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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: After finishing all of the hats for the women’s march (15 in total!), I’m back to working on my Flax Light in this lovely single ply merino. I’m a few inches into the body, and enjoying the mindless, slow knitting of this section.
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Reading :: I’m about halfway through The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing, which has been fantastic so far. It’s a book about the phenomenon of loneliness, which sounds sort of odd, but she makes it work – it’s lots of art history, some biography and autobiography, and insightful analysis.

Watching :: H and I just finished watching the two seasons of Father Brown which are on Netflix (a murder mystery series about such a sweet little British village in the 1950s – watch it if you haven’t!). I’ve also been watching a few episodes of the X Files now and again, which continues to be fantastic.

What have you been knitting, reading, and watching lately? Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: Still (yes, again!) working on my Aidez cardigan for Rhinebeck. I didn’t have a ton of time to work on it this week, but I’ve nearly finished the second front and then there are just the sleeves to go. I’m considering doing them two at a time since they’ll be a single cable pattern with ribbing, but I find two at a time messes up my knitting rhythm. Might still be faster, though – anyone have any suggestions?
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Reading :: Not pictured because it’s on my Kindle, but I’ve just got a couple of chapters left in The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It did get better, though I’m holding out final judgement until I finish the entire book.

Watching :: Lots of CSI reruns, and a couple of films during the last weekend of TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival). Our favourite by far was Their Finest, a 1940s rom com set in Britain during the second world war. I loved the costumes – so many pretty knit tops and cardigans!

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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Knitting :: The cutest little baby sweater! The pattern is Flax Light from Tin Can Knits, which has been on my to-knit list since its release last year. A friend is having a baby this fall and when I saw this colourway at Cornerstone Fibres (one of my fellow vendors at the Kingston Sheepdog Trials this past weekend), I knew it would be a great yarn and pattern match. The sweater pattern is simple enough to really let all of the tones in the yarn shine. The yarn is beautifully soft, a 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon blend. While it’s not completely locally / ethically sourced, the merino was selected by the dyer from the Wool Grower’s Co-Op, and she had it custom milled.
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Reading :: Forgot to take a photo, but I just finished The Tuesday Club Murders, which was one of my favourite Agatha Christies. It’s a collection of short stories, so perfect for reading on my way to work, when I could get through a story or two each day. I’ve got a couple of other books out from the library right now, but haven’t decided which one to start next!

Watching :: Chef’s Table, which is another food series on Netflix. Each episode focuses on a different chef and their cuisine, but also acts as a kind of mini biopic. It’s enjoyable, though not as interesting as Michael Pollan’s Cooked, which I also watched recently. It’s also had me thinking a lot about the cultures we create around jobs, and the spaces this creates for those who live and work around us.

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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.

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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?

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Lately, I’ve been…

Knitting :: The Grace Cardigan by Jane Richmond, in Malabrigo Sock in “boticelli red”. I’ve had this pattern in my queue for ages, and I’m so exited to finally be knitting it. I’ve only got an inch or so left of the lace panels, and then it’s stockinette stitch for miles.
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Reading :: Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page, by Stuart McLean, which has been an easy and light read so far. The short stories are perfect for reading on the subway, waiting in line, etc. I’m also a few chapters into The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, which has been good so far.

Watching :: The X Files… after seeing so many knitters talking about the new series, I had to give it a shot. I love crime shows, so I’ve been enjoying it, but it’s a bit creepy… definitely not for watching alone at night. I also saw Brooklyn at the theatre a few weeks ago and it was a really enjoyable film!

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

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Under the Weather.

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I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days… I’ve been drinking lots of tea and resting in hopes of warding off whatever bug is going around.

Fortunately, this means lots of time to work on the little details for Agrestal (details here, if you missed them) that are making everything come together, like the beautiful yarn tags pictured above, which I picked up the other day. There are some more photos in today’s post on the Agrestal blog. I’ll also add a gentle reminder that the sale (code “agrestallaunch” for 10% off) and the giveaway both close at the end of the day on Friday, so get your purchases and entries in before then!

It’s also meant time for knitting, so I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my socks! I just cast off the first one yesterday evening and I’m almost through the toe on the second. While I knit, I’ve been watching Warehouse 13 on Netflix. It’s science fiction, so I didn’t expect to like it very much, but the storylines are pretty compelling and the characters are great! As for reading, I’m still working on Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I’m about halfway through and still enjoying it, although I hope the plot picks up a bit soon.
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What are you knitting right now?

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This week

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Choosing fabric

WIP - Spring Boneyard Shawl

WIP - Spring Boneyard Shawl

WIP - Spring Boneyard Shawl

WIP - Spring Boneyard Shawl

It’s been quiet here this week, so I think it’s time for an update! This week, I’ve been…

Knitting :: My Spring Boneyard Shawl… since it seems like the warm weather has finally arrived, I’d like to get this off the needles sometime soon!

Reading :: Still working through In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. I also took The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving out from the library for the second time and I liked it so much that I ordered a copy for myself.

Choosing :: Fabric for my first quilt! I’m using Laura’s chevron quilt tutorial.

Watching :: G and I started Veronica Mars today… we only watched the first episode but it’s pretty good. Great characters and lots of witty dialogue.

Listening :: To Kina Grannis’ new album Elements. So many great songs. I can’t stop listening to it.

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along as usual!

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Vanilla Latte Socks

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Knitting :: Finished my Vanilla Latte Socks in Patons Kroy Sock (Rav link). I love how they turned out! These are my first pair of socks in my challenge to knit 12 socks in a year! I’m working on my Plain Vanilla Socks now, in the same yarn. Apparently this week is vanilla themed!

Reading :: The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories (selected by Jane Urquhart). This is for a Canadian Literature course that I’m taking and we’re reading selected stories from this (giant!) anthology. (Goodreads link).

Mockingjay (by Suzanne Collins). I finished Catching Fire this week so that I could see the movie, and it made sense to just finish the series. I enjoyed the first book, but the next two in the trilogy aren’t quite as good. I’ll probably finish this just to find out what happens. (Goodreads link).

Watching :: The fifth season of Community (so good now that Dan Harmon is back!) and the second season of New Girl, which was recommended to me by a friend. I am enjoying way it more than I expected… the characters are great and it’s quite funny.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week – let me know in the comments what you’re knitting, reading, and watching!

I’ll be linking up with Yarn-Along and KCCO as usual.

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