Yarn Along 2016: Week 36

Y’all: it’s been so long.  I have no excuses.  On with the knitting and reading.


I puffy heart love cables.

I puffy heart love cables.

I’m working on a Malabrigo Luxe Cabled Blanket by SweaterBabe in the “Great Smoky Mountains” color of Lion Brand Heartland.  I really like it and I’m sure it will be well received by the giftees.  My cousin got married in 2015 and I’m making this for her.  I made one for her brother the year before.  Both of them include stitches worked by extended family, so there is loads of love worked into this.

I’m reading Knit in Comfort by Isabel Sharpe.  The knitting content is correct so far; it’s Shetland lace and the motif names are given. There are no patterns in the book.

I still need to piece together that sweater (and pick up the button bands AND sew on buttons…) and now that babe has a sibling coming, so the sweater will probably be for that baby.  I’d like to make a little hooded sweater for soon-to-be big brother.  I have way too many things in progress right now and need a good way to organize them.  There is a pair of socks in progress (only the legs are left) that I’m leaving in my glove box because they’re a low priority and 2×2 ribbing is a great thing for “here and there” knitting.

And for the first time in many, many months, I’m joining up with Ginny’s Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along 2016: Week 7

blocking in progress

I’ve been a slacker lately.  I’ve had these sweater pieces done for a while (it’s very possible it’ll be too small for the baby in question) and I finally blocked them today.  Thankfully they came out of the pot (literally – I put the wool wash in a small stock pot – it was easier than blocking off a sink) at the correct dimensions or nearly and just need a small tug.  While I had the wool wash out, I threw in this scarf I made last year and wanted to block.  It probably needed blocking wires or pins, but I’m hoping that just stretching it and smoothing it out will improve it.    I was working on it last summer and it’s been waiting patiently for a bath.

I learned that Linda’s crochet cotton (I think that’s what it is) doesn’t bleed.  I’d used red crochet cotton as the stitch holders for the sweater because it’s smooth and was handy when I needed a holder.  When I realized I would need to wash the sweater ideally before it was seamed, I was concerned about the red thread issue.  So, I took some of the thread, laid it on a white kitchen towel and got it soaked with hot water.  I tried that several times in several different spots in the towel, and there was NO pink residue.  I did little piles of the thread – not just a single line.   I’m not saying this will work every time (the not bleeding), but I was glad I found a test that worked.  When I washed the pieces, I used cool water.

I’m reading several things right now.  I’m listening to Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich.  I’m supposed to be reading One Coffee With by Margaret Maron, but I’ve set it aside temporarily because The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen became available from the library and I wanted to read that before the loan expired.

I’m joining up with Ginny’s Yarn Along.  Two weeks in a row!

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Yarn Along 2016: Week 6


I’m knitting a pair of basic mittens for my mom out of this soft and smooth acrylic yarn.  I’m reading One Coffee With by Margaret Maron for my mystery book club.  This is our March book and I’m the one leading the discussion, so I need to make sure I actually read it this time.

The baby sweater pieces are done (from this post), but I still need to wash and block them so I can seam it all together and add buttons.  I have several other things that need to be washed and blocked, so I’ll do a full batch of hand washing.

I’ve also started a new pair of socks as my mindless/purse knitting.  They’re moving right along.  The yarn for those has distinct stripes, so I started them both in the same place.  I want to work on them more because it’s fun seeing the colors change.  I find myself saying “well, I’ll just finish this stripe and then I’ll go do something responsible.”  I need to do it the other way and do the required thing and then knit a stripe as a reward🙂

I’m joining up with Ginny’s Yarn Along a day late.


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The best laid plans

Well, I had grand plans of posting regularly and then real life kicked in.  We’ve been dealing with some challenging things here at home.  Additionally, I’m a Leader with La Leche League and have had some increased responsibilities with that organization that are taking up larger blocks of time.    I think those things will keep me occupied for the next couple of weeks, so I need to do some better organizing and planning.

I’ve had friends and other bloggers mention that they do scheduled posts, and I’ve been resistant to that on the (foolish?) ground that I could take a picture of knitting on one day and set it to post another day (particularly for the Yarn Along on Wednesdays) but what if the knitting is dramatically different by the posting day??  I think I’m finally realizing that this is not something I should be worrying about.  So, I’ll try to get better about posting again.

I’ve also started using a Bullet Journal.  There are some things that are really working for me (daily logs) and some that I don’t need right now (the monthly calendar as list – I might try it in a more traditional calendar shape).  I just saw a tip from a friend who has “permanent” pages for her menu and grocery list – she puts them on post-its on dedicated pages and that I’ll definitely have to do.  I don’t need half the journal populated with grocery/menu pages.

Here’s to more forward progress!

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Yarn Along 2016: Week 1

Start as you mean to go on, right?  I know I had largely abandoned the blog for months, but I’m hoping to get back into writing again.  It would probably be a good outlet for me.


I’m starting by getting back into the Yarn Along routine.  I’m reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and listening to Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg.

I’m knitting a Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee for a friend’s new baby.  I’ve finished the sleeves and the back.  Now I’m working on the two front pieces.

I also have a pair of socks on the go.  They’re plain vanilla socks made with Felici sock yarn from Knit Picks in the “Jingle” colorway (not on their site right now – it’s red, green, white stripes).  I started them last year (or the year before??) and stalled out after doing one heel.  While we traveled for winter holidays, I turned the other heel and started up both legs.  Now it’s my “purse” knitting and I work on them in the car or at hockey games.  I managed to get 2 more stripes done while at Thing 1’s games this past weekend.

I’m so thankful that I was a devoted sock knitter for a while.  I’ve been knitting other things lately, but I have this drawer of lovely woolen socks to wear now that winter has decided to arrive.  I really enjoy seeing all the colors lined up in my drawer waiting to keep me warm.

Go check out the Yarn Along – you can see all the great things people are making and the books they are reading!

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Yarn Along 2015: Week 35 (I think)


Holy cats – I haven’t posted since July?  I’ve written posts in my head that never made it into the computer.

The theme of my knitting recently has been “try again.”  This yarn (Moda Dea Sassy Stripes) has been simmering in my stash for a while.  The label lists it as “3 – fine” but Ravelry considers it DK, which is more accurate.  I originally wanted to make a “Favorite Scarf Ever” with the yarn.  However, after I was halfway thru the first of two balls, the scarf was only a foot long (30.5cm), so I ripped it all out and started a Baktus instead.  I didn’t get far until I realized I’d messed up the increases so I ripped it out again.  The progress you can see there is the second pass thru.  I kept very good track of my increases.  And then I forgot to start decreasing when I started the second ball, so there was more ripping back (only a few rows, thankfully).

I have also restarted a Baby Yours sweater twice now.  Last night I thought I was making careful forward progress and then realized that I had followed the directions for a different size.  Rather than continuing to work late in the evening, I set it aside and went to bed.

I’ve started reading The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny.  All the French names are slowing me down (it’s set in Quebec).

I’m linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along 2015: Week 29

Well, I got my picture taken on time, and then spent time either outside without my computer (and I dislike trying to blog from my phone), or inside only long enough to do something quickly.  So, now it is the wee hours of Thursday morning and I’m finally posting.  This is closer to Wednesday than the last time I posted, so I’ll count that as a win.


I’m visiting my family in Upstate NY and this was my view on the patio at my grandmother’s apartment this morning.  I was working on a slipper for her with a pattern and yarn she handed to me.  It’s a worsted weight acrylic yarn held double, and I was using a US9/5.5mm needle (she had started the slipper on straights – I switched to a circular).  The fabric was, in a word, dense.  I double checked that she was happy with the fabric after I’d done about two inches.  It’s possible the slipper is currently water-tight, but she’s happy with the finished item.  At 95, if you want a “battleship quality” slipper, that’s what you’ll get.  It should easily survive walking around on the cement patio while she surveys her gardens (only a small portion is pictured above).

I’m reading the Wool omnibus by Hugh Howey and I quite like it.  Several months ago, I stumbled upon Ascension on the SyFy channel here in the US (their spelling, not mine).   I’m still early in Wool but there are things that remind me of Ascension and I keep wondering if the there will be a similar “truth” coming out.  Don’t spoil it for me if you know.

I’m listening to Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and narrated by Michael Prichard.   Eighty was one of the free audiobook downloads from AudioBookSync a couple weeks ago.    Each summer, Sync pairs a classic and a current YA title together on a theme.  They do it for 14 weeks over the summer with new weeks starting on Thursday at 7:00am Eastern Time.  Sometimes the books are limited to certain countries, but not always.  This week’s books are Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and March by Geraldine Brooks.

As always, the Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny over at Small Things.

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