• Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | All the WIPs.

    One of the things I’m trying to be better about this year is updating my projects in Ravelry. Back when I worked in the yarn shop and taught classes, I never seemed to have trouble with remembering … and doing it. But now, whole projects go by completely undocumented, or else magically go from “just started” to “hey, I finished”. Kat has provided the perfect forum to make updating those projects – at least on a weekly basis – a habit. So here goes:I have four projects in process right now. A sweater for Sara, two pairs of House Socks and the ADVENTurer Wrap. Those last three projects have all…

  • Knitting

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are perfect for a cozy (new!!!!) sweater! Indeed my finished Coatigan made her debut at knitting this afternoon. and Deena was kind enough to take a few modeled photos. If you recall that I was afraid of running short on yarn, I’m happy to report I have a LOT leftover. 3+ skeins. enough for matching mittens and maybe even a headband. and while I have no desire to knit more I-cord anytime soon, I must admit, it does make for a beautiful finish. as does yarn that spit splices (few ends to weave in) and softens up nicely after a soak. This yarn was a gift from my mother-in-law’s stash and…

  • Knitting

    TGIF | Coatigan.

    I had grand plans for Coatigan to be finished this week. But at nearly 4pm on Friday, I’m having to accept that will only happen if I stretch “this week” to include the weekend. So in lieu of the typical TGIF post, today I have a slightly tongue-in-cheek one, dedicated to this WIP. Thinking about my next project (of course, right?). I even went so far as to pull out needles and make a tiny swatch this morning. It looks like I’ll be knitting DK weight yarn on a size 7 needle. Which after weeks of knitting aran yarn on a size 5  sounds heavenly. Grateful for the girls in…

  • Knitting

    Three on Thursday | Knitting Goals.

    Progress continues on the Coatigan. I finished the body and am now officially very worried about running out of yarn (the body used about 8-1/2 of my 19 skeins). So of course I’m trying to knit faster. I’m also knitting the sleeves before I tackle the collar and pockets. I can certainly have a “coatigan” with a smaller collar (and maybe not even pockets), but I cannot have one without sleeves. This afternoon, while I was going around and around on the first sleeve (with just the occasional pause to pet the little dog in my lap … or take a photo) I settled on knitting goals for this year.…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share a quick update on my knitting and reading. I’m still doing both 🙂 OK, not that quick! On the knitting front, I’ve been mostly working on my Coatigan. I thought I might have a completed body to share today, but the hem is taking forever. (also, see the part below about reading.) I did add a few more rows this afternoon, catching up with my friend Virginia over coffee. My last Starbucks purchase was back on December 8. I’ve really missed knitting with friends over coffee! I also thought I might have real progress to share on ADVENTurer, but it’s just…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Knock on wood … it’s been another week with no unraveling – except that I pared back my Christmas knitting plans (more on that next week when I can share the FO’s). So of course, I started a pair of those slouchy house socks.They’re working up quickly on size 10 dpn’s 😉 and I’m going to make this a quick post – today is an Opera Wednesday, with lunch first and a celebratory cocktail back here after. It’s La Traviata, my favorite, and the production looks over-the-top. I can’t wait! Joining in with Kat and friends. Happy Wednesday!  

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Jaycee.

    Yes, Jaycee is officially an FO. I wore it to Katie’s last Thursday and she obliged with a few photos.It was completely unplanned that my outfit would go so nicely with her deck and the beautiful fall trees in the background. Isabell Kraemer released the pattern back in April and it went immediately on my to-make list (officially here). What drew me to the design was that gorgeous yoke and the twisted rib. It didn’t disappoint. Isabell included short rows before and after the lace detail so the yoke sits nicely on my shoulders. It’s also a nice change to have all the increases spread around the yoke instead of lined…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Brrrr…. I hope everyone is staying warm today. It was colder in Atlanta this morning than in both Anchorage and Reykjavîk. All I want to do is snuggle in my favorite chair with Holly and knit. I’m making good progress on my Coatigan (pictured above), but it’s going to have to warm up a little for me to wear this as a coat! …and I guess it’s ok that’s the only unraveling I have to report 🙂 On the reading front, I finished two 4-star books this week: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a delightful new series! Historical fiction with a bit…

  • Knitting

    Mapping Out My Advent Wrap.

    Two of the things I needed to do today didn’t take as long as I’d planned … so I had some “found” time this afternoon. I put it to use figuring out how to approach the ADVENTurer Wrap – using up my stash of Kidsilk Haze. Unlike Kat who has a most awesome collection of so many colors, mine is just five with a sixth on its way (UPS says Friday; I hope they’re right!) the new color is upper left. The whole palette was inspired by a waterlogued walk in the park last month. I’m sure a few of my friends hoped to see me add green 😉 but…

  • Just Life

    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    Of course this was actually more like “all the moments” today 🙂 Holly is the most excellent snuggle-in-the-chair companion on a wet, chilly day. Weight of Ink has also been a worthy companion. as has Jaycee. I’m nearly into the triple digits of sleeve rounds (on sleeve #1)! My Aunt Betty is flying in tomorrow morning and Sunday, her daughter Beth arrives for a quick one-nighter before she and Betty drive to Alabama for Thanksgiving. As you might imagine, we have a full calendar of events planned. I might not see y’all back here until next week. But I promise a post full of photos … and at least a few smiles! …while I…