Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WIP: preSOCKupied

Look! A Ph.D - project half done. I've got so many of these laying around, making me feel like such a smarty pants.

Forgive me for neglecting the blog for a few days weeks. There are so many things going on right now in my life offline, some of them big, some of them silly, and some of them hurtful. A few of them just confusing.

I don't often do well with that particular combination of emotions. Makes me feel a little manic actually, and I end up shutting down and focusing on just the essentials until I can steady my mind again.

And so I've been doing what I usually do and seeking solace in my handwork. As you can see, I've been a little preoccupied with sock knitting.  PreSOCKupied, even.

I'm laying part of the blame at the feet (get it?) of the awesome #OperationSockDrawer instagram hashtag, because really, who can resist casting on for a pair ... or two ... or three ... or more when there is so much lovely sock-y inspiration?

The other part of my recent inspiration is that my son asked me for a pair of socks. Max doesn't ask for much, and so I'm glad to be able to do this for him, especially I know that he understands in his own 8 year old way just what a labor of love it is and how special.  He's a sweet boy and I know he appreciates his mama's handknits. Who can resist knitting for someone like that?

pattern: Susan B. Anderson's How I Make My Socks, using my small circular method

yarn used:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Worthwhile reads and lovely things

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Welcome to my new readers and to those of you returning to this space. Thanks for joining me! I can't believe I haven't done one of these round ups of lovely things since August. Long overdue! So, lets get to the good stuff!

Here are this week's worthwhile reads and lovely things ...

It has been a hot apple cider and popcorn kind of Autumn so far.

Find of the week: So, it turns out I actually DO like turnips. Just fancy, high maintenance turnips.
(I can just imagine what my grandpa John, whom I have heard used to eat raw turnips like apples, would think about this.)

Books: I've finished quite a few books lately, in part thanks to our trip. These aren't heavy literary tomes, but I've enjoyed this vacation reading.
  • Letters to My Wife Very sweet, touching weekend read.
  • Me Before You I had heard so much about this book but I think I ended up liking the *idea* of the book more than I liked the actual book. Parts touched me deeply, parts fell flat and there were a few places I skimmed.
  • The Housewife Assassin series Sort of Burn Notice meets Hints From Heloise meets Desperate Housewives. Sex, language, and violence so it might not be for everyone, but I'm finding them a fun series to read so far. Potato chip reading.

Blogs: I really laughed at Sexy Halloween Costumes for Moms (it's not what you're thinking). It's heavy with innuendo, so don't read this one with your preschooler in your lap and your tween looking over your shoulder, okay?

Podcasts: I missed a few episodes of the Knitmore Girls, so I have been catching up both on the podcast and on my big basket of knitting. Jasmin and Gigi have such friendly voices, know a good deal about knitting and spinning and quilting and sewing, and it is with good reason this has been one of my favorite podcasts for many years now.

Pinterest: I love these printable spooky letters that I found on Pinterest from Tator Tots and Jello. I printed some out and then glued them to orange construction paper and we did a little decorating this week.

Also, if you follow me on Pinterest you might have noticed that I've become a little bit obsessed with Bullet Journals. Perfect for a list lover like me! I let you know what I end up thinking of this technique but so far I'm really liking it and feel like it's helping me.

YouTube: I haven't found myself viewing much youTube this week, but I did get a press release that Dreamworks is going to launch Halloween related videos this upcoming week on their channel. From the press release:

"Looking for a little more hocus pocus this Halloween? DreamWorksTV, a family-friendly YouTube channel, will be launching two weeks of special Halloween programming beginning October 19th.  

Kids and families alike can countdown with the following shorts that are bound to spook your socks off:

  • Original DreamWorks characters Shrek and Puss in Boots vlog (video blog) about their Halloween fears
  • Eerie retro toons like Casper the Friendly Ghost and Fat Albert rise again to show how Halloween is really done
  • Thrilling yet funny original animations like Fifi: Cat Therapist, Gorillaville and How To Do Everything with Garrick and Marvin shock with a Halloween surprise
  • Live-action dream grasping shorts where kids narrate their audience through their chilling nightmares on Draw My Dream"

Music: it's been mostly podcasts and audiobooks for this mama lately. I think I'm in the mood for some new music. Any recommendations, friends?

Ravelry and Knitting: isn't this little fox adorable? The page says the pattern is sold out, but I'm stalking it hoping it will become available again soon. So cute! I need this in my life.

Simon the Sheep, our new friend at Piney Acres Farm.
::: And that's what I found worthwhile and lovely this week.  How about you? :::

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