Showing posts from June, 2016

WIP Wednesday: June 29, 2016

This week's podcast is now live:

Lots of details in the podcast, including a new pattern release (the shawl you see behind me).

For the quick version, here you go!

Talisman Shawl: Pattern by Helen Stewart. Yarn is Wooly Wonka Fibers Gaia Sock in the “Bluebells” colorway. 
Beitha Shawl pattern release. Yarn is Wooly Wonka Fibers Nimue Sock in “White Birch” and “Black Forest”. 
Handspun Cabin Socks. Original fiber from FatCatKnits in the “Denim” colorway. WIPs: 
White Sands self-striping socks.
Design for Austin Yarn Crawl/The Happy Ewe

2016 Reading Challenge: Week 27

I've been on a reading kick this week.   I finished Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind.  A good read - sort of epic fantasy themed - but here's my beef with it.  I hate books that can't stand alone.  This book doesn't feel finished to me.  About 2/3rds of the way thru, it's like the author (or his editor) decided this should be a series.  I like series (see below), but I don't want to be forced into reading a second book to have a complete story line finished.  Grrr - a pet peeve of mine, and this one hit that button.  That said... an entertaining, engaging story with a likeable hero and lots of magic going on.

Next, I moved onto week #23: The next book in a series.  I really enjoyed Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling's) first book in this series featuring detective Coromoran Strike, so I grabbed the next one in the series: The Silkworm.  A good writer is a good writer.  Definitely not children or YA-oriented, these are gritty, engaging detective nov…

WIP Wednesday: June 22, 2016

All the details about my WIPs can be found in this week's podcast episode:

For the short version:
Caramel Latte Socks: Pattern by CC Almon. Yarn is MCN Fingering from 2IBH in the “Fauve” colorway.
Shetland Shoreline:  Pattern by me.  Part of the Knitpicks Joyful Lace collection. WIPs:
Heathered cardigan
Talisman Shawl
Handspun Cabin Socks
Design for Austin Yarn Crawl/The Happy Ewe

2016 Reading Challenge: Week 26

I finished Circling the Sun by Paula McLain .  I enjoyed the book - it was fun to see the character of "Felicity", who in real life was Beryl Markham, from her point of view with Karen Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton (a la Out of Africa), as supporting characters.   It's not a particularly heavy fictionalized biography - an easy read.  But...

I was interested enough in Beryl Markham that when the notes mentioned she had written an autobiographical work, West with the Night, I decided to grab a copy of that to cover week #9: A book mentioned in another book, and I'm really glad a did.  She was a fascinating woman - far ahead of her time (early 20th century for most of it).  She was the first woman to achieve her trainer's license (for horse training), and she was the first woman to achieve her pilot's license in Africa.  An amazingly tough and courageous person with lots of setbacks in her life, but she embraced every new thing with the same kind of energy and s…

WIP Wednesday: June 15, 2016

The newest episode of the podcast is live with all kinds of details about what I'm working on:

Otherwise, here's what I'm working on:

Fall 2016 Sweater Design 
Whirlwind Romance Shawl: Pattern by Nim Teasdale. Yarn is Sock! Merino (now discontinued) from Lisa Souza Yarns in the “Deepest Purple” colorway. 
Valentine self-striping socks (no pattern). WIPs:
Caramel Latte Socks
Heathered cardigan
Talisman Shawl
Design for Austin Yarn Crawl/The Happy Ewe

2016 Reading Challenge: Week 25

This week, I finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah , which I "read" as an audiobook for week 3: A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015.  This is a brilliant book - very well-written, riveting story, well-developed characters.  Set in occupied France during WWII, it's the story of a Resistance fighter - but it's also a story about families and siblings and love. This one is going up into the "so glad I read it" lists along with last year's All the Light We Cannot See (and reminded me of that book in some ways - not just because it was set in Europe during the War.)  I don't think I would give it a blanket recommendation to everyone - if you are someone easily upset or who doesn't handle graphic descriptions of war atrocities, then I would not put this on your to-read list.  None of it, I felt, was gratuitous, but it certainly isn't a book that shies away from the brutality that occurred during the War, and there are moments in it t…

WIP Wednesday: June 8, 2016

The newest episode (#17) of the podcast is now live:

Here's the Cliff Notes version as well of what I'm working on:

Sekret Knitting

The Fall 2016 design collection shawl is done!I have 1 sleeve left to knit on the Fall 2016 design collection sweater - that's my priority knit this week. Personal Knitting I put sock #2 of the self-striping Valentine's Day sock pair on the needles.I'm chugging along on my Whirlwind Romance shawl a bit every day.I still have the Heathered cardigan on the needles - will pick this back up once the last fall design piece is done.I'm also working on a pair of Caramel Latte socks from the Coffee with CC collection.  Sock #1 is done - and I'm working on sock #2 (about halfway up the foot).

2016 Reading Challenge: Weeks 23 and 24

I did a fair amount of reading this week.  I finished up a short story, The Clockmaster by Betsy Tobin,  which was wonderfully written.  Not very long, but a wonderful magical story inside the brief text. Well recommended.

I also finished week 16's topic: A book from the top 100 mystery novels, The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman.  A good read, not great, but entertaining, and very fun that it was set here in the Southwest.  It was fun to read about things local to ABQ and know what the author was talking about.

I also picked up The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje for week 37 - a book you've seen the movie of but haven't read.  Now... I loved the movie.  I thought Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in everything I've seen him in.  The book was... even better?  Even more?  Totally knocked my socks off.  It is beautifully written - the language so perfectly chosen to forward the story.  And there's a lot more story here than "just" The English Patient.  Hana, t…

WIP Wednesday: June 1, 2016

Episode 16 of the podcast is live!  

You can pop over to the Ravelry group's show notes to see what I've finished up!  Today's podcast was kind of shortened - I'll have more info on WIPs when I record again on Monday the 6th!