by Kat | Aug 18, 2017 | General
This weekend I a #NekiaKAL participant and when Monday comes it is my hope that I will be well on my way to having a new sweater for my fall wardrobe! And, if I am really productive, I will be done on Monday but, I have my doubts that will happen. However, with no sleeve’s to knit perhaps this is doable! FYI, in all honesty, I did begin yesterday afternoon. I was not sure about the starting directions and I had some undivided time so I sat down to begin working on it. I only had to rip back once, lol. Perhaps the rainy weekend will afford me some extra knitting time, we shall see! Anyways, stay tuned for an update on Monday!
Last week I got an email from the ladies from an awesome project called “RESIST in a Box” asking if I would share some information here on my blog and I thought that considering what has been going on over the past 210 days; yes, absolutely! I asked them to send me some more information and, they did! They have volunteer knitters who are helping with the project and today I would like to share what Marcia Rogers shared with me:
Edyie Stika from Iowa City, Iowa, embodies the very definition of resistance. She is a mentor to many, a business woman, an inventor, a caretaker and a friend to all activists in her community! Edyie has owned The Knitting Shoppe in Iowa City for over 30 years. It is a hub and center for thoughtful discussions and creativity. Each year she dedicates her product and space to crank out many free winter hats for youth in Iowa City called Caps for Kids. Edyie and her shop were instrumental in being a conduit for women seeking Pink Pussyhats, making hats, and distributing hats for the Women’s March in January. I approached Edyie and told her my idea for RESIST in a Box and asked for her help in designing a pattern of a miniature Pink Pussyhat! I wanted to do something that paid tribute to the women who inspired us all and gave us hope and empowerment last January! Originally, I said to Edyie,” Let’s make a key chain!” So, as we fiddled with this new pattern and how to attach it to a key chain, suddenly Edyie burst into giggles and this idea was born instead….
Pink Pussyhat Finger Puppets!
The one in your box has extra yarn connected to it so you can attach it to your key chain, your rear-view mirror or just keep it upright on your desk! Enjoy its many uses. I encourage you all to follow Edyie as we tell more stories about her and about other knitters helping this project. Her shop is just beautiful and it is located at 2141 Muscatine Ave. Iowa City, IA 52240.
The Knitting Shoppe
From that simple day of asking Edyie to help me design a pattern, I have now met many women who came forward to help knit these small hats for RESIST in a Box. Their stories of resistance are worth sharing and you will hear about more of them in future posts!
Thank you, EDYIE, dear friend and my inspiration…and to all of you reading today, my appreciation.
Keep up the #RESIST!
RESIST in a Box
RESIST in a Box
And, a huge thanks to Marcia and Arin for sharing this with me!!
Now, how about some links!
- Staying with the #RESIST theme… Holding Hope Kerchief
- Sweetpea…the perfect sweater to extend the months of summer well into the fall!
- Sikuli Shawl combines some very interesting techniques into a really striking shawl!
- Aeque (Latin for equally) I mean really, Latin and knitting and mini-skeins? This is the perfect combination!
- Småstein and Pyla – international tiny people knits!
That is all I have this week! Have a great weekend! (Oh, and get some knitting in would you?)
by Kat | Mar 22, 2017 | General, Making
Knitting and reading have been in a bit of a holding pattern.
I am almost done with A Rule Against Murder with Inspector Gamache. I should have it finished later today.
Up next is this gem from the library. I simply loved Norwegian by Night and I hope I love The Girl in Green as well.
I keep thinking I just have a few more inches to go, but I don’t seem to be getting there. After yesterday’s internal debate about ripping back, the ‘make it perfect’ voice inside me won out, I ripped back and added in the shaping…but!!! This allowed me to try the sweater on again and yep, I now have about 3 inches to go before I have some additional short row shaping and then the ribbing. So, the body is soooo close to being done! I am actually looking forward to getting to Sleeve Island!! Good thing there is a new season of The Bridge available.
by Kat | Mar 15, 2017 | General, Making
Mother Nature has reminded me that we still have winter, despite her tempting us with spring. (although we only got two-ish inches of snow here in my neighborhood, the temperature this morning is bitterly cold! You know – so cold we have a bit of a Pug Strike going on here!)
Thus, sweater knitting has resumed. I had to frog back a bit though, there are these increases/decreases at each side to give the sweater some interest, however, my angle was getting too far over. So I ripped back a bit and am now back on track but without those increases or decreases. I will knit another couple of inches and see how I like that.
Along with listening to Moby Dick. I am not quite half way through, but I confess I am loving the Big Read – hearing each chapter read by a different reader is excellent! I am finding it easy to resume after getting sidetracked by Overdrive titles that have a due date!
Also, a couple of weeks ago, I finished this wonderful hat from Drop Dead Easy Knits – silly me for thinking it would not get much use until next winter! It is getting a work out this week for sure!
Don’t forget March Madness over at MDK today! VOTING has begun!!
Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along where the knitting and reading are always so good.
Finally, one last reminder that my daughter is a reader and she is raising a reader! You can help her Usborne Book Party today here and thank you in advance!!
What are you knitting in this crazy weather!
by Kat | Mar 8, 2017 | General, Making
It is all sock knitting here. Mystery Socks – one done, one to be finished.
Handspun Montadale Plain Vanilla Socks – in process
Birthday Helical Stripe Socks – in process
At least sock knitting is portable!
Actual reading has stalled, but audio books have been getting a good work out. I finished Orwell’s 1984 yesterday. I gave it 5 stars – I really loved this book. How spooky or perhaps eerie in how relevant it is to what is currently going on is crazy. If you have not read it – you should. It is brilliant writing.
I began listening to Orwell’s Animal Farm – this is a “re-read” for me, however, I read this book over 35 years ago, and felt a refresher was in order. The same company published this audiobook, and I am thrilled because the narration is stellar.
Oh, and I started reading The Zookeeper’s Wife last night. It is too soon to have any thoughts on the book as of yet.
As always, joining with Ginny’s Yarn Along – what are you reading this week?
by Kat | Mar 1, 2017 | General, Making
The final clue for Kirsten Kapur’s Mystery socks is out today, however, as you can see – I am not even half way done with clue three.
Somewhere over the past couple of weeks my knitting mojo has up and left – I am just not feeling the knitting love right now. I know, it is a troubling thing! Perhaps today’s weather can help me get back on track – it is a windy, rainy, blustery day here – so maybe I can get these socks back on track today.
I am happy to say the that my reading has not done the same though. I started reading Fredrik Backman’s latest little book – And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. It should be a quick read and perhaps I can even have it finished today!
In my ears I am listening to Orwell’s 1984…I somehow did not read this in high school, although I read Animal Farm. I just started yesterday and so far, I am enjoying it!
Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, where there is lots of knitting and reading going on!