• Knitting,  Travel

    Unraveled Wednesday | The Travel Report.

    I really enjoyed everyone’s comments on last week’s post about my travel knitting plans. Apparently we are all over the place about how we plan and pack for knitting on the road. A lot has to do with how much “free” time we think we’ll have and how accessible more yarn might be where we’re going. This week, I’m looking back on that knitting (which is probably more useful for future planning purposes for me than any of you!) First up – the socks – the mindless project. I actually finished sock #1 (including the kitchener toe) after brunch on Friday. and I immediately started sock #2. I was just…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Travel Knitting.

    We leave for Beaufort tomorrow morning. I haven’t packed. I have a bit of meal prep to complete (this is on the menu for Friday morning and I’d rather have my kitchen smelling like roasted onions now than then). and I want to make a batch of thyme simple syrup (because cocktails). but my knitting is ready. I’m taking two projects. socks and a sweater. I knit plain vanilla socks (using this pattern, mostly in the DK weight, but sometimes the worsted variation) and going around and around – even on size 3 dpn’s – is suitable for all sorts of activities. Games. Car rides. Enjoying a glass of wine…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends! I’m delighted to be joining Kat’s lovely mid-week link-up today. On the knitting front, I am happy to report no unraveling on Marsa Alam.Since I took these photos yesterday afternoon, there’s now one sleeve in process. I worked the button bands and collar first to be sure I would have enough pink to finish both sleeves. Also, I have tried it on, and apparently I’m not as well endowed as my dress form *ahem* the fronts meet quite comfortably on me (and both sides really are the same length) 😉  I’m still smitten by that sleeve construction … it makes me happy every time I see it! To…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    More March Weekending.

    Ah, March – not only does she have five Fridays, she also has five weekends! and this one, #4, was spectacular. We got to see Charlie get a hit score a run and hang out looking “ready”. Sam didn’t get nearly that much activity … but he ate well. Katie says that the hardest part about these sporting weekends is entertaining the younger sibling(s) … at least there’s food! This text exchange between Marc and Rob on Saturday evening gives you the “guy’s read” of the game. The dads play a kind of “zone coach” thing while the kids rotate through the various positions. Rob had the short stop zone…

  • Just Life,  Knitting,  Sewing

    TGIF.

    Three cheers for Friday! I failed to note in last week’s love letter to March that this year it has five Fridays. as if we even needed one more reason to love her 🙂 Thinking about Book Bingo. I’m not sure I want to play this summer, which also makes me not sure I want to host. If you have a strong reaction to this (in either direction), please let me know (and if you’d rather not leave a comment, you can always email me – there’s a button in the sidebar (under “Elsewhere” – it’s the envelope icon) that pops up an email window addressed to me). Thank you! Grateful…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled (Opera) Wednesday.

    Opera Wednesdays typically don’t leave me much time for a blog post, but it’s Ash Wednesday and I’m skipping the usual after-opera cocktails so I can attend our church’s 7pm service (please note – I’m not giving up cocktails for Lent!) Today we saw La Fille Du Régiment and oh my it was fabulous. laugh-out-loud funny (how could it not be with Kathleen Turner – and no, she didn’t sing). and amazing singing. This is the opera with the famous “nine high C’s” aria … for a tenor. (watch here – we saw Javier Camerena today!) he gave the encore again 🙂 for this performance. so 18 high C’s! (he…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Thoughts of Spring.

    Y’all – this happened this afternoon!! yes … my sample is now on its way to Oregon. and I am back to deadline-free knitting. I do still have three prayer shawls to complete by the end of April … but I’m not even letting myself think about them right now. also, they’re crocheted, so that statement about the knitting is still true 😉 I spent a few minutes on Ravelry just now. long enough to hibernate my ADVENTurer (by the way – have you seen Kat’s awesome finish?!) and start a project for Albini …spring is in the air! A top-down cardigan on size 7 needles goes fast! I worked…

  • 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…

  • Knitting

    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…