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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.

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14 August 2014

Thursday 14 August

Guangzhou day twenty-nine

Nan Hai South China Sea God temple. Very beautiful place. It seems like there has been a temple there for a long time, an interesting visit for sure.

12 August 2014

Tuesday 12 August

Guangzhou day twenty-seven

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.

11 August 2014

Monday 11 August

Guangzhou day twenty-six

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.

10 August 2014

Sunday 10 August

Guangzhou day twenty-five

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.

9 August 2014

Saturday 9 August

Guangzhou day twenty-four

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.

8 August 2014

Friday 8 August

Guangzhou day twenty-three

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.

I knit. This is the stuff I knit.