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Spinning Friday: June 30, 2017

I finished up the FatCatKnits BFL/silk (75/25) roving I had on the wheel this past week, in preparation for kicking off the Tour De Fleece tomorrow!

I spun each of the individual colorways (which were 2.5 oz each) and then plied them together.  I love the effect this created - a sort of stained-glass look.

Roving: 75/25 Blue-faced Leicester/silk roving from FatCatKnits Mixed Blessings Club, Autumn 2011.
Weight: Fingering weight/sock weight.
Yardage/Ounces: 547 yards/4.8 oz.

No immediate plans for this, but it'll go in the handspun stash bin until I'm ready for it.

On to TdF!

Stitching Wednesday - June 28, 2017

At some point, I will finally be caught up on the bulk of my deadline knitting projects and can perhaps show y'all some of the knitting things, but until then..... I bring you Stitching Wednesday.

I've got a handful of projects on the go and I'm participating in the Ivory Needle Challenge, which is to work on 5 projects with some focus, dedicating 6 days each month to work on those.  So while I am doing that, I'm also spending a bit of time on some other projects that I'd like to get finished for various reasons.

First up, right now, my 6-day rotation (which will take me to the end of the month on June 30th) is working on Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.  I've finished blocks 1 and 2 of the 12-block pattern, and I'm working on block 3.  I'm making some tweaks to the originally charted design, and adding in some family information from my mum's side of the family - my grandmother's family, many of whom still live in Centre …

2017 Reading Challenge

I'm still working on The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead this week (week 8's theme: a book written by a person of color).  An interesting premise for this one.  The author writes as if the underground railroad was an actual railroad.  I'm not entirely sure if I am finding this an intriguing metaphor, or something weird enough it's bothering me.  Anyway.  About halfway through this one and hoping to finish it this week before it's due back at the library.

I'm also going to be starting a re-read of Pride and Prejudice  as my week #23 book - a book from the BBC's "The Big Read".  I've got this as an audiobook from the library as I enjoy listening to this sort of writing, so I've got that to enjoy over the next 2 weeks as well.

I joined a new group on Goodreads, A Stitcher's Book Club.  It's a lovely small group of like-minded crafters, and they have bimonthly reading challenges, as well as some other larger challenges.  Not e…

Playing Catchup

Seriously y'all.... my blog has been really sorely neglected this year except for book posts.  I'm going to try to remedy that the second half of the year, so I'm going to try to get back to my prior Mon/Wed/Fri posting schedule.

Today being Friday, how about a spinning-related post?

Tour de Fleece 2017 is almost upon us!  It starts July 1st this year and runs thru the 23rd.  I've participated in the Tour for the last 5 or so years, I think. It's one of the few things I look forward to in the summertime, since I am not a hot-weather person and we usually take vacations in the fall or winter months.  I'm hoping to get my wheel freed up this weekend so I'm ready to go for July 1st.

I have been slowly, ever so slowly working on spins from stash this year.  Right now, I've got a club fiber from Winter 2011 from FatCatKnits on the wheel.  It's a 75/25 BFL wool/silk blend.  There were 2 colorways (as Ginny normally did for her Mixed Blessings Clubs), wit…

2017 Reading Challenge: Week of June 19th, 2017

I finished The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg over the weekend.  I enjoyed this one about the life of the author, George Sand.  While I'm by no means an expert on Sand's life, it appeared that the author did a lot of research off primary source documents to develop her portrait of Sand and her contemporaries in the world of the French art circle - writers, actors, painters, musicians - and it felt like a "real" telling of Sand's life.  The last third of the book felt a little rushed to me.  I think I wanted more information on her relationship with Frederic Chopin.  Their relationship is mentioned in almost every historical reference I've seen on Sand, but it didn't seem to have that same weight in the book.   A nicely created world of early 19th century Paris as the backdrop for the story is a nice bonus. 
This week, I'm reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  This was a NY Times bestseller and an Oprah's reading list choice as well,…

2017 Reading Challenge - June 6, 2017

I did quite a bit of reading this weekend and finished up:

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel.   I read this for week #1's topic - a book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016.  This book covers the early years of the Chinese courtesan who would become the Empress Wu.  (There is a follow up book that follows her history after she is made empress, although I have not read that one so can't speak towards whether it furthers the tale or not.)  A good read - I liked that it really developed the subcharacters in the Emperor's court and the intrigues and political turmoil going on. I also was happy to find a historical fiction that wasn't European - there aren't as many of those, so it was a nice change to read something in that genre that was outside my usual knowledge base.  I'm always up for learning about different things.  I'd be curious to see if the characters held up into the sequel, as that doesn't always happen.  In fact, I may pick up the se…