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Yarn Along : Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s the chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I’ve been listening to as well.

I was going to share a neat, pretty, styled photo of my current knitting WIP and what I'm reading for today's Yarn Along post then I realized the above scene is a more accurate representation of what my brain and life feels like lately. This busyness is exactly why I'm trying to give up screens (TV, computer, phone) in the late evening and, instead, crack open a book. Right now, it's One Woman Farm by Jenna Woginrich. 

Most of my knitting right now is testing out future designs and doing far too much math and figuring and ripping and re-knitting the same thing over and over, so I'm very grateful for my Challenge socks this month. Abbey of Abbey Morris Designs offered me a sock pattern of my choice from her shop. I went with the Big & Little Annabelle because I had the perfect yarn to pair with it--Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering. The rhythm of the stitch pattern is a very welcome thing and even though it simple, it produces an impressive texture.

What are you knitting or reading?

PS: Abbey is also offering you a very generous 50% off any pattern in her shop up until the 14th of March by using the code "buckalooview." 

 

Yarn Along : Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s a chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I've been listening to as well.

Knitting :  It's very possible that every knitter and their dog has made a pair of Hermione's Everyday Socks. I've finally joined the ranks and am working on them as my December pair for the Monthly Sock Challenge. So far, I'm almost done with the cuff and have a lot faith I'll complete them this month, despite the fact that the days seem to fly by so quickly.

Reading : Goat Song. I think it was a fellow blogger who recommended it to me a while back and I am glad to finally get into it, as I'm very much enjoying it. I always prefer these more intimate, personal accounts of life with farm animals to flat, reference books.

Listening : I'm a little obsessed with The White Buffalo again. Particularly the album "Hogtied Revisited." Even more particularly the songs "The Woods," "Damned" and "Sweet Hereafter."

What are YOU knitting/crocheting, reading or listening to?

Yarn Along - Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s a chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I've been listening to as well.

Knitting :  Currently, I am charging through a pair of Woodsman's Socks. This is the only handmade gift I've thought of this year. Not sure if I'll challenge myself to make anything else but perhaps if they are all in a bulky weight like this, hand knit gifts would be doable!

Reading : Reading the section on soap making in "Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World." There are a ton of similar DIY books out there but I highly recommend this one. It covers a broad range of topics very well--informative and helpful but nothing too in-depth that that the topics feel uneven. I'm also flipping through a book my Grandma gave me: "The New Knitting Dictionary." Maybe in the new year I can give pattern designing a try, I have already some ideas in mind.

Listening : New albums from Horse Feathers and Damien Rice. (I think my favorite off the latter is "Trusty and True." It sounds so quintessentially Irish.)

While I'm talking about knitting, would anyone be interested in a hat swap/KAL? I was thinking perhaps the beginning of January, after the rush of the holidays are over, running for about a month so it can fit easily into schedules. It would be a surprise-style swap: you answer a questionnaire about your favorite colors, fibers, styles of hat, mention a few favorite patterns, what your head measurements are, etc and your partner uses that info to knit/crochet you a hat. Mention in the comments if you'd want to join in, if there is enough interest, I'll set the gears in motion. (Even if I just have one person to swap with!)

What have you been knitting/crocheting, reading or listening to this week?

Yarn Along : Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s a chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I've been listening to as well.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have already seen that last week we let go of our sixteen year old dog. I was going to do an individual post with photos and more about her but I decided against it. It's been an emotional time for me but thankfully everyday gets a little easier. I know it was the right decision and am finding peace in the fact that she is no longer suffering and is with my Dad now. With that said, I'm probably going to avoid blogging anymore until next week.

Knitting: Three quarters of the way through my October pair for the Monthly Sock Challenge, I noticed an error and started over. But since I lean on knitting during emotional times, I've made excellent progress in the last week and half. I'll share more about them next week, when I (hopefully) have them done.

Reading: The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals was recommended to me by Brandi and I'm trying to soak up as much information to help me with any future animal adventures.

Listening: After realizing who it was doing the background vocals for Andrew Bird's rendition of "So Much Wine, Merry Christmas," I've been on a Tift Merritt kick. Really loving the songs "Traveling Alone," "Train Song" and "Good Hearted Man."

What are YOU knitting/crocheting, reading or listening to this week?

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Yarn Along - Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s the chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I’ve been listening to as well.

Knitting: I'm making great progress on my October socks! The pattern is a free one called Kalajoki. I'm really excited to see so many of you joining me in this challenge. There will be a lot of toasty warm toes by the time we're done!

Reading: Flipping through Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs, The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals (particularly the section on goats as that might be the next step in my farm adventure) and The Spinner's Book of Fleece.

Listening: A mix of things but "Love's on Fire" by Nikki Lane, "Heaven Knows" by First Aid Kit and "Half as Much" by Marisa Nadler have been near the top of the list.

What are YOU knitting/crocheting, reading or listening to this week?

Yarn Along - Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s the chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I’ve been listening to as well.

Liesl Made : Sock Knitting

Knitting: I’m thinking of starting up a sock-a-month type of challenge to help me knit more socks. I’m working on the same socks I mentioned last time, which I started on the 5th of July. If I can complete them in the next week or so (in the height of summer), that proves making a pair of socks every four weeks should be doable. Plus a bit of structure and a deadline with my knitting always helps motivate me. If you feel like joining me, let me know in the comments below. If you want, maybe I’ll set it up as a real thing with graphics and a link up each month, etc. I’ll be starting officially with my first pair in August and will probably aim for a whole year (12 pairs of socks) but feel free to join in just here and there or only for a few months.

Reading: Finding Planetary Planting rather interesting.

Listening: The new album, Wild Animals by Trampled by Turtles. As well as some older favorites by Basia Bulat and Andrew Bird.

What are YOU knitting/crocheting, reading or listening to this week?

EDIT: I posted this without first checking the Small Things blog. After reading the most recent post I will be keeping Sarah’s family and Ginny in my thoughts and hope you will too. If you’d like to do more than that, there has been a fundraiser set up to help her children.