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 | 8.10.18

Fiber Friday | 8.10.18

There is a part of me that is entirely ready for the neighborhood kids to all be back in school… really.badly. However, that will mean that summer is ending. Yeah, the inner debate is most interesting, let me tell you! Ha!

BUT!!! I am so excited to do a little test run of the Endless Summer Tunic! I have a MUCH too large Dress No. 3 that will work perfectly, and this brings me to the bottom of my re-purpose stack! I traced the pattern out yesterday and plan to do some cutting this morning! All this sewing has really made clear that I need to do some re-ordering of my “craft office” … I need a space for the sewing machine to live where it is easy to access, but not in the way. I have been mulling this over in my mind all week so if there is any rain at all this weekend, operation craft room reorganization will be underway!

I also have this insane urge to cast on all the things… really, every day there is something new on Ravelry that catches my eye. AND, Kym taunted me yesterday with her start of Tegna…But, I am determined to ignore this urge and knit faster on Rock the Lobster! I now have about 3 inches to go before the ribbing and then the STEEK!! And, I want to thank you all for the GREAT zipper tutorials!

So, how about you? Are you craving a new knit? Here are some links to tempt you!

Stop the presses – have you all seen the Autumn Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly? I especially love Sky Map – the stitching possibilities!

Have you seen this gorgeous cowl by Erica Mercer knit with my friend Carla’s CJKoho Designs yarn!

Eddy Hat and Cowl the “lite” version of The Eddy Sweater/Wrap

Sweater season is fast approaching: St Catherines and Lambert both caught my eye!

And, finally… a new take on a knitted beverage accessory: Dreieck (and it is free!)

And, that’s a wrap for this week…my list today also includes the utilization of some of the Basil from the Basil Jungle in a libation for Happy Hour tonight. I will let you know how it turns out on Monday! Have an awesome weekend!

Fiber Friday | 8.3.18

Fiber Friday | 8.3.18

I don’t know about you, but I am having a really hard time with the reality that it is August…my brain doth protests much and seems to be stuck in July.

However, yesterday when I posted about a Blanket for Annie… I had hoped that I might get a few knitters who wanted to help. But, I never ever imagined that I would have TWELVE knitters! I have emailed Ann and Kay and I am waiting patiently to hear from them. Blanket knitters… look for an email later today and THANK YOU!! I am so excited!

I had so many finishes this week, but not the Mystery Shawl! KK’s beautiful bind off is slow going but I love how it looks. Also, I think I am doing one too many petals in my flowers, but I like how it looks so I am continuing with the extra petal but, as you can see, I have more than enough yarn. I will settle in this morning with Paris in the Present Tense and see if I can make some good progress on it!

However, my favorite finish is my Notorious Dress inspired by Vicki! I love it!

How about some links to round out your week and perhaps give you some inspiration?

The sweater was strong this week on Ravelry: Sweatershirt and Shamrock if you are a “pullover” person. Or Soyokaze and Margot (Lady) if cardigans are your jam. Don’t like sleeves? Joji has just the thing for you in fingering or sport weight!

Want to knit sweaters for wee people? Bean Cardigan and Waszka

There was some amazing inspiration in the Rectangle Shawl Category this past week as well: Fauxtarsia Wave, Obvious are all gorgeous. I love that eelliotknits posted more yarn ideas for her Fauxtarsia Wave on IG yesterday.

Like short-rows? Then Arabian tales and Summer Dunes have exactly that!

And, for you wash cloth knitters… who can resist Macaron Cloths?

And, I love Cover Your Plans and I might need to do this for the planner I carry in my purse!

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

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