We had a Frost Warning here the other night. That said, the dreaded frost didn't show up -- at least, not in my yard. The days are still warming up (eventually), even if daylight starts later in the morning, and retires early.
I've been retiring pretty early, too -- and going full tilt in between. The air has been tense in Miss Pookie's Queendom, ever since these two Interlopers arrived two weeks ago.
On the left, Miss Sylvie; on the right, her brother, Master Smokie -- shown here "at rest", which (thankfully!) occurs every few hours. (As I type, they're sleeping on my bed. Miss Pookie is sleeping in her nest in the Indoor Studio.)
Note the sealed packet next to them. It's just one of several sealed packages and project bags which, so far, have managed to keep prying paws at bay. The baskets of yarn that used to decorate my living area are all now stored behind a closed door in the guest room, and the Indoor Studio door is closed completely while Miss Pooks and I are outside. Otherwise it's open a wee crack, so she can get out.
For those of you, Gentle Readers, who don't follow me on Facebook, Miss Pookie had a medical emergency a week ago -- just to add to the excitement (and expense!) She's doing fine now, but I've had to give her an antibiotic (teeny-tiny pill) twice a day for the past week. We'll both be thankful after her last dose tomorrow morning!
So how does a Maker of Textile Things try to bring order to this chaos?! She keeps on making, of course! (At left: Order Out of Chaos -- or Chaos Can be Colourful (c) 2020.)
And it being September, when we move from the lassitude of summer into "Back to School" in these parts, my current chaos has been mitigated somewhat by a case of September Startitis -- which, when you really think about it, is just a second round of the Startitis that takes hold every January!
Since my post three weeks ago (!), I've...
- Started and finished another little hat to give away:
|Design: "Peggy's Cap"|
Designer: YaYa LovestoKnit
Yarn: Patons North America Classic Wool Worsted
Colour 00210 - "Petal Pink" (shown before blocking)
- Started and finished a pair of baby socks for a friend's new grand-nephew:
|Pattern: "Baby Socks"|
Designer: Kate Atherley
Yarn: left-over sock yarn - all used up now!
- And started a pair of larger socks for his 3-year old big brother (sorry, no photo). The first sock of the pair is finished and I'm past the cuff on the second.
- I started a seed-stitch ribbed vest for myself. It's a cotton/rayon blend that I've had for (probably) 20 years or so. The vest is started flat for the hems. Then you put it onto a circular needle and join to knit the body in the round. I've done the front hem (1 1/2") and am now working on the back hem (shown below), which ends up at 3 1/2" before joining to the front.
|Pattern: Waterrock Vest|
Designer: Jennifer Kelley
Yarn: Nova Plus La Playa from deep stash
Colour - #9840
- On the quilting front, I dug out another almost-20-year-old project: the One Block Wonder quilt, from One-Block Wonders by Maxine Rosenthal (2006).
Yes...I probably got the book shortly after it came out, and bought 3 metres of a stunning chrysanthemum print with which to make it. And over time, two different triangular rulers, both of which were supposed to cut 60 degree triangles. I decided earlier in the summer that it was time I made this quilt. I knew I couldn't part with the beautiful fabric and didn't want to use it any other way, so I set to.
- And as this week marks the first days of Autumn, I decided yesterday to start a wee autumnal piece. It's one of the "Gingham Seasons" by Ruth A. Sparrow of Twisted threads -- appropriately entitled "Autumn Gingham" (2002). Here's my little start:
|Left: the photo I took; Right: "Impressionistic" version|
I need to decide how large I want to make it -- and while it will be larger than the 10" x 10" piece I designed, it won't be much larger. I'm not ready to take that plunge just yet!
- Last but not least comes the garden and yard. This week I started to clear it away for the winter -- cutting back and dead-heading and weeding out grass that insinuated itself in and around the plants. I mustered my courage and transplanted a baby peony -- purchased last spring -- that wasn't flourishing where I'd put it in the first place. It turns out that spot, once the leaves of the nearby trees were full out, was too shady. I've moved it to the east side of my house where it will have company with other peonies and hope that it "takes" enough to survive the winter so it can do better next year.