Showing posts from April, 2016

WIP Wednesday: April 27, 2016

For all the details, my newest podcast is now live:

All the show notes are available on the main website page.

For the drive-by version, I'm working on:

Sekret Knitting:

The fingering-weight sweater for my fall 2016 pattern collection.  In Harrisville fingering weight shetland wool. Personal Knitting: A pair of French Vanilla Cappuccino Socks for the Coffee with CC KAL hosted by The Knitting Broomstick podcast.Ongoing Cozy Memories Blanket/mitered square scrappy blanket squares.And I'll be casting on The Lizzie Shawl for the Jane Austen KAL also hosted by The Knitting Broomstick.

2016 Reading Challenge: Weeks 16 and 17

I finished up The Paris Architect this week.  Set in occupied Paris during World War II a young architect is tapped to design clever hiding places for Jews being hunted by the Gestapo.  He undertakes these designs with an eye toward more work/bigger contracts from the wealthy businessman who has sought him out to create the hiding spaces.  A good, but not great book - this one ties things up almost too neatly for my tastes, but I did find the psychological growth of the character engaging.  In that respect, the author does a fine arc of character development.  I didn't find the book particularly gripping or earth-shattering, but it was a perfectly respectable read.

Next up, I started Clara Parkes, Knitlandia, for week 26 - a book everyone is talking about.  Everyone who knits anyway.   A series of short chapters marking her travels through the knitting universe to various teaching gigs and festivals, from the UK to the west coast, to back in New England. A lovely, quiet little boo…

2016 Reading Challenge: Weeks 14 and 15

I finished up Belle Cora, my book for week #27 (a book with a beautiful title).  This was a fun one for me - it follows the life of a young woman from her childhood in a well-to-do merchant family in New York in the 1830s, through her teenage years and eventually her travels to San Francisco in it's early years where she became a prosperous madam of one of the best houses in the city.  So many historical tidbits - the author (Richard Margulies) does a wonderful job contrasting the pious, well-respected household she grew up in (which has it's own secrets - her mother dies young of TB and her father in his grief, throws himself to his death off the family's store's roof) with the gritty, up-and-coming city of San Francisco.  I love books that give you lots of historical details that are so well-written into the story, you don't even realize how much you are actually learning from them - this novel was definitely one of those.  Well-recommended if you like historical…

WIP Wednesday: April 6, 2016

Episode 9 of the Wooly Wonka Fibers podcast is now live!

But for the digest version, here's what I'm working on right now:

Sekret Knitting:

Gradient handspun project for Spin-Off's Knit and Spin special edition - this is just over 1/3 done.5th anniversary project for The Yarn Guys.  Casting this one on today!Fall 2016 collection project with The Woolen Rabbit Pearl. This is 1/2 done.May colorway of the self-striping sock yarn colorway for the shop.  Also 1/2 done.Personal Knitting: Drachenfels Shawl using Wooly Wonka Ceridwen Sock.  About 2/3'rds done. For the Inside Number 23 and The Knitting Broomstick Harry Potter-alongs.Heathered cardi using Silky Wool.  I have about 10 rows left to finish the yoke. For the Tiny Paper Foxes make-along.Spinning: Finished bobbin #1 of singles of the merino/bamboo custom blend that was the March Wooly Wonka Fibers club package and working on bobbin #2.