Odds and Ends – Literally! (Unraveled Wednesday)

Is there any more satisfying image?

Do you know what this means? It means Slipstravaganza is DONE!! I blocked it last night (thanks, dry air!) and finished tying off the ends this morning during a conference call. She’ll get her own special FO post tomorrow, but let’s just say for now that I love it.

I finished putting together my Dumpster fire ornament! It’s a great addition to the tree.

  • Pattern: Dumpster Fire 2020 by Kino Knits
  • Yarn: La Bien Aimee x Modim in “Elise” for the dumpster, Valley Yarns Huntington in Red, Sunset, and Mustard for the flames.
  • Timeline: Started knitting 12/5, finished knitting 12/6, and seamed 12/8

This is a fun little project that I recommend! It can be finished in a few hours. I definitely found the duplicate stitch and the seaming everything together a bit fiddly, but there were really great instructions included in videos with the pattern. It wasn’t hard to figure out what to do, I just didn’t really love doing it. I shared this picture with my coworkers, and one of them asked if I knitted an ornament every year. I said no, but what an awesome idea! I’ll have to remember that for 2021 and try to find an ornament that characterizes the year as well as this one does. Hopefully it’s not another dumpster fire!

With Slipstravaganza finished, I finally had to make a decision on what to work on next. I cast on my December A Girl and Her Wool yarn club socks! I decided to make the Fine and Dandy (Rav Link) socks , though I’ll probably do a rolled cuff a la Rose City Rollers, since I only have 10 g of the contrast color. I made this pattern a few years ago as socks for my Aunt, and I think the flower pattern will be nice for this subtle-y speckled yarn.

Since it’s Unraveled Wednesday (check out Kat’s link party for some awesome knitting and reading inspiration), let’s get to the book part shall we! I was off Friday- Tuesday so also made great progress here.

I finished The Fifth Season! This book was really, really good. but also really, really hard to read at times . The author creates a really broad fantasy world and in depth characters, but there’s also a lot of connection to how the real world treats people of color. It’s not light easy reading, both from subject matter and how densly it’s written (not in a bad way), so I’m going to take a break and read some other things before reading the next two books in the series!

Ahhh I loved Carry On by Rainbow Rowell! Thanks for the recommendation Sarah! It was fun and happy and a bit intense but I loved it so much! I am picking up the next book from the library today!

I’m currently listening to Gideon the Ninth. This book was recommended to me by two of my friends who I trust a whole lot when it comes to books. I had listened to it before but didn’t get very far (or maybe I got kind of far but gave up) because again it wasn’t in a reading mood. I’m definitely intrigued by the world and the story!

Hope everyone’s having a good week! I enjoyed my few days off to chill – I also baked my favorite Italian cookies and crossed some things off the condo to do list!


  1. OK, a few thoughts. the knitting in your cookie photo looks like cookies too! I see vanilla, chocolate and a little raspberry! Every time I see toe-up socks I want to cast on right away. Why don’t I??

  2. Congratulations on having TWO things finished! (I can imagine that sewing up the ornament was a bit of a pain). Is “Carry On” the story that the protagonist in Fangirl writes about? I have seen the cover of the book so many times now and it IS the fanfic, right? (I really loved Fangirl, it was an amazing book)

    1. Yes! I have not read Fangirl, but I understand this was the story the protagonist in that was fangirling about, just expanded, and written after Fangirl. The author had a little explanation at the end of Carry On and was just like “I couldn’t get the character out of my head so I wrote his full story”

      1. Fangirl is a beautiful book, I don’t know if I’m in the mood for Carry on right now, but I’ll keep it in mind!! Thank you! 🙂

  3. The dumpster fire ornament looks like fun! I’m excited to see your shawl FO post, too. And yay new socks! I want to cast on some new socks, but I’m trying to finish my gift knitting first. I don’t know how long I’ll hold out…

  4. As I was scrolling down and before I read the preceding paragraph, I thought your Rose City Stroller socks were a bra! Never mind, only another six months and I get my next eye test!!

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