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Wednesday WIPs

It’s a wintery day here in Connecticut and time for another Wednesday WIPs post. I’d worried I wasn’t going to have time to post but am now happily doing asynchronous teaching on Wednesdays. My productivity has never been higher during a school week!

Today is a mixed bag of crafting. (I did say this was also needlepoint, right?) I am well into the second color for my Allspice Shawl and, in fact, just ordered another skein. I was worried that the shawl would require copious amounts of tugging to get it to the right size. Let me tell you, finding specific yarn during a pandemic is not easy! I did finally locate the yarn and ordered it. I think I’m going to put the shawl off to the side until the new skein arrives and alternate rows if the yarn is a vastly different dye lot. Of course I didn’t keep the band for the second colorway.

Pattern: Allspice Shawl (free pattern)
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Midnight and Fractal (using 2 skeins of fractal for length)
Needles: US6/5mm

My other WIP today is needlepoint. I am slowly dipping my toes in and I do like it. I’m not sure I love it in the same way I love knitting. Anyhow, I am currently stitching this Plymouth Rock canvas by Belmead Designs. I remember asking my dad where his family came from when I was little, and his answer was always, “Plymouth Rock.” As you can see, this canvas is fairly large in scale (compared to what I’d imagined, anyway) so I decided to frame it along with a watercolor of the Mayflower. I’m paying a little bit of homage to my family history which always makes me happy.

**I should also add that I’m using Silk and Ivory for the fibers.

I am already behind in my 2021 Reading Challenge but did finish my first novel of the year. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read this before. It may be the section on eating oranges that did me in the first time. This time I powered through and finished absolutely loving Cranford. Small English village, neighborly drama, love, sickness, death, ruin…what’s not to love? Honestly, I think I was born in the wrong century.

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