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WIP Wednesday: September 30, 2015

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Sekret Knitting:

I finished up the sample and the pattern for the piece that's for the Interweave compilation.  It's off with testers right now, but I'm in good shape for my October 17th deadline for this, I think!Since that project is off the needles, I started work on a project using Wooly Wonka Fibers Aeslin DK that will be part of a loosely organized Steampunk collection.  I'm working this project up in the "Spice" colorway (which I think is a perfect fall color too).
And finally, I had a project accepted for one of Knitpicks collections for 2016, so I've started work on that this week.  Waiting on some other/more yarn from them to really get cranking on this, but I had 1 skein already of one of the colors I'm using so I worked up my charts and got that cast on. Personal Knitting:  Still nothing on the go for me right now, although I am seriously considering knitting myself a couple of cowls for the fall.  I'm not sure if I will do that or maybe…

Reading Challenge 2015

I'm still working on the Mary, Queen of Scots, biography, as well as The Quick - so not much to report this week.  Less time for reading and more time working on some deadline projects and other work-related things this week, but I'm halfway through (or a bit more) both of these so hoping to have at least one finished up over the course of the week!

I was intrigued by a review of Paul Theroux's new book, Deep South, and wondered if anyone had read that (or others by him) and enjoyed it?  Sing out in the comments if you've got an opinion on his writing!

WEEKS & TOPICS 1. a book with more than 500 pages: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. FINISHED. 2. a romance: Katherine by Anya Seton. FINISHED 3. a book that became a movie: The Hours by Michael Cunningham. FINISHED. 4. a book published this year: The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck.  FINISHED. 5. a book with a number in the title:  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. FINISHED. 6. a book written by someone unde…

WIP Wednesday: September 23, 2015

Sekret Knitting:

Onto the final stitch section of the project for the Interweave compilation.  Hoping to have this finished up this weekend so I can finalize the draft and get it sent off to a test knitter shortly.  I finished up the shawl for the November Yarn Club pattern - that's already been sent off to my TE and it's being test knit as we speak!My next project in the design queue is another sweater - I'm using a new Wooly Wonka Fibers DK weight yarn (the Aeslin DK - 100% superwash merino) for this one.  It's a fairly simple top-down raglan, but it'll have a bit of a twist and I'm using some gorgeous closures from Jul and basing the design shaping on these - I'm excited to get going on this one as it's been percolating for several months!Personal Knitting:  I'm not really working on anything personal right now. One of my projects for this month was to put together a list of projects to work between now and this time next year and I've already…

Reading Challenge 2015

This week, I started Antonia Fraser's biography of Mary, Queen of Scots.  Well-written and a fascinating glimpse into this historic figure's life - so far, I'm really enjoying it (although attempting to keep the warring Scottish factions straight in my head is a challenge - maybe almost as much as it was for Mary!).  I'm about halfway through this one and hope to have it finished up this week.

I'm also reading a really wonderfully fun book, The Quick. Multiple story lines set in Victorian England with a dose of vampires tossed in for good measure - a bit of Gothic horror in there as well. Also about halfway done this - but I'm only reading a bit at a time, so maybe another couple of weeks for this one.

I'll be in the home stretch with only 5 books left on my challenge list for 2015 once I'm done Mary, Queen of Scots!


WEEKS & TOPICS 1. a book with more than 500 pages: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. FINISHED. 2. a romance: Katherine by Anya Seton. F…

WIP Wednesday: September 16, 2015

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Back from the Salida Fiber Festival, where I had a lovely time as usual - lots of familiar faces to visit with and absolutely GORGEOUS fall weather!  Today, I'm getting back into the groove, catching up on emails and getting some wholesale orders dyed up.

Sekret Knitting:

Still working on my project for the Interweave compilation.  I'm about a third of the way through and after 1 more repeat, will be ready to start the next section.  That's my focus of knit-time this week.I am about 3/4s of the way through the small shawl I'm designing for the November Yarn Club. This one is paired with a gradiant and yowza! - I love how it's knitting up!  I will likely get this one done this week as it's a fast knit. Next up will be another sweater - I've got yarn wound and I'll likely get some preliminary numbers and charting done this week and get this one started. Personal Knitting:  I finally finished up the plain ribbed socks I've been working on.  Since I only …

WIP Wednesday: September 9, 2015

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I'm running behind on normal posting this week, but did want to pop in before I depart to vend at the Salida Fiber Festival this weekend.  (Please stop by my booth to say hello if you are in the area!).

Sekret Knitting:
I finished up my Chimayo Cardigan for Bare Naked Wools this week.  I LOVE this design - super versatile - I could see it with jeans but equally nice with a skirt.  The subtle grays in the Stone Soup fingering weight are absolutely lovely together.  The pattern will be released in a few weeks, to coincide with Rhinebeck but in the meantime....
Since the cardi is done, I'm prioritizing my project for the Interweave collection.  That's on the needles and I'm chugging along on it.And I cast on the project for the 4th and final piece for the Mythical Creatures club.  That will go out into the world in November.  Personal Knitting:  I'll be taking my gradiant/striping socks with me to knit on in my booth.  I generally only work on these during shows, since t…

WIP Wednesday: September 2, 2015

Sekret Knitting:

In the home stretch on my Bare Naked Wools cardigan project.  I'm down to just the buttonbands and finishing and this will be done!  I love all the wonderful soft grays and natural colors in this one - I think it's one of my favorite designs this year - I can't wait to share it with y'all!I'm working on the main lace pattern for the Interweave book shawl - I have one more repeat of this first pattern and then I can move on to the next section.  That'll be my fast-track pattern for the next couple of weeks since it's got an October deadline.Following that, up next in the queue is the final Mythical Creatures club pattern - which will be a single-skein fingering-weight shawl.  I'm working on charting for that currently in the hopes of getting it on the needles as my travel project when we drive to Salida.

Personal Knitting:  This one's easy - I'm actually not doing any personal knitting this week - just concentrating on the deadline…