Yarn Along

It’s Wednesday, so I’m linking up with Small Thing’s Yarn Along.

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This week I’m:

Knitting: this is my second attempt at the lovely Blom shawl by the always inspiring Mandarines. This time I’m trying both lace charts and life lines (which is running scrap yarn (in this case the white) through your work every few rows so that in case you make a mistake and have to rip out several rows, you have your knitting saved and ready for you at a point you know is error free.) The latter should make the former easier.

Reading: I think I want to make Papa’s Healing Cozy from Soulemama‘s Handmade Home. I’ve been slowly collecting her books as they show up at my local used book shop. I usually have a rice heating bag within reach, so this would be useful.

Listening: There’s a new episode of PomCast, yay! This is probably my favorite podcast, hosted by the lovely Sophie and Lydia, as a spin off from Pom Pom magazine. They always make yarn and knitting entertaining, and have fantastic guests. Plus, I have a bit too much fun saying pom pom with a British accent.

On the Kindle: The Immortal Circus by A.R.Kahler. I’m not far enough into it to really have an opinion, but I’m intrigued.

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An extra picture today to show my adorable photo bomber, Echo. Yep, I one of those photographers who take a hundred photos from different angles and positions and keep two.

Yarn Along

I’m loving Ginny’s Yarn Along

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Knitting: a Shaun the Sheep hat for Miss Mess. I’m almost done with the color work, but still need to watch some tutorials on how to do decreases with double knitting.

Reading: I’m brushing up on my fiber basics with Clara Park’s The Knitter’s Book of Wool, a much appreciated gift from my dad.

Listening: Woolful is back after a short break, and I’m thrilled.

On the kindle: more K.M. Shea, now I’m enjoying her take on King Arthur.

What are you doing?

Yarn Along

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Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along again.

Reading: I’m working on making Miss Mes some school clothes. She is starting two days a week preschool this year, and I’m bouncing between being terrified and thrilled. Sewing helps, and so I’m browsing through Wear Stitch Play and Weekend Sewing for ideas and patterns.

On the Kindle: I’ve fallen for K. M. Shea’s fairy tell rewrites, and her newest, Puss In Boots, is no different. Sweet and simple, but with fun twists, they are a quick but entertaining read. They are also in the Kindle Unlimited library, which is wonderful.

Knitting: I’m a little over halfway through with Miss Mess’s fall sweater, Bitty Birchbark and am loving both the pattern and the yarn. It will be very light weight as its knit loosely from a mostly cotton yarn, but will be great for the transitions of fall.

Listening: I’ve just found A Playful Days’s podcast and am working my way through the archives happily. With plenty of knitting and crafting chatter, making inspiration, and just life moments, they are hitting the spot of lightness I seem to be craving lately.

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny’s yarn along again today.

When the knitting gets tough, I tend to stitch with well read books that don’t really need a lot of thought, even when I’m not knitting, because the knitting tends to stick in my mind. Timeline is one such classic.

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Im working on a hat for Miss Mess, supposedly for Christmas, but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to wait that long. I’m pretty sure double knitting is magic, by the way. I was very dubious, but it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. I’m using Quince and Co’s Chickadee and love it, it’s soft and springy, but feels like it will be long wearing too.

Podcasts aren’t really apart of the yarn along, but they are mainly what I listen to while I knit or sew. I’m currently working through Jane Eyre with Craft Lit and really enjoying it.

Yarn Along

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I’m joining Ginny’s Yarnalong again, because knitting and books just make sense, and they make me happy. I’m rereading Harvesting Color now that things are blooming and I can play with dye. I’m learning so much. My parents gave me the book for Christmas, and I immediately read it cover to cover, but it was more as, oh this is interesting than something I could do myself. Now I’m harvesting every thing I can to see what color they make, and learning by doing as well as by studying.

I’m knitting away at Miss Mess’s bitty birchbark and now that I’ve gotten past the shoulder ribbing (which I think is such a cool detail) its even easier and become my walking knitting as I follow Miss Mess around outside. This is my second sweater by Alicia Plummer and I’m loving it just as much as my In Stillness. She creates patterns that are simple, wearable, but full of unexpected details that make them interesting.

And, as usual I have my notebook and a cup of tea close to hand.

What are you reading, or knitting, or both?

Simple Things

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Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
L.M. Montgomery

Both knitting and reading are some of my most treasured simple pleasures, and they combine to something even greater, keeping my hands and mind happily occupied. I’ve been reading along with Ginny’s Yarn Along for a while and now am happily joining.

I’m knitting along on my sourpatch dress, and the end is in sight.
I tend to do most of my for fun reading on my kindle because I don’t have to worry about having a free hand to hold the book or turn the pages, plus I can easily tuck it into my knitting bag and take it along. Right now I’m working my way through Robin Hobbs books, and I’m loving them.