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Unraveled Wednesday: Um. Really??

I'm joining Kat & the Unravelers today to share what I'm knitting & reading!


I bet you thought I was finished with gnomes for a while, and so did I! Then, on Saturday, I went to a drive-by surprise birthday party for my godson/boss who turned an unbelievable 40 years old on Monday (how did that happen?). His Aunt Carol was also in the party parade and she'd previously mentioned on an FB post how much she loved my gnomes, and even offered to pay me to make one...


...and, well, that's not going to happen, but as long as I had the yarn and DPNs handy, I might as well make one for her! This, again, is Susan B. Anderson's Gnome and it's the (true) large version, just as I made for Junah. And, just as the one I made for Jün, it's not weighted right. I can re-weight/-fill him and all will be well. Notes for next time: I don't really like the shape of the body, less all-around round and more like a barrel (so knit fewer rows).


I finished Kitchens of the Great Midwest last night. It was "about" a girl named Eva, and each chapter was a different part of her story -- but she wasn't always central, and there were big jumps in time. I liked it. I'd really like to read The Lager Queens of Minnesota, another book by J. Ryan Stradal. I'm not sure what's next in pages right now (tonight)...

I'm definitely into Hamnet, though my listening time is limited.



Junah turned 7 yesterday!!




You are definitely the head of The Gnome Factory! And how in heavens' name is Junah 7? He was just a little boy a few days ago (or so it seems to me). I hope he had a very Happy Birthday!


Gnome knitting is reasonless! :)

And how the heck is Jun 7!! That just is not possible!


7! 7? How did he do that so quickly? Love all your gnomes. I read the Lager Queen-its a fun read. I'll have to read Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Got my vaccine yesterday-stay safe and warm.


One day I predict that these posts will be written not by you but by the army of gnomes that have taken over your house!

Happy birthday to Junah!


How in the world can Junah already be 7????? I hope he enjoyed a wonderful day. (He looks mighty pleased with his cake.) And I really do understand (completely) about the gnome thing. I love the stripe-y hat. XO


Junah - 7???? How did that happen? Those kids are growing up so fast Vicki. Love your little gnomes -- love that you are knitting them and not me. LOL


I can't believe Junah is 7 but Jackie is 3 and that's something I struggle to comprehend, too! I love your new gnome.

Michelle B.

I really like your gnomes. So cute! The Lager Queen of Minnesota is an awesome book!!! Can't recommend it enough. For me, it read very fast, almost like light reading but it's not. It has some depth to it. The story moves and made me want to turn the page to see what happens next. I want to read Kitchens of the Great Midwest. It's been on my to read list since I finished The Lager Queen. Happy birthday, Junah!


playing catchup with my blog reader and wow, you've had a full year already! Happy Birthday to Junah and so glad you got to see him and all the kiddos for a belated Christmas. I'm really intrigued by the online cooking and cocktail classes. What a fun way to connect when we can't gather in person. (also, I just started Kitchens of the Great Midwest - read it a couple of years ago and remember enjoying it, but not much else)

Margene Smith

Your gnome game is strong and they make memorable gifts. I am one who is wide-eyed that Junah is 7! SEVEN! You have quite a lovely little bunch of g-kids!

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