vanillamagick: (Chucks)
Whew! I knit a pair of sort-of-complicated socks in just over three days!

Flying-Dutchman
The pattern is Flying Dutchman. The sailboat motif is achieved through a technique called intarsa in the round, which is fairly complicated and requires a lot of turning and purling back and then turning and knitting forward, etc. I’m so pleased that the socks turned out so well, which is mostly thanks to a very well written pattern. (I had taken a class on intarsa in the round back in September 2011 and it just didn’t click. But now I get it!)

sailboat

The yarn is Berroco Comfort sock in colourways Pearl (white) and Hari Hari. (The blue was supposed to be patterned, but my skein really wasn’t. Check the link to see what it should have looked like.)

I think I need to rest my hands a little bit. I just wish we had a bit more sun here so I could do something like sit outside or go for walks to otherwise entertain myself.

I have brought just a little bit of spring inside though, since Mother Nature seems to be taking a bit of a rest outdoors.

mini-daffodils

tulips-and-violets

I hope spring is making an appearance in your part of the world. (Or autumn, if you happen to on the opposite side of the globe.) Part of the reason I love living where I do is because we have four very different seasons, but I just wish they would change a bit quicker this year. 😉
vanillamagick: (Starry)
As I’m sure most of you are aware, I tend to get a little bit behind. I mean well, really. But, once in a while I do actually get things done ahead of time.



This is Lucky Day, a Mill Hill kit from the 2010 Spring Bouquet collection. It is stitched as per the pattern, except I attached all the beads with half cross stitches instead of using full stitches for the petite beads. (Yes, I am that lazy.)

The original plan was to finish it as a pin for Caden Bryce to wear to school on St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a bit too big for his little chest. It does come with a magnet, but my new stainless steel fridge isn’t magnet! lol! I think I might just put it away to use as an ornament when I finally get around to creating a year long ornament tree.

Recycling

Jan. 5th, 2013 07:49 pm
vanillamagick: (Phone Box)
Regan and Erin often get very frustrated by me, or more specifically by my approach to recycling. It's an issue I care very deeply about and I will recycle everything I can. I actually have separate bins in the house for different items: one for glass, one for food & drink cartons, one for plastics, one for paper and cardboard and one for tins and aerosols. They're even colour co-ordinated.
Yes, I know exactly how lame that sounds - both Regan and Erin tell me this. Regan usually huffing it when I ask her to use the correct bin. (I 'dock' her pocket money when she constantly gets it wrong - it's another encouragement to get it right!)

I also have a compostor for food waste. I insist that all clothing is donated as well.

Like I said, it's an issue that's close to my heart. I happen to like this planet, and dislike the abuse our race is causing her. Recycling is just one of the ways, one of the easiest ways to try and help. It gives things a future. Making new products from waste means we don't have to bury or burn it. This saves energy and resources, which is good for the economy and the environment.
Recycling costs less than disposing of waste, and it helps to keep council tax low. According to my local council website "If people in Wandsworth stopped recycling, the council's waste disposal costs would increase by over £1.5m every year. Every extra tonne you recycle currently saves another £58.50."

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