January 18 Yarn Along and A Hexagon

Jan 18

Persian Dreams start in Manos del Uruguay Alegria

I love unexpected rainbows! I’ve decided to try a project that may or may not end up being a year-long project. One of the KALs for the Eat.Sleep.Knit yarnathon is the Persian Dreams blanket. I think it is a beautiful pattern, but I really don’t know if I have it in me to make the whole whopping blanket. There is a badge you can earn by knitting 2 hexagons so I figure that I can knit the two pieces, give the pattern a try to see if I like it, and then go from there.

Funny shaped hexagon in progress

My first hexagon has 28 rounds completed, 27 more to go. The Manos del Uruguay Alegria, in Locura Fluo, is beyond bright and cheery. The colors change quickly and that really keeps my attention. Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Natural is the background. The cast on was a bit wonky and loose that I hope I can flatten out with blocking, see my little volcano-hexagon? The start was sort-of like magic loop, but the stitches stay on the hook, then I moved to dpns. DPNs were a bit too fidgety for me, so I switched to magic loop. So far, so good. It makes me think of those square quotable cards and also reminds me of the cover of one of the books I’m reading this week.

Currently reading Carry On, Warrior and Don't You Cry

I’m a few chapters in  Carry On, Warrior. Enjoyable, as much as it can be to read about someone’s struggle with alcohol, drugs, and bulimia. Don’t You Cry is due back to the library at the end of the week, so I’m pushing through that. That is a tense one, a bit confusing in the beginning to sort the timelines of the narrators in my head, and I am really curious to see where this story ends up. The Count of Monte Cristo continues on as I listen through Craft Lit.

See you back here on Friday! I have a few FOs to share!

 

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Yarn Along January 11 and WIPs

Jan 11

Nutmegknitter reading and WIPs Jan 11What I’m Reading

I have noticed that my reading comes in spurts, mostly in the winter and summer. My Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge is set a bit higher for the coming year. I’ve already finished one book, I Let You Go, and have moved on to  And Every Morning the Way Home is Longer and Longer.   Currently, I’m listening to the Count of Monte Cristo on Craft Lit and really loving it. When I was in high school I hated being quizzed and tested on the finer subtleties of books and the author meanings. Craft Lit is great as it breaks down the book, fills you in historical references and definitions, makes connections to other events and people, but in no way makes you feel like you have missed something. I am really enjoying listening to a few chapters at night while I’m knitting.

What I’m Knitting

Startitis is beginning with the start of the new year. I should be tackling a few of my unfinished, long-hibernating projects, but these called to me first. This week I finished a Fresa cowl, started a Drifter hat, and a Gryffindor House Scarf. My daughter has gotten into the Harry Potter series and wants to be Hermoine for Halloween. That calls for a scarf at the very least, right? I have the yarn to make house scarves for my husband and me, but we’re not Gryffindor – just the kids. Take a guess which other houses for which I’ll be knitting? I hope to be back to post for FO Friday!

 

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Ready for the Ravellenic Games

Aug 05

Who’s excited for the Olympics? I am!

My current knit and crochet WIPs are totally out of control, I will admit, but that is not stopping me from eyeing my stash and queue for projects I can start as part of the Ravellenic Games!

Ravellenic Games 2016 image by Sadbhyl

During the 2012 Games, my one project was the “Modular Relay” and I knit 20 hexi-flats for my Beekeeper Blanket. I was victorious, and it was a challenge! What am I considering for 2016?

It will not surprise anyone if a few additional projects make their way on the list and in the pile.

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So it’s summer

Jul 01

Don’t let my lack of posting fool you. There’s no summer slide here!

It’s just that the project I’ve been devoting the most time to is a sample project. For now, that is staying under wraps. I have been working on my Stolen Moments socks. I managed to turn a heel when I took them to see Lucy Wainright Roche & the Indigo Girls in concert in Central Park. Yay! for knitting in public!

Nutmegknitter knits in Central Park at SummerStage

Summer brings a change in schedules and attitudes. I have come to terms with not being able to complete my Camp Loopy project for June, a Cache Cache Cowl. I’m bummed about that, as the last two years I’ve been able to get the projects done, but in the grand scheme of things – it’s only yarn, it’s meant to be fun! I’ll keep working on the cowl and will probably start my second camp project over the weekend anyway. Here’s wishing you a great holiday weekend! I should have lots more to post about next week!

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Interestings

May 11

So I’ve been reading and knitting and crocheting and not posting about it! I have two works in progress to share this week and one book.

Nutmegknitter's Nalu Mitt, Mean Girl Shawl & The Interestings

I started on the first Nalu Mitt back in April, and I cannot recall what other project distracted me from them. They are relatively quick and intuitive once you get going. I’m using Dale Garn Heilo for the first time and so far so good.  100% Norwegian wool, very warm. I ordered the yarn from Kidsknits.com, as no local shops here have it, and I would totally shop with them again! Shipping was quick and I even received an email after my purchase from the owner that the yarn was in stock and would be sent out quickly. I plan to cast off this one and then get started right away on the mate.

Mean Girls Shawl in Progress

By way of Instagram, I was completely taken by Shannon Squire’s Mean Girls pattern, and immediately thought of the neon pink Manos del Uruguay Fino that is in my stash. I know, not my usual choice of color, but I’m really loving grey + every color (especially neon). No surprise, I cast on and I’m really loving it. Hopefully I will stick with it and be able to have it count for a KAL with the eatsleepknit.com yarnathon (Go Whaliens!)

As you can see, the book I’m currently reading is The Interestings. I’m sad to say it is becoming anything but interesting. I was taken in to the story in the beginning, but 225 pages in and I am starting to skim the pages. That’s not a good sign. Sorry Meg, I don’t know if I have it in me to finish the second half.

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A Fraction of Danger

Mar 30

 

Ways to Disappear & shawl in progress

This week I started on “Ways to Disappear” and it is moving much faster than I anticipated. The story is light yet intriguing and I am curious to see where it will go. My knitting is a bit blobby, but I am at the middle section of the Fractal Danger pattern. I finally had a light bulb moment when I thought to put stitch markers on each side to give me a visual clue: when my row starts with a pink marker I purl, when it starts with a green marker I go & increase. I’m not sure why that took me so long to discover for myself, but now I’m off and knitting much faster on it. The yarn is Reinvent, from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts. This is a yarn that has a really interesting composition and deserves a post of its own, so when this shawl is finished and blocked I’ll share more about it. Jackson is in the picture too, because he’s cute and I was trying to get a good picture of him with the yarn. They are holding an open call for pet photos for their Meow and Woof yarn collections!  Modeled shots didn’t work too well this time – this was the best one.

WIP, yarn along and a dachshund

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