Just passing through

This week I took on an extra freelance pro-bono project so I doubt I’ll have time to post – and possibly the same for next week. So I’m just passing through to share this picture of a lizard that matches some knitting. (Photo from u/pokemonpurl on reddit…)

No lizards here, no sirree, just us sweaters.
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Waiting for Asparagus

If you haven’t yet read Barbara Kingsolver’s foray into nonfiction, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life then unfortunately, you’re missing an intellectually delicious soul-quenching treat. Because Kingsolver’s day job is as a novelist, this is more than your average nonfiction ode to food. Her prose rises to the level of the highest quality literary fiction. Continue reading “Waiting for Asparagus”

Planning

Spring has sprung here in Iowa in many ways. I’m starting to think about our garden (and Doc planted some radishes and onions already), our bikes have made their way out of storage for the inevitable and somewhat painful first ride of the season, and I’m starting to think about casting on new knitting projects.

My eyes continue to be bigger than my stomach in this department. I wasn’t able to complete a pair of socks in April despite being practically monogamous with the project. Nevertheless, the urge to start something new is great.

Several patterns have my eye, and many of them seem to be shawls. I’m considering Canopy because I have had some Road to China Light languishing in my stash for far too long.

canopy shawl knitting pattern

Continue reading “Planning”

Books for Knitters

Over the years I’ve come into contact with a LOT of books about knitting. Often the plots are pretty similar (and I’m sure you can find this plot within many other “hobby” subgenres – quilting, weaving, heck I’ve even seen titles related to crossword puzzles…)

It starts with a woman, usually middle-aged or better, who’s had a major life change. (Husband dying suddenly seems to be the most common…) Usually the husband has left the woman financially insolvent in some way and she has to open a yarn shop somewhere to stay afloat, and of course, in doing so, finds a part of herself she never knew (and usually a new, handsome man, to boot).

Now, just because there are cliches, doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy curling up and having a little entertainment in my reading. And titles several stray from the path of this basic plot. Plus, there are many nonfiction options that go in a completely different direction. Here are a few options – starting with those nonfiction choices. Continue reading “Books for Knitters”

Things My Mother Didn’t Tell Me But Should Have

I don’t think I’ll have time for a real post this week – with the husband out of town most of my time is taken up with work and child-caring-for. It’s fine because I really don’t have much craft activity to report. I’ll just leave this poem here, from the amazing Warsan Shire (go look up the rest of her work, it’s worth it.) I spend a lot of time thinking about how I’ll raise my daughter and how I want her to have self confidence and self worthiness and self esteem.

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Time flies…

Hello! I’ve been sick this week and dealing with sinus crud, but the good news is the weather in Iowa has turned and it’s officially springtime. It’s been just lovely out and we’ve been enjoying getting outside more and even enlisted little Doctor’s help for yard work over the weekend.

Doctor in a sweatshirt and boots
Doctor’s yard work outfit

Last Friday I ended up having a late work shift, meaning Doc went to school in the morning and I had some free time. Of course I was having a blast, pulling out my knitting and getting to sit and plan some upcoming projects.

But of course, about an hour later I was dealing with this:

And yes, I’ve contacted the company and I’m getting a refund. And yes, I have other size 2.25mm (US 1) needles. But I lost my groove on the mittens. It’s temporary, we don’t need to be concerned, but I decided to put them down for a bit. I’ll pick them up and finish them soon.

But I still had all this free time – luckily I have no shortage of crafty projects that call for my attention. So I finished up this mini quilt top that I cut out forever ago:

This is the Moda love quilt pattern (FREE!). I love this pattern because it’s written for layer cakes, or sized down for charms and even mini-charms! I did the mini-charm sized one, but instead of using mini charms I cut up scrap fabric and a couple of fat quarters.

I started this because I had just finished two huge (for me) quilt tops and I really needed a smaller, quicker project. I’m also thinking of quilting it free motion on my machine, which I’ve never tried before. (I’ll definitely practice on some scrap fabric first!)

I have one other finished object this week and it was a quick knit baby hat made with leftover Berroco Vintage from my stash. This is the Basic Baby Hat pattern by Heather Tucker. This is a gift for Doctor’s teacher who’s expecting in July. I used magic loop on this (I’m hooked!) but also because I couldn’t find the right dpns to do it otherwise.

red baby hat, knitted

So one more thing, I’ve cast on a new set of socks! I just got two skeins of White Birch Fiber Arts a couple of weeks ago, and I very nearly cast on the Sunny Day colorway but at the last minute I saw Jasmin from Knitmore Girls had cast on a baby sweater in this color. I need to see what that looks like before I decide what I’m making with mine, now.

So because it matches the weather outside perfectly, I cast on my other White Birch Fiber Arts skein, Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow.

These are toe up, two at a time, vanilla socks. It took a ton of fiddly work to get them matching, but I’m hoping against hope that I’m ready to just go on these. I really needed a purse project that I can mindlessly work on. Finally!