Day 98

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Ok, so we’re back with the scheduled program today.

The blanket plan had me knitting a trapezoid for yesterday. Simple enough pattern but this time I needed to join it angled side to the angled side of day 96’s trapezoid. The solution was easier than I’d expected.  I’m not going to put the whole pattern here because I only made a minor, repeated change to make this work. The full pattern for this shape is on day 13.

The change that I made is at the end of every odd numbered row (rows 1, 3, 5 etcetc).

You’ll want to pick up/cast on the 47sts of the base and the right hand side.

For row 1 – k14, (slip 2 sts, k1, pass 2 slip stitches over),  k27, k2tog. You will have one stitch left on the left hand needle. Slip this stitch, pick up the nearest stitch from day 96’s trapezoid and knit this stitch, pass the slipped stitch over.

NB – you’re going to pick the stitch up as you have been doing for the rest of the blanket. It’s the stitch “leg” that shows between 2 ridges.

Turn and knit the next row (row 2).

For row 3 – k13, (slip 2 sts, k1, pass 2 slip stitches over),  k25, k2tog, slip last stitch, pick one up from day 96, pass slipped stitch over.

Keep going like this – working the pattern to the last stitch, pick up and work those 2 stitches together. On the last row , when you only have 3 left, slip 3 together, pick up and knit the last stitch on the angled side of day 96’s trapezoid then pass all three slipped stitches over it.

Ta-dah! All done except for the sewing in.

day 97-98

Today’s blanket piece is a simple square, knit in the same yarn as the trapezoid but further along the repeat. They don’t look like they’re the same yarn, do they?

Music for today…… The song most forward in my mind  is a very appropriate but very swear-y song by Limp Bizkit so I will be choosing something else. Something completely different in fact.

We’ve been enjoying some incredible summer weather here in St Albans for the last couple of months so let’s have a summer-y song. It’s another Stooshe tune – ‘My Man Music’. Bar B Que’s and dancing with friends in late afternoon sunshine with a caribbean lilt. Sounds good to me.

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Day 83

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Why, oh why, is the allure of a new project so much stronger than the satisfaction of finishing an existing project? And why is that allure strongest when you are within a handful of rows from finishing something?!

I’m going to blame Ravelry. I have always had many proverbial irons in the fire but they were each from a different craft style. Now, because of the database of patterns and member projects on Ravelry, I have more projects than I care to admit to but I can assure that each will get finished by me…. at some point.

The problem, specifically, is this shawl :

Suvi’s Sunburst Shawl

I adore Art Deco and this is based on an Art Deco stained glass window in a municipal building in New York.

Also, I have appropriate yarn so I can’t even talk myself out of starting the project because I can’t afford the necessary yarn….

I haven’t done any crochet in many moons which was yet another temptation. You can see why I had difficulty not starting this project. I held off for 2 weeks though so I have some self-restraint. Yeah, I know. Pathetic. It’s going to be gorgeous though. See :

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The yarn is the same brand and range as many of the yarns in my meditation blanket but not today’s one. I love this shade of green.

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I have forgotten neither mum’s tablecloth nor J’s sweater. Mum’s tablecloth requires limited attention, J’s sweater requires none except to change colour every 4 rounds. Crochet always needs more attention. Knitting has all of your stitches in action and you can feel your way through the workings. Crochet only has one stitch in play at any one time. You need to look to see where the hook goes next and this pattern especially has a lot of counting. Small numbers but small numbers repeated 20+ times. So yeah, crochet isn’t something I can generally do if there are others around or if my attention is especially slippery. This is why knitters/crocheters frequently have so many projects on the go at the same time – each one requires something different from the knitter. There’s tv knitting and, travelling knitting, gift and, lace knitting. Then there’s the ‘it’s a new technique and I am determined to master it’ project that you want to take your scissors to over and over again but every time you stop to look at what you’ve already done you feel a inexplicable pride in your own cleverness. It’s awesome 🙂

More BritPop today. I don’t know their origin but I kinda love these girls. Stooshe has been in my head today. I love the pseudo-’60’s feel of the music. Not all of it is like this but they’re a bit unique and I like their style.