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Yarn Along – 2/8/17

February 8, 2017

Is it Wednesday again already? I can barely keep up!

I started a new pair of socks this week out of some handspun.

Yarn Along - 2/8/17

I found the fiber through someone I follow on Instagram. Her Etsy shop is Treadle Handspun Yarns. She sells bags of multi-colored fiber mini-nests she calls Tiddly Bits. I fell in love with the idea of creating my own color progression, one lovely shade after another.

I spun for a fingering weight for socks, Navaho plying to keep the color repeats clean and distinct. Really happy with how it turned out!

I am using the stitch pattern from the Vanilla Latte Socks, but knitting toe-up as usual. I had to reduce my stitch count because the yarn weight was on the heavy side as a 3-ply. So fun to see each new color appear!

I am in-between books at the moment, but I will fill you in next week as I start something new!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

Yarn Along – 2/1/17

February 1, 2017

I may not have finished my socks, but I wrapped up two books and an audio book this week!

First up, I finished The Red Notebook, by Antoine Laurain. Charming, short little read. Lovely story. Great pace. Highly recommend.

Secondly, the ebook version expired from the library before I could finish The Beautiful Mystery. It is book eight in the Inspector Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny. 

I do enjoy this series, but I find the books that take place outside of Three Pines are not my favorite. This one takes place in a remote monastery. The idea of the story is interesting – murder in a closed community of monks – but I had trouble getting into it. The pace was slow. I finally got a print copy from the library so I could finish it and the ending was a bit of a shocker! Interesting turn to the overarching story, but man, it made me sad. But I do want to find out what happens next, so I guess Louise Penny knows what she is doing!

Thirdly, yes there is a thirdly, I finished the audio version of Among the Mad, by Jacqueline Winspear. This is number six in the Maisie Dobbs series. I like a series! The audio versions of these books are very well done. This story was good, but I did realize that I have an aversion in a mystery when part of the story is told from the viewpoint of the killer. I don’t like that at all! This has a bit of that, but not enough to put me off it entirely.

I feel so accomplished! Three books! Weird how it worked out they all finished at the same time! I have a feeling it has something to do with the chaotic political climate. Books are a welcome break… then it is back to staying informed and planning useful action.

Yarn Along - 2/1/17

Socks are handspun and the pattern is Socks on a Plane, but with an afterthought heel. Two heels and I’m done with these puppies! 

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 1/25/17

January 25, 2017

 

Yarn Along - 1/25/17

Finished! Once in awhile it is nice to have a fast project!

These are the Lambing Mitts knit in Malabrigo Silky Merino in color 27 Bobby Blue. Perhaps I will convince myself to model them with my Rikki hat soon for a photo of the complete set.

Fun pattern, and these are super warm with the double stranded yarn. Hope they wear OK and don’t pill too badly!

Still listening to the Maisie Dobbs audio book from last week, but I started a new book from my book club reading list. It is The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. It is a short, charming read that I am really enjoying! It’s the story of a bookseller who finds a woman’s handbag on the street in Paris. He is intrigued by a personal notebook inside that contains random notes and thoughts and is compelled to try and find her, despite the lack of identification in the bag. Delightful!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 1/18/17

January 18, 2017

Yarn Along - 1/18/17

Started a new project for the new year. I am making a pair of Lambing Mitts in Malabrigo Silky Merino in color 27 Bobby Blue. They match a Rikki Hat I knit last fall and should be a fun set to wear together!

I also started a new audio book in the Maisie Dobbs series, Among the Mad. These are great books to listen to while quilting at the sewing machine.

The mitts are knitting up fast. I am holding the yarn double to get a nice, thick fabric. I had forgotten how quick mittens can be!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 12/14/16

December 14, 2016

Yarn Along - 12/14/16

Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season. We are finally getting some snow as I am writing this. I like a light dusting for atmosphere!

Before I get to the knitting, there is one more day to enter the giveaway I am running for one of my Eiffel Tower project bags. Leave a comment on THIS POST for your chance to win. Winner announced Thursday, December 15! Open to all countries.

I am In the middle of a pair of handspun socks for my husband. The goal is to have then done and blocked and in his Christmas stocking. We shall see if I make it!

The yarn is a delicious Black Coffee colorway from Fiber Optic Yarns. Rich black, browns and grays. The pattern is my own toe-up recipe with the waffle pattern from the Blueberry Waffle Socks. The texture is pretty dreamy!

I am slowing working through a new book that I got as a prize for the summer reading program at the Cincinnati Public Library. You’ve got to love competitive reading for adults! (Well, competitive with yourself.)

I chose Abounding Grace, edited by M. Scott Peck. It is a collection of quotes on wisdom. Wisdom is a topic that keeps coming up for me. It may be my “One Little Word” for 2017! Anyway, I am enjoying this book a lot. It is great for a little daily meditation time.

Back to my knitting. Gotta get those socks done! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway today!

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New Denim Throw in the Shop

December 12, 2016

I have been working away to add some new, fresh items to my shop, but this is a new old favorite.

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

I love making these quilts from upcycled denim jeans. It requires sourcing enough shades of denim to make the quilt interesting. And I get to choose a fun backing each time. My favorites have been the black and white patterns, and I scored on a stunning botanical for the back of  this throw-size one.

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

I also went with a new micro-geometric for the binding that is so perfect. It is going to be hard to let this one go. I might have to make another for myself if I can still source the backing fabric.

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

Here’s a link to the listing in my Etsy shop. These quilts are so comfy! They seem nice and light in the summer but super cozy in the winter. I think it is the combo of the cotton batting with the weight of the denim. Hope it finds the perfect home!

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

PS – Don’t forget – only three days left to enter my giveaway for a zipper pouch!

 

Zipper Pouch Giveaway

December 7, 2016

Contest has ended. Random number generator chose Melissa Jayne from New Zealand! Congrats and I will be in touch about your shipping info!

Eiffel Tower Zipper Pouches

Feeling pretty festive around here and I thought in the spirit of the season I would have a little December giveaway.

Medium Zipper Pouch

I will give away one of my medium size Eiffel Tower Zipper Pouches to a blog commenter next week! Just leave a comment below and tell about one of your favorite holiday traditions – Christmas, Hanukkah, or any winter holiday you enjoy celebrating.

DETAILS:
Make sure you share your email in the email box as you comment (it will not be public) so I can contact you if you are the winner.

One entry per person, please. Contest ends Wednesday, December 14. I will draw a name next Thursday, December 15. Open to all countries! How fun is that?!

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