Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

I’ve been reading

I’ve been busy reading for me, with the kids, and for work.

The Hunger Games by Susan Collins Catching Fire by Susan Collins

First the great books I’ve been reading just for me.. I started this one because I had read a lot of positive teen librarian responses about it, so at first I thought it would be my attempt at keeping up on some newer teen fiction for my job. After about 50 pages, I knew I was reading it for me and just couldn’t put it down. I finished the second in the series with the same result! Even if you are a grown-up… read it if you like exciting dystopian novels.

Twelve months of knitting

And of course a couple of knitting books to browse. Then there are the kids books. We’ve been hooked on a couple to celebrate the season.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert Our Apple Tree by Gorel Kristina Naslund We Gather Together by Wendy Pfeffer

The work related books have been fun and interesting too. I am moderating the Woolly Bookworms at my library. It’s for kids & adults and they’re encouraged to bring any fiber project to work on. (Hmmm…. notice how I slipped in a hobby at work?) But seriously, everyone who attends enjoys themselves, talks about the book and their projects and attendance has grown (yes, my boss might be reading this!)

American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne.Ivy and Bean by Anne Barrows The Fledgling Jane Langton

Now to get started on a few new kids fiction titles…. I’m loking forward to reading the 39 Clues series and The Olympians series.  I’m always looking for suggestions no matter what age they are for!


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Thank you to all who serve, to all who give, and to all who have given. Thank you for my freedom.

Thank you Dad, Grandpa D., Grandpa P., Uncle J., Uncle D., and to my father-in-law.

When you are out today… Say thank you, accept the poppy, make a donation, and wear the poppy proudly!

Can’t find a poppy? cosmicplutoknits has a quick pattern for you for the poppy below.  Laura Chau developed the pattern and was kind enough to share the picture too.


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Lunch alfresco

soup outside

Saturday I had the pleasure of dining outside for lunch. The kids were at my parents so that left me home alone on my lunch break from work. What a treat! Fall soup, white pesto pizza, sunshine, and a warm breeze.

soup out Thor

For dessert: knitting with my feet up. Love the puppy supervising and waking me as I dozed off. Good thing too, ’cause I was almost late getting back to work!

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Pink? for me?

Pink shawl beginnings

I’ve cast on yet another project, in the midst of the project coat. The yarn is a birthday gift from a friend, a wonderful chunky wool in a marled pink. I’ve never thought of myself as a pink fan, but I just love this, and I’ve always wanted to knit myself a warm ’round-the-house’ shawl. Some thing I could throw on to take the dog out, for a quick jaunt to the store or have handy for a cool soccer game. I believe the combination of this pattern and this yarn will be the perfect solution.

Now, if I could only find more time to knit, what with 3 sick kids, a full time job and other incidentals…..

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Finished just in time

, originally uploaded by libraryl0v3r.

I think I set a knitting record for myself, a hat in a week. I love it, and finished it just as the weather is getting cooler around here.

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Knitting basketEarlier in the week while it was still sunny, dry and warm, the monkeys were out playing, so I joined them outside with the knitting basket. Of Course!

l_1600_1200_ECB41BF2-BF1F-4BE6-9675-9C0677551FF9.jpeg Quickly the contents were snatched up an incorporated into the arranging and rearranging of the fall produce on the picnic table. The balls started to unwind and there I was spoiling all the fun, trying to discourage my monkeys from tangling themselves up in some beautiful locally raised and spun wool. I’m such a mean Mama.

l_1600_1200_EE467CC3-B31C-4DC7-A444-99A9499DAE93.jpegThis was the final masterpiece and I was summonded to take a picture. “Mama, can you see the face?” said my eldest, I really have creative monkeys.  I love this picture it has nearly all my favorites, except of course, my 3 favorite monkeys!

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p_1600_1200_909A8EE3-52E9-47F2-9D2C-94E8FB8987E2.jpegSo I cast on a hat the other night. I’m using this pattern I found for free on Ravelry with this yarn in cedar. I love the color. It’s knitting up so fast and I brought it to a meeting my husband and I had to attend. He couldn’t believe I was knitting during it, secretly I think he was jealous he couldn’t be playing on his iPhone and still have that be socially acceptable during the meeting.
I’m loving its progress, although I was a bit concerned that it would be too tight, but I tried it on today…. snug but I’m sure it will settle into its stitches as soon as its off the needles and washed. Perhaps this weekend some time….

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