Unraveled Wednesday | 7.18.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 7.18.18

Into all lives some unraveling must fall…

Yes, there was some significant unraveling in this house in the past week…and there is a bit more unraveling to do before the week is over! Yes, the Beekeeper Cardigan is still in process, but I am moving forward with flat knit sleeves, but I will still have to rip back the left sleeve and then re-knit it flat. Seaming is much easier than purling in the round!

I am almost finished with Clue Three of KK’s MKAL and Clue Four is printed out and ready to go! I am really loving how this is working up and no unraveling at all once I got my sk2p’s and k3tog’s figured out! It brings me great joy that my ball of yarn is smaller, but I am experiencing none of the I am worried I don’t have enough yarn angst that others did.

I also began the Button Hole Refresher… even though this is a “semi-automatic” process per my machine, it is still not intuitive to me. Vicki is way smarter than me in doing snaps, just saying! I am going to make a stop at Joann’s to see if I can find some red buttons and then I will be ready to do some real buttonholes!

Reading is feeling a bit slog-like this week. I am immersed in Anna Karenina and while it is beautifully written – it is long. Tolstoy’s attention to detail is stunning… or perhaps it is his ability to use way more words to explain things other authors do with less words – I don’t know, but I am enjoying the story. However, for a long book with insane details? My vote is with Pat Conroy and, in my opinion, his writing is better. He is equally attentive to detail yet he managed to never make any of the stories feel slog-like.

Thus… I have NOT finished ONE book this week. I know!! But!! I have less than 15 hours to go in Anna Karenina (so maybe 3 more days to go!) I am so focused to get this done, because I just got Hillbilly Elegy from the library and it is also for a square on my bingo card. I am eager to move on.

I am close to being done with The Weight of Ink… I have about 25% left to read.

So… my final books for my bingo card: Sylvia Plath’s Ariel for the “Collection of poetry” square, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo for the “Number in the title” square, Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson for “Bird or animal on the cover” square, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter for “Set in a different season”. My cover all is in sight!

What about you? What are you making or reading this week?

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Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

I used to sew all the time, mostly for my children when they were little. I have found a new love of sewing for myself thanks to Lotta Jansdotter and Grainline Studio’s patterns. But, frankly, I had forgotten how fun it is to sew little things!

Yesterday, I managed to put together a Geranium for Genevieve – it is almost complete but for buttonholes and a hem.

Buttonholes… yeah. It’s been a good long time since I have done any buttonholes on anything (save for knitting!!)

I need to clean out the cobwebs by doing a few practice buttonholes before attempting them for real.

But, I love the simple but really awesome details of this little pattern! I was worried the flutter sleeves would be hard, but they were so easy and are so cute!

I found some buttons in my Nana’s button box but I am undecided on which buttons to use… thoughts?

Finding Success in Failure

Finding Success in Failure

As you can see, I did not get my Beekeeper Cardigan finished and there just might be some more frogging in order. As Mary said in an email to me bright and early this morning: “Purling sleeves in the round is not fun.”

No. No, it is not! Flat knit sleeves may be in the future of this cardigan – I will do a trial run on the right sleeve later this week.

However, the weekend was just glorious. Quiet. Peaceful. Occasionally, being alone is the best thing for the soul. And, Sherman is the most accommodating of companions – quiet most of the time and usually happy to just sleep wherever I am.

There was a bit of drama early Sunday morning when the Cardinal family had a crisis with one of their babies after we had some unbelievably torrential rains. As you can hear, Sherman was most upset also but, it ended well, and the babies were all back to their usual routine of loud demands for their poor parents to feed them… NOW!

Today, though, is all about getting a couple of Geranium’s started for Genevieve!

I hope your Monday is full of successes!

Fiber Friday | 7.13.18

Fiber Friday | 7.13.18

By the time you read this, Steve will be off to his work weekend extravaganza and I will be ensconced on the sofa attacking Day 4 of the Beekeeper Cardigan Knit Along. I have roughly 5 inches to go and then the ribbing of the body as per the pattern…BUT!!! I have seen some really awesome cropped models of the Beekeeper (especially like this one) and I am contemplating doing something similar. I love the idea of making my new tunics multi-seasonal by adding a layer. Although, I think I’d like the sleeves a little bit longer. What are your thoughts?

We had a Thursday night happy hour to make up for Steve missing tonight and I made a cocktail that was really incredibly delicious! It is from Ming Tsai’s Simply Ming Show. I made the cocktail exactly as written with Thai Basil from my garden and with Bombay Sapphire East Gin. Oh.my.gosh… it was so good! If you are looking for something different to sip, I highly recommend it!

If you are knitting KK’s MKAL, clue 4 is out today! I managed to get through clue 2 and started on clue 3 last night, but I was having trouble remembering the k3tog and the sk2p, so after tinking back a row, I set it aside last night. Apparently, I need to either mark the pattern to remember or get more sleep than I have this week.

The links were slim this week, but I did manage to find some things of controversy (of course) and interest to add in to the knitting links!

This Rolling Stone article on ICE is deeply troubling.

This is beautifully done… and powerful.

The knitting community is not without controversy, sadly. I knew of a bit of an uproar over BT which is why I did not post links to their latest collection. I would like to think that this community is better than this, but apparently not.

Did you see Dot? I loved it and especially appreciated how they made Dot!

Now for some actual knitting links!

Kate Davies Traigh

I love Black Coast (and Holst Garn is a LOVELY place to order from!)

And, finally Nacre

That’s all I have for this week! Have a great weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Three on Thursday, Insomniac Edition

Three on Thursday, Insomniac Edition

Over the course of my life, I have had bouts of insomnia. Sometimes, the cause of the insomnia was easy to identify and other times I spent many a sleepless night pondering the reason of my inability to sleep. These days the cause of my sleeplessness is easily identified, but sadly – it is not so easily solved.

I thought I’d share what I do when I can’t sleep at night.

Thing One: Read

My first response is to try to fill my brain with a new place to go and most times filling my brain with something else brings sleep. It disrupts the train of worried thoughts that is racing around my head. I am unbelievably thankful for my iPad which allows me to read in bed without disturbing Steve because I have been doing lots of night reading the past week weeks!

Thing Two: Make Lists

If reading is not cutting it, my next “fix” is to de-clutter my brain (or clutter it more?) by thinking about things I need to get done, things I want to get done, things I want to try, and things I need to remember (my mammogram percolated to the top last week in one of these list making sessions, and you will be happy to know I go next Wednesday to get that mammogram done!) It amazes me at how much I remember from these nocturnal lists – which, sadly, means that I am pondering these lists all too regularly.

Thing Three: Meditate

It seems there is no shortage of things to meditate on these days… good and bad. But, my latest meditations include asking those Thai Navy Seals to come here to help with the reunification of the thousands of children trapped in Trump Hell… I think if they could successfully navigate the treacherous caves with such success, perhaps they can do the same here.

There you have my insomniac ramblings! Want to see more lists? Head on over to Carole’s!

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