It’s been a week of incremental making… bits of knitting on several projects.
First up, I finished Gnedward! Gnedward has had a wandering life… and along the way if he saw a button, he picked it up! He has an impressive collection of solitary buttons. In fact, if you are missing a single button… it is very likely Gnedward has what you are looking for! He is very happy that I have invited him in to spend his days on the mantel talking with the other gnomes. He has so many stories about his travels… gnomes are very good listeners! However, I am contemplating a new home for the gnomes… stay tuned. I am looking for more twinkle lights – because gnomes can’t live without twinkle lights – and will be making some cottages for them in the coming months. However, I am going to start a new gnome soon… Gnormanda is calling to me! That frilly dress!!
Because I don’t apparently have enough projects going, I could not resist casting on Fibernymph Dyeworks Pi-Yarn. It is my first time knitting with her tweed yarn and I love it! And the striping is the perfect “just another color” incentive!
I am not showing you my Base12 Hitchhiker but, I am in the final rows! There is nothing like knitting a handspun Hitchhiker. It is simply the greatest joy!
Speaking of spinning, I am almost done with the second skein from the the batts from Hipstrings… warm is finished, and cool is coming. I am contemplating knitting a cool/warm sequence shawl with them… I need to do some swatching to see if they will play well together.
The reading this week has been a bit prophetic… I finished Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring… and what a gut punch, especially in light of the East Palestine disaster. She was an incredible trail blazer…and it is eerie how her words feel today. If you are interested in the environment and pesticides… it is a must read!
I went from that to Imani Perry’s South To America. I am not quite half way in and I am learning so much… her sharing of history in the way she does is impactful and eye-opening!
I am still making my way through Comey’s Central Park West – though I will likely have finished it last night. I confess… the second half is much better than the first. And I have an “adjusted” idea of “who did it” but I am not sure.
And there you have my Multi-faceted Making… what about you? Are you wanting to cast on new things?
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Gnedward is wonderful and I love that he’s a button collector! I’m looking forward to seeing Gnormanda and the gnome’s home. I didn’t think I was a big fan of the tweed yarn on the FDW website but it’s quite lovely in your photo. I should re-read Silent Spring. It’s hard to believe it was first published 62 years ago and so many people were ready to discount her. And yes, I did want to cast on new things, so I did!
Gnedward is adorable! I agree – an additional band of buttons would be a great thing. I always think of gnomes as wanderers, so his journeys make sense to me! Now I can’t wait to see Gnormanda – her frilly dress is too, too much and just darn cute! My Pi Yarn arrived Monday and is also the tweedy variety and I cannot wait to cast on. The colors are delicious. Your reading sounds pretty heavy to me – Silent Spring and South to America – glad you have/are enjoying them.
I have probably said this before, but I love your gnomes so much more than the original samples! You add such wonderful personality to them.
Silent Spring is one of those books I’ve always meant to read. I have a feeling it would be depressing but also very necessary. My daughter’s school has a “house cup” (much like in Harry Potter) with all houses named after notable women from Pittsburgh, and she is in Carson!
LOVE Gnedward! Buttons are a particular weakness of mine, so he will hold a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to see “gnome town” come to life — complete with twinkle lights! It will be joyful place. XO
Your Gnomes are ‘over the top GREAT.’ I just smile with each gnome you finish, something for me to look forward to monthly. Have a great week.
Did you have the faintest idea when you started your gnome project that it would come alive in such a dynamic, energetic way? It has been so fun to watch this village grow!! Twinkle lights. OF COURSE.
I’m just finishing up Signal Fires…so your Rachel Carson read makes me think of Ben Wilf. Have you been to the Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale? I think I’d like to add that to my list when I get back to PGH.
No I had absolutely no clue, but Gnome Delight has been so wonderful! Signal Fires was what made me read Silent Spring! I needed more time with Ben! And I have not been there! Steve’s dad grew up in Springdale!
I’m in love with Gnedward! Oh so adorable, beautiful colors too. You make me feel better in my creating. I always have several things going at once. I like to change around just based on the wt of yarn or is it mindless knitting or I’m just on fire for something and I got to grab it. But I move around and kinda hope it’ll be like my cooking: I’ve got a pot of something here, and doing something else over there but it always comes out OK in the end. I think it helped for me to identify that it’s all in the journey for me; enjoying the process and not feeling like I need to push for a fast outcome. That said I actually finished my daughter’s cowl by her 21st birthday next week. That’ll it’ll probably not be cold enough to use it till Fall beside the point. Ah kinda.
because of all the ICU visiting I am knitting plain old stockinette as self care, it is just what the doctor ordered. I did however buy that gnome collection for maybe next year’s Christmas knitting frenzy.
Gnedward!! I love that he collects buttons!! Love that tweedy sock, too!
Another delightful gnome. I love that he is button collector. I’m wondering if you have some buttons that belonged to your Nana as I have from my grandmother. I wondered how the BFL tweedy sock yarn would knit up. Do you think it’s heavier than her Bounce base? That shawl pattern is quite interesting. I look forward to seeing your handspun hitchhiker. And yes, I have cast on-itis. I think it’s the weather.
If anything, Jane, it feels a bit lighter. It feels heavier but I had to go down a needle size to get my sock gauge.
I know I say this about every gnome but this one is my favorite! Seriously, the buttons! I think your gnome village sounds like a magical and wonderful place that I would love to visit.