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Yarn Along – 4/1/15

April 1, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

Chugging along on the Aise shawl. (Yarn is Knit Picks Shadow laceweight in color Midnight Heather.)

Going much faster on straight needles! (It’s hard to photograph a dark shawl along with a bright book cover.)

I am browsing through this book: Healing ADD by Dr. Daniel G. Amen. It includes LOTS of brain science and brain scan photos. I understood that ADD differs from person to person, but Dr. Amen has pinpointed symptoms down to six specific types.

I really like that he includes diet and lifestyle changes as a part of his treatment plans. I haven’t gotten into the brain exercises yet that he recommends, but I hope we will be able to apply some of those and see what kind of results we get. As we head toward high school graduation we are looking to zero in on some new helpful strategies to ensure a positive start next fall.

Are you knitting anything totally sweet?

Joining Ginny and her Yarn Along.

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Hat for the Sedate of Style

March 31, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

What’s the best way to hurry the arrival of spring? Knit a heavy aran weight beanie, of course! That guarantees the recipient will get no chance to wear said hat until fall.

Neil’s hats were looking a bit worn, so I dove into my left-over yarn bin, determined to come out with something suitable to make a new one.

What I found was a bit of black Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky along with some partial skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL. The colors were great together. If you are a guy who wears mostly black… and gray.

I went with the Regular Guy Beanie, a free pattern by Chuck Wright.

I worked out some nice striping to make the yarn quantities work out. Details are on my Ravelry project page if you are interested.

I ended up holding two strands of the Silky Wool together to get a gauge similar to the Lamb’s Pride Bulky. It felt a bit bullet-proof during knitting, but I knew a washing would soften the yarn.

It was nice to whip up a quick project in a short amount of time for a change. Hats are good like that. Now… back to the lace weight shawl. I am 30% done with it. Slooooowly making progress.

{this moment} – 3/27/15

March 27, 2015

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

Yarn Along – 3/25/15

March 25, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

The yarn is depleting and the sock is growing! I had a good bit of time for car knitting last week and I took advantage. I am past the waste yarn for the afterthought heel and I’m going to knit until I run out of yarn. I love a good knee sock. The colors are pretty, but I have to resist the urge to pull it all out and alternate skeins of yarn to avoid the pooling. I am not a huge fan of pooling, and this yarn, over 56 stitches for a sock does pool. Life will go on. But I do wonder how the heel will turn out. Could be interesting!

The yarn is Knitpicks Hawthorn Fingering weight in color Vancouver. The pattern is just a basic, toe up, afterthought heel sock in a three/one rib.

My book this week is the audiobook for P.G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue.
I love all things British, so when this was the March selection for my book club I knew it would be enjoyable. Few authors can cram so many words and so much humor into a single sentence as Wodehouse. It’s jolly good fun!

Joining Ginny today in her Yarn Along. It’s a great place to find new things to knit and to read!

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Thrift City

March 24, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

A week of traveling brings me to a week of recovery. Emptying suitcases. Washing clothes. Dusting a house that gets dirty by itself when no one is there.

I am not one to roar back into action, so I’m taking it S L O W.

So as I ramp back up, here are a few more finds from a recent thirfty adventure.

First, mugs and storage.

I swear these are the last mugs I will ever buy. (I reserve the right, however, to pick up any cups and saucers in the Blue Willow pattern. Ah hem.)

These bins are endlessly useful. I just grab any I find cheap and pop them in drawers to keep things tidy.

Mmmmm. Mugs. Irish coffee anyone? I was so excited to photograph them I didn’t dry them properly after washing.

Lastly, I picked up a heavy cast aluminium divided tray to use as a base for a baby shower gift. Who needs a basket. Pshaw!

A short but satisfying shopping trip!

PS – If I had a thrift store I would call it Thrift City.

The End.

{this moment} 3/13/15

March 13, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

Yarn Along – 3/11/15

March 11, 2015

Laura’s Blog Entry

Still no new reading to report. I need to get on that. Been a bit busy the last few weeks.

I am happy to report that I did finish my fingering weight sweater. And just cast on socks in my new yarn in celebration. Just have a toe so far, but can tell I will love the Yarn Buddy. No rolling ball of yarn flying across the room as I vigorously unwind it. Sometimes I get a bit enthusiastic as I build up a little speed!

I am imagining the cat thinks the Buddy is his new buddy. They do match in color after all!

These will be basic, vanilla socks with an afterthought heel. I have a feeling this yarn is going to be potato chip knitting – just one more row… just one more row… The colors are super fun!

Joining Ginny. Have you seen her darling goats? Be still my heart!

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