• Knitting

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …look like sweaters in progress. along with fancy coffee drinks or tea, and a couple of hours of good girl talk. Apparently, the photo op was also a welcome opportunity to put the knitting down for bit. you know, to take off your glasses, tidy up your space, or look up something on Ravelry 🙂 It’s been a while since I shared what our Monday afternoon knitting group is working on, and I’m sure this is the first time seven of us have been knitting sweaters! That’s my Portage (for Sara) at the bottom, about 2″ into the garter stitch slog otherwise known as the collar*. Continuing counter-clockwise is Karen’s second (this…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | A Mixed Bag.

    Today’s unraveling is a mixed bag of things (still) in process, things finished and things up next. Still in process Thing #1: Portage. I’m now well into the body. That gorgeous texture on the back is slow going, but the wrong side rows go quickly. and isn’t that cable detail down the side pretty? Still in process Thing #2: A second sock. I’m pleasantly surprised the stripes are matching up so nicely. They won’t be identical twins, but they’re for sure very closely related! Finished things – two books! Much of that Portage progress is due to listening to Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. I originally listened to this in…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | All the WIPs.

    One of the things I’m trying to be better about this year is updating my projects in Ravelry. Back when I worked in the yarn shop and taught classes, I never seemed to have trouble with remembering … and doing it. But now, whole projects go by completely undocumented, or else magically go from “just started” to “hey, I finished”. Kat has provided the perfect forum to make updating those projects – at least on a weekly basis – a habit. So here goes:I have four projects in process right now. A sweater for Sara, two pairs of House Socks and the ADVENTurer Wrap. Those last three projects have all…

  • Knitting

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are perfect for a cozy (new!!!!) sweater! Indeed my finished Coatigan made her debut at knitting this afternoon. and Deena was kind enough to take a few modeled photos. If you recall that I was afraid of running short on yarn, I’m happy to report I have a LOT leftover. 3+ skeins. enough for matching mittens and maybe even a headband. and while I have no desire to knit more I-cord anytime soon, I must admit, it does make for a beautiful finish. as does yarn that spit splices (few ends to weave in) and softens up nicely after a soak. This yarn was a gift from my mother-in-law’s stash and…

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    TGIF | Coatigan.

    I had grand plans for Coatigan to be finished this week. But at nearly 4pm on Friday, I’m having to accept that will only happen if I stretch “this week” to include the weekend. So in lieu of the typical TGIF post, today I have a slightly tongue-in-cheek one, dedicated to this WIP. Thinking about my next project (of course, right?). I even went so far as to pull out needles and make a tiny swatch this morning. It looks like I’ll be knitting DK weight yarn on a size 7 needle. Which after weeks of knitting aran yarn on a size 5  sounds heavenly. Grateful for the girls in…

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    Three on Thursday | Knitting Goals.

    Progress continues on the Coatigan. I finished the body and am now officially very worried about running out of yarn (the body used about 8-1/2 of my 19 skeins). So of course I’m trying to knit faster. I’m also knitting the sleeves before I tackle the collar and pockets. I can certainly have a “coatigan” with a smaller collar (and maybe not even pockets), but I cannot have one without sleeves. This afternoon, while I was going around and around on the first sleeve (with just the occasional pause to pet the little dog in my lap … or take a photo) I settled on knitting goals for this year.…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share a quick update on my knitting and reading. I’m still doing both 🙂 OK, not that quick! On the knitting front, I’ve been mostly working on my Coatigan. I thought I might have a completed body to share today, but the hem is taking forever. (also, see the part below about reading.) I did add a few more rows this afternoon, catching up with my friend Virginia over coffee. My last Starbucks purchase was back on December 8. I’ve really missed knitting with friends over coffee! I also thought I might have real progress to share on ADVENTurer, but it’s just…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Knock on wood … it’s been another week with no unraveling – except that I pared back my Christmas knitting plans (more on that next week when I can share the FO’s). So of course, I started a pair of those slouchy house socks.They’re working up quickly on size 10 dpn’s 😉 and I’m going to make this a quick post – today is an Opera Wednesday, with lunch first and a celebratory cocktail back here after. It’s La Traviata, my favorite, and the production looks over-the-top. I can’t wait! Joining in with Kat and friends. Happy Wednesday!  

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    FO Friday | Jaycee.

    Yes, Jaycee is officially an FO. I wore it to Katie’s last Thursday and she obliged with a few photos.It was completely unplanned that my outfit would go so nicely with her deck and the beautiful fall trees in the background. Isabell Kraemer released the pattern back in April and it went immediately on my to-make list (officially here). What drew me to the design was that gorgeous yoke and the twisted rib. It didn’t disappoint. Isabell included short rows before and after the lace detail so the yoke sits nicely on my shoulders. It’s also a nice change to have all the increases spread around the yoke instead of lined…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Brrrr…. I hope everyone is staying warm today. It was colder in Atlanta this morning than in both Anchorage and Reykjavîk. All I want to do is snuggle in my favorite chair with Holly and knit. I’m making good progress on my Coatigan (pictured above), but it’s going to have to warm up a little for me to wear this as a coat! …and I guess it’s ok that’s the only unraveling I have to report 🙂 On the reading front, I finished two 4-star books this week: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a delightful new series! Historical fiction with a bit…