Sunday, 5 April 2020

Basic chunky knitted slippers

I knitted another pair of slippers with Bernat Blanket Ombré yarn last night and this morning.  I used this pattern and adapted it a bit so I'd have less seams to sew up afterwards.  I used 6.5mm needles and made a small size slipper.   They are quick and easy.


Sizes:
To fit lady’s shoe size 5/6 (7/8 - 9/10).

Finished Foot length
Small 5/6 - 9" (23 cm)
Medium 7/8 - 9½" (24 cm)
Large 9/10 - 10½" (26.5 cm)

Abbreviations:
Beg = Beginning
Inc = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
Rep = Repeat
Rem = Remaining
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

Instructions:
Note: The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).
  • Beg at back, cast on 2 sts.
  • 1st row: (RS). Knit.
  • 2nd row: Inc 1 st in first st. K1.
  • 3rd and 4th rows: Knit.
  • 5th row: Inc 1 st in first st. Knit to end of row.
  • Rep 3rd to 5th rows 4 times more. 8 sts.
  • Next 2 rows: Cast on 10 sts. Knit to end of row. 28 sts after 2nd row. 

Work in garter st (knit every row) until work from marked row, measures 4½" [11.5 cm].

Change colours and put on double pointed needles.  Continue in garter stitch (knit one row, purl the next, etc.) for a further 3 (3½ - 4)" [7.5 (9 -10) cm] ending with a WS row.

Shape toe:
  • 1st row: K3. *K2tog. K3. Rep from * to end of row. 23 sts.
  • 2nd and 4th rows: Purl.
  • 3rd row: K3. *K2tog. K2. Rep from * to end of row. 18 sts.
  • 5th row: *K2tog. K1. Rep from * to end of row. 12 sts.
  • 6th row: (P2tog) 6 times. 6 sts.
  • Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through rem sts and draw up firmly. Fasten securely. 
  • Sew edges of back triangle to cast on sts of sides to form heel.
  • Sew a pompom to each slipper if desired.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Basic chunky knitted slippers

I knitted a pair of slippers with Bernat Blanket Ombré yarn this afternoon.  I used this pattern and adapted it a bit so I'd have less seams to sew up afterwards.  I used 6.5mm needles and made a small size slipper.   They are quick and easy.


Sizes:
To fit lady’s shoe size 5/6 (7/8 - 9/10).

Finished Foot length
Small 5/6 - 9" (23 cm)
Medium 7/8 - 9½" (24 cm)
Large 9/10 - 10½" (26.5 cm)

Abbreviations:
Beg = Beginning
Inc = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
Rep = Repeat
Rem = Remaining
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

Instructions:
Note: The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).
  • Beg at back, cast on 2 sts.
  • 1st row: (RS). Knit.
  • 2nd row: Inc 1 st in first st. K1.
  • 3rd and 4th rows: Knit.
  • 5th row: Inc 1 st in first st. Knit to end of row.
  • Rep 3rd to 5th rows 4 times more. 8 sts.
  • Next 2 rows: Cast on 10 sts. Knit to end of row. 28 sts after 2nd row. 

Work in garter st (knit every row) until work from marked row, measures 4½" [11.5 cm].

Change colours and put on double pointed needles.  Continue in garter stitch (knit one row, purl the next, etc.) for a further 3 (3½ - 4)" [7.5 (9 -10) cm] ending with a WS row.

Shape toe:
  • 1st row: K3. *K2tog. K3. Rep from * to end of row. 23 sts.
  • 2nd and 4th rows: Purl.
  • 3rd row: K3. *K2tog. K2. Rep from * to end of row. 18 sts.
  • 5th row: *K2tog. K1. Rep from * to end of row. 12 sts.
  • 6th row: (P2tog) 6 times. 6 sts.
  • Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through rem sts and draw up firmly. Fasten securely. 
  • Sew edges of back triangle to cast on sts of sides to form heel.
  • Sew a pompom to each slipper if desired.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Basic chunky knitted slippers

I had a ball of Bernat Blanket Ombré yarn I didn't know what to do with so I knitted a pair of slippers with it tonight ... I figured they would be warm and cozy.  I used this pattern and adapted it a bit so I'd have less seams to sew up afterwards.  I used 6.5mm needles and made a small size slipper.   They are quick and easy.


Sizes:
To fit lady’s shoe size 5/6 (7/8 - 9/10).

Finished Foot length
Small 5/6 - 9" (23 cm)
Medium 7/8 - 9½" (24 cm)
Large 9/10 - 10½" (26.5 cm)

Abbreviations:
Beg = Beginning
Inc = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
Rep = Repeat
Rem = Remaining
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

Instructions:
Note: The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).
  • Beg at back, cast on 2 sts.
  • 1st row: (RS). Knit.
  • 2nd row: Inc 1 st in first st. K1.
  • 3rd and 4th rows: Knit.
  • 5th row: Inc 1 st in first st. Knit to end of row.
  • Rep 3rd to 5th rows 4 times more. 8 sts.
  • Next 2 rows: Cast on 10 sts. Knit to end of row. 28 sts after 2nd row. 

Work in garter st (knit every row) until work from marked row, measures 4½" [11.5 cm].

Change colours and put on double pointed needles.  Continue in garter stitch (knit one row, purl the next, etc.) for a further 3 (3½ - 4)" [7.5 (9 -10) cm] ending with a WS row.

Shape toe:
  • 1st row: K3. *K2tog. K3. Rep from * to end of row. 23 sts.
  • 2nd and 4th rows: Purl.
  • 3rd row: K3. *K2tog. K2. Rep from * to end of row. 18 sts.
  • 5th row: *K2tog. K1. Rep from * to end of row. 12 sts.
  • 6th row: (P2tog) 6 times. 6 sts.
  • Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through rem sts and draw up firmly. Fasten securely. 
  • Sew edges of back triangle to cast on sts of sides to form heel.
  • Sew a pompom to each slipper if desired.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Book ~ "Other People's Houses" (2018) Abbi Waxman

From Goodreads ~ As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton's wife is mysteriously missing, and now this.

After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that's a notion easier said than done when Anne's husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families - and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage. 

Frances is in her mid-forties, married to Michael and the mother of three.  She is a busy stay-at-home mom and carpools some of the kids on her street, including her own, to their schools.  Her neighbours include Anne and Charlie and their two kids, Bill and his son, and Iris (Frances' cousin) and Sara and their son. 

There's a lot going on in the neighbourhood!  One day Frances walks in on Anne having "relations" on her living room floor with a man younger than her.  Breaking up the guy, Anne figures she can move on with her husband and family but Charlie finds out and kicks her out of the house.  Bill's wife, Julie, has suddenly disappeared and everyone in the 'hood assumes the worst ... she's left Bill for someone else.  Iris and Sara have a son and Iris would like another child but is nervous about bringing it up to Sara who is focusing on her career as an actress.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I liked it.  It was written in third person perspective from the different characters' points of view.  I found the writing amusing.  As a head's up, there is swearing (the F-bomb) is used a lot.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Knitted Temperature Blanket - March 2020

I heard about temperature blankets at the end of last year.  I've never made one before and it sounded like a fun long term project.

The idea of a temperature blanket is to knit or crochet a row (or a number of rows) on a blanket each day for a full calendar year.  The colors used each day correspond with the temperature outside.  The more colours you use to represent temperatures and the more varied the temperatures, the more colourful the blanket.

To be consistent, I chose to use the temperature at noon.  I debated whether to use Toronto's temperatures (regardless of where I am) or the temperatures of where I am (so it's a Teena ~ temperature blanket).  I decided to make a Teena ~ temperature blanket ... it should be interesting to see how it turns out as I travel throughout the year.

I'm using nine colours from Red Heart Comfort and Bernat Cozy Style yarn.
  • Blue:  -6C or colder
  • Green:  -1C to -5C
  • Light purple:  0C to 4C
  • Teal:  5C to 9C
  • Red:  10C to 14C
  • Dark purple:  15C to 19C
  • Yellow:  20C to 24C
  • Burnt red:  25C and higher
  • Grey:  first and last rows and divider rows between the months

So far, the warmest temperature (dark purple) was 18C in Toronto on March 29 and the coldest (blue) was -10C in Toronto (blue) on February 14.

I cast on 200 stitches.  The first and last five stitches of each row are seed stitches (knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one, knit one).  In between, I'm doing stocking stitch (knitting the odd rows and purling the even rows).  I added two rows of seed stitch at the beginning of the blanket to stop it from curling (stocking stitch does that and I hadn't thought of that when I started).

March


Warmest in March:  18C (dark purple) in Toronto on March 29
Coldest in March:  0C (light purple) in Toronto on March 22

February


Warmest in February:  9C (teal) in Toronto on February 24
Coldest in February:  -10C (blue) in Toronto on February 14

 January


Warmest in January:  11C (red) in Toronto on January 11
Coldest in January:  -8C (blue) in Montreal on January 21

Happy birthday, Crumpet

Happy 9th birthday to my girl, Crumpet!


Monday, 30 March 2020

Book ~ "Strangers" (2020) C.L. Taylor

From Goodreads ~ Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.

Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.

And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others - but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

Ursula is a courier, barely making a living delivering packages.  Gareth is a security guard at a mall.  He lives at home with his mother who has dementia.  Alice is divorced with an adult daughter, a manager of a clothing store and is lonely and wants to date.  They are strangers who are brought together one fateful night.  The story then jumps back a week and we get to know them and what's going on in their lives and how they ended up together.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it.  I liked the writing style and there were lots of twists and turns ... some turned out to be innocent, which was fun.  It is written in third person perspective in Ursula, Gareth and Alice's voice.  The author is English and the book is set in England so there are lots of references that I'm not used to or haven't heard before.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

I wasn't crazy about Alice.  Considering her age, I found her too desperate and needy.  She'd only gone out with a fella named Simon a couple times but was calling and texting him like crazy, and discussing every nuance of their "relationship" with her friend and daughter (who both told her to chill out).  I didn't like Ursula all that much in the beginning but once her story was revealed I understood why she was the way she was.  I liked Gareth ... he had a lot going on.  His father had disappeared without a trace 20 years ago and Gareth is always looking for him in crowds.  His mother has dementia and refuses to go to a home ... he never knows what he's going to come home to.  She has started to receive postcards from her husband and Gareth is determined to find out who is messing with her.

I look forward to reading other books by this author.

Happy birthday, Muffin!

Happy 3rd birthday to my girl, Muffin!