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Mid Year Resolution

I have been incredibly lazy about my blogging. I hereby resolve to get in the habit of posting every day.  It should only mean a short postponement of my current knitting and reading projects.

I am in the homestretch of the Ondawa sweater pattern. It is a beautiful cable dense sweater and I know I will love wearing it. HOWEVER, it has taken forever to finish. When there are this many cables the inches lag and lag and lag.

I did finish Al Franken: Giant of the Senate  by Al Franken and I recommend it highly.  It is both entertaining and informative.  You really get an inside view of how government and the legislative process works  Franken tweaks his own mistakes and pokes some humor at fellow senators. He’s reserves his unreserved scorn for the deserving Ted Cruz.  Minnesota you are one lucky state



I’m beginning to wonder if my ability to knit is fleeing. I’ve made so many mistakes lately. Many I catch and correct while I’m going on, but my latest did not become evident until I blocked the Shawl with its lacy edge. I tried to gerrymander a fix; I couldn’t face ripping it all out. I think I can hide it when wearing it, but I’ll always know the problem is there.  Oh woe. Perhaps I shouldn’t knit while watching MSNBC and following our latest presidential disaster.

Local Yarn Stores

We all know LYSs as a source of yarny inspiration and help for troubled instructions, but somethings they offer even more. One of my excellent LYS, Knit 1 Chicago, has this year created  a Knit 1 Club. 4 local designers have each created a pattern that is packaged with a project bag, yarn, and special tool. Participants get to meet with the designer at a kick off party and then attend a special skill class. So far we have done color work with a hat and now a beaded shawl. I am loving this and it has lead me to participate in other programs at the store. What a great idea!


As I work my way through Bijou Basin’s lace panel top I can’t help but ruminate on tools I wish I could get. Number one on my list would be a replacement for my long legged knitting caddy. I bought this year’s ago at Michael’s. You can still find the basic shape, but now the legs are very short. I love this old style as I can just reach over from my chair to find what I need. Alas, it is really showing its age. The interior is torn and the fabric is faded. image.jpeg

Charity knitting

image.The knitting guild of which I am a member, Windy City Knitting Guild, supports the Red Cross’ Little Hats, Big Hearts efforts. This year I have decided to knit one of these tiny red hats for every project I complete. It’s also turned onto be a great grab and go peroject when I’m tackling a complex knit that would be difficult at meetings. Now I’ve found another use  — when I’m ready for the next step and need something that’s still damp on the blocking board. I think I’m going to make a lot of red hats this year.

Bug in a Vacuum

Lately, the book my granddaughter and I love sharing is Bug in a Vacuum by Melanie Watt.  It is an engaging delight that follows what happens to a fly that gets vacuumed up. The illustrations have lots of detail that help young listeners get involved in the story. It is also organized around the stages of grief that show the multitudes of emotions anyone (any bug?) can experience.  Share this adventure with the picture book lovers in your life. image.jpeg


I’m feeling rather proud of myself. I just deviated from the pattern instructions for the first time to make a sweater work better for me. Historically, I cleaved faithfully to the printed pattern and got rid of the sweater ifnitbdidnt work. Yesterday I removed a bind off and added two more pattern repeats to better suit my taste.  I hope it all works when I get it seamed, but even if it doesn’t I’m happy I’ve shaken the shekels. I know I won’t be so reluctant the next time.

Before I unraveled the bindoff I ran a line of waste yarn a few rows below just in case the frogging got away from me. Ultimately I didn’t need to rely on it, but I was much more confident because it was there.