Unraveled Wednesday // Oct 6, 2021

It’s been a while since I last participated in an Unraveled Wednesday linkup with actual knitting to discuss! The last time I joined the linkup was in August to talk about the macramé bracelets I made over the summer. The last time I shared a knitting project with this linkup was in February! But, when a friend recently told me she is expecting, one of my first thoughts was to start a carseat blanket (less commitment and stress than a full-sized baby blanket, but just as meaningful and hopefully equally useful). I’m a little out of practice and knew it would take me a while to get to the craft store for new yarn, so I gathered some leftover yarn in (mostly) corresponding colors, and started on an easy pattern I had on hand for practice, figuring that I probably wouldn’t finish it but that by the time I bought yarn for the actual blanket my hands and needles would remember what they are supposed to do. Also, I wanted to adjust the size a bit which meant more math than I prefer to do and could have easily ended in disaster or not enough yarn. Lo and behold, everything has gone surprisingly smoothly, I fell in love with the project as it is and decided to see it all the way through.

Unraveled Wednesday is a linkup hosted by As Kat Knits highlighting current projects, books we’re reading, and relevant yarn industry news/info/discussions.

Noon update: I didn’t realize that Kat is away this week, so there is no linkup today. I’ll add my post to the linkup next week, on October 13.

For something that I started on a whim with yarn that is left over from a variety of previous projects, this is turning out very nicely! Although the pattern itself is one of the simplest I have ever made, this is the first project I have used this many colors on. At first, I was a little concerned about keeping up with all the color changes and unsure how difficult it would be to keep the ends from unraveling, but I haven’t had any trouble at all. Since this is a carseat blanket, in the end it will still be much smaller than a typical blanket. I am more than halfway done and, tentatively, hope to see it completed this month. It will depend on how schoolwork goes and how many recorded lectures I end up watching.

Strange Planet: The Sneaking, Hiding, Vibrating Creature

In addition to knitting and classwork, I’m reading a lot of children’s books for class this semester. A few recent favorites are A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb which I featured here; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin which I ought to review or at least feature soon; Strange Planet: The Sneaking, Hiding, Vibrating Creature by Nathan Pyle – this last one is an outstandingly funny and adorable picture book. It’s very worth your time if you want a chuckle or have an emerging reader. I also spent a little over a month reading Preston Yancey’s theological memoir Tables in the Wilderness. It’s a uniquely conversational format, and overall I enjoyed and appreciated the insights from this book very much. I did almost quit in the second to last chapter because of a cliché, but decided it was forgivable and kept reading.

Are you working on anything crafty at the moment? Do you enjoy having something to keep your hands busy while watching movies (or lectures) or listening to audiobooks?

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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