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Our Graduate

May 23, 2016

It’s been a team effort. And Team Smith is victorious!

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Mari graduated this past weekend from her amazing alternative school. Something to be said for a graduation class of 12. I hope someday everyone can have access to the education path that best suits their child. We had to search and experiment and fight convention and thank goodness we had the resources to provide an environment where she could thrive.

My wish is that this becomes the norm. Fulfilling education in an emotionally and physically safe environment – not just for those of us who are fortunate but for everyone. Every child’s right. Not a privilege.  The educational system in this country is broken, but we don’t have to just sit and take it.

But for right now, I am taking a breather. Celebrating with my family. And getting ready for our next phase where our daughter gives higher education a try.

Thank goodness there is a summer before that phase begins!

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Yarn Along – 5/17/16

May 18, 2016

Someday I will do a photoshoot with my finished projects, but for now… something new!

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Got some bargain yarn  – Patons Kroy Socks, Ragg Shades, Blue Brown Marl. Working on a pair for my husband. There are lots of pretty colors in this line. And it is a nice, sturdy yarn. Not super soft, but it does soften with washing.

Pattern is a basic, toe-up sock with a knit 4, purl 1 rib. Love knitting two socks in tandem!

I am really enjoying Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton. Lots of 80s references. I feel I am keeping up with the pop culture stuff in the story, so that feels pretty good! I recommend the audio version.

Prepping for my daughter’s high school graduation. Big doings the next two weekends! Hope I can still get in some knitting!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 5/4/16

May 4, 2016

Popping in for a drive-by Yarn Along post! It is the month of the high school graduation, so we are in major prep mode!

I have managed to add to my sock yarn blanket. Mostly, though, I have determined I need to buy a lot more sock yarn, knit socks, and then use the leftovers for this blanket. This is a strong strategy, one I can get behind for many years to come!

I downloaded book five in the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, The Brutal Telling. The last one, A Rule Against Murder was not my favorite, so I hope this one is better. It may have been the setting. It was not in Three Pines, the coziest village in all of Canada! High hopes for this one.

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 4/27/16

April 27, 2016

How’s your week going? Last week’s Spring Cleaning has carried over into this week. That’s OK. Better late than never!

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I made good progress on my Business Casual Socks. Both are past the waste yarn for the afterthought heel. Yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in color Goddess. 

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I also am trying to really make some headway on my first fancy fiber to spin, a merino/silk blend that is really lovely. This is my second bobbin that I just started.

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The first bobbin is waiting to be plied, sitting with my audio version of Ready Player One. Can’t wait to start on the book today! 

As I mentioned last week, it is read by Wil Wheaton, and is a story of a post-apocalyptic near future involving a real-life video game. Time to plug in my earphones and sit down at the wheel!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 4/20/16

April 20, 2016

Happy Spring Cleaning Week! At least it is spring cleaning at my house. Washing draperies, wiping down doors, etc., etc.

My little treat has been been knitting on my Business Casual Socks during my breaks. 

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Or at least it is a treat once I picked it up after it has been languishing and made sure I could still get the pattern repeat to come out right.

Once that was resolved it seems to be going quite quickly. I have been cabling with either a locking stitch marker or a toothpick. It can be fiddly, but by the time I had two repeats down it started moving pretty quickly.

Yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in color Goddess. There is enough lights and darks to make the pattern show up. I am really drawn to textured sock patterns lately. Blueberry Waffle Socks and Hermione’s Everyday Socks are definitely in the future. Maybe in a tweed of some sort… dreamy!

The sock yarn blanket is growing fast! Eating up all my yarn! I will have to knit more socks to get more leftovers. That’s logical, right?

I am waiting for the audio book for Ready Player One, my next book club read. It is read by Wil Wheaton, and is a story of a post-apocalyptic near future involving a real-life video game. Can’t wait!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 3/13/16

April 13, 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Sock Yarn Blanket Obsession!

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I just can’t stop adding square to it! I am just about finished with the fourth row. My scraps are dwindling, but I will keep moving forward!

This is a great mindless project for when you need something simple.

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I am loving The Gravity of Birds! The chronology of the story really keeps me engaged. I know the far past of the characters, as well as the present, but the story slowing reveals what was in between. Great writing!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 3/30/16

March 30, 2016

Oh 2016, you are flying by!

I am prepping for an early April craft show, so mostly I have been doing production knitting. But I just had to have something fun to work on when I sit down and take a break at the end of the day.

I have seen many versions of sock yarn blankets out there and had never been tempted, but darn it if it didn’t get under my skin after all!

I think the first person I heard about it from was Paula Emons-Fuessle on the Knitting Pipeline podcast. Here’s a link to her project. I thought it was cool, but I didn’t think I’d ever have enough leftovers to make a decent size blanket.

I have since been sucked in by projects by Dani of Little Bobbins Knits, Jennie of Tiny Paper Foxes and Molly of A Homespun House. I was powerless against the tide, I tell you!

Here’s my first row under construction. It is a little wonky, but my technique is improving over time.

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The blanket is made with mitred squares which are picked up and knitted onto the ones next to it, so there is no sewing together at the end. It only takes a small amount of yarn per block, so great for leftovers.

Last week I finally went down and pulled out my leftover yarn bin to see if I had enough to get a good start.

I did! Combining all my fingering weight from socks as well as other projects I have a nice selection. The colors are pretty mellow with a good deal of gray and black mixed in to keep it subtle. Some hits of purple and turquoise make it fun!

There is not much to look at yet, but I did finish one width, so I am adding on a second row.

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I have looked at a number of tutorials and ended up combining ideas from all of them to figure out how to do mine.

If you are interested in the madness, just search Ravelry for “Sock Yarn Blanket” or “Cozy Memories Blanket” or “Mitred Square Blanket.” No one pattern told me everything I needed to know. It’s an adventure!

I have just started reading The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman. Looking forward to sinking into this mysterious, art-centered story.

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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