Three Things Thursday (11/17/16)

Time for this week’s edition of Three Things Thursday, inspired by  Ms. Emily’s Home for Full Grown Nerd. Triple-T, as I like to call it in my head, is where I tell you about three things which are rocking my world on a given Thursday.

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Thing 1: Monkey Socks

Like I said yesterday, I’m really enjoying knitting on these. I’m already done with the increases for the gusset – these are toe up, not sure if I mentioned that before. The first sock will probably get finished this weekend and I’m going to force myself to cast on the new one right away. They have not at all gotten to be tedious and I’m not exciting about my other WIP or itching to cast something else on, so that shouldn’t really be a problem.

Thing 2: Knitting Podcasts

When I first learned to knit, I happened to discover podcasts. I don’t think they were all that new in mid-2007, but I’m often slow to hear about things. I chose a bunch of random kntiting podcasts to listen to, either walking to class (helped me to ignore the crazy of a college campus) or on the bus or train to/from work (helped me to pass the time without sleeping and possibly missing my stop). At that time, I was listening to Lime and Violet, the Knit Picks Podcast, Stash and Burn, and the podcast with Brenda Daynes whose name I can’t remember. Then I basically stopped listening to them when I was no longer in school and no longer had a bus/train commute. My old car wasn’t nearly fancy enough to allow me to use my phone to listen to anything via my car speakers.

I started back with podcasts in general when we were getting ready to go to Germany. Unsure of what radio stations would be available in our rental and not wanting to have to decide between our music collections (which have very little overlap), Matt suggested I download some podcasts. (We chose lots of public radio shows plus ones about food or history. Myths and Legends was a particularly awesome find.) Then, last week, I decided to get smart and use my commute (average of 30 minutes each way) to listen to knitting podcasts. I was still a subscriber of Stash and Burn but the others aren’t really around anymore. Well, Knit Picks is but the audio quality is so, so poor anymore. After some searching, I’ve got a few new ones on my list: Knitmore Girls (hosts are mother and daughter), Yarniacs (hilarious pair, one of whom works at a yarn store), and Never Not Knitting (hosted by Alana Dakos).

Thing 3: Planning Lizzie’s birthday

Lizzie’s birthday is only a few weeks away and we’ve already gotten out plans settled. We’ve sent out an evite her party, I just wrote up paper invites for her little classmates, figured out party food, and have settled on what we’re getting for her. I won’t go all into that now, don’t worry, but I’m pretty proud of us for getting it figured out so fast.

Three Things Thursday (11/10/16)

I spent a good amount of time looking at various other blogs last night and came across Ms. Emily’s Home for Full Grown Nerd who does a feature each week called Three Things Thursday.

The concept is really easy: Write about three things that are currently making your life awesome. She doesn’t even have a requirement that they be big things. I think I’m going to do a Three Things post at least once a month. If you also join in, make sure you post a comment with a link to your post from the one Ms. Emily posts each week. You even get to use this awesome badge.

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Okay, enough about all that. Onto my three things for this week…

  • Blogging Again: I’m really enjoying blogging on a regular basis. Although I know I don’t have thousands of readers, it’s nice to know at least  few other knitters are out there, interested in what I’m working on. And that others are interesting in seeing what’s up with Lizzie. And others want to see about my travels. I’m also enjoying connecting with other people through their own blogs. Even though daily blogging probably isn’t for me other than my feeble attempt each November, I really want to have it become part of my regular routine.
  • Good Girls Revolt: This is an Amazon original series about women working to gain a more important role in a late 1960s news magazine. It’s a great blend of cultural and historical study combined with just enough drama (but not too much) to keep your attention. Real life people (fictionalized, of course) even make appearances (Eleanor Holmes Norton from her ACLU days, Nora Ephron, etc).
  • Fall Being Here: I know I’m repeating myself from an earlier post, but I’m happy that fall is finally here. The air is crisp and cool. The leaves have mostly changed. It’s dark not long after I get home from work. I love it because it means the holidays are soon , though I’m certainly enjoying the lack of super cold.