Unraveled Wednesday | 2.14.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 2.14.18

Happy Valentine’s Day – or as Compassionknit says, Happy GALentine’s Day, Unravelers!

I got my knitting back on track yesterday and the body of my Olympic Carbeth is done and a sleeve is under way! Despite the little bits of time that I have had to knit on this, it is going amazingly fast! However, thanks to the Olympics, I knit an extra inch on the body. I don’t think it will matter and I am not ripping back! Yet…when I have the sleeves done, I will try it on and see what I think. It is a bit hard to tell in its current state.

All other knitting is in a holding pattern…that means the socks are on hold as is my Stokkur. I have marked my place in both patterns, however, so I don’t forget where I am! Hopefully, I will be back to knitting them this weekend!

My reading this week was so good!

I finished Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (so so so good!) and The Snow Child (also so good!) but I have made little headway with Ali Smith’s Winter, because knitting and Olympics watching!

I started listening to Before We Were Yours. I am not quite halfway through but I am liking how this story is being told, very much!

At night I am trying to stay awake long enough to get into a Net Galley book, Gods of Howl Mountain. Sometimes, staying awake to read more than a page, err a paragraph or two is a Herculean task! But, I hope to get it done this week…if I can stay awake that is! Haha!

Did you see some of the new titles coming out this month? I am on the wait list for several of them at my library already!

As for Valentine’s Day… we are staying in. I am making my own riff on Surf and Turf with Lamb and Shrimp. Do you have special plans for dinner tonight?

As always, if you are joining us today, thank you!! Please leave the link to you post in your comment!

Sometimes Monday | 2.12.18

Sometimes Monday | 2.12.18

Comes too darned fast! (And, looks like a budding sweater and, I need to add dust the blinds to my list! Haha)

I don’t know about you, but my weekend sort of flew by and not in at all a pleasant way.

Saturday, someone (not me) had the brilliant idea to replace the faucet in the kitchen….

Five plus hours later found us with no new faucet, lots of bad words, and can I tell you that I have some new crazy respect for plumbers who can lay in a cabinet to fix things.

Five plus hours that I could have been watching the Olympics and knitting.

Enter Sunday which was moving almost as fast as the Free Style Cross Country Skiers. And, again I am sitting here wondering where my knitting time went!!!

I am over the halfway point of the body of my Carbeth and all my plans for speeding through this knit are going up in smoke, sort of like my weekend! That’s right, in the brief moments I found to knit this weekend produced 10 inches of knitting!

This morning added to the ironic quality of the un-weekend, after yesterdays warm rains, today we woke to 8-ish inches of snow and Steve has another “snow day”. And, on a morning that I had NOTHING on my list but some quality time with the DVR and my knitting.

I hope your weekend was infinitely better than mine and that your Monday is full of only things that make you happy!

Going for Gold

Going for Gold

That’s right, Olympic Knitting starts now! Or rather at 6AM EST as Sprite so kindly advised me of. So, yes… I was up early and cast on, (not once but twice…grrr!) Above is my progress thus far on my Carbeth. I will be sitting down with Sherman Alexie and get some quality knitting time in today on this project. Also, the above photo is a much better example of the color of the color of my yarn. Kym asked me if I was making any modifications – and yes, I am! Because well… cropped sweater + mom-belly = super unattractive look (I am not saying Kym has a mom-belly, I am certain she does not, however, I DO have a mom-belly and I like to keep it covered, thank you very much!)

But, yes. I am making some mods to the knitting. Kym was worried about how this would look because the design is so perfect the way it is. So, excuse my poor rendering of where I am going… but I am doing less ribbing on the sleeves and shortening them a bit. And, I am adding 8 inches to the body…which for me nicely covers my mom-belly.

But, even with these mods, it should be a quick knit!

I am hesitant to share links today, because well… I am already knitting all the things! But, here go you!

Did you all see Rowan Denim Lace? Okay, I might have done more than oooing and ahhhing over this collection!

Also, the Spring Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly has some gorgeous designs!

Sarah Jordan has a new sock heel design that looks most intriguing!

If you need one more Ravellenic Project, Susan Ashcroft has one for you! Just Slip It (and it is free!)

This planned pooling is amazing

Svetlana’s Winter Story Mittens are so gorgeous!

And, finally… something to get us through the next season, Julie Hoover’s Hatcher

That is all I have for the week! Enjoy your weekend and go Team USA and Team Rules Schmules! See you all back here on Monday!

Three on Thursday | 2.8.18

Three on Thursday | 2.8.18

I was poking around a bit on YouTube and found a few things that I thought you all might enjoy! I know I did!

Thing One:

“Bob Dylan” singing…

Thing Two:

SpaceX Live has blown my mind

Thing Three:

Skating with an Olympian…

If you want to see more amazing things, head on over to Carole’s! Happy Thursday everyone!

Unraveled Wednesday | 2.7.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 2.7.18

Greetings Unravelers! It is a snow day here in Pittsburgh, so Steve is home today. Yeah, that changes up my day a bit! But, the knitting is really heating up and we are only seven days into February!

Clue Two will be out tomorrow and my mystery socks are eagerly awaiting more knitting time.

I am coasting on Strokkur, the joy of Lopi Knitting is perhaps one of the greatest things ever for me. I can see Sleeve Island in my near future as I am less than 20 rows from the sleeve join.

But, on Friday night, these projects will be put on pause for a moment, so I can begin the Olympic-Bang-Out-A-Carbeth Knitting frenzy! Now, all other Bang-Out Knitters began on the fifth, but I am patiently waiting for Opening Ceremony and this project a Two-fer – Bang-Out-A-Carbeth-Olympic-Knitting! All the yummy brown yarn in the photo above will soon be a Carbeth and I can’t wait!

My second Olympic Project, because I am positive that Carbeth will be done quickly, are some Log Cabin Mitts I am just in love with them and I have lots of bits and bobs of left over yarns to use! These might take me more time to knit that the Carbeth! Ha! And, maybe some mini-hearts! The cuteness!

Now, on to the reading:

I finished The Woman Who Smashed Codes. Oh.my.gosh. I loved it and I really hate that I have finished it, there should have been more chapters to read! As others have said, this book might be the best book I will read all year. I am utterly and entirely in love with Elizebeth and William Friedman. I cried. I laughed. I said wow more than once and oh my gosh is she so smart! This is a 5-star book that I highly recommend. Really, add this book to your read list right now!

I also finished Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. This book…just wow. I sincerely hope this dystopian world never, ever, ever becomes reality. It is well written, thought provoking, and profound. It spurred some very interesting discussions on the value of life. I gave this book 4-stars.

I have started listening to Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me and I am reading The Snow Child on my iPad at night when I get into bed and I just started Ali Smith’s Winter which came from the library this week.

If you are joining us today, welcome! Please leave the link to your post in your comment! What’s keeping you warm in February?

P.S. Please excuse the absolutely horrid photo, it is dark, grey, and super icy-rainy-snowy here today and the light is almost non-existent!

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