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I finished Molly Ringwald’s When it Happens to You.

For a book that includes hard topics such as infidelity, death and gender identity, I really enjoyed it.

This weeks reads are:

  • On my Kindle, Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic

    It’s been a roller coaster of a few years for Carrie since her Tony- and Emmy-nominated, one-woman Broadway show and New York Times bestselling book Wishful Drinking. She not only lost her beloved father, but also her once-upon-a-very-brief-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor. And as if all that weren’t enough, she also managed to lose over forty pounds of unwanted flesh—not by sawing off a leg (though that did cross her zapped mind) but by doing what might be termed “wishful shrinking,” all the while staying sober and sane-ish. And she wants to tell you, dear reader, all about it . . . and more.

  • In hardcover, Fiona Barton’s The Widow

    When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

    But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

    There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

    Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

    The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

  • Still reading Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins (this one I’m reading here and there).

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My projects this week are finishing a Corner to Corner baby blanket for a co-worker.

I started this long ago and am determined to mail it this weekend.

I’m using KnitPicks Brava Sport and a 5mm Furls hook.

I am also working on Tin Can Knits Oats Cowl (knit) for myself.

Using Quince & Co. Osprey in Frost and 5mm circulars.

I prefer to not have things tight around my neck, so I cast on the longer version.

This will need a good blocking and I’m excited to see it when its all done!  (it is so squished on the needles, I can’t get a true picture in my head of what it will look like)

Have a good week reading & crafting!

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London Sky

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. I bought some yarn.

Beautiful, Malabrigo Mecha yarn in the color way London Sky.

I loved the color and how soft it was.

I really wanted to use this yarn to make something for my mom.

In 2008, my mom and I went to London together and had a wonderful time!

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Since I am new to knitting, I chose a pattern from Tin Can Knits Simple Collection.

The Oats Cowl.

Fittingly, I have London inspired stitch markers (I made them my self, which was fun).

For this, I used my Big Ben stitch marker.

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I made a few adjustments.

I did a 2X2 rib instead of a 1X1 rib.

The body of my cowl  measures 5 instead of the 8 inches in the pattern, as I only had 130 yards to work with.

Also, I didn’t realize this was chunky yarn and still used 5mm needles.

However, I really like how it made the stitches defined and helps make it a nice warm cowl.

I love this so much, I am making one for myself using yarn I originally purchased to make Miss ME a sweater (I’m honest with myself, I’m never going to make the sweater any time soon).

I plan on using the yarn to make Oats and Malt (hat).

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Success!

I made a hat!

I made a hat in the round!

I made a hat in the round with worsted weight and NOT chunky weight!

I’m on top of the world!

Well, maybe not on top of the word, but I am pretty stoked!

I used Patons Work Sock Hat pattern.

I liked this pattern because even after you started decreasing, you still had enough stitches to stay with circular needles.

I’m not up to double point needles yet 😉

I used a little less than half a Caron Cake, color way Boston Cream, and 5mm circular needles.

I love it!

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I’m gifting this one, but plan on making another for charity.

We had our first winter snow storm too!

Although I’m waiting for the kids snow pants to arrive from Amazon, we had fun hours in the snow in our double layers of sweat pants.

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Love my baby girl running to me laughing!

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Have a good week!

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I have two books this week.

First, When it Happens to You by Molly Ringwald.

Yes, Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald!

Ringwald brings that same compelling candour she displayed in her film roles to the unforgettable characters she has created in this series of intertwined and linked stories about the particular challenges, joys and disappointments of adult relationships. Her characters grapple with infertility and infidelity, fame and familial discord, in a magnificent debut that will resonate broadly with readers

This is from the library Overdrive and I’m really enjoying it.

I’m about 100 pages in.

Second, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index.

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Kathy Griffin has seen it all. Shocking and sidesplitting, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins is an indispensable guide to the stars from one of our most beloved comedians.

I saw her interviewed about this book and it was entertaining.

She told some stories and I thought it would make a good, nothing too taxing, hopefully make me laugh or smile book!

This weeks project is inspired by a Ravelry member that I follow on Instagram.

She is a hat making machine and I love to see all the styles and colors she makes (most for charity).

So, I have cast on a hat.

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I chose Patons Work Sock Hat Pattern.

Although I would love to make this with the colors shown, I am using a Caron Cake for this hat.

I haven’t been too successful in making a hat in the round, so not having to change yarns will be helpful.

I hope to make two hats to add to my charity box.

In other exciting news, Miss ME started school yesterday!

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Have a good week!

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2017 Goals

How did I do with my goals of 2016?

Despite some challenges, I did ok!

Run twice a week-rather than setting milage goals – Did well with this until my back injury

Re-join my local YMCA and start going to spin classes again- Joined and did ok until my back injury

Run five 5Ks-Bailey’s Run for Autism, OFTM 5K, Doyle’s 5Miler, Local YMCA 5K, last one TBD- Ran 3 before my injury (would have been 4 but Bailey’s was cancelled due to a freak snow storm): Run for Recovery, YMCA 5K (Run for inclusion), Finish on the 50.

Continue to make charity donations-Winter Warmers (hats/scarves via my crochet group Fishnet Crocheters), The Red Scarf Project, Hospice Lapghans (via Ravelry group), Beth’s Hats for Hope (hats/scarves)-Donated LOTS of hats and scarves to Beth’s  Hats for Hope and Hooking for the Homeless!

See at least two movies in the theater-doesn’t sound like a lofty goal, but I only made it to one this year (Star Wars on 12-29-15. Seriously, I made it to ONE movie this year)-Ghostbusters and Fantastic Beasts…what a lofty goal LOL.  Although, seriously, I only managed those two!

Participate in CAL/KALS-First ones this year are Melody’s Makings Mini Mystery Create-A-Long and Ravelry’s Red Heart Lovers January CAL/KAL (cowls)- I did two CALs: the Southern Diamond Wrap and Red Heart Lover’s January CAL

Reach/surpass my 2016 GoodReads Reading Challenge goal (30 books)-Completed!

Go to two conferences for professional growth- ZERO

What should be my goals for this year??

  • Read 35 books (I can’t believe my number is low-I used to read 3 books at a time)
  • Learn to sew (a local store has Sewing 101 classes, hopefully my work schedule will allow me to take the 4 week course!)
  • Work out 3 times per week (Now I’ll have 2 hours/day free as Miss ME is starting pre school! Time to get rid of the “2016 s*cked” extra pounds)
  • Complete my Year of Projects List (Work in progress)
  • Continue to donate knit and crochet items (I always have a box ready to fill and send)
  • Make one project per month from one of the many crochet and knitting magazines I purchase (I buy all these magazines and just look at them and plan…never execute)
  • Take more photos (I’ll post to Instagram!)
  • See THREE movies…in the movie theater, not Netflix!
  • Walk 3 5K’s (I’ve been told by my Spine Doctor “if you want surgery Alison, start running and spinning again”.  So, since I don’t want surgery, it looks like power walking and the elliptical will be my cardio from now on)

On New Year’s Eve, I cleaned my basement and created this:

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No excuses in 2017!

Power of positive thinking!

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We had a busy two weeks, getting ready for Christmas and hosting my parents for the weekend.

Also, Miss ME turned Three!!!

I can’t believe that my baby is three…time is flying.

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I’m sure in a few years, she’ll be mad at me for birthing her the day after Christmas, but for now, she is just excited for a second day of presents 🙂

My current read is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

I am really enjoying it and particularly like how the chapters go back and forth between the descendants of the two sisters.

Of course,  I have had to bookmark the genealogy page to help keep track of who’s descendants are who’s.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

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I am working on my husband’s Honeycomb blanket (found in the book Crochet to Calm, pattern by AnneMarie Benthem).

I plan on spending a week working on this to make some serious progress.

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I also made Spider Woman Knits Drop Stitch Knit Cowl.

A free pattern, this has almost 6000 completed projects on Ravelry.

I have wanted to make it for a while.

An easy pattern, made in the round, I finished it very quickly.

However, I’m not in love with it and will be donating it to Hooking for the Homeless.

My yarn choice was not right for the pattern.

In my opinion,  a very stiff chunky yarn needs to be used for this pattern (maybe Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick?).

It looks best as it does in the designers pictures, my yarn was too “soft” and gave it too much drape.

Happy Reading & Crafting!

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Yarn Along (and a tiny 30k)

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30

A good number!

I reached my GoodReads goal of 30 books in 2016 (after 2015’s tiny, minuscule amount of  reading due to inability to concentrate after many life changes).

AND

SimplySummerStreet has reached 30,000!

Thank you to everyone who has visited to see completed craft projects and books read!

Thank you to Ginny and her weekly “Yarn Along-ers” who helped get me reach my GoodReads goal with great recommendations!

This week I am reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi:

The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

I am only 50 pages in, but it is holding my attention.

I haven’t started a new project, but I have all the supplies need to start a Tea House Wrap by Two of Wands.

I’ve wanted to make this for a long time (I fell in love with the Coffee House Wrap and was so pleased they created a crochet version)!

This is a busy week, so I’m not sure how much I will accomplish.

Have a good week!

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