Current Reads…

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve been reading just not posting about it…honest. 

I was reading so much for a while at the beginning of the year that it got a bit overwhelming to try and post all the books I was reading.  I still love my Kindle and I use it every day but I’m just not reading as much as I was before.  I’ve already read 52 books and am ahead of schedule for 2012 goal of 100 books.  I still have the goal but I want to read more for the enjoyment of it and less for the “trying to get them read as quickly as possible” of it. 

 

In addition to reading traditional books and books on my Kindle, I also listen to my favorite podcast, Craft Lit.  I stopped listening for about 6 months because I was heavy into politics but now I’m sick of listening to it so I’m trying to get caught up on all the back episodes of Craft Lit.  I love Heather Ordover.  Her voice is amazing to listen to and I love hearing about what she and her family are up to in addition to the books.  But the best part is the books and the “lectures” that go along with them.  Not that Heather lectures but it’s like getting a free college literature class when you listen to Craft Lit.  English Lit and Creative Writing were my two favorite classes in college.  Occasionally I think about taking them again just for fun. 

 I’m still getting caught up on Dracula.  I think I’m down to the last two chapters.  Between Dracula and Treasure Island, sometimes I have the weirdest dreams.  One of the things that I love about my Kindle is that a lot of the classics are in the public domain and that means that I can download and read them for free.  I Craft Lit it in the car and Kindle it at home and on my breaks at work…though sometimes I Craft Lit it on my breaks if I’m working on my knitting at work…which happens. 

 On a “recent” episode of Craft Lit, Heather talked about whether reading an actual book is the same as listening to the book.  For me, it’s not the same thing.  Reading is a deliberate act of concentration for me while listening to a book, I tend to fade in and out as I think about other things or am doing other things.  If I actually sit down to read, I tend to remember the plot and the characters better and I also become more emotionally invested in them then I do when I’m listening.  As for which medium I prefer, it’s really a tossup.  I like being able to listen to a book in my car but I love the feel of a book in my hand too.  Listening to a book makes my commute a lot faster but actually reading transports to me to other worlds.  Both formats defiantly have their benefits.

Lustro Cardigan…

I am still working on my Seaglass Shell and I’m done with the front and the back.  I started the lace panel for the back last night but I’m not feeling it.  It’s complicated and requires me to be able to concentrate and I just don’t have that ability right now.  Soooo I decided to put it on hold for a bit and work on my Lustro Cardigan.

 

This cardigan has been in the works to wear to work since the beginning of March.  I picked up 6 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca in black during a sale at Filati’s Fine Yarn in Rocklin (where I seem to be purchasing all my yarn these days) on Leap Day.  I really need a black cardigan for work and I figured that with this simple of a pattern it would be perfect for black since black tends to hide stitch definition.

At this point, I don’t even know where I”m at with this sweater.  I think I may have finished one of the fronts and maybe the back.  But I’m not really sure.  I brought it to work with me today with the intention of working on it on my lunch break…or at least figuring out where I’m at on it.  Of course I didn’t make any notes in Ravelry or on a sticky note, so I’m clueless.  The only thing I know is that I’m using a US5 circular needle.

When I put this down to concentrate on my running I didn’t know that it would be a few couple of months before I was able to pick it up again.  Or that I would start and finish at least one other project before I came back to this one.  Funny how that seems to work for me…detailed notes, finish in no time…No notes, months go by before I work on it again.  Larch cardigan is a perfect example of this.  That thing is like 99% done but I don’t finish it because I’m not sure where I’m at on it.  Seems so silly.  Maybe I should declare June the “Month of Finishing!”  And you have to say that in your best movie announcer voice.

Wednesday WIP…

Stockstravaganza is done and I cast on for Seaglass Shell from the most recent copy of Interweave Knits.

Manos Serena

I picked up 4 skeins of Manos Serena from Filatis Fine Yarns in Rocklin a week ago and I’ve been dying to cast on for this.  This yarn is Baby Alpaca and Pima Cotton and it is amazing.  So soft and the drape is to die for.

I loved the blue that this top was knit in and Filati’s had that color but I decided to go with a green.  I figured that with my red hair, the green would really make it shine.  It’s a very soft green.  I’m just hoping that this won’t fry me being that it has baby alpaca in it.  I get so warm at work but with no sleeves, it should be fine.  Honestly, with no sleeves, I might freeze in my office.  It’s always hot in the morning and cold in the afternoon when the sun moves away from the window closest to my desk.

 I can’t wait to finish this and wear it.  I just hope it looks as good on me as it does the model in the magazine.

Maine State of Mind

Let me preface this by saying that I have never been Maine or any of the Northeastern Sea Board.  But lately I have had the worst wanderlust and have been having fantasies of packing up everything we own and moving to a cottage on the Maine coast.  I’m in love.  And with images like these, how can you not be?

I’d love to have a little cottage with a small summer garden in the back.

Who wouldn’t want to sit in the yard and watch their kids play here?  Or work on some knitting in the sunroom?

Or enjoy some Maine lobster that was caught that day?

Or visit Acadia National Park?

I have the wanderlust bad for Maine.  I guess it’s time to start putting the thought into Hubbs head about going to Maine at least for a visit!

One More Added to the Queue…

After I posted yesterday, I found one more pattern that I had to add to my queue, even 100.

Hootenanny by Amy Herzog

After I posted yesterday, I found this pattern while reading blogs.  I love the owls on the toe and on the cuff.  This is going on my list of must knit.  I was going to knit a second pair of Sockstravaganza with the colors filp flopped but I’m thinking of making these instead.  So cute!

Ravelry will be the death of me…

I spent the morning doing the one thing that I know I shouldn’t be doing…looking at patterns on Ravelry.  This is always fun but never a good idea.  My Queue is now 99 patterns long.  99!  Like I’m ever going to have time to knit all those patterns but I love being able to have a place to put things I might want to knit and be able to find them again later.  A queue is a good thing…but a bad thing because now I want to KNIT ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!!! 

Here’s a few of the patterns I added to my queue this morning…

French Braid Cardigan by Tanis Lavallee

This would be so amazing in something really soft and lovely for fall when you need a little something but it’s still warm enough that you don’t need buttons.

Lattice by Rose Beck

I don’t know if it’s the architectural detail of the stitches snaking up the shawl or just the color but I’m in love with this shawl.  It would be so great for my office, especially on a blustery day.

Menemsha Pullover by Angela Hahn

This is from the Summer 2012 Interweave Knits.  I’m already planning on the Seaglass Shell from this same edition but I love the sideways yoke on this and the cut out sleeves.  Amazing.

Zephyr by Tori Gurbisz

Toggle buttons.  I loves them.  Enough said.

Roosimine by Caoua Coffee

Socks, we all know that I love my socks.  Just look at my project page.  I’m sure it’s 90% socks.

Emelie by Elin Berglund

I love the lattice-work on the front with all stockinette stitch everywhere else.  And those tiny buttons, so cute.

Diamond & Stripe Coad by Nataliya Galifianakis

While I like the diamond pattern on this, I love the shawl collar.  This would be another great sweater for wearing in the office.

Papillon by Svetlana Volkova

Simple stockinette with an amazing lace panel in the front, what’s not to love?

Water & Stone by Veera Valimaki

Again, simple stockinette with an amazing chevron detail.  Simple but beautiful.

Henslow by Beth Kling

I love that this is (again) has simple stockinette with an amazing lace edge.

Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier

Love the front on this.  Designed to be open but you could close it with a shawl pin or stick.

 

This is an amazing list of knitting, that even if I only get to knit a small portion of, I will be thrilled with.  I just don’t have

New Diggs at WordPress

I’ve been thinking about moving my blog for some time now to WordPress for no other reason then the fact that my work won’t upgrade our browsers and I can’t view or post to Blogger while I’m at work.  I know it’s silly but that’s where I’m at with the whole thing.

Home has been so busy that getting a chance to put together a post has been a chore in itself…not to mention Pinterest has been such a time suck for me that I can’t seem to look at any other sites while I’m on-line.

But in other news…knitting news…the truely important stuff…I found my next project.

I know, I know…the 4 WIP rule.  It’s still in effect and I currently have WIPs.  I’m planning on finishing Sockstravaganza before I start this project, even though I (cough) already bought (cough) the yarn to make this top.

This is the Seaglass Shell from the Summer 2012 Interweave Knits.  It’s knit in Manos de Uruguay Serena.  I purchased the same yarn at Faliti’s Yarns in Rocklin last week but I choose a green color.  Everything I wear is blue so I figured I’d switch it up and add some green. 

Let me tell you this yarn is so soft.  I haven’t cast on yet for this project so I don’t know how it knits up but it’s Alpaca and Pima Cotton so it’s amazing.  I will say that my husband was less than impressed with the cost, it’s not cheap at $17.50 per skein.  Thankfully, it only takes 4 skeins to make the 38 1/2 that I need.  I will have to be careful with this during the blocking process as alpaca likes to grow when wet.

I plan to wear this to work with a camisole underneath.  I can’t go without a bra especially at work.  No way.  I was concerned about this top with the alpaca because alpaca tends to be very warm but I figure that since my office can double as a meat locker most days and this top is sleeveless, I should be able to wear it and be pretty comfortable. 

Hopefully I can get this done before summer is over.