Fiber Friday | 7.6.18

Fiber Friday | 7.6.18

Is it just me, or does Friday feel off-kilter this week? The mid-week fourth has unsettled my inner calendar and I have spent the remainder of the week reminding myself what day it is.

One good thing, the blast furnace weather seems to be taking a breather for a few days of reprieve with the arrival of cooler weather. It is telling that we are calling weather in the 80’s ‘cooler’ but it does feel that way this morning and the gentle rain is also a welcome change!

On the knitting front, I am working through the third repeat of clue two in KK’s MKAL, clue three is out and I will try and get through some of it this weekend.

Monday and Tuesday will be Day Two and Three of my “knit a sweater in 4 (or 5) days” marathon. Steve will be gone next weekend so Friday and Saturday knitting will hopefully bring me a sweater completion. I even have my “knitting listening” queued up – Anna Karenina is all set to go and it will fill my “more than 500 pages” bingo square!

Now, how about some links?

Elizabeth Doherty released a couple of beautiful patterns this week: Westerly and Westbound

I also love Big in Japan!

Not a sweater knitter? Inca Trail is lovely! And, I also love the Textured Laguna Wrap (and it is free today!)

Sarah Jordan has worked out a toe-up version of her Non-Euclidian socks! If anyone knows socks, it is Sarah… she knits a plethora of them every year!

Finally, Random.org has spoken and the fifth comment on Wednesday is the lucky recipient of 30-days of the WaPo. Debbie, you should have an email advising you of that! If you don’t, please let me know!

That is all I have for this week! See you all back here on Monday!

Three on Thursday | 7.5.18

Three on Thursday | 7.5.18

My three things today are all about routine maintenance…

Thing One:

I need to schedule my mammogram today. I am posting it here for some accountability because I saw my doctor last week and have an order to get it done…but have forgotten to schedule it every day since then.

Thing Two:

Sometimes those routine maintenance appointments (i.e. annual physical) are not much fun. However, sometimes a year of hard work pays off. That was the case for me last week! My A1C was no longer in the bad range! I was happy, and my doctor was too! And, yay for weight loss, Pilates, and walking!

Thing Three:

Finally, I need to get the shingles vaccine…but apparently so did everyone else in America and that has caused a shortage of the vaccine. I am on the wait list at the pharmacy. They will call me when they have it in.

Those are my things for today, but what about you? Do you have any routine maintenance you’ve been putting off?

Want to see more and probably way better lists? Head on over to Carole’s!

Unraveled Wednesday | 7.4.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 7.4.18

Greetings Unravelers!

Summertime and the knitting is varied! That’s right…when the weather gets unbearable – vary your knitting projects! On Monday I started my Knit a Beekeeper Cardigan in 4 days (okay, for my size I can take 6 days… but I think 5 days will be my sweet spot!) I am 15-ish rows from my “try on” point…which will hopefully mean I have arrived at the Great Sleeve Divide! I am still working out my next day of knitting (which might not happen until next Monday!)

Vodka Lemonade is in a bit of a holding pattern this week as I finish up Clue Two of KK’s MKAL…Clue two is a lovely chart that must be repeated three times and I am almost done with the second repeat and Clue Three will be out on Friday!

However, all this knitting has meant some very good listening this week!

I finished June strong with my finish of This is How it Always Is (which I deeply loved, and it got 5-stars) and that means I read 13 books in June…13 very good books! By my count I read 6 5-star books and 7 4-star books, and I highly recommend every single one of these books!

My July is starting out with a bit less enthusiasm – I finished Ohio, which was an ARC from NetGalley. It only got 3-stars from me and you can read my review here. As you can see, it was a difficult read.

Fortunately, Gilead is not that at all and I have about 2 hours of listening time left! I am enthralled with this lovely novel. It very much reminds me of The Secret Scripture in how the tale is told. It is wonderful writing and I will have it finished today.

I also began The Weight of Ink and Us Against You.

Up Next: The Picture of Dorian Gray.

That’s all I’ve got to share today…what are you knitting or reading?

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P.S. One lucky person who comments today will get a free month of the Washington Post, I will use random.org to select that person! Good luck everyone!

Tuesday Things | 7.3.18

Tuesday Things | 7.3.18

The heat is almost unbearable, which means early morning watering and weeding (and walking!) How is it that despite the heat, the weeds flourish?

My thoughts have turned to Michigan this week, we booked our vacation and I really can’t wait to go. And, it’s days (weeks?) like this when I long to be back in Michigan and even Derek Walcott’s To Norline reminds me of this picture from a misty morning at Oval Beach.

This beach will remain empty
for more slate-colored dawns
of lines the surf continually
erases with its sponge,
and someone else will come
from the still-sleeping house,
a coffee mug warming his palm
as my body once cupped yours,

to memorize this passage
of a salt-sipping tern,
like when some line on a page
is loved, and it’s hard to turn.

I love those misty, “slate-colored” dawns and the sound of the water and the birds and the winds. Good things to think of on a quiet, but hot Tuesday morning.

Happy Tuesday everyone! Stay cool!

Fiber Friday | 6.29.18

Fiber Friday | 6.29.18

Happy Friday, everyone! I am remembering what a slow start spring got in these parts. However, it seems that summer is not taking a page from that book. Next week our weather forecast is calling for temps in the upper 90’s all week long. Oy, summer is arriving with a vengeance! I hope that is not a foretaste of what the rest of summer holds for us!

However, my garden is in full on growth mode! I picked the first handful of beans and even a raspberry or two! Also, my potatoes are beginning to bloom! I will get some photos to share with you all next week. Everything is looking so lush and vibrant! Hopefully, this spate of ultra-hot weather does not change that!

My Vodka Lemonade is making steady progress (ball 3 soon to be joined!) and I have about 25 rows to go before The Great Sleeve Divide! But, today Clue Two is out! I am eager to see where Kirsten takes us this year! Mystery knitting FTW! (and it also eases the boredom of the seemingly endless sleeve increases!)

Now, how about some hot weather friendly links?

Daylight is knit with just 2 skeins of Quince & Co. Sparrow…

And, speaking of Quince & Co…did you see their Shawls 2018?

Those crazy girls at MDK released Field Guide No. 7 this week: Ease

Carrie Bostick Hoge released madder MEDLEY! There are so many wonderful knits in there!

Arisu, Summerline, and Bamboo Summer Top are perfect for this hot weather!

Postcards from California

Beach Martinis

And, while this is not summer knitting, it is just gorgeous: A Grown Ladies version of the Cockleshell Cardigan

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

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