Greetings from the Great White (not so) North!
Yes, we got a good bit of snow over the long weekend and there is more in the forecast. I am my most happiest wintery self! I just love the snow (must be that December birthday!) and I am thrilled that more is on the way.
As you can see I finished the Heartnut Cowl and I love it. I knit 12 full repeats of the super easy to memorize pattern which was a few rounds more than the “short cowl” (9 repeats) and a good bit less than the “long cowl” (20 repeats) however, I’d say that 12 repeats are just the perfect height! And it is so cozy… there is just enough drape for it not to feel like a “turtleneck” and just enough body to not be a “necklace” so I think my yarn choices were spot on!
(That adorable Sheepy notions bag is from the über-talented Stitched by JessaLu)
I also finished my “Base 12 Advent” spin and loved every single second of it! I tried to show you a good representation of all the colors and how wonderfully they go together, but I think my photo leaves much to be desired! Sorry. Anyways, I got so much yardage! (almost 700 yds… what???) I think that this will make the perfect Hitchhiker. I hope to wind the yarn up and cast on this week! If you are curious about the fibers, and the order which I spun them in I think you can see the image I snagged of the card:
- Bobbin One: 5, B, A, 8, 5, and 2
- Bobbin Two: 1, 7, 9, 4, 6, and 3
My plan… start with the ending colors and knit to the beginning color (on bobbin one) because, of course, the bobbins did not exactly match up, lol. So there is a good bit of 5 that is only plied with itself… perfect for the ending of a Hitchhiker!
The reading is absolutely going much slower this month! I am not racing through books, but rather savoring them. It feels good, so I plan on keeping this pace!
One excellent finish this week, but I realize it will not be a book for everyone. Your mileage may vary!
Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution by Elie Mystal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I want to preface my review by stating that this will not be a book for everyone.
However, that being said… I think this is absolutely a book that all of America should read. I think this should be required reading for all high school civics classes. (Oh how I wish that civics classes were still taught!)
I read this book twice and in the second read through, I noted things I did not the first time through. And yes, I am contemplating reading it a third time!
The writing is compelling, frank, and yes, Elie speaks plainly – even bluntly – from his unbelievable well of knowledge.
Elie shares things that I did not know. Things I was never, ever taught in school (and I am old enough that I had a Civics class!) He made me see our constitution in a new light… and I am in agreement with him, that if we just applied the constitution equally for ALL people, life would be better for those who today, find that it means everyone but them.
I highly recommend this book!
I would like to thank Netgalley and The New Press for this ARC.
And that is all I have for today! What about you? What are you excited about this week?
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Love your cowl (and the description – not too tight to be a turtleneck and not too loose to be a necklace – lol). And your spinning – WOW! Can’t wait to see your Hitchhiker. I am still plugging away on my second Holiday Sock and reading “Agatha of Little Neon!”
While I was looking at that wonderful yarn, I was thinking Hitchhiker! It really is beautiful, and I can’t wait until you cast on to see how the colors flow. Your cowl is also lovely and you finished at a perfect time to wear it against winter cold and snow. Thank you for the book recommendation. I’m off to check Netgalley.
beautiful cowl!! I’m making a 3 color cowl and love the simplicity of the pattern and the ‘just one more row’ feeling 🙂
Perfect hitchhiker yarn! (Just lovely, Kat.) And the cowl looks so warm and comfortable — perfect for cold, winter days! I’ve . . . got a sweater for Tom on the needles. (Brown.) (Yay.)
Your Base 12 yarn is stunning! I still have my big skein from my 2020 spin and keep meaning to knit it up (I was thinking a simple moebius cowl, which would let the yarn shine and also teach me a new skill).
Thanks for the book recommendation. It sounds very much like a book I need to read! (Can’t seem to find it on NetGalley, though. I wonder if it’s just because I only just signed up?)
Thanks for the book recommendation. I have placed a hold on it at my local library as they have copies ordered.
The cowl turned out so nicely. Like Vera, I like your description of the size. I find that is the dilemma of a cowl. Drape may be the component I’ve not thought about. Your spinning – WOW – I can’t wait to see yarn as you knit with it. I am going to look for that book. Our state legislature will vote on a resolution to convene a state convention to revise the constitution. (If I understand correctly) It sounds like a very bad idea to me.
I really like the look of that cowl and your hand spun yarn is gorgeous and will make a fabulous Hitchhiker!
wow, Kat, that YARN! and your plans for a Hitchhiker sound brilliant!
That cowl is so lovely – I want to wear it right now! And your yarn is so pretty. You are a talented spinner! Your book also sounds interesting. Thanks so much for this gorgeous post!
I love the colors in your yarn! How beautiful!!! And the sheep bag is so cute!