Tome Time Episode 16: Fall Shawl Ya’ll

Welcome! Please join us in the Tome Time Reading and Knitting Ravelry group. You can find me as Musingrunner on Ravelry, Good Reads, The Fold Line, and Twitter. I am TomeTimeReadingandKnitting on Instagram. Knitting content begins at 16:04.

The Crafty Toads are having a group swap AND a Holiday swap if you are interested in joining. Purls Before Twine podcast is hosting a Song of the Sea KAL which ends Oct. 10th.

Books: Death of a Macho Man by M.C. Beaton, The Muse by Jessie Burton (probably not a good pick for The Bookends Knits ladies), A Wizard of EarthSea by Ursula Le Guin, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Hank the Cowdog by John. R. Erickson

Finished Objects: Tiered Baby Coat by Lisa Chemery and a stockinette hat.

WIPS: Abigale shawl by Rachel Paulsel (Night Owl Fibers) in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the Hey Sunshine color, Surprise Stripes by Anna Johanna out of sock scraps, Lafitte shawl by Denise Bell (Lost City Knits) out of Lost City Oak Barn Merino Lace in red!

Cross stitch bookmark inspired by Tina from Simply in Stitches and Laura from Knit, Read, Pray.

Sewing: Decades of Style 1940’s Empire Waist Trousers from some slightly stretchy woven hounds tooth fabric.

Training: Beginning training for the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon.

LACES and thanks for watching!



Sprint Triathlon Race Report

My sister and I recently completed a women’s only sprint distance triathlon. This a smallish race that we have done before and enjoy. The swim in 350 meters in a pool, and the bike is a relatively flat 12 miles. The run is only two miles but has a few gentle inclines. The most challenging part of this race is that is takes place at the end of July and it is HOT.

I purposely did some runs and bike rides in the heat (with lots of hydration) so that I would be used to the race conditions. I also worked harder on my biking that I did last year with the goal of improving my bike time this year.

The swim took me about 9 minutes, just like last year and I had a little trouble getting my bike off the rack due to a really crowded bike rack, but a volunteer helped me and I was off.  About a half mile from the mount line there was a set of rail road tracks that we had to cross. Right before I got there a train showed up and a whole pack of us had to wait on a train to pass for about three minutes.  This made me nervous as my bike handling skills are not great and I didn’t want to take off in such a closely packed group. Other than someone passing on the right with no heads up (a big safety No-No), I was able to navigate the pack and stay upright on my bike at the same time.  Not subtracting the train waiting time, I still finished the bike about a minute quicker than last year. If you add the train time, I was about 4 minutes faster. I was pleased with this improvement. I also took about a minute off my run time from last year, so I was happy with my times.

This race benefits a foundation that helps children be more active and healthy, so this is a cause that I will happily support. I hope to do this race next year as well.

Tome Time Reading and Knitting Episode 14: Professional Yarn Holder

Welcome! Find us on Ravelry in the Tome Time Reading and Knitting group. Knitting content begins at  18 :34  .

I show off my book swap loot from Jessica of the Purls Before Twine podcast.

Jeanette of the Bookish Stitcher Podcast is having a book and yarn swap. Sign up by August 5th.

Enter our zipper pouch and Tuft Woolens lotion bar and sock soap sampler by telling us your favorite author in the giveaway thread in the Ravelry group. Winner will be drawn on Friday, August 13th, 2016 and announced on the next podcast, available by Sunday, August 15th, 2016. You can also enter by emailing me your favorite author at

Books: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Dogster is reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Wings of Fire Legends: Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland, Minecraft Elementia: The First Order by Sean Fay Wolfe.

I will soon begin the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan for Jaclyn of the Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast’s read-along.

Finished Objects: R2D2 socks for Dogster from Must Stash Yarns Star Wars limited edition Droids OCD2 colorway.

WIPS: Cordia Tank by Kerri Blumer out of Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere in the Bermuda Teal color, Lafitte Shawl by Denise Bell out of Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino Lace, Raituli hat by Marja Suomela out of Vice Yarns sock yarn in Geraldo.

Future WIPS: Cafe Mocha socks by Deb Buckingham out of my Coffee sock blank from Blueberry Chick Yarns and Song of the Sea cowl by Louise Zass Bangham with my Sweet Sparrow Yarns Nuthatch in the Pure Reason colorway.

Sewing: Dogster pajama pants and giveaway zipper pouch. I will soon start working on a plaid flannel Morris Blazer from Grainline Studios.

Spinning: Tour de Fleece is over and I spun over 3 ounces of my Fat Cat Knits Blue Faced Leicester, Bamboo, and Nylon braid for two-ply sock yarn.

Training: My sprint distance triathlon is coming soon. Full race report on the blog and pics on Instagram. Go, Julie, Go! Go, everyone who wants to exercise, Go!

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remebers to turn on the light.”  Dumbledore

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