Unraveled Wednesday

I have a bad case of castonitis brewing. I am still plugging away at my two shawls but I keep thinking about this sweater and maybe another donation hat for an on-the-go project. And then there is that top I want to sew, sigh. The good news is that I have a few long weekends coming up so there might be a bit more crafting time.

I am listening to Little Fires Everywhere and enjoying the story.

And I am trying very hard to resist the pull of a new planning notebook – but the are so pretty!

Hope your Wednesday is filled with creative energy.

Happy to be linking up with Kat today.

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Unraveled Wednesday – listmaking

After finishing my green sweater, I moved quickly to a fun baby hat and then to another shawl. And as I have been knitting, I have been thinking that there is a project that I think I will unravel. It is a Sigla sweater that I started last year. The body is finished but before I could do the sleeves, I started some other projects. And the longer I stayed away from those sleeves, the more I thought that perhaps this was not a good sweater for me. Mostly I was unhappy with the neck band bit I also worry that it will be too warm and with a pullover, too warm can be a deterrent. Yesterday I had an email about a new shawl that needs a bulkier yarn and I immediately thought of the beautiful Lopi yarn in that sweater. So yes, I believe there will be some unraveling around here.

Fortunately there are daily Just Five Things lists happening so I have a photo to share from my midday list on the topic of delight. I am enjoying the practice of listmaking with prompts that Michelle offers.

I finished To the Bright Edge of the World yesterday and think I will listen to a few podcasts today on my commute while I ponder my next read.

Pop over to see what Kat is unraveling today.

Unraveled Wednesday

My green sweater is finished! Just need a cool enough day to put it on and get a proper photo.

I have another sweater to begin but first I need to learn how to do short rows. I have a Craftsy class that walks through the various techniques with a swatch so I hope to get to that this weekend. Until then, when I took our tiny person for a walk last weekend, I noticed that he is in need of a new hat. I picked up this fun kit and cannot wait to begin.

Linking up with Kat today.

Unraveled Wednesday

My green sweater has had a soak and is drying. One last step will be to pick up stitches for the front band and collar. In the meantime, I have acquired yarn for another sweater! Hope to swatch and practice short rows this weekend.

I did not manage to get a cover all in Summer Book Bingo but I am happy with how many orange squares are filled in. Best summer reading in a very long time.

Now that we are back to school, afternoons with the tiny person will be more regular. A few hours between oak and dinner are a great way to balance the day. He is standing and crawling and such a happy guy. Grampa calls him the two hour tornado! Yesterday I gave him a doll that his momma had as a toddler. He loved the eyes and gave her many kisses.

Happy Wednesday and thanks to Kat for hosting us.

Unraveled Wednesday – free the needles

On the My Sister’s Knitter Raverly group, there is a fun knit along happening #freetheneedles. The idea is to finish up some projects and set some needles free. I finished my Aestlight shawl right off and picked up my half Hansel. I was making good progress until I signed up for the sweater class. That has been my very monogamous knitting the last few weeks. But I really want to finish the Hansel. I am on the last border which is knit sideways, picking up stitches as you go. It is similar to the last border of the Aestlight. Time is not on my side right now. So many back to school meeting and tasks. But I think I can get back to the border after I finish my sweater sleeve. Fingers crossed for another pair of needles set free before Sept. 15.

I just downloaded Delancey Street for the about food bingo square. Not sure I will be able to cover my card but it has been my best reading summer in a long time.

Off to gather enough healthy food and my walking shoes to get me through another long day of meetings (taking full advantage of those breaks to get my steps in).

Be sure to visit Kat for my Unraveled posts today.

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.

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.