Three on Thursday, November 9

Three on Thursday, November 9

It is sometimes hard to believe that it has only been a year since this nightmare began. Yes, that’s right a year ago today (I know it seems like an eternity!!)

However, this week I began to see a silver lining! In fact, a big old pink sparkly silver lining!

Handknit as it were….

Thing one!

If you don’t take us seriously, we will defeat you!

Thing two!

If you take away our bathrooms, we will defeat you!

Thing three!

And, if you squash diversity, we will defeat you!

This week it really feels like the funk I have been immersed in for the past year has lifted.

PLUS, a bonus link that will make readers happy. (and increase their “to read” list!)

Unraveled Wednesday, November 8

Unraveled Wednesday, November 8

Greetings, Unravelers! I find myself immersed in “Deep Sweater Season” and happily so!

I am about two and a half inches from joining the second sleeve with the body to continue with the yoke of Rusty and visions of my next sweater are dancing in my head! These are the days of happy knitting! I hope to have a finished sweater next week, and will begin swatching for my next sweater this week.

I also cast on a super simple Knit Night project! IT is the PERFECT Knit Night project! Thank you, Gale, for inspiring this!

Now, on to my November Reading! I finished a number of very good books:

  1. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (5-Stars, you can read my review here)
  2. Tonight You’re Dead by Viveca Sten (5-Stars, you can read my review here)
  3. The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen (5-Stars, you can read my review here)
  4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (2-stars, you can read my review here)

I am listening to Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow and I am enjoying it tremendously. I also just began another Net Galley book; Christopher Greyson’s The Girl Who Lived.

PLUS, I picked up several “real” books from the library last night, but more on them next week!

What are you making and reading?

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October Stitching

October Stitching

I should be writing today’s blog post, but I got completely sidetracked reading this Twitter Moment. The comments are seriously awesome…but, back to the post:

I was rudely reminded over the weekend that grey, rainy days are the bane of photographers everywhere. So, trying to get photos for today’s post have caused this serious case of procrastination. Late yesterday afternoon, just moments before the sunset…

(at what seemed like 4:30 in the afternoon)

The clouds gave way and I managed to get a photo to share October’s Stitching.

While this stitching may not look like much, it holds incredible (and some painfully sad) memories; flocks of birds, vibrant colored leaves, winds, rains, Lake Michigan, and Las Vegas. This month certainly achieves an award for being a memory stitching!

I also love the “new-to-me” techniques I learned tried this month. The satin stitching with multiple colors, the center of my spiral where I tried to capture the look of blue skies breaking through a cloudy morning, and waves that have French knot “white caps”. All in all, October was a very good month!

Also… today is a VERY IMPORTANT DAY!!

Don’t forget to go vote!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Sometimes Monday, November 6

Sometimes Monday, November 6

…are full of gratitude!

The weekend was so full of so many good things. Thankfully the rain held off until late in the day so there was lots of out-door time. The gardens were put to bed. And, the extra hour was used for reading!

Sunday’s torrential downpours did not put a damper on the day at all; Steve watched football and I read some more. I even managed to knit a bit, but more on that later this week!

Over the weekend I also got myself “caught up” with 30 Days of Gratitude and Michelle GD’s Gratitude week kicks off today! I am feeling very ready to immerse myself in gratitude and have the makings for a most grateful month! This is much-needed because I was not feeling the November love at all!

So, Hello Monday! I am feeling recharged, extremely grateful, and ready to begin a new week!

What about you?

Simply Saturday, November 4

Simply Saturday, November 4

November brings a change of schedule to our house; not only the time change (which you should remember to do tonight when you go to bed!) but our Saturday schedule changes dramatically. No more local farmers market and inclement weather makes walking questionable as well.

However, today is supposed to be quite mild in temperature, but rain is in the forecast.

But, bright and early we are headed to Boyce-Mayview to get in a nice walk, and this view is from there. It might be my favorite Saturday thing.

I hope your days is simply wonderful!

Fiber Friday, November 3

Fiber Friday, November 3

There was some knitting time this week, but it was brief. I love how that works, some weeks I manage to organize my day and give myself quality knitting time… this was not one of those weeks. Perhaps it was because I did not have any list at all to start out this week! It kind of felt like I was behind the eight ball and never got out of its way!

Note to self, do your darned list this weekend, would you?

I did get some done on sleeve one of Rusty! I am through the increases and that means no more row counting! Yay! But, note to self, do your darned list this weekend, would you? However, Gale blogged and it has been percolating in my brain…AND, I have a cake of Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rifton!! This might be the perfect thing to take to knit night! And, as you can see – that yarn stays in my new color theme – Rust! This poor Rifton has been hanging out in my stash for a LONG time because I have been stuck on what to knit with it. Not that there are not lots of projects knit with it, but nothing has spoken to me until this! I think it might even be a “no swatching required” kind of project too!

Speaking of Gale, she asked a question about knitting with Plötulopi or Unspun Icelandic – specifically: “I want to hear more about how you like (or don’t like) working with the Pluto lopi. Aside from the inability to rip out and reuse-how is it to carry around for knitting on the go? Is it a stay at home yarn?” Great questions, Gale. First up, I confess to being very skeptical upon seeing these “plates or wheels” The yarn is not yarn, but rather it seems very ethereal and wispy. I was concerned how would I cast this fragile roving onto a needle to even attempt to knit with it. However, I was pleasantly surprised that not only could I cast on, but I did the German Twisted Cast on in hopes that my edge would be sturdier. The yarn creates an incredibly lofty fabric that is insanely sturdy! So, in a word, I love working with it! Now, as to the portability of it… I tried to take it to knit night but found that it was just too fragile to be in a knitting bag (even a slippery knitting bag). I will not travel with it in the future. The wheels are happiest sitting next to you as you knit. And, for those interested, Meg Swanson has a lovely video about the yarn in the link above which I found incredibly helpful!

Now, how about some very good links for your Friday??

Library lovers (and librarians) will adore this and perhaps if you have a librarian on your gift list this year this would come in handy! (And, really… shouldn’t we all have a librarian on our gift list??)

These are not new but slipper weather has arrived (Free patterns in worsted and DK weight yarns…you’re welcome)

Bindrune oh my. More Lopi Love!

Fade comes to knee socks

Jelly Rolls, Big and Little

I love these mitts

And, these in toddler size are too cute!

Svetlana does mittens!!

Make your own stripes? I love this idea!

I somehow missed Christina Campbell’s Knit-along and walk-along. It started on November 1, but it is not too late for you to grab Camino de Paz and cast on and walk on!

And, finally Ambah Obrien’s ADVENTurous Wrap in a stripey version that uses 13 different colors (stash buster anyone?) OR for those with a super-charged stash perhaps you want to try the fade version which uses 25 different colors.

That is all I have for today, BUT!!!! I will see you back here tomorrow!! Have a good Friday everyone!

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