Yarn Along:: Slogging Along

From Small ThingsTwo of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Dang it.  Each week I hope to be able to share that I have finished the knitting on this green sweater.  How can it be that I was once so excited about this project, and now I can hardly stand to look at it?  I love the yarn and the pattern, but knitting it has become so tedious.  I worked on it for a couple of hours last night and am relieved to say I have reached the armhole and neckline decreases!  It won’t be long now.  In fact, it’s probably time to start thinking about how to seam this sweater up.  This is my first knit-in-pieces sweater, and I have been looking at different methods of seaming the arms and body.  What are your favorite methods?

PB received these charming little books for her birthday: Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink.  The illustrations are whimsical and sweet, and the stories can’t be beat.  In Little Pea, the storyteller is bemoaning the fact hat he has to eat sweets for dinner before he can have vegetables.  Little Hoot just wants to go to bed early like his friends; Little Oink doesn’t want to be a messy pig and craves order instead.  Very fun and cute.

As for me, I’m on the last few pages of last week’s book, Unearthly, and am starting to think about what to read next.  As with knitting, I find coming to the end of a book exciting, and enjoy anticipating and planning what my next read will be.  While I have a nightstand full of unread books, I’m still always looking for ideas and suggestions.  hint, hint.



16 thoughts on “Yarn Along:: Slogging Along

  1. What a gorgeous yarn and pattern. I’m feeling the same way about a sweater I’m working on right now. I just want to get it done! Those books look adorable. We’re in need of some new books around here too.

  2. I love that sweater. I’ve read a few books lately that I really enjoyed: Game Change (Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin and the race of a lifetime)- don’t remember the authors, but respectable journalists- a great book about the last election- reads like fiction- loved it, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks-Rebecca Skloot, The Help- Kathryn Stockett, and This is a Soul- Rick Hodes.

  3. Your knitting is stunning. I am contemplating a full jumper project, but am a little daunted by the whole thing. I am sure you will be so pleased once it is done.

  4. The sweater is really pretty; I love the leaves in this pattern. I think the sides are stockinette? I love a good mattress stitch seam on stockinette; it’s the only sewing on knits that I don’t mind. (I always join my shoulders with 3 needle bind off.)

    I’m also looking for something new to read, and I can’t bring myself to look through the GoodReads emails that keep showing up in my box because I didn’t ask for them!

    Seconding the recommendations for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks-Rebecca Skloot, The Help- Kathryn Stockett,

    Currently paging through The Alchemy of Color Knitting by Gina Wilde. It’s gorgeous, and Gina is a master of color theory. She is the dyer/owner of Alchemy Yarns.

  5. Love the sweater! That green is beautiful and the patteren is great. Glad you like the books, I thought they seemed sweet. As for Unearthly, I am totally hooked! I’m almost done and I have to admit I like it more than I thought I would.

  6. My daughter was given the Little Pea/Oink/Hoot books for her first birthday, and they’re still high up on the much loved list over 12 months later. They’re really lovely little stories!

    And your sweater will be gorgeous when it’s done, though I think it’s fear of the point that you’re at that’s so far stopped me from embarking on an adult sized sweater myself! I’m not sure I’ve got the persistence to keep on going when things get tedious… I hope the finishing comes quickly and the seaming is a satisfying experience 🙂

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