So the weather is finally changing. It feels wonderful as long as I’m inside. I caved and turned on the heating last week. Everything is brand new, so lots of fiddling by me to a) figure out how the system actually works and b) find the temperature setting that doesn’t leave the house either an icebox or a sauna. Since my husband has crazy work hours and I wake up early and stay home, there is no point to programming the system to turn low at nights or during week days, I’ve had to find a slightly frigid balance between survival and an enormous hydro bill.
I’ve only been working on a pair of socks this month, but given that my average completion time for socks is about 2 years, I’m very happy to report that I’m 80% done. I’m not following any pattern. I just watched some how-tos on YouTube, and winged it. They are turning out really well, except for the heel. I either mangled the instructions (very probable) or this a heel method that has a lot working out left to do. I like that it is st st all the way, though. My heels look very frankenstein, but I’m not going back to fiddle with them because a) I have to finish them before the 30th, b) the socks that I have made get used on cold nights, not fancy dress parties, c) I have a deadline and d) I want to break my sock curse. The actual colour of the yarn is between these 2 pictures. It’s Sundara Sock in Candied Chrome, acquired about 6 years ago. It’s very soft and fun to knit with. The pattern is a twisted stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s 2nd Treasury, called Rapunzel.
It is very chilly here this morning. So very refreshing and invigorating. I have been knitting; I put my Evenstar to the side this month, but I did finish a hat, and I started another shawl for a KAL that started last weekend. I used Blue Moon Single Silk for the hat, it is so soft, I just love it.
I joined a KAL for the In Dreams Shawl, another Tolkien inspired shawl by the same designer as Evenstar. It is my first time using beads, and there are just so many of them! I got a beadle needle, super easy to use and an awesome time saver for beaded projects.
I am only going to do 8 rows per day, to avoid mistakes. I love charts so much, I forget to check the written instructions, which contain the chart notes. So I have already made my first mistake, and I’ve had to frog back 4 rows. Not as bad as my Evenstar gaffe, but aargh.
Lastly, I am still plugging away on my Shalder. I started the sleeves, it is great to work on at the end of the day.
Chart three of my Evenstar is taking forever. I looked at my chart, realised that I had a 4 row repeat for 24 rows of 560 stitches each, and died a little bit. I like it when the pattern changes every other row, it keeps me engaged in my knitting. But I’m nearly done, and hopefully I will be done soon. I signed up for an In Dreams KAL (a shawl by the same designer as Evenstar) that starts mid-September and my goal for Evenstar is to have at least finished chart three by then. The In Dreams shawl is so beautiful knitted with beads, I have decided to do my first ever knitting project with beads.
We are settling in well, still a little bit of jet lag, but definitely having fun around the house.
Chen Clan Academy. Really beautiful building that has been well-preserved and is now a very interesting museum. Lots too see, plus many garden courtyards where children are allowed to be children, as opposed to most museums.
Today we went to Xiao Zhou, a little neighbourhood that has been traditionally home for artists. It is in an old part of Guangzhou; there are no streets, only lanes barely big enough for a bike. Dominic did get a haircut, despite all his protests. The old houses were interesting, but all in all not worth walking around in 40C heat.
Quiet day, so it’s just a knitting update. I finished chart two, after wasting many about 5 days correcting a very stupid mistake on my part. I’ve begun chart three, though these pictures are taken at the completion of chart two. I don’t think I will do the beading on this project, I don’t have enough shawl experience to tackle beads.
Today we went to Taishan. We visited the Hot Springs resort. Besides the hot springs, they have pools filled with fish that will eat the dead skin off your body. There is some kind of health benefit to that, apparently. We also visited some friends in an old part of town and some farmland nearby. A very beautiful place.
Went to the museum of Guangzhou, where we saw archaeological excavations going back 2200 years. We saw artifacts from the Nanyue and Nanhan kingdoms, as well as the Jin, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Very large museum, a lot to see. There was a re-creation of the royal gardens from the Nanyue kingdom, as well as a Taoist temple.