Currently…

Currently

FEELING…

Exhausted — A recent trip involving a decent time change plus a few headache-inducing drizzly days has left me aching for a nap.  |  Excited — As I’ve mentioned (many times), fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and I’m so excited for all of the autumn-y things I get to enjoy living here in beautiful Kentucky.  |  Frustrated — Job hunting is hard, y’all.  |  Thankful — Despite all of the day-to-day irritations, my life is pretty sweet.  🙂

KNITTING…

Ritzy Mittens — This is actually a fingerless mitt pattern, but I have enough fingerless mitts.  I need MITTENS.  I’m halfway through the pair currently and have made quite a few mods, (which I’ll post on my project page once these are finished).  |  Dead Man’s Party Ribbed Socks — Gotta have at least one pair of socks OTN.  These are easy, no-nonsense 6×2 ribbed socks out of It’s a Dead Man’s Party Sparkle Sock yarn by Knitsomniac Designs.  On hindsight, this yarn may be too luxurious for socks…  |  Effortless Cardigan — Still slogging through…sweaters are BIG!  (Ha.)  |  Sanderson Sisters Vanilla Socks — This is a Halloween colorway that I dyed up a few weeks ago, inspired by Sarah, Mary, and Winefred Sanderson from my favorite movie ever, Hocus Pocus.  I only made two of these and don’t plan to make any more, (at least not this year).  And I just love it so much that I just had to snag one for myself.  🙂  (Unfortunately, this colorway is currently sold out, but there are several other Halloween options still available in my shop!)  |  Honey Cowl — Okay, not actually knitting this yet, but seriously planning to cast on ASAP.  Everyone else in the world has knit a Honey Cowl but me, and I have the most perfect yarn.  So yeah, it’s happening.

WATCHING…

Hocus Pocus — On repeat.  It’s that time of year folks!  My family seems baffled by my sheer dedication to this movie…but, hey, I’m a 90s kid.  They just don’t get me….. |  How to Get Away with Murder — Absolutely looooving this one right now.  Such an exciting, fast-paced drama…I’m hooked.  |  Doctor Who — Still not entirely on board with 12’s crotchety old man Doctor…but working on it.  |  Gracepoint — Umm, hello.  I know David Tennant’s American accent is kind of laughable, but is anyone going to mention his hair?!  Ha.

READING…

The Heretic’s Daughter — Just started this one, but seriously into it already.  Perfect fall reading.  |  The Maze Runner — I saw the movie of this book in theaters a few weeks ago & was blown away.  Can’t wait to see how much more detail there is in the book.  |  Stardust — Just started this one as well…  I’ve only read one other Neil Gaiman book before and I definitely need more experience with this classic author.  |  Voyager —  I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Voyager (the third in the Outlander series) for about 2.5 months now…which is way longer than I ever spend on any one book, (even hugely long ones like Voyager).  I do consider myself an Outlander fan, but there are a few parts of the series that just grate on my last nerve.  (Mostly how dramatic and irrational Claire can be and the tendency for these stories to drag in the middle.)  But I love the series as a whole so much, that I’m going to try and push through the last half of this monstrous novel because I know the ending will be great.  (Only 22 more hours of listening to go…oy…….)

DYEING…

Comfy DK base — Decided to add a new yarn base to my Etsy shop!  This time I’m branching out from sock yarn to include a new 4-ply DK base!  I’m having a great time playing around with colorways on this new squishy base, (including some Exploding TARDIS action!), so be on the lookout for DK additions to the shop soon!!

STALKING…

Flying Duchess Shawl — I’m such a sucker for multi-colored/striped shawls.  And navy.  And eyelets.  …just all of it.  |  Kaweah Hat — I’ve talked about my love for this pattern before, but seriously craving to cast this on ASAP.  Anyone have suggestions about the perfect forest green for this?  |  Hot Cider Pullover — Not even halfway through my first sweater and already stalking others…but this one looks so cozy.  WANT.  |  Caprio — Okay, I am fully aware that I would absolutely HATE knitting this as scarves make me want to scratch my eyes out from boredom…but it’s so pretty!  I will power through the monotony one of these days.  |  Freesia — I can’t tell you how many beautiful Freesia shawls I’ve been stalking recently as you would seriously judge me…  But if I didn’t have so many garter stitch shawls already, I would have already made three of these.  This pattern suits me to a T.

What are you up to currently?

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Fall Reading List

In my reading life, autumn is really the only time of year where I have a preference regarding the type of book I want to read.  Spring, summer, and winter, anything goes..but in fall, I want to read spooky books.  Books about witches, New England, and creepy crawlies are where it’s at in this season.

For over a month now, I’ve been knee-deep in these Halloween reads, and I’m already planning for next year.  If you’re a Halloween reader like me, here are some suggestions from the books I’m most looking forward to:

Halloween TBR List

  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
    I’m so awful about reading classic novels…but what a more perfect time to read Bram Stoker’s quintessential Halloween novel than now?
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    Though this is a children’s book, this vibrant read about ghosts adopting orphaned Bod sounds like the peeeerfect Halloween read.  Plus, it’s Neil Gaiman, so…  😛
  3. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Another classic Gaiman book that I should have read already.  Behind the times…that’s me!  Ha.
  4. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
    This witchy novel is next up on my TBR list for this year.  Written by a descendent of one of the first women accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, this haunting story of Martha Carrier is sure to be a fascinating look into history.
  5. The Afflicted Girls by Suzy Witten
    Anything about Salem and/or witch trials screams fall reading to me.  This supernatural spin on a tragically fascinating era of history is perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit.
  6. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
    I’ve been jonesing to read this one for years, but never actually gotten around to it.  This lighthearted classic Halloween read about orphaned sisters and their crazy aunts would be perfect for snuggling up under a blanket with on a chilly October evening.  (Must locate my long-lost copy…)
  7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
    This classic horror/thriller novel is a must-read for me…eventually.  I’ve heard amazing things about this spooky read, but I may have to work myself up to this haunted story.

My favorite autumn read (as of now) is The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe.  But I’m always looking for my new favorite spooky book…

What’s your favorite thing to read in the fall?

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Things I’m Loving This Week

Weekends are a great time for mindless Internet browsing, don’t you think?  For me, it’s the one time of the week where I can just veg in front of the computer, not doing anything productive, and not caring.  (Not that I don’t do this at other times of the week, but at least I don’t feel as guilty on weekends.)

Currently, I’m likely out lounging by the pool at my Disney resort…..and browsing Pinterest or Etsy on my phone.  (This is a scheduled post and I can’t tell the future [yet]…but that’s probably what’s happening).  But, hey, it’s Saturday, and Saturdays are not meant to be heavy thinking days.  So go ahead and give your brain a rest too, and take this opportunity to browse through some of the newest pretty wonders of the Internet with me.  🙂

Here’s some of the things I’m loving this week:

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We’ve talked before about my love for Hocus Pocus…so obviously I’m obsessed with this Sarah Sanderson quote pillow.  It’d be perfect for use, mmmm…all year round.  😛  Now how can I make this for myself…..

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I just can‘t wait to try out this Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse!  A combination of my favorite stuff: cheesecake, halloween, and cute things.  AND IT LOOKS SO EASY.  Nom.

Police Box Mitts

I don’t knit nearly enough mittens…this becomes a severe problem every winter, and though I always vow to make more “next year”, I never do…  I guess I just don’t find knitting mittens “fun” enough.  But I’m just smitten with these Police Box Mitts — (surprise, surprise…) — so maybe mittens will actually happen this year.  (Though, being honest…probably not.  Ha!)

Flannel

I am just fascinated by this unique, dressy way of wearing flannel in the fall.  Flannel is one of my favorite fall go-tos, but it always seems way to casual for anything except the grocery store…  But this look is classic, comfy, and chic enough to wear even to work.  Bliss.  🙂

The Heretic's Daughter

This time of year always makes me crave a good read about the Salem Witch Trials.  This book — The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent — is a definite must-read for the season.  Based on a true story (and written by a descendant), this tale is about a young girl and her mother fighting for their lives at the beginning of one of the most fascinating, devastating times in American history.

What are you loving this week?

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Summer Reading

NOTE: This is a scheduled post to be released while I am in Peru — I will be out of the country and unavailable until August 10th.  (Additionally, my Etsy shop will be in ‘vacation’ mode until I return.)  If you’d like to contact me, feel free to email me at thelittlemountyarnco@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as I am back Stateside!  Also, if you would like to see pictures and updates from my trip, follow me on Instagram: thelittlemountyarnco.  Talk to you soon!  🙂


 

Summer is the best time for reading, don’t you think?  Closely tied, of course, with autumn, winter, and spring…  😉

For almost all of the 25 years of my life, I have been a voracious reader…burning through book after book, with an ever growing TBR (to-be-read) list.  Most recently, I have finished the widespread bestseller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  (Connect with me on Goodreads!)

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Overall, Gone Girl is a VERY exciting read — I finished the majority of the book in less than 48 hours.  Ms. Flynn’s writing is genius in this setting; providing vague details and clues to play with readers’ expectations.

Following multiple timelines between the POVs of a husband and wife pair, the reader is swept up on a high-speed roller coaster of a story, trying to constantly predict upcoming drama and characters’ next moves…always to be outwitted by the detail of Flynn’s story.  Actually, for much of the time I was reading this book, I had to remind myself that this was fiction and NOT a true crime novel.  Ms. Flynn has truly done her homework.  In my opinion — coming from someone who usually avoids literature fads — if you’re a fan of crime novels or “whodunnit” mysteries, you should definitely consider jumping on the Gone Girl bandwagon.

 

Currently Reading:

Next up for me — Voyager(Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon.  (That should keep me sufficiently occupied for a while…)  Have you read the Outlander series?  If not…do that.  If so…GREAT, let’s be friends!  And if you’re reading one now (like me), make sure to join in the Knitmore Girls’ Outlander read-a-long on their Ravelry board!

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Links: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon; The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling); All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

 

Books I Can’t Wait for You to Read:

On a different, yet related, note — if you’ve ever listened to the podcast The Books on the Nightstand, (and if you haven’t go check it out ASAP!), you may be familiar with their segment called “Books I Can’t Wait for You to Read.”  One of my favorite ways of finding new books to read is by gathering suggestions of other people’s favorite books…so here are a few of mine:

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  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
    Because…well, you already know why.
  2. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.
    Do you like Downton Abbey?  Of course you do.  Now, what would you say to a Downton Abbey themed murder mystery?  Yeah, that’s what I said too.  Honestly, Kate Morton is by far one of my favorite authors, so I would highly recommend all of her books…but The House at Riverton is a really great place to start.  Morton specializes in historical fiction drama/mysteries and, let me tell you, she rocks it.  She’s got four books currently published, with a fifth on the way soon!  CAN’T WAIT!  🙂
  3. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin.
    Kind of beating a kind of dead, but still very much alive, horse at this point…because if you haven’t heard about GoT yet, where have you been??  But here is my suggestion: if you have never read the books or watched the series, read Book #1 (Game of Thrones), THEN watch the whole series.  I’m very glad I read the first book to get a feel for the story; but after watching the show, I don’t feel any urgency to read the rest of the books — even though I’m sure they’re excellent…I just have a lot of other things on my TBR list.  (Please don’t stone me for saying that if you’re a huge GoT fan…!  Just one blogger’s opinion here.  😛 )
  4. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.
    I’ve talked briefly already about my undying love for The Winter Sea, but this one definitely tops my list of all time favs.  The Winter Sea is another historical fiction novel, (can you tell what my favorite genre is yet?), with dual-timelines, a look back at British royal history, and a killer romantic storyline.  Plus, it takes place in England in the shadow of an ancient castle…*sigh*
  5. Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
    Again, kind of a been there done that…but if you haven’t picked up this series yet, get on it!  Though I’m only two books into the series currently, it is not hard to see why these books are such timeless historical-fiction classics.  Gabaldon takes her readers on a wonderful adventure.

I could, of course, talk all day about my favorite books…this is just scratching the surface.  But these are definitely some of my top favorites — and hopefully one of them could be a favorite of yours some day too.  🙂

What is your all-time favorite book?

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Stitch Markers, Shawls, & Stephanie Pearl McPhee

Hello!  Welcome back — a happy Wednesday to you!  Half the week is over, and Friday is on the way.  Yippee!  🙂

First off, I want to thank everyone for being so patient with me while I get everything finished, dyed, glued, what-have-you in order to get things up and running for TLMYC Etsy shop.  Turns out, selling on Etsy is harder than it looks…go figure.

So, just a quick update: Like I said, things are a little crazy with the shop right now as I’m doing a complete re-brand with TLMYC.  To give you all a little bit of a re-cap, for the past 6 months, my Etsy shop (previously under the name KnitKnacksbyMadeline) has carried hand-crafted stitch markers only.  Now that I am adding hand-dyed yarn, I wanted to completely overhaul it into an entire brand, with a blog, social media pages, nice photographs, etc.  This has proved to be a somewhat long and tedious process, but we’re nearing the end!  I plan to re-launch the shop and have everything up and running within the next week!  (Fingers crossed!)

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Currently, my life consists primarily of dying, rinsing, drying, reskeining, photographing, and editing on repeat.  (Not that I’m complaining!  So much fun is being had. : ) )  I’ve re-photographed all of my existing products as well, and I’m in the process of editing and posting all of those.  These should start appearing in the next few days, with the yarn coming shortly after…(I’ll keep you all updated).

So, enough shop talk.  (Ha.)  Let’s get on to the more interesting stuff…

What am I knitting — Last night I cast on my first project in weeks: Imagine When by Joji Locatelli.  I’m making this in KnitPicks Hawthorne, in the Mt. Tabor colorway.  (I used to live in an apartment complex called Mt. Tabor, so I found it appropriate.) This is a relatively new yarn — a fingering weight with a kettle-dyed look.  It’s a lovely blend of brown, teal, and olive green…which doesn’t sound like it would be pretty, but it is.  So far, I’m loving both the project and the yarn.

For those of you who don’t know, (which is probably all of you right now…), I am a SHAWL.LOVER.  Shawls are absolutely my faaaaavorite thing to knit.  I’m not exactly sure why, as I am generally baffled about how to wear them…but I just think they’re so lovely.  I’ve been in a knitting slump for the past couple weeks, but nothing like a good ol’ garter stitch shawl to get me out of it.  🙂  Good suggestions if you are also a cozy garter stitch shawl lover: Cameo and Bryum.

My 1st Cameo shawl…aka, my favorite thing of all the things I’ve knitted ever… So cozy.

 

rose gardengone girlWhat am I reading — Recently, I finished The Rose Garden, by Susanna Kearsley.  (If you’re a historical fiction nerd like I am, you should definitely give Ms. Kearsley a try.  Her book The Winter Sea owns my heart.)  The Rose Garden was similar to many of her previous works — she often writes dual-time period dramas — and read similarly; which is a really good thing when you find an author that you love.  This one didn’t ‘grab’ me like many of her others have, but I absolutely adored the ending so thumbs up from me!

Post The Rose Garden, I’m reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  Michael and Ann from the Books on the Nightstand Podcast raved about this thrilling mystery novel, so I designated it a must-read.  (You can read about/listen to what they have to say about Gone Girl here.  Also, if you’re a book lover, this podcast is a MUST!) Only about four chapters in, but already intrigued.  (PS, if you have a Goodreads account, connect with me!  I love stalking — I mean following — new reading friends!)

What I’m loving — Cruising the internet for new and lovely things is definitely in my top 5 favorite things to do, (under knitting and dying, but definitely above gardening). Here are some of the things I’m loving this week:

  • The beautiful new shawl pattern Flying Duchess by AMBAH is calling my name…I’m thinking this is a must knit for fall.
  • Tardis socks, Tardis socks, Tardis socks!  When will I find the perfect yarn to knit you?!  Faving my (hmm…) third Tardis sock pattern…no big deal.  But seriously, as soon as the perfect blue falls in my lap, Police Box Sox are going ON THE NEEDLES.  (Doctor Who flavored PLUS it’s a free pattern??  Bliss.)
  • Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting released a new pattern: the Sprig Cloche to match the Sprig Pullover from her new book Botanical Knits 2.  Beautiful work, as always.  Will be scouring the shelves for the perfect autumn orange to knit this one soon.
  • (Not so) patiently waiting for JK Rowling/”Robert Galbraith’s” new novel The Silkworm to come out in paperback.  I’m dying to read this one…but not really desperate enough to throw $30 at the brand new hardback copy just yet…  (I’m kind of cheap when it comes to books.  Amazon used books and the Barnes & Noble Marketplace all the way.)  I loved the first book of this series though, The Cuckoo’s Calling, so I’m excited to dive into this new one soon.
  • Gasped when I saw this beautiful photo…new colorway inspiration?
  • Loooove this cutie cutie Eleventh Doctor kitty!  Can I keep him??
  • Seriously laughed out loud at the Yarn Harlot’s “therapy session” with her socks.  We’ve all been on that vanilla sock slog, (I’m on it right now with a pair for my dad…man, he has big feet!)…Stephanie expresses these feelings so eloquently.  😛

What are you loving this week?

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Welcome!

Stitches Midwest, 2013
Stitches Midwest, 2013

Hello, hello! Welcome to the LittleMount Yarn Co. blog — my new little corner of the internet!

My name is Madeline — I’m a 25 year old creative soul happily living in the Bluegrass of Kentucky, and I am the dyer and crafter behind the Etsy shop TheLittleMountYarnCo, (aka TLMYC). I recently graduated with my Masters degree and am beginning to navigate the illustrious “real world”.

I began knitting about 5 years ago thanks to a wonderfully patient college roommate.  After cursing and crying for a bit, I got the hang of the sticks and string, and we’ve been near inseparable ever since.  Over the past year or so, I have been playing with a stream of other crafty hobbies to see if anything else took.  Luckily, some things have.  🙂

In addition to my “typical” knitting endeavors, I also have a passion for dyeing yarn…

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…creating unique stitch markers…

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…as well as drinking tea, reading, binge watching BBC shows on Netflix…

…and many other things that we don’t have to get into right now. 😛

So what inspired TLMYC?  I’ve created The Little Mount Yarn Co. to combine my loves of writing, knitting, dying, & overall homemaking…to share some of my own crafting adventures…and hopefully get to know some of you in the process!  I’ve watched from the sidelines of the knitting community for many years now, but it’s time to join in.  Let’s have some fun, shall we?  🙂

Little visitor during my product photo shoot! (I hate bugs…why did I take this picture?)

Well…thank you very much for stopping by!  I’m very excited to begin this new journey!  I hope to update this page at least once a week with newly dyed colorways, things I’m working on, things I’m lusting after, book suggestions, pattern/yarn reviews, fun stories, and whatever else I can come up with to entertain and inform you all!

Like I said, I definitely don’t want this blog to be about just me…I welcome feedback, inputs, and interactions of all kinds!  (assuming they are positive…no one likes an internet bully…)  So please feel free to connect with me on any (or all!) of my many, many social media platforms.  (internet addict?  maybe…)  I can’t wait to get started, and I would love to hear from you ALL!

Until next time…happy crafting!

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