• Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making for Europe.

    Yesterday’s Soyokaze finish was the last “official make” I’d planned for our trip. Doesn’t it look great with the tote?of course you do have to imagine it on me … with no pin holding it in place. and for sure a top. and pants. The tote was a lot of fun to make (even the cutting wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be) and the lining fabric – a Rifle Paper Co print on canvas (purchased at my “local” fabric store – sadly, the shop is a 45 minute drive in good traffic, but still…) – makes me smile every time I see it. Thanks to those finishes, I…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to talk about knitting and books. I do love these weekly check-ins. The opportunity to report on progress has spurred many a project to some sort of milestone or completion. And if there’s literal unraveling, the opportunity for commiseration within a like-minded community is hard to beat. Up until about two hours ago, I wasn’t sure which path my story would follow today. Shortly after I snapped Monday’s photo of that first Soyokaze sleeve about 1/4 done, I realized I was likely to run out of yarn. I’m not sure what happened; I started with about 25% more than the pattern suggested. But…

  • Knitting

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …send you around in circles! And this time, they’re most welcome – yep, I finally made it to the sleeves of Soyokaze 🙂 Hope your Monday brought something welcome, too. Here’s to a good week!

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    This is from Monday afternoon. I’m still knitting the body of Soyokaze … and since that’s not very interesting, I thought I’d share what the rest of my knitting group are knitting. Heading around the table (starting to my left): Ethel started the second sleeve of Getty. That purple Shibui Twig + Cima is just as stunning in person! Kathy is knitting Cepa in Kidsilk Haze. …oh my! Pat (at the opposite end) just finished the ribbing on a hat. I didn’t note the pattern, but the yarn is Madelinetosh Vintage in a really yummy blue green colorway. Sarah (hands nicely folded in her lap) is working on the bind…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Starboard Rock.

    The pattern – it’s called Starboard Rock – that I tested for Lori Versaci is now available on Ravelry. I can’t say enough good things about it! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to test … and to Katie for taking photographs last weekend. That neckline detail is what first attracted me to the pattern. Lori nailed it … and I love how it showcases pearls 🙂 The fit is relaxed, but still flattering. I love the length – just long enough …  but not too long. It’s fun to knit – the cuffs, hem and yoke feature an irregular rib … with plain stockinette in between. The construction is…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making.

    September is always a month I look forward to – back-to-school, college football, cooler temperatures (sweater weather!), Charlie’s birthday – and this year promises something new. My mom invited me to accompany her on her first trip to Europe; we are headed to Vienna on the 24th for a cruise on the Danube River! I’ll have a lot more to share about our trip – but for today (after all it is Thursday) – it’s three things I’m making to wear while I’m there. We’ve been stalking the weather forecasts for Vienna (we’ll be there for three days at the beginning of the trip) and Nuremberg (two days at the end)…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    My afternoon got off to a most unraveled start but the power is back on now (2:48 pm) and I’m hoping it stays on this time … it’s already gone off and come back twice. So I’m typing fast! On the knitting front, I finally finished the first of my two afghan squares for the team project that Kat is coordinating. This is my first time knitting a mitered square (or anything remotely log cabin). It’s fiddle-y and there are lots of ends, but it’s an excellent course in picking up stitches. It also looks pretty cool! But mostly, it’s wonderful to be part of a project along with so…

  • Food & Drink,  Knitting

    (un) Unraveled Wednesday.

    Whew! The third time was a charm for Soyokaze … and I am now well into the second half of the collar. I had hoped to show you a little more progress (the next step is really cool – you pickup stitches along one of the long edges and re-join the first half of the collar to start the yoke #knittinggeek), but I’ve spent most of the morning in the kitchen. Holly and I are joining up with our annual family reunion at the lake later today and my biggest assignment is to bake a cake. The recipe is Aunt Betty’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake (fondly known as CCPC).It’s an…

  • Knitting

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …look a little messy. Thankfully, many things today have gone quite well (I finished the test knit for Lori and it looks great. I had my first PT appointment and got cleared for yoga. Kirsten reposted our Monday knitting group photo of the finished mystery shawls). But the beginning of Soyokaze was not one of them. That mess of yarn means I mis-read the instructions – not once, but twice. Instead of working ribbing on the right side and purling the wrong side, I worked ribbing on both sides. yep. oops! I guess I should be glad I realized my mistake before that pile of yarn of ripped out yarn…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    I finished the last book to cover my Summer Bingo* card just after 6 am this morning. Moments of Seeing is a wonderful collection of essays to savor. I highly recommend Katrina Kennison’s blog … and her granola! Hands down this was my best summer of reading in quite a few years. I still need to collect my thoughts – and maybe a few statistics 😉 about the whole thing, but that’s going to wait for another day. Because I spent the rest of the day visiting my aesthetician and my nail tech (yay! my ten toes now all sport the same color) … and watching the team from Georgia advance…