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Yarn Along – 7/20/16

July 20, 2016

 

 

Quick pop-in update.

Child: Turned 18 and is registered for her first semester of college. (Yikes!)

Knitting: Finishing the body on the Weekend Retreat Cardi pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. Simple, top-down raglan. Adjusted for gauge. Yarn: Cascade Avalon, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, in color 35. Impressed with this yarn!

Reading: Listening to A Secret History by Donna Tartt. Love it! Such an amazing book! It’s a mystery/thriller where you know who done it from the beginning. Incredible writing; complex characters. Warning – it is not a light read. Rather deliciously dark.

Hope your summer includes some R & R. I am grabbing it when I can get it!

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 6/29/16

June 29, 2016

So far summer heat has not deterred me from spinning. Thank goodness I am spoiled with air conditioning.

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As I begin to swatch for my Void shawl, with my merino/silk spin, I plan to start a new project on the wheel. This time I have some Corriedale/Finn batts custom blended by Joanna of Knit Spin Farm. She has a super cool farm in Indiana, so I am happy to support another midwestern Etsy shop.

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The batts are a lovely blue with bits of rusty red. I hope to spin it up to preserve some of the color differences. I say that as if I know what I am talking about. Oh, and I need to get a sock weight, since the fiber is especially well suited for sock knitting. Should be fun!

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I am about the start a new book – Mr. Mac and Me. It sounds like an interesting story – a fictionalized account of a young boy and his relationship with the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It has good reviews, so we shall see!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along. Congratulations to Ginny and family on the arrival of baby Mae!

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Yarn Along 6/22/16

June 22, 2016

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Happy, happy, happy times in the spinning department! I am thrilled with my spin of a merino/silk blend from Fiber Optic Yarns. It is measuring at a worsted weight, so it looks like I will be giving the Void shawl by Melanie Berg a try. It is a lovely textured long crescent.

I think we need a close up, don’t you think?

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So pretty and heathery! Sigh…

As for reading, I am working on Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, #6, Bury Your Dead, and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series #24, Small Vices. Summer series reading at its best!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

Yarn Along 6/8/16

June 8, 2016

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Summer is finally kicking in. I got back to a little crafting this week. I finished filling up three bobbins of a merino/silk blend from Fiber Optic Yarns. Lovely stuff! I am ready to test a three-ply before committing to plying all the singles I have done.

Kind of excited to see what kind of yarn I get! I have a shawl pattern picked out, so I am shooting for a worsted weight. Fingers crossed!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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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