Happy Birthday to Me… Almost: Yarn Along

My MeritanceStill… Going… On… And…. On… And…. On…  I had intended to have it done by my birthday this weekend but… uhhhh, no.  Not happening.

It is partly my fault, or rather: it is all my fault.  I decided to lengthen my Meritance from the sensible hip length cardi it is patterned as into a Long-Cardigan-of-Epic-Proportions (LCOEP).  This thing reaches almost my knees. At 5’9″ that is no mean feat.  Naturally I got bored half way through and finished two other knitted projects I have yet to share.  Then on top of all that 99% of my day is spent multi tasking.  That makes making real daily progress on a LCOEP difficult.  But now I am about 10 cast off stitches and some finishing away from it still being too hot to wear till winter!

I am currently reading Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.  It is a fabulous book intended for younger children perhaps 3-5th grade but J. and I are using this semester as a platform for creative writing and critical thinking in her 7th grade home-school lessons.  As reading material it is far too young for J. but the quality of the writing makes it great for a learning spring board.  So after a trip to Alcatraz (which we frequently call Azkaban my mistake) we have started our school year with a bang!

Linking up with Ginny today for a Yarn Along.

xx Jo

Velvet Pincushion Balls- Yarn Along

I’m linking up with Ginny over at Small Things for her midweek Yarn Along.

Manos del Uruguay and S by J. J. Abrams- Yarn Along @ Sweet Little Wood

Not a lot of knitting achieved this week as I’ve been rollin’…  rollin’ with the Manos del Uruguay in the deliciously mossy “Velvet Pincushion”.  Seriously: I want the job of whoever it is that gets to think up the names for balls of wool!  Its a beautiful fine handspun which is for a special project I can’t reveal because my family read this blog… all will be revealed but not for a looong time… sorry.  I don’t have any tools for making balls so I just do it by hand.  I actually don’t mind rolling my own (as it were) because then I get a center feeding ball which is sooo much more pleasant to use than the usual ball chase…

ME: knitting peacefully in my own little world innocently pulling on ball of wool…

BALL: jumps around till it escapes the bag/bowl/basket/box it was placed in…

ME: knitting peacefully in my own little world innocently pulling on ball of wool…

BALL: winds its way around any available chair legs, my legs, family’s legs picking up any detritus from the floor as it goes…

ME: knitting peacefully in my own little world innocently pulling on ball of wool…

BALL: makes it’s way into the most filthy dust-bunny full corner it can find and proceeds to pick up any detritus it finds….

ME: knitting peacefully in my own little world innocently pulling on ball of wool…

BALL: artfully drapes itself across the path where one of the family are about to walk… trips up daughter/husband (delete appropriately) and gets hopelessly wedged into item of furniture requiring some minor surgery to remove…

ME: “Hey watch where you are….  oh dear.”

My book is responsible for the conspicuous lack of crafting and knitting this week: I am currently reading S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst.  I am utterly consumed.  I cannot describe the book to you.  I cannot tell you what the plot is I just know I MUST read it.  I MUST know what happens.  It is a real thing, a living real thing in my head…. okay… breath… start at the beginning:

I was in the book store… with a gift card and a 25% off discount.  I had been given a gift and I was going to buy a book that day. No question.  Which is in itself so exciting: I love getting new books.  And I found this book in a black case mysteriously giving nothing away on its cover and looking so tempting but the whole thing was plastic wrapped so I couldn’t flip through it and figure out if I’d like it.  So I used my phone and looked it up on Goodreads– I find  Goodreads wonderful for scoping out a book before putting down good hard money on it.  The first review I clicked open captured me and I realized I had to have S.  

Manos del Uruguay and S by J. J. Abrams- Yarn Along @ Sweet Little Wood

When I got my book home cut away the plastic and removed the black case I held in my hand a stinky old musty library copy of a book called The Ship of Theseus AND someone had been writing all over  it AND they had left loads of notes and postcards shoved into it making it all bumpy!  I have been like an addict ever since but the book is so involved and complicated to read that you need two hands free, no distractions and possibly a note book beside you to keep track of things in.  Other than the Bible (and perhaps the 50 times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice)I have never spent so much time with a book! I have only made it 1/3 of the way through despite picking it up every time I humanly could over the last week… I am totally in love with it.  I just have this fear that J.J. Abrams who loves his weird unsolvable mysteries (think “LOST” and “FRINGE”) is going to leave me wondering and totally incapable of solving his impossible puzzles!

Manos del Uruguay and S by J. J. Abrams- Yarn Along @ Sweet Little Wood

BUT still I MUST READ…

xx Jo