Wednesday, February 29, 2012

YARN ALONG

Wednesdays over at the Small Things blog is Yarn Along day, where knitters and crocheters share what bit of needle goodness they're working on and what they're reading. Time for this week's installment.

I have two brand new projects that I've begun this week, having shipped off the charity hats on Monday.  The first is some Easter knitting, but since the recipient just might read this blog I'll only mention that it uses some lovely lavender yarn.  Now my lips are sealed...for another five weeks.  My other project is a baby sweater.  No, I'm not expecting a baby and I don't know anyone who is, but after trying my hand at a doll sweater a few weeks ago, I feel ready to tackle a bigger garment.  I don't quite feel ready to tackle something adult-sized, however, so I'm going with Elizabeth Zimmermann's February baby sweater from The Knitter's Almanac.  Other than hats, I've never attempted one of Zimmermann's patterns before.  Her instructions are so short and simple that they terrify me.  So far I'm doing fine, but I'm already nervous about the sleeves.  We'll see if this is a finished product next week or on its way to the frog pond.  Fingers crossed.




For reading I'm continuing my Laura Ingalls Wilder theme from last week and am reading A Family Collection.  Twenty years before beginning the Little House series, 40-something Laura wrote articles for the Missouri Ruralist.  In them she chronicles life on Rocky Ridge Farm with Almanzo and dispenses wisdom on everything from spring cleaning to how to get hens to lay more eggs.  The subject matter can be a little dry at times (I don't have a huge interest in the dangers of wooly aphis near apple trees), but it's fun to think of the real life adult Laura going about her bread baking, food canning, and housekeeping.

What are you reading this week?  I'm always in the market for a good book.


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7 comments:

quilt32 said...

I can't wait to see that baby sweater completed.
Mom

Knitters Notebook said...

Your knitting is beautiful..please share with us your completed sweater..

~~Renee

Susan said...

That lavender color is so spring-like and pretty. EZ's February baby sweater is one of my all-time favorite patterns. I bet you'll be able to work out the instructions just fine. I love Laura Ingalls Wilder, too. When I was a kid I used to watch the Little House on The Prairie television show--that was my introduction to LIG. I was surprised by the books: what a different flavor they have from the t.v. series. I've read all of them aloud to my children throughout the years. My favorite was Farmer Boy.

This week I'm reading a Lisa Kleypas romance, and a book called, A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary, by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr. I'm thinking of starting Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys later in the week. It's the story of Mr. Rochester's made wife (from Jane Eyre).

I want to thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, and for leaving such a nice comment. It's always nice to meet new friends :-)

Heather said...

I love the little house books! I am reading them to my kids now. And I also love knitting for babes, it goes so much quicker, and most of the time looks better when I am finished :-)

Jenny {Heavenly Blossoms} said...

I wish my area had a crochet club :( I think its so cool what you are doing!!

And as far as reading...blogs lol no seriously...the last book I read was The Hunger Games Series....so good that I'm afraid all other books will never add up...but I did set u Jane Eyre for my next move when I make it!

Gilda Knits said...

I heard the Zimmerman surprise sweater is a really easy pattern. I haven't tried it yet.

Secrets are fun - can't wait to see the final pic!
It must be for a girl ;)

karen said...

that little sweater is looking great! I did the same thing before knitting my first cardigan- practiced on a doll size one and I think it was a good decission so that I could begin a full sized one feeling far less daunted. If you can knit that lacey pattern you'll surely do fine!