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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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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A New Perspective on Socks & Sugar

Mar 23

Sideswipe socks WIP and Yarn Along A Year of No Sugar

My knitting this week is a bit tricky to photograph. It is a pair of socks, worked two-at-a-time, to fulfill the 2nd semester assignment of Loopy Academy. The assignment is to make a pair of socks:

A pair of socks, toe-up or cuff-down, whichever you are least familiar with. If you are equally familiar with both methods, choose which you’d prefer to do.

I feel confident in making them both ways, so I went with the Sideswipe socks, and they have been highly enjoyable to knit. They are making me think a bit, as they feel a bit frankenstiney – you start at the toe, turn the heel, work the gusset, then the leg and cuff – all flat! I have a few more rows on the cuff then I can start on the middle stripe section.

I am really enjoying The Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub. As a person with a huge sweet tooth, a respect for real food, and a suspicion of high-fructose corn syrup, I thought this would be an interesting read. There are many similarities to my own life that the author discusses in her habits and lifestyle that totally catch my attention, and I can relate. These sort of real-life experiments are fascinating and it has given me a lot to think about in regards to my own eating habits. It’s Easter weekend almost, and I’m so looking forward to indulging in the chocolate treats and jelly beans, but I’m sure the lessons and ideas of this book will stick with me long after the sugar high wears off.

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Socks and stripes and a scarf-wearing penguin

Jan 27

I worked on a lot of projects  and did a bit of reading last week, thanks in part to Winter Storm Jonas. We ended up with over a foot of snow, currently melting away, but when it was here the whole family did get out in it. I am pleased to report that several handknits were used to keep us quite toasty and that is certainly motivating to get to work on the pile of WIPs!

Socks in Progress

I’ve passed the halfway point in finished Felicia Day’s book. There is so much in this book with which I can identify, even as a non-gamer. I’ve never played World of Warcraft but being plugged in to some social online community for the last 14 – 16 years, I understand. Of all my online “worlds”, I’ve been on Ravelry the longest. Remember when everyone found out their Ravelry number? I was in the first thousand (#979 right here). This is a completely enjoyable book and I plan to dig up The Guild series to check it out, and look forward to seeing her in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot! I just couldn’t wait to pick up a new book today, so after school drop-off I made a quick visit to the library and picked up The Penguin Lessons. I am a sucker for packaging. C’mon, penguin in a scarf? I’m sold.

I ended up doing a little bit on several projects because at the moment the one sort of project I do not have on the needles is one where I can sit and just knit away. I don’t really care if it’s stockinette or garter, but something that can be mostly autopilot. The Christmas Stocking is enjoyable to knit, but I have to pay attention to the chart. My Cream Socks (pictured) are reminding me how much I love sock knitting, but after I got through the leg I had to pay attention again when the heel turn happened. There is a new scarf-shawl that is started, but only 10 rows in so not much to show. There’s a secret project, the second mitten for my son (too much happens too quick for shaping), a fingerless mitten for my daughter (another chart), always something.

I was playing around, trying to settle on colors to make an Infinite Rainbow Cowl. This madelinetosh tosh merino light in Pelican was paired with several highlighter colors, blues and greens, and this blurpley set. It has been sitting on the window sill and several times today I noticed it and really loved it, I’ll be winding yarn soon!

 

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First Finishes & Spiral Cowl WIP

Jan 20

Cindersmoke Mittens by Nutmegknitter

I’m feeling pretty good about the knits this week. I have my first FO of 2016, a pair of Cindersmoke Mittens! So often I knit out of season, but it’s been very cold waiting for the bus with the kids and there’s a big snow storm coming (do you have your bread and milk stockpiled?).  I used my skein of Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Big Squeeze Bulky, in the “A Midnight Clear” colorway. I loved the shade of blue when this was in the skein, and really love how the pattern, a double moss stitch, allows the tonality and shading to show through. It really is a great representation of the night sky – I totally got it last night when I took Jackson outside – the sky was clear, there was moonlight, and all the shades of blue in the sky.

Nutmegknitter WIP & Yarn Along Jan20My Spiral Cowl received a bit more attention thanks to train knitting when I went to VKLive. The Yaksi is nice to knit with, I’m hoping a quick bath will soften it a little when it’s all done. Mary Poppins is finished. I enjoyed reading it, but this might be a case where I like the movie more than the book. They are quite different and I think I’ll stick with the Disney version. I’ve just started You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day. It’s funny and snarky and I want to be her friend.

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