W.I.P. Wednesday: Magical and Mundane

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The Hook

Back in December, I think, I purchased a crochet “block-a-month” kit from Annie’s Kit Clubs. This one is the Coastal Sampler Afghan. Each month, I get yarn and instructions for three blocks. I am currently working on block 9 of 30. I don’t tend to crochet much, so this sampler is stretching my brain a bit. I’ve gotten stuck on a few of the blocks, including this current one. However, that was the whole idea of doing this sampler afghan. I wanted to learn some new stitches and expand my skills. My goal was to be done when I receive the final piece of instructions, but I’m quite behind in that regard.

The Book

Currently, I am listening to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi on Audible. I am loving this book! I started listening to it quite some time ago, but seemed to only listen to it in the car on long drives. I’ve got to change that! The story “follows heroine Zélie Adebola as she attempts to restore magic to the kingdom of Orïsha, following the ruling class kosidáns’ brutal suppression of the class of magic practitioners Zélie belongs to, the maji” (from Wikipedia). The world created by Adeyemi is beautiful and complex, but also anchored in reality. For example, Lagos, the capital of Orïsha, is actually a city in Nigeria, and the sacred language spoken by the Maji clans is Yoruba. I am also thoroughly enjoying the narration by Bahni Turpin. She does a beautiful job giving the different characters different personalities through their voices.

After I started listening to this book, I purchased this Barnes & Noble exclusive edition. The inside artwork is stunning!

I started reading Children of Blood and Bone as part of a Bookstagram representation challenge I’m doing. Wanna join me? So far, I’ve only ticked off a couple boxes, but I have a long “To Be Read” list for the rest of them. I’m open to suggestions as well.

The Needles

That’s it. That’s all you’re getting. It’s a shawl, and it’s a gift. It’s taking far longer than it should. No spoilers.

See you next Wednesday!

W.I.P. Wednesday: A Shawl, A Sock, and a Ship-Full of Crazy

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Well, hello. It’s a been a while.
Again.
That’s for another post.
For now, let me return to my roots:
yarn, books, gardening,and the like.

The Shawl

I’ve been working on this shawl for some time now. It’s a prayer shawl for my church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. I’m knitting it in Lion Brand Homespun. I think the colorway is “Mediterranean”, but I’m not sure. The shawl is a long stole, knit in garter stitch, and is taking forever! It’s gotten too unwieldy to tote around, so it’s a “couch project” now, and doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

The Sock

I’ve been knitting this sock for a while, too, though not nearly as long as the shawl. These are “plain vanilla” socks in Knit Pick’s Felici. I’m not using a pattern as such. It’s more of a formula that I’ve worked out for my own feet. If they look Halloween-ish, they are. 🙂 The colorway is “Spooky.” I love it! I’m very nearly to the heel, and then it will be smooth sailing all the way to the cuff. They’ve been set aside for another project that I’m not posting publicly yet.

The Ship-Full of Crazy

How have I never read this book?!
I have never belly laughed so hard at a book as I have at The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Oh my word! I’m actually listening to it on Audible, and the version I’m listening to is read by Stephen Fry. I can highly recommend it. He does the voices. It’s hysterical! I’m at a point where something terrible is occurring, and the ship’s computer is warbling “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as the crew panics. When I tell you I guffawed… 😂 Being an avid supporter of Liverpool FC (YNWA is their anthem) made it even more funny. I’m going to be a bit sad when this one is over. Dare I “read” the rest of the trilogy?

So, that’s a little update on what’s on my needles and in my ears. What are you working on? Reading? Listening to? I’d love to know.

WIP Wednesday: Well, Sort Of

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Happy October!

I have been working so much lately that I’m just wiped on my days/nights off, which happened to be yesterday. I was just too exhausted to even think about writing a post. After 12 hours of sleep, though, I’m feeling much more energetic. I’ll still link up with the Yarn Along. Better late than never, eh?

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The Hook

If you’ve followed the blog at all, you know my hook is normally a poor, neglected thing. Not this week! This week, my hook has taken center stage!

For starters, I finished two more squares for my Magnum Opus and tried my hand at a couple sunburst granny squares.

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I hate that the Navy always looks black in photos. I’ve tried everything I can think of to fix it. Oh, and those clothespins? I got that fabulous idea from Lucy at Attic24! I had fun on Tuesday putting all my shades of “I Love This Yarn” on clothespins. It really helped with another project that I’m super excited about.

Sandra over at Cherry Heart is having a Crochet A-Long of her Spice Of Life blanket! I wasn’t going to join, really I wasn’t! The last thing I need is another WIP! But then people I follow on Instagram started posting their blankets. And they looked so pretty! And I do have a lot of yarn. And…oh… What the heck!

Those yarn pegs helped me pick out my palette, which I decided to base on my special quilt.

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I was going to make the blanket totally from stash, but I caved and picked up Glacier, Amethyst, Orchid, and Cornflower yesterday.

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The last picture was taken just a few minutes ago. For my blanket, I’m using “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby and an H/5.0 mm hook. So far it’s Peacock, Turquoise, Pink, and Cornflower.

The Book

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I’m still stuck in First Year with Harry, but at least it’s Hogwarts, right? Seriously, I could have this book read in two nights if I just say down and actually read it.

The Needles

For once, it’s my needles that have been slightly neglected. I finished the Milo I was knitting on Saturday, and it’s off to its tiny recipient.

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I’ve also done a bit more work on Heidi’s monster. One leg is now totally knitted and just needs the foot stuffed. Maybe I’ll finish it tonight so I can show you (and Heidi) tomorrow.

And that about rounds up my update, except to say that this post marks my one year blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been that long!

Have a blessed rest of your day!

~Janet