yarn along 2017

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It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in yarn along, but knitting is playing a larger role in my days this year, so I plan to be joining in weekly whenever I can throughout 2017. 🙂

And so my first project is a year-long one, as I’ve decided to create a temperature blanket.  For those not in the know, a temperature blanket is created by knitting a row every day in a color corresponding to the temperature outside. Because the high and low temperatures can vary widely where we live, however, I decided to knit two rows daily — one in the color corresponding to the high and another in the color of the low temperature. I also am using colors I already had in my stash, so they don’t all match up exactly with the traditional ones in pattern guides. I know it’s still early days, but I’m loving how it’s looking so far! 🙂 I’ll post an update each month so you can see how the blanket is shaping up.

After regrettably getting away from book reading, in 2016 I made a conscience effort to get back into one of my first loves. And I managed to finish 17 books, which was quite the achievement because I also had to get through several textbooks for my university studies. I’m continuing this trend in 2017, and one of the books currently on my reading pile is the novel “On Beauty” by Zadie Smith. I confess the first 60-70 pages were slow going, but now I’m loving the characters and thoroughly involved in the intertwined storylines — wonderful!

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, to combat the gray and snowy winter landscape, I am continuing to work in bright, springy yarns (this is an organic cotton/wool blend), and the focus is on building up my stock of infant and toddler beanies in colors befitting the upcoming season.  🙂

My book reading pile this week has been neglected — too  many deadlines and other business going to afford me more than ten-minute reading breaks. Which is when I typically dive into my magazine stash (which I confess is formidable!) — an inexpensive little luxury that I still treat myself to. 🙂

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I am finishing up a new cowl in a gorgeous virgin merino/angora wool, and I just love it. On these gray, cold February days, it feels so good to have lighter weight wool and cotton in brighter hues on my needles. And the excitement of the first spring flings and craft shows rapidly approaching helps spur me on as well. 🙂

My reading pile this week is topped by Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. I picked up this Pulitzer Prize winner at our local library’s annual summer sale, but the book sat on my shelf untouched until I was reminded of it by Frances McDormand — one of my all-time favorite actors — at the Golden Globe awards. So now I’m really looking forward to reading this highly acclaimed book.

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I just finished a pair of soap “socks” in fibranatura organic cotton, which are being gifted and mailed off tomorrow. 🙂

My reading pile this week is topped by Julia Cameron’s creative memoir, floor sample. Julia Cameron has been an long-time inspiration in my life, to which the stacks of journals (where I write my “daily pages”) easily attest. Over the years, her words have coaxed me to return to writing, to explore creative interests, and to believe in myself always. For these reasons, I’m really looking to spending some time with this book this week.

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I just finished another pair of reversible boot cuffs in light and raspberry pink cashmere/merino wool. I think boot cuffs are a fun new(ish) accessory that can help pull a look together — and to have essentially two pair in little more time than one is an added bonus. 🙂

My reading pile this week is topped by Kari Chapin‘s second book, “Grow Your Handmade Business,” a follow-up to her original “The Handmade Marketplace.” I found her first book helpful and inspiring when setting up my Etsy shop and navigating my first craft show. I’m hoping to find her later work just as useful as I too work to grown our handmade business. Anyone have any suggestions of similar titles to recommend? If so, please leave details in the comments!

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I have started a new project that is neither for the shop nor a gift for friends and family. Rather, I’m working on a prayer shawl that will be donated to a local hospice. It’s been awhile since I’ve knitted in a more charitable way, and I tell you it’s a great feeling, to be able to use a skill to make something meaningful for strangers. 🙂

My reading pile this week is topped by the seventh installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series, called “Blue Shoes and Happiness.” I am probably six or more books behind (he is one prolific author!), but I like to read Precious stories in the throes of winter. There is such a warmth to McCall Smith’s writing that makes his stories just what I want to read on gray, cold January days. 🙂

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I have been finishing up some new year’s gifts for a couple of good friends in Wisconsin. I finished up Julie’s cabled cowl yesterday and hope to have Don’s “mantastic” ribbed one finished in a few episodes of Downton Abbey. 🙂 (I’ll be stocking both of these in the shop soon as well!)

My well-worn copy of Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” is on the top of my reading pile. I didn’t make resolutions this new year, but I did make a few renewed commitments, including one to my writing. Anne’s writer’s guide always helps motivate me and keep me focused on the doing (rather than the wishing/wanting/procrastinating), bird by bird/word by word. I love her. 🙂

 

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