• 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…

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    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…

  • Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are best spent indoors. The rain started overnight and continues … but now our house is clean, three loads of laundry are done (the two that Marc did are also folded and put away) and I’m well into the first sleeve on Jaycee. I’m sure Holly wishes she could’ve stayed indoors all day, too. but sadly … this was us three times today.She’s now dry and resting comfortably in my lap. I know we’re both planning to stay inside until tomorrow! Hope your week is off to a good start!

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello Wednesday! (again! already?!?) I’m happy to have some not-unraveling to share today! First up, Jaycee is moving along nicely. I’ve been taking daily photos and it’s fun to see how quickly it’s growing.I split the sleeves on Sunday (after the Starbucks meeting – upper right). This morning I added another 1,500-ish stitches and I’m now about halfway through the before-the-ribbing part of the body (lower right). At this rate I might be looking to start another sweater well before month-end! (I’m meeting up with my Starbucks Wednesday girls this afternoon … I’m sure I’ll get a few ideas for what I should cast on/sew next!) On the reading front,…

  • Knitting

    NaKniSweMo Begins.

    Happy Friday, y’all! Our house is feeling unusually male today – Marc’s nephew and his friend flew in yesterday for a golfing weekend. It’s been a while since we had a couple of twenty-somethings hanging out … and I think this is the first time Holly and I have been outnumbered. Marc is having a ball. …and honestly so am I. But I also enjoyed the quiet afternoon (they played 36 holes – left the house just after 8am and got home around 4:30) and started my NaKniSweMo sweater – Jaycee. This one’s been on my list since Isabell released it. I think it’s going to be a great addition…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    It’s Wednesday … and that means I’m joining in with Kat and crew for a quick update on what I’m making and reading.This was the scene at my kitchen counter just before I pulled out my laptop to write this post. I wasn’t kidding about the crocheting and I’ll bet you’d also be surprised to know that the big ball of yarn is Red Heart. It’s called Bunches of Hugs and it seems perfect for a prayer shawl! Then there’s the beginning of a sock with a ball of yarn I bought in Linz, Austria. This yarn is labeled DK I’m happy to report – it is DK 🙂 And…

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    Three on Thursday | The Rest of the Story.

    I was up past my usual bed-time last night … sitting at the kitchen counter … and I took this photo to remember these three things: I ripped and re-started the socks. twice. The yarn said it was “dk” (so socks on size 3 dpn’s), but it feels a lot more like worsted (socks on size 4’s) … and really needs size 5’s (which is what the Churchmouse pattern suggests and gah, why didn’t I just start there?!) I found a delightful Grüner Veltliner (my new favorite white wine thanks to our Danube cruise) at Trader Joe’s. For just $5.99 a bottle, I think I’m going back to pick up…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    For the first time in months, I joined my “Starbucks Knitting Group” this afternoon. It was wonderful to catch up in person over lattés and chai tea. They started a Mosaic-along last month (whew, no FOMO for that one since I finished up Sam’s just about a year ago). That’s me knitting a sock in the foreground. And Becca is sitting opposite me – with two knitting projects (Mosaic and Soutache – a little FOMO about that one) and yards of fabric destined to become smocks for her and another friend. The smock pattern was designed by Ellen Mason, a brand new name for me. Becca found her through a friend…