RKLW {reading, knitting, listening, watching}

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{A once-a-week post about what I’m reading, knitting, listening to, and watching.}
{Joining Ginny for YarnAlong.}

Reading: Okay, I somehow missed the fact that I had not put my books into this picture. What?? I’ll just say that I thought y’all were getting tired of seeing War and Peace. I’m getting closer to being done! Wahoo!!!! I’m also reading more Star Wars. Of course. I’m a Star Wars Nerd with a capital N. It’s bad…

Knitting: …which brings me to my knitting projects! I decided I needed a travel gnome. Okay, let’s knit one. Looking through the doll patterns, I found Yodagurumi. Cutest. Pattern. Ever. He’s moving kinda slowly, but moving. You know what they say: as soon as you finish a knitting project, time to cast on a new one! (Do people actually say that?) I’m trying to get a jump on Christmas/birthday knitting. And I have to say, YarnAlong has been good encouragement to finish projects. 🙂 I finished my Honey Cowl last week. Do you see that orange yarn? That’s my first handspun! Oh my goodness!!! It’s really over twisted and bumpy, but I made yarn!!!!!! Yes, it deserves a billion exclamation marks. 🙂

Listening: Everything.

Watching: Persuasion starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds (1995). 2 dollars at the thrift store. Yes!

What are you reading, knitting, listening to, or watching? Leave a comment!

RKLW {reading, knitting, listening, watching}

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{The week in which I knit everything and read one book. And drink lots of coffee.}
{Joining Ginny for YarnAlong.}

Reading: Still reading War and Peace. I am honestly shocked at how much I am enjoying this book! I don’t want to put it down. That is, until I get to the war parts. Snore fest.

Knitting: Can I put in a request to have the superpower to knit all the things??? I really need it! At last count, I have 8 projects going. Wow, that’s really not that many for me… Two are long-term projects that may never be done, two are socks that should be done soon, a pair of mittens that I’m have Second Sock Syndrome with, two cowls, and my first sweater. I frogged one project, finished two more, pulled two out of hibernation, and have been knitting like a crazy person.

So, the projects! My Armande got a lot of attention finally. That’s the purple blob in the corner. It was taking a bit of a nap because I did. not. want. to. knit. the. blasted. pockets!!! I had such a hard time figuring out the instructions. Like, I literally sat there for 30 stinkin’ minutes trying to make sense of what I was supposed to be doing. So I finally buckled down and finished the silly things. Now it’s just straight knitting for a while. Whew! I want to get it finished by February. I can finish knitting a sweater in two weeks, right? Right??

The blue thing falling out of the project bag is my Honey Cowl, AKA my travel project. It’s one of those projects on Ravelry that has, I kid you not, over 18,000 projects! Never leave home without some knitting. Like, NEVER EVER. I made my project bag earlier this week and I love it. It came out exactly as I wanted it to, which is a wonderful feeling.

Also out of hibernation are my cross-over Hermione’s Everyday socks/How I Make My Socks. I’m using the stitch pattern from the Hermione’s and the numbers and construction from the basic socks. I sent the gray socks into hibernation back in November because one does not simply knit with gray yarn in the wintertime. Severe insanity may ensue. They are my sunny day project now. I had major SSS (Second Sock Syndrome) with these socks, seeing as they were started in July. Of last year. Then I did something silly and wore the one I had already knit. It kind of shrunk and felted. Sort of. I’ve taken it out of rotation in my sock basket until the second one is done.

Gracious! That’s a lot of knitting!!

Listening: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and my favorite CD in the world, The Invitation by Klaus Kuehn. And taking a trip back in time hearing College Kids by Relient K. Oh, my goodness! Such a long time since I heard that song!

Watching: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the extended version with all the bonus features. I can see why they took some of the scenes out of the theatrical version for continuity and flow. Still, I’m loving all the bonus features and behind the scenes stuff.

What are you reading, knitting, listening to, or watching right now? Leave a comment and go check out the other posts on Ginny’s blog! 

RKLW {reading, knitting, listening, and watching}

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{A once-a-week post about what I’m reading, knitting, listening to, and watching.}
{Joining Ginny for YarnAlong.}

Reading: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I started it on Monday and am s l o w l y slogging my way through it. I am glad that it stays open on its own so I can knit at the same time. You’ll probably be seeing quite a bit of W&P over the next few weeks as I work through it. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book so large. It’s 1386 pages long, to be exact. Whew…talk about a brick of pages!
I decided I needed a little fluffy reading to counter W&P. Time to scan the shelves! Enter Shadow Games. Yes, I consider Star Wars to be “fluffy”. No using of the over-used brain here. It’s silly and crazy and Star Wars. Yeah, I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to Star Wars. (read: I’m obsessed and have been for more years than I care to count.)

Knitting: The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief is a first for me. I never knit a shawlette before and I’m really liking it! I think the yarn I’m using might have something to do with it. Smooshy, squishy, purple perfection. It is a little darker than it is in the picture.
I really, really, REALLY have crafting ADD. I bounce from craft to craft to craft and back. Some days I’m content to play with Miss Singer (my sewing machine) all day. The next, my hands ache from knitting so much. Do I finish projects? Sometimes… Eh, that’s just how I roll. 🙂

Listening: My music tastes are also all over creation. Movie soundtracks, piano solos, rock, singer/songwriter, a cappella, more movie soundtracks, just about anything. 🙂

Watching: Downton Abbey!! Just now finishing up season 3. Oh, I’m excited for season 5!

This is my first time joining Ginny for YarnAlong. I was so glad to find her!

What are you reading, knitting, listening to, and watching? Leave a comment below!