Three on Thursday | 3.22.18

Three on Thursday | 3.22.18

Thing One:

Spring Envy: Yesterday’s snowmageddon was an assault to my spring longings. The fact that I had to stitch snow into my spring sampler was painful. However, this mornings trek outside with Sherman had me rethinking “painful” as the poor robins in the photo so aptly showed me what painful really is. They are all puffed up and are perhaps even more pissed off with these dregs of winter than I am!

Thing Two:

Knitting Dissatisfaction: The new knitty is out. I had looked with interest at Arashi, but the directions seem unclear to me and a bit too ambiguous, even for an adventurous knitter. And, the other 12 patterns? Well, nothing there screamed “knit me” at all.

Thing Three:

Risky Driving Drawing: Thank you to the Bridgeville Police Department for this brilliant tweet yesterday. A picture is worth a thousand words… or crashes as the case was yesterday! But, note to the artist… next time make sure the map is of Pittsburgh rather than Washington DC!

These are my things for today, random as they are! Want to see more? Head on over to Carole’s!

Unraveled Wednesday | 3.21.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 3.21.18

Greetings, Unravelers!

First up…some mood music courtesy of the First Full Day of Spring.

Next…Did you vote yet? Round 2 is open until 11:59PM (Pacific time) tonight.

Now that we have that taken care of, on to the knitting which has been very focused this week!! I began the second half of my Cluaranach yesterday! Once I get through the tricky bits of the border lace charts and on to the body charts, I can get a little more than a pattern repeat done each day. I am going to say it and hopefully not jinx this, but I am feeling hopeful that I will get this done before Easter! I need to do some research on how best to kitchner lace and how to kitchner garter stitch. (If you have a link to instructions that you use, please share them!) True confession: I am surprised at how lacking the instructions are on how to do this. The only other complaint I had about the pattern was the lack of direction on the right side decreases in the border charts – how it is written does not mirror the wrong side decreases – meaning right side and wrong side decreases don’t lay the same way if done as the pattern is written. It took some figuring on my part on how to do the right side decrease so that they line up nicely. A note to knit wear designers… please do not assume that the knitter will “just know” how to do what you do. More detail is always better. Those issues outstanding, the lace charts in the body of the wrap are easy to read and memorize – and thankfully are quick to knit!

The reading this week has been good as well:

I finished The Power and wow. This one easily got 5-stars from me. Without giving anything away, it is a chilling novel of “what if”, it is though provoking and yes, a bit scary.

I also finished A Boy in Winter, which is on the long list for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. This was so good, and I gave it 4-stars and I highly recommend this book.

After a surprisingly long wait, two novels came through this week: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. The first is insanely long and the second not much shorter, but I hope to get through them!

If you are joining us this week; thank you and welcome! Please leave the link to your post in your comment!

What are you working on this week?

Monday Endings

Monday Endings

Sometimes Monday’s are for endings…

Today is the 89th and final day of winter and I will complete my last bit of stitching in Winter later today.

I knit like the wind this weekend and today will bring me to the end of the first skein in my Clauranach.

And, it is the end of March Madness for 48 basketball teams, some quite unexpectedly.

Here is to a brief but spectacular Monday! Or, one that ends quickly and without drama!


Fiber Friday, Madness Edition

Fiber Friday, Madness Edition

It’s Bracket Season… did you vote? Did any of you have trouble picking 8 patterns in all categories? I confess that I did.

I had gotten so much knitting time in during the Olympics and I was missing watching the games. But, thanks to March Madness, knitting time has ticked up again with all the games to watch! I got one entire repeat done on my Clauranach  yesterday…only 4 or 5 more repeats to go in this half. And, suddenly, I am thinking that maybe I can get it done before Easter! More knitting time today as Round One continues!

Now, how about some links?

The Shetland Wool Week announced their 2018 Patron and you can get her Merrie Dancers Toorie hat pattern here.

Rachel Atkinson’s Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1: Beginnings is available for pre-order.

Quince & Co has released their Sparrow 2018 Collection

I really love Rose by Andrea Mowry and Flat White by Casapinka

And, finally Still Waters Sleeveless in Purl Soho Linen Quill is a great transition knit!

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

Beware the Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March

Today’s Things are all about the Ides of March


Did you know there is a website called and that they have an entire section on the Omens of Julius Caesar? Neither did I but thank you Google!


Need to brush up on those Julius Caesar assassination facts? Because what is better than knowing some history from 44BC, amirite?


Once you have studied up, perhaps you’d like to take the sparknotes Julius Caesar Quiz!

There you have it, Happy March 15th everyone. Want to see more mid-March lists? Head on over to Carole’s!

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