• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Slow Progress.

    Things are moving slow around here, slower than I can remember (maybe ever – the last time I was laid up without being able to drive was in 2002 … and I had two teenagers and my mom and dad in the house to help … it wasn’t “slow”). So checking off two more Bingo squares and finishing the current week’s mystery shawl clue seems like blog-worthy progress. Good thing it’s Wednesday and I can join in with Kat and friends to talk about it! Since last week, I finished Calypso (lower right), David Sedaris’ latest. This is maybe my favorite collection of his ever, and for sure in the…

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    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…

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    Loving Lace and Linen.

    Joining in with Kat and friends today to share about what I’m making … a real celebration of lace and linen! First up, my Monday afternoon knitting group is again participating in Kirsten Kapur’s Mystery KAL. We had a lot of fun knitting along together last year and I’m delighted that two more of us are joining in this time (one of the girls missed Monday … expect to see seven WIPs next week!) My do-over of Lilli Pilli is coming along nicely; I started the second garter stripe section last night. The piece is about 13″ wide and I expect the finished length to be around 90″ which will…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | A Do-over.

    First, Thank You everyone for your kind comments about the new digs. Today I’m hanging my first pictures … at least I know they’ll be straight. and after previewing a few drafts, I hope they’re all the same size! Next up I want to rearrange the furniture and paint. I’m looking forward to Sara’s help. I have a real unraveled story to share today. I’ve been merrily knitting along on Lilli Pilli. Boy did it feel good to cast on something new Sunday afternoon. So good that I didn’t think too hard about gauge – I knit a lace scarf (Herring) out of Sparrow with those same size 5 needles…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket’s Tale (part four).

    Joining in with Kat and friends to share what I hope is the final in-progress update on Sara’s blanket. I leave for New York next Wednesday and my plan is to have the finished blanket wrapped and packed on Tuesday! As long as I don’t lose focus, I should be fine. That row marker (7 repeats into the fifth and final color) tells me I have 23 repeats to go. I was averaging five repeats a day until this past week (when I slowed down a little) … and if I can get back to that pace I’ll finish with a couple days to spare. A few of you asked how…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | The Blanket’s Tale (part two).

    Joining in with Kat and friends to share another update on Sara’s blanket. When I’m knitting something for someone else, I pay closer attention than usual to what sorts of experiences I “expose” the piece. And for an epic knit like this one, it can tell quite a tale! Here’s a brief glimpse of the best parts since I shared last week’s update. Sara and Holly have a special bond and much of this blanket’s at-home knitting time has been just like this. Friday evening A most happy occasion. Saturday morning Time with friends. Monday afternoon Time with a very special TV show. Tuesday afternoon  …because it has personal significance for…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    First, thank you for all your kind and supportive comments last week about Edie. I am happy to report that the ripping and re-knitting was worth it … and I hope to have finished shots to share soon. Joining in with Kat and crew today to share another – much less traumatic – knitting report. This is the Purl Soho Tonal Blanket that I’m knitting for Sara. and planning to take (finished!) when I visit her in NYC next month (!!!yes! I have a plane ticket!) As written, the pattern calls for a sport weight yarn and, reading the comments, appears to result in LOTS of leftovers. I’m making two…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | Yes, No and Maybe.

    Happy Wednesday! I’m joining in with Kat and friends today to talk about knitting – specifically, an update on last week’s next-up post. I’ll start with the Yes! This is Edie, almost halfway through the body. The colors are most definitely outside my comfort zone, but it is fun to see how they play together in the knitting. Apparently, I’m also getting lazy a lot more relaxed about swatching. When I blocked the swatch (knit on 4’s), it shrunk. So I cast on with 6’s…fingers crossed! The No! is True Colors.  I love the pattern. I love the yarn. I do not like them together. The reality of the design…