Books and Yarn

Recently link appeared in my Facebook feed for “Love Inspired Knits”, a contest whose prize was yarn and romance novels.  Hello, the title  might as well have been “Bonnie this contest is for you!” (I’m trying not to think about how creepy it is that Facebook choses ads based on tracking cookies. I like to think of it as a nice coincidence.)

Clearly I have a problem affection for yarn. This is not news. My novels of choice are light, fluffy, with an easy plot and a happy ending. Just a nice, simple distraction.  Best of all, the contest is open to Canadian residents as well. The contest closes April 20 so there’s still time to enter or check out the existing entries.

(I have no affiliation with this contest; I’m just really excited about a contest that has yarn and books as a prize). 😉

My Sign of Spring

Most people seem to have a landmark that means spring has arrived.  For me, it’s my grandmother’s crocus blooming.  Usually when I get home from vacation there’s a few that are peaking out.  There  certainly weren’t flowers this year.  But this week, a bit a green peaked out and in a couple of days, there they were.


Finally spring!  And then tonight, this:




I’m wondering if this winter will ever really end.

Freshly Re-Finished Friday

As I was returning from vacation (literally as I re acquired Canadian cell coverage) I got a text from my sister asking if I could fix this:

Apparently my three year old nephew insisted on continuing to wear them. Darning has never been a skill of mine, but since this wasn’t technically darning, I thought I’d give it a try. My theory was simple; I’d rip back to the orange and re-knit the toe. I added a lifeline (dental floss) before inserting the needles.

Things were going along pretty well until I remembered one critical detail: I had woven in the ends of the orange yarn making it pretty much impossible to pick up the stitches evenly.  I ended up picking up the last snd second last rows and double knitting the stitches where possible. It doesn’t look that pretty from the inside:

But the outside looks almost normal.

Hopefully they’ll pass my nephew’s inspection and continue to be a favorite pair of socks.

I’m wondering if you have any tips for knitting repairs?

(Linking to HardKnitLife’s Freshly Finished Friday.)