Socktacular Success – At Last

Socktacular Success – At Last

After spending the weekend in Knitting Time out (both me and the sock!) I ripped back on Monday and started the process of adding more inches to the Sock of Doom.

I fearfully began the decreases and stopped. There would be NO MORE RIPPING of this sock. I waited for the Large Footed Recipient to get home from work and try it on before I went any farther.

Sock One is done. Now all I need to do is cast on for the second one.

Perhaps a queuing up of the Gilmore Girls on Netflix (which, by the way, I never watched…) will make the second sock less painful than the first.

In the reading department, I have two books in the finished column:

  1. Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes by Per Petterson
  2. The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks

I loved both of them! They were dynamically different but each were fantastic reads. I highly recommend both of them.

I am listening to Clara read Knitlandia to me; I am about halfway through and I am thoroughly enthralled!

I begun The Year of Living Danishly and I also started reading another Karin Fossum novel – The Murder of Harriet Krohn. No thoughts on either yet as I am just a few pages in on both.

However, the reading might have to wait because on my task list for today is to turn these beauties into an oven roasted applesauce.

What’s on your agenda today?

Back to Work Blues

Back to Work Blues

The vacation is over and believe me when I tell you it just went too fast, but more on that later.

Today, I am here to share a bit of knitting and lots of reading.

Sadly, there was little knitting done on vacation, but I did get manage to get through the color work and the short rows on Rock the Lobster! I think I am going to switch things up and do the sleeves next. Yes, I am taking some good advice and getting them done and out of the way!

I am also still knitting these socks. I have about 3 inches to go before toe decreases on sock one.


However, I have a couple of good Audiobooks queued up – Clara Parkes Knitlandia (which I have already read, but having her read it is something I have been looking forward to!) and Per Petterson Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes. Perhaps, this can help me get my knitting back in gear!


I also received a book I won from Stephanie of WoolythymeElizabeth Hay Late Nights on Air, which came with a lovely card and tea! Thank you so much Stephanie!! I am eager to read this and then pay it forward.

I did finish two books on vacation – Karin Fossum Don’t Look Back and Jussi Adler-Olsen The Hanging Girl – I loved both of them! Karin Fossum is a new author I discovered and it was a book I could not put down. A quick and easy read that kept me engaged from start to finish. The Hanging Girl is the most recent Department Q novel – Carl Morck’s team has really become a well working unit and the book might be my favorite for that reason.

And, now a pile of work awaits me, but tell me please – what have you finished reading or knitting this week?

As always, linking up with Ginny and her Yarn Along!

Knitting Slogs

Knitting Slogs

slog /släɡ/ verb 1. work hard over a period of time. synonyms: grind, slave, plod, toil

For me, Sleeve Island is the slog of sweater knitting. The slowest part of the entire process (although maybe not for this sweater – it all has been slow going!!)

However, in working the  K1P1 shawl collar on my modified pullover I may have discovered the other slog of knitting. These rows are LONG!

Conversation from last night:

Steve: When will that be done?

Me: I think I need 15 more rows…

Steve: How long will that take?

There’s a confidence booster for you! Haha! Just so it is written down somewhere, my goal is to have this DONE before we leave on vacation.

Perhaps, Inspector Gamache can help!

Teaming up with Ginny and the Yarn Along today where you can find plenty of production on the knitting and reading front!

What is your knitting slog?

Lists, Knitting, and Reading

Lists, Knitting, and Reading

Earlier this week I felt very overwhelmed by my To-do list, but I finally feel like I am getting on top it today! I made raspberry jam again, and will probably be able to pick enough berries to make one more pint. I have had a number of questions about what jam recipe I am using. I am using Nigella Lawson’s recipe that The Spendid Table shared on their site. The first batch I made was really raspberry syrup – it did not set at all. Subsequent batches, I made some changes. I follow the recipe exactly, and after I have combined the sugar into the berries, I add the zest of one lemon and the juice of half a lemon. It is the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, the lemon zest adds a lovely brightness, and the juice is the perfect pectin boost needed for it to become jam.

I also made more peach preserves and roasted a couple of bushels of peppers. I will make some pesto also this week. And, maybe something with all the cherry tomatoes…

My reading this week has been extremely varied – I finished listening to David Sedaris Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. And, I am still reading The Hanging Girl and still enjoying Carl Morck and Department Q! Comedy and Mystery – joys for the opposite sides of your brain! You know, kind of like math and music.

Up next in my ears – Book Two of Inspector Gamache – A Fatal Grace.

I have been plodding along on my Altered Custom Fit sweater – these are some LONG rows and it is not a very portable project. So, it has been relegated to TV knitting when we watch at night.

I have not been knitting much on Triticum but my plan is to get back to this today and try to get the second front done so sleeves can begin. I think this is very doable and it will be the perfect laundry companion!

I also broke down and cast on a new project and got quite a bit done of the yoke. I am about half way through the charts. Thus far, the marriage of handspun yarn with the Briar Rose Fibers yarn is harmonious. This project is reminding me how much I love color work. To me, it is a bit like painting – I feel so inspired while I knit that it is hard to put it down.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Washing all the things

Washing all the things

Knit Konmari resulted in several days of washing hand knits. I had to complete it in phases because I do not have unlimited blocking/drying space.

I am now almost ready for a new season, I have just a couple of hats and mittens/mitts to finish washing up!

They look so lovely, and while I don’t think I will be wearing any of them anytime soon…they are ready to go!

I also finally finished (i.e. washed and set the twist) a bunch of hand spun yarn! Now, some of this might just be used before I have to use a sweater! I for sure see some sock knitting starting soon!

Also, my week finally caught up with me – today is Thursday and it FEELS like Thursday!

How is your week going?

No New Projects Yet…

No New Projects Yet…

Happy Wednesday in a goofed up week, because I think it really feels like Tuesday today.

That being said, the weekend is one day closer and that is not a bad thing.


This week I have this incredible urge to knit sweaters! Ravelry and a certain blog are not helping in this urge but I am plugging away on my repurposed Custom Fit That No Longer Fit Pullover Turned Cardigan. In the game of picking up stitches it is always a challenge to get the perfect balance between too few vs. too many stitches, I lost the first round (in the too few category) so I ripped back and started over again. This time looks much better which reinforces that you do indeed win some and lose some! Also, this pro-tip might be of some help in the Crochet Steek Category. I did not find this on any website or blog, however, with my Steeked Stopover – I noted a bit of flaring of the steeked edges. I followed instructions to crochet in each stitch along the edge. I noted this same occurrence in this sweater, so I crocheted in 3 out of every 4 stitches. This gave me a much neater edge with no waviness. I likewise picked up less to begin the sweater bands, but I did not need to do so – I should have been smart enough to figure that out. However, I hope this tip helps you in your future sweater projects!

I am also working on finishing Triticum and I am really itching to cast on some new things. I am trying to hold off, but I am not sure I will win that battle. The sweaters are just calling to me, what can I say.

I finished listening to LaRose, and while I finished it I really have mixed feelings about it. I loved the detailed storytelling, but it really surrounded a devastating story. I am still troubled by parts of it.

However, this week I am back to a story that I truly do not want to end – The Secrets of Mary Bowser. I have just a few chapters left and I am entirely enthralled with the story. I think Mary is a wonder and as the tale expands I am more in love with her. She is a true heroine!

I am also reading book six (The Hanging Girl) of the Department Q Series – so, so good! I just adore Carl Morck!

That is all I have for this mixed up day – and as usual, I am joining Ginny and her Yarn Along.

What are you itching to cast on?

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