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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…

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    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…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    First, thank you for all your kind and supportive comments last week about Edie. I am happy to report that the ripping and re-knitting was worth it … and I hope to have finished shots to share soon. Joining in with Kat and crew today to share another – much less traumatic – knitting report. This is the Purl Soho Tonal Blanket that I’m knitting for Sara. and planning to take (finished!) when I visit her in NYC next month (!!!yes! I have a plane ticket!) As written, the pattern calls for a sport weight yarn and, reading the comments, appears to result in LOTS of leftovers. I’m making two…

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    Three on Thursday | 2018 Summer Book Bingo!

    There’s a new section on the sidebar to the right for this year’s Summer Book Bingo. The cards are ready – it’s time to start planning! And since it’s Thursday, here are three things you need to know about this year’s Summer Book Bingo: 1. Books you finish between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend count. This year that means books you finish May 26 – September 3. This might be a great opportunity to finish books you started a while back … or you could simply get a headstart by starting now and “finishing” Memorial Day Weekend. 2. You get to interpret the relevance of the square to…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Warning, y’all – this post contains graphic evidence of actual unraveling! Much to my dismay, I was not delighted with the finished Edie when I finally tried it on Monday afternoon. It was long. as in needs leggings long. Even my slim-legged white jeans and sandals didn’t make it work. I wore it to knitting anyway, hoping the girls would change my mind. They didn’t. I held out one last hope that Diane might … but when we FaceTimed yesterday afternoon, she agreed. I could either wear the sweater with leggings or make it shorter. The sweater is meant for warm weather; wearing it with leggings seems silly. So after…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    The only thing that has unraveled this week is my thinking that I could finish Calyx by Sunday, when the Sweater KAL in Elizabeth Doherty’s group on Ravelry ends. I still have two shoulder pieces to knit and join, then two sleeves, a neckline and a hem to pickup and knit. And plans today and tomorrow that won’t allow much knitting time. So yeah, probably not gonna happen. But soon, for sure, because the knitting is just plain fun. The pattern is – of course – extremely well-written (I’m now on page 10 of 16) and – of course – very cleverly constructed. On the reading front, I haven’t made…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | Yes, No and Maybe.

    Happy Wednesday! I’m joining in with Kat and friends today to talk about knitting – specifically, an update on last week’s next-up post. I’ll start with the Yes! This is Edie, almost halfway through the body. The colors are most definitely outside my comfort zone, but it is fun to see how they play together in the knitting. Apparently, I’m also getting lazy a lot more relaxed about swatching. When I blocked the swatch (knit on 4’s), it shrunk. So I cast on with 6’s…fingers crossed! The No! is True Colors.  I love the pattern. I love the yarn. I do not like them together. The reality of the design…