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Joining Ginny today for Yarn Along.

Knitting – I started a test for Elena of Anadiomena Designs. This one is similar to her Wild Vanilla pattern that I knit in the summer but this time with a fun kangaroo pocket that I think T will really love. T is finding most wool itchy at the moment, especially  Berroco Ultra Alpaca, hopefully she will grow out of this, but for now I’m going with Berroco Comfort and hope that it keeps the itchiness at bay. T chose the colour, it was the closest thing she could find to Robin’s Egg Blue, everything is about birds right now. I’ll tell you more about the birds another time.

Reading – T and I have been reading lots of Fancy Nancy. I love these books so much such a delight to read. Nancy has a big vocabulary which is great for my little book worm, she has a wonderful imagination and is filled with creativity. I highly recommend Nancy for your little book worms.

Reading or knitting anything fun today?

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Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

I’m currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern along with folks in The PlayfulDay Podcast Group on Ravelry. I didn’t read the synapses before I dove into this one, much like with The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Le Cirque des Rêves, is only open at night. A circus that arrives without warning, one day its there the next day it isn’t. The black and white tents contain the most amazing sights and experiences that keep people coming back again and again.

Behind the great acts of the circus two magician’s are competing in a dual. The magicians  have been trained since childhood for this event but could never imagine that it is a dual to the death….

The atmosphere of the circus is amazing and keeps me listening but I can’t say the story line behind the circus is all that interesting. It skips about so much that you don’t really get to know the characters as much as I would have liked.I do however think the circus will make a great movie .

I have two knits currently on the go with this audio book.

I cast on for a hat for T. The pattern is the For Good Hat by Megan Williams. 

Megan is one of the faces behind the Stockinette Zombies Podcast. The pattern was designed in remembrance of her sister, who tragically died in 2007 from pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs), that the family believe were caused by the birth control she was taking.

All proceeds of this pattern will be donated FOR GOOD, to the National
Women’s Health Network in Melissa’s name. The NWHN is a woman’s health
advocacy organization seeking to “protect women from health risks caused by
unsafe drugs, devices and medical treatments”, in addition to addressing many
other health issues that face women today like health care coverage.

If you would like to purchase the pattern you can do so here or make a donation to the For Good cause here.

Megan is also hosting a For Good KAL on the Stockinette Zombies Group if you’d like to join in.

I’m also testing a pattern for my good friend Sarah.

This is mitten #1 of my pair of Ardour Mittens.

This beautiful stranded mitten pattern is working up quickly. I love how the pattern differs from the front to the back yet still works so well together.

I’ll be adding a lace lining to these mittens as per the pattern. It will be my first time knitting liners and I don’t think it will be my last.

I’m almost finished with The Night Circus… do you have an recommendations for my next audiobook? I’m got some  big projects coming up that are going to require a new book.

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Knitting – I’m trying to get some WIP’s finished up because I have so many projects lined up that I want to cast on for. I know if I don’t finish these now they will end up in the pile of unfinished socks I already have on the go. I just have the feet and toes to go and I’m hoping to get a good chunk of that done today. I will hopefully have a new pair of socks by the weekend!

Reading -  My MIL brought this book for me on the Sunday and I instantly knew I would love it. Katie Davis a then 18 year old girl moves from Tennessee  to Uganda for a 1 year term as a kindergarten teacher. What she doesn’t know is how her life would change and how at 21 she would end up starting a non profit organization, adopt 14 ugandan girls and help so many other out along the way.

This book really hits home for me. We have several sponsored children, our first we sponsored when he was only 3 and Moose and I were still dating. He lives in Uganda and because we shared a little of what we have is able to go to school, have nutrious meals, get medical help and education for the community about farming, how to grow crops etc. All things we take for granted every day.

I’m interested to get to the end of the book and have already looked at Katie’s non profit organization Amazima. Check out the website for ways to help and if  you don’t already sponsor a child you should definitely consider it. Living with a little less *something this world needs so terribly to do*  can save a child’s life and give them a chance at a future.

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It’s time for another Yarn Along. I haven’t read a book for a good couple of weeks.

I picked up a couple of books while I was away that I’m excited to read.

This first is Gypsy Boy by Mikey Walsh. A true story for a boy growing  up in a Romany Gypsy family in the 80′s.

I’m sure you have all seen or heard of the tv show “My big fat gypsy wedding” . Growing up in Ireland I grew up hearing about Gypsy’s  a lot but never saw any of them. They would come to the door looking for milk etc. so I guess it’s only natural that I was always curious about them. This will be an interesting read I am sure.

As for Knitting I’m chugging right along on Haslam, I’m been enjoying the simlicity while catching up on my current tv obsession…. more about that later!

Have you read any good books lately??

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Excited to join Yarn Along today and tell you about a book I just couldn’t put down!

I read Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim in two days. I stayed up waaaay too late the first night and then finished it off during nap time the following day.

 Set in the 1800′s on a Cotton Plantation the story is told in the eyes of  Mattie a slave who has to leave her own baby to become a wet nurse for the plantation owners newborn daughter Elizabeth.  First thing in the morning and last thing at night Mattie watches the Quarters, as her family goes about  their day hoping to get a glimpse of her son from the nursery window. While Mattie misses her son, her affection for Elizabeth is growing day by day as is Elizabeth’s for Mattie.

A wonderfully written yet heart wretching story of the lives of slaves and the sacrifices they were forced to make. How, for lack of a better word, “idiotic”  plantation owners were thinking they were doing the slaves a favour……and a  special bond that would change Elizabeth’s life, opened her eyes to many wrong doing’s and would ultimately impact the woman she would become.

Beautifully written, a definite page turner and my favourite book so far this year!

*I must also note this is the author’s FIRST book! Excited to see what’s next for Ibrahim.

KNITTING

I’ve been culling the herd of WIP’s this week. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with how many projects I had on the go and wanted to try and bring it back down to a manageable number before we set off this weekend.

This is a cardigan I started for T in early February.  I didn’t get very far into it before it languished in my basket  as 20 sweaters were all screaming at me to be knit RIGHT NOW!

The pattern is from a baby booklet I got free with a Let’s Knit magazine Moose came home with while we were in Ireland last. There don’t seem to be any pictures of the pattern online so you’ll have to wait a little while longer before you can get a glimpse of it. It is a BABY book but the sizes on this pattern went  up to 2 years. The measurements seemed like it would fit T if I added some overall length so fingers crossed it comes out ok.

I’m kicking myself for not knitting this in the round. If I do knit it again I will definitely take the time to do that because the finishing on this baby is brutal!!! It’s taking just as much time to sew it all up as it did to knit!!

Hopefully it’s worth it!

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It’s time for another yarn along with Ginny.

I’m afraid I haven’t got much reading done lately. I started listening to book 3 of the Hunger Games called Mockingjay but didn’t get very far.

As for knitting I think I’ve done more winding than knitting.

I ran out of yarn for my Vintage inspired socks I was working on…. a knitter from my local knitting group  is hooking me up with more though.

Outlaw is on time out while some numbers are fixed in the pattern…

Which left me with idle hands…. not a good thing!

There are of course a few other WIP’s but my mind is really on sweaters!!

 I have wound yarn for 3 different sweaters I want to make and I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to take to Ireland to knit as well.

Decision’s Decision’s!!!

I’m still working on  Classic Raglan the 2nd, enjoying those simple stitches and had some help too.

T worked on a few stitches reciting the poem I taught her

In through the bunny hole

Round the big tree

Out through the bunny hole

And off goes he!

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As I type T is playing hairdresser…. I’ve got one eye squinted from the pain of the round brush jabbing into my head, I’m being asked to tilt  my head waaay waaay back so she can wash it and then spraying hairspray on top. Boss has his paw on my arm as if to say HELLLOOOO you aren’t touching me while Molly, oh sweet Molly dreams of daddy on her pillow.

I’ve been having a case of startitis as of late. Not that I have cast on a lot but I’ve been thinking about it and winding yarn like a crazy woman. There are just too many things floating around in my head right now and its all my stashes fault!

The potential of each skein is jumping at me left and right and I’m having a hard time settling on one pattern for certain yarns as many ideas are coming to me.

That being said today I’m concentrating on Outlaw. I love this sweater and although I’ve had to make some adjustments along the way it’s all coming together nicely. I joined the sleeves to the body last night will start the patterned yoke this afternoon.

Until this one is done I’m going to try to keep my mind at bay and not cast on too much… maybe just one or two small things…. ugghhh MUST KNIT FASTER!

I’m listening to the second book in the Hunger Games series called Catching Fire. I liked book one but I was left feeling kind of meh and wondering what all the hype was about. Once I started book two I realized I was drawn more to the characters than anything. I’m almost through with book 2, they are quick reads thats for sure, then there will be  one book left in the series.

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Joining Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along.

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr.

This week I’m listening to The Hunger Games audiobook. I know this is a popular book and that the movie is coming out soon but I had no idea what the book was about until I started it. I rarely read the backs of books, I find it spoils the story for me. I like to dive in head first and learn what its all about once I get going.

I’m about halfway through the cd’s and am enjoying it although it is completely different to what I imagined it would be like. It kind of shocked me at first when I realized it was in a sense a Gladiator theme.

Here’s the blurb from GoodReads,

*In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.*

I started a new sweater! Preita gifted me her gorgeous new pattern Outlaw.  I knew I wanted to knit it immediately if only there was something in the stash that would work. I started swatching with some zenith but the fabric was just waaaay too drapey and I knew I wanted something sturdy to hold the hood up. I had been holding on this to knit another Classic Raglan with but I didn’t really have any other options for Outlaw so I ended up caving and casting on with it.  It’s not my first colour choice for it but when working with stash yarns you’ve just gotta use what’s available. It also helped that I couldn’t really picture me in the sweater in a specific colour either like I normally do.

Reading anything good? Got any new knits planned? Do tell!

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Reading –  I’m still listening to The Help when I have time. I’m really enjoying this book and am  excited to see the movie when I’m done. I’ll will be interested to see the actresses they chose for the book, it’s going to be hard to top the narrator’s on the audio book.

Knitting – I picked up my I Heart Aran again and am determined to get this finished and in rotation.  I”m working my way up the front then I will block, seam and add the neck. I need to put my blinders on so I don’t get side tracked by anything else in the mean time.

Do you find yourself  heading down bunnies trails when you are trying so hard to stay on track with something?


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Joining in for Yarn Along on this snowy wednesday! Yes you heard right SNOWY! Hopefully we get the 15cms we are anticipating and hopefully it will hang around…. I’m not holding my breath.

Reading : I started to listen to The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I’m really enjoy this on audio, those thick southern accents are so enjoyable to listen to. One of the narrator’s reminds me of the voice of the main character in The War. I loooved that movie. I’m excited to watch The Help in movie form once I finish the book.

Knitting : I’m working my way up Terracotta. I have other exciting things waiting in the wings to be knit but I really want to get this one done before I move on to anything else. I’ve joined the sleeves to the body and am currently knitting the decreases in the yoke. Won’t be long now!

Anyone know of any household products that can be used to clean a laptop screen? I can’t seem to keep little hands away from it lately.