Here and Now

Loving the cooler weather

Eating so many fruits and veggies

Drinking water with lemon and ginger

Feeling a bit sad that summer is almost over

Making a simple cardigan

Thinking about future travel destinations

Dreaming of some lovely yarn that is headed my way

What a fun idea Say Little Hen

Unraveled Wednesday – balance


I am happy to report that my sweater knitting is going quite well. I am 1/3 of the way through the body. I am hoping to get to the ribbed edge by Saturday so I can start my sleeves at class next Saturday. We will see how that goes.
And that is it for knitting right now. Being back at work means limited knitting time so I am sticking with this one project.
I finally have a few bingos on my summer reading card. This week I have started some work related reading which may or may not be able to qualify for a square or two.
I am thinking a lot about balance this week. Working hard at eating well. Planning to start going to a yoga class one evening a week. Trying to get 5000 steps before lunch. Sorting and purging and making progress on getting my work wardrobe in shape (I actually signed up for a Stitch Fix box).
Hope there is lovely yarn and wonderful books in your life. Be sure to visit Kat for more Unraveled Wednesday posts.

Hello Friday


There you have it. I have eased my way back into a work routine. Morning smoothies, getting in at least 10,000 steps each day by walking before meetings or during lunch, lots of water and a bit less coffee, getting all those dates on the calendar, making time each day for reading, and checking things off the back to school list. Next week will be a bit busier but everything I did this week has created space for what comes next.
This weekend I am going for a hike with my daughters and doing a harvest/gleening time at a local farm. The temperatures are supposed to cool a bit – oh please let this be true. And I am going to be playing with my traveler's notebook and new workbag. I am trying very hard to whittle down, lighten my load (literally and figuratively).
Step by step.

Unraveled Wednesday – back to school


I came home from my trip knowing that I wanted to knit – and finish a sweater. I have two on the needles that are very close but I was hoping to find a class that would give me some skill building and accountability. There was a top down class at my local yarn shop but it was full. At least until the morning of the first class when I was able to squeeze in. I was busy most of that day but managed to get a gauge swatch finished before class began at 4 pm. Best of all, I was spot on! The teacher gave us a bunch of tips about top down sweaters and then we cast on. We each chose our own patterns and it was fun to see what everyone was knitting. There is a nice range of knitting skills so I don't feel like a total novice. I am almost the the point of separating for the sleeves which will give the teacher a chance to help me make sure the fit is right before I move on.
And while there is not any unraveling in my knitting life, my work life feels like I have dropped a few stitches. My favorite co-worker retired in June and coming back into to work after sharing a campus with her for 10 years is really hard. It is going to be great to work with the new administrator – I already know her and like her a lot – but it has me wondering about how long I will (should?) stay in this position. Just feeling a bit blue and unsettled.
I finally have a bingo and by the end of the week, there will be two. I have enjoyed finding some new authors this summer.
Okay, healthy lunch is packed. New work bag ready to go. Off to conquer the day!
Thanks Kat for hosting us.

Hello August


While I am not a fan of the extreme heat, I am looking forward to this month. Yes, I am returning to work but the schedule is pretty flexible so there is time for a morning run or sitting on the deck with a book before work. And I am recommitting to healthy eating this month high is so much easier when the produce market is filled with cress fruits and veggies.
I am trying to free some of my needles with Andi's KAL but I have also cast on for Helen's next shawl pattern. And after winding my sock blank, I am ready to begin my first socks. So many pretty patterns have been recommended, not sure how I will choose. And of course I am hoping for a few bingos on my summer reading card.
Thanks Carole and Kat for Think Write Thursday.

Unraveled Wednesday


On our Shetland trip, we spent an afternoon dying sock blanks. I had heard about this and had seen a few people knitting g socks from hand dyed blanks but I really didn't have any idea hat the day would involve. Out teacher was Niela Nell, a wonderful and talented designer living on Shetland. It was a busy and action packed workshop. We each started with cream sock blank (a machine knit rectangle made from two balls of Jamieson's yarn). We mixed colors and began to paint our yarn. You can see how garish my blank looked when I finished (I had no idea what I was doing!). Then Niela's helpers cooked our yarn in the microwave and rinsed it in a large sink. It was a crazy to see how much color was seeping out. I was actually reli fed to see how much my yarn had softened in color. This afternoon, we unraveled our sock blanks (they were in our box of yarn that we had mailed home).
I have never knit socks but I think this is the perfect yarn for a first pair.
On the reading front, I finished another audio book and a Kindle book. Now that I am heading back to work, I will need to really work at getting some more squares completed on my bingo card but it has been a great motivator.
Thanks again to Mary for the book bingo fun and to Kat for our Wednesday Unraveled gatherings.