Socks, a Shawl, and a Mysterious Society


On my needles

WIP Wednesday

After finishing one shawl, I remembered having started yet another shawl ages ago (June 2011 according to my Ravelry notes).  Poor thing has been in hibernation for so long, but I’d made good notes and knew right where I was in the pattern so picking it up again was relatively easy and painless. I’ve enjoyed knitting on this the past few days while watching TV in the evenings with my hubby.  We’re watching all of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and have just started Season 5.  Neither of us remembers watching this far into DS9 before. The show began my first year of college and I believe I lost interest/didn’t have time to keep up with the show regularly during season 3.

I’ve also been working on the Almondine socks a little.  They’re coming along, albeit slowly.

Off my needles

I finished the Summer Solstice shawl on Friday night.  Will be posting pics and share more about it on Friday. It looks pretty neat pinned to the carpet for blocking.

Books I’m reading

I’ve read Reading Reflex (see last week’s post for more info) up to the point where I need to start doing the activities with my 6 year old.  I’m definitely curious to see if this approach to teaching reading–which is very similar, but still different from the LAST method I tried–works better for him. I really want him to know how to read and to be able to do it well soon!

For fun, I’ve started a series that my older son read last summer: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  It was on the Sonlight (that’s the main curriculum we use for our homeschool) summer reading recommendations list. He loved it so much we bought the 2nd and 3rd books for him also.  I’ve mentioned my love of a good mystery before and this one is perfect for the tween/teen age range as well as for adult readers who–like myself–just enjoy a good story and don’t mind that the main characters are kids.

I also started reading Heiress by Susan May Warren this past week–it’s on my Kindle so I was taking it with me and reading it while the boys were in swim lessons.  But then I got so involved with reading the Mysterious Benedict Society that I’ve been taking that book with me instead.  Heiress is set during the Gilded Age and her characters already remind me of Downton Abbey’s even though the story takes place in America.

I’m linking up once again with Ginny’s blog for this week’s Yarn Along, Tami’s blog for WIP Wednesday, and Nicole’s blog for Keep Calm Craft On.

Happy knitting,




July 10 On My Needles

WIP Wednesday Yarn Along

Project: Summer Solstice Shawl by Wendy Johnson
Book: Reading Reflex by Carmen McGuinness and Geoffrey McGuinness

On My Needles

What’s on my needles this week? Well, I’ve continued working on the Summer Solstice Shawl. It’s coming along nicely, if I might say so myself. I really am enjoying seeing how the pattern translates into the shawl’s shaping and lace-work. I’ve also managed to knit a few more rounds for the Almondine socks, but I’ve just barely started working on the lace pattern for them so I haven’t taken any photos of them yet. {By the way, I tried them on and am happy to say that they fit much better now! The change to a larger needle did the trick.}

Time to Read

Just last night I finished the second Percy Jackson book: The Sea of Monsters. My niece asked me why I was reading the series. As I told her, because I’ve got boys and they might want to read them someday. Besides, I generally enjoy young adult fiction. And this series is no exception. Lots of action/adventure. Which I suppose is why they’re making the series into a series of movies. {I just saw a poster for the second movie when we were at the theater this weekend to see Despicable Me 2 and Monsters U. The boys were so happy to get to see both movies this past weekend.}

I ordered curriculum for the fall for our homeschool. We opened the boxes of books yesterday. I get so excited seeing all the new books we’ll get to read! One of the books I ordered this year is for me. My second son (age 6) has seemed to have a much harder time with the process of learning to read than our exceptional (i.e. weird) eldest son who was reading at age 3. But I see the frustration that my younger son has when he’s trying to remember what he’s been taught about letters, words, etc. And I want to help him in any way possible. So I’ve started reading Reading Reflex. I’m only on chapter 1, but I have hope that this book will have some good info that I can use in combination with the reading program we got and started using earlier this year.

Once again I’m linking up with Tami’s WIP Wednesday and Ginny’s Yarn Along and Keep Calm Craft On.  Lots of great projects, so check them out!

Happy knitting!







WIP Wednesday Tami