Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Because Sometimes You Have To

I haven't cast off on anything lately, but I'm close on a lot of things... and for some reason that made me think it was okay to cast on another thing.

I did hit a point where none of my projects were transportable- at least not to the point where I could easily take it to a baseball game. The Citron is taking me about 10 minutes to knit once across the row of 630+ stitches right now, and I'm not comfortable putting it down mid-row. I hit the heels on my mom's socks and I can't do those without a read through on the directions, so not a good candidate for knitting where I don't have to pay attention.

So on to new socks- vanilla Berry Socks, so that I can just knit knit knit at baseball and keep my eyes on the game while my needles go. LOVE the stripes. I didn't realize how much I've missed knitting with a self-striping yarn until I cast these on and they just seem to GO.

I just started reading The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, and it is a LOT of information to absorb. I've been slowly moving to this diet over the last few weeks and in June planning to go full in, with the additional restrictions of the autoimmune protocol. I really want to feel better, and I hope this will help. I think it will be easier to do over the summer with the abundance of fresh produce. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has followed paleo and/or the autoimmune protocol successfully!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Midnight Fiber and Fabric Podcast, Episode 9: In the Garden

Upcoming Events include Knit in Public Day and Maker Faire Kansas City.

This week I worked on my Mom's Socks up to the heel turns, started Another Sock for myself, and began section 7 on My Earth Death Citron while I forced my boys into a Mother's Day viewing of Princess Bride!!! I also worked on my You Are My Sunshine baby hat (pictures to come, when there is something to show).

I spun a few longer sessions this week, and I'm almost ready to ply. I'm planning to watch the Gentle Art of Plying by Judith Mackenzie before I ply. I also finally got my own copy of Spinner's Book of Yarn Design by Sarah Anderson.

We're in the garden this week, including the kids! Here are some of our favorite family gardening books:

I got my copy of Preserving by the Pint by Marissa McClellan and it's organized by the season! LOVE! I also updated my progress through the Sizing Knitwear Patterns Craftsy Class and referenced Shapely Boyfriend by Stefanie Japel.

5 Most Influential Books For Me as a New Knitter

1. Knitting for Dummies by Tracie Barr Allen and Shannon Okey

3. Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann

              ***Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann

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