Greetings dearest Unravelers!
New Year, New Project? Or New Year, New Technique?
For me, the answer right now… on the first Wednesday of 2023 is neither! (Although, I’d really like to overcome my Brioche Fear in 2023, but I don’t think January is the month for that!)
My last project of 2022 was Gniclaus, the brother of Gnoelle. He is the present carrier for Gnoelle, who just tells him what to pack! A third sibling is in process as you can see above!
I also want to share what I did with those snowflakes. I had hoped for a “glamor shot” of them, but days and days of rain have made pictures… challenging. But gosh, I learned so much from the tips that Dropcloth Samplers shared. If you want to do some embroidery this year… and you don’t have a clue where to start… I highly recommend them! The Trio of Snowflakes will grace our Happy Hour Table during the winter. So.Much.Fun. And I have some ideas knocking about my brain for a spring cloth as well!
I have done no other knitting, but I have been busting through my Base 12 Spin from Hipstrings. I am more than halfway done… I am spinning them in order, Number 6 is in process currently so I just have 7, 8, 9, A, B, and 10 to go.
I also did some plying in the “Dead Week” and will finish the single spinning as soon as I am done with the Base 12 spin. I have made excellent notes on singles speed, plying speed, and this yarn will be my next sweater project. What sweater? I have an idea, but until I knit up some gauge swatches, I won’t know what might work.
I am reading GREAT books currently! My Daytime Listen is Emily St. John Mandel’s Sea of Tranquility. It is curious, and engaging. I am enjoying it tremendously!
My read with my eyes book is Kelly Barnhill’s When Women Were Dragons. Gah! I am loving it… and the books dedication blew me away, and drew me instantly in:
“For Christine Blasey Ford, whose testimony triggered this narrative.”
YES! Oh hell yes! I am hoping this book will release my inner dragon. LOL Anyway, I am eager to see where this book goes and a huge thanks to KMKat for putting this book on my radar!
I’d also like to thank Kym and Bonny for their reviews of two books I had on hold… thanks to them, I removed the holds. Speaking of book reviews… if you are Goodreads, please leave reviews. What you liked, what worked, what you didn’t like, what didn’t work, etc. They are so helpful for other readers…me especially! Ha!
Anyways, that is all I have to share today. A new painting class drops tomorrow! I am excited!
So… back to my opening questions: Are you casting on a new project this week, or are you going to learn a new technique? Or are you combining the two!?
As always, if you wrote a post to share please lave your link below and thank you!
I am trying to finish up WIPs this week, but I started a new spin last night and plan to knit some charity hats next before I start my next big project.
I’m hoping to start some new projects. And, I’ve been finishing up OLD WIPs. Your gnomes are simply darling Kat. I love them! What fun that you have a new painting class to look forward to starting tomorrow – enjoy!
Gniclaus is wonderful with his matching present bag and I’m looking forward to seeing the third sibling. I’m so glad that your Year of Gnomes is not over! And two new books for me to put on hold! I’ll join you in asking people to write reviews on goodreads. They don’t have to be epic works of literature themselves, just enough about what you loved and/or what you hated to benefit other readers. I rely on reviews a lot, so I’m rarely disappointed in a book, but if I am, I write about it.
No new projects this week, but I hope to finish the 1898 headband and get back on track with the Hitchhiker.
I just adore your gnomes, I have a feeling they will keep multiplying! Enjoy that art class, I can’t believe how well you are doing.
Your gnomes are SO CUTE!!!
I started my second sock of a pair I started on 9/1/2016!!!!! https://ravel.me/planetKnit/r4
I want to finish it this month. My sock mojo has apparently been MIA. LOL
I love those gnomes! And I also really loved Sea of Tranquility. I do want to know what 2 books you removed from your TBR list, though LOL. I’m knitting a pair of mitts as a sort of kick-the-year-off with a fast knit.
The removed holds were Black Cake and The School for Good Mothers. Kym and Bonny both influenced my decision to move on from those books!
The little gnome with the tassels is adorable.
I wanted to cast on sock on New Year’s Day. Covid had other plans. Hoping to cast them on this afternoon.
Hope you have a great 2023.
hasn’t the weather been oppressive??? ugh. I hope the sunbeams come out so you can snap some photos. I am not starting something new but trying to finish off the many that I started. Happy New Year!
I just love the gnomes and all their whimsy. I’m interesting in the memoir you have listed in the side bar. I usually enjoy memoir. I cast on a sweater and I plan to cast on one more project, as three projects in rotation is the sweet spot for me. I hope to be experimenting with new spinning fiber and techniques this year. Thanks for hosting the link-up.
Your gnomes are so cute, as usual! And I’m glad you’re loving Sea of Tranquility – Emily St. John Mandel is one of my favorite authors!
Is it just me, or is your energy is palpable in this post?! It’s such a fun way to start off the new year.
School for Good Mothers looks quite intriguing. I was having a moment in the shower this morning, thinking about how the universe is teaching me that sometimes I care about things more than my kids do. And by ‘things’ I mean issues/situations/etc that belong to THEM, not ME. And how not only can I not fix everything–but I actually SHOULDN’T fix everything! I’m wondering if I ought to put this book on my list!!
Enjoy your sweet trio–and your next class.
(I hate to influence people to read/not read a book. . . so I hope it was the right choice for you. . . ) I love your gnomes, Kat, and all of the energy you’re bringing for new things you want to try/make/do in the new year. It will be such fun to watch your projects unfold in the new year! XO
You and Bonny helped me to NOT read Black Cake and The School for Good Mothers. For me, your reviews were exactly what I needed to move on from them. I am ever so glad that both of you leave such clear and concise book reviews!