• Knitting,  Travel

    Unraveled Wednesday | The Travel Report.

    I really enjoyed everyone’s comments on last week’s post about my travel knitting plans. Apparently we are all over the place about how we plan and pack for knitting on the road. A lot has to do with how much “free” time we think we’ll have and how accessible more yarn might be where we’re going. This week, I’m looking back on that knitting (which is probably more useful for future planning purposes for me than any of you!) First up – the socks – the mindless project. I actually finished sock #1 (including the kitchener toe) after brunch on Friday. and I immediately started sock #2. I was just…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    More March Weekending.

    Ah, March – not only does she have five Fridays, she also has five weekends! and this one, #4, was spectacular. We got to see Charlie get a hit score a run and hang out looking “ready”. Sam didn’t get nearly that much activity … but he ate well. Katie says that the hardest part about these sporting weekends is entertaining the younger sibling(s) … at least there’s food! This text exchange between Marc and Rob on Saturday evening gives you the “guy’s read” of the game. The dads play a kind of “zone coach” thing while the kids rotate through the various positions. Rob had the short stop zone…

  • Just Life,  Knitting,  Sewing


    Three cheers for Friday! I failed to note in last week’s love letter to March that this year it has five Fridays. as if we even needed one more reason to love her 🙂 Thinking about Book Bingo. I’m not sure I want to play this summer, which also makes me not sure I want to host. If you have a strong reaction to this (in either direction), please let me know (and if you’d rather not leave a comment, you can always email me – there’s a button in the sidebar (under “Elsewhere” – it’s the envelope icon) that pops up an email window addressed to me). Thank you! Grateful…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled (Opera) Wednesday.

    Opera Wednesdays typically don’t leave me much time for a blog post, but it’s Ash Wednesday and I’m skipping the usual after-opera cocktails so I can attend our church’s 7pm service (please note – I’m not giving up cocktails for Lent!) Today we saw La Fille Du Régiment and oh my it was fabulous. laugh-out-loud funny (how could it not be with Kathleen Turner – and no, she didn’t sing). and amazing singing. This is the opera with the famous “nine high C’s” aria … for a tenor. (watch here – we saw Javier Camerena today!) he gave the encore again 🙂 for this performance. so 18 high C’s! (he…

  • 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!