Greetings Unravelers. It is a day of many things; it’s the last Wednesday the month and it is Ash Wednesday which brings return of “Fish Fry Season” (at least in my corner of the world!)
And it is, of course, a day to share what we are making and what the books have we read or are reading this week!
I have made some progress on my handspun sweater… but… (of course there is always a but, right?) Anyways, the ribbing… oy, I think it is just a bit too tight…I mean I don’t need a band hugging my, umm… generous backside. I am hoping that a bit of a spa treatment will relax the ribbing a bit – I think it will. Which leaves me with Sleeve Decrease Math for my desired sleeve length. The pattern called for decreases every 2″ but staying with that math will make for sleeves that are a bit too long.
I also got the “knitting” of Gnorton done… but I had zero success in my basket weaving attempts. Basket weaving is not a skill for the faint of heart… or Basket weaving newbies. So after multiple failed attempts… I needed a new plan. I stayed with the “weaving theme” for Gnorton. He is a Round Weaver… yes, that is apparently A Thing! Please note… the Easy Cardboard Circle Weaving for Kids was exactly in my weaving wheelhouse! Gnorton saw the finished circle and whispered… Handles! It needs handles! So I complied… Gnorton Weaves a Market Bag is now hanging on Gnome Mantel. I hope I have not created a monster who convinces all the other gnomes they need woven market bags too! LOL
Speaking of Gnomes… if you missed out on Sarah’s Gnome Collaboration with Jimmy Beans Wool last year… never fear! The patterns have been released into the wild! Yes, I purchased them. Yes, I have plans for more gnome knitting! I am very excited for Gnome Houses and Gnormanda’s frilly frock! Gnome knitting will be March-ing on!
Okay, enough silliness… big news! I have finished Sully… booo! What a delightful story, what incredibly well-written characters! I loved everything about it! I am eager to begin Book Two of the Sully Trio but I have a couple of Netgalley books to get through before I can start! Sigh!
I am currently listening to Signal Fires and what a beginning to a story! It grabbed me… instantly.
What are you making and reading this week?
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thanks for the heads up about the collection, I have purchased it with the hopes of next year’s holiday gifts! Can you believe it’s Lent already??? gosh time does fly. Love your sweater.
Okay. Those gnomes . . . and gnome accessories! So. Much. Fun. I’m so glad (so gladd!) you’re going to be continuing on with this gnome-y goodness, because it gives me such joy to just WATCH them come to life. (And that basket, Kat! It is a thing of beauty!) As for your sweater (which looks just gorgeous), I say . . . block it RIGHT NOW and see what you’ve got going on. And I’ll go ahead and add this piece of unsolicited advice: Knit the neck binding before you figure out your sleeve math. It’s become my best strategy to avoid “sleeve surprises” later in the process. (I know . . . you didn’t ask. But that’s what I’d do.) And Signal Fires. I read it twice in a row . . . it’s so good. Enjoy! XO
Gnorton is a delight, as is his basket/bag. I am confident you can figure out the sleeve math for your sweater (if you need help, feel free to give me a poke). The sweater is knitting up so beautifully. I will keep my fingers crossed that the hem relaxes once it’s had a little spa treatment.
I’m jealous you’ve gotten Signal Fires already — the people on the list ahead of me seem to be taking a really long time to read it because I’ve barely moved!
Gnorton is wonderful and I love that he has whispered to you about handles on his round weaving. I’m really excited that your gnomes will have a cottage and toadstools in the future (and I bet they are, too). I don’t have any sweater advice, but I do like the color and hope the ribbing relaxes. I read Signal Fires twice also and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Gnorton is such a delight with his gorgeous woven basket (with handles!!). I can’t wait to see a little gnome house and a little gnome toadstool. And Kat, oh my! I just love the color and style of your handspun sweater. I have no advice for the sleeves or relaxing the ribbing, but I am confident that you will figure it all out! I’m still in the queue (long) for Signal Fires.
Regardless of the topic, I often find instructions for ‘kids’ to be really helpful. In fact, when we were homeschooling and I needed to get up to speed on something in order to be able to teach it (the next day!), that was always a good bet 🙂
I just started listening to Pachinko this morning. Finished my slow-cozy-delightful read of Winter Solstice and am heading to the library now to immerse myself in some browsing!
A gnome whisperer is just what I needed to read about this morning. Your gnomes are so charming. The ribbing on the sweater looks nice to me but you are the best judge of the fit. Isn’t is always something when knitting a sweater. I’m waiting for Signal Fires.
I just love the colour of your jumper. I couldn’t begin to do sums about knitting. I follow patterns exactly. Having said that I don’t block anything or swatch. I adore your gnomes. Oh yes tonthe handles. And yes to gnome Town. I am a day late with my post, having got lost in poems, poets and coincidences.
Message for Lovely Yarn. Sorry I couldn’t leave a comment. Re English language. I would say I am going to the hospital. Missing out the word The would imply either someone from the North West, or someone with poor education or working class. Is the book set in Manchester by any chance?
Someone native to Yorkshire would say I am going t’hospital. A Mancunian would leave a slight gap where the should be.
Totally agree language is wonderful.
Yay for Signal Fires! I hope you love it. And I love how you personalize those gnomes – so wonderful!