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Sweater Unravelling

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1/6s, f6.3, 400ISO, autoWB, 50mm p.

I’ve bought a knitting pattern that I’d like to make and I love colour of this sweater that I thrifted a few years ago. So I am unravelling the sweater today, with plans to knit a new one. I first picked out the grafting stitches of the sweater and then the cast off. I got out my antique skein winder and turned it as the sweater disappeared before my eyes. Then I dipped the skeins in water (with hair conditioner added) and let the yarn relax. I hung the skeins on my clothes dryer and then wound it into balls the next day. Now I have almost 800g of wool that can be used in a new project. The gauge doesn’t match that of the pattern I’ve chosen so I hope I can make it work.

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Written by Dalila

March 10, 2019 at 10:37 am

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Tapping Trees

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1/160s, f6.3, 200ISO, autoWB, 18mm.

It was a bright sunny day so we decided to tap our trees. This year we are trying to take it easy so we only put two taps in two large maples. We probably won’t get much syrup but are okay with that.

Written by Dalila

March 9, 2019 at 2:04 pm

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Fair Isle Scrap Busting Handwarmers

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1/160s, f5, 200ISO, autoWB, 50mm p.

I made these handwarmers after reorganizing my office this winter – my organizing then reached towards my stash as well. I had a few projects that had been started by my aunt but not completed and I don’t have the patterns for them. I unravelled those projects and these handwarmers come from the scraps of one of them. There were fairly small amounts of yarn but the colours matched really well.
To start, I knit a swatch using the blue yarn and then measured the length of yarn required for one round of knitting. Then I measured all of the scraps that I had so that I could figure out what would be possible for patterning. I measured my hand to made some estimates for size and length of the handwarmer. Next I did some research on ravelry to look for fair isle patterns that were free to see what I could find for inspiration. I was most inspired by the Afmaeli pattern but its repeat was 14 stitches and I decided I wanted a 12 stitch repeat (based on my hand measurements). So I reduced the repeat to something that would work and then using graph paper and coloured pencils, I planned out the colours of the pattern.
These handwarmers are so small that they were a very quick project. I’m happy with the colourwork but I find that the red overwhelms the other colours. This can still be called a success though, as I used up yarn scraps to make a finished project (although there are a few scraps left still).
To see more photos and the pattern that I used, visit the page on ravelry.

Written by Dalila

March 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm

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Wetland on Concession A

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1/160s, f10, 200ISO, autoWB, 18mm.

We went west today for family and visited a beautiful property north of Long Point that looks across this small wetland.

Written by Dalila

March 7, 2019 at 3:34 pm

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Snowing on the Riffle

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1/125s, f10, 200ISO, autoWB, 18mm, flash.

The wind whipped the snow around all afternoon causing whiteouts causing accidents. So luckily, my appointment in town was cancelled and I only nipped out to take these photos and shovel some snow.

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March 5, 2019 at 3:30 pm

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Bright Above Riffle

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1/160s, f9, 200ISO, autoWB, 22mm.

Despite the sun, it’s still cold and brisk out today.

Written by Dalila

March 4, 2019 at 4:35 pm

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Trees and Hill

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1/15s, f4, 400ISO, autoWB, 26mm. white balance adjusted

The hills at Goacher Road are snow covered this evening and I unhappily fell on my way back down.

Written by Dalila

March 2, 2019 at 7:22 pm

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