macro monday chat

This might be an “official” holiday weekend here in the U.S., but having the real holiday on Sunday sorta throws me off, if you know what I mean. There were fireworks displays in some places on Saturday night, and other places Sunday night. I wonder if tonight will also be punctuated with pops . . .

But life goes on, and with it came this morning’s overdue walk up to the recycle center, right past a huge hydrangea bush. I couldn’t resist the photo op!

Seems about time for a knitting update, too.

I ripped everything out and started over, using the same 12 stitches cast on. I played with the alternating k2p2, p2k2 and didn’t like the effect at all! This yarn is so slubby and has different colours running in slubs as well as tiny bits of bright colours — totally obliterating everything else.

I found it very frustrating, and definitely not restful knitting. So I am back to the basic stockinette stitch of knit one row, purl the next, and am using where the tail of the yarn is to remind myself which row I’m on. Curling will have to be handled after I’m done. That’s the extend of my definition of relaxing knitting!

Now I might guess someone is gonna spy with their little eye that the felted piece above is attached to a large hair pin. Yes, an extra large plastic hairpin.

But no, I haven’t started felting – it was included in the package Sis#2 sent around the hols. She’s the master crafty person, dabbling in felting, eco dyeing, and a major knitter, far as I can tell. One difference between us is she has a house. With a back porch. And lives farther north, where it’s (generally) cooler than my apartment complex/state.

She also recommended a new author to me (Tony Hillerman), and although technical/electronic bits are outdated, the stories include correct info on various Southwestern areas and peoples.

The main character in the majority of the series is Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, a member of the Navajo Tribal Police. “Hillerman is considered one of New Mexico’s foremost novelists.” Wikipedia. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, The Blessing Way, and learned a lot!

Have I already raved about Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club? In case I haven’t, let me report I literally couldn’t put it down. Finished it in 2 days, and sincerely hope there’s a sequel already in the works.

As this is fast becoming too long a post for Macro Monday, I’ll love you & leave you, to report on sewing projects another time . . . hehehee!

Ciao, Lovelies! 💕 💕

I framed the felted picture & hung it above my sewing table.
It deserves a better mat, but that’ll have to wait for a proper store visit.

5 thoughts on “macro monday chat”

  1. I’m resisting reading Richard Osman’s book as I’ve read lots of differing opinions on it. I will wait until it becomes a special (99p) deal on Kindle or I see it in a charity shop.
    Yes! Keep your eye on that yarn tail.

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    1. Must admit I don’t generally read many reviews. If it’s British and my library happens to have it over here, I’ll take a look… and mostly I’ve enjoyed them. Rarely do I finish one so quickly… and could get it out again to re-read, I just realised!
      Yes, I do watch that tail (& think of you)!

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  2. Oh thank you for reminding me about Tony Hillerman! I read one of those Joe Leaphorn novels – can’t remember which – and meant to read more.
    Off to the (digital) library I go!
    I’ve picked up the knitting again too…making some soap sacks out of cotton yarn. Not as difficult as the yarn you are working with, but not as nice to knit as wool with its lovely springiness. Ahh well, plenty of time for wool knitting in the cooler months…Nice chatting with you, Del!

    Deb

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    1. I just started another of his — “Dance Hall of the Dead.” We should compare notes after you’ve gotten yours. (I love digital libraries!)
      Actually, this brown-ish yarn I’m using is more like string, being half cotton & half synthetics. 🙄 The previous post’s photo does make it look plush, but the ‘feel’ is quite different.
      That’s one reason I was attracted to it – an autumnal weight easily tossed around a collar for colour more than anything else.
      Do let us know more about your knitting, which sounds like a very practical project!

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