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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.

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: Right after I mentioned I wasn’t knitting much last week, I started up again in earnest. Most of my current projects were at a standstill because I was at a point where I need to tackle a technique I find intimidating or tedious. Or I needed to make a decision: Some small (Should I add some extra rows here?) while others big (Should I frog and start over? Should I abandon this pattern all together?) I figured I needed to cast on something new, preferably something small, something to offer instant gratification (well, as instant as you can get with knitting.) Turns out a couple small projects are just what I needed to fill the time in between the bigger ones. Apart from adding some buttons, one project is complete and now I’m working on a pair of socks with some yarn gifted to me. I’m determined to have a lot of hand knits socks this winter, for myself and others.

Reading: The Beekeeper’s Bible. What a beautiful book.

Listening:This Empty Northern Hemisphereby Gregory Alan Isakov. Check out “That Moon Song,” “Evelyn“ and “If I Go I’m Goin‘.” And keep an ear out for Brandi Carlile on many of the tracks.

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 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: Last week I started giving into that temptation of wanting to cast on every. single. skein. of yarn I own. (As well as perusing shops to buy more yarn and adding countless new patterns to my queue.) Luckily I spotted a KAL and that reigned me in and redirected my focus. The Very Shannon TTTKAL starts May 7th (I’m leaning towards Saco Stripes) so I’ve decided that is a good deadline to finish my Clairette Cardigan. Not long after I cast on, I made the ambitious-to-me goal to have it complete by the first of May, which would be three months from the cast on date. I say ambitious-to-me because previous sweaters took me more like five or six months. Currently I’m about halfway up the sleeves then all I have to do is the yoke/shoulders. I’m feeling hopeful that I can finish it!

Reading: Not much! Mostly I’ve been flipping through books borrowed from the library—just inspirational, how-to style books with no linear plot. As well as getting caught up on my blog reading.

Listening: The new albums from The Secret Sisters, Nickel Creek and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Songs to check out Rattle My Bones, Destination and I Wanna Love You .

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 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: As usual, I’ve been bouncing around a handful of projects, but right this moment, I’m plugging away at my Clairette cardigan. I had to rip back a handful of times before I got my stride with the diagonal stripes. I’ve set the ambitious goal of completing it by the first of May, which would be three months from the start date. Since past cardigans took me around five months to complete, I’m not holding my breath. But I’m going to give it my best try! (And avoid casting on too many extra projects in these next two months.) The bottom is done, so it’s should be smooth sailing with stockinette for a while.

Reading: Annabel by Kathleen Winter. It’s keeping me awake longer than I’d like, one eyeball open, so tired but so curious to see what happens. I read Middlesex a few years ago, which deals with the same subject, but I’m enjoying this one better.

Listening: Back in February, I discovered The White Buffalo and became addicted. ”Darling What Have I Done“ and “Pray to You Now“ are both so great. But, since then, the initial obsession has waned a bit and I’m listening to a variety of music in my library. Particularly stuff from the likes of Neko, Amanda, Sia.

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.

Knitting: For a gal who does not like surprises in the least bit and already has a lot on her plate, it’s hard to see why I chose to do the Follow Your Arrow Mystery Knit Along from Ysolda Teague. It just kept popping up everywhere I went and the temptation proved too much. Besides, it’s a new year, time to embrace new things, right? The ball of Knit Pick’s Palette in photo is all you’ll see of it until it’s completed (I’d hate to ruin any surprises for others participating.) Since the cast on date was Monday, it gave me enough motivation to hurry up and complete both a pair of gloves and my January hat (both will be shared here soon.)

Reading: I recently finished My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, which contains forty fairy tales retold by contemporary authors. Collections like it are usually hit and miss. There are always some gems and some duds, ones you may love but everyone else hates and vice versa. This one was no exception. Once I realized there was no shame in skipping the stories I didn’t care for, I appreciated the book more and digging for the gems that shone really bright was worth it. But this week, I’m at the beginning of At Home in Nature. It’s a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages. A lot of reviews say it’s a bit too scholarly but I’m hoping I keep up with it.

Listening: A little bit of everything, but mostly I keep coming back to Laura Marling’s ”My Friends.” That song and the album it’s on were a great comfort to me exactly two years ago. Sometimes I wonder if there is a seasonality to our music habits. Do you find yourself listening to certain songs or albums at certain times?

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