Sunday 12 July 2020. #103

Hello friends! This week has been so busy and I’ve been on the road every day. I don’t even remember what I did on which day! This week’s blog will be a little short as I’m in the middle of moving boxes into the garage of the new house. We’re doing that for anything that fits into our two cars in preparation for the move of the big items next weekend. The highlight for the week would have to be spending time with Evie. We spent some quality time together. We went to the park and had some fun on the swings and slippery dips. She’s growing up so quickly and getting very chatty. Her vocabulary is increasing rapidly now and I can understand most of it but it is hard at times to work out what she is asking. I did try out my new deck while waiting for someone to come and measure up.

I’ve had very little time to visit the beaches because I’ve been on the road so much. I only got there the one time this week. I must say it was so nice and I really miss my walks and runs. I’ll be able to get back to that sooner or later. Yesterday, we had lunch at the local boat ramp between loads and it reminded me how much I miss my local area.

House Update: This week has seen a hive of activity at the house. We got to the stage where the main works were complete and all the other bits and pieces were able to be done. Parking in the street was at a premium and on Wednesday someone counted twenty-three cars! The stone tiling in the foyer through to the entry was completed and now just needs a sealer. The kitchen, laundry and vanities are 90% complete, and the stone benchtops were installed in the kitchen and on the vanities. The plumber has reached about 50%, and the driveway, side paths and water tank slab were poured and are pretty much dried through. We only have 5 more sleeps before we get to move home barring any unforeseen issues, like the very bad weather we are expecting tomorrow through to Wednesday or later. The last thing to go in will be the kitchen splashback and I learnt a lot about the different types this week. We are going for a glass splashback with a mirrored effect. There are actually mirrored splashbacks but the one I like uses a particular type of metallic paint that gives a mirrored effect without actually being a full-on mirror. I’m so happy with how everything is looking and can’t wait until we’re in with all the furniture. Our mattresses are coming on Thursday but the lounge won’t be ready for a few weeks yet.

Knitting

My Le Pouf cardigan is now finished. During this week I finished the second sleeve and knitted two and a half inches of band around the fronts and neck. It looks fine but just needs to be blocked to pull out the bands a little. I knit the sleeves with a 4mm nine-inch circular needle that I shared with the Koivua sweater. Now that it’s finished the Le Pouf I’ll be able to move on with that one. It seems I had much less yarn for the second (left) sleeve even though I weighed the skeins when I separated them. They were very small amounts and one gram can make a big difference over several mini balls. I don’t think it will be very noticeable.

Last week I forgot to show the second finished Leaf and Lace baby cardigan. I had finished it early in the week and thought it had actually gone onto the previous week’s blog. One thing I noticed only when I took the photos this morning is that I finished the second set of sleeves differently to the first. I remember thinking of doing a garter finish on the first but decided on the rib as the pattern suggested. I was going to sew in ends on the drive up today but I think I’ll rip the garter rows back and make them match.

I did a few rows on my Habitation throw but not enough to notice the difference in a photo. I think I’ll need to measure one side to see if I’m ready to start the decreases. I have several things to block piling up but they’ll have to wait for the move. Even if I did do them this week, the wet weather will not let them dry.

Spinning

I’ve had less time for spinning this week but I’ve still managed to do some. I’m about halfway through the second 100 grams of my Ixchel fibre batts. I am really enjoying the spinning time even though I haven’t had a lot of time for it. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been so busy – I find it a very relaxing craft. I will be grabbing a bit of time here and there to continue on my Tour de Fleece challenge. The first 100 grams has been plied and skeined but not yet soaked and I haven’t calculated the length and yarn weight yet.

Paraphernalia

This week I listened to a lot of podcasts that had piled up recently while driving up and down the coast. I also finished my audiobook, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. In the end, I really enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to the next one in the series. In the meantime, I will be starting one of the many that I have waiting for me. I started the latest series of Line of Duty on Netflix and got to the season finale when I wasn’t able to stream due to all the people around here for the school holidays blocking up the terrible network. And then I had to drop down on my data download as we have just signed up for our new wifi. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get that going today at the house and I’ll be able to download the episode. I then started watching a series called Unorthodox that I had recently downloaded from Netflix. It’s only a short series but it is proving to be well worth watching.

As I mentioned at the beginning, this is a very short blog this week. I’m really looking forward to moving into the new house and having all my crafts available. That is quite a stretch as it will take me a bit of time to get everything unpacked, sorted and stowed away. There are many crafts I haven’t done for ages and one is dyeing. The last thing I dyed was at least January, though I think it was more like before Christmas sometime! It’s time for me to head off and move some more boxes as it’s going to rain cats and dogs for the next two or three days and I may actually have some time to sit and knit, in between cleaning up the house we’re in and packing in preparation for our exit on Friday. So, until next week, I hope you are all keeping well and have lots of opportunities for your creative pleasures!

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