Yarn Along:: Skinny and Dirty

There’s something about knitting with skinny yarn in the summer for me; the two go together like ice cream and swimming pools, strawberries and chocolate.  Mmm….  Fingering weight yarn has a strong hold over me in general, most likely because it’s easy for me to commit to a single skein of sock yarn with seemingly infinite potential than to a sweater’s worth of a heavier yarn.  I know it’s not just about socks.  There’s a whole host of other projects to create with sock yarn: shawls, scarves, gloves, mitts, hats, baby items, and even garments.

This summer I seem to be sticking to knitting socks and shawls, and that is just fine with me.  I’m working through my stash and some patterns that have been on my knitting wish list.  The red and blue shawl is Chadwick, and it has grown quite a bit since you last saw it.  The green and purple socks are the Sunday Swing socks, my new take-anywhere autopilot knitting project.  And bringing up the rear is sock #2 of Haleakala.  I finished its mate about 2 weeks ago, and as usual am struggling to stay focused on the project.  I thought I could finish them before Sock Summit, although why I would want a new pair of wool and cashmere socks in July is beyond me.  So I decided to pay more attention to the shawl, which is much more likely to get used this summer in drafty air-conditioned rooms and on cooler evening spent outside.

On the nightstand is The Dirty Life, a book one of my lovely readers recommended recently.  Great pick!  In the author’s words:

This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer.

This is the perfect read for anyone who daydreams of chucking it all to farm full time, or even those of us backyard farmers who enjoy getting dirty then scrubbing up and going out for sushi.  I’m loving Kimball’s writing style; it’s descriptive and insightful, and it flows together so nicely that I’ve been staying up way past my bedtime reading.  It’s just as well, though, as I’m working against that 14-day library checkout deadline!

What’s on your nightstand or in your project bag this week?  How do you feel about skinny yarn and living dirty on a farm?

Thanks, as ever, to Ginny for inspiring us all to join in her weekly Yarn Alongs to share our mutual loves of reading and knitting!

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6 thoughts on “Yarn Along:: Skinny and Dirty

  1. Sounds like a great book. I have read “Made from Scratch” and “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”. Both two of my favorites. I love reading about farming and dream about actually doing that one day. Right now I am reading “Hunger Games”(library) and just started Memory Castle (bookclub book). Both are great. I finished knitting a baby hat today and am working on a baby blanket (my cousin is due in October) and thinking of knitting my first pair of socks. Your socks are beautiful!

  2. I do love memoirs about farm life – loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

    I’m knitting with skinny yarn this summer too – a Parisienne shawl in yummy green Madtosh sock. And I just finished The Paris Wife, which I LOVED, and have a nice little stack of books waiting for me.

    Love the colors together in that shawl!

  3. There’s a lot of shawl knitting going on in my neck of the woods along with knitting with cotton.

    Next up is a Stand Mixer Oufit. ‘Cause even my stand mixer needs clothing. 😉

  4. I happen to be knitting with some skinny cotton as well as some more chunky cotton at the moment. Definitely like the cotton yarn in the warmer months! The Dirty Life is on my “to read” list. Hope to get to it this summer!

  5. Love the book recommendation – thanks! Sounds like a promising addition to my summer stack. Your garden looks great – mine is doing well, especially the surprise veggie: fennel. Big Hugs, t.

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