Two new starts and two in progress socks

Jan 24

In Progress

Reading: This week I started reading Radium Girls. The first night, a handful of pages in and I had a pit in my stomach. The focus is the girls (teenagers!) who worked to paint watch dials and instruments dials with paint that would glow in the dark. Radium was the main ingredient. Radium at the time was in fashion and trendy and the hot new science miracle. These stories are intense, shocking, tragic, outrageous, complicated by business politics, and their injuries and medical issues are graphically described. Consider the workplace rules and regulations, environmental concerns, and lawsuits you hear about today and realize that none of those were in place for these girls back in the 1920s. This book is going to stay with me for a long time.

Knitting: I cast on for the Bonny in Madelinetosh Prairie, the Nassau Blue colorway. Appropriate for this post, the color is almost luminescent and hard to accurately capture. I’ve got a good section of plain stockinette to go before I get to the lace.

Yukon River Stockings in progress

Also knitting: The Yukon River Stockings have received a lot of knitting attention. I thought for sure I’d be getting to the top and ready for the cuff, then I reread the instructions and I have ten more inches to knit! It feels a bit like sleeve island. After reading this post from Interweave about modifications on the pattern, I may just work them to be knee-highs rather than over-the-knee. Height is on my side, but I am positive that a knee-high style will be just right for wearing with pajama leggings. One more repeat of the chart, then I should be able to work the cuff ribbing.

HO (half-finished object)!

One Rainbow striped sock

One rainbow-striped sock is done and the second sock already has the heel turned. I can’t wait to wear them!

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Socks and Speculation

Jan 17

We’re in a bit of a thaw right now. It’s a very welcome change, but the weather is sure to turn back again. Here’s what I’m reading and knitting:

 

I’ve been making good progress on my Yukon River Socks after a bit of a setback. I thought I might have a bug + yarn issue. The yarn, project needles and all were tossed in the freezer and then I wound the yarn from the monster skein into cakes. No other signs of bugs or yarn that had been eaten away. PHEW. 

The rainbow striped sock now has a heel and I’m cruising along! I prefer to knit my socks two-at-a-time, but in this case, I wanted to cast on right away and not bother with making another yarn cake.

Not pictured is the book I finished last week, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. It was cute, had great food descriptions, and is the type of story you could picture being turned into a rom-com movie for Hallmark or Lifetime. I decided on The Book of Speculation for my next read because when I opened it up, the date on the first page was June 20 – my birthday! It’s an interesting story told in the present and in the past.

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Meet Lincoln

Apr 26

Another unintentional blog break. Let’s just pick up and continue on, ok? In the time since I last posted things have been quite busy. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that we adopted a retired racing greyhound! Meet Lincoln!

Lincoln

He has been with us for 7 weeks now, following a career spent racing (and winning) in Florida. He’s five years old, very sweet and well-behaved, quiet, and calm. Lincoln seems quite content to shift into being a pet. We have all adjusted rather nicely I think.

Part of our adjustment was getting used to each other’s sleep schedule. He’s a very early riser. Lincoln is also a true representative of the stereotype that greyhounds are 45-mile-per-hour couch potatoes. For an athlete, he’s content to sleep and snuggle in on his bed or the couch. He will go for walks but doesn’t miss them when we don’t go on rainy days. We had 2 weeks of very early mornings, so I took advantage of the quiet time to indulge in reading. Recently I finished The Princess Diarist, Never Let You Go, A Dog’s Purpose, and Comet’s Tale. They were all good reads!

Nutmegknitter's Solaris WIP and yarn along books

What I am not reading is shown here. I can’t remember having to read 1984 in high school. When I saw it at the library I thought, well why not. Sirius is a book I picked up and put down so many times I finally checked it out. I haven’t started either and I flipped through a few pages of each today. These books will be going back to the library and I hope to find something else. Yarn-wise I have worked on several sample knits and my Solaris shawl for the EatSleepKnit yarnathon. It’s moving along, but not as fast as I would like because I keep getting distracted.

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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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