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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: The second of my Bon Echo socks, which are nearly done! I’m about halfway through the gusset decreases and then I’ve just got the foot and the toe to go. The yarn is Knit Picks Essentials (which is discontinued, but I got it from a local Raveler’s destash). I should use up almost all of the brown but I will have lots of the green leftover to add stripes to another pair. I’m not using a pattern for these, but I have made very rough notes on my project page.
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Reading :: I just started The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur, which is a summer mystery type novel. I love the atmosphere so far, although I’m finding the juvenile voice of the narrator a bit distracting. Fortunately I think the story is told by several narrators, so that should improve.

Watching :: I’ve been rewatching some of the old episodes of Midsomer Murders, which is on Netflix. If you haven’t seen this show, I’d especially recommend the early seasons – it’s a crime drama set in small English villages. Each episode is a bit longer than one and a half hours, so they’re really mini-movies with lots of time for good plot and character development.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: The very beginnings of a new shawl design, in a new yarn base I’m testing out for Agrestal. This yarn is so squishy and warm – it’s a softspun single ply sportweight and I’m already dreaming of so many projects for it. These colours were dyed using various combinations of marigold, chestnut, cream of tartar, and iron.
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Reading :: I just picked up another Agatha Christie from the library, though I haven’t had the chance to start it yet. This one should be fun – it’s a collection of short stories from the Miss Marple series.

Watching :: The Bridge on Netflix. It’s a Swedish / Danish crime drama and it’s so well done – the atmosphere created by the filming style and the acting is just superb. The plot is really captivating too. This is in Swedish with subtitles.

Listening :: To a bunch of podcasts, as usual. Invisibilia is back, and it’s wonderful and thought provoking as always. I also started listening to More Perfect, which is about cases from the US Supreme Court. I know next to nothing about American law, but this has been absolutely fascinating. It’s done by the same folks who do WNYC’s Radiolab, so production and research quality is excellent.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along this morning.

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Lately, camping edition

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I was camping at Bon Echo this weekend (more pictures to come), and while I was there, I was…

Knitting :: A pair of plain striped socks using Knit Picks Essentials, purchased from a local Raveler during a destash last year. No pattern, just top down with a heel flap, 72 stitches around on US 0 needles. These are my first socks on 0s, as per Nika‘s suggestion, and I really like how the fabric is turning out – it’s not too stiff, but I think the density will add some durability.
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Reading :: I finished all of A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, which I really enjoyed. It was a perfect beach and camping read, very summery, but it actually had content and a pretty engaging plot, which I sometimes find “beach reads” are lacking. I loved the historical setting as well, and the seaside sounded just dreamy.

What have you all been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along (congrats, Ginny, on your baby girl – she’s beautiful!).

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Knitting :: My sunrise cardi, which I’ve almost finished! I just have one of the sleeve edgings and the collar left. The pattern is from Swoon Maine, which is such a beautiful book, and the yarn is Knit Picks palette.
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Reading :: An Agatha Christie, always a perfect summer mystery – Peril at End House. I’ve also just started A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, because I needed a hardcover book to read on transit on my way to work… rush hour is just too crazy for paperbacks.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A shawl in Agrestal’s new laceweight base, a simple pi body with some planned lace edging. This yarn is 100% alpaca and so smooshy and I am enjoying every minute of knitting with it. I’m hoping to publish the pattern once I finish writing it up!

Reading :: Not a lot, unfortunately, but a few reference books here and there when I have a moment. I’m particularly enjoying Hidden Natural Histories : Herbs, which has a little section on each herb and its historic and contemporary uses. It’s a really beautifully laid out book too – lots of botanical drawings.

Just a quick post from me today as I’m writing in the morning before heading to work. What have you been up to this week? What are you knitting right now?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My sunrise cardi, which I think will be perfect for the warm weather that has arrived here! The pattern is lovely and from the book H got me for Christmas this year. The yarn I’m using is Knit Picks Palette in the colour finnley heather – the colour is nice and I think it’s one that I will get a lot of wear out of.
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Reading :: I’m about halfway through both Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Big Magic is a fun read – I’m not sure I agree with her general mindset, but it’s so fascinating to read about the author’s creative process. The Butler book is a post-apocalyptic novel, and it’s superbly written. Definitely the most chilling book I’ve read recently. I also picked up Bread Alone from the library yesterday and I can understand why it’s so well-loved. Hopefully it will be the missing piece in learning to bake the perfect sourdough!

Listening :: To the Spirits podcast, which is a short, fun show about mythology and legends from around the world. And to this playlist, which is the perfect mood for me right now – quiet but upbeat.

Planting :: The first seeds of the season – tomatoes, lettuce and spinach!

What have you been up to this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: A new sock pattern in my sock yarn. This colour was one of the ones I introduced in the fall, but I’m realizing now that it’s quite spring-like too! I’m excited about this design – it’s going to have a cute little cable and lots of texture.
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Reading :: I haven’t even started it yet, but I picked up The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha from the library since I just finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book feels a bit more preachy that his others, but I’m hoping to go see him give a talk at my library in a few months and I think he’ll be speaking about this book, so I thought I’d best read it.

Watching :: The Lady in the Van, which I saw in the theatre on the weekend. Maggie Smith is marvelous, as you’d expect, and the rest of the film was quite good. I didn’t love the double-narrator thing – I felt it just detracted from the rest of the movie.

Waiting :: For my Knit Picks order to arrive… I’ve ordered some yarn in this lovely grey colour (finnley heather) to make a spring sweater for myself. I’m going to use this pattern from Swoon Maine, which H got me as a Christmas gift.

What have you all been up to this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: The heels in my trenchcoat socks, finally! I love this colourway from Turtlepurl Yarns and I’m so excited to wear them!
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Reading :: Food and the City, by Jennifer Cockrall-King. I’m really enjoying this, and I’m ready for essay season to be over so I can have the time to properly delve into it. I’ve learned lots of interesting facts about the food industry – did you know that grocery stores function on a profit margin of less than 1%? That’s part of the reason they keep such little food on site – quick turnaround is a huge part of their business model.

Watching :: Cooked, which is the Michael Pollan series about food that’s currently on Netflix. We just finished the last episode and it was so enjoyable! The content is really interesting, and the filming is really beautiful. It’s full of close-up glamour shots of bread and cheese and chocolate, so I think everyone should watch it.

Wishing :: For the warm weather to bring the return of green to the trees and the parks… I’m ready for a little less grey! And for an end to our apartment search.

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My red brick cardigan, which is coming along well but slowly. I just haven’t had that much time for knitting this week, and the sock yarn and small needles makes for a rather leisurely pace. Makes for good TV / podcast knitting though!
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Reading :: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. I had never read this, and it seemed like an important one – it is, and her writing is so captivating. I’ll have more to say about it when I’ve finished the book.

Enjoying :: This beautiful weather! Although today wasn’t very sunny, it was lovely and warm! And tomorrow’s supposed to be even warmer. I took these pictures on the balcony, no coat or shoes! It’s a March miracle!

Listening :: To the new CBC podcast, Someone Knows Something. I love the ads I’ve been seeing for it, and the concept, so I was really excited about it… but stories about missing kids aren’t my favourite. I’m only about halfway through the first episode, though, so I’m going to give it another few and cross my fingers that it wins me over.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO.

P.S. I nearly forgot to say – Happy International Women’s Day!

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My red brick cardigan (the pattern is Grace by Jane Richmond). It doesn’t look like I’ve made a lot of progress this week, but I had to rip back to fix a mistake in the lace. So even though there isn’t much more cardigan, I have spent lots of time working on it! I’m just past the yoke and a few inches into the body section. I’m using Malabrigo Sock in Boticelli Red, which has made for enjoyable knitting.
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Reading :: Food and the City by Jennifer Cockrall-King, which I just started this afternoon. I’m excited to get into it, as a book about food politics that considers barriers to food access is a refreshing change from some books I’ve read recently. I’m still working on The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, but I finished both Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page and The Magician’s Nephew this week, both of which I really enjoyed.

Listening :: to a few podcasts, especially Serial, This American Life, and CBC’s The House. I’m thinking about giving Lore a try, because I keep hearing good things – have any of you listened to it?

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

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