I’m playing Yarn Along with Ginny at Small Things again this week:
I have been knitting monogamously on Shalom since last week, determined to finish it up before I get distracted with another project. The bulky yarn and straightforward pattern make knitting a speedy pleasure, and when I took this photo I was about 2 inches away from binding off the body. But I was running low on yarn… Naturally, I knit as fast as I possibly could in an attempt to finish the sweater before running out of yarn. No such luck. I have just a few rows of garter stitch left to knit at the hem and sleeves, and it hardly seems worth it to go out and buy another $12 skein of yarn. Fortunately for me, a fellow knitter on Ravelry graciously agreed to send me her leftovers! Aren’t knitter just the most generous people?
Perhaps because I have been knitting monogamously, I’ve been jumping from book to book. I’m almost finished with last week’s book, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. It’s getting a little long for me, so over the weekend I started a new book. All the Way Home is a memoir about a man and his family living through a major DIY home renovation. He has an eye for design and the stubborn desire to do it all himself, which seems to put their family in some pretty interesting situations. Then there was that 40% off Borders coupon that led me straight into the arms of the lovely New England Knits. There are some really nice sweaters in this book, and I’ve been flipping through its pages, daydreaming about what to knit next. And finally, I cracked open The Happiest Toddler on the Block, a companion book to The Happiest Baby on the Block. The latter book was a huge help in the early weeks of parenthood when we had no idea why this baby was doing what she was doing. Karp’s 5 S’s for soothing and helping baby sleep (shushing sounds, swaying, swaddling, sucking, and side/stomach position) were an essential part of our success with PB in the first few months of life. I’m hoping the toddler book will provide similar insights as to what my delightful little whirlwind of a toddler is up to!
What are you knitting and reading this week?