Planes, trains, and …. well mostly planes and trains

Hi friends and happy …. day whatever today is.  Just kidding, I know it’s Wednesday,  Thursday.  We arrived back to our little stone house Tuesday late afternoon, and boy, have I had a major case of the jet lags.  I’ve done enough long-ish haul travel that I’ve developed some pretty strict rules from for myself (all stemming from one disastrous trip to Copenhagen many years ago, in which I managed to pretty much sleep through the vacation because of poorly managed jet lag).  Overnight flight? Sleep as much as you can.  Arrive.  Stay up as long as humanly possible.  Never go to bed before 7 pm local time.  Never take naps.

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Unraveled Wednesday, October 25

Hi friends and happy Wednesday!

What are you working on this week?  I’m still trucking along with my Arctic Intentions — I’m down to the rib cuff on sleeve number one:

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One more sleeve, a bit of knitted pocket lining, and then it’ll be ready to roll!  Have I ever told you how much I love button bands that are knit as you go?  I don’t know what it is, but picking up button bands at the end of a project always seems like such a task. But not on this sweater — that garter stitch button band was knit alongside the body of the sweater, woo hoo! I think this knitted cardigan-verging-on-jacket is going to serve me quite well over the coming months!

With the onset of fall, I’ve really wanted to cast on all the things, but I’m trying to exercise a bit of restraint and focus on finishing projects before starting new ones (revolutionary, right?).  But I’d been feeling a bit stressed last week, so as a little treat, I gave myself permission to cast on something new Sunday. It took some doing to decide just what out of my massive mental queue of things to knit I wanted to start next, but I finally settled on Melodia, by Janina Kallio:

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Do you see that? The yarn sparkles!  I’d heard Louise of KnitBritish’s great review of this sparkly Knitting Goddess 4-ply a few weeks back and was intrigued — she described it as a yarn that even people who don’t normally go for sparkly yarn would love (that’s me).  When I saw this skein in the flesh (er, wool?) at Northern Yarn, I knew I had to have it. I love the unexpected combination of a sheepy, breed specific wool (the yarn is a blend of British BFL and Masham) in a natural color with that subtle strand of sparkle.  I’ve found it so incredibly pleasant and soothing to knit with, and it makes a delightfully light but still eminently squishable fabric on US size 6 needles. I think it’ll be a perfect shawl for the holidays!

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On the reading front, I’ve just started Counting Sheep, which I’m pretty excited to get into — a history of different sheep breeds in the UK. I’ve only just begun, but so far, it’s a much rosier history from that described in Love of Country,  which I just finished and highly recommend — so I was a bit of a resisting reader for the first few pages.  But I’m looking forward to seeing what’s to come — maybe I’ll do a paired review of the two when I’ve finished!

Linking up with As Kat Knit’s Unraveled Wednesday — go see what others are up to this week!  And as always, I love to hear what you’re working on (or reading!) in the comments.

xo K

Weekend-ing, and some knitting surgery

It’s hard to believe, but Mr. N and I only have two weekends left until we hit the road, starting our road trip East and, ultimately, our trip across the pond!

So this weekend has been all about recharging our batteries after a very busy first half of July and finalizing details for our trip (and hoping my visa comes through soon and doesn’t through a wrench in our plans!)

And as much as there’s still stuff we want to see and do in LA, it’s been nice to have a slow-paced weekend.  We did venture out yesterday to Gather DTLA … I wanted to see about buttons for my Talmadge Cloche (unfortunately, they were out) and check out the Long Dog Yarn trunk show. She had so many pretties, but I restricted myself to a skein of her Sock yarn in Wild Child and this adorable mini skein of Seaglass:

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Long Dog Yarn Sock 

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