Showing posts from September, 2017

Knitting Friday - September 29, 2017

October is almost here!  And I thought it might be time to get back into the swing of knitting/spinning blogging.  (Better late than never, right?)

I'm hosting a Socktober craftalong over in my Ravelry group.  Any pattern, any yarn is welcome as long as it's socks!  I'm going to be casting on a pair of Gravel socks using Wooly Wonka Beryl Sock on Sunday to kick off the event.  I'm using a skein of Under the Cherry Tree which is kind of a departure for me since I usually like plainer socks, but I love the colorway and thought these would be fun.

I've also been working on the Bailey Cardigan; pattern by Amy Christoffers.  I've gotten all of the knitting done and seamed up the body.  I need to knit and attach the pockets and finish the I-cord edging on the front edges and cuffs but I'm hoping to finish that up this weekend.

This was a stashbuster project as I'm trying to get my yarn and fiber stash down to more mangeable levels.  To that end, I reorganized…

Stitching Wednesday: September 27, 2017

Trying to get back in the blogging groove after our vacation mid-month.  I'm switching up a few things and changing my rotation for the next few months until the end of the year.  (If you are interested in more than you probably want to know, feel free to check out my YouTube channel - I uploaded a new plans/works in progress video this week over there.)

Essentially I'm going to move to a smaller group of projects to rotate through for the rest of 2017 so I can finish up a holiday gift.  I'm going to work on 2 other projects - my Chatelaine Desert Mandala and the Under the Sea SAL interspersed with the focus project - my Star Weaver storykeep from HAED.

I did get the September block finished for the Under the Sea SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft. The September block gets us to the bottom left-hand corner of this piece with an uber cute sea turtle.  I think this block might be my favorite so far.

Here's the whole sheebang so far.  Three more blocks to go!  I'm stitchin…

Reading Challenge: Sept 25, 2017

I haven't progressed further on A Death in Sweden for week #15 - a book written or set in Scandinavia - but this is in my plans to pick back up this week to listen to in the evenings in the hopes I can get it finished!

I'm about halfway through Lady MacBeth by Susan Fraser King for week #38 - a book inspired by a work of classic literature.  Off to an excellent start, but kind of bogged down mid-story right now.  I'm going to push on and try to finish this one this week as well.

In the meantime, I started and finished A Beautiful Poison while on holiday earlier this month.  I loved this one (for week 40 - a book published in 2017).  Set in the early 20th century, this book features 3 strong main characters, who are childhood friends and now set on 3 very different life paths.  It ties in World War I history, early NYC history (with a nod to the hospital where my grandfather did his residency and he and my Gram met), the radium girls, early CSI-type analysis and the Spanish …

Stitching Wednesday: 09/06/2017

I've been working mainly on 2 projects over the last week.  I finished up a 6-day rotation on my Star Weaver, and needed to move my frame, so I took the opportunity to grab a current picture of it completely off the bars.

I'm planning on working on this after I finish up my current rotation project, which is my Under the Sea SAL - September clue.  This month we've finally reached the bottom of the piece.  The motif is a super cute sea turtle but also includes some of the sandy bottom of the image.

This is my day 1 progress, and again, I'll be working on this for 6 days and plan to get this clue finished up completely.

For the first 6 days of September, I worked on my Desert Mandala Chatelaine.  I've done all the cross stitching in the center section.  I have a bit of backstitching to do for the coyote and hawk, but otherwise the center piece is done.  I plan to work on the remainder of the floral border in the hope I can get that finished up when this comes back up…

Reading Challenge: September 5, 2017

I finished Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adams for week #24 - a book with at least 2 authors. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in the time period (late 18th into the early 19th century) in terms of social history.  Some bits and bobs about the wars on the Continent and in Europe with an eye to how they influences certain aspects of society - unemployment, fashion, taxes - but not a military history focus particularly.

I grabbed The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe to read for week #5 - a historical fiction.  It is probably some indication of how much I loved this book that I finished it in 3 days.  All the things I like - early Colonial American history, with a contemporary tie-in, lots of history tidbits, a bit of the supernatural, good characters, great plot - I'm highly recommending this one for any of you who might have an interest in the genre.  Also some excellent information about the Salem witchcraft trials tucked into the fict…