TGIF | 10.26.18

TGIF | 10.26.18

By this time next week, it will be November! How is that even possible? My focus for the remainder of 2018 is to slow down and savor these days.

Thinking About – Trees. Yes, that’s right, trees. I am almost done with The Overstory, and I think this might be the most fascinating book I have read all year.

Grateful For – The number of sunny days we have had recently. They are a balm to my spirit and we are getting to the Season of Endless Grey Days – so I would like to bottle up some of the sunshine to open when needed!

Inspired By – Arne and Carlos to make a few geranium clippings to overwinter in the house. Now, let’s see if I can manage to not kill them all… my interior green thumb is practically non-existent! Keep your fingers crossed for them and send some good grow mojo their way! Ha!

Fun, fun, fun – It has been quite chilly the past few mornings on my walk, so I have had mittens on the brain! These mittens certainly fill the fun category and they look super warm as well: En Halv Citron and Spunni!

That is all I have for today – have a great weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!

TGIF, with a small side of links

TGIF, with a small side of links

Ahhh, Friday!

Thinking About – As I am carefully assembling the blankets – I have been thinking about the two people I will send them to. One I know, one I do not but, as I have been joining each square I have been thinking about their struggle as they battle their illness. I have also been thinking about my inspiration for this – Annie has had some difficult days. She starts Round Three on Monday – so keep her in your thoughts!

Grateful For – Being back at home! While I love going away, and especially going to visit my kids – being gone makes me appreciate home much more. You know… your own bed, your own shower, and yes… I might even be looking forward to our “regularly scheduled happy hour” tonight!

Inspired by – Like Mary, I am also inspired by Robin’s Back to the Mat Challenge! I have fallen off the Pilates Wagon and this is just the thing I need to get me back on track after vacation!

Fun, fun, fun – This weekend the things on tap include visiting Janoski’s to get some apples to make an Apple Cake and getting out a few more Halloween decorations – although we are ready for Happy Hour, lol!

And, more fun – I saw an image on Instagram of Kirsten Kapur’s Bradford Road shawl and have not been able to get it out of my mind! Likewise, Making No. 6 / Black & White has some stunning knits, but Treelight… And, finally, if you don’t follow kammebornia – you should! Her Bits and Pieces Mitts caught my eye last week as well!

I am hoping that you have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you back here on Monday!

Countdown Friday’s

Countdown Friday’s

Why is it that approaching vacation time equals diminishing brain function? Or am I the only person experiencing this phenomenon? And, it seems all things are conspiring to remind me that vacation is coming! Airbnb sent a reminder this morning… just in case I was not already thinking about it!

But, there are some random thoughts rattling around my brain that I am just going to dump out here to close out the week!

First up, Kym posted about the abundance of fungi that are flourishing thanks to the recent rains. My back yard has become one such area… we have a fungi explosion here too, as you can see in my photo. I am not sure what kind of mushrooms these are, but they sure are interesting – they “open” like an umbrella!

Next, did you see that The Man Booker Shortlist is out? I am significantly disappointed that Warlight did not move from the longlist to the shortlist… boo!

One of the blogs that I really love is Tom of Holland – he never disappoints and almost always wows and there are lots of wows in this post. I simply love the idea of taking something that is unwearable and turning it into a true work of art.

Next week Friday, Issue 6 of Laine Magazine will be out. But!!! You can start planning your knits today as the images are up on Ravelry this morning! There are a number of things that I am entirely smitten with!

I have been most disappointed recently with Knitty, but the Astronomer’s Beret is really quite wonderful – and it combines knitting and embroidery in a very unique way!

Sally Melville’s All Ages Vest is fun… and easy install zippers FTW!

My friend, Sarah Jordan released a new hat pattern this week: Emblematic. I love that it began as a doodle!

Hats were definitely the winners this week and Berrit has a discount through Sunday!

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

Fiber Friday | 9.14.18

Fiber Friday | 9.14.18

And just like that, another week draws to a close. Is it just me, or does this month seem to be moving a warp speed??

I think I have finally found the reason to have multiple projects going at once… yes, it’s true! I knit a few more rounds on my Stripey sweater and needed some time to “live with” the beige. Good thing I have some lovely round and round knitting to do which allows for LOTS of thinking! I am getting so close to the sleeve divide and before I know it I will have 15″ knit!

Dances With Wool has been sharing some amazing knitting. I loved these two posts in which Lene has shared her process of knitting a Ziggurat sweater. Beautiful knitting and beautiful blogging! If you don’t follow her, you should!

The links this week are so full of fun things!

First up… Tulip (which has lovely details, two styles, and different shaping on each sweater!)

Elton is so lovely knit in two different yarns!

Bristol Ivy’s Sashiko has an interesting construction with a play on sashiko stitching.

Are you a boot wearer? Maybe you need some Stompy Boot Socks!

Tretttiofem vantar makes me want to learn Swedish so that I can knit about a dozen of these gorgeous mitts!

Also, Vogue Knitting’s Fall issue has some lovely knits inside!

Phinela Shawl looks perfect for fall, as does the Whitewater Wrap!

Finally, for all of us fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society… there is a hat!

That is all I have for today! Have an amazing weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

P.S. My thoughts are with the people of the Carolina’s who are in pathway of Florence as are the citizens of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, MA. Be safe!

Fiber Friday | 9.7.18

Fiber Friday | 9.7.18

Round and round and round, and the knitting grows. Slowly, but it does grow!

I also cast on Nymphalidea yesterday. I had a ball of Zauberball and some Lorna’s Lace sock yarn that are perfect for it. I have memorized the super easy pattern, and this will be come my “travel knit” as it is portable and simple. I also have a skein or two that would be beautiful for Close to You. Yes, holiday gift planning and knitting has begun!

Although, it is challenging to think of holiday knitting with this ghastly weather is it is NOT cooling as was forecast but, we did get some much-needed rain yesterday. So, there’s that. And, it seems there will more rain this weekend which means the chances are good that Operation Closet Organization will begin!

Now some knitting inspiration!

Staying in the Holiday Knitting mode… Sister From Another Mister “includes a colouring-in page so you can plan your perfect colour combos.”

Tuque Novembre also would be lovely in coordinating colors!

Tolt River Cowl

The next pattern in Core Wool 2018 is just gorgeous and might be my next cast on project: Etchplain

In the Stacks from Miss Babs Fall collection is also beautiful!

Remnants Shrug is interesting. Please note… it is a “recipe” only.

The sweater was strong again this week: Ingalls and Global Warming

Magnolia Mini is just adorable and has a great range of sizes!

And, finally… Scintillation! These look addictive! And, I love the warning!

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

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