WIP Wednesday: Of Poets and Time Travel

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Greetings from yesterday!

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Given that yesterday was “Back To The Future Day,” I decided I could go back to yesterday to do my WIP Wednesday post. I was barely home yesterday, and was sleeping, actually or mentally, when I was. So today we’ll go back in time.

The Hook

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I finished Section 3 of my Spice Of Life blanket. Section 6 (the final one) was released Tuesday, so I am significantly behind the main pack. I just started on Section 4, but I’ve only got one row done. The final few rows of my Section 3 are Cornflower, White, Soft Blue, and Amethyst.

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The Book

The other night at work, it suddenly dawned on me that audio books might be a good idea for those long nights. So, I checked out Audible. I don’t know why I’ve never done that! It’s amazing! I signed up for a monthly plan and started my first book.

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Yes, that’s John Lithgow, and, no, he didn’t write the poetry. This book is an introduction to his favorite poets and some of their work. It’s fascinating! Mr. Lithgow provides a brief biography of each poet before a celebrity guest reads one of their poems. After the poem, Mr. Lithgow provides his thoughts on it, how it influenced him, and a few more titles by that poet. The poets are presented alphabetically by last name. I just finished Chapter 6, William Blake.

I chose this book to start with because I have realized my general lack of knowledge regarding poems and poets that my peers seem to know. I also find poetry difficult to read at times (though not to write, but that is another post). I figured that listening to it might make it more accessible to my extremely auditory brain. So far, this book has spurred interest in further readings by Elizabeth Bishop and William Blake.

The Needles

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As you can see from the photo, I have finished one of the hats for my coworkers and very nearly finished one of the Milos. Actually, I finished the Milo at the salon shortly after this photo was taken.

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I’m going to finish the knitting on Super Secret Project before casting on for the next Milo.

I hope you are having a great Thursday. I shall hop back in my DeLorean and rejoin you shortly. I’ll also link up to the Yarn Along.

See you there.

~Janet

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WIP Wednesday: Of Babies and Blankets

Happy Wednesday! It’s my day off! Honestly, it’s my first day off since last Wednesday. We are so short staffed at work right now! I’m feeling like I’m going to have to take a week off just to rest and hang out with my friends and family. For now, though, I’ll just enjoy today: a little knitting time with my best friend, maybe some lunch, the link up at Small Things, and a whole lot of sleep!

I have still managed to get some crafting done.

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The Hook

I’m nearly done with Section 3 of the Spice Of Life blanket. The pattern for Section 5 was released yesterday, so I’m about a week behind most of the crafters.

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I decided to use Ocean, Soft Blue, and Soft Pink as the three additional colors. Ocean is the exact shade of green used extensively in my quilt, so it just seemed to fit.

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The Book

I put Harry on hold to work on some riveting continuing education reading. 🙄

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The Needles

I’m still working on the super secret project that I mentioned last week.

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I also started some baby gifts for two of my coworkers who are expecting. They are due about two weeks apart; one having a girl and the other a boy. I decided on Milos and matching hats. So far, I’ve got one hat nearly done and one Milo underway.

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I’m using my “go to” baby hat pattern. I modify it slightly by knitting a mock cable every fourth row. The pattern is really easy to modify for size, too. I cast on 72 stitches vs 68 for a bit more longevity.

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I’m now home from hanging out, and lunch, with my bff. (Really good taco place!) Time for some crochet and sleep.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

~Janet

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WIP Wednesday: Spiced and Super Secret

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It’s a lovely, rainy Wednesday here in the Seattle area. Really, I love days like this! After running a few errands this morning, I’m now snuggled up on my couch with the kitties and looking forward to a night off. I’m also linking up with the Yarn Along over at Ginny’s.

The Hook

Oh! I’ve been busy! I actually got an entire section of my Spice of Life afghan done. Section 4 has just between released, but I’ve just finished Section 2.

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It’s so bright and cheerful! My colors are:

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I’m trying to choose the next three colors. I can’t quite decide between Orchid, Soft Blue, Soft Pink, Ocean, and Periwinkle.

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Whichever colors I choose, I’ll be using for the rest of the blanket. And that’s going to get interesting. I think this is where the “spice” comes in. For the first section, I decided which colors went where. However, for the rest of the blanket, I’m going to be letting Sandra (the designer) decide using my handy dandy list.

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There are three more colors Sandra lists in the pattern, thus my indecision. I’ll keep fiddling with my color pegs. Tune in next week to set what l decide.

The Book

Um… Yeah.. Nothing new here. I’m beginning to think my first term at Hogwarts is legitimately going to take a term.

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The Needles

My needles have gotten some equal time this week. I’ve decided to knit on the go and crochet at home. However, I can’t tell you about what I’m knitting. It’s a super secret project that will be a gift, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. I can give you an edited sneak peek.

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That’s me knitting at the Verizon store. I had two ladies comment to me that I was smart for bringing my knitting with me. Honestly, it’s rare that I don’t have it with me. It sure makes waiting more fun! Do you bring your crafting with you?

That about does it for this week. The afternoon is growing older, a and its getting to be about my bedtime. Have I mentioned that I work nights?

*yawn*

Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

~Janet

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