L&L Book Club and the Shining Sequence Mittens

I took a two week hiatus from book club. It was partially because I was recovering from a nasty cold and partially because I’ve had so much exciting L&L stuff to get ready for that I forgot totally remembered, but didn’t post due to very important reasons. ;)

But I’m back, at least 80% less sneezy, 20% cooler, and chomping at the literary bit! Before we jump into this week’s book, I have a few bookkeeping announcements:

Subscriptions for the Society of Caffeinated Knitters (SoCK club) -and- the GAL guild are open for membership. This is your last chance to get in on the 2017 GAL Guild, which closes forever on August 19th. I’ve been dropping a few hints about what you can expect from the next SoCK box, and its time for another clue! In keeping with the spirit of the theme, I’ve hidden the clue on this page for you to find.

Lastly, we loved doing a themed book club MKAL, and we’ve got another one coming your way in September!


It will be delivered in three parts and will be another color-work project, though a simpler one than the Shining Sequence Mittens were. Clues will be released on September 13, 20, and 27. The project title is “Hunting Sasquatch”, and it’s a pretty badass project if I do say so myself. You can download your badge now, create a project page, and each week between now and then I’ll tell you a little more about it. I have an extra fun on theme book planned that was conveniently written in three parts. Overall, I think it’s just the thing to do a little selfish knitting before the holidays start (or to give away as a gift, you do you).

The Book

This week I read The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. This book is amazing. It is sort of not what you would expect if you only know her from raunchy comedy specials, but it’s got the raunchy comedy too. It’s a very open account of the events that made her into the comedian she is, and most of those stories aren’t rosy. She speaks candidly about growing up with a narcissistic, negligent mother (my words, not hers), sexual assault, and toxic/abusive relationships. If you’ve seen Inside Amy Schumer those topics might not come as a surprise, but it’s easy to see her sketches and movies and just paint her as a promiscuous alcoholic. But the truth is, she is smart, relateable, and willing to tackle topics that make people uncomfortable. This is one of my favorite sketches from her show

Check out the book, it’s a great read, and I especially enjoyed the audio book read by Amy. It’s not always funny, but it is always real.

Next week I’ll be kicking back with Austenland. I’ve seen the movie approximately 12,000 times, but I’ve never read the book, so this will be a treat.

The Project

With no further ado, it’s time to show off the Shining Sequence mittens! This Mystery Knit Along was our Christmas in July special project. Over 3,000 people downloaded the pattern on Ravelry, and I’m thrilled that so many of you were into it with me! The mittens feature a beaded Fibonacci Sequence on the back of the hands, and each thumb has a beaded numerical Fibonacci. If you aren’t a giant math nerd like me, the Fibonacci Sequence is the idea of perfect mathematical symmetry. It is created by a sequence of numbers where each subsequent number is the sum of the previous 2. So, 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, and so on. It is known by the symbol:

Scroll down to see the mittens in all their final glory, and check out the book club thread on Ravelry for more project photos!



Actual conversation between myself and Mr Llama:

Him: “I cant believe you’re going to do that.”

Me: “At least, I’m not ‘Squatching.”