This photo has basically summed up my free time the past week or so: knitting, a book, and a (thankfully) sleeping dog.
Just before vacation I started a baby blanket in the last of my Patons Melody yarn for my newest niece. It’s coming along well, but it’s a blanket, so progress sometimes feels a bit slow.
I’ve been engrossed in “Knitlandia” by Clara Parkes. The essays on various knitting trips and adventures transport you to the place and time. Her description of a knitter’s trip to Iceland sounds at times a bit like an outward bound adventure and makes me want to go and avoid it at the same time. I chuckled again at the story of how 30,000 knitters (completely confounding tech support) shut down the servers attempting to register for the now defunct Sock Summit. While I’ll never have the opportunity to experience many of these trips, I feel a bit more connected to the different feel and spirit of each event. I highly recommend the book to any knitter who has, or has dreamed, of knitting travel.
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A couple of weeks ago a veterinarian friend posted a link to an article about euthanasia for pets and the difficulties their owners have in deciding it is the “right” time. As anyone who’s had to make that particular decision knows, it’s not easy and there are no clear guidelines to when it’s the correct time. While reading the article,…
There’s been a nip of fall in the air (not today, but other days recently) so I broke out the Annabel cardigan again. I started last winter and I’ve been working on it off and on but lately it’s been more off than on. The cool weather inspired me to give it “one more shot” to try and finish it up. I’m almost ready to cast off the bottom and then it’s just the sleeves. (My theory is if I use “just” it won’t be quite so monumental.)
A few weeks ago a blog post by Crystal Richard about Grand Manan kept showing up in my Facebook newsfeed; it’s always fun to see how others “see” us, especially when it’s a positive experience. She also had a section of book recommendations. I figured since she had such great taste in vacation locations, I figured I’d give one of the books a shot too. 🙂 “One More Shot” was a good, easy-reading romance. While at times the tension seemed a bit contrived, it still kept me hooked. Definitely a good read.
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I finished the latest (at least I think it is) Sandra Brown book “Friction” over the long weekend. It was a good read (a little romance, a little mystery) with enough twists to keep my interest. I generally enjoy her books and this was no exception.
My shark socks are continuing along but are at least looking a bit more like sharks. It’s a bit hard to tell in the photo but they seem to be coming together. Slightly larger needles (2.75 mm) than I normally knit socks with are making them go quicker than usual. I expect they will mostly be worn as slippers without the heavy daily wear of socks so I’m not as concerned with the looser fabric. I generally like my socks knit with a consistency just short of kevlar. 🙂
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Maybe it’s that the mornings and evenings are starting to be cooler and I’m not ready for summer to be over. Maybe it’s chasing a three month old puppy is harder at 40-something than it was at 30-something. Maybe it’s just Wednesday.
Whatever “it” is, I’m feeling “meh” about my knitting and reading this week. I just finished “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber. I normally love her books but I felt this one was just ok. (I also have a theory that you like different authors depending on your mood, and maybe my mood just wasn’t right). I’m working on a pair of shark socks. They’re going ok (I think they’ll make more sense once I join the two pieces.) The pattern is good, I’m just not quite feeling it.
I’m wondering if anyone else is in a “meh” phase?
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