What a wonderful weekend we had. Yes, we lost an hour but the sun was out, the skies were blue, and it was warm enough to begin digging in the garden. I was able to turn the soil in my raised beds and get some of the debris cleaned up. It will be awhile before any planting can happen but the planning has begun.

I continue to make progress on my Birkin. But I can’t stop browsing Ravelry and thinking about casting on something new.

There is this,

And this,

And this.

The weekend is gone. My fridge is filled with veggies and I am taking the Simple Green Smoothie challenge this week.

Enjoy your Monday.


Unraveled Wednesday

There was a wee bit of unraveling this week. I was making good progress on my Birkin sweater until I got to the end of a row and had one extra stitch. Argh! I went back and found the mistake just a few stitches from the start of the row. So I frogged back and started again. I was happy that it was just one row and not multiple rows that needed unraveling. I have three rows left in the last chart for the yoke. Then I will try it on and measure for the sleeve divide. I am looking forward to some simple stockinette for the body. Now to resist casting on something new before I finish something. I feel a case of castonitis coming on.

I am just pages away from finishing The Immortalists. I started listening to The Bright Hour. Both of these books have me thinking about the memories and stories we leave behind.

Did you see the moon this week. We have had a few clear nights and it is an amazing sight. Be sure to look up.

Three on Thursday

Today is Worldwide Knit for Peace day so Three knitting things are on my list:

1. Get the sleeves for my Ready for Fall sweater on the needles (taking advantage of the promised sunshine),

2. Cast on the neck band for this lovely sweater,

3. Find a hat pattern for a skein of Ginger Twist that I bought in Scotland last summer.

The dark part of our days are already so long that I don’t think I will notice a change today but I am happy that we can begin to inch toward more daylight.

Visit Carole for my 3 Things lists.

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.

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!