Yarn Along

When Ginny decided to stop doing the weekly Yarn Along, I was bummed.

I liked going every week to find good book recommendations and knit and crochet inspiration.

I am so happy that The Little Room of Rachell has decided to pick up the task of hosting!

This week I am listening to The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

In Emma Donoghue’s latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

~GoodReads

Honestly, I’m not sure what to think about this book.

I am about half way through; I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either.

I wanted a light read, so that choice is A Slice of Murder (Pizza Lovers #1).

Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina, —which is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart and could use a little quiet time. But when a late night delivery customer turns up dead, she’s in for just the opposite in this delicious mystery series debut, featuring pizza as the prima character . . .

~GoodReads

Sometimes, I just want a cozy, easy read.

This week I finished my BOOM! Shawl (yay!  I’ve been knitting this forever).

I had one Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet.

I searched Ravelry to see what people had knitted with one cake and BOOM! Shawl came up quite often.

Plus, it is a free pattern!

I love it!

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I love the colors and its is warm and snuggly.

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Next up, Jennifer Ozes Carleton Cocoon Sweater (crochet).

I purchased this as a kit from Craftsy during a sale.

Chocolate brown yarn, not my preferred choice but it was one of the few kits left available .

As always, I am slowly adding to my Charlotte Square Afghan.

Have a good week!

 

Yarn Along

It is not often that I have a few hours with ab-so-lutely nothing on my plate.

That was today though!

After waiting what seemed like forever for the bus, I took off in my car.

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I went to my happy place, An Unlikely Story Book Store.

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(Notice the quidditch brooms!)

I browsed, found a book, bought a coffee and sat and read.

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This weeks new read is The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogowa.

He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem–ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.  She is an astute young Housekeeper, with a ten-year-old son, who is hired to care for him.  And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor’s mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son. The Professor is capable of discovering connections between the simplest of quantities–like the Housekeeper’s shoe size–and the universe at large, drawing their lives ever closer and more profoundly together, even as his memory slips away.  The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.

~ GoodReads

My last Yarn Along book was The Fall of Marigolds…I totally recommend it.

Sad, as it deals with September 11th and The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, but well worth the read (I certainly teared up near the end of the book).

My project this week was the zippered pouch you see under the book-to keep my library books and paperback secure in my workbag (no bent corners or pages now!).

Also, I am also 3/4th the way through my “mindless knit” Boom! Shawl using Caron Cake Rainbow Sherbet.

It looks as though Ginny at Small Things is ending the weekly Yarn Along 😦

So, going forth, I’ll just post my reads as they come along (still tagging them as “Yarn Along” for easy finding).

I hope someone else picks up the weekly Yarn Along as I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s reads and projects in one space.

Have a good day!

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I live on the border of another town and utilize many businesses and amenities of that town.

I follow the library on Facebook and it is doing a One Book, One Community event.

The book choice is A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries …and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers …the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

~GoodReads

I put it on hold at my library and it just came in.

It had me hooked right from the get-go.

When I opened up to the title page, there was a post-it from someone who took it out before me informing the next reader that it was a wonderful book and will be hard to put down.

How cute is that?!

The only problem?

It is not on my kindle, so I’m not reading it as fast as I want (I get a lot of reading done when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night…can’t turn the lights on to read an actual book).

This week, along with my Charlotte Baby Blanket and some sewing homework, I am working on a Boom! Shawl (a free patten by Playing with Fibre, found on Ravelry).

I had purchased a Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet and I searched for a project by the yarn.

I love how other Caron Cake colors worked up.

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BTW, I love my new carry-all from Joann’s.

60% off plus another 25% off, it was a steal.

It is great holding my “mindless, watching TV” knitting project.

Have a good week!

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along

 

 

Cables

In an effort to learn new skills, I did a small knit cable project today.

Using up some wool yarn from my felted bag, I made a cup cozy.

I found a simple pattern on Ravelry (free) by MissKnityPants.

Link found here.

This looked like a simple enough pattern to start out with, and I was right!

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I finished it quickly and, for me, the hardest part was seaming my cast on/bind off edges.

This is perfect for my reusable cup from Starbucks (certainly needs a sleeve as it is not insulated).

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I’ve already found some left over LionBrand yarn I’m going to use to make another!

Have a lovely day!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Linked to: LiveRandomlySimple, Sew Can Do

 

Felting

This week, my project included felting!

My friend has been making these great, felted tote bags and is now making a Japanese knot bag (on my Ravelry list of many projects to do).

I decided to make a small, felted project bag.

I chose to make Puk Vossen’s Mortarde tas bag (free pattern on Ravelry).

My color choice was inspired by Ravelry member Mellifico’s bag.

I used Patons Classic Worsted Wool in Sunset Gold and Cream.

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Due to my newness at knitting, where I picked up stitches (to start knitting in the round) was rather sloppy.

So, I chose to do a reverse single crochet all around the seam (otherwise known as the crab stitch).

Where I casted on for the handles was a little loose, but the felting helped that tremendously.

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On cycle in the washing machine, with some towels and it was done!

It is ADORABLE!

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This is perfect size for when I actually attempt to make socks!

Next felted project will be k knits felted knot bag (free pattern on Ravelry)

Today was also my second week of a five week sewing 100 class I am taking.

Last week we learned all about the machines.

This week, we cut our fabric for our first project-a small pillow.

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This will be a pillow for Miss ME.

Our second project will be a tote bag.

Have a good week!

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Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, The Crafting Nook, Sew Can Do

Yarn Along

This weeks read is Richard Russo’s The Whore’s Child and Other Stories.

In this title story, a septuagenarian nun resolutely invades the narrator’s college writing workshop with an incredible saga; a seasoned Hollywood moviemaker uncovers a 25 year old flame he never knew he’d harboured; another child is forced into a harrowing cross-country escape; and more.

~Good Reads

I am also listening to Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

~Good Reads

I love the woman who is narrating this!

Makes my workouts on the treadmill go by quickly.

Along with my Charlotte Square, I am working on a Moutarde tas felted project bag (free pattern on Ravelry by Puk Vossen).

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I’m using Patons Classic Worsted Wool in Sunset Gold and Cream.

I just need to finish the handles and toss it in the washing machine.

I don’t want this to felt a ton, just enough 😉

Have a great week!

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along

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This week I am still reading Find Her by Lisa Gardner.

I’m 70% through and enjoying it.

I always like revisiting characters I have read so much about.

My project today was to seam my Forbidden Forrest cowl.

This project is for the Ravelry group Beginners Knit-a-long’s color work contest.

The project has to be knit, use 2 colors, and must incorporate those colors beyond simple color blocks.

As a new knitter, I am still working on my technique, so my project was super simple (hope it meets the rules).

I used Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool Boston Cowl Pattern (I couldn’t find a link in Ravelry).

Currently, this is paid pattern (I obtained it for free a few weeks ago).

I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes sport yarn in Green Tea Heather, Chocolate, Chestnut and Pampas Heather.

I purchased this sampler pack ages ago and I’m happy to finally use some of the yarn.

I’m calling this cowl Forbidden Forrest because the color combo reminded me of the Forbidden Forrest in Harry Potter (which was on my brain because of Inside Number 23’s Harry Potter KAL).

I’m pleased how it turned out.

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Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along.

UPDATE:

This cowl has been claimed by Miss ME!

If I’m being honest, it really does look better on her than me!

Have a lovely week!

 

Stranding

I had a lot of yarn left over from the kid’s Harry Potter Crochet Cable hat, so I decided to make myself a Harry Potter inspired hat.

I didn’t want the traditional HP stripes, so I went for  random stranding color work.

The basic pattern is from Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel, the House Hat Beanie pattern.

I made the adult size, casting on 108 stitches.

I used my book, The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge, to learn basic stranded technique.

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Holding yarn in each hand as I worked, I did a random pattern of stitches.

I also used double point needles for a portion of it (something I need a lot of work on)

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I really liked out the color pattern turned out!

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However, I should have cast on less stitches-it is LARGE.

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I plan on using a pin to gather the ribbing a little to make it a tad tighter.

I definitely am better at crochet hats then knit hats.

I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this hat as we’ve had a lot of snow lately and the kids are loving going outside!

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Have  a wonderful day!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

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This week I am reading some short stories found in the book A Moment on the Edge.

A Moment on the Edge is a collection of short stories written by twenty-five of the best women mystery writers in history. They span the years between 1903 and 2003. Some of the writers included in this book are Antonia Fraser, Charlotte Armstrong, Sara Paretsky, Ngaio Marsh and Shirley Jackson.

Short stories are just my speed this week.

My project this week is a stash buster.

The Ravelry group, Inside Number 23, is having a year long Harry Potter KAL.

I was watching one of the HP movies this weekend and realized I had a Knit Picks Wool of the Andes sampler pack that resembled the colors in the Forbidden Forest.

So, I am making a Forbidden Forest Knit Cowl.

A nice, simple, mindless knit which I will hopefully finish today and block Friday.

We are expecting a snow storm tomorrow, so I plan on also making a Gryffindor hat for my daughter while I’m snow bound.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along