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Saturday, May 12, 2018

I Spy, Out The Window, Yarn and Needles, and Other Sorted Affairs

Since I'm still not very mobile (broken foot if you've not been reading my blog previously), I've spent a fair amount of time looking out the window, watching spring happen in the neighborhood.  Took this photo out of my bedroom window.  Two little girls, one from next door and one from across the street like to set up in our yard.  It makes them feel more private I think.  LOL  Seriously, how cute is this!  It took them a while to get all set up and inside their umbrella fort.  Reminded me of when our daughter was young and we would travel.  She would put up a towel between the two front seats of the car...that way her space there in the back seat was private...she was in her reading fort.  She was an avid reader even when quite young and we traveled lots of miles out west to camp and she'd read a book a state basically...all in her private fort.

Having finished the previous afghan (Learning Logs..previous post), got something else on the needles.  Picture looks a bit mauve, but the color really is more purple-violet.  This is yet anothe afghan.  Not using a pattern, so guesstimated and cast on 202 stitches.
After all the color work in the previous afghan, and counting for texture, and the constant binding off and picking up stitches, wanted something truly mindless.  Doing basic stripes........probably all garter stitch to just let it flow.  Started this ghan a few days ago and have already added the above two colors to it.  Since it's all a guesstimate...I'm not yet sure if I'll need to add another color in order to have enough yarn.  I have the one gray as above, and 2 of turquoise and 5 of violet.  8 skeins of washable wool.  Violet skeins are 197 yards each, turquoise is 277 yards, and the gray is 277; for a total of 1816 yards.  That seems a bit shy of enough to me.  Thoughts???  When I can get to the basement to check my stash, I might have more yarn of the appropriate weight etc that could get added to the mix.  For now, I'll play through.  
Latest British Series is Upstairs Downstairs.  A bit more rambunctious than Downton Abbey, perhaps with some similarities of personalities.  A much shorter series, only 2 seasons.  Focused more on the torment before The War in England with regard to Hitler...and how divided The English Government was about doing something about it.
Quite an ending!  Fun to see Claire Foy (who played Queen Elizabeth in The Crown), be so very different in this roll.  Would have enjoyed the series more I think if Edmund Stoppard as Sir Hallam had been played by a different actor.  I've just never liked him, and don't find him at all attractive or sexy...so seeing him a roll where that's an issue was less enticing.  But, with that said.......the series was indeed enticing and I do recommend it.

10 comments:

  1. How cute to see an umbrella for. It's so nice your neighborhood girls feel comfortable enough to do it in your yard.

    The colors for the Afghan are great. I am not sure that is enough yardage but then that depends on how large you want it. For a throw it might be plenty.

    I hope the boot and your foot are able to part ways soon.

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    1. I love that they play in our yard, brings back nice memories. Our yard is without doggy doo also, which I'm sure plays into them liking our yard, lol. Thanks for the thoughts on the ghan Marsha, will let you know how it goes. Appreciate your visit.

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  2. HAHA! That umbrella fort is adorable! My brothers and I, along with the neighbourhood kids, used to build snow forts in the winter. Not as warm and cozy as this umbrella fort but certainly a lot of fun :)

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    1. Right you are, my brothers and I did snow forts with neighbor kids too...back in the day. Thanks Martha for the visit.

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  3. How lovely that the girls set up their den in your yard, it brings to mind the clothes airers draped with blankets that I'd make in our garden as a child. I've never made a knitted blanket, all the blankets I've made so far have been crocheted, I think they make up much quicker, though I would like to have a go at a knitted one at some point in the future. You're bringing all these old series to mind, I loved Upstairs Downstairs, it's another one I was sad to see end. It had actually been a very successful series in the early 70s, one of the creators was Jean Marsh who played Rose and she was also in the newer version. I think with the success of Downton Abbey they thought it would do well but I don't think it was received as well as they thought it would be.

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    1. I know Jo. Love the memories. When I was a kid we draped sheets and blankets over cloths lines to make tents/forts. Great to see kids at play. Right you are crochet is faster than knitting. I tend to knit more now, because it bothers my arthritis a bit less; but do still enjoy crocheting. I too am surprised Upstairs Downstairs didn't do better. I really enjoyed it.

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  4. LOVE the umbrella fort. Ours were usually under a blanket draped table. An outside fort looks like so much fun.
    I am in awe at your knitting - and your daughter. Reading in the car spells nausea to me. And disaster if continued.

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    1. Lots of folks get nauseated when reading in a car, but luckily she didn't; cause it sure helped her pass the time in the car on those very long trips. I'm enjoying hearing about everyone else's childhood memories of building forts.

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  5. You are into knitted blankets I see. They usually are the definition of mindless knitting. I have a blanket in mind for my grand daughter called The Zoo Keeper. It is actually crocheted and done in squares. Not really mindless but oh so cute. I will be back to my blog this week. Cheers.

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    1. Most of the afghans I do aren't what I call mindless knitting, if you've got to count or keep track of pattern etc, but this one will be...just repetitive and peaceful. Hope you'll post a picture of the zoo ghan, would enjoy seeing it. Thanks for swinging by.

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