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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Sometimes Mondays

are for measuring up. The thanksgiving break was a good time to make progress on the sweater (gotta love stockinette in the round). I will take that accomplishment – 5″ completed, 5″ to go. I hope the rest of the week finds more forward progress.

It has been great fun making a blog post every day this month. I have a new energy about writing and documenting my days. Happy last Monday of November.

Monogamous knitting

I am a distracted knitter, so easily pulled away by pretty new projects and knit alongs. But I am determined to make that sweater so I spent the last few days being a monogamous knitter and I am happy to report that I am back on track. Last night I moved to the next section of the yoke and it really is a lovely pattern. Now I need to look up how to do a Sunday short row so I can get going on that little vest. Goodbye monogamous knitting!

Happy Saturday.

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!

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.

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.