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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My grace cardigan, again… there were a lot of problems with this project, and I had set it aside for a few months. After taking another look, I wasn’t happy with the gauge or the fit so I ripped out and started over. I really love both this yarn and pattern, so it will be well worth it in the end.
(Rav link)

Reading :: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I haven’t seen the movie yet because I wanted to read the book first, and the story is just as good as everyone says. I’m about a third of the way in, and enjoying every page. I’m also reading Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, which is a collection of essays. I’m really enjoying this too, her commentary is both apt and witty, and it’s a pretty quick read. I’ll probably go back and re-read some of my favourites at the end.

Listening :: To The Minimalists podcast, which is excellent, although I’m not sure to what degree I identify with some of their notions of minimalism. The episodes I’ve heard so far are really engaging and fascinating, though, so it’s well worth a listen.

What have you been knitting, reading, and listening to this week?

On another note, I am saddened to say goodbye to the Yarn-Along – I have met so many friends and discovered so many blogs through it. Thank you, Ginny, for many years of fun! Other than the wonderful Crafting On, what are you favourite knitting link ups right now? I will miss the online knitting circle that inspired my ‘lately’ posts.

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The silence as I write this post is almost unnerving. A sudden allergy flare-up has me awake at 2:00am waiting for some anti-histamine to take effect, and the house is eerily quiet at this hour on a Monday. Since I live in a residence with 14 other girls, silence is rare, but tonight, even the heater, the fridge, those little creaks and noises are all silent.

It is a little unusual, but it is calming and it is lovely. A perfect time to write.

I’ve been working on 2 knitting projects lately. Well, I guess I’ve been working on 3 but the third is a new design that I’m still working on. It’ll probably be released in a few months along with some other new patterns.

I have been working on my Business Casual Socks (Rav link) for the KAL, albeit a bit slowly. I have been keeping this project in my bag and working on it in those in-between moments over the course of my day. This means that they’ve been progressing a bit more slowly than I had anticipated but I’ll be taking the train home on Friday for reading week, which will give me a solid two and a half hours of knitting time. I’m almost done the three pattern repeats for the leg (I’m knitting the smaller size), and then I’ll be set to turn the heel. Maybe I can finish the first sock on the train.



I’ve also continued to add little mitered squares to my Colourful Blanket of Craziness (Rav link)… These are so addictive! Like I said in my last post, each square takes under 2 yards of worsted weight yarn and about 5 minutes. I can’t wait to get home so that I can raid my stash for worsted weight scraps there!


I’ve also been dutifully weaving in the ends as I go… It’s a bit tedious now but I think it will be worth it. I can just imagine the anger that future me would feel towards past me if I left those hundreds of ends to weave in all at once.


At this point, I think I’m pretty happy with the width of the blanket, so it’s time to start building more rows on top of the first two. I can always adjust the width later, though, if I change my mind. My current square count is 26!

I’ll be linking up with KCCO, Yarn-Along, and WIP Wednesdays.

Happy Tuesday!


WIPs and stitch markers

I finished my socks a few days ago (photos to come!) and immediately cast on another project… what else is a knitter to do when it’s -15 degrees and snowing?

This yarn is Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White- I usually hate plasticky acrylics like this, especially for larger projects, but I had a gift card for Michaels and at 700+ yards for 5$, I figured I would give this a try. I really hope it softens up when I wash it, because right now it’s pretty terrible.

I’m making Miette, which is a free pattern for a cropped cardi with a lace detail around the edge. I’m also ready to divide out for the sleeves and body. I’m loving how it’s turning out so far!

(Rav link)


My sister O made me these stitch markers for Christmas… aren’t they gorgeous?



I’ll be linking up with Yarn-Along, KCCO, and WIP Wednesdays. Have a great day!


Ravellenics 2012 recap

As of Sunday, the Olympics, and therefore the Ravellenic games, are over! I finished a total of 5 (five!) projects during the games this year, and got a head start on my Christmas knitting. Not bad considering it’s only August!

I figured I would do a recap post with all of my Ravellenics projects in case you missed one (or two, or all) of them. Info for each in under the photo, along with related links.

Lotus hat- Ravelry | Pattern | Yarn | Blog Post

Ginger Rib Scarf- Ravelry | Pattern | Yarn | Blog Post

Mukluks- Ravelry | Pattern | Yarn | Blog Post

Little Miss X- Ravelry | Pattern | Yarn | Blog Post

Double Bump Dishcloths- Ravelry | Pattern | Yarn | Blog Post

Did you participate in the Ravellenic games? I’d love to see your projects, leave me a link in the comments so I can take a look! Happy Tuesday!

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along, as usual!

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