Unraveled Wednesday

I have finally begun the color work on my sweater. For weeks I have questioned the choice of blue and contemplated picking up a yellow for the color work but when I was ready to start, I only had the blue so that was it. Now that I see the Blue next to the dark grey, I am very happy. I am 5 rows in, 24 to go. It seems like an easy chart (offset circles) so I am hoping that there will be no unraveling.

I am closing in on the end of The Magpie Murders., listening to the audio book and loving the narrator. It is a good traveling companion.

Just a few days away from Christmas break and I am trying not to create an unrealistic amount of things to keep my busy during the two weeks away from school. January is re-enrollment and open house season, very busy, so I need to take the rest time. I signed up for The Balanced Life Pilates program and I think this will be a good winter solution for me. And then there is my one little word to play with.

Happy Wednesday and be sure to visit Kat’s link-up.

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Unraveled Wednesday

No unraveling of yarn projects this week – phew. I did do some stash diving and came up with with some yarn that I think (hope) will work for the Project Peace KAL. I am anxious to get started on this project although I should probably stay strong with my sweater knitting.

I finished listening to Eleanor Oliphant this week. I enjoyed this book and the reader was really good. I am waiting on a few library books and looking forward to some reading time over Christmas break.

Be sure to visit Kat for yarn and reading inspiration.

Unraveled Wednesday

I am happy to report that there is a finished object in my house. And I have made good progress on my sweater, although there was a bit of unravelling. I needed it to be a bit longer before splitting for the sleeves.

I noticed that Karen has a shelf on Goodreads marked – own, need to read. What a great idea. So up next maybe this book or this one? I was also gifted another book so you can see that I have plenty of options.

I have a bunch of little things to do today and then plan to have a bit of reading time after lunch. Did you know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving?

Unraveled Wednesday

Last night I had to face the music and do a bit of unraveling on my sweater. I sailed through the neckband and conquered the short rows. But then I made a big mistake. I didn’t read the instructions thoroughly and instead of one row of M1 increases followed by 10rows of stockinette, I made 4 rows of the increase. Argh! I tried unknitting but missed a few stitched, twisted a few stitches and in the end, decided to frog and start again. Fortunately this was very early in the making so I don’t think it will take me too long to get back on track.

On the reading front, I am really enjoying All Over Creation. Yesterday I got a new book in the mail and tonight I am going to hear Sarah Ballantyne talk about that book. I love all the science behind food and health. And I think I will have just enough time to get my sweater back in the needles so I can take my knitting along.

Happy Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kat today for more unraveling stories.

Three things

There are three Books that have risen to the top of my pile.

Unconventional Medicine is on pre-order but I heard the author on a podcast last weekend and knew that I needed to read this book.

See What I Have Done has been on hold at the library for many months and my number came up this week. I am only a chapter in but it seems like a story that could hold my distracted mind. I know Carole just mentioned this book too so stay tuned.

All Over Creation is my current audio book, also just begun. I’m not even sure how I found this one, just rambling about on the library website I think.

Thanks to Carole and Kat for the weekly Three Things link up.

Goodbye June


Dear June,

You were such a blur.  That is probably a good thing because while I remember some fun times, there were also too many glitches.  Just the other day I told someone that I felt like Rosanne Rosannadanna, if it’s not one thing it’s another.  

But there were hikes enough to get my boots ready for Shetland.  And there was that 10k, the one we didn’t really train for but we finished and didn’t get hurt.  I finished my hat and started a shawl.  The sewing projects used up some stash.  And there were lovely visits from our tiny person who is getting so mobile.  I finished a few books and wrapped up enough loose ends at work to be able to turn off work and turn on summer.  

So goodbye June.  You taught me much.  See you again next year.

Unraveled Wednesday – gift yarn


Is it only Wednesday?  The last week of school seems to be never-ending this year.  There are so many fun things going on at school.  I am holding on, trying to laugh as often as I can, and enjoy the ride.  Our new principal is starting next week and I will be very happy to hand over the keys to that office and get back to my own work.  I have learned much about myself these last few months and I am grateful to have been able to step into this role temporarily.  It is good work with very good people.

I finished Lincoln on the Bardo this week.  I chose the audio book on the recommendations of many and it was very good.  I was a bit confused in the beginning but I had a few days when I was able to listen as I did some garden clean up for an extended time and the story began to flow.  I have a Kindle book and a hard cover competing for my time right now.  I am also trying to decide which books to take on my trip.  Long flights should yield some good reading time.

I received this skein of yarn for Christmas, a gift from my sister.  I love the colors and I very much want to knit a shawl or maybe a hat but I have cast on and unraveled about four patterns now and cannot seem to find a good match.  I don’t often knit with variagated yarn.  I am open to ideas.

Joining Kat today for Unraveled Wednesday