Project Catch-Up and Yarn Along

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I’m playing catch-up here.   Mum and Dad bought me The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp for my St. Nicholas Day stocking.  I loved it.  This has much more of Ann’s testimony.  Mum and I got to hear her speak for the first time this past November, sitting only 6 rows behind her, with mum having the great urge to move up and tap her on the shoulder and embrace her.  But she settled with obediently sitting still and allowing Ann some space.

I tried my hand at knitting fingerless sweat pea mitts as a Christmas gift for one of my sisters.  She happened upon me knitting them once and asked what I was working on.  I replied, “an experiment,” which wasn’t a lie since I truly hadn’t attempted mitts before. She took that as a satisfactory reply, though I found out later she suspected–and was excitedly hoping–it was something for her.  My heart swells with happiness when the receiver of knitted gifts shows pure delight as was the case here.

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I was also asked to do a paid project, knitting up a poncho-type shawl for a friend’s Christmas gift for their daughter.  The pattern was cable capelet made with Loops and Thread Country Loom Yarn. I used Solarium for the colour choice.

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Lastly, I decided because these capelets are fairly easy to knit up, that I’d make one to donate to the Ronald McDonald House and allow them to choose a mother currently staying there to give the shawl to.  I’ve been volunteering there bi-monthly in the kitchen and thoroughly enjoy being able to give back to a place that was so monumental in our lives in a very difficult time.  I hardly had time to begin my work that day when a staff member came to let me know they gave the shawl to one of the mother’s who was very grateful to be the receiver of it.

I’m now working on a winter hat for my mum, who had high expectations of doing it herself this winter, but she kindly passed it along as something I might do better at.

Joining Ginny this Wednesday on Yarn Along.

 

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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.

 

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.

Joining Ginny on Yarn Along.