Opera in the kitchen and crochet

I love the free Nightly Met Opera Streams from their archives. Each opera streams for 23 hours and because of the time difference, I'm off to catch up with Wednesday's offering after I finish this blog post. It's Puccini's La Rondine starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna from January, 2009. Pic is from one of  last week's operas - Gounod's Romeo et Juliette - which had fabulous costumes.

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There's been some crochet going on. This is my variation of Katya Novikova's Summer Memories shawl pattern. The body is worked in Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash, colourway Ooohm, with stripes in Amazonas and Campari Piccolo. 

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That's about all I have to report. Life goes on much the same day after day and I'm doing my best to stay cheerful and keep busy.  

 


Staying at home

i don't really mind staying at home (I'm over 70, so being very cautious about Covid-19). Self-isolation feels rather like working freelance from home which I did for many years but this time it's without the work! 

My studio table is tidy and today's plan is to get out the pdf sewing patterns that I've printed on paper and stick the pages together. I'm in need of new clothes and have lots of fabric washed and ready to cut out.

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Apart from sewing clothes, I have plenty here to keep me occupied and happy. Music, books, audiobooks are all essential to my mood (thank goodness for Spotify, Kindle, Audible and library apps) and there's a sizeable yarn stash to keep my fingers busy.


Best of 2017, part two

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My best nine posts on Instagram this year; lots of knitting as expected. From top left, Swallowtail Shawl for Steph, Celestarium blocking, Celestarium in progress, detail of my design Mysteria blocking, antique shisha embroidery from India hanging in my living room, Gudrun Johnston's Hansel blocking, Ashton Shawlette blocking, Malabrigo Sock in Fresco y Seco, my Find Your Fade shawl.

I'm @wibboswords on Instagram if you want to check me out....


Coughs and sneezes

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Herbert Mayo Bateman, from the "Coughs & Sneezes Spread Diseases" series commissioned by the Ministry of Health, England, 1942, image © The National Archives.

There has been a lot of coughing/sneezing over the past week or so; I'm feeling much better now so here's a quick round-up of what's been going on here. 

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The amaryllis flowers are now over, but were lovely while they lasted.

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A new LYS has opened in the city - YAK Yarn and Knitting at 16, Gloucester Road, Brighton, BN1 4AD. Opening times: Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 4pm. I managed a quick visit before the cold germs struck. YAK's official Grand Opening is this Saturday, February 7th, 2pm - 6pm.

The 2014 Advent Calender Scarf is coming along nicely; I have four more patterns left to knit. The impossible-to-photograph yarn colour's darker/richer/nicer in real life.

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This, that and a Christmas elf

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David, the Christmas elf, on my stall at Saturday's Christmas Market. Lovely sunny weather and plenty of people wandering round made for a good day.

Tidy

This is the one tidy corner of my living room; off camera, everywhere else is, er, rather cluttered and needs a good tidy but I've run out of steam with housework. Possibly I've been sidetracked by making these...

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Crochet squares for a blanket - they're 7cm square and so far I've made 240 (and sewn the ends in as they were made). The coloured threads secure them in stacks of ten for easy counting and I reckon I'll need to make another 160 or so...


Swatch

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Those of you who know me in real life may be surprised by an actual swatch. Swatching is something I rarely do but this is for a garment (a change from my usual sock/shawl/blanket repertoire). The yarn is Kilcarra Aran Tweed (discontinued) and it's been in my stash for far too long. I'm thinking shortish and boxy along the lines of Tweedy Stripey without the stripes.


What's on the needles?

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I've knitted several stripy TGV's this year, mainly as gifts so not bloggable until after Christmas. This TGV is for me using Dream in Color Smooshy leftovers in Happy Forest (Thanks, Jutta!) and Knitting Goddess mini skeins in shades of violet. 

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I usually have a crochet blanket on the go - this one may take some time because the squares are only 7.5cm (3 in) across. I'm using superwash DK oddments mixed with two strands of sock yarn in pink, red, blue, purple, turquoise and grey.

These are my only WIPs, apart from a couple of pairs of socks. But I do have plans!


That was the cold that was

A particularly beastly cold has been had. You know the sort - no voice, hacking cough ('twas a 3-bottles-of-Benylin-event), sore throat and snot. Lots of snot.

Not much happening at Wibbo Towers as a result of the above - a little gentle sock knitting done, books read, audiobooks heard. I also started this

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which is looking rather good (and the pattern doesn't need much concentration). The yarn came from Woolly Workshop a good few years ago; it's a wool/silk/nylon mixture which should soften up nicely when washed and blocked.


Using up bits

I'm working my way through my stash of Koigu KPPPM and Colinette Jitterbug; it's mainly oddments with the odd single skein here and there. So far there have been several crochet blankets,

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a hat and a pair of almost-finished-just-need-thumbs fingerless mittens

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and there's still some yarn left. I'm convinced it's breeding...

In the same photo as the mittens are the start of Keiran Foley's Shetland Ruffles (rav link) in two colours of Malabrigo Sock (Dewberry and Solis) and a shawl for Steph in some of my hand dyed sock yarn.