• Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Still on Sleeve Island.

    Looking back at Monday’s post, I’m amazed at my optimism for just how long a second sleeve might take. The first sleeve took five days … how could I possibly think the second would go that much quicker? (sidenote – I think optimism is a good thing … let’s be honest, most days it’s what keeps me going.) Here’s where I was just before bed on Monday night and Tuesday nightyeah, that time I had carved out yesterday for knitting went other necessary places … and good places. I had a relaxed meeting with a new friend that left me energized and inspired. I did a little research into air…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Notes from Sleeve Island.

    With a nod toward Sara’s upcoming move, I started re-reading Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island this afternoon. and since I’m still marooned on Sleeve Island, I’m listening. Marc is listening to The Road to Little Dribbling and I expect we’ll swap titles shortly. Sleeve Island is certainly a lot less interesting than the entire island that contains England, Wales and Scotland (not to mention Bryson’s engaging narrative style and the glimpse back to Britain ca 1995). Still … Friday Night Snacks and an episode of Poirot, recorded from our local PBS station. Saturday morning yoga in the park by City Hall (and a most-convenient reason to visit Theo’s…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Good Newses | Wednesday.

    I am sharing a little about knitting and books today (because Wednesday) … and also because I have Good Newses to share for both 🙂 First up, the knitting. I am almost afraid to type this, but y’all – Whippet is about 1-1/2 sleeves (and two sleeve seams) away from being finished … and I have not had to unravel anything so far. I know things look a bit wonky in the photo, but it’s nothing blocking won’t fix. The only big change I’m making to the pattern – and it’s not even really that big – is to knit the sleeves flat. As written, that lovely lace pattern is…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    It’s Wednesday (again? already?) and I’m happy to be joining in with Kat and friends to talk about knitting … with no unraveling. Knock on wood, all three of my current projects have been – so far! – unravel-free! First up, knitting in public at this afternoon’s Live in HD re-run (from 2007) of The Barber of Seville. It was the first time any of us had seen that opera and we expected “fun”, but oh-my-goodness it was laugh out loud funny. Our next opera is Turandot in October … maybe I’ll have a new sock on the needles by then. This is the first sock of another pair for…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and crew today to report on my s-l-o-w progress with Whippet. and Bon Voyage. about all I can say is that both projects have seen a little love this past week and neither has seen any actual unraveling. My reading has been slow, too – as in no new Bingo squares. I should, though, have something more interesting to share in my next post. In 45 minutes, Marc and I are headed to Lake Oconee to spend July 4th with our favorite little boys (and their parents). See you Friday!

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Whoa, is it really Wednesday … evening??!! already? I spent all day yesterday at home (mostly by myself with Holly) and I’m finally starting to feel a bit settled. Thank y’all for hanging with me – I look forward to catching up with what’s going on in your worlds soon! So this Unraveled post is not feeling nearly as Unraveled as it would’ve felt on Monday … and I have knitting and reading progress to share. First up – the knitting. I am cruising along on my Bon Voyage. It’s a very fun knit … even in almost black yarn … and a nice go-along project with Whippet. My knitting brain…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    I’m sure y’all are beside yourselves to know if I’m going to be taking the Simple Tee Too to New York 😉 I think the answer is “YES!” That was the view on my bedroom floor just before I started this post. The just-soaked front is on the left. I really love how the yarn plumps back up once it dries (that’s the back on the right for comparison). So I’m just two 3-needle bind offs and two straight mattress-stitch seams (after an overnight of drying) away from an FO. Packing plans can now commence in earnest! The front definitely went more smoothly – and quickly – than the back. I’m…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! I was sitting with Deena at Starbucks on Saturday afternoon, knitting (of course*) and realized this was the last “normal” weekend until mid-July. What? huh? Yep, next weekend we’re in NYC. then we have the little boys while their parents attend a wedding. and then the Weekend with the Retreat. and then the Weekend just after July 4th. … and then it’s – maybe?! – back to “normal”. With that frame, I have five photos to share: First (of course 😉 ) Friday Night Snacks This is hands down my favorite way to start the weekend (along with something good on TV – the last…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends! I’m delighted to be back with Kat and crew today to share a little about what I’m knitting and reading. On the knitting front, I’m now monogamously committed to that white knit tee. It’s my second time knitting this pattern, my second project in a row on size 4 straight needles and my second straight stockinette pullover (with seams, no less!) in a row. hummm… I wonder what’s going on here? 😉 I think it’s only appropriate I’ve named the project Simple Tee Too! I will admit things got a little tense yesterday while I watched the latest Espace Tricot podcast. I’ve been smitten with Melissa’s gorgeous Ranunculus…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Early June Weekending.

    It feels good to be sitting back at my favorite spot at the kitchen counter on a Monday afternoon, looking back at photos from the weekend. It feels even better that my email in-box is now almost back to normal, I have my to-do list under control … and I’ve really enjoyed catching up with what many of y’all have been up to since I last visited. Following the 90+ degree temperatures we “enjoyed” through the end of May, the weekend brought a delightful change. It cooled off a little, the humidity dropped and it was fun to be outside. I made the most of it! Except for the gazillion…