Achievements Unlocked

Achievements Unlocked

What a weekend, Gentle Readers! It seemed to fly by at warp speed and it contained bits of all kinds of things.

I masterfully unlocked the “Wear Your New Summer Sweater” achievement by living in my new Lucinda all weekend. Yeah, that’s right. I wore it Saturday until the temps warmed up, then steamed it to wear it to church on Sunday. I worried about the sweater not holding its shape well, but it loved being steamed and looked as fresh as it did when I put it on Saturday morning. This sweater is just so incredibly comfortable, I am pondering knitting another!

The elusive “Knit at 4AM while watching a Royal Wedding” achievement was unlocked on Saturday morning. That’s right. I was up, knitting in hand, watching Meghan and Prince Harry’s nuptials. Best knitting time of the weekend!

The “Inaugural Bee Balm Bloom” achievement was also unlocked this weekend! No blooms at all last year, so when buds appeared earlier this week the excitement began to build. I am entirely enthralled with these unique looking blooms.

And, finally, we managed to unlock the “Yes, We Got Poison Ivy Again” achievement. Yeah, we are not at all happy with this predicament. We managed to avoid the poison ivy when we trimmed all the bushes, but Saturday we tackled some newly out of control Virginia Creeper and low and behold, while pulling vines we thought were safe were actually poison ivy. This is a double-ugh worthy achievement.

Bonuses for the weekend: I made pizza dough on Friday and grilled it with a bit of salt, pepper, and olive oil. It made the perfect conduit for marinated sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts. And, on Sunday I blanched some fresh asparagus and made a quick and easy salad with Cannellini beans, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon zest and juice. So good, and so easy!

How about you? How was your weekend? Did you have any achievements?

Fiber Friday | 5.18.18

Fiber Friday | 5.18.18

Houston, we have bind off!

Yes, that’s right… Lucinda, she is finished!! She just needs a bit of a soak, some very minor blocking, and a few ends woven in! Look for better pictures next week! All the details are on my project page on Ravelry.

Now… let the swatching begin! Apparently, it is the Summer of Orange for my knitting, perhaps this will make it easy to fill my “With a cover that matches a current WIP” bingo square!

I will be up early tomorrow to watch all the hoopla surrounding the Royal Wedding tomorrow morning, so I need to have my swatching done! Meghan and Prince Harry will give me a good chunk of knitting time! If you are interested in watching the wedding tomorrow Kwizgiver has all the deets here!

Now, how about some links? This week, it’s all about texture!

Starting with Marie Greene’s 4-day KAL of her Beekeeper Cardigan! While there are no images of the cardigan up on Ravelry yet, they will be up next week. And, she did share some of the details: “The cardigan has simple, all-over texture. No lace, no cables. Top-down, seamless construction.”

Lea is lovely

Not up for sweater knitting? Joji’s Bark Lines is wonderful!

And finally, I love the simplicity of Elizabeth Smith’s Castaway

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

Three on Thursday | 5.17.18

Three on Thursday | 5.17.18

Today it’s all about the humor found in odd places!

Thing One:

When the Rolling Stones and the FBI cross paths:

Thing Two:

Crazy rains here last night caused some major flooding very near my house:

Best retweet of this:

and my thoughts exactly…

Thing Three:

Laurel or Yanny?

Cookie Monster FTW

There you have it! If you want to see more brilliant and possibly more relevant things just head on over to Carole’s!

Oh, and I hear Laurel… lol

Unraveled Wednesday | 5.16.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 5.16.18

My sweater qualifies for the close but no cigar prize but if all goes well, it should be done today. I am really hoping that a bit of a soak and some blocking evens out these stitches because I am really worried, especially about the sleeve ribbing and I might have to redo it if blocking does not help as much as I need it to! But, we shall see. My knitting kryptonite is ribbing – I have excessive yarn between my knits and purls and no amount of pulling or tugging helps. They are just sloppy. Where wool is my friend and more forgiving in ribbing, the silk content of this yarn is making the ribbing a real issue for me. However, I will forge ahead and see if soaking helps at all. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

I did finish The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and really loved it! I was a little worried after reading Kym’s review, but I am glad I forged ahead and listened to Arundhati read the book. I found those bits in the middle that she found tedious more conversational as the author regaled me with the story. I really enjoyed it and gave it 4-stars!

I also finished The Long Way Home with Armand Gamache. I am simply in love with this series and this book got 5-stars.

I read a post from Michael Ondaatje on Goodread’s earlier this month and in it he shared his favorite books that he would read over and over. I love his writing and just got his new book, Warlight, from the library. But, I also picked a couple of books from his list to start with and I began listening to Rafael Sabatini’s Scaramouche and I am really enjoying it. It is funny, interesting, and it is filled with wonderful characters! I also have The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino that I just put on my iPad to read after I finish The Sparrow, which I am about half way through!

If you missed it, remember Mary’s Summer Book Bingo stars May 26 and you can find all the details here!

That is all I have for this week! What about you? What are you making and/or reading?

And, if you wrote a post today, please leave your link!

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Currently | 5.15.18

Currently | 5.15.18

It seems with blogging daily I am telling you everything that is going on in my life. Close, but not really. A good bit of time has passed since my last Currently post, and Tuesday’s being an inordinately challenging blog post day, I figure it might be time for some more current and pressing things in my life right now, right?

Watching: I recently binged the London Spy on Netflix. Wow. It was good and had crazy twists and turns. I highly recommend. I am also watching Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale as they drop each week on Wednesday, also so good! And, The American’s is winding down to the series finale. So, lots of mystery and wtf moments in the watching department!

Experiencing: Incredible relief! I had a little sit down about my volunteer activities and it worked out better than I thought it might! Yes, I am still doing some volunteering, but it now feels more like volunteering and less like free work! This is a very good reminder to me that setting boundaries in all things are a best practice.

Planning: Lots of things (some of which I shared yesterday) but really… MEALS! I have somehow strayed from healthy eating. Okay, that makes it seem like I was not at all responsible for what I eat and drink, lol. The fact is I have gained some weight back and it is a good reminder that being healthy is a lifestyle, not a temporary fix. So, we have been spending the month of May focusing on getting back to that lifestyle. It has been a challenge, but I think we are turning the corner. I am not beating myself up over this lapse, but rather using it as a motivational point.

Loving: This post from IG that January One shared on Sunday. It struck a cord with me and was just what I needed to see.

Repurposing: I have discovered that Lotta Jandottor’s Esme Top with cap sleeves (which needs no binding around the sleeves) fits PERFECTLY in a repurposed 100 Acts of Sewing Dress No. 2. I will be sewing up a few more tops in the next week or so and it makes me feel so good that these dresses are not going to waste!

Contemplating:  Planting!! Specifically, tomato and pepper varieties and pondering beans with the hopes that Operation Keep Bunnies Out does do just that.

And, there you have a list of what’s current in my world right now! What about you?

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