Excess Baggage, Pt. 1

You guys, a few weeks ago Spoonflower had a BOGO sale on fat quarters and I fell HARD. I love fat quarters, they’re the perfect size for project bags, so I had to take this opportunity to stock up.

Fabric from Spoonlower and Connecting Threads

We’ve got Itty Bitty Knitting Committee (and the corresponding pink balls of yarn on the end), Thank Your for Being a Friend, Bob’s Burgers, and SuperWhoLock (which I actually purchased a couple years ago). I’m also including the Canadian flag fabric and red starbursts, which are from Connecting Threads, since I’ll be making a bag out of that as well.

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A Cat Named Cosmo

I’ve been more obsessed than normal with cat themed things recently – books about cats, cute items with cats on them, TV shows and movies that feature cats prominently. Over the weekend I watched the movie A Street Cat Named Bob (which I highly recommend!) and was inspired  to knit a cat scarf for my very own Cosmo.

Hand Knit Cat scarves

I grabbed some acrylic from my stash and knit garter stitch lengthwise. It was super quick, I think it only took about half an hour or so. But when I tried it on Cosmo it wouldn’t even fit around his neck – I had no idea he was so fat :/ Anyhow, the second one fit much better.

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The Break

I don’t know what to say about this Evergreen book except that it was a really tough read.

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Katherena Vermette’s The Break tells the story of one fateful event on a cold winter’s night. We get many perspectives on this tragedy and the events leading up to it and its aftermath. As the book progresses we see how these perspectives belong to a group of different women (and one man) who are all connected in some way, shape, or form.

I can’t say I enjoyed this book since it deals with such gut-wrenchingly difficult subjects. I did find it engrossing, one of those books that is really difficult to put down. These women demonstrate such strength and resilience and it was inspiring, but overall this book just left me very sad.

The Wind in the Willows

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.

-Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

The July block in my Happily Ever Stitchalong was Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. I did read the book when I was younger but when I think of this story the first thing that comes to mind is that kind of creepy stop-motion TV series. Anyhow, I rewatched the series while I was working on this and it was quite pleasant in that slow, pastoral English countryside way (as an aside, I never noticed as a kid, but how weird is it that there are almost no female characters? I’ll have to reread the book and see if there are any in the original.)

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Happily Ever Stitchalong The Wind in the Willows

I liked this month’s block but I made so many little mistakes here and there. I kept having to rip out and restitch sections, which really slowed my progress for the month.

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Rocket Ship Shawlette, Part 2

My Rocket Ship Shawlette is kitting up pretty quickly, so quickly that I need to make a decision now. I’ve knit two repeats of the second lace chart so, according to the pattern, I should now move on to the third and final chart.Knit Pick Stroll Gradient Fonse Shawlette

As you can see from the picture, I’ve only just broken into the second colour, if I just go ahead with chart third chart I might not even make it to that third colour, the dark grey (I’ve seen a few project photos on Ravelry where that seems to be the case).

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