Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Yarn Along: "Tricky Twenty-Two" and Molly Hat

Yarn Along is a wonderful link-up -- hosted by the Small Things blog every Wednesday -- about two of the best things in life: reading and knitting!

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Reading: I finished up "Orphan Train," my Yarn Along read from last week. Once I got into it, I just had to find out what happened -- and I stayed up 'til 2 a.m. Friday night reading! The story was totally different than I expected and I really enjoyed it. Then I blew through "The Beautiful Bureaucrat" by Helen Phillips, really more a novella. It was so weird... and so addicting. I'm still not sure what I thought about it. And now I'm reading the latest Stephanie Plum, "Tricky Twenty-Two." Not the best -- they haven't been in about 8 or 9 books -- but reading a longtime series like this just feels comfortable and familiar, and I'll keep chugging through Stephanie's misadventures until the end!

Knitting: I'm still working on the Molly Hat for my friend Jessie, and the purple yarn still didn't want to photograph well. (Though there's a picture on my Instagram from our drive to Indiana for Thanksgiving that actually shows the color pretty accurately.)

I have an excuse for not finishing the hat, though: I finally, FINALLY finished my BlueSand Cardigan! I basically completed it two whole months ago, and then I procrastinated sewing up the pockets and weaving in the yarn ends (for good reason -- it took me two hours to weave in all those pesky ends!). But this weekend I got down to business while watching a wonderfully cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie... and now I have my first finished sweater! I really wanted to take a picture of me wearing it -- and holding my book, of course -- for Yarn Along, but the weather here in Ohio has been gray and rainy and the lighting was terrible yesterday. But -- woohoo! I knit a sweater!

Decorating: My miniature Christmas tree! I've got a ritual now of putting it up the day after Thanksgiving each year. It's special to me because my grandma, now passed away, got me many of the miniature ornaments over the years. My mom's bought some and I've added a few, but setting up my little tree always brings back memories of my grandma. The bunny-on-a-button ornament in the photo is from 1994 and a few are even older!


  1. It is hard to photograph dark yarn. You are not alone!


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