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Yarn Along 8/5/15

August 5, 2015

We are back from a restful summer vacation up to Lake Erie. And boy did I get some knitting done! I was struggling for brain-space to focus on this pattern before we left. It was not going well. But one day in a peaceful cottage and I was back on track!

It has grown! I am getting a handle on the pattern and my speed is increasing. Just look at that texture!

The pattern is The Cathedral Shawl, by Marjorie Dussaud. The yarn is Knitpicks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in color Goddess.

I started a new book last night. It’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon. It’s a novel written in the voice of a 15-year-old boy with autism who decides he should investigate the death of a neighbor’s pet. So far I like it a lot! the character of Christopher is immediately engaging, and the author is amazing at explaining the workings of boy’s mind and his reliance on logic to navigate the world. I like the pace and the writing style. Very enjoyable so far.

Oh and we brought back the old vacation tradition of Neil giving us all temporary tattoos.

I am so fickle; I know I’d get tired of a real one and want to change it. This way I can have something different each time. Should last 2-3 weeks. Plus this is needle-free and pain-free! Always a bonus!

Hope you are getting in some restorative rest this summer!

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – 7/22/15

July 22, 2015

A new project! I am working on a new Christmas knit. This is the Cathedral Shawl, by Marjorie Dussaud. I searched for a fingering weight shawl with an open eyelet pattern on Ravelry. This one stood out.

The pattern is a challenge. It’s taken lots of Youtube videos as well as a search of the Ravelry forums to understand the technique. People have rated this moderate in difficulty, but I would rate this one as more of an advanced pattern. That’s OK; I like a challenge. As you can see, I am using two stitch counters. I am a bit paranoid of losing my place!

The yarn is Knitpicks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in color Goddess. It is the most amazing purple! So fun to work with.

I am still listening to the Americanah audio book. I have barely had any time for it so nothing new to report. Hope to get some time to focus on it this week. Days are whipping by at an alarming rate! Trying to keep up!

Joining Ginny in the Yarn Along.

Yarn Along – 7/15/15

July 15, 2015

Hello Yarn-Along-ers and other readers! I am always inspired by all the participants to make some progress on my projects.

This week I am coming down to the end of a travel knitting project that I started on our trip to Boston. Knitting keeps me sane in airports and on planes. I don’t always want to read a book and time flies with a simple project to focus on.

I am knitting on the border of the Yowsa Weigh-It Shawl, designed by Susan B. Anderson. It was designed for the yarn Yowsa, but I changed it up for a lighter weight fingering yarn with amazing colors – Knitpicks Hawthorne in color Vancouver.

Pattern notes can be found on my Ravelry project page. 

I am currently listening to Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Goodreads summary describes it pretty well:

“…A story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.”

I am enjoying learning about a different culture. So far it is an engaging story. I am on disk four of fifteen, so I’ll let you know how I feel when I am done.

Kind of excited to finish this knit and cast on its “sister” summer pattern that I have lined up next. Christmas knitting in July feels very relaxed and enjoyable!

Joining Ginny and friends.

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July 14, 2015

I don’t know if anyone else can relate to this, but do you ever feel you have to prove what you have accomplished while you were not blogging? And when it is mostly cooking meals, doing laundry, driving a kid around and crunching numbers, why does it feel like that doesn’t count? Only the fun, interesting, creative stuff is blog-worthy.

Where do we come up with these self-imposed rules?

These are the big questions of the day. :-)


In support of my totally inappropriate and unhealthy belief system, I will show you something I have been doing that IS fun…

Project Life! If you are unfamiliar, it is a scrapbooking format using pocket pages and fun journaling cards and embellishments. I am scrapping Mari’s senior year. I have begun nagging her to take photos at every event she attends! That’s not going to get old any time soon!

For balance, here’s a big project accomplished in the front yard. Time for a clean slate.

Hope your summer is a better balance of healthy expectations and a complete disregard of how other are judging you!

Yarn Along – 6/8/15

July 8, 2015

This was my travel knitting last week on a trip to Boston for a science conference with my daughter. It’s Susan B. Anderson’s Yowsa Weigh It Shawl – Version 4. It is meant to be knit in a worsted weight yarn by Miss Babbs called Yowsa. I have substituted a fingering weight yarn. It’s one of my new favorites: Knitpicks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in color Vancouver.

I love the way the colors are falling. I am alternating between two balls of yarn to get a more even distribution of color. I am picky that way.

I took a couple fun reads for the trip. I decided to start over on the Spencer mystery series by Robert B. Parker. Quick 250 page books. Interesting characters. And I love being reminded how all the reoccurring characters met. Already finished the first two.

The first book is called The Godwulf Manuscript. It was written in 1973 and the clothing descriptions are pretty hilarious. The dialog holds up, though. Spencer is a great character. I’ll get back to some more literary reads soon, but I have a feeling I’ll be reading one or two of these a week during the summer. Just what I need right now!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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Finally Summer

July 6, 2015

It’s been a busy time since school let out the end of May. My kid is having the Busiest! Summer! Ever! In a good way. She’s got a solid summer job, participated in a school friend’s movie project, took the ACT, and we all traveled with her to a science conference in Boston. Awesome!

(Obligatory airport shot.)

Now that the trip is done we can get into a summer groove.

With the break in schoolwork Mari has also found some time to renew her interest in archery. Also, we got her a real target for her birthday, so it’s a bit more satisfying than aiming at a cardboard box!

Hope you are enjoying some summer activities. I am appreciating the lower-than-normal temperatures while they last.

Yarn Along – 6/24/15

June 24, 2015

I have been obsessively reading The Secret History, by Donna Tartt. It was recommended by Jordanna of The House of Muses blog. (Thanks, Jordanna!) It is a psychological thriller, set in a 1990’s elite New England college. I can’t even summarize the plot or it would ruin the experience. I thought it might be too dark for a summer read, but the writing is fantastic and really sucked me in. It took a good 100 pages before I was really hooked, but since then I am reading as much as I can to see where this is going. I might even consider reading The Goldfinch, (Tartt’s more recent book) based on the writing quality alone.

Knitting has been bumped from the schedule lately… due to all the reading! But I have two gift knits planned, (one by Susan B. Anderson, as seen in the photo above) so as soon as I get stocked up with the yarn I’ll be racing away on those.

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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