fiber art, 10.18

Some gorgeous skeins of Knit Picks Shadow Kettle Dyed lace weight yarn just dropped through my door and its so gorgeous and inspiring for the impending winter with those icy blue hues.

The colorways include Clementine, Altitude and Atlantic; unfortunately, these colorways are on last chance at Knit Picks, so if you want some, grab now.

Inspiration abounds!

pumpkin carving, 10.11

This weekend, my good friend Mackenzie came up to my Mum’s house for a weekend out of the city. Naturally, we gorged on pumpkin beers and carved a few.

Of course, we had our ever-present four legged shadow, Sir Winston Churchill, helping us throughout the way. I love how, with such ease, Mackenzie is able to carve the living hell out of that pumpkin with a butcher knife and still scratch my dog about the stomach, a demand he well…demands, often.

You can read more about our glorious weekend in New Hampshire at Mack’s brilliant little blog, a compendium of delights. The weekend was one of those delights, for sure.

student KAL, 10.8

One of my students and I are doing the Through the Loops Mystery Sock KAL together for Socktoberfest.

AB is using a variegated fingering from Knit Picks, and I’m using a solid navy fingering unlabeled I had laying in my stash–this will hopefully show AB how yarn selection changes the look, feel, and mood of a knitting project.

I’m confident hers is looking so much better than mine based on yarn choice alone; we’ve done the cuff, and now its onto the mid-section, which was released yesterday.

Snaps of mine to come.

lost in reading, 10.3

Years ago, a boyfriend bought me a copy of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections and I fell in love with his writing immediately.

I like that Franzen is sort of a literary character in his own right; and even though everyone is talking about his latest book Freedom–and I hate literary trending fervor–I can’t put his latest tome down.

It’s brilliant really. If you haven’t read any Franzen, you should. He has an uncanny ability to dive inside a character so wholeheartedly–and you’re often left wondering how he effortlessly becomes a character so seemingly different from what he embodies.

And yes, he did get his glasses stolen at an event in the UK this week never mind that whole printing a rough draft issue. Enough said.