November Knits

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November has come and with it a surge of knitting ideas and projects for the long winter ahead. I have many Raverlry patterns favourited with the hope of knitting them one day–there are SO many gorgeous knitting patterns and arrays of beautiful (and costly) yarns. I could go on dreaming up (and looking up) patterns I would like to knit. Currently, though I must finish the projects I have started.

My Solarium Caplet is almost at completion with the last ball diminishing in size and the cowl almost at its required length.

Sweet Pea Mitts are an exciting new addtion to my knitting projects. I just began them two nights ago and am looking forward to working with lacework again, while my fingers adjust to Size US 1 needles again after working with Size US 13. I am using three double pointed needles instead of two circular needles as it seems Michaels doesn’t sell that size and I’m used to knitting in the round with double pointed needles. Many thanks to Marilyn and her notes on her adjustments to Sweet Pea Mitts.

The yarn I’m using is Patons Kroy Sock Yarn. I had orginially planned to used the yarn choice suggested–Brown Sheep Wildfoote but after discovering no local yarn shop sold it and the only option was to order online with a shipping price of more than one ball of the desired yarn would cost, I opted for a cheaper deal at Michaels.

I am currently reading Barbara Willard’s The Lark and the Laurel, a delightful book we found in a new local bookshop.

Also, enjoying the beautiful fall weather while it lasts, and wishing Autumn would stay more than a wee bit longer.

Joining Ginny this Wednesday for Yarn Along.

 

Yarn Along At Last!

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The long delayed Yarn Along post is finally here. I must admit I’ve tried numerous times to compose a post, alas to no avail. My Almondine socks, however, made better progess with their completion about a month ago. I love their design and adore the wool, yet am fearful of wearing them without slippers in case of dirtying them.

I also knit my first beret this summer for a friend. I was absoluetly thrilled with the end product after washing and shaping it in a dinner plate.

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Currently on the needles is another  Cabled Caplet, this time in Solarium.

Martin Chuzzlewit has made it to my stack of literature reads, however, I can only manage short increments as Dickens is slightly long winded. After an excursion to our local library I was delighted to discover a collection of The Love Letters of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. I’ve only read the first few, but am already in love with the eloquent way they express themselves. How I wish we wrote like that now-a-days.

I also picked up a biography on Sophia Tolstoy, having read both of Leo Tolstoy’s famous novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace, and wishing to know more about him and his wife.

The book pictured above, Harvesting Color is another delightful library find. I’ve been quite intrigued by Ginny’s naturally dyed yarns, and this books gives an introduction into the dyeing process and what types of plants used for various colours.

Joining Ginny this Wednesday for Yarn Along.

 

WIP: Almondine Socks

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My Almondine socks are still a work in progress, with only eleven more rows of the chart until I advance onto the heel, and then a continuation of the chart to the toe…..I do plan on having these complete for September, or at least in September.

I have picked up Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts for a second time, and am loving it even more than the first.

Joining Ginny this Wednesday for Yarn Along.

Yarn Along: Same Socks, More Books

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My Almondine socks are slowly making progress with number one complete and number two taking shape. The pattern itself is easy and quick–a great introduction to following a chart and knitting a lace motif. However, I find I’m not an avid summer knitter. Summer seems to fly so fast, and this summer was especially busy with a up North cottage vacation, dear friends visiting for two weeks, a camping trip to Algonquin, and some more exciting summer events. My failure to post is due to all these fun escapades.

I have a collection of books lined up for the remainder of the summer. I received a beautiful book containing Alexandre Dumas’s Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After as a graduation gift and have recently begun the first few pages of the former, trying not to be daunted by it’s length.

I also checked out The Bride of Lammermoor from the library, as I have never officially completed a novel of Scot’s, having begun Ivanhoe a couple of years ago and never finishing it. It is by the way, still on my list of books to read.

The Last of the Mochicans has made it into my stack, as have two more recent novels, Flight of the Sparrow, and a novel of a whole different genre, The Spy who came in from the Cold. I have never read spy fiction before, but after watching The Bridge of Spies, I was intrigued and wanted to try this novel set in the Cold War.

I am looking forward to reading and finishing my socks, which I hope is soon. At least before September so I can wear them when the chill comes.

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along.

 

Northern Knitting

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We had a lovely family getaway up North for a week in this gorgeous A-frame cottage. I came stocked with novels, knitting, and a new medieval tapestry colouring book. The dock proved a perfect, sunny spot to knit.

My sock is making slow process right now, and I think I may have to diverge into a different knitting project before I attempt the next one.

I brought four novel choices for our stay. However, only two managed to be read: A Dangerous Inheritance and Gutenberg’s Apprentice. I am now attempting The Snake Pit, though it is slow moving.

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Yarn Along: Merino Socks Continued

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I’m still working on sock #1 of Almondine. I’m loving the texture of this wool! I have really noticed a difference in the heel compared to the other socks I’ve knit. This wool is just wonderful!

I finished The Axe a couple of days ago and have the second book in the series on order. I did quite enjoy this book, as it is set in one of my favourite time periods. I am now reading My Antonia. The author has a beautiful way of describing the lush prairie landscapes.

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Yarn Along: Merino Lace Socks

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I recently purchased a wonderful skein of Madelinetosh Merino Wool with a birthday gift card, and don’t know how I’ll ever go back to knitting with the mass produced yarn again! I’m absolutely loving it’s feel, texture, and the way it’s knitting up. The pattern I’m using is Almondine, from a sock book I received at Christmas.

I’m reading The Axe by one of my favourite authors. I loved Kristin Lavransdatter, and am looking forward to this series.

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