• 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…

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    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    This was my view for much of the afternoon (it’s my view many afternoons, and also a few mornings and evenings – just without all that lovely natural light). Today I was struck by the difference with last Wednesday’s view. The shawl I was knitting then is done (post on that coming soon) and now I’m close to finishing the sweater for Lori Versaci’s upcoming pattern. …and of course, two shoes 🙂 Happy Tuesday! p.s. It’s been two months since I moved to WordPress and I hope y’all are enjoying the new platform as much as I am. One of the new things I love is the “You May Also…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Whoa. Wednesday again. already. my knitting and reading don’t look that much different from last week. but I’m still joining in with Kat and crew … because Wednesday! There is noticeable progress on my mystery shawl. I promised my Monday girls I’d have a finished shawl to share on Monday and after trading emails with a couple of you about my (lack of) progress, I decided to get serious today. It helps that I’m trying to rest my foot a LOT this week. and that I’m listening to another Vera (yep, I’m on #6 now). perfect company until I got to the bind-off… …and needed all my concentration to count and…

  • Knitting

    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    Thanks to my driver Deena, I was back with my Monday afternoon knitting group yesterday after a five-week absence. Karen even baked healthy brownies to celebrate (note the green-topped tupperware)! The projects have progressed a lot since then: Karen had just started the baby blanket (pink and white mosaic on the right) and now she’s on the last repeat; my Natsu (bottom center) is almost to 300 stitches (six weeks ago I was still stalking the pattern test thread on Ravelry and waiting for its release); Deena has started a new baby blanket (purple and white mosaic on the left); Kathy (out of the frame) showed off two finished shawls…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat & friends today to talk about what I’m knitting and reading … happily (*knocks on wood*), with no unraveling! I’m still working on the front of Lori’s test knit. She delivered the last installment of the pattern today and I’m excited to see how it all comes together. (I have no new photo to share … it still looks a lot like it did on Monday.) In more exciting knitting news, Deena and Karen came over this afternoon to knit. They’re both part of my Monday afternoon group and they’re both participating in Kirsten’s mystery shawl KAL. Karen has finished hers (I’m pretty sure she was…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Queue Check.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to talk about knitting and reading. I’ve been doing a lot more thinking about knitting than actual knitting lately. This morning, I pulled together all those thoughts and turned them into a solid plan. As a first step, I looked back at my original Make Nine plan. I have made a good deal of progress … …not only with knitting, but also changing my mind! Two of those “nopes” (Birkin, center and Glaswegian, lower right) I’ve abandoned because of poor pattern reviews, and Archer (center right) because I’m kind of in a cardigan phase right now. Poor Balise (lower center) is still very…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | For Real.

    Ha! I almost made it a whole month without sharing a tale of real unraveling. almost… I was happily knitting Clue 5 of the MKAL with Deena this afternoon when I stopped (after row 11) to admire the beautiful pattern that was emerging on this second border. Seriously, y’all – the first half of this clue is probably my favorite lace motif of the entire piece. and yep, I’m going to get to knit it twice! along with the last bit of Clue 4. When I shared my not-spoiler with y’all last week, the boo-boo was there … but it took some really close looking today for me to see…

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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…

  • Books,  Knitting

    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…