I am a slow knitter. Not as slow as I used to be but I can’t imagine banging out a sweater in four days or even a week like some of you have done. So when I look at my stash and my list of things I want to knit, I try to be gentle with myself. It is not a race. And I am not very competitive anyway. Mary asked about the squishy mail in a recent post and since I haven’t had time to play with yarn this week, I thought I would reveal those goodies.
In December I ordered yarn from The Woolly Thistle to make this sweater after Kat suggested a knit along. I did swatch and was right on gauge. The main color will be black. I bought a few options for the color work so I need to decide on the that too.
It has been a crazy few weeks with some family stuff so casting on will need to wait. Getting that second sleeve done on the Dominy is at the top of my list and like I said, I am a pretty slow knitter.
I heard that we might have a cold winter but it is only November so I was not at all prepared to wake up to snow on Friday. The flurries continued most of the morning but by late afternoon, it “warmed”up enough that the streets were clear. I am NOT a fan of the snow and will be eternally grateful if we can get through this wedding weekend without it.
We did make it to Vogue Knitting Live. I am so overwhelmed by these events and they are small in comparison to other big name events. I got one skein of yarn for a shawl – more about that later.
Now it is time to get ready to host a pizza party and I need to get a bit of cleaning done. Excited to do some weekend blog reading!
The countdown to the first day of school continues. Next week the elementary students begin and our preschoolers follow the day after Labor Day. Bit by bit we are getting there. I am also looking at Fridays and weekend with new eyes. I finished the first sleeve on my sweater this week and hope to get the second one done by Labor Day so I can go to my last class with just the shawl collar to finish. Now I just need some cooler weather.
I caked up my hand dyed Shetland yarn this week and I am on the hunt for a shawl pattern to show off these great colors. What about socks you say? Well, I just don’t think that is going to happen. Maybe some day or maybe not. I am contemplating Kay’s Celtic Shawl KAL but I’m not really sure how much yarn I have in these cakes.
Finally, I got my first Stitch Fix box this week and I love it all. I may never go to the mall again!
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.
We left Seaburn and headed to Edinburgh on the train. Trains and planes are wonderful for uninterrupted knitting time. In about 48 hours, I have made great progress on my Chopped Green Ginger Tea hat. I should be able to finish this afternoon. I am knitting this hat with a skein of yarn brought to me from my daughter’ last trip to Edinburgh in 2015. Seemed a fitting travel project.
In Seaburn we met up with Lucy of @lucylocketland. She has a lovely little shop and hosted a special knit night so we could meet some of her knitting friends. Fiber folk are so welcoming! Lucy’s little shop is filled with beautiful wool and handmade crafts. If you ever find yourself in northeast England, I recommend a visit.
This morning we dipped our boots in the North Sea. After a few days in Edinburgh we will head for Shetland. More adventuring to come!
Thanks Kat for hosting our Wednesday’s
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
I love knitting hats. I almost always have one or two on the needles. I finally got a copy of Drop Dead Eay Knits from my library. There are two hat patterns that will be on my needles soon (and a baby sweater before too long). I also printed a basic hat pattern from Churchmouse Yarns. Over the next 2 months, I hope to knit a dozen hats. These hats will go to an organization that sets up a clothing shop for school children every fall. On May 20, we will deliver the hats as part of The Day of Service. Want to participate? All you need to do is knit a hat or scarf for a school aged child – kindergarten to grade 12. I will collect the hats and get them delivered. Then maybe my 12 hats will become 24! Let me know if you want to join in.
A few weeks ago, I read this sweet book. It was the audio version and I enjoyed it so much that I have put the book on hold at my library. I would highly recommend it. I also started the sleeves on my Annabel! I am trying magic loop. It might take awhile.
Be sure to visit Frontier dreams for more lovely crafting this week..