Yarn Along:: Knit Faster and Read More Books!

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?

8 thoughts on “Yarn Along:: Knit Faster and Read More Books!

  1. Heehee, I’m reading children’s book this week *grin*. I was so slow with my library book that I had to give it back and couldn’t renew it because someone else had already asked for it 🙂 Maybe I’ll do better with it when I get it back again! How absolutely wonderful that a fellow knitter offered to send you her extra yarn so that you can finish your sweater! Thanks for letting me know that the owl cables would be good for a beginner to 🙂 It’s going to be my next project!

  2. I love reading your blogs, and the really “big bonus” are all the adorable pictures of PB and her mama. (And her granny-nanny). She is precious and your knitting projects are awesome! I’m not a knitter but I do read non-stop . . . usually 2-3 books at a time – this time – The Paris Wife, A Moveable Feast and Cutting for Stone are in progress . . . My Kindle and I are the best of friends. Looking forward to your next adventure! Loved your Around the House feature . . . Luvs, Connie

  3. It looks wonderful! I can’t wait to see it finished. I am a one project at a time knitter most of the time. It’s good to meet someone else who works on something till it’s done… at least once in a while!

  4. Your project looks great and it is so wonderful the community of knitters!

    I just had to chime in about Harvey Karp’s books…love them! I read the first at the pediatrician’s recommendation and seriously had moments where I thought, “he’s a quack” but when you try his methods they really work. Now I often give that book as a baby gift with the recommended size swaddling blanket (handmade). So glad I’m not alone. The toddler one is just as challenging but works…even still using it from time to time with my four-year-old. Good Luck! 🙂

    Not reading or knitting as much as I’d like. “The Shack” is still sitting waiting patiently for me to pick it back up as are two issues of the Reader’s Digest. Doll clothes, baby socks, and a baby sweater are on the needles…sitting lonely tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

  5. I’m reading Ruth Reichl’s memoir, Tender at the Bone…and am about to cast on for a Cream & Sugar Cowl. I’m so excited about that project!

    I enjoyed Mennonite…you’ll have to tell me what you think when you’re done! And I’ve been drooling over New England Knits, too. SO pretty.

  6. Aren’t Ravelers the best!?! I ran short of wool a couple of years ago, and a kind lady sent me enough to finish my project 🙂 Knit wise, I’m working on Lady Kina for my Mum, in a soft, black cotton.

    I recently bought New England Knits…the knits are so gorgeous, I just need to decide on which one will be my first project! Novel wise, I finished Jamaica Inn last weekend, and am about to start Mansfield Park.

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