Knitting · Reading

WIP Wednesday ~ 10.5.16

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September’s Little Pumpkin socks have walked right into October, one sock finished and half-way down the leg on the second.  Progress in slow because, to be honest, I’m tired of socks and my hands are protesting the cables.  They will be finished soon and enjoyed when the weather cools more.

I’ve also had an overwhelming urge to work through some of the projects that have been neglected for a while.

  • Citron — I played yarn chicken and lost, found a solution and finished the bind off Monday.  More to come after a good soak and blocking.
  • Lace Hitchhiker — I love the yarn, the pattern, the fabric but not so much the knit.  Serious thought is being given to sending it to the frog pond.  I just can’t decide.
  • Barndom shawl has been frogged and two lovely yarns have been rescued.
  • Mirkwood socks will be finished after the Little Pumpkins.  Then it will be plain vanilla socks for a while.

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And then there’s the 3-Color Cashmere Cowl.  LOVE this one!  I’ve modified the length considerably by reducing the row repeats.  Two more bands to finish.

My Goodreads goal this year was 12 books.  Isle of Palms was finished last week bringing my total to 10.  On the Kindle now is The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes.  Just getting started so I don’t really have an opinion yet.

How are your projects coming along?

Happy Wednesday!

 

Knitting · Reading

WIP Wednesday ~ 8.3.16

 

Happy Wednesday!

We have bright sunshine again this morning and temperatures are climbing.  I struggled to find a photo spot that showed the true color of my newest WIP.  Reds are a real challenge to photograph, at least for me.

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On the needles . . . I’ve been avoiding socks and the multitude of other projects on the needles.  Nothing seemed to be very inspiring, so I did the logical thing.  I’ve cast on a second Hitchhiker.  This time in Cascade Alpaca Lace Paints on a 2.75 mm needle.  The fabric is light and airy with very petite points.

On the Kindle . . . I’ve been reading the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber this summer and recently finished A Turn in the Road, #8 in the series.  Goodreads tells me I’m 2 books ahead of schedule in the 2016 Reading Challenge.  There are three books that I’ve started and set aside.  Maybe I’ll give one of those another chance.

Enjoy your week!

~  Janet

 

Art Journaling · Knitting · Reading

WIP Wednesday ~ 6.1.16

Welcome June!  It’s a busy month around here with birthdays, Father’s Day, a bit of travel . . . and knitting, always a little knitting.

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On the needles . . . New this week is this Citron in Paton’s Lace, woodrose colorway.  I’m uncovering some interesting things while I rearrange in the craft room and one of those was this pretty skein of yarn.  I can’t stop working on this, although the rows are getting very long.  The Curve of Pursuit blanket is also getting some attention and I’ll be casting on the June YOSS challenge socks today.  Busy, busy needles.

On the Kindle . . .  I finished Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes, from last week, and added my name to the hold list for the next book in the series.  While I’m waiting, I’ve started The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax, another author I enjoy.

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ICAD . . . The annual Index-Card-A-Day challenge begins today.  I’ve been an icadian for the past three summers and enjoy participating.  Basically, the goal is to create art on a 3×5 index card each day of June and July, 61 days of creativity.  There are completely optional weekly themes and daily prompts if needed, or you can just do your own thing.

Happy Wednesday!

~  Janet

Knitting · Reading

WIP Wednesday ~ 5.11.16

Happy Wednesday!

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On the needles . . .  Dublin Bay socks in Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering, laurelhurst colorway.  Sock #1 is finished and sock #2 has three rows on the cuff.  Samothrace Wings is getting some attention this month as well.  I did start over and reduced the cast-on to 40 stitches for a narrow scarf and that seems to be working well.  I love using my handspun and watching the color changes.

On the bookshelf . . . I’m almost to the end of The Art of Arranging Flowers and it has been an enjoyable read.

How are your projects coming along?

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~  Janet

Knitting · Reading

WIP Wednesday ~ 4.20.16

A wonderful Wednesday morning is unfolding and I’m anxious to take my knitting to the deck and check on Momma Robin’s nest-building progress.  But first . . .

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Socks on the needles, of course.  Pair #10 for the Year of Stash Socks (YOSS) challenge.  This pair is for ~J~ in Patons Kroy Stretch Socks, olive colorway.  The pattern is Simple Skyp Socks, one I’ve knit and enjoyed before.  The busy yarn completely hides the skyp stitch, but because of the ribbing and the stretchy yarn the added stitch helps make a good fit.  And it keeps me interested.  Sock #1 is at the heel flap and sock #2 is a couple of rows into the leg.

I’ve just started The Art of Arranging Flowers, literally just a few pages in, so I can’t say much about it.  I’ve read good reviews.

Happy Wednesday!  Enjoy the rest of your week.

~  Janet