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.

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Unraveled Wednesday – retreating

Last Friday I headed east to join my quilting friends for an annual retreat.  I am not quilting much these days and with the chaos and stress that has been my life lately, I contemplated skipping this year.  In the end, I was happy that I went.  I stitched up four new project bags, a pair of pants for our tiny person, and a gadget bag that was much fussier than I would normally tackle but since I sewed this one alongside one of my friends so it was fun.  There was a fair  amount of unsewing (the quilting equivalent of unraveling).  There was also good food, catching up, coffee, wine, and plenty of laughter.

Between sewing projects, I made some good progress on my most recent knit.  I don’t think I will finish before I leave but this could be my travel knitting, at least for the first part of my trip.  Then I will need to acquire the materials for another project once I get to Shetland.  I still need to make some final decisions on travel clothing.  I have two smallish books to take and leave along the way and two audio books on my phone.  Departure time is so close!

Thanks for hosting us Kat!

Unraveled Wednesday – waiting rooms


Hospital waiting rooms unravel me every time.  Why do they make you arrive two hours prior to surgery?  I was up at 3:30 am to make the drive to dad’s so we could get to the hospital by 5:30 am and he could have surgery at 7:45am.  I had a few hours to knit but after just 30 minutes, I was too bleary eyed to continue.  Fortunately surgery went well and I was able to get home in time for a little nap before going to thre grocery store and making dinner.

My reading is the same but I am contemplating this book and event.  Life has been pretty chaotic lately and I am hesitant to make too many plans too far in advance but maybe.

I am really enjoying the Bousta Beanie hat but I have another project on the needles that is not really working so it may get unraveled this weekend.   I am working very hard to hold my creative activities loosely.  Time is too precious to give it away to projects that don’t bring joy.

Thanks to Kat for her Unraveled Wednesdays link up.

Hello Friday


Instead of sharing some fiber happenings, I have a few thoughts on books and bookstores and the good people in our lives.

I was searching my library site for books of knitting stories recently and came upon this sweet book about a little girl and a woman who knits hats.  I hope we all have someone like this in our lives, that person who teaches us the importance of caring for others.  Perhaps it is you.  After reading this book, I decided that my shawl will need to wait a few more days to be restarted.  I have two hats that are nearly finished and I want to get them off to the goood people at Knitting4peace by the end of the month.

When our family travels, we look for local bookstores.  I was disappointed when we could not find a bookstore in New Orleans last year but I know I will find plenty when I travel to the U.K. this summer.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to travel across the country with bookstores as our destination?  And coffee shops of course.  One bookstore on my list would be Parnassus Books in Nashville.  Ann Patchett is one of the owners and I have heard her speak of the wonderful staff and events at this store.  I read a great post on the Parnassus blog that I would recommend.  We have fewer and fewer local bookstores every year.  In Seattle, we have author events weekly, and most are in partnership with one of our local stores.  Next week I will go to hear Helen Macdonald speak.  Maybe it is all the rain that makes this such a book friendly part of the country.  I am always thankful for the abundance of bookish events I find in the newspaper each week.

The weekend is almost here.  I have this Friday off work and I will treasure every minute of this day.

Yarn and books


I am close to finishing Commonwealth.  I have been listening to the audio version of another Ann Patchett book.  I really enjoy hearing an author read her own book.

This book arrived in the mail over the weekend and I am looking forward to reading it during Christmas break.  I also decided that my grey yarn was not bringing enough peace into my life – too similar to our grey, dreary skies lately.  So I cast on a new version of the #ProjectPeace.   I also am making it smaller, a neck cowl instead of the double wrap style.  I am loving this yarn and the color is very peaceful.

Looking forward to linking up with Ginny’s yarnalong this week. 

Yarn and books

Time to let November slip away.  It was a fun month with daily postings and lots of new blog friends.

I picked this book up at the library the other day.  I keep thinking of Anne Lamont’s book, Some Assembly Required, where she talks about the importance of keeping her ideas and opionions to herself.  Very good advice.  But I also know that parenting and infant care have changed in the last 31 years so why not occupy myself with this little book.

I finally succeeded in getting my Project Peace cowl cast on (thanks for the cast on idea Kat).  There are a lot of stitches but this yarn is so soft and the pattern repeat will definitely make for some peaceful knitting, perhaps in a waiting room?

Happy Wednesday!  Visit Frontier Dreams and Ginny to see some lovely crafting going on this week.

Knit for peace – knit for health

The Knit for Peace pattern was released yesterday.  It has been fun watching the numbers go up and up on the Ravelry group.  Seems a lot of us are seeking a bit of peace these days.  I find hope in that.

My sister sent me a link to an article about the health benefits of knitting.  She used to knit and I keep encouraging her to pick it up again.  After all, Purl Soho could be her LYS now that she has moved to the big city.  

Knitting – it is a very good thing!