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    FO Friday | Lilli Pilli.

    I had the best intentions of getting this post up a few hours ago … just like I’m sure Nadal and Djokovic figured they’d be done with their match by now 😉 I did take advantage of the break between matches to snap a few photos of my latest FO – Lilli Pilli. Yep, I finished a knitting project! I’m really pleased with how it turned out – especially after my false start. And a few boo-boo’s in that garter stitch ribbing when I was knitting in low light and couldn’t tell the difference between the two colors.The colors do look remarkably similar … except in good light. My favorite…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | Slow Progress.

    Things are moving slow around here, slower than I can remember (maybe ever – the last time I was laid up without being able to drive was in 2002 … and I had two teenagers and my mom and dad in the house to help … it wasn’t “slow”). So checking off two more Bingo squares and finishing the current week’s mystery shawl clue seems like blog-worthy progress. Good thing it’s Wednesday and I can join in with Kat and friends to talk about it! Since last week, I finished Calypso (lower right), David Sedaris’ latest. This is maybe my favorite collection of his ever, and for sure in the…

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    Loving Lace and Linen.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share about what I’m making … a real celebration of lace and linen! First up, my Monday afternoon knitting group is again participating in Kirsten Kapur’s Mystery KAL. We had a lot of fun knitting along together last year and I’m delighted that two more of us are joining in this time (one of the girls missed Monday … expect to see seven WIPs next week!) My do-over of Lilli Pilli is coming along nicely; I started the second garter stripe section last night. The piece is about 13″ wide and I expect the finished length to be around 90″ which will…

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    FO Friday | The Blanket’s Tale (the end).

    As I mentioned early last week, the blanket was finished, washed and packed in plenty of time to travel to New York in my suitcase. It looks perfectly at home on Sara’s sofa. She prefers the backside; I’ll admit it definitely shows the gradient to full advantage, but the knitter in me thinks the right side is pretty cool. I’m glad I’ll get to picture her, sitting right (t)here, snuggled, warm and wrapped in love. The project is on Ravelry, here. I don’t often think this about a project this big, but I’m hoping to knit another one (maybe with a worsted weight yarn so it goes a little faster?…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | A Do-over.

    First, Thank You everyone for your kind comments about the new digs. Today I’m hanging my first pictures … at least I know they’ll be straight. and after previewing a few drafts, I hope they’re all the same size! Next up I want to rearrange the furniture and paint. I’m looking forward to Sara’s help. I have a real unraveled story to share today. I’ve been merrily knitting along on Lilli Pilli. Boy did it feel good to cast on something new Sunday afternoon. So good that I didn’t think too hard about gauge – I knit a lace scarf (Herring) out of Sparrow with those same size 5 needles…

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    Three on Thursday | Shopping Plans.

    I’ll be in New York next Thursday and while Sara works, I have plans to meet up with Diane for lunch and shopping at Purl Soho. Purl is one of my favorite yarn shops, but they sell fabric too. I’ve never spent much time in that part of the shop, but this trip, I will! Thinking that Sara’s blanket is going to leave a nice big opening in my suitcase, I’m planning to buy yarn and fabric. These are the three projects I have in mind: 1. Uniform Tunic, View A, in watercolor linen. 2. Lotta Jansdotter’s Kiomi Dress (from Everyday Style) in a Liberty print. 3. Terrace Wrap in Cattail…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket’s Tale (part four).

    Joining in with Kat and friends to share what I hope is the final in-progress update on Sara’s blanket. I leave for New York next Wednesday and my plan is to have the finished blanket wrapped and packed on Tuesday! As long as I don’t lose focus, I should be fine. That row marker (7 repeats into the fifth and final color) tells me I have 23 repeats to go. I was averaging five repeats a day until this past week (when I slowed down a little) … and if I can get back to that pace I’ll finish with a couple days to spare. A few of you asked how…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket’s Tale (part three).

    Joining in with Kat and friends to share yet another update on Sara’s blanket. The most exciting thing about this week’s story is that I’m now halfway through the fourth (of five) section; the end is creeping into view! Along the way, we finished reading Paris in the Present Tense with the Kindle propped up on the counter. It was only the last 100 or so pages, but it was a great ending. We also finished A Tale of Two Cities. I listened to this more away from the house (walking, running, driving), so I’m guessing the story was a little hard to follow. Still, I gave both books five stars and…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket’s Tale (part two).

    Joining in with Kat and friends to share another update on Sara’s blanket. When I’m knitting something for someone else, I pay closer attention than usual to what sorts of experiences I “expose” the piece. And for an epic knit like this one, it can tell quite a tale! Here’s a brief glimpse of the best parts since I shared last week’s update. Sara and Holly have a special bond and much of this blanket’s at-home knitting time has been just like this. Friday evening A most happy occasion. Saturday morning Time with friends. Monday afternoon Time with a very special TV show. Tuesday afternoon  …because it has personal significance for…

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    FO Friday | Edie.

    Happy Friday, y’all! It feels like it’s been the longest week, and I still have things left to-do on my list, but one thing I do get to cross off is five days of blog posts … and finished Edie photos! I’m really pleased with the length now (and so happy I spent the eight-ish hours to fix it). Ravelry details here  Isabell Kraemer is one of my favorite designers – great shapes, fun details and well-written patterns – and Edie delivers all of these. Isabell wrote the pattern to use a 100% linen yarn (the lovely Quince & Co. Sparrow). She says she added the slip-stitch stripe detail – barely…