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Random greenery

Jan 12 2021
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Mum has being doing some work on the sleeve of her poinsettia jumper. I was puzzled by a random piece of bright green yarn but it turns out that it is to mark the centre of the flower.  Good to know.

A swift riposte!

Jan 10 2021
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After a busy Christmas it is now back to normal with the exception that I’m having minor paw control issues due to the ice outside.  Alongside the sprats Harrier and I received a number of dog treats form Christmas but we are rationed and not allowed to scoff them all at once.  We registered our displeasure by emptying the contents of the lounge bin all over the lounge floor and shredding a bit of paper from it.  I was right about Aunty Biscuit doing a chunky jumper with paw marks.  They were going to be on the front but due to a slight error on the length after the arm hole shaping they are now going to be up the back.  Mums response to the question “it will work with them up the back won’t it?” was “yes, especially if you are wearing a coat.”

Finished!

Dec 24 2020
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I’m pleased to announce that not only has the aran jumper been completed but also that a matching hat has been knitted, stitched up and pom pom’d.  All this before the Christmas target. That said, it is maybe a good job as it has been snowing today.  From sneaky peeks at the doodle pad and the fact that one of my back feet has been closely inspected I surmise that the next jumper may possibly be in chunky yarn with a pattern of multi coloured paw prints on it.  I am, however, certain that if this is the case it will not feature inter-pad hair.

Major milestone

Dec 19 2020
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Major milestone for the aran jumper! The next row will be the start of the armhole shaping.  I think this has been due mainly to it being a miserable day conducive to sitting in front of the fire knitting (Harrier has spent the day snoozing in front of afore mentioned fire).  I think there are hopes that it may possibly now be finished for Christmas but time will tell.  It is also looking like there will sufficient yarn to make a hat as well (and maybe even either a pair of legwarmers or fingerless mitts). 

Sprats

Dec 18 2020
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Present wrapping is one of those activities that can be quite interesting for the spectator.  There is the inventiveness required to wrap odd shaped items (this years comedy attempt goes to the bird house with an apex roof) which invariably involves yards of sticky tape, through to the pristine beauty of an immaculately finished, even rectangular box.  Some people go for gift bags (like Aunty Biscuit) or boxes.  Then you have the embellishments, ribbons, bows, rosettes, and that strange stuff that you run the back of the scissors down so that it goes curly.  It has to be said though that this should be viewed from a safe distance as you do not want bits of sticky tape stuck to your foot or fur.  Guess the present is also an enjoyable festive pastime, although Aunty Biscuit has made one present really easy for me and Harrier to guess.  There is a bucket of sprats under the tree with our names on, but she hasn’t wrapped or bagged it up!

Oh deer!

Dec 16 2020
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Aunty Biscuit followed Mums example of oranges and cloves but on a smaller scale.  The ribbon has been substituted with red wool and a satsuma (or possibly a clementine) has replaced the orange.  The finished item is now adorning the antlers on her mounted deer head. The deer head I hasten to add is not a real one which was bought for her as a joke a couple of years ago, but it now gets decorated each year.

Oranges and cloves

Dec 15 2020
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Mum has been ferreting around in the craft room and has reappeared with some green ribbon, a pair of scissors, a bag of oranges and some interesting smelling spikey brown things in a bag which are called cloves.  This has alerted me to the fact that a project is afoot.  Further investigation has revealed that ribbon goes round the orange to section it up and form a hanging loop.  The cloves are then stuck into the remaining exposed parts of the orange and the whole thing then is put to start to dry out and release fragrance.  I suspect that it may take her a little while to stick all the cloves in an await with anticipation to view the finished article.  I might even ask Harrier to take a photo of it.

A knotty problem

Dec 13 2020
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There is a knot in the aran yarn!  Worse there is another knot about two feet further on.  This apparently occasionally happens, I gather it is if snaps during the spinning process or needs a new bit adding on.  When knitting the best thing to do is to cut the yarn before the knot at a row end (even if this means taking the row back to the beginning) and then treat it as if it is a new ball.  Some people,  Aunty Biscuit included, pull out a length of yarn before starting a row which then saves having to take it back if one appears.  This I believe is what happened on this occasion.  What a relief!  I  also have to report that the other foot has now been chewed off my duck toy.

Construction work

Dec 12 2020
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The pattern phase on the aran has now been passed with all its complicated sounding (but relatively straightforward) stitches successfully executed so we are now motoring with the plain stocking stitch until the armhole shaping.  Mum meanwhile has been putting together a thing.  This when completed turned out to be a fireside log holder and companion set.  Fortunately as she is somewhat handy with a screwdriver and adjustable spanner the finished item is sturdy and did not require any swearing at during the assembly phase.    

Construction work

Dec 12 2020
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The pattern phase on the aran has now been passed with all its complicated sounding (but relatively straightforward) stitches successfully executed so we are now motoring with the plain stocking stitch until the armhole shaping.  Mum meanwhile has been putting together a thing.  This when completed turned out to be a fireside log holder and companion set.  Fortunately as she is somewhat handy with a screwdriver and adjustable spanner the finished item is sturdy and did not require any swearing at during the assembly phase.