• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to talk about knitting and books. I do love these weekly check-ins. The opportunity to report on progress has spurred many a project to some sort of milestone or completion. And if there’s literal unraveling, the opportunity for commiseration within a like-minded community is hard to beat. Up until about two hours ago, I wasn’t sure which path my story would follow today. Shortly after I snapped Monday’s photo of that first Soyokaze sleeve about 1/4 done, I realized I was likely to run out of yarn. I’m not sure what happened; I started with about 25% more than the pattern suggested. But…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    This is from Monday afternoon. I’m still knitting the body of Soyokaze … and since that’s not very interesting, I thought I’d share what the rest of my knitting group are knitting. Heading around the table (starting to my left): Ethel started the second sleeve of Getty. That purple Shibui Twig + Cima is just as stunning in person! Kathy is knitting Cepa in Kidsilk Haze. …oh my! Pat (at the opposite end) just finished the ribbing on a hat. I didn’t note the pattern, but the yarn is Madelinetosh Vintage in a really yummy blue green colorway. Sarah (hands nicely folded in her lap) is working on the bind…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    My afternoon got off to a most unraveled start but the power is back on now (2:48 pm) and I’m hoping it stays on this time … it’s already gone off and come back twice. So I’m typing fast! On the knitting front, I finally finished the first of my two afghan squares for the team project that Kat is coordinating. This is my first time knitting a mitered square (or anything remotely log cabin). It’s fiddle-y and there are lots of ends, but it’s an excellent course in picking up stitches. It also looks pretty cool! But mostly, it’s wonderful to be part of a project along with so…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat & friends today to talk about what I’m knitting and reading … happily (*knocks on wood*), with no unraveling! I’m still working on the front of Lori’s test knit. She delivered the last installment of the pattern today and I’m excited to see how it all comes together. (I have no new photo to share … it still looks a lot like it did on Monday.) In more exciting knitting news, Deena and Karen came over this afternoon to knit. They’re both part of my Monday afternoon group and they’re both participating in Kirsten’s mystery shawl KAL. Karen has finished hers (I’m pretty sure she was…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Queue Check.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to talk about knitting and reading. I’ve been doing a lot more thinking about knitting than actual knitting lately. This morning, I pulled together all those thoughts and turned them into a solid plan. As a first step, I looked back at my original Make Nine plan. I have made a good deal of progress … …not only with knitting, but also changing my mind! Two of those “nopes” (Birkin, center and Glaswegian, lower right) I’ve abandoned because of poor pattern reviews, and Archer (center right) because I’m kind of in a cardigan phase right now. Poor Balise (lower center) is still very…

  • Books,  Sewing

    Unraveled Wednesday | Bingo!

    Yes indeed! I finished three more books this week and finally made not one, but two Bingos! As much fun as it is to check off those boxes, it’s even better when the books are really good: Homegoing (upper left corner). I finished this dark-early yesterday morning and I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything I want to say about it. But I’ve already told three people since then that they must read it (and I do think this is a “read with your eyes” book; I don’t say that very often, but there are a lot of characters to keep straight and the language is so beautiful you…

  • Books

    Summer Bingo Update.

    My knitting projects haven’t changed much since last week, not only because I’ve been sewing, but also because I’ve been reading. So I’m joining with Kat and friends today to talk about books! Long-time readers might notice I’m taking a different approach to Summer Bingo this year. Instead of planning out my card, I’m reading for bookclub and my small group (American Gospel, Glory Over Everything, Rules of Civility), tackling a few long-time TBR’s (Stuart Little, Charles Dickens), following some awesome friend recommendations (Light of the World, Those Who Save Us, A Walk in the Woods), and generally just enjoying all of it. Note to self – I need to read…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Three on Thursday | 2018 Summer Book Bingo!

    There’s a new section on the sidebar to the right for this year’s Summer Book Bingo. The cards are ready – it’s time to start planning! And since it’s Thursday, here are three things you need to know about this year’s Summer Book Bingo: 1. Books you finish between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend count. This year that means books you finish May 26 – September 3. This might be a great opportunity to finish books you started a while back … or you could simply get a headstart by starting now and “finishing” Memorial Day Weekend. 2. You get to interpret the relevance of the square to…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Warning, y’all – this post contains graphic evidence of actual unraveling! Much to my dismay, I was not delighted with the finished Edie when I finally tried it on Monday afternoon. It was long. as in needs leggings long. Even my slim-legged white jeans and sandals didn’t make it work. I wore it to knitting anyway, hoping the girls would change my mind. They didn’t. I held out one last hope that Diane might … but when we FaceTimed yesterday afternoon, she agreed. I could either wear the sweater with leggings or make it shorter. The sweater is meant for warm weather; wearing it with leggings seems silly. So after…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    The only thing that has unraveled this week is my thinking that I could finish Calyx by Sunday, when the Sweater KAL in Elizabeth Doherty’s group on Ravelry ends. I still have two shoulder pieces to knit and join, then two sleeves, a neckline and a hem to pickup and knit. And plans today and tomorrow that won’t allow much knitting time. So yeah, probably not gonna happen. But soon, for sure, because the knitting is just plain fun. The pattern is – of course – extremely well-written (I’m now on page 10 of 16) and – of course – very cleverly constructed. On the reading front, I haven’t made…