Yarn Along & Lenten Reading

The rosary is from VonClef creations on Etsy, where Kristin has a wide assortment of lovely handmade Rosaries. I chose this one because the centerpiece looked like the medal I wore on my First Communion. Also, St. Therese seems to be directing my Lent a bit (see sixth book down).

Lent Game On! I began my Lenten planning by deciding to fast from Facebook and I’m feeling the effects already as last night I had thought of two blog posts and I’ve been knitting a little today. You really don’t know how much time you waste/spend on an app until you delete it.

Of the books above, only ‘Relics of the Crucifixion” is one I carried over from last year. I’m going to read it with my boys as it reads like a mystery in a way. Most of the others are personal.

Knitting! I am so happy to participate in Yarn Along as not much happened successfully last year. I finished the first Maize mitten and began the cuff of the second. I spent the summer working on a tunic that I later frogged. In November I finished two quick simple hats for the girls who are so happy to live somewhere that snow falls, seemingly more than once a winter. Currently there are two other projects on the needles.

Top: A Temperature Scarf! I have seen many ideas on Ravelry but went with my own colors (all bought from KnitPicks). Basically I’m knitting two rows in stockinette with a color based on the high temperature of the day. It’s going to look very bright in the middle and very green on the ends! As pictured, I’m already a little behind because the yarn on the needles are for February 1! This is hopefully the loudest project I’ll ever make. I imagine it will be reserved for un-self-conscious preschoolers or snowmen in future years. Little Bit insists it is for her. Let’s see what she thinks come next January…

The second is a Swoop Beanie/hat done in Spud & Chloe Outer. I have had three skeins of that yarn around since I began to knit in earnest. In fact, I packed up so much yarn in the move that I acquired very little in 2018. The Swoop hat is for Princess and she is doubting my ability to finish it before the warmer weather.

To be honest, I am as well. Let’s see what I can accomplish before the next Yarn Along!

Yarn Along–finally a picture!

Hello there! The attack of the plague last week delayed my knitting a bit, and as of last night I am about to begin chart row 32.  I was just at or a little over row 37 when the previous sweater disappeared, so I’m thrilled to be practically caught up in less than a month from cast-on.  I’ve made some mistakes but they haven’t required unravelling back to the start (well, except for one early on, like on row 3 of the collar, so that doesn’t really count, right?) and my darling Sunshine girl has had mercy on me and so far has left the project untouched. Sometimes she tries to “help” and pulls the project off the needles in the process.  It also helps that I keep it locked in my room more often than not.

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I went ahead and ordered four skeins of the Istex Alafoss Lopi that Haus Meister chose for this sweater.  As we only know of one yarn shop that carries it for sure, and that yarn shop is in another state (he visits it if he’s on outage nearby, hence the reason this type of yarn becomes a Christmas present for me]….. Interesting side note: I just lost my right parentheses/zero key. Could this have anything to do with the toddlers spilling milk on my keyboard last night? Hmmm…  Anyway, I ordered it from The Nordic Store, meaning soon I’ll have a package from Reykjavik, complete with viking helm on the label. Huzzah!

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I am thoroughly enjoying “Armas Redux” as I call it and hope I do get it finished before the warmer weather settles in next month.

On the table with Armas (and the roses, and a conch shell picked up on our honeymoon] is a sneak peek of one of the Lenten books I’ve picked out.  Well, it’s not really a Lenten book, but a book I’m going to read when Lent starts next week.  Last week I read a book called “See you in Heaven,” a memoir of a mother of eight written by her daughter.  My mother-in-law picked it up while on a recent retreat.  It was a nice book, a good look at a life of a woman who truly realized the irreplaceable value and dignity of motherhood.

Right now, though, I haven’t picked up any book to read but instead have been doing damage control from the plague, soothing the remaining coughers, trying to knit, and also trying to make sure Lent doesn’t totally sneak up on us.  See you later!

Yarn Along: last of 2014

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Today we’re supposed to be showing off all the projects we finished for the holidays.  However, I’m still working on mine.  🙂 I’m on dishcloths right now and just cast on #3 of the perennial “Grandmother’s Favorite,” a quick knit. I can do one in a 24hr timeframe, at least while school’s out, so it’s likely some sets will be done by Epiphany. I’m using up a blue ball of Dishie by KnitPicks, and once that’s done plan on using up a ball of Linen and Creme Brulee. 🙂

The ten balls of Alafosslopi in the background are my Christmas present from Haus Meister.  The cupcake stitch markers came from Etsy via Pootle (I also replaced the Jane Austen ones stolen inside my missing knitting bag).  The hot cocoa mug needles were a previous purchase from here–aren’t they just too cute?  The Toe-Up book was my Christmas present from my brother-and-sister-in-law, guaranteeing that this year at least I shall attempt a sock knit. I’ve only had sock yarn in my stash for about two years; it’s probably time. 😉

The “epic trilogy” on the left was part of my Christmas present to Haus Meister.  He’s been reading it out loud to me while I knit.  They’re hilarious.  I think I like Star Wars better now.  “Exeunt, pursued by wampa…”  Classic!

Hope you have a Happy New Year!  See you in 2015.