Greetings Gentle Unravelers!
I am still feeling behind on sleep from a weekend of insomnia, but I got one good nights sleep and (at this writing) have my fingers crossed for a second.
But I wanted to catch you all up from the past two weeks of making!!
I am roughly halfway to the “knit 9″ of stockinette” portion of my handspun sweater. I am a bit concerned about the armscye because it is… errr… ample. But the body circumference is good, so I am contemplating solutions and knitting on.
But things are cheering me on!!
I have an African Violet that is blooming! (What a lovely treat in February!)
And my Temperature Embroidery is moving right along. I abandoned the onerous frame after doing some practice wheels free-form… and I think I got the hang of getting a well woven wheel! Bonus, I can keep the neighboring wheels out of the way and I have had to move into the “warm weather colors” once for the 72°F day we had last week! Crazy I know… and we have more of those temps threatening this week!
I also completed some Quilted Hearts Coasters! It was my first experience with the quilt as you go technique and I loved it! As I sewed the strips onto the backing. It was so fun… it was so easy! I plan on doing some research on this process to see what else I can do with it!
I am making progress on my Base12 Hitchhiker. I am almost at another color change and have more than 25 “teeth” completed.
And I have a finished skein… I spun a lovely gradient yarn with some batts I got from Hipstrings. These are the “warm colors” and I am almost finished with the first half of the “cool colors” so stay tuned. I have no plans for this skein… yet!
I started listening to Lindsey Fitzharris’ The Facemaker. It is a fascinating look into how Dr Harold Gillies ingenious surgical interventions helped the lives of soldiers who were wounded in WWI.
And I am nearing completion (boo!) on Nobody’s Fool. I am utterly smitten with Sully and really don’t want this book to end!
And that is all I have for this week… what about you? Have you tried something new this week? Or is there a book you cannot put down? I want to know!
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I love seeing all the handspun in this post! I’m glad to hear you’ve had some good sleep; it really does make such a huge difference in how you feel.
I can’t believe the weather this week, either. I don’t think I need a coat or a hat for today’s run — maybe just a windbreaker!
I’m also enjoying knitting with handspun this week, and I’m thoroughly enjoying The Tsar of Love and Techno. I think I have a little less than 100 pages to go, and I kind of want to ignore everything else and just read.
Well, Kat. Lucky for you . . . you aren’t finished with Sully yet! Next, you’ll need to dive into Everybody’s Fool (Sully #2). And . . . I heard from Carole just yesterday that Somebody’s Fool (Sully #3) is due out later this year. 🙂
I LOVE your hearts. As in . . . smitten. Also with your stitching. As in . . . all of it.
I look forward to Wednesdays to see everyone’s making, and yours is some of the best! Gorgeous temp. pinwheels, your Hitchhiker and sweater – it’s all wonderful and so is your blooming violet. I was going to say that you and Sully could be together for a while longer, but I see Kym has already done that.
What fun and pretty stitching Kat. And those little quilted heart coasters are so cute and clever. It’s nice to see all your handspun and I can’t wait to see your sweater. I just went back to Three Pines last night – it’s so good to be back!! also, I just noticed some buds on my African Violet on my kitchen windowsill. Yay!
The first time since I started reading your blog that I am actually knitting something! LOL! I am halfway through a cotton dishcloth and am ready to start decreasing – yikes!
I am reading an awesome book, The Whalebone Theater, which is a great book for binge reading.
What a lot of projects to keep you busy! Your temperature wheels are delightful! And I am way impressed with your hand spun gradient.
I finally finished reading Walden, glad I read it, glad it’s done and I didn’t care for it at all! Now I’m reading a cosy mystery !! Lovely knitting and I hope you can sleep better soon.
Kym beat me to the punch but I’ll reiterate it anyway – there’s a new Sully coming out in July! A new Allende, too, and I know you like her books. My fingers are crossed that your insomnia has exited.
A strong week–on little sleep!
That violet…blooming violets make me so happy.
Sigh – all of your stitching looks so lovely. Those hearts! The embroidery wheels! My goodness.
And best of all: a blooming African violet. Enjoy!
I love the colour of the yarn you spun. How lovely to have the African violet in flower. I am reading The Great Alone and I can’t put it down!
The little heart coasters are so sweet. Your handspun is just lovely. May all be well with your sweater. Hooray for a blooming African violet. They make me think of one of my grandmothers who grew violets for years.