Wednesday, October 12, 2016

yarn along: tiramisu

Joining Ginny for this week's Yarn Along:

I'm reading The Shepherd's Life and it's eye-opening. The introduction got me, with Rebanks'  assessment of Wordsworth and Romanticism and how they have affected life in the Lake District, and the sheep farmer's connection to the land. The Guardian's review is here. On my e-reader is Circling the Sun (so good! hard to put down!), and I'm really looking forward to seeing Paula McLain speak at the authors' tea at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford estate later this month.

Tiramisu is done and dusted, ready to be dispatched to Chicago to warm up a dear friend's new baby. The pattern's free, and it's written by the ever-wonderful Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

busy autumn days

Bridget just turned one. The months go oh-so-quickly, I can barely believe it. B loves swinging, playing in the sandbox, snuggling, reading books, and doing whatever her big brother is doing.

 And Erik? The usual -- hugging goats, loving the color purple, playing with Matchbox cars, running. He turns three this weekend, which is amazing.


Me? I'm up to the usual, too -- reading (Undocumented is a great read!), swatching, knitting a Strokkur pullover for myself, and drinking plenty of coffee. I wish I could bottle these beautiful fall days -- the leaves changing color, the cool breeze, the first sip of coffee in the morning, the apple orchard's dappled light, the children laughing at the playground.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


reading :: The Red Tent
crocheting :: cosy stripes

Somehow I missed reading The Red Tent when it was so popular -- it's my book club's pick this month. Perhaps a bit overwrought and overwritten? Ah well, I'm not the target demographic for this one.

Cosy stripes is almost done! Just 1.5 rows of edging left to go... Wonderful pattern, cozy yarn, perfect thing to crochet on these beautiful, crisp autumn mornings. Sometimes I get up before the rest of the family, enjoy a mug of hot coffee, and knit a few rows as the sun rises. Blissful.

Then it's go-go-go around here for the rest of the day. Bridget is a busy bee, curious, getting into everything, wanting to do everything her big brother does. She loves books, crayons, Matchbox cars, Magna-Tiles, cats, exploring the contents of my purse (that one I'm not so fond of). Here she's wearing her Lottie Cardigan, which I love. So sweet... now I want to knit her another. But first I must make her a Mabel cardigan. Never enough hours in the day!

joining this week's yarn along

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

yarn along: pompom + baby doll

reading: a back issue of pompom quarterly (so charming!)
knitting: a baby doll for Bridget's first birthday

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

yarn along: rib-a-roni and 'the nightingale'

starting Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale
just finished a Rib-A-Roni hat for my purple-loving little boy

Erik picked out the yarn himself (Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy) at a lovely yarn shop we happened across in Rochester, Michigan -- Skeins on Main. Definitely worth a visit! Easy, fun pattern -- I like the crown shaping and nice decreases. I'm working on a birthday present for wee Bridget, too -- a knit baby doll like the one I made for Nora's first birthday two years ago. Amy Gaines, the designer, has a new pattern for a sweet mermaid, too, which I may attempt next.

joining Ginny and co. for this week's yarn along

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

yarn along: The Bronte Plot

Just starting The Brontë Plot and mulling over hat patterns for Erik. He picked out this one-of-a-kind crazy Stonehedge Farms yarn at Skeins on Main, a charming yarn store in Rochester, Michigan. Erik is my purple kid!

Joining Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

yarn along: fairy tale

reading and crocheting along with Ginny today

Helen Simonson's The Summer before the War is hard to put down, esp. since the main character is a Latin teacher (I used to teach Latin and Greek before I came to editing). NYT review here.

Lorna Landvik's Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons is a book club pick, and it has made me nostalgic for Minnesota. It has also made me think about my mother, who was a young wife and mother in Minneapolis around the same time, and just how much things have changed, while still staying the same. Worth a read -- not quite the fluff the cover would lead you to believe, but a familiar story. Coming to it with a deep knowledge of the setting has made me enjoy it far more than this reviewer did.

The magenta crochet number is a Tiramisu blanket (free pattern!) that is working up quickly. It's the perfect companion to snuggling up on the couch and binge-watching Catastrophe.  I'm using Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Fairy Tale -- a fitting name for a baby blanket for a dear friend who's expecting twins.