It felt good to have a bit of a break from all things electronic, although I did miss you all. I am trying to catch up on blog reading… a little bit each day. I should be all caught up soon!
My list for the week is looking good… all the laundry is done, so I feel caught up on some things but you know those damned weeds did not take a vacation, so I am still (always?) pulling weeds!
I think (fingers crossed) that I have my last PT session today. It has been so amazing how some simple, targeted things can make such a huge difference! Am I pain free? No, but it is so much better than it was and each week is a bit better than the one before.
I mentioned that I did more knitting than ever on a vacation… I have a sock and just over a half to prove it! I have not given that second sock much “air time” since I got home because my “night time knitting” has been consumed with Gnome Housing (as you can see above!) Yes!! I have the house done… it now needs some embroidery to perfect it…think ivy covered cottage!) It is a good size! (and I am contemplating a two story version with more windows!!) But before any new housing plans, I have a Mystery Gnome that I am eagerly anticipating!
Before I left for Erie, I ordered some yarn from Holst Garn figuring it would be arriving this week… silly me! Helle Holst and crew swiftly packed up my yarn and it arrived while we were in Erie (7 days after ordering… from Denmark… just saying.) Sunday I began the swatching process… in the round… with a US4 and US5. Once I had knit a nice tube, I steeked it and then gave it a bath. Monday I began Swatch Measuring! (of course my gauge is my gauge and no where near Nell’s gauge… thank god for Knitty Maths!) I think a bottom up skirt might be a bit tricky for fitting (we shall see) but Nell has really great instructions (and even offers to help if you need it with gauge, math, and the fit you want!) So I cast on on Monday night… a plethora of stitches. I love the start and her way of avoiding twisting your cast on… I feel like this will be a well worn piece in my wardrobe… and I love the color – Tides Nightshade! It feels like a LOT of knitting… but decreasing instead of increasing is a plus! Ha!
Reading has been a bit of a mixed bag… some things I loved…Tin Man by Sarah Winman… stop everything and read this book now! As well as Beaverland… so so good! (they were both 5-star reads for me.) One I liked, but gosh does it need some editing: The Covenant of Water. Some things I did not love so much… The Boys and Babel… just did not work for me. But that is okay, because at night I am reading a new Netgalley book: Return to Valetto… I am about a third of the way in and so far, so good. And in my ears whilst weeding is Richard Osman’s latest Thursday Murder Club Mystery…I have just begun, but I have loved the previous installments so I have great expectations for The Bullet That Missed!
So there you have my update… what about you? What is at the top of your list for making this week?
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Love the yarn for your Shakerag Skirt!! My yarn is supposed to arrive today (but I will wait to cast on due to work…). Your socks are great – what fun yarn (and a great name for the color too). (I did not see a gnome house in the pictures??) Wonderful to hear that PT has been so good for you. Hope your healing continues!!
Oops! It would help if I put that photo in! Thanks for telling me! Gnome House Photo added! 🙂
Love the house!!! And the trees!
I am still catching up and i was gone last week. The older I get the longer it takes for me to recover and have energy to get back at the routine. Love the trees!!
Your gnome cottage is already adorable, and have no doubt that it’s going to be even better once you fully embellish it. The yarn for your skirt reminds me of well-worn denim. I’m really looking forward to seeing your skirt take shape. So glad to hear the PT is going well! I hope you’re getting things to do after you’re done so you can continue to feel good.
The gnome house and trees are perfect, and I’m sure they will appreciate an ivy-covered cottage. I’m not sure how soon they will be able to move in with the mystery gnome with all the knitting involved in a skirt, but all things in good time. That skirt is going to be wonderful and I look forward to seeing your progress with the lovely Tides Nightshade!
Those gnome trees are so, SO cute. I love the colors of the house. I think maybe I should move into it. LOL
Oh, that cute house & those trees!! Adorable. I’m jumping on the new MKAL bandwagon (thank goodness there’s a little time to prepare)… it’s been a while since I’ve knit a gnome!
Looking forward to seeing your progress on that skirt!
That house is so cute, and I love the sock yarn. I have reserved the Tin Man from the library, thanks for heads up.
Can’t wait to see the ivy on your gnome house! And at least no weeds will grow. I love the blue of your skirt. And yeah, I agree about Babel.
The gnome house is a good addition to your collection. I look forward to seeing the embroidery. The yarns in the sock and the skirt are just right for those projects. I like them both. I’m glad you had a good experience with PT. As a PT veteran, I appreciate having some things I can do when my back or shoulder act up again.
The gnome house (and trees!!!) are so charming!!! Yes to the ivy!!! 🙂 And I really love the color you’re using for your Shakerag Skirt. It’s so nice and summer-y! I’m so glad to hear about your PT progress. Such great news. I am a firm believer in the power of PT, and so glad it’s worked so well for you, too. XO
Hooray!! I’ve been so eager to see the house go up 🙂 SUCH FUN. Just imagine how the whole darn crew looks, all together?!
And another huge hooray for your effective PT. That’s three cheers for YOU–because I think the hardest thing about PT is the sticking-with-it. (Lincoln and I are beginning for our backs soon.) (He’s 15, I’m 48, and we have the same issue…Poor guy.) (I’m going to remember your progress!)
Gorgeous denim-y color there. I look forward to watching this skirt in progress.