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!
All the making makes me happy!
T-shirt Dress Number One is almost done!! But wait!! I am contemplating a second t-shirt dress to wear to the Empire Hops Festival. I just need to find the perfect skirt for it.
The second dress for Genevieve is almost done, and I love the little neckline detail that I tried on this version! I just need to attach the shirt to the bodice, buttonholes and hem and it will be finished!
Did you see Ann and Kay’s post today? Did you also see the recent post from Annie Modesittt? Would you like to team up with me to knit a blanket for her? I do not know Annie, but I think she is in need of some knitterly love. I will volunteer to seam the blanket and send it to her. So what say you? Are you up for a square or two?
Those are my things and in case you have the burning desire to see more things, head on over to Carole’s!
Knitting marches on and I am to the amazing and incredible bind-off of KK’s MKAL. I love it, but it is the epitome of slow however, there is a lovely rhythm to it. I should have a photo to share of the finished and blocked shawl next week sometime. Yay!
Meanwhile at my sewing machine…
I have re-positioned darts for an improved fit for the Esme top/tunic. I believe I have now perfected the fit of the pattern and feel ready to forge ahead to fall with some more sewing. I also solved the conundrum of the cap sleeve fit with a bit of bias tape, and the fit and ease of the armscye are greatly improved! All these adjustments consumed my brain and significantly slowed my progress, but the results are so very good, it was worth it! The second Esme top with the bodice adjustments will have three-quarter sleeves and my stack of too-big clothes has almost all been re-purposed into better fitting clothing.
July reading was especially wonderful! I finished three books this week (and 14 books for the month!)
Ready Player One: 4-stars. I enjoyed this book and it held my attention, but it seemed a bit staged to me. If you are a gamer, however, I believe that you would absolutely love this book.
So Long, See You Tomorrow: 3-stars. This book was from Michael Ondaatje’s favorite reads list. It was thus far one of my least favorites… Honestly, I do not at all enjoy any story where “cheating spouses” are the theme. However, how he told the tale from a variety of perspectives was most interesting.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: 3-stars. I had much higher hopes for this book but, for me it fell flat. However, hearing Maya Angelou read it was a high point.
I will finish A Great Reckoning today, and this twelfth book of the series did not disappoint at all. Louise Penny has only improved this series with each successive novel. I highly recommend!
On my iPad I am reading The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, I am not far into it, but so far…so good!
My listening queue has blown up a bit… I am buckled in and ready for all of it and have found audio books the perfect partner for sewing!
What are you making or reading today? If you wrote a post to share, please leave your link below!
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My list is much shorter today than yesterday.
Yesterday, I cut out all the things. I also knit more of Clue 6 while I caught up on the season finale of Endeavor. I am nearing the end of the MKAL with just 6 rows to go on the extended version and then the bind-off!
However, today I am spending some time with my sewing machine once I have all these patterns marked!
I am making progress on sleeves…slowly. But, there is progress!
Frankly, it has been far too nice out to be indoors. And, I have found plenty to occupy my time with outdoors but, hopefully I will find more than a minute or two this weekend to knit!
However, I did get one Geranium done for Genevieve! No red buttons, but I did find some blue ones that will work! And, the pockets! I love how they turned out! (click to see bigger images)
Now how about some links?
Did you all see Acoma? I love it! And, Miss Babs has some kits available! Just sayin’
While I am not eager to say it… Laura Aylor’s Summer’s End MKAL starts soon.
But, for those not wanting to usher in the end of summer, perhaps Linaria or maybe, Cascata are more palatable!
Lillian Short Sleeves Pullover for wee ones is just darling!
The Tern 2018 pattern collection is most lovely!
For those thinking about transition pieces there were some lovely things this week: Irving Pullover or Hops Cowl
And, finally… there is even something for the Bird and Bike lover!
That’s all I have for this week! Have an amazing weekend and I will see you back here on Monday.
P.S. To my blog friends in Iowa, you are in my thoughts today. I hope you are all safe.