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April 1, 2020

sometimes on a tuesday
posted by soe 1:16 am

you just need color.


As of today, D.C. has been told officially we must stay home. We can still go to the grocery store and out for exercise, but the parks have all been closed and there’s some confusion as to whether or not we can spend time at the garden.

Today it was cool and it started raining just after work wrapped up for the day. Because of course it did.

So, I reached for one of my recently modeled shawls to help cheer me up.


This is my Hairpin Turns shawl, aka Around the Bend by Nim Teasdale.


It’s knit with two skeins of Freia fine hand paints. They’re both in the Ombré Merino line — Vamp and Melon. I like the yarn and am glad I still have two balls for future projects.


I cast it on as my Tour de France Knitalong project in early July 2018 and finished it sometime in early 2019 … I think. It disappears off my blog in November 2018, at which point I still have 200 (decreasing) rows to knit.


It’s not perfect. There was a recommendation in Ravelry notes to purl a row to keep it from curling weirdly where you bind off half your stitches, but I should only have purled the bindoff side, rather than the other side, too, I think. But I think that’s mostly a critical knitter thing, rather than something the casual observer would pick up on. And because of the shape, it wears a little weirdly. This is sort of the best look I’ve found for it.


But it is squishy and I love the colors and it goes with so many things.

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March 26, 2020

sheltered unraveling
posted by soe 1:51 am

Sheltered Unraveling

In this week’s episode of knitting and books from piles around my living room, we have my Wohin socks, now halfway into the first of three repeats of the heel flap pattern. Also, you can clearly see my yarn has shifted into golden from its original yellow. Yes, it does kind of look like a pineapple, or maybe an infected giraffe. But still, they are colorful and mostly cheerful.

Also, on a side note, while looking for a project bag to put this sock in, I opened one and found last year’s Sock Madness socks in there. I’d started the second sock already, which is very exciting!

On the reading front, I raced through and enjoyed Jen Wang’s latest graphic novel, Stargazing, although not as much as I loved The Prince and the Dressmaker.

I continue apace with the latest Veronica Speedwell mystery, The Murderous Relation. I’m making it last, since I can’t return it to the library right now anyway. (They locked all their book returns until the library reopens.

I’m sort of stuck on my audiobook, Helen Hoang’s The Bride Test, because one of the two main characters is about to do something cringeworthy, and if I don’t listen, she can’t do it. To be fair, she also can’t get through it and to her happy ending, so I will have to resume soon.

Finally, I just started Homerooms and Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell. Haven’t heard of it? It’s the latest role playing game that will take you from the mendacity of your usual plundering and quest solving and plunk you down in a suburban middle school. Life will never be the same for this elf, barbarian, magician, and knight.

Head over to As Kat Knits to see how everyone else is sheltering in place.

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March 25, 2020

sometimes on a tuesday…
posted by soe 2:01 am

You share finished knitwear. (Usually, though it’s Friday.)


Before you all get excited, I finished this shawl in 2018. I’ve worn it a handful of times, although mostly only for fancier occasions.


This is Andrea’s Shawl by Kirsten Kapur. I started it for the Tour de France and Ravellenic Games in 2016, and it only took me 18 months to finish.


I have no idea what the two yarns are. I have their labels in some knitting bag and will update this post (or, at least, my Ravelry project page) when I next stumble across them. I do know I bought all three skeins (two pink and one blue-green, both different brands) at Looped (the yarn shop around the corner from the Burrow) specifically for this project.


Similarly, I have also neglected to record what size needles I knit this with. What did I record, you might ask? Good question!


I did not alter the shape of the shawl from how it was written, which is slightly diamond-shaped. I had meant to, but then forgot and decided not to rip out, but just to keep going with it. I’m glad I didn’t bother, since I was able to block it to only be mildly angular at the top, and it adds a bit of interest to the neckline.

In general, it has the prettiest border of anything I’ve ever made. It was so pretty that I bought a shawl pin to go with it before I’d even finished knitting it.


The shawl pin is a Rajkovich Design (now Silver Siren Designs). And they do go together perfectly!


Stay tuned for modeled shots of shawls finished in 2019 and 2020!

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March 19, 2020

mid-march unraveling
posted by soe 1:00 am


I haven’t knit on my sock in a couple of days, but I take it up to the park with me each evening, along with my book, which I have been working on. I’d thought I’d leave A Murderous Relation until later, because it looks distinctly possible that what was once a two-week slog could go on for months. But this week has been more painful than I expected, and time with Veronica and Stoker is comforting, which seems like an odd things to say about a book set in London with main characters pursuing Jack the Ripper.

I should resume listening to The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, but it hasn’t quite captured my interest the way I’d hoped it would. I have downloaded Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman for Rudi and me to listen to together. And I also just added the next Inspector Gamache novel, Cruelest Month, to aptly take me into April.

Unraveling along with As Kat Knits.

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March 12, 2020

unraveled sock madness
posted by soe 1:28 am

Unraveled Sock Madness

That right there is not a nearly completed pair of Sock Madness socks, close to being finished by Saturday’s noon deadline so I can advance to the next round.

Nor is it a nearly finished single Sock Madness sock that will allow me to keep receiving patterns.

But what it is is a start to a sock I’m enjoying making. And that will just have to be enough this year.

I’m several chapters into The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, which I’d like to be enjoying more than I am. I am hopeful that now that we’ve introduced everyone and set up the plot the story will pick up a little more, but so far it’s a bit thin and thinks itself a bit more clever than it actually is. If it doesn’t improve, I may just let it go back to the library.

I finished Louise Penny’s Fatal Grace on audio and now have Tara Westover’s Educated to start and Helen Hoang’s The Bride Test to finish.

Head to As Kat Knits for a roundup of what others are reading and crafting.

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February 20, 2020

mid-february unraveling
posted by soe 1:46 am

I’m at a point where I’m trying to finish up some lingering projects, which would be easier if they were further along, if I had more energy to work on them, or if I devoted more time to crossing them off the list. Instead, I read a chapter or two at lunch, knit one color, and then put them away, seemingly surprised that they aren’t done yet.

So here we are, still less than 100 pages into We Met in December (which is also when I began reading) and not yet to the heel turn on sock #1.

Mid-February Unraveling

A Fatal Grace has returned itself to the library, but I am on the holds list for the audiobook at 3 libraries, so am hopeful that it will revert to me, if not for this week’s trip, then likely before next week’s. I’ve downloaded Helen Hoang’s The Bride Test for this week, but the first chapter makes me wonder if I’d prefer to read it on paper. Time will tell.

Head over to As Kat Knits to catch up with people who make more steady progress toward their knitting and reading goals.

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