• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Jumping back in again today (which makes three days in a row in case you’re not counting 😉 ) to share things in process on the knitting and reading front. I do love that Kat provides us this weekly check-in to keep Ravelry and Goodreads up-to-date. Thank you, Kat! First up, the knitting. I started another pair of socks for my mom and Joy is still providing joy! This is the second pair of socks I’m trying with a German wool/nylon blend yarn and I am in love with it. The patterning is so much fun and it feels great. I checked out the website where I ordered it and was delighted…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    … are for catching up. I certainly didn’t set out to skip a week here. Every day, I thought about it. and every day I gave myself permission not to. In the meantime, I finished a pair of socks and a baby sweater, started a new sweater, finished a fantastic book, kept watch over the amaryllis, treated myself to a manicure, and enjoyed a few delicious meals (with wine ♄). I also spent time reflecting on next steps, making lists, and just being. It was a wonderful break! and it’s good to be back. Here’s to a great week, my friends!  

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Joy.

    Happy Wednesday, my friends – I am delighted to be sharing some Joy with y’all this week! Yes, I know my posts are often full of joy 🙂 and this week my needles are too … behold … Joy This sweet lace cardigan designed by Veera VĂ€limĂ€ki has been in my must-knit queue for almost two years (when my sweet friend Deena picked up a signed copy of Interpretations Vol. 5 at the Hill Country Weavers retreat in March 2018).  And a few weeks back, I realized I had the perfect yarn for it – Plucky Solo Fingering in the prettiest ballet pink. At the time, that yarn was languishing…

  • 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

    Looking Back | January.

    One of my goals for this year is all about developing a more robust “looking back” practice. I’ve been looking back through the lens of these daily photos for years and I love this part! It never fails when I put this collage together that I remember something good that happened, see how many days we really did have blue skies, and notice something about the changing seasons (the days are noticeably longer now). I haven’t been so good, though, about practicing the reflecting piece and for sure the part about figuring out what to leave behind or work on. When I shared my last OLW post for last year,…

  • 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 😉 – 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 Ístex PlĂŒtulopi 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 HonorĂ© 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.

    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…

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    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 😉 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).…