Wovember is coming

I know that November is NaBloPoMo month but it is also Wovember – a chance to embrace and celebrate all things wooly.  The Yarn in the City ladies have an Instagram based photo challenge going on.  Be sure to check out the Wool=Wellness posts too.

Time to say goodbye to October.  It has been a busy month but so many beautiful, crisp fall days.  I have really enjoyed taking our tiny person to the park and watching him explore.  I haven’t done as much running as I had hoped but I think I am edging back into it.  I am contemplating joining a fitness center for the dark, cold months ahead.  And I have promised myself that if I lose just a few more pounds, I will get a new FitBit.  I finished a few knitting projects and got back to writing in this space.  My journals have seen some regular attention and there has been some good reading progress.
How about you?  Was October a good month?

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Monday in the Kitchen

This kitchen loveliness actually happened on Sunday. We have an annual harvest dinner at church and this year I signed up for a salad. I found this recipe on The Minimalist Baker, a site that I am visiting often these days.  Because I need to eat gluten-free, I try to make something yummy that I can be assured is safe.  Lately I have found that people seem to be annoyed at the idea of eating gluten-free.  I know it makes serving pizza or cookies to a crowd a more difficult task but it really is much easier than it was 10 or more years ago.  I never expect there to be options at group meals so I generally bring my own food, not to make anyone feel guilty, but because I need to take care of myself.
I have been eating about 80% vegan for the last few weeks and I will say that I really do feel so much better so I plan to keep that up.  I need to revist Mark Bittman’s VB6 book, I think I have it around here somewhere.
Hope your Monday is filled with beautiful, healthy food.

Fiber Friday

Thanks for all the comments on knitting notebooks. Many said they use Ravelry and I do too. But my notebook is a place to hold the my knitting stories. Like the one about my orange sweater. I started that sweater in September 2015. I swatched but quickly realized that I needed to be knitting a different size so I unknit and started again. Then I set the sweater aside and could not remember where I was in the pattern so, yup, unknit and started again. There was more unknitting and restarting on the sleeves but finally, two years and two weeks later I was finished. I learned so much during that time (and had many more knitting projects on and off the needles). When I wore that sweater for the first time, I carried all those stories with me.

I think my knitting notebook has been influenced by Ann Hood and Clara Parkes. I don’t want to lose touch with the reason my hands keep reaching for needles and yarn.

I do have a few pages with lists of podcasts, knitting related books, a fiber events for my someday travel list. I have a tally sheet for donation hats and places that take hat donations. I am including pictures and want to start adding knitting wisdom and quotes.

So, here we are, another Friday and an evening ahead that will include a good glass of wine, some lovely cheese, and time for knitting. Enjoy!

3 on Thursday

1. There is a new play area at our local park and our (not so) tiny person is ready to explore!

2. Yesterday was cool and overcast – the perfect day for wearing my orange sweater, I love the cozy, squishy garter stitch.

3. After three weeks of cutting back on caffeine, I have come to love my cuppa tea (caffeine free).

What a fun weekly prompt – thanks Carole

Unraveled Wednesday

I am happy to say that there has not been any unraveling around here this week! I finished my Wishmaker shawl and have moved on the the Familiar shawl (both part of Helen Stewart’s Shawl Society II). It is wonderful to be knitting with some of my lovely stash yarn too.

I finished listening to Little Fires Everywhere (very much enjoyed this one) and started reading Falling Upward. I am giving a lot of thought to “what next”as I am nearing that time when retirement is within reach.

The topic of knitting notebooks has come up recently. I am using a Moleskine notebook to record my projects and some thoughts on my knitting life. Are you keeping or contemplating a knitting notebooks? Or maybe a craft journal because quilting stories are also a part of my fiber life.

Happy Wednesday. Visit Kat to read more Unraveled stories.

Weekending

My weekend was filled with some lovely #tinytinymoments

  • A wonderful day with our tiny person (including an nap for him and some organizing time for me!)
  • The baptism of that same tiny person
  • Casting off and weaving in ends which means a finished object
  • A fairly successful shopping trip for something to wear to an upcoming wedding
  • Two new recipes that will become regulars
  • An interval run on a crisp afternoon

And now, a Monday off from work so the loveliness can continue.

Fiber Friday

I am making good progress on one of my shawls. Passed the 80% point last night. That means I might be able to cast on that sweater soon.

I am reading Clara Parks’ new book and enjoying the stories. Last night I saw this quote from Meg Swansen,s essay and was reminded of a knitting notebook that is floating around here somewhere. Maybe this weekend I can find time to write out the notes and thoughts about my recent knitting binge.

Happy Friday. I hope there will be some finer in your weekend.