Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday!  Can you believe it’s July already? Me neither. This summer is slipping away! This morning when I looked at the outside temp it was 44 degrees. Brrr. Because we have our air conditioning on instead of heat, it got down to 65 degrees in the house. Perfect for sleeping, so even my youngest who is usually up early stayed in bed a little longer this morning. But at least the sun is shining today so it should warm up. After 2 rainy days keeping us indoors, it will be nice to be able to go outside and play with our kittens.

Speaking of kittens…

We have four adorable kittens. They are six-and-a-half weeks old today. And so much fun to watch. I just love watching them practice their pouncing. It’s hilarious!

kittens

Yarn Along

Once again I’m going to link up with Ginny at Small Things for this week’s Yarn Along!

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

I know I get a bit long-winded at times, so this week I’ll TRY to keep it short and sweet! 🙂

On My Needles

1) Kingdom Gloves: PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE! Amazing. I know. But 2 days of administering my 8th grade son’s standardized tests (as required for homeschoolers by the state of MN) means a lot of time where I need to be present and quiet. So once I get him started on a test, I either read or knit. I decided to work on the gloves because the quiet atmosphere allowed me to really concentrate on the cable pattern.  Not only did I finish knitting the right-hand glove, I started the left one too!  Woot!

2014-07-02 09.12.12 cable knitting

{You can see I still have to do some weaving in ends and seaming between fingers as well as sewing the cuff’s inside layer where it belongs, so it’s not all done, but the knitting part is!}

2) Simplicity Socks: This is my take-along project. During the kids’ swim lessons, or whenever we’re going somewhere and I think I *might* have time to knit, I grab the bag I keep this project in. So I’ve made a little progress on these also.

3) Mendel sweater: Finished my swatch. After washing and drying, I think my gauge matches the pattern’s. I will check it once more before I cast-on this project though.

Reading

My Book Reviews:

I decided to quit reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  I don’t enjoy reading books with descriptive scenes of intimacy–it’s not my style. And it really disappointed me that the author had the {rather young} characters choose to have sex without the commitment of marriage.  Unfortunately, it’s a reflection of what a lot of people think is perfectly acceptable behavior nowadays.  But it completely ruined the story for me. I’m usually very careful to read reviews before choosing a book by an author I’ve never read before. But too bad for me…I obviously hadn’t read enough reviews on Graceling to know I shouldn’t waste good reading time just to get half-way through the book and quit.

Still Reading:

One Realm Beyond  Force Heretic Remnant cover

Although, technically I’m still reading the others in my last post’s list, these two have been getting my attention the most this week.

1) One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul I’m really enjoying this story now that I’ve gotten into it a little more. Bixby is such a funny and interesting character…can’t wait to see what more happens in the rest of the story! {And I know I can trust Donita’s writing!}

2) Star Wars The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant by Sean Williams Having read a TON of Star Wars books, I pretty much know what to expect with this one too. Just plodding along, seeing where the storyline goes next. 🙂

Show and tell?!

I’d love to see your current projects too! Once again, let me remind you that my Facebook page {perfectioKnits’ Facebook page} is open for you to share photos of what you’re working on. Or leave a link to your project’s Ravelry page if you prefer. Also, I’m using Instagram more and more these days {follow me: perfectioknits}, so tag me if you’re sharing project photos and want me to see them. Thanks!

And be sure to leave a comment below before you go! I look forward to hearing from you!

As always, happy knitting and reading!

~Steph

Finished Object Friday

My Finished Object of the Week:

A dishcloth. I know. Not super impressive. But it’s what I finished this week so I’m sharing it and linking up once again with Tami’s blog where many fabulous knitters share/boast about the projects they’ve completed. Check them out if you can.

This project is one of my take-along knits that I’ve been working on {off and on} for some time.  But I always seem to need new dishcloths, so I’ll probably start another one soon.  The pattern I used is actually an adaptation of Rhonda White’s DW Darrell Waltrip Dishcloth pattern.

DW DishclothYou can see my notes on what changes I made on my Ravelry project page for this dishcloth if you’re interested.

In other news:

  1. I’m helping with my church’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) in a couple weeks and we’re already working on murals and decorations. I’ve been assigned a mural of a cityscape and have had fun the past few days working on it. (But it’s been taking up some of my normal blogging and/or knitting time!)
  2. I got my baby fix tonight! Baby kitty, that is! Our Gracie-cat (who is really still a kitten herself) had 2 kittens on July 8.  One of the baby kitties died the first night, but the other has been doing well. my kitties I was so bummed when Gracie moved it at 1 week old from the shelter she gave birth in to somewhere out in our wooded area near the house (at least I think that she has a place out there) before I was able to get a picture of him. (I’m relatively certain it’s a boy.) Anyways, tonight she brought him up in front of the house for a little visit (right before my husband and I were going to go out for our run) so I got to hold, pet, cuddle, and get pictures of little Neelix as I’ve named him. Baby kitty Neelix{Doesn’t he remind you of Neelix from Star Trek: Voyager?} Of course, in typical cat-fashion, she’s hidden him again and I’m not sure where, but I was so thrilled to see how big he’s gotten in just a couple weeks! Isn’t he darling?!?
  3. I’ve been running. Me. A self-proclaimed non-runner. And I’m actually enjoying it! Since my hubby is already a runner, it’s been fun for us to do some training together too. Last weekend we ran in one 5K race and have plans for a few more this year. I’m super-ultra-uber competitive so I found it really hard to pace myself around other runners. My first 5K and I came in at 30:40. That’s about 4 minutes better than my best training time had been! CRAZY! After that, my hubby decided to get me a Garmin Forerunner 110. I used it tonight for the 1st time.  It’s pretty cool, but hubby says it’s not *quite* as accurate for distance as his Forerunner 305 that he’s had for almost 3 years. Maybe a clear, unclouded day will increase my 110’s accuracy. Even if not, it’s pretty close and I like that it tells me my pace. So just for the fun of it, we set a nice pace (not too hard) and went for more distance. I need to work on that. It felt good and I could have probably gone more, but we stopped at the end of our running path and we had gone just under 5 miles.  So my distance goal is to run 5 miles non-stop next time we have time for a longer distance run like we did tonight.

Well, there you have it. That’s my Friday update!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Happy knitting!

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