Books,  Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday.

Hello friends and Happy Wednesday! Today is an Opera Wednesday (Porgy & Bess and I am so excited!), so this is gonna be a super quick update on what I’m knitting and reading.

On the needles are a pair of socks for my mom (well, technically, the first of a pair!)You might recall a few weeks back that two of her socks had already worn through in the heels. Those were socks I’d knit with Malabrigo Arroyo … super soft and lovely colors and sadly, just not up to hardwood floors. This yarn is a wool/nylon blend and we’ll see how it wears. I am enjoying the colors (named these “Florida Socks” πŸ˜‰ )

and a sweet little baby sweater for friends who just welcomed their first grandson. This is my go-to baby gift knit for boys (this is the go-to for girls). I have another friend expecting her first grandchild this year. I’m hoping to knit the dress, but a cable-ful sweater will be ok, too! Do you have go-to baby gift knits? Seems I’m entering a season of new grand-babies and I’d love your recommendations!

On the reading front, I finished two books which I LOVED

and haven’t yet started anything new. Meanwhile, I’m still working slowly through my morning spiritual growth titles (three books right now) … and my in-box!

As always, a heartfelt Thank You to Kat for hosting our meet-up πŸ™‚


  • Carole

    I bet those socks will be further along after the opera! The baby sweater is adorable. My go-to for baby knitting is the Baby Surprise Jacket. I have that Ten Thousand Doors book on my list, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  • Vicki

    I don’t know if it’s my Go-to, but I’ve knit four “In Threes” cardigans. I really liked making the “Garter Yoke Baby Cardigan” and “Vintage Baby Cardigan,” too.

  • Kat

    One suggestion I have found helps wear and tear on socks is to knit the foot on a smaller needle, making the fabric a little denser.

    AND, I am on the wait list for The Ten Thousand Doors of January and now I am even more excited to get it!

  • Kym

    What a sweet baby sweater! (And the little dress is so precious.) I have a new grand-niece on the way. Still deciding what to knit for her. . . I used to have a go-to baby knit, but lately I tend to be mixing things up a bit. πŸ™‚ I love the color of your mom’s new socks — they’re so happy! XO

  • Sarah

    I hope these socks will hold up a little better! I have some generic wool/nylon socks that are older than my daughter and still look like they’ve hardly been worn, so they should.

    I don’t really have a go-to baby pattern; I seem to go through phases with different patterns. I’ve knit a lot of Baby Surprise Jackets over the years, though!

  • Bonny

    Those socks have all the colors of a gorgeous Florida sunset, and I hope they will last longer using yarn with nylon. I’ve never actually knit one, but I’ve seen some lovely Baby Surprise Jackets recently and now I’m just waiting for someone I know to have a baby. (And also waiting for the Ten Thousand Doors of January from the library!)

  • Karen

    Everything Happens . . . was on my list of Best Books of 2018. I originally listened to it, but then bought a paperback edition when it came out so I’d have it for reference. I’ve already loaned it out once.

  • Jane

    I love the Florida colors in your yarn. I think socks from yarn with nylon content wear much better. I knit one pair from Malabrigo sock. They were soft and lovely but wore out over one winter. I have a few baby knits I like – Flax, Little Nugget, and for little girls, the Seamless Yoked Sweater. This last pattern is free and the directions are a little sparse but I have knit two or three from fingering weight yarn and had good luck. I like to think about the new little family and choose something unique for them so I knit from a variety of patterns.

  • Alexa

    The colours in your Florida Socks are delicious – like a bright candy. Hopefully the addition of the nylon will give them more wearing power. I’m a hopeless knitter, so have no recommendations for the baby knitting, alas. My mother-in-law used to knit very sweet and hugely useful wrapover cardigans for newborns – they had a raglan sleeve which made them so easy to put on.

  • karen

    my go to is EZ’s top down february baby sweater and omit the lace for boy or girl. Lovely sweater and opera reminds me of my mom who loved to watch it on PBS.