Outlander: First Wife

Have you ever hate-watched something? I’m a voracious consumer of pop culture so I know a lot about TV and movies that I don’t or won’t ever watch. Some of that comes from my interest in simply knowing more about a show to be involved in conversations with friends or family who watch things (Mad Men, Game of Thrones). Sometimes I’ll begin casually watching something to share time with someone (Mad Men. I hated that show but watched it every week for the last two seasons to share time with my husband when he got hooked).

Something weird happened with Outlander on Starz, though. I don’t have any close family or friends who watch the show. But one Sunday night this fall, I was sitting at home with nothing to watch and nowhere to be and decided to watch the premier of episode one of season three while I knit a shawl.

The Unicorn Sock

Normally I would think of some creative and inviting way to introduce you to the post topic. Something sneaky that gets you to click the “read more” button. But these socks. I love these socks so much that I can’t think of much more to say than “I love these socks.”

Today I downloaded: House Scarves

 

This past weekend we had dinner with family. Fidgety Daughters are the absolute favorite people in the world to my youngest nephew. My nephew is a new Harry Potter fan so during dinner (where they insisted he sit between them), they introduced my nephew to Pottermore so he could be sorted into a house. In passing I said, “Hey, maybe I should make you guys house scarves.” Yeah, guess who is now making house scarves.

Tetra 2 Cowl

Sometimes you knit things and say to yourself, “Hey, I did a pretty good job! Nice work, Me!” Other times you finish a project and say to yourself, “Well, that’s… something.” But every once in a while, you knit something, look at it and say to yourself, “How on Earth did I ever live without you, you gorgeous piece of awesomeness?”

Fidgety Knitter 2.0

 

As any good designer would, I’ve been wanting to redesign this blog for a while now. Finally I found a mostly WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor that I really like called Oshine. So I spent the weekend and finally took a shot at making the site what I want it to be.

UK Boneyard Shawl

Last fall, my husband and I traveled to the UK. It was an amazing trip, without kids. Of course, first on my mind—well, aside from the amazing sights, food and international travel with my sweetie—was what knitting project I would bring with me. For the flight, I bought cheap bamboo needles (BLECH) and planned to knit socks*. But I also packed a project in my checked baggage on my beloved Knit Picks options (because who takes just one project on an international trip?). Something a little larger that would be an easy pick up/put down project. Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl was my choice for this trip.

Choose your own sockventure

Sock drawer close up

I love Knit Picks. I haven’t purchased much of their yarn (I’m trying to stick to a yarn diet), but the yarn I did purchase, I loved and made my favorite thing ever. But every needle (Options interchangeable in nickel) and cable I own is from them. I look forward to their catalog every month. It may or may not be possible that I look forward to an opportunity to purchase something new.

I also love socks. They’re just so pretty and portable and people are super impressed when I whip out my magic loop, two at a time socks to work on while I’m waiting. So with the recent catalog focused on socks, I looked a little closer. …

There is no yarn in this post

Photo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/vintage-music-antique-radio-9295/

In the beginning of February, I started at a new job. It’s good work with good people, but unlike most jobs I’ve had for the last 15 years, it’s not near my house. Instead, I spend 20-40 minutes alone in my car each way. This has cut back my knitting time considerably. I have a shorter lunch period and get home so much later. My current project is a two-at-a-time-from-one-ball-of-yarn sock project that confirmed I needed to purchase a new ball winder (it’s all knotty inside the ball and I don’t want to cut the yarn). It’s taking longer to knit as I have to de-tangle every few rows. What’s a girl to do but listen to podcasts?  …

Diagonal Rib Socks

My mom loved to buy knitting patterns. I have a binder full of patterns she purchased that I don’t think she ever knit. One book that I really love, however, is one that she had for a long time, The Complete Book of Knitting by Barbara Abbey (1971). In fact, when I decided I wanted to learn to knit, my mom gave me this book to see if it would help (at that point, it did not).

Like any knitting book, this one has information on how to knit (cast on, bind off, increase, decrease, cables, shaping and so one). Printed on heavy paper with only black and white images the front half of the book is nothing unusual. But the last half…it’s a gift from above. This book is full of over 200 stitch patterns. Wondering how to make the Pineapple Lace Stitch? How about the Twinberry Stripe? Maybe you want to try  the Modified Schiaparelli or the Lazy Daisy. Yeah, it’s here. I’ve been itching to try out a pattern stitch on my basic sock template. It seemed like it was time. Let me introduce you to the Diagonal Rib. …

Peggy’s Hitchhiker

Last year, I hit 15 yarn shops in the area. I know what you’re thinking, but I was willing to take one for the team. You’re welcome. Most of the purchases were because they were simply beautiful and would be great for some unknown project in the future. But one yarn shop had a color yarn that I instantly knew I needed to be something for my mother-in-law. While I didn’t knit the pattern provided by Unwind Yarn Shop, I knew what would be a better choice: The Hitchhiker.