Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lots of little, colorful distractions

What I've been making

Experimenting with using leftover yarn tails to embellish felted wool dryer balls. Kinda addictive... it has the potential for never wasting any wool. And I love that it preserves the beauty of the dyeing.

 More bottle cozies...

A neighbor liked our beer/cider cozies so much, I had to make him one. The originals were knit in sock weight held double, but it worked well with a light worsted weight yarn, too.

 And this. Keeping it FUNctional.

I made a baby sweater for a client who wanted to knit for her first great-grandchild, but had difficulty with learning to knit or crochet. It was a good excuse to make something cute, and to try out this pattern! (Flax Light; yarn is Berroco Sox)

Also a Tin Can Knits pattern, this Vivid blanket has been my happy place of late, using Briar Rose Fibers Joyful. I have completed the other  two green squares and reknit the border of one of the blue squares (can you see the error?).  I must admit, that stunning purple is from a skein of MadTosh dk back when I thought it was the coolest. The color is so vivid, I feel I have to include it.  I'm still mulling over how to join the squares, and I'm saving up for a skein of yellow to soften the progression from orange to yellow-green.

I'm beginning to see why some people become fixated on rainbows in their knitting. It's just so rewarding!

I got to do a wee bit of traveling this weekend, so here's my travel knitting:

 My handspun Castro scarf. Sequence knitting really can have a great rhythm.

And not-so-surprising, another bottle cozy! This partial ball of Araucania sock yarn has been staring me down for a while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring its vision to reality.

What I've been reading

Some of it's been assigned (the stuff I'm supposed to be doing), and some has been to keep me from going crazy and help me balance out the stress, but I've been enjoying some really great books lately, including the following:

  • Words That Hurt, Words That Heal. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Not exactly a fun read, but incredibly valuable.
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End. Atul Gawande.  I almost wrote a blog post all about this, but it proved to involve too much brain-exploding. I think everyone should read it; too often in my line of work, I encounter families and individuals who face all kinds of anxiety and angst because they are ignorant of the fact that we all die, and more and more of us decline before we do so. 
  • Going Solo. Roald Dahl. I'm just getting into this, but I'm not surprised that I'm easily becoming hooked. This is the light, entertaining bit. 

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