October & November Productivity Recap
- A lot of swatching for the Yarn Substitution blog post while I was enjoying a week off at the beginning of October. It made me yearn to make Remarkables for myself. Instead I wrote an in-depth blog about the pattern.
- Swatches for a new version of the Windsor Capelette which will not be available until early spring but will be in a new yarn from Infinite Twist.
- A Windsor Capelette in a lovely salmon color from Vice Yarns (waiting for me to buy a closure).
- I finished knitting a Windsor Capelette sample in Merino/Tencel from Happy Fuzzy Yarn. Also waiting for me to buy a closure.
- Cornice, resurrecting a hat pattern I seriously love, in a new gauge. Stay tuned, but you can see photos here or or Instagram. This sample is made in From the Mountain cashmere. Heaven.
- Sleeves for a secret knitting project (SKP) for Love of Knitting. Adorable finished sweater won’t be available until Summer/May in Cobasi from HiKoo.
- Swatch for another secret knitting project for the same issue of Love of Knitting.
- Sample of the above SKP in Tiara from HiKoo.
- Felt ball Tatio in Civility from Elemental Affects; felt balls from Frabjous Fiber.
- Button Tatio in merino/tencel from Happy Fuzzy Yarn.
I can’t recall exactly what I read. I like my Nook because I can look at it to see what I’ve gotten through, but I recently had to reset it, and lost all my records. Clearly I’m not reading the classics! This is what I can remember:
- The Kills by Richard House. Second half of third book and fourth book.
- Black Tide by Peter Temple
- The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
- A Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr
- Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman
We spent a week at Sea Ranch at the beginning of October after seeing two pairs of our friends married. Sea Ranch is an escape for us and we do nothing but read and do jigsaw puzzles and eat and drink and sleep. We walk too. One day when we were walking toward the beach we noticed an temporary electric fence had been erected around a couple of open spaces. On our way back about 45 minutes later, the area was filled with sheep and goats. They were there the next day, but the third day they were gone. Guess they had done their job and moved on. Sea Ranch was originally a sheep ranch so it seemed fitting. I was surprised at how each sheep seemed to have its own voice.
The week before Thanksgiving we went up to Seattle for a few days. I really enjoyed the leaves which were still in the process of turning color and falling. I ran a couple of days, getting caught in the rain on my way home on one. I was relieved I wasn’t the only one running in less-than-perfect rain gear.
Thanksgiving took us up to Napa. Our visit up there with friends is always relaxing. We do some shopping (clothing–not really Christmas) and eat out, and hang out. Mitch did some IT work for Joe to allow them to stream TV. The task is complicated by Joe’s hear aids. I did a lot of knitting while Mitch did that. Joe’s granddaughter came by to show me her knitting–she has knit up all the yarn she likes from her school yarn box and we shared some ideas and I showed her my knitting.
So all this other stuff–knitting and travel–kept me from blogging as much as I like. I’m hoping that I can be a little more faithful in December, but as is always the case, things are constantly changing here at world headquarters. Wendy, my treasured assistant, is going to quit working in preparation for her second child. Her skills are invaluable and she is worth much more than I can afford to pay her. I will miss her more than I can bear to think about, but cannot fault her logic for packing it in.