Yarn Along No. 27

This is going to be a quick installment. 🙂

 

 

Wednesday #YarnAlong! @emily_m_deardo

So I’m still working the same two projects, the scarf and the washcloth/dishcloth/dust rag (whatever you want to call it!). I’ve been knitting while I watch Outlander or Breaking Bad, and I can knit for about a half hour at a time during those. I did find another skein of yarn, called Chipmunk, that I think will be great for the next VA scarf project. It’s the same type of yarn as the one I’m currently working with, which you can read about here.

Wednesday #YarnAlong time! @emily_m_deardo

Isn’t that a cute name for this color? And it looks Chipmunk-ish.

As for reading: I’m saving The Girl on the Train and A God In Ruins for the Charleston trip, which is fast approaching. I want to have new books to read in the car. 🙂 I just finished The Astronaut Wives Club, which was pretty good. There were a lot of wives to keep straight, eventually, but I think the writer did a good job giving us insight into their lives. The book I’m currently reading is Pride and Prejudice, for the Great Jane Re-Read. 

Yarn Along No. 25

What a weekend! I spent a lot of time with my needles and yarn!

Let me take you through it!

Pretty finished scarf! @emily_m_deardo First, remember this guy? Yes. I have finished the long scarf/cowl thing, and as I was knitting it, I thought it would make a great birthday present for one of my always-cold friends. Her birthday is in September, and these are her favorite colors, so big win there! I love how it turned out.

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Second–at the top you can see the finished “lilac” washcloth. On the right is the last skein of yarn for the Washcloth Housewarming Gift Project. This one is called blackberry.

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The book part: I’m reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer, which I’ve been wanting to read for awhile, but once Modern Mrs. Darcy suggested it, I was glad to find it for $4 at Half Price Books. 🙂 So that’s what I’m currently reading.

So I have to cast on the last washcloth. But I did start one new project:

a scarf for the VA hospital in the most delicious color! @emily_m_deardo

People, this yarn. It’s called morning glory, and it has the slightest red tint to it. I love it. This is a scarf for a charity project. My Lay Dominican chapter collects hats and scarves to give to the patients at the local VA hospital, and this is my contribution. I’m knitting this up on 10 gauge Harmony Rainbow needles and it’s fantastic.

So, whew! That’s a lot for one yarn along! I’m loving knitting this scarf, and I’m so glad I have another skein of this color in the stash for another project. Possibly one for me. 😉

Seven Quick Takes Vol. 71

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I.

I’m watching the tournament with my mom–she just had surgery so I’m here to help out around the house and answer the door for packages that may come. 🙂  We’re both rooting for Kansas to wi! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

II.

The knitting comes along splendidly. I’m on washcloth two and I’m really liking this project. As Ginny says, it’s easy comfort knitting. 

III.

I’m also finally catching up on my reading. I’ve been so behind lately, I don’t know what is going on. But I’m back to Pilgrim’s Progress and Out Mutual Friend, and I’m also reading The Noonday Devil for my spiritual reading bit. It’s actually amazingly good so far. I’m a nerd for things like this. Also, if you haven’t read Acedia & me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life, do it, because it’s great.

IV.

I tried, in vain, to watch No Country for Old Men. I’m at a loss as to how people not only like this movie, but think it’s a great  movie. After the shoot-out at the motel, I was done. I can’t stand movies with no redeemable characters, and there was not a single one like that in this movie, except maybe Carla, but I didn’t watch the end of the movie, so I dunno if she’s redeemable or not (But Kelly MacDonald was by far the best thing about the movie). Ugh. It made me feel like I had to take a shower after watching it. I do not understand it. I guess these movies aren’t for me.

V.

 However, I did see the new Live Action Cinderella this week and really liked it.Lily James and Richard Madden were great together (and I was glad to see that Robb Stark survived this movie :-P), and Sophie McShera was a scream. This is actually better than the animated version, in my opinion. So go see it and be happy.

Kit (Richard Madden) and Ella (Lily James) meet at the ball.

Kit (Richard Madden) and Ella (Lily James) meet at the ball.

Also the music is great! Go Patrick Doyle!

VI.

I played Scrabble with my Dad last night and I won. My first Scrabble win ever. You know why? Because it was Disney Scrabble. Which means that things like “Zurg” are acceptable words, and worth bonus points.

So really, I can only win Scrabble when I can use my crazy Disney knowledge.

VII.

This week in CCD (the last until after Easter–we get two weeks off), I’m teaching the kids about Holy Week. Let the fun begin!

Yarn Along No. 22

So after wrangling with this yarn a bit (meaning I had to cast on THREE TIMES, and I seriously considered trashing this yarn, because it was being so uncooperative), it is now playing nice, and I’m several rows in to dishcloth #2. Yay!

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(the angle’s weird….sorry…..no coffee yet when I took this!)

This is the second of four planned washcloths for a housewarming gift. The first one was done in white, and the other three will be in shades of purple.

I’m currently reading Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, which I’m really enjoying. I liked Rubin’s other two books, as well, so I thought I’d like this one, but I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I am. It’s very interesting reading about habits: how we form them, why they work, or don’t work, the best way to form habits for our personality type. Good stuff. I’m an Obliger, an Owl, a moderator, and a sprinter. Click the “Obliger” link on the sidebar to see what you are (Obliger, Upholder, Questioner, Rebel).

Yarn Along No. 14

Yarn Along No. 14

So today’s yarn along features–the cowl! Again! 🙂

Length of the cowl before yesterday's knitting.

Length of the cowl before yesterday’s knitting.

I actually think I might be nearing the end of it. I bought four balls of this yarn during a yarn sale in 2013, and I wasn’t sure how many I’d need for this project, but I think as I near the end of this ball (the second), I’ll be done with the cowl! Right now it would  fit pretty well around my neck, but I’m not sure about getting it over my head in one piece.

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The pink yarn is for another bookmark. Yes, I know. The macaron sampler kit from Knitpicks has 10 balls of yarn, and I’ve made about four bookmarks so far. So six to go. I like doing these with fingering yarn because it’s a good way to get the feel for the yarn and see how each ball knits up. (Plus, I always need bookmarks!) It’s also great practice for my garter stitch, which I now have much confidence in. 🙂 (I got the macaron sampler kit, and the Harmony needles you see in the ball, as a Christmas gift.)

As far as reading, I’ve started Alexander McCall Smith’s Trains and Lovers: A Novel, and I’m almost done with Benedict XVI’s Prayer. I’m also diving into Apollo’s Angels: A History of Balletwhich I’ve had for awhile, and re-reading The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, which is here under the pink yarn. Whew!

(Also, the little bit of yarn you see on the cowl that’s sticking out a bit? That’s where I joined the balls of yarn. That part will be woven in as part of my finishing.)

Yarn Along No. 13

Lucky number 13? 🙂

I have two projects going right now, both of which I talked about last week:

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The cowl is still going (of course), and I started knitting up this bookmark last night while I started season 2 of House of Cards. (Thanks to my brother for getting my started on that one. 🙂 ). I like this skein of yarn better than the last one in the sampler pack, and of course I love both sets of needles I have here. Knitpicks does a great job with their needles (the blue ones are Caspian, and the multicolored are Harmony.)

Books: We see here Prayer and Own Your Life, but we don’t see Milk Glass Moon, which is the third book in the Big Stone Gap series (there are four books, total). I’m re-reading those books. Every now and then I get a jones to revisit Adriana Trigiani and the word of Italian Americans in literature. I re-read the Valentine series last week and now I’m on to this one. If you haven’t read her–do it.

Yarn Along No. 12

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The glut of Christmas reading is winding down, but that doesn’t mean I’m out of books to read. Oh no, my friends. Here I’ve got Benedict XVI’s Prayer, which is my spiritual reading right now; Sally Clarkson’s Own Your Life, and I’m also constantly dipping into Lara Casey’s book Make It Happen. (Are you sensing a theme? There’s a theme.)

For knitting, we’re still on the cowl, but I’m pretty happy with it. It’s so soft and I love the springiness of the knit, and it’s easy to do while I attempt to stay warm under the blankets here. I’m also working through the yarn I got for Christmas by making bookmarks, to see how each skein knits up. The one you see here is called Haze Heather.