Persistence Pays Off

Persistence Pays Off

I have been slowly plugging away at my Treysta, and Sleeve No. One is almost done! Sleeve No. Two should go faster, because I was smart and kept track of all my rows! Maybe by this time next week, a new sweater will be born!

I am glad it is the weekend and a bit of persistence will pay off there too! I got a new Lidia cookbook for Christmas and there is a cocktail (or ten) in there with my name on it. Perhaps a bit of a weekend celebration do-over is in order!

Now, how about some links to get the weekend started?

Shaila mittens were released last September but the pattern was not available for download until this week. Included is an excellent video on yarn dominance, in case you want to do some stranded knitting this year!

Staying in the stranded knitting theme, Setesdalish… oh my gosh!

Or, perhaps Vintersol

All of these are truly wonderful examples of stranded knitting!

Not up for stranded knitting? Perhaps just knitting a sweater is on your list this year. Both Margene and Mary give rave reviews for sweaters designed by Elizabeth Doherty and she has a new pattern out: Archer, knit with The Woolen Rabbit Airy.

Kate Davies also has a new pattern out today: Carbeth I love the simple lines of this sweater and the construction!

And, finally, PBSNewsHour is joining forces with the NYT’s and together they have started Now Read This! The first book is one that deeply moved me last year, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing. At the end of the month there will be a Q&A with her! This should be so much fun!

That is all I have for this first Friday in January! Stay warm this weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Fiber Friday, December 22

Fiber Friday, December 22

Yesterday, I began my new stitching project and I am so excited about it, I had to share my humble beginnings with you all! I am happy to report that couching with hand spun yarn is the way to go!! And, I am maintaining my entirely “free stitching” and I used no tracing or no marking.

And, so Welcome to Winter! I have 88 more days to stitch and I am excited for each and every one of them!

Are any of you going to start a stitching project (or any project, really… I have semi-seriously been pondering this cowl) AND, there are some who talked about starting a Woman Must Make Her Own Arrows in January too! I thought it might be nice to have a little support group to cheer each other on. If you want to start a Year of Stitching and you don’t know how to begin, email me (kachrist37 (at) gmail (dot) com) and I would be happy to help you get started! If you are interested in a little group support for a year long project, leave a comment here and I will start an email thread of where to do that easily.

Now, how about some links?

Gentle Morning

I love the story behind this hat

A Lacy Boxy with heart

More good cause knitting, Girlfriendscardigan Anke

That is all I have for the Friday before Christmas. Go out and make some merry today! Have a great weekend!  I am debating about a post on Monday but, I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Fiber Friday, December 15

Fiber Friday, December 15

I have been doing some super-secret knitting during the day which I can’t tell you all about or show you just yet, but I am making some good progress. This has been assisted greatly by audiobooks (I am almost done with Bonfire) and Season 2 of The Crown on Netflix, which I finished yesterday.

I am anticipating this super-secret knitting to be completed today, which will allow me to BREATHE a deep sigh of relief!

I am also anticipating the 2018 Read Harder Challenge, which I am going to participate in next year. I have also been contemplating my Goodreads book challenge this year – do I play it safe or really push myself this year? Perhaps with the Net Neutrality debacle, reading might be more important next year as streaming Netflix might be limited. I am leaning towards pushing myself.

AND, as you can see, I am really ready for some Christmas Break Reading. The Library is being SUPER good to me right now and has somehow moved me up on my “hold list” almost to the GAH point! I checked out the above books on Tuesday night, and last night Killers of the Flower Moon was downloaded to my iPad. With these additions, it almost feels like I can make that 85-books-read mark!

But, how about some links:

First up, staying with the reading theme:

I laughed at this Hogwarts House Quiz (I got Slytherins and loved that I have read most of the books on the House Slytherin list)

I also loved the 100 Must-Read Books with One-Word Titles. I added quite a few to my read list!

Are you a mystery series lover? 25 Of The Absolute Best Cozy Mystery Series

Also, FYI: You can now follow hashtags on IG…

And, finally the knitting links:

Playtime

Sankta Lucia Socks

Little Knots Cardigan… LOVE!

Is 2018 you Year of Knitting? Big Sky Weather Scarf This could be an excellent stash buster as well!

Pine Burr I am not sure if it’s the color (which is divine!) or the stitch pattern but, I love this cowl!

Bittersweet Oh, my. I love the texture. Will 2018 be the year I finally tackle texture?

And, Kate Atherley’s Rosetta Tharpe is FREE until midnight December 17th in honor of the induction of Ms. Tharpe to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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

Fiber Friday, December 8

Fiber Friday, December 8

The knitting marches on, albeit slowly. However, today I am going to share a bit of a preview about my 2018 Stitching Project, which will begin on December 21 and I am taking a bit of license from Vivaldi and borrowing his Four Seasons. There will be four much larger stitching projects; Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. And, while they will still be free-hand stitching – no drawing out of my design, the season of stitches will all be the same motif, but will change color as the season does.

I have also been wondering how handspun yarn would work to use for stitching, so I have been playing with some fiber to create some “crayons” to stitch with. I will test this out before hand to see how I like it. I am not the best at spinning super fine yarns, so I am not sure that this will work as I am envisioning it. But, I am going to do some experimenting swatching and see what it looks like over the weekend and I will share my results back here on Monday.

Now, how about some links???

That is all I have for this week, have a great weekend – stay warm! I will see you back here on Monday!

Fiber Friday, December 1

Fiber Friday, December 1

You all have no clue how hard it was to type December! But, yes, it is here. Bring on the merriment and all that good cheer! Amirite?

Or, perhaps it is a much better idea to jump on board the Peace Knitting Train

I was worried a bit about having enough yardage of my handspun, but then I got an update from our Peace Project leader which alleviated many of my fears. So, shortly I will get out my size 8 needles, cast on, and channel all the peace I can muster on this first day of December!

I am hoping clue #1 is short as I want to get back to this yoke. I am almost done with the colorwork, then on to some short-row shaping. But, either way I have a wonderful knitting companion in Never Caught, which is not long and I am almost done with it! It is fascinating and filled with history I did not know about at all! It will be the perfect companion for today’s knitting time!

Now, here are a few links for your first weekend in December!

Nothing says get ready for Christmas like Arne and Carlos. They have big plans for Sunday nights, and if you don’t subscribe to their YouTube channel, you should!

Útivist (meaning outdoors in Icelandic; pronounced ootivist)
Baby Yoke Sweaters These are just too cute!
Jolly Stocking Cap This reminds me of a cap I had when I was a little girl!
Aada These mittens!
Aubade
Londoner I really love this!
Ambient, a sweatshirt sweater with lovely details.
Faux cables make Aileas worth considering! Also, I love the version with the contrasting color in the neckband and inside the pockets!
Svetlana is celebrating 2018 and the Year of the Dog with her Foo Dog Mittens
Beth Smith has kits for her Spin and Weave Along for sale!

AND!!!! The SwissMiss had a link that blew me away today! Now, I am no pie baker but…these pies!

That is all I have for this week, I have some knitting to do! See you all back here on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

Long Weekend Friday

Long Weekend Friday

I have to say, I really love long weekends that begin on Wednesday night and are filled with good food and even better company! This is that sort of weekend and while we will head out to participate in the rush of shopping, it won’t be the focus of the day.

Here is your reality check for the weekend though… there are only 30 days until Christmas so if you have any gift knitting to do that you have not started yet…stop reading this and go cast on! There might be a project or two in the links that will work in the time you have left, just sayin’…

There are some awesome sales going on in the fiber world, though.

Perhaps a couple of grab bags from Amy at Spunky Eclectic… she has one with yarn like this grab bag for instance, or she has some awesome grab bags for hand spinners like this, or this, or even this! And, her sale does not end there! She has spinning wheels on sale, and weaving looms like this awesome Schacht Flip rigid heddle or this Wolf Pup.

Also, don’t forget that Beth Smith has a giveaway going on for a free kit for her Spin & Weave Along!

Now, how about some links (or perhaps more links is more correct!)

Mary pointed Humulus out to me on Instagram the other day… Yeah, I love it!

I don’t know about you, but stranded knitting just seems to go faster than “regular” knitting. So, perhaps you can get these mittens done in time for Christmas and maybe these mitts too!

I have yet to jump on the Brioche bandwagon, but this hat might be the thing that makes me jump!

Duo Chrome… a sweater for Big people and Little people! And, you could knit this with the helical striping technique!

This sweater, love it!

Noux… so many good sweaters!

And, finally, I will do the tiniest bit of self-promotion, so please forgive me but I have a bit of a Black Friday Sale going on in my Lipsburgh Facebook Group. I have the product in stock and I’d be happy to help you pick the perfect LipSense™ color. I would love you to join me there!

Have a great weekend… AND, this is the last weekend of NaBloPoMo, so I will see you back here tomorrow!

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