Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yarn Along

Good morning Everyone.  I'm joining in with Ginny for Yarn Along again today (thank you Ginny).

After wasting too much time by hopping off onto some dead end knitting bunny trails, I've reined myself in and gotten back to work on some UFO's that really need to be finished.  One of which is Leah's Alpaca Tunic, but the dreaded seaming has slowed me down some on that.  And just as I feared, it looks like I'll have it finished just in time for Spring (or summer?) -- pooh.  Oh well, maybe there will still be a few cool days, so she can wear it a few times, and hopefully it will still fit next winter.  I really need to time my projects better and not take on too many at one time (in the fall), as I never get them all done in time (i.e. at least by Christmas).  Do you have this problem too?  During the hot summer months, when I should be working on Christmas sweaters, socks, toys, etc., I just can't seem to get myself in the proper frame of mind for starting to work on warm woolie things.  Must do better this year. 

Another project meant to be a Christmas gift -- Bluebell Socks.  They look kind of weird here, but they really do look like bluebells once you've got them on and the ribbing is stretched out.  This is lovely yarn (Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine), and I love the bluebell pattern.  It's from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch.  This is a great book and has recipes for making socks with dozens of patterns in dozens of sizes.  And I almost forgot, I did finish the mittens (pictured below) I was working on last time I visited Yarn Along, but they're not wonderful.  They turned out really huge, so if I try this pattern again, I'll have to adjust needle sizes to prevent having Man Hand Mittens next time.

So, reading . . . I finished "Mandy" .  It was very sweet and tapped into every little girl's fantasy (at least mine) of having a tiny house somewhere.  I used to make my little playhouses wherever I could -- in the back of my dad's old farm wagon, in a corner of his backyard workshop, or even behind the thick curtain of the giant cannas in our back yard.  Did you love making playhouses too?  I found the description of Mandy's little hideaway so sweet and cosy, and it had a shell room -- dreamy.  I wanted to move right in.

 I'm still reading "The Magic Apple Tree" and liking it very much.  Oh, and I almost forgot about "The Cottage at Bantry Bay" (which I stumbled across on Pinterest {someone please save me}), and also, the new Vogue Knitting and Selina Lake's new book, "Home-Spun Style", just came in the mail -- haven't had a chance to peek inside yet, but they look good.  Okay, just one more --- when I walk or ride my bike, I've been 'reading' MaryJane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook : For the Farmgirl in All of Us.

  I'm liking it very much too, and I guess you could say this book taps into a some of our big girl fantasies of having a little patch somewhere off the grid and living a simpler life.  And FYI, the Audible version is less expensive than the book.  Oh, and "Wildwood" (I mentioned a while back) has sort of fallen by the wayside.  I might try to pick it up again when I finish the ones I'm reading now.  I kinda liked it, but had a hard time staying focused on it for some reason.  Hmmmm, do we see a pattern here -- unfinished knits, unfinished books?  I'm working on it -- truly.

Bye for now -- I'm going to hop over to Ginny's to see what everyone's yarning along this week.  And then, I'm going to run into Dallas.  There's a sale at the Woolie Ewe (oh dear).  

Click on the icon below, and it will take you to Yarn Along.

Happy days!

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steph said...

That tunic is absolutely gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see it seamed--and modeled! And pretty patterning on the socks--I haven't done that pattern, but do love the book!
Thanks for the Homespun Style book suggestion. Looks like my kind of book. I have the MaryJane book, and while I like the styling of the book--I don't remember being particularly inspired by anything. Maybe I need to drag it out and give it another look!
Have a great yarn along day!

simona said...

so many projects and all look great! i especially love the off-white yarn on the first picture!

Kristen said...

Thank you for the link to Small Things, I'm now a follower. Also, I am following you on Pinterest, it's terrible, isn't it????

debby emadian said...

There is so much to love here from the reason why you named your blog to all your projects and interesting books and then I polled down and saw some of my favourite women...especially Mia Farrow and someone new...Juilie Arkell I love what she's wearing..

Thank you for coming over or never would have found you...I'm a new avid follower.

Have a lovely day.

Jessica Snell said...

Aw, "Mandy" is an old favorite of mine.

I really like those white cables, btw! They remind me somewhat of marble sculptures - they just look so smooth and perfect.

Lisa said...

I like the - is it needlepoint? - cottage you've got up top!

homesprout said...

That sweater looks amazing. Also, I completely read Mandy as a kid, and I love it. I even remember that cover:)

Cheryl said...

You have so many projects and books on the go. So good to pick up a UFO. Hope it is easier than you imagine. The bluebell socks are gorgeous. I shall have to look at the book.

From All Stitched Up said...

I always worry do I have too much to do or too little. I'm trying to put those thoughts aside and just enjoy what I'm actually doing. The tunic looks great. I wish it was for you and can't wait to see it done. I know you can just stitch that tunic up zip,zip.

Hurrayic said...

Both projects are beautiful. I can't wear white or cream - it just doesn't look good against my skin. The Cottage book sounds interesting - and yes, I agree, Pinterest can be addicting.

Lori ann said...

your knitting is beautiful gigi. that tunic is just gorgeous. all your reading looks good too, i like to pick up the maryjane magazine now and then.
did you do the needlepoint in your header? it's really really lovely!

i've never been to pinterest, i'm afraid of getting lost in there. i've heard so many reports of the addictiveness of it.
xx lori

Pom Pom said...

Oh, I love everything you love, Gigi dear!
Pinterest is super duper fun!
Your knitting is epic! I am SO inspired!
My projects stretch out over half decades, but knitting is like that, right?
Stories about little houses = favorites!
Happy Thursday, fun girl!

wayside wanderer said...

That bluebell color is fabulously springy. I love it. And those cute kitty cat shakers are adorable! Oh my!

Gumbo Lily said...

What wonderful knitty projects you've done! I just love seeing everything you make and I'm glad you share them with us.

kathy b said...

I love your bluebell socks! and i adore your cat salt and pepper shakers...I have a deaf white male cat, Radar and an all black cat Beatles. Not on purpose, they just came into our lives that way

stitching under oaks said...

Love hearing about all the cozy things you have going are so the socks...such a great color. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hugs!

Abby said...

Wow that tunic is beautiful! I had the same problem - I started too many projects too late in the season finishing them just in time for the warmer weather...blah.

melanie said...

I love your knitting, your such a talented knitter :) x

free range chick said...

Love your knits...the tunic looks so cosy.I have farmgirl cookbook- many easy and great recpies, I use a lot for my fam.
Have a lovely week.

Gigi said...

Thank you all so very much for your sweet comments! I appreciate you!


homesprout said...

I get the feeling that tunic is going to be really beautiful when it's finished. I can't wait to see:)

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