Yarn Along. Miss Winkle.

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Joining Ginny today for her Yarn Along.  I have been working on the Miss Winkle shawlette, and I’m liking the way it’s turning out. This is my first project for myself post-holiday crunch. I’m using Miss Babs Yummy, which is completely delicious.

The book I’m tackling right now is a fantasy story titled Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. The story is set in the mysterious home of Seth and Kendra’s grandfather, who they quickly learn is a caretaker of a magical place.  Fast-paced, fun, and mysterious, this is a great book to snag kids into a series.  Many of my 5th graders are into this series now, and they are vying for the chance to read the next installment.

WIP it Wednesday

DSC_4852 DSC_4853Joining Ginny today for her Yarn Along!

I cast on these Sword of Gryffindor Mitts this week, and I’m not going to lie, they are kicking but just a little bit. I kept messing up the lace pattern, and I was struggling with the placket until I read some helpful posts by some Ravelers that had figured out an error in the pattern. Confession: these might have have gone airborne once or twice before I found this.

The pattern is from a special Harry Potter issue of Interweave Knits that came out last fall, but you can download the issue off their website here. The yarn is the sumptuous Road to China Light in Hematite. This yarn is like buttah. I have used it for another project, and can’t say enough about how nicely it knits up.  I picked it up the other day at my favorite place in the world, fibre space.

The book is the first in the Peter and the Starcatchers series. It tells the tale of how Peter Pan became Peter Pan. It’s a great series for fifth and sixth grade readers. It’s fast-paced, and the plot has lots of twists an turns that keep reluctant readers engaged. I definitely have added this to my classroom library wish list!

yarn along ~ color affection

DSC_4216 DSC_4221 DSC_4222I just picked up a book that I’m thinking about adding to a fourth grade classroom library, George Brown, Class Clown. I’ve noticed a few boys around the school reading this series, and thought I’d check it out.

I’m moving along with my Color Affection, using some yarn from The Plucky Knitter.  I napped to color ways (Oatmeal and Brown Bear) of Plucky Feet and a skein of Miss Babs at fibre space a few months ago, and finally got far enough down my holiday to do list to attempt to whip this up for myself.  I was loving it before I added the Brown Bear, but the jury is out now.  We’ll see how it looks once all stripes are on there.  I’m entering the part of the pattern that includes just miles of garter stitch in every row.  I’m determined to finish this before picking up something else, though, so expect to see progress next week!

Anybody else tackling this garter stitch marvel? Leave a link in the comments! I’d love to see how it’s going for everyone else.


yarn along // new cowl

First, sorry for the late post.  I threw my back out this week, so everything is off.

But, I have a new project, and a new book, and thought I would share.

DSC_0086The book is The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.  I don’t know how I feel about it so far.  It reminds me a lot of the Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Day movies, where there are dozen different plots competing, but I’m stick with it.

DSC_0080The project is the Alice cowl.  This is getting whipped up for a birthday present using the Fibre Company’s Road to China Light yarn.  I love the feel of it, although the dye is coming off on my fingers.  I’m a little worried what will happen with the lighter color stripe when I attempt to block this.

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~ needles and such ~

DSC_0253I love my little knitting corner.  I keep a comfy club chair in the bay window in our living room.  I have my grandmother’s sewing basket on my right to store stitch markers, circular needles, and project bags.  My basket of yarn sits on the floor just next to me. It’s pretty small, and that’s designed to keep me reigned in.  When I can’t fit any more yarn in the basket, it means there is an official ban on yarn purchases until the thing is depleted.  It is currently overflowing.

To my left is this little table.  I store some of my prettiest books here.  I have my father’s copy of FrankensteinThe Red Badge of Courage and Brownings Collected Poems here. I tossed in my recent purchase of To Kill a Mockingbird, which I can’t wait to read with Grace girl some day, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I also keep my needles here, tossed in an old milk jar from a local creamery.

I love this eccentric corner of my house.  It feels like me – a hodgepodge of things I love.  As Hubs-to-Be and I begin to think about how we are going to merge our households together, I’m already plotting where the new knitting corner will be.

Yarn Along

I finished the first installment of Percy Jackson and the Olympians over the weekend, and started to dive into All Wound Up by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee.  I lam loving this book.  I read Free-Range Knitter this summer and found myself laughing out loud poolside.  This book has the same hilarious wit, and touching stories about knitters and the people who tolerate love them.  My favorite story so far is Stephanie’s accounting of all the snarky things she would like to say to people who ask her ridiculous questions about her knitting.  I got to the point where I literally snorted, and Googs, who was reading next to me, looked at me as if I had lost my mind.


The knitting is my attempt at Jared Flood’s Noro Striped Scarf.  The colors are a little crazier than I had planned, but I think it’s fun.  The colors are so saturated it looks like art.  The pattern is simple enough that you can knit it in pretty low light while the rest of your family is demanding you turn down the lights on movie night.


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So, I’m getting married.  Soon.  After dating the love of my life for two years, we are ready to merge our families into one, and we couldn’t be happier.  We’re doing this thing quick – in a small family ceremony on the beach at the beginning of August.  As you can guess, I’m doing a fair amount of reading about weddings, and I have to say, it’s pretty fun.photo (1)The project I’m working on is the beginning of the Lintilla shawl, which will be a gift for a special someone.  It’s my first time creating ruffles with wraps and turns, and with picking up wrapped stitches.  It’s slow going, but I’ve found this video on wraps and turns helpful, and this one on picked up the wrapped stitches.  I’ve ripped out the body pattern a few times, and I’m still not confident I’ve got it, but I feel like I’m getting close!