Countdown Friday’s

Countdown Friday’s

Why is it that approaching vacation time equals diminishing brain function? Or am I the only person experiencing this phenomenon? And, it seems all things are conspiring to remind me that vacation is coming! Airbnb sent a reminder this morning… just in case I was not already thinking about it!

But, there are some random thoughts rattling around my brain that I am just going to dump out here to close out the week!

First up, Kym posted about the abundance of fungi that are flourishing thanks to the recent rains. My back yard has become one such area… we have a fungi explosion here too, as you can see in my photo. I am not sure what kind of mushrooms these are, but they sure are interesting – they “open” like an umbrella!

Next, did you see that The Man Booker Shortlist is out? I am significantly disappointed that Warlight did not move from the longlist to the shortlist… boo!

One of the blogs that I really love is Tom of Holland – he never disappoints and almost always wows and there are lots of wows in this post. I simply love the idea of taking something that is unwearable and turning it into a true work of art.

Next week Friday, Issue 6 of Laine Magazine will be out. But!!! You can start planning your knits today as the images are up on Ravelry this morning! There are a number of things that I am entirely smitten with!

I have been most disappointed recently with Knitty, but the Astronomer’s Beret is really quite wonderful – and it combines knitting and embroidery in a very unique way!

Sally Melville’s All Ages Vest is fun… and easy install zippers FTW!

My friend, Sarah Jordan released a new hat pattern this week: Emblematic. I love that it began as a doodle!

Hats were definitely the winners this week and Berrit has a discount through Sunday!

And, that is all I have for this week! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Three on Thursday | 9.20.18

Three on Thursday | 9.20.18

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau

This week it is all about redefining busy.

Thing One:

Thanks to Kym, I am focusing on looking at the busyness in my life and I am well into week two of The Busy Boycott. I have been focusing on redefining and protecting my time. This week’s challenge is “do less” and in total honesty I am struggling with this one! Greatly!!

Thing Two:

In this effort to redefine busy in my life, I have been looking at this blog… Are Monday – Friday posts necessary? Do I have something significant to share? Steve had an interesting idea and I am thinking about how to make that work. Lots of things are rambling about my brain and change is coming, but what that change will be I am not exactly sure!

Thing Three:

The final thing I am looking at is Knit Night. While I enjoy getting out and the camaraderie of being with other knitters some weeks Tuesday’s just feel so rushed. So, I am pondering a bi-weekly schedule to see if that will alleviate some of the rushed and harried Tuesday’s.

This exercise in busy has truly been eye opening for me. Are you doing The Busy Boycott? If so, how are you feeling?

Want to see more lists? Head on over to Carole’s!

Unraveled Wednesday | 9.19.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 9.19.18

The knitting this week is slow and easy but sadly, I am not at all closer to that 15″ mark on Tegna (which, in light of Lene unknitting and then finishing her sweater dress, I think I should be highly embarrassed by this fact!) However, I pinned out the 15″ length on the dress dummy and it appears I have 4-ish inches to go and since I don’t have too much yarn wiggle room but knowing that the lacework will block out a bit – I think this will be okay. However, as I said… it has been slow going. I had hoped to have this done to wear during our trip to Michigan, but it looks like that is unlikely to happen. But, round and round and round knitting is great for a long car ride… right?

The reading has likewise been slow, easy, and so wonderful!

I finished Louise Erdrich’s The Master Butcher’s Singing Club. I started out reading this on my iPad, which means end of the day reading so I did not get very far, and I could not renew it from the library. But to my surprise the audio version was available, so I switched over to listening to the author read me this lovely story. Erdrich’s writing is so beautiful and the story revolves around German immigrants post WWI and life on the Nebraska plains. The ending lines of the book will stay with me a very long time: Step-and-a-Half hummed in her sleep and sank deeper into her own tune, a Junker’s pile of tattered courting verse and hunter’s wisdom and the utterances of itinerants or words that sprang from a bit of grass or a scrap of cloud or a prophetic pig’s knuckle in a world where butchers sing like angels. 5-stars and I highly recommend this beautiful tale!

I also finished listening to Forty Autumns which I also loved. It is the tale of post WWII Germany and the division of East and West Germany and the struggles of one family to survive on both sides of the wall. The story is told extremely well and this look into East German life is compelling. I gave this book 4-stars.

But, what are you knitting and reading this week? If you wrote a post to share, please leave your link below!

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Tuesday’s are for poetry | 9.18.18

Tuesday’s are for poetry | 9.18.18

I have been trying to up my poetry reading this year and this month brings me to the poetry of Michael Longley – a very prolific poet and I am fortunate that my library has a collection of his works. It has been fascinating to read bits and pieces of his work each morning as part of my morning meditations. Longley’s works provide the loveliest way to start the day and I thought I’d share one of the poems I read this week with you.

Northern Lights
by Michael Longley

When you woke me up and showed me through the window
Curtains of silk, luminous smoke, ghost fires,
A convergence of rays above the Black Mountain,
The northern lights became our own magnetic field –
Your hand on my shoulder, your tobacco-y breath
And the solar wind that ruffled your thinning hair.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

On a Random Monday | 9.17.18

On a Random Monday | 9.17.18

The Sedum is just gorgeous this year and I caught this lovely little bee in my photos last week. Summer was full on again over the weekend, which I will count as a blessing especially with the rain we are having today. But, for all the summer weather it was a weekend of thinking, list making, and planning and, yes, my list for this week is long!

This Instagram post made me laugh. 50-60 pairs of mittens??? What??? Maybe I need to up my mitten game…but, all those mittens are surpassed by the airing of the socks…I just love knitters!

There was a bit of sewing and, I even finally got the binding done on Rock the Lobster! I could find no ribbon that inspired me for the sweater, so instead I made bias tape in just the right width to cover the zipper and the steeked edges. I am just thrilled with how this turned out. As for the sewing, I made another Esme tunic – this time with a bit more of a scooped neck from some repurposed blue chambray. It needs some adjustments at the neckline and at the armscyes, but once those are done I think I will be ready to sew a flannel version!

Now, I am off to tackle that list – have an amazing Monday everyone!

Fiber Friday | 9.14.18

Fiber Friday | 9.14.18

And just like that, another week draws to a close. Is it just me, or does this month seem to be moving a warp speed??

I think I have finally found the reason to have multiple projects going at once… yes, it’s true! I knit a few more rounds on my Stripey sweater and needed some time to “live with” the beige. Good thing I have some lovely round and round knitting to do which allows for LOTS of thinking! I am getting so close to the sleeve divide and before I know it I will have 15″ knit!

Dances With Wool has been sharing some amazing knitting. I loved these two posts in which Lene has shared her process of knitting a Ziggurat sweater. Beautiful knitting and beautiful blogging! If you don’t follow her, you should!

The links this week are so full of fun things!

First up… Tulip (which has lovely details, two styles, and different shaping on each sweater!)

Elton is so lovely knit in two different yarns!

Bristol Ivy’s Sashiko has an interesting construction with a play on sashiko stitching.

Are you a boot wearer? Maybe you need some Stompy Boot Socks!

Tretttiofem vantar makes me want to learn Swedish so that I can knit about a dozen of these gorgeous mitts!

Also, Vogue Knitting’s Fall issue has some lovely knits inside!

Phinela Shawl looks perfect for fall, as does the Whitewater Wrap!

Finally, for all of us fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society… there is a hat!

That is all I have for today! Have an amazing weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

P.S. My thoughts are with the people of the Carolina’s who are in pathway of Florence as are the citizens of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, MA. Be safe!

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