Knitting and Reading ~ 31 January 2017

I’m joining Keep Calm Craft On (at Frontier Dreams) and Yarn Along (at Small Things) again this week – and boy, do I have things to share! First up, a finished project:

That’s the crocheted scarf I’ve been working on a bit at a time each week when we go to my folks’ house for lunch. There’s one in the donation basket for the Warm County efforts – WOOHOO!

Next there’s my simple knit scarf, which I’m making for a friend’s daughter. She gifted me a whole hat box full of super soft mohair; so far I’ve made a shawl for her, and my daughter knit a scarf for her younger daughter as a welcome gift when she aged up into our church young women’s group (for ages 12+). This scarf will be for her older daughter. When all is said and done, I’ll also knit a shawl for myself with the leftovers. Yes, there was THAT MUCH yarn in the box! It will be a cozy reminder of their family when I’ve moved. And if you look closely, you’ll see the library copy of Heat & Light from last week’s post. (And for those who are wondering, I had my son take the picture – he’s not a bad photographer; my face is absent since the photo was going on Ravelry and this blog.)

Last but not least, is my Knúsa shawl. It’s officially well past halfway done and at over 225 stitches it’s pretty hard to get a good picture of. As you can see, in order to stretch it out further, I’d have to take it off the circular! Noooope… I think we can all agree that iffy pictures are okay until it’s ready to bind off safely instead. 😉

On to the books, as I’ve got a whole handful I’m working through right now. First of all, in print is Heat & Light, as mentioned previously. In digital format are Give Your Child the World and The Latter-day Morning on Kindle and Sustainability Starts at Home on my laptop (part of the Back to Basics eBook Bundle, which I purchased earlier this month). My son is listening to Elon Musk on audiobook from Overdrive, so I’ve been able to hear bits and pieces of that while driving and knitting. I also finished several other books since my last post – if you’d like to see what I’ve read during the month of January, just click over to my Reading List tab!

So what are you crafting and reading this week?

Books Read in 2016 (Part 4)

Here’s the last portion of my list of 199 books read in 2016! (If you’d like to read the other parts of my book list from 2016, part one is here, part two is here, and part three is here.) Oh! Be sure to take a look at the tabs at the top of my site – I’ve added a page for sharing my 2017 reads! I hope you enjoy reading through those as well.

And now, here’s the last two pages from my reading list: Continue reading

Oh, What a Wonderful Wednesday!

Just for fun, here’s a little list of random bits and bobs I’ve come across (or done) this week:


The above picture is a picture that makes me very happy, indeed! While my daughter was taking a free crochet class at the library, the Bubby and I hit the stacks. I picked up Vern Yip’s Design Wise; The Urban Homesteading Cookbook; Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox; and 101 Easy Homemade Products for your Skin, Health & Home. I’ve already finished Design Wise – some loooovely photos and great tips for decorating, no matter what your style. See those two pieces of pottery? The yarn bowl is from Knitting Lagniappe – I purchased it at a fiber festival in Texas a few years back and so enjoy using it. The piece on the left is a mug I received for Christmas; instead of a handle, it has a piece that wraps around your hand so you can use the whole mug as a hand warmer. Perfect for my cold hands and achy joints! (If this sounds useful, my folks ordered it from Lehman’s. It was hand made by a potter in Washington state.) Lastly, those of you with sharp eyes may have noticed that my shawl is larger than it was Tuesday morning – eight more rows done on the Knúsa!

If you haven’t already noticed the Blogroll tab here on my site, I’d like to encourage you to go check it out. The blogosphere is chock full of amazing people – I bet you’ll stumble across a few that you’ll enjoy reading as much as I do. To get you started, I’d recommend:

One last thing before you go: remember that post of mine about how my Uber Frugal Month was going? I got my final statement from the phone company and my official balance due is -$3.20! Not much, but I’ll gladly take that check and stick it in savings. Every little bit counts, right?

Happy Wednesday, everyone!