• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends and Happy Wednesday! Today is an Opera Wednesday (Porgy & Bess and I am so excited!), so this is gonna be a super quick update on what I’m knitting and reading. On the needles are a pair of socks for my mom (well, technically, the first of a pair!)You might recall a few weeks back that two of her socks had already worn through in the heels. Those were socks I’d knit with Malabrigo Arroyo … super soft and lovely colors and sadly, just not up to hardwood floors. This yarn is a wool/nylon blend and we’ll see how it wears. I am enjoying the colors (named these…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Sometimes Mondays.

    can’t help but make you smile. Holly is back to regular morning walks beyond our little neighborhood. And the cherry trees have¬†bloomed. I bound off and blocked Nightshift yesterday and got to wear it today – with another white blouse and jeans ūüėČ – because wow! it was SPRING! I went to knitting this afternoon and seamed the sleeves on my purple coat. Mixed blessing that the weather appears to be perfect for me to wear it later this week. I also got to participate in the conversation about the Super Bowl, because y’all … I watched the WHOLE THING. Don’t ask me about the football (I do know the…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Soldotna.

    Remember when I finished a lot of things last month and told y’all it’s because I only count FO’s in the month they’re done. This month I have only one. Thankfully, it’s a good one … Soldotna!I’ve worn this a few times (can you see those wrinkles?!) since I finished it on the 19th. Black jeans, blue jeans, white top, chambray top, short boots, tall boots … ALL GOOD! Y’all I love this sweater! The yarn is √ćstex Pl√ľtulopi and it might be my new favorite yarn for stranded colorwork – it’s unspun Icelandic wool and sometimes it seemed to simply fall apart when I looked at it the wrong…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Pockets and Do-overs.

    Happy Wednesday, my friends. and cheers!My lovely friend Honor√© and I celebrated TEN YEARS of retirement this morning with a two-hour FaceTime call and a champagne toast. We both worked our last day in our “career jobs” (caveat only on my part since I started working in my LYS and teaching classes the following Monday) on Friday, January 29, 2010. Retirement hasn’t turned out quite like we expected … all for the good. While we chatted, I knitted on the Polar Coat and now have almost finished the body. I really wanted to share the bind-off with y’all today … and I’m close! Here’s a full view of the body…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends – apologies for my silence in response to the lovely stories y’all shared on Friday’s post. I’ve been taking a little break from my inbox and blog-land and I’m almost ready to dive back in. Please know I have read and appreciated all your comments and I look forward to replying and reading about what you’ve been up to. maybe tomorrow? for sure by next week! One little step to get me back in the groove is this mid-week meetup. I’m¬†grateful (yet again!) to Kat for hosting us and giving me a good reason to update my knitting on Ravelry and my reading on Goodreads. On the knitting…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Happy Wednesday! and happy sigh to be finally joining in with Kat and friends with an update on knitting¬†and reading … I’ve even managed to update Ravelry¬†and¬†Goodreads, too! First up, the knitting – I’m knitting the body of Soldotna nowand kind of amazed I have this much progress to show. The colorwork shows up much better in this photo than it seems to in my lap while I’m knitting … so it’s a “bright light” only project. And there hasn’t been much of that this week. Thankfully, Night Shift is bright enough for just about any light!It’s also mindless enough to accompany even the most compelling TV or book. The…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Looking Back | December.

    Ah… December. It is certainly one of the prettier months around here. and this year it was exceptionally full of smiling faces. and typically full of twinkle lights, fun cocktails, and knitting. The video version* also captures more moody skies, a quick binge through the latest Great British Bake-off Holiday and some very delightful little boy antics.   View this post on Instagram   December in less than a minute … twinkle lights and candles, cookies, cheers, two crazy little boys, one little dog and a lot of ‚̧ԳŹ #1se #1secondeveryday A post shared by Mary (@mere2007) on Jan 7, 2020 at 1:47pm PST I finished five knits and TEN…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Are we really a full week into 2020 already? I’m in that weird place where time seems to be speeding by and standing still at the same time. At least this week I’ve got a firm handle on what day it is ūüėČ And I am so happy to be getting back to the routine of sharing about knitting on Wednesdays. I have two projects on the needles – Nightshift, looking a bit more colorful since I shared a photo on Friday. I am nearly done with the 5th (of 9 planned) repeat. Adding 20 stitches with each repeat, the rows are getting longer and longer (and slower and slower).…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Happy Wednesday! I’m delighted to be joining in with Kat and friends to talk about knitting. and even happier that I have two no-longer-blobs to share. First up, here’s Sam’s purple cardigan. The knitting is done, but I still have to seam the sleeves, weave in a bazillion ends, sew on buttons and block. Charlie’s pullover still needs a sleeve and then the knitting is done there, too (ditto the bazillion ends and the blocking). I’m knitting a size 8-10 for him (his mama measured a sweatshirt and I decided I’d go ahead and knit it extra roomy so he’d have it for longer), with slightly shorter body and sleeves…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Early December Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! I have just a few quick updates from the weekend. First, Saturday’s Gathering was a big success. I had two “sorry I can’t come” texts Friday evening and another at 6am on Saturday. I dreamed Friday night that we’d have just a handful of women show up. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case – we had about 30 (which is awesome). Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle was our featured guest and speaker. She’s a “big deal” in our church because she leads the network of churches in the greater Atlanta area*. Her program was “You Are a Gift” (Psalm 139:14 and Ephesians 2:8) and she challenged us to…