Saturday Start

I dropped a few stitches on my Koro Koro, and they are at a weird spot where I can’t get them picked up right. I’m going to have to tink back 6 rows. It’s not the end of the world, but it is enough for me to put it into a time out for a bit. I decided to cast on an Alaska hat in the kit I picked up at Knit Circus when I was in Wisconsin for the best weekend ever.

You’ll be seeing this hat a lot, as I am making this one for myself and a second Alaska hat for my sister for Christmas.


We woke up to snow this morning. It didn’t stick to the ground, but there were flurries all day. My kids were excited, because they know that if it is snowing when they wake up they get the special treat of Nutella on toast for breakfast. I was excited because I could bake all day to keep the kitchen cozy. Wrigley and John, not having fun snow routines, were not excited.

As I started to think of the upcoming winter and slowing down I started to think about hibernation. Not of animals, but of projects. I decided that it was a good time to take a project out of hibernation. I reached for my Dumpster Fire ornament. I want to finish it before we put the tree up. I’m also excited to work on a small project, because I’m still working on Koro Koro and probably will be until the Cubs win the World Series again.

Do you have any projects in hibernation that you are ready to pull out for knitting season?

October Reads

October was a busy month, but I managed to read five books.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I picked up this book on Laura’s recommendation. After reading this beautiful book I think I owe her a beer. This book is filled with essays on the earth, Native American traditions, and the environment. This book has a permanent spot on my bookshelf. I five this book five stars.

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. What I knew about Tiffany Haddish before I read this book; she is funny on talk shows. What I know now: Tiffany Haddish is an incredibly smart, strong, and funny woman. I adore her. This book is funny and serious and I want to buy Tiffany Haddish a beer just for being great. I give this book four out of five stars.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey. I picked this book up after a friend sent me a text describing the book as Alexis Rose goes to the Pacific Northwest and falls for a crabber. This is a very cute, very funny romance novel. I recommended it to my mom because I found it so enjoyable. Then I had to call her and rescind that recommendation because this book gets FILTHY. I still loved the book, I just don’t want my mom to read it and know I enjoy reading smut. I give this book four out of five stars.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling. There are times when you want to read a seasonal romance novel in October, and this book is great for that. A witch with a broken heart mixes vodka and witchcraft to jokingly put a curse on her ex. He comes back to town and they need to reverse the curse. It was enjoyable and fun, but not mind blowing by any means. I give this book three out of five stars.

Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan. There are times when I just need a Jenny Colgan fix. This was one of those times. In classic Colgan fashion this book was predictable and cute. I liked it. I give it three out of five stars.

Did you read anything good this month? I currently have about 8 books on my nightstand, as well as a few shelves in the library that I want to read.

Sock It To Me Monday

Last week I finished my October Knit Spin Farm Little Known Holiday socks in the Cranberry Day colorway. Well, the colorway is something about cranberries at any rate, I lost the band again. The color is very off in this photo. The purple is actually cranberry, but you get the general idea.

I was down in Kansas City last weekend and got to hang out with Kirsten and Bonny. Bonny gave me a pair of socks. I love them! They are cozy and wonderful. I must say, if you get a chance to meet a blog buddy in real life you really should go for it. I’ve had the luxury of meeting two blog friends and it has been wonderful.

Sock It To Me Monday

I finished my September Knit Spin Farm Sock Club socks in the holiday……um, I don’t remember and I’ve lost the ball band. It’s something about do something nice day? The colors are inspired by the kindness rocks at her hometown library. I copied the patterning idea from A Year of Kayaking. Stealing ideas from other blogs is a great idea when you are not feeling inspired.

Are you working on any socks this week?