Sunday, September 13, 2020

School time

This year, school is looking quite different. All children are being asked to wear masks. Even those little ones just starting school at age 4. The girl twins will be 6 at the end of September. They are entering grade one in French immersion and the beginning of the school year has been pushed back a couple of weeks. Since I already made masks for the boys, who live in British Columbia, I figured I could make the twins an equal amount - one each for every day of the week. That would be 10 masks but I thought I may as well make a couple of extras. That meant getting more elastic but I thought I might try different widths of elastic to see what would be more comfortable since they have to wear them all day.

This is called elastic thread. It came in white or red. It wasn't expensive so I got 10 yards. We'll see how it holds up.

 The loose elastics I got from Fabricland and they were sold by the metre. Two of them are 1/4 inch and one bundle was 1/8th inch. The package elastic I bought at Dollarama.

The elastics in the middle I purchased at Fabricland too.

I decided to make four masks at a time so I didn't get to hate making them. Perhaps later this week I'll make four more.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Knitting squares and yarn

There is a group of three women in Ontario who are putting together a knitted blanket in memory of those who died of the Covid-19 virus. Here is the article. It is hoped that these squares are made by individuals across the country using a certain yarn (to be consistant) and a certain size. The colour doesn't matter but there is one colour (turquoise) that is being used especially for those essential workers who have passed away. I thought I could probably make a 12 inch square and I did.

I ordered this from Yarn Canada. They didn't have my first choice or my second choice so I let the sales person choose a colour.

I also purchased these from Yarn Canada.

This is the yarn. It's the worsted weight. There are so many different colours to choose from but since there are so many knitters doing the squares, some colours are sold out.

That first square went so quickly (relatively speaking) that I went out and bought two more skeins. This time I decided to buy locally (meaning I could go and pick it up instead of waiting for it in the mail.) This blue (azure) and the gray (smoke) were just two of the many colours that were not sold out. Right now there are only a charcoal and mocha colour left.

I also took a trip to a shop to get more elastics and came home with these. I wanted to make a baby outfit or a blanket using the patterns from Warm Baby Project in the UK. The mini balls I use to make my rainbow blankets. I don't know if I want to use navy again or if maybe I'll use a gray with the little yarn balls.

It's all keeping me busy and occupied. I have lots of projects on the go and even more on a list.
The Harry Potter scarf that I started in England and finally finished has been delivered and received. My grandson liked it. I did try to block it but with not much success. It still curled inward.