Wednesday, March 29, 2017

{Yarn and Books} Not Looking at Every Single Stitch

About the time that I was realizing I didn't want to keep plodding away on Twisted Madness, Judy posted that she was working on Socks on a Plane. I wanted to do something different with the Sauvie Island Hawthorne... and the pattern looked intriguing...and here I am today...

This is so much faster and easier on my mind and hands. I can work on it while the family is in the room and likely to talk to me. See the big craft sticks? There are five rounds between each cable twist. Every time I knit my way past a cable section, I move a stick from the left to the right. When I twist the cable, the whole stack goes back to the left. And if I miss moving a stick or drop the whole thing? The world won't end. I'll just try to count rows and make an educated guess.

Why craft sticks? They won't roll off the table. If there were pennies, someone might pick them up (which is understandable -- loose pennies on a table top are fair game around here.) And they were handy when I decided to use something to keep track of my rounds.

These are just a bit more difficult than my usual plain stockinette socks, and different enough to banish that feeling that I'm knitting the same pair over and over and over.

Hubby and I saw the movie trailer for The Circle when we were at the theater watching Kong Skull Island and as soon as we got home I reserved the book from the library. It's the story of Mae Holland, a young woman who, thanks to her college roommate, gets hired by what appears to be the best company on the face of the earth. The Circle has put an end to online bullying and crime and is poised to make the entire world a better place through their products. With their idea that "secrets are lies" and "privacy is theft," it seems like life in The Circle is too good to be true, but Mae isn't seeing any of the warning signs. As much as I liked the book, I didn't care for Mae much. She's an entitled little twenty-something who, before she gets her dream job at The Circle, would rather say she was unemployed than admit that she works in the offices of a utility company. But maybe that's why she loves her new job so much.

The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne is so amazingly gothic, in the best possible way, that if it wasn't for the cell phones and other modern touches I might have thought I was reading a much older book. In the first few pages Rachel makes her way through her new husband's ancestral home, going from The Old Dining Room, through The New Hall to The Yellow Drawing Room.  And then there are the sprawling basements, and the mine tunnels beneath them that extend under the sea. Did I mention that her husband's first wife drowned in those abandoned tin mines eighteen months earlier and that her body was never recovered? It might have been washed out to sea, or trapped in the tunnels under the old house. And Rachel's young stepson has told her that she will die on Christmas. If you want something that's wonderfully creepy and suspenseful without being actually frightening, this is the book for you.

Disclosure -- I picked up The Circle at the library and was provided with advance review copies by the other publishers. All opinions are my own. This post is linked to Patchwork Times, iknead2knit, and  Frontier Dreams.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

{Thrift Store Temptations} The Last Day of Swim Class

This was going to be last week's post, but I got distracted by the auction and the clocks, so it had to wait. Thursday marked the end of our new schedule, the one that took me past all of the thrift shops every week. Because I didn't know when I'd be out that way again, I stopped at the thrift shop that's farthest from my usual route. 

Vintage Framed Copper Owl

The copper owl was kind of tempting.  I like his eyes, and he reminded me of our nighttime visitor from a while back.

Dog and Flowers Under Glass Cloche

If you can understand this, please explain it to me! I don't know if I'm more confused by the dog under the glass cloche, or the size of the dog compared to the flowers behind it, or how just plain ugly it all is.

Lately, I'm loving things shaped like little houses. It took a little bit of work to talk myself out of these, at least until I was distracted by the shiny stuff on the next shelf over.

This is THE silverware, the stuff I desperately wanted when Hubby and I got married twenty-six years ago.

Grandma said that it was too expensive and bought us something else. I was an ungrateful brat and quietly exchanged the set she'd bought for a much smaller set of this stuff. Over the years, I've picked up a few more pieces of it at estate sales. This is almost a whole set.

And look what else I found!

It's not the Universal No. 1 Food Chopper that I had my eyes open for, but it's different from the other two Hubby already has...and our anniversary is next month...and it was really cheap. Just in case he hated it (which he didn't.)

Monday, March 27, 2017

From 4"... Down to 2"... and Back up to 3 1/2"

Trust me, this totally makes sense! 

There is a plan and I believe, deep down in my heart, that this is the best possible use for this big stack of squares in oddly mismatched prints.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

{Weekly Stash Report} Dish Cloth Cotton

The people who plan strip malls obviously know what they're doing -- why else would they put Gamestop and Michael's within walking distance of each other? If I'm at the craft store, Teenage Son is looking for video games. If I've driven him to Corvallis to find the only copy of Corpse Party (don't ask, because I don't know -- apparently it's not as bad as it sounds), I'm walking across the parking lot to look for washi tape.

They didn't have the tape, but they did have a good sale on Sugar'n Cream and I brought five balls of it home with me, simultaneously resisting the siren call of those Caron Cakes. I don't know what I'd do with one, but they're so dang pretty!

Has anyone bought a Caron Cake, or a Premier Yarns Sweet Roll? Have you used it? Is it as pretty once it's in a project as it is on the shelf at the store?

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 2 yards
Fabric added this week:  0 yards
Fabric added year  to date: 0
Net used for 2017: 3 yards

Yarn used this Week:  0  yards
Yarn used year to Date: 2500 yards
Yarn added this Week: 550 yards
Yarn added Year to Date: 9350 yards
Net used for 2017: 6850 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.


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