Crocheted Top

Crocheted Top

Summer has arrived in Southern Ontario! The weather is hot, hot, hot, and humid. Not at all like the November type weather we experienced on our vacation. We are rethinking how we take vacations, I can tell you! We don’t have much experience with them, only having had two weeks, one last summer and one this summer, so we are still learning, at our age!

The curtains are closed today, to keep that heat out. This has been working well today, the Heat Pump has only run a few times to maintain the temperature at 23.5, with a humidity around 48%, which is very comfortable.

Today is a blank page. Although the weather is as summery as it has been in 2017, autumn has arrived in my world. My focus has turned to food preservation, and moving into the projects I want to work on this winter. I need to work on my second genealogy book.

Also, I have decided to crochet an throw blanket for the chesterfield in Grace The Trailer, for the 2018 camping season. I purchased some yarn, Bernat Pop! Foggy Notion, which will look very nice in Grace The Trailer, and we like the colours. Now I have to decide on a pattern, or a stitch. At present I am considering a wave stitch, or the Suzette stitch, or a c2c pattern (corner to corner), but have not yet decided.

Bernat pop foggynotion 1 This is the yarn I have chosen for my first crocheted blanket. The blanket will be for use in Grace The Trailer during the 2018 camping season. I hope it will be ready in time!

I finished the top/coverup I was crocheting just before we left for our vacation. It is meant to be worn over tank tops, so that I can go braless without notice. The design is my own, made up as I went along. I am not entirely happy with it, but these days I wonder if what I am unhappy about with the way clothing fits is more about my aging body than with the clothing itself. I don’t really recognize myself completely when I look in the mirror. It reminds me of being 13 years old, and bit confused about who I was, my identity. I don’t know if I will just get used to the changes, and go with the flow, or if I will continue to find it disorienting. If the disorientation continues, then I will get used to that.

Crocheted top 2017 09 18 at 8 16 AM My crocheted top/coverup, meant to be worn over tank tops, to accomplish acceptable bralessness. I learned a lot designing and creating this top. Making it stretched my skill level, and my brain. Behind me to the right you can see that we are still under construction, drywall not finished, flooring that needs to be ripped out and replaced with red pine plank flooring… maybe someday, lol!

The day slipped away on me again. Attila will be home within minutes, and I can’t really say what I have done for the last ten hours. The thing is, if I try very hard I can list all the things I have done today. For example, I researched and bought Attila a charger and rechargeable AAA batteries, using the gift cards I got for my credit card points. I updated plugins on my web sites. Those are what come to mind immediately. I don’t know, why try to remember these things, why not let them flow into the past wordlessly? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. If I answer my own question, it would be that there is no why, it is just what I do, when I do it, and what I write, when I write it. Silly thoughts, but all mine.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 3:00 PM EDT Monday 18 September 2017
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 23.5°C
Dew point: 19.1°C
Humidity: 76%
Wind: SSE 8 km/h
Humidex: 30
Visibility: 24 km


“You should not live one way in private, another in public.”
Publilius Syrus
~100 BC


  1. Teri

    I like your new top! Very nice, and you should be very proud of having designed it yourself. And you look great, BTW.

    The colors for Grace’s throw are also very nice. Maybe I could suggest doing some test strips with each stitch that you’re considering? That way you can see how the colors intermix given the chosen stitch. Take pictures of each strip and then you can frog each one in preparation to do the throw.

  2. Thanks Teri, I am happy with it, it is what I had imagined. I don’t often post pictures of myself, but I did want to put up a picture of the top, and it doesn’t look the same lying on a flat surface.

    Good idea about doing test strips, that would also give me a chance to see how well I like working the different stitches and patterns, I’ll be working on a project as large as a blanket for a very long time 🙂

  3. Thanks Steve-Paul! I am feeling relatively healthy at this point in time, fingers crossed my luck continues!

    Ah, living both ways in public could defeat the purposes of people with a public agenda, people who want to appear kind and generous and honourable, but actually treat others unkindly, without generosity, and dishonourably in private. I met a lot of those kind of people in my career, not all of course, there are some very wonderful people out there, but it seems the more ambitious they are, the less likely they are to integrate their private and public personas.

    My favourite people are the kind of people who are the real thing, in private and public!

  4. You won’t believe this, but I have that same yarn on order! Same color combo… it has not arrived yet. I love that you will be making a blanket. I love love love to make them. The ripple is really nice, but you really have to concentrate on the stitch count all along the way, all the time. I get messed up all the time when I’m doing it. It’s not that hard if you “get” the architecture of the stitches. The C2C is almost error-free. The edges are straight by design, once you get it in your head it goes quickly. You don’t really have to be constantly counting, it’s just a lot easier. Can’t wait to see your progress.

  5. Bex! They are lovely colours, aren’t they! I chose the colours because they are so soothing and will fit so nicely with the colours in Grace The Trailer. Thanks for describing what is involved with the ripple stitch, I think I pass it by as a first ever blanket project. The C2C sounds nice, I watched the Bella Coco video today, and it seems doable. I am also looking at different stitches, right now I am considering the Suzette stitch, which is very pretty, and doesn’t require much counting after the foundation chain is done. I haven’t though about making squares, they seem a little intimidating for a first ever blanket project. But you know, the blanket will probably take quite a bit of time to finish, and it is possible I might veer off into a second project of some kind with squares, just to try them out and have something a little different to explore! Thanks for suggesting squares!

    Crocheting is such fun!

  6. I looked up my order for that yarn and it’s coming on Thursday, I ordered 8 balls of it, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I think another blanket is in my future! The squares are something I resisted for a long time. But once I made one, I was addicted to them. The good thing is that you can just make one, and stop… go do something else, and then make another one… and they add up eventually… and sewing them together was not as tortuous as I had thought it would be… it was fun actually. I don’t know what pattern I’ll use for that new yarn either… but I’m on the hunt.

  7. Bex, the squares sound like a great idea for using the bits of yarn I have, reallly old bits of yarn. I like the idea of being able to make one and then stop until I feel like doing it again! Glad to hear that sewing them together is not tortuous, that did cross my mind. I have seen some jackets made from squares that look really interesting too!

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