Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Unraveled Wednesday December 15, 2021

 Hello and Good Morning!

How are you?  Once again I am up early (5:15 this a.m.) but that is fine as I am running to the office a little later.  I have a few things I need to do there (including printing a couple of pages in color for moi).  After that I will stop at JoAnn's in the shopping center near my office.  There are two colors of DMC that I need.  The plan is to be home in time for lunch with Fletcher.

Yesterday was good.  I did a little laundry (sheets), made a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, made the sauce so that we could have lasagna for dinner, took a nap (I do love to nap!!) and still had time for knitting, reading and stitching!  My kind of day.  Notice cleaning did not make the list of things accomplished.  Oh well...another time perhaps.

It is Wednesday, Hump Day, Mid-Week, all of which mean it is Unraveled Wednesday where we link up with Kat and the Merry Unravelers to talk making and reading.  Last Saturday when I got together with Dee I just knit some more on the French Market Bag which has gotten much bigger than the previous one I made.  

Hard to tell in this picture, but the last 2 rows I knit are in the same grey color as the bottom of the bag.  I'll knit another row or two and then start the handles which will be grey to begin with and then will be the forest green .  And then I can felt!!

I had also caked up some yarn for future socks - perhaps a pair for Fletch and a pair for Colin.

On the right is Static yarn from KnitPicks and the colorway is "Terrarium."  On the left is yarn from "Kim Dyes Yarn" which I'm pretty sure I bought at this year's NJ Sheep & Wool festival.  The colorway is "Hiking Trail" and the yarn is 80% Merino and 20% Nylon.

I also decided it was time to knit socks for me!  And Christmas socks!

The yarn is Cascade Heritage in the colorway "Holiday" and is some I've had in my stash for a number of years.  Finally last night I was able to make a start:

Hoping to get a bit more done on this first sock today!  A plain vanilla self-striping sock is just what the doctor ordered.

On the reading side of things I finished The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva.  I enjoyed it - thought it was good, not great.  I will most likely read the next in the series to see how it goes, but there are other books in line ahead of that.  Right now I am in the midst of The Shore by Sara Taylor.  This is a series of stories that are connected in that they all take place off the coast of Virginia - think Assateaque and Chincoteague area.  Lots of poverty in that area (some wealth too) and the stories so far are rather bleak, but I am enjoying them.  On my nightstand waiting for me is The Women's March which I'm hoping will be good.  My TBR list is growing by leaps and bounds...I keep coming across more books that just sound so good.  I'm #8 on the hold list for Matrix and I'm not sure I will get it before the "Read With Us" discussions start (and I'm not sure this is a book for moi are certainly mixed).

Time to pour another cup of coffee and get my engine started.  Be sure to head over to Kat's to see what others are making and reading (just one of the reasons my TBR list is growing so much!!).


  1. The market bag is looking great! I have socks knit in that very same holiday yarn and I love them. I need to go dig them out and get them into rotation before Christmas is over.

  2. It sounds like work has slowed down a little bit and that's a good thing! I hope it stays that way into the New Year. Your Market Bag looks great and you're all set for future socks. Your Christmas socks will be wonderful!

  3. love the striping on the bag, you have great color combinations! Hoping your Christmas week is SLOW and EASY!!

  4. The colors in your market bag are really great, Vera. And I like the Christmas socks! :-)

  5. I have some "feltable wool" hmmm... that market bag would make great Christmas gifts for my girls! (adding that to my August calendar next year! Thank you!)

  6. I love the fun stripes in your market bag! I do hope you'll do a before and after so we can see how much it shrinks up in the felting. (Want a laugh? Check out mine from years ago:

  7. Really like the Terrarium yarn. Your market bag is so pretty. I'd probably hesitate several times about felting because it looks so wonderful now. I'm a terrible second-guesser.

  8. The socks I have knitted from that colorway are one of my Christmas favorites!

  9. Now your day yesterday sounds about perfect to me too! Lots of fun yarns to knit socks with too. I've never knit Christmas socks. Maybe I'll try to find some yarn for next year. I probably should knit some socks for myself. Your market bag is great! I love the colors you've chosen. It will be fun to see what size it ends up after felting. :-)
    Have a FUN day Vera. Don't work too hard.

  10. Your needles are certainly going to be busy this week.

  11. The market bag is looking great - love all that colour!

  12. The Christmas sock yarn is very festive, and I love it!

  13. Vanilla Christmas socks sound like just the ticket for these last weeks in December. I look forward to seeing the finished Market Bag.