Vacation Friday’s

Vacation Friday’s

So, the only knitting I have even done is to work briefly on this long-in-progress hat. It has been cold enough, I am wishing it was long-completed!

Tomorrow, a day of outdoor beer drinking festivities! But, I do have some links this week!

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

Getaway Friday

Getaway Friday

The final touches of packing are happening today. That’s right, we are heading out to visit my kids.

Woollelujah! has been packed and is ready to go. It contains a little bit of this and that – some pay attention knitting and some mindless knitting. My goal, one finished object before the trip is over and I think that is entirely doable!

And, there were some really excellent links this week!

Op Art Shawl is knit with an interesting yarn (and it is a free download!)

Baskerville Dawn to Dusk II is a collection of patterns knit up from another interesting yarn. I especially like Bristol Ivy’s Bovey

Issue 3 of Laine Magazine has some incredible knits in it. I might be planning a stop here to get a copy!

Ghostwood Mittens gives a lovely idea. Carry a strand of mohair/silk with your yarn to create luxury mittens (and super warm!)

Kindred Knits… so much cute here! Especially the cardigans!

Wearable Cardigan – entirely  wearable but with shorter sleeves.

See you back here on Monday! And have a great weekend everyone!

Fall Friday?

Fall Friday?

Summer has apparently let fall know that she is not done yet. Even though every day the signs in opposition grow exponentially!

Take Boyce Mayview Park where Steve and I walk several times a week; when we were last there, the paths were clear. But now they are littered with fallen leaves and, sadly, the trees are showing evidence of the lack of water we had in the spring. They are dropping their leaves without them developing any fall color. I have seen one or two trees with bits of color, but this almost overnight leaf drop was surprising to both of us.

Our weather has been well into the 80’s all week, and it looks like that kind of warmth will be with us until we leave the next week to visit my kids! While we need rain desperately, I am not complaining about the warm weather at all!

But, I know cool weather will be here sooner or later and, Ponchetta is finished, I need to weave in ends and give her a nice soak and block her, but she is done! Photos coming next week!

I am also almost done adding some necessary length to Nekia. Up next, my 5-day Stillwater sleeves will get a little adjustment in sleeve length.

Now, how about some links?

Recently, several knitters in my Tuesday group have all decided to knit a Wallaby. Yeah, that is one bandwagon I am not getting on! But, then I saw the Sweatshirt Sweater! It is almost like a grown-up, more adult, and more flattering version of the Wallaby!

The Sermon, curious in a very good way. Inspired by Moby-Dick and Ad Reinhardt

The Slouches Collection – especially Slouch Cowl

Stillness Collection, so many great things there!

Knitty, Deep Fall came out this week. The last couple of Knitty’s fell flat for me so I was pleasantly surprised at the number of awesome, “Ooo! I want to knit that” patterns it has!

Tahoma – I love this sweater, but I am not so sure about the yarn choice. But, I am thinking about this in some lopi and liking that thought process lots! (Superwash in a seamless sweater seems like an epic failure, unless you want the incredible, growing sweater…)

Storm Clouds Shawl… great color choice and really lovely lacework!

Finally, for the kids: Aimee’s Rainbow and Lil’ Rosebud

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

It’s Friday! Ready to get your knit on?

It’s Friday! Ready to get your knit on?

The knitting is inching along nicely. I have about 7 more inches to go on the body of Ponchetta. I finished the third season of Hinterland yesterday, which gave me about 3 inches of quality knitting time! I am not sure how much knitting time there will be this weekend, but there is for sure some Michigan football knitting time on Saturday and that should be good for at least another 3 inches – slowly but surely it is getting done! I am hoping that by this time next week it will be in the FO category!

On my to do list for next week is to round up all the full-sized sheets I have and toss them in the washer before I bring them to my son. Apparently, his sweet pup has been nibbling sheets while Sam is a work. Oops! We also picked up some fleece blankets from IKEA in hopes that will help…better that Bowser chews the $3 blanket than sheets!

The yard is in desperate need of some TLC and since the Yard Fairies have not shown up, that leaves it to us. Hello Grass Cutting, Bush Trimming, and Garden Bed Clean Up – I am so happy to see you! (Okay, maybe not, ha!) Why is it that doing all those things in the spring is greeted with great enthusiasm, but the same is not true in the fall?

How about some links? There are lots of good things this week!

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

Unraveled Wednesday, September 13

Unraveled Wednesday, September 13

I have been plugging away at my Ponchetta, but I have miles to go yet. Sigh. The rows are long but it is good “sit down and watch television” knitting. I have put aside Laura Aylor’s MKAL aside to get it done. Hopefully some focused knitting will have success!

AND… I began stitching on my first Alabama Chanin garment. So far, so good! Although, I have learned that screen printed t-shirts might not be the best thing to start with! But, I am forging ahead. I think the end result will be worth the effort. But, note to self: plain t-shirts might be a better choice! I am trying to get comfortable stitching without a embroidery hoop – it is a challenge!

Then, there is the reading… Oh, my! The reading has been SOOOO good!

I finished 3 books this week! First up, The River at Night by Erica Ferencik. This was an Overdrive suggestion, and while it was a quick read I thought the entire story was a bit of a “Deliverance-wanna-be” and not in a good way. It was a bit farfetched and I thought the characters were shallow and unbelievable. Why did I keep reading? Well, I hoped that it would improve.

Next, I finished Beach Music which is a 5-star book all the way! I did not think it was possible to like a book more than I did South of Broad, but then came Beach Music! This book made me laugh out loud and it made me cry as Jack collected the stories of family members and friends, sharing them so beautifully. Long live Chippy the Dog stories! GRRRRR! GRRRRRR! Pat Conroy’s tender brilliance and agility with the written word is a thing of wonder to read (and listen too!) I strongly recommend this book!

I also finished Viveca Sten’s Closed Circles. While it had a slow start, it picked up nicely and I am enjoying the character development. I gave this book 4-stars. I really felt like I was part of the detective team as they worked through the mystery. In fact, I am starting book 3 “Guiltless” today!

What are you making this week?

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