Knitting Anticipation

Knitting Anticipation

There has not been a lot of knitting around here this week. However, there has been a good deal of knitting anticipation.

Like this, and this. Knitting ennui has been vanquished!

But, I hope to have the Honey Cowl done later today. I only have about an inch more to knit, so that is entirely doable!

There has been a good deal of reading though, thanks to Audiobooks and a bit of insomnia.

I finished listening to Clara read Knitlandia and I really enjoyed it in this format!

I began listening to The Girl on the Train, I am not yet sure how I feel about this book as I just began yesterday.

I finished The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum. (I am not reading these in order, which I may come to regret) It was a curious way to write a murder mystery. I won’t say more as to not share any spoilers, but I am not sure I really liked the manner in which the story unfolded.

Last night, I began reading He Who Fears the Wolf by the same author. I think that I will like this book a bit more than Harriet Krohn.

I have not gotten much farther in The Year of Living Danishly as I haven’t had any time to sit down to read during the day at all. I hope to correct that before this week is over. I need to get it finished, because it is due back to the library (always a good incentive to sit down and read!)

Do you have any “must finish” books this week?

Rewind, Replay, Reverse

Rewind, Replay, Reverse

Today, I just want to go back in time.

Back to when we were on vacation.

Or at least back to Friday and the start of the weekend. Especially since yesterday was a day of Mary Poppins weather – you know the kind, Practically perfect in every way!

It all just went too fast and this week is full of so many fun-less (un-fun?) things it is looming with a huge UGH.

Someone is making noises that we will need to turn on the AC this week to which I will declare all-out war, and I have no intention of losing! No more AC in 2016. Period! Ha!!

On a calmer note. There was some knitting time this weekend, but no finish on the Honey Cowl. I have about 7 inches (of 11) done. To be continued. (Good thing Sunday was so nice that I did not even miss a cowl!)

This begins the “get my ass in gear and finish the painting in this freaking house” week (okay maybe month, but really – I want it all done BEFORE Christmas explodes in this house!)

And, this is just the tip of my iceberg. Can someone please just hit the rewind button??

How’s your week looking?

Monday, ugh.

Monday, ugh.

The weekend just FLEW in my neck of the woods, which could be directly related to the amount of rainy weather that filled the days.

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There was no outdoor cocktail hour because it was raining so hard. This also put the kibosh on a backyard bonfire, however, the indoor Tapas were excellent!

Saturday we had a successful trip to the local farmer’s market, managing to get in and out in between raindrops as well as a bit of retail therapy. (Yay for indoor activities!)

There was not much knitting, but there was some reading – although I did not finish any books.

There was a tiny bit of spinning though – this Whitefaced Woodland from Sheepspot is just amazing!

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Today, I think will spend part of the day ripping back that darned sock while I catch up on Poldark. I hope you have Monday off, and if not, then may it be one you can ease into and it is over before you know it!

Vacation Reflections

Vacation Reflections

Most of the time a short week is a good thing – but a short week after a vacation was perhaps not the smartest idea. My list barely has a dent in it! (However, laundry is almost done and yogurt is made!)

I had what I thought was a brilliant idea to get one of Steve’s socks for length so I could perhaps finish sock numero uno yesterday. That might have worked if he cut his toes off. Seriously, I thought about suggesting it for more than half a second! Today will find me ripping back the toe and knitting another inch (really, I am knitting WAY more than an inch and hoping they will be just a bit too big!!) Promising him and his size 14 feet a pair of hand knit socks was perhaps the most epic disaster of my knitting life. Really. I will persevere and finish these suckers, however painful it is. And trust me, it is plenty painful! I am trying to avoid the urge to put these socks in Knitting Time Out.

Rather I am going to focus on the beauty that is the Frankfort, Michigan beach.

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Instead of feeling bogged down like these poor benches, buried up to their necks in sand!

How about a double dose of Friday Links?? There has been plenty of good stuff over the past couple of weeks:

That is all I have this week. Tonight, there will be a Grand Traverse Distillery Manhattan or two to usher in FriYAY and Steve is taking a half a day – so while it is technically not a “long weekend” it will be starting a wee bit early! The weather is calling for a backyard bonfire too!

I hope your weekend is fantastic, see you back here on Monday!

First Day of Fall – Currents

First Day of Fall – Currents

Enjoying: Hot coffee after a summer of sipping it iced! For me it is the perfect transition to fall and one that is very welcome!

Making: The last of the local peaches into jam. I have perfected the recipe of the course of the season. It is so good, especially in homemade Greek yogurt! Also, a big batch of pesto with the last of the basil from the garden.

Eating: So. Many. Tomatoes!

In My Ears: A Fatal Grace – my second Inspector Gamache novel. I have about 4 chapters to go and it is really so good!

Watching: Crimes of Passion while I ride the bike in the morning. I am almost done with the series, so up next Luther will be my companion!

Packing: For a trip to Michigan – Konmari items, gifts, yarn for a couple of pairs of socks and this sweater, and clothes for two seasons – it could be warm, or it could be very cold! Also, my Bialetti, because coffee is ultimately necessary for household happiness.

Loading: My Kindle with a few good vacation reads (and I am taking one actual library book – The Year of Living Danishly)

Planning: The perfect balance of time with family and alone with Steve. However, I am lucky that one small being tips the scale in my direction giving me a double vote on what to do!

Excited: To try our first Airbnb experience as well as a taste of autumn in Northern Michigan and some nice long walks in Leelanau County.

Anticipating: A Happy Hour or two at North Peak, lunch at J&S Hamburg, and ice cream with Genevieve!

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