Tome Time Reading and Knitting Episode 9

Welcome to Episode 9: Excited!

Knitting talk starts at 9:20. Books mentioned in this episode include The Crown, book five of the Selection series by Kiera Cass, The Fifth Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey, The Eternity Code, book three in the Artemis Fowl series by Eion Colfer, and Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson. Get free audio books this summer from audiobooksync.com.

Finished Objects:

Whispers by Veera Valimaki knit in Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the Georgia O’Keefe colorway. Easy Peasy socks by Stacy Trock knit in Knitted Wit worsted in the Monet’s Garden colorway. Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits in Knitted Wit left overs.

Works in Progress:

Marooned by Hunter Hammersen in Vice Yarns in the Geraldo colorway. Surprise Stripes by Anna Johanna with all my leftover sock bits. Prairie Fire shawl by KIS Designs knit in Zen Yarn Garden in the Arctic colorway and Shubui Silk Cloud in the Fjord colorway.

Sewing:

Savannah Cami by Seamwork Magazine out of some X-ray print fabric from Moodfabrics.com.  I am participating in the Outfit Along hosted by Lauren of Lladybird and Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots.  This year’s outfit is the Zinone Top by Andi Satterlund and the Hollyburn skirt by Sewaholic. The Outfit Along starts June 1st and end on July 31st.

Spinning:

I am spinning some black merino fiber from Wildthyme Arts.

I also mention the Magnolia State Fiber Fest in Vicksburg, MS, The Bede Sisters audio podcast and Etsy shop, and the Tome Time Reading and Knitting Ravelry Group.

 

 

 

Prairie Smoke

This is my Prairie Smoke shawl, it is the Prairie Fire shawl by KIS Designs. The yarns are Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in the Arctic colorway and Shibui Silk Cloud in the Fjord colorway. I am almost finished with the first lace chart and after that it should zoom along. 20160516_194851

Z is for Zoe

For my friend’s birthday, I am cross stitching the characters from the T.V. show Firefly. Both my friend and I are fans of the show, so this is an enjoyable make.  The pattern comes from Grey Fox Boutique on Etsy and is very well done.  I am on the last two characters now, and I may finish it today, which is good because my friend’s birthday was last Thursday! Happy stitching.

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Y is for YouTube

I have been loving some video podcasts hosted on YouTube for the past few months.  Due to my work and parenting responsibilities, I have been doing a lot of my running on the treadmill lately and video podcasts make that time go by much faster. Some of my favorites:

Yarngasm

The Corner of Knit and Tea

The Bookish Stitcher

Sew Over It

Stitching Between Pages

Inside Number 23

If you are not familiar with any of these ladies and their work, go try them out!

Also, please don’t forget about my little podcast with my son: Tome Time Reading and Knitting! Happy viewing.

 

 

V is for Vanilla Socks (and more)

Mostly when I knit, I like to knit stockinette in the round. It is peaceful, it is comforting, it is mindless. I can knit while my husband drives or in the movie theater. I can knit while I read a book or watch a YouTube video. Plain, vanilla socks are my go-to knitting when I need a soothing knit. The socks I just made for my sister fit that bill exactly:

1.5 inches of 2 x 2 ribbing (twisted rib if I am feeling sassy), about 6 inches of leg, put in some waste yarn for an afterthought heel, 6.5 inches of foot, put in a toe, pick up and knit the heel. Boom, sock.

However, sometimes I want a more flavorful sock. A sock with toppings, you could say. Then I look to Hunter Hammersen, the queen of flavorful socks.  I own lots of her patterns and a couple of her books and am a true fangirl.  The next of her patterns that I plan on knitting is Marooned. I already have yarn for it, and am just waiting until my quick worsted weight house socks are done. After all, a little salt really brings out the flavor of vanilla.