WIP Wednesday # 18

Wow.  What a start to the new year.  If 2012 went out like a lamb, 2013 has come in like a lion.  Lots of stress, angst, responsibilities, new friendship, fiber, group agendas (and did I mention responsibility?) — so far it has been a roller-coaster.

Last week, I was voted in as President of the Memphis Knitting Guild and R is the new Social Media Coordinator.  We’re excited about the changes we can bring to the Guild and I hope the membership will be open enough to embrace them this year.  So far, so good.  🙂
April will bring about the first Gathering of the Guilds (of the West Tennessee area).  We are all getting together for a meet and greet.  Hopefully we will be able to work out a social event between guilds for the fall.  Unfortunately the Gathering takes place the same weekend as Stitches South so we cancelled our plans to attend and registered for the Gathering.  If you live within driving distance of Jackson, TN and are a member of a Guild — join us!
On to the knitting :)….
So last month I undertook a massive Knitting organization and cleanup for the stash, tools, and pattern library.  I am still working on completing some of those tasks but the work is coming along nicely.  I frogged a couple of WIPs that were started, literally, years ago and now I am down to a crochet afghan, a knitted scarf, and a pair of knit socks.
The afghan is a long-term project.  It is a duplicate of my previous Alaskan Nights throw for my in-laws and need not be finished until November…  
I’m on row 5.  If I learned anything from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s lessons I would be worried… But I guess they were just too entertaining to be instructional.  🙂
The scarf is a simple foray into Entrelac knitting:
They are being worked in Noro’s Silk Garden : Colorway 252…  I am really enjoying the yarn.  I had heard mixed things about Noro’s Silk Garden but in my opinion — despite the vegetative matter — it is a beautiful yarn with a nice hand and a wonderful drape.  I can’t wait to finish this WIP.






[Image from the KP pattern.]
Finally, the sock pattern I am working came from Knit Picks.  It is my first true pair of socks.  I have made baby socks/booties, but this is the first adult sized pair.  It is the free Boot Socks pattern from KP, knit in KP’s Swish Worsted Marble Heather for the MC and in their Wool of the Andes Worsted Fedora for the CC for extra durability in the heel, toe, and cuff.  The pattern is plain enough to be manly in the right colors, endlessly modifiable, and (best of all) it was free.  You might think endless knit rows in grey and brown would be boring, but it is worsted weight after all so the progress is fast and this is my first ever 2 socks on 2 circulars project so I have that to keep me entertained!
*** Hint: These would make a GREAT Christmas present for any man in your life.

As for reading, well, I have had little time for reading for so long now that I cannot remember what I last read.  I have, however, been listening to a great deal of books.  At the moment, I am revisiting a favorite from years ago — Thunderhead by Douglas Child and Lincoln Preston.
There are also lots of WIPs from Christmas to reveal in the coming weeks so check back next week for Ta-Da! Tuesday!
What are you working on?
Happy Knitting Everyone!

20 Questions… (more or less)

Happy WIP Wednesday Everyone!

I like to start all of my posts as a letter to the reader.  I don’t know why I settled on this format for the blog when I began it.  I suppose it felt more personal that way.  Given that most of my readers are probably friends and family anyway, it seems an appropriate choice… 🙂

Or at least that’s how it started out.  These days I have several blog friends and that relationship is entirely unique.  It’s both distant and intimate.  I know these people, in the sense that through their blog posts I have a clear glimpse into their lives.  I know how many children and pets they have, what their spouses names are, what they do for a living, how they spend their time, their favorite colors, foods, books, music, and other tastes.  So in one sense, I know them intimately — through their blog I laugh with them, feel sad with them, celebrate births, mourn deaths and spend my time with them.

On the other hand, I don’t know them at all.  I don’t know where they live.  We’ve never met for lunch.  We don’t spend any time together in person and there are things you just don’t learn about each other as internet pen-pals.

So, it’s for this reason that I am writing this post today.  I don’t normally do this sort of thing — my friends and family know that 99% of the time I delete forwards and questionnaires — I get enough junk mail without sending more into the world and ruining my e-mail karma!  But when my friend Steph at Woolythyme decided to adapt one of these emails for the blogger-verse to try and get to know her bloggers better, I thought it was a great idea.  So here goes…

Tag Rules

  1. Post these rules on your blog.
  2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions set for you by the person who tagged you.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag.    …well…. I adapted those from Steph because they were so good…
  5. Let them know that you tagged them. ***        nah…
  6. You legitimately have to tag 11 people, but if you don’t know 11 bloggers, tag as many as you can.***        nope not happening…

 Questions from My Tagger
  1. Favorite pet of all time.  My mini schnauzer, Sasha 
  2. Meryl Streep or Diane Keaton? I like them both, but Diane Keaton hands down.
  3. Favorite movie set.  The beach cottage in Something’s Gotta Give.
  4. Furthest you’ve ever been from home.  Ekaterinburg, Russia (Literally on the other side of the world — 5,829 miles)
  5. Most unusual mode of transportation you’ve ever tried. Prison Bus. (Russia mission trip transportation)
  6. Do you speak any foreign languages?  (Pig Latin counts) Italian.
  7. Best vacation you’ve ever been on. I spent a summer in Italy in college.  It was wonderful!
  8. What is your earliest childhood memory? I remember getting my first pet when I was 3.  A tiny black and white kitten.
  9. A book you’ve read that you would recommend to everyone. Just one? The Thirteenth Tale.
  10. I think most of us are crafters—your most disastrous crafted thing.  (If you don’t craft–your biggest kitchen disaster….let me tell you about my eggnog sometime.)  I slaved over a snowflake afghan when I was 15.  I finally finished it right before Christmas in 1999.  7 days before Christmas our house burned to the ground — no more blanket… 😦  Eventually I remade it and gave it to my mother, finally.  You can see it here
  11. Your favorite toy as a child.  Probably a crochet hook (I started young).  If it has to be a toy, I had a brown teddy bear that I was pretty rough on.  I still have it — his ear partly melted when I left him too close to the heater and he’s a bit threadbare here and there, but he’s still alive! 
  12. Who is your favorite singer (or band)?  Loreena McKennitt
  13. Have you seen the first person you kissed in the last 10 years? We’re married, I see her ever day!
  14. What country would you like to visit before you die? New Zealand!
  15. Have you ever seen a dead body in person?  Yes
  16. Favorite book or movie that makes you want to eat.  Hmm… Toss up really.  No Reservations, or Julie and Julia, or maybe It’s Complicated… so many good ones recently.

 Random things about me….

    1.  My favorite color is Blue.
    2.  I lost a sister just hours after she was born.
    3.  I am a chef, crocheter, knitter, spinner and a potter, photographer, and student of Art History.
    4.  I wear glasses when I read.  That’s the only time so most people don’t know.
    5.  I was a white haired blonde when I was little… with straight hair. (Think Village of the Damned)
    6.  I was envious of knitting when I was little and only knew how to crochet — although I would never have admitted it.
    7.  I am a better knitter because I learned to crochet first.
    8.  Ever since I was little I have loved the Alien movies… but I hated small murderous things in horror movies…
    9.  I have been afraid of clowns since I saw killer clowns from outer space.
  10.  I have ridden an elephant.
  11.  I have been in a Russian prison.
Although I think it’s cliche, my favorite city in the world is Paris.

Questions for my taggees…..

1.  What is your funniest pet story?
2.  Meryl Streep or Diane Keaton? (gotta keep the good ones)
3.  Your favorite Ravelry designer?
4.  Your favorite place in your country?
5.  Your favorite British TV series?
6.  What is your favorite pastry?
7.  Best vacation you’ve ever been on.
8.  What is your favorite childhood memory?
9.  A book series you’ve read that you would recommend to everyone?
10.  I think most of us are crafters—describe the first thing you made that you were really proud of…
11.  Your favorite toy as an adult 🙂

 So, that’s the game… Now is the part where I’m supposed to tag/forward to a bunch of people which isn’t happening.  BUT, if you’d like to participate I’d love it if you used this on your own blog or chose a few questions to answer in the comments section — that way everyone can play!

I can’t wait to read the comments… Tag, you’re it!
P.S. – If you choose to play on your own blog, just add your link in the Mr. Linkey below!

 

Below is a Mr. Linky list if you’d like to add a link to your own blogpost.  It’s cached, so give it a minute or so to add your link to the list.

A couple courtesy requests:
     1. Submit the URL of your WIP post and not to the main blog page or a previous WIP post.
     2. Please include a link back to this page in your own WIP post.
     3. No comment is necessary — the request is added automatically by Mr. Linky. 

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WIP(s) Wednesday!

Good Morning Everyone!

I LOVE to knit and read. Unfortunately I find myself incapable of holding a book with two hands while knitting so I listen to audiobooks…

The last few days I’ve paired my knitting projects with separate books. In the evenings, my wife R and I listen to the A Song of Ice and Fire series and right now we’re in book 3, A Storm of Swords. I’ve paired this bleak and dramatic book with the scarf I’m currently knitting:

This is the first scarf I’ve ever made with a built in I-Cord edging and I’m really enjoying the result!  Unfortunately this gray does not photograph well…

When I work alone, I’ve been listening to the Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert. Currently I’m listening to the first book, The Tale of Hilltop Farm. I’ve paired this lively tale with a more lively (even if it’s a more mindless work) project in a beautiful spring color. Last fall, I shelved this project to begin some commissioned works, but I’m down to the last ball on the center of this baby blanket. 🙂 YAY!!!

I must admit though that it looks like I’ve got longer to go than I can expect yarn to last… Am anxious to get through this last ball and see if it’ll stretch!

Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you’re reading and working on!

As always, Knit Happy!

Below is a Mr. Linky list if you’d like to add a link to your own blogpost.  It’s cached, so give it a minute or so to add your link to the list.

A couple courtesy requests:
     1. Submit the URL of your WIP post and not to the main blog page or a previous WIP post.
     2. Please include a link back to this page in your own WIP post.
     3. No comment is necessary — the request is added automatically by Mr. Linky. 

http://www.blenza.com/linkies/autolink.php?owner=aCallToYarns&postid=28Feb2012