just wanted to run along the pathways and feed the ducks and chickadees anyways. I can never get enough of the watery landscape on a sunny day - always a favourite.