Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yarning Along

Good morning everyone.  I'm joining in Ginny's Yarn Along again this week (thank you Ginny). 
With Christmas approaching so quickly, 2 birthdays just around the corner, and 8 grandchildren to knit for, I have dozens of potential knitting projects and lovely yarns dancing around in my head (guess I'm too old for sugarplums).  I have the hardest time choosing which ones to knit.  There are just too many great patterns out there, and I want to knit them all.  But, of course I can't.  So, I wander around Ravelry for much too long, and just when I think I've managed to choose just the right one, and actually pin it down long enough to find the right yarn and knit a swatch, then, another one comes dancing by calling out, 'pick me, pick me . . .'  And sometimes (I'm embarrassed to admit) I'm thrown off track by the lure of that other 'perfect project' and take off chasing it -- hopping down a totally different bunny trail.  Do you do that too?  Please say yes!



Well anyway, after too much indecision and second guessing myself, I eventually did start and actually finish In Threes for youngest granddaughter Z (little blonde kitten seen here last Christmas). I love this pattern, love the yarn, and I think our little pink lover Z will like it too (fingers crossed).




I've also got  this little February Doll Sweater (modified from EZ's February Lady) on the needles now -- also for Z whose birthday is coming up soon.




And I seem to always have a pair (or 9) of socks on the needles. These are more Muggle socks I'm making for the big guys in the family. I love using worsted weight wool for men's socks -- they're thick and cushy and warm (not to mention fast to knit). I've used several different blends trying to find a yarn that's durable & washable. This time, I'm using Berroco Vintage, so we'll see how it holds up.



And just one more. . . Honey Cowl. I love and adore Madelinetosh yarn, but it's a little too pricey (but worth it!) for me to use as often as I'd like. But, just two skeins for a cowl didn't seem too terribly extravagant. Maybe some day I can actually knit an entire sweater using this delicious yarn.


So, what am I reading this week? Well, I'm a little embarrassed to admit I'm reading another children's book - "Peter Pan" (actually listening to it, but that counts, right?).  Much like "Winnie the Pooh", I think this is such a charming book - humorous, mischievous, sweet, and fun.  The narrator is British (of course), and listening to her is like having your nanny tell you a story before you drift off to sleep to dream of Neverland.  And just in case you think I don't ever read books for adults, I really have read a few over the last few months -- "The Winter Sea", "The Girl With Glass Feet", and "The Forgotten Garden", and although I did stick with them all to the bitter end, I'm sorry to say, I didn't really love any of them.  



We had a lovely lovely rainy day here in Little Rabbit.  My boys got a little nervous when the big thunder rolled through and almost huddled up together.  This is as close as it gets with these two.  Buddy's got an attitude ^v^.

Well, happy knitting and reading, and most of all . . .


Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!

♥ ♥ ♥

G

(Be back in a couple of weeks)


27 comments:

dottycookie said...

I am very impressed tat you have finished knitting projects - I have so many cast on and half knitted it would be embarrassing to go and count them!

lunefantasy said...

No thanksgiving in France but I hope you will have a beautiful day with joy and hapiness.
And a lot of energy to do all the presents you want, they are beautiful...
My grand mother doesn't for me at all, she prefers my sons...
pfff

steph said...

In Threes seems to be THE pattern these days!! I just started one, too! I only have 7 grandchildren--and not all like handknits. Unfortuntely, they seem to love ♥♥♥Grandma's "quilts" (some knit afghans, some quilted); wishing they would love sweaters--so much quicker to do!!!

Jess said...

Oh I love hearing about all that you've been up to. You are one busy knitter. Looks like such a cozy little nest to knit in too. After the nightmare summer, I just love the gray drizzly days.... So looking forward to winter. Good excuse for lazing about doing our favorite things.... Tea, knitting, reading ;) I tried Forgotten Garden too & only got about half way though. I just can't find a book to LOVE lately. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Xx

pinkundine said...

Nothing wrong with reading children's books - I do the same with great regularity!

I love the honey cowl pattern, and the colour you've chosen is gorgeous. Also, the little cardigan at the top of your post is beautiful

Bonnie said...

Loved seeing all of you projects.

I have to tell you I love your pink toile chair that you cute little poodle is sitting in. I have that same fabric on a tufted chair! Love it. Boy, do you ever have good taste ;)

Jodi said...

So many beautiful projects! I want to try "In Threes," too -- it looks like a real winner.

Have you read "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" or "The Penderwicks"? These two recent children's books are quite charming -- and I take them as proof that people CAN still write good books for kids (despite all the dreck out there).

Ellen said...

You are very busy indeed with all that knitting. I agree with Madeline Tosh yarn- love it but for small projects. That cowl is beautiful. And in terms of the reading...I sometimes enjoy children's stories better than adult ones.

The Little House That Grew said...

I love your sweater. Thank you so much for looking at my blog and leaving a comment. I love that your met Ysolda and took a class from her. I want to knit like EVERYTHING she has created. I just ordered yarn for her Leisel cardigan. It will be my first Ysolda. I want that book Little Red...do you have it? Is it worth it?
I love your knitting. I too am casting on the Honey Cowl TODAY!! with MT. I wanted this pretty blue but can only spring for 1 skein at a time..so at least I get to have that pretty color somehow..
Lisa

Erin Kate said...

Wow, you have your work cut out for you! All of your projects are really lovely though.

socksformum said...

I think you must be my twin because we have the exact same tastes! Love all your knitting projects, especially the little sweater for your grand-daughter (I'm having one of those in April, my first). I also enjoyed 'The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie' and actually, the entire series. I must KNIT one of those Honey Cowls and stop saying I'm going to knit one.

Tirza said...

What a darling sweater. I want one for me! I too am addicted to Ravlery and can't seem to narrow down what to knit next!

Proud Mama said...

I definitely suffer from the "oh, sparkly" problem. I find that the more time I spend looking on ravelry the problems I encountered with knitting!! Love all your projects. I am currently working on a honey cowl too.

wayside wanderer said...

I want to be the sort of knitter you are one of these days. Peter Pan is one of my favorite books. It is the sort of book that changes how I speak while I am reading it which in my opinion is one sign of a great book.

Wendy said...

What gorgeous knitting you do--all of your projects look wonderful!

I am a little embarrassed by the number of favorites I have on Ravelry as I know I'll never even come close to knitting them all.

I much prefer children's books, as I find most "adult" books depressing or disappointing!

FlauschiOhren said...

That's some marvellous knitting you've got there! And don't worry, I do the project-hopping, too. And I too seem to always have a pair of socks on the needles. Somehow it doesn't feel right when there are no socks in the making. I love the picture of your furries, very cute =)

Lori ann said...

oh gigi i feel as if i could have written this too! yes i do that, all the time! except for this year there is no christmas knitting (for the first time) and its okay. after knitting for everyone else my whole life i am being quite selfish these days. :)
love all your pattern choices, in threes is a favorite too and now i MUST make that cowl. i LOVE everything quince. and m.t. too.
happy thanksgiving to you and yours!
xox lori

Becks said...

Love that Yarn alongs introduced me to the "In threes" cardi. Yours looks especially lovely, definitely, definitely have to make my little miss one soon. The little dolly cardi looks so cute too, Z is a lucky girl.
xx

Cheryl said...

Me too. Me too. I think that I'll just pop into Ravelry and then...ahem...far too much later, I've amassed too many patterns and most of them have nothing to do with my original search. I'm sure there are many of us and its probably a good job that there is no graphics showing us all wandering around Ravelry. You are so busy with all those knitting patterns. Look forward to see how they turn out.

Lisa said...

Everything looks great. Love the socks, especially.

Greer said...

Isn't the In Threes wonderful to knit? And such a gorgeous finished project. Thanks for your advice re Shetland Islands knitting belts. I'd never heard of that before! I'm off to research! x

Gumbo Lily said...

Oh. My. Goodness! I know I say this every time I comment here, but you knitters delight and AMAZE me! Gigi, Adorable Darling, the sweater for Z. is adorable and the dolly sweater is going to be adorable and the man-socks are not adorable but Amazingly fabulous! Your family is so blessed to have you. What special gifts you and your needles create for your loved ones.

rebecca said...

gah! your animals are looking like.... "knit me something."

GardenofDaisies said...

All of your knitting projects are just beautiful! I love that you are reading children's books. I do that all the time. When my kids were young and reading books for school, I would read any that I had missed myself as a youngster. And I have thought about having my book club read a children's favorite, as a change of pace from the usual. I did read the Forgotten Garden, and I enjoyed the fairy tale aspect to it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

jenletts said...

Your red chair is my ideal. I could cozy up there for days! Maybe I'd finish some knitting projects if I had such a perfect nest?

Poppy said...

Hello, you are so clever with your knitting, I wish I could knit like that. There is nothing wrong with reading children’s books! :0)

Lou xxx

stitching under oaks said...

what great projects you have on your needles...love that first sweater in the delicious butter yellow. wonder if that comes in an adult size? and that little doll sweater is so precious. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Happy December!

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