Knitting Update

This is a little something I’ve been working on for our first knit-along at Stash. You can read more about the project here.

I’ve been missing this space a bit lately.  One explanation for my absence is that I have been devoting a good part of my blogging energy toward the Stash blog, Pintrest, and Facebook pages.  Another reason is that I am so very tired.  PB is going through a bit of a sleep challenge right now, fighting going to sleep some nights and waking up around 4:30 every morning. Keeping her up later doesn’t seem to make a difference.  I wouldn’t mind your suggestions; we’re all exhausted and looking for help!

In knitting news….

I’ve had a little bit of the knitting ADD this month, and before finishing this hat I had 5 projects on the needles.  That’s a lot for me, even if one of them is in deep hibernation!  I’m part process knitter and a larger part product knitter, and I had been itching to finish something!  This would have been a quick hat, but the nature of knitting at work is that it only gets attention for small bits of time, a few stitches here and there.

As for my at home knitting, I’m almost to the armhole divide on the Hooray Cardigan despite not having really knit on it in over a week.  The Hitchiker Shawl I started has been coming along steadily, and I am starting to see the end.  All the soothing garter stitch, with something interesting at the beginning of each row, is perfect for end of the day tv watching while on the couch knitting.  The Slable Hat I started in December has moved out of short-term hibernation and back to Stash where it will be my work knitting until it’s finished up.

How about you?  What are you knitting?  Is anything a real slog?  I’d love to finish up my long-languishing sock club socks.  I hear the Doubleknit Twins are doing a finish, frog, or slog-along this year, so I think that might help motivate me to finish up that second sock!

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!

Yarn Along:: At Home & Around Town, a Tale of Two Socks

From  Small Things: ” Two 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? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us!”

That’s a mega title, but it perfectly describes these two socks in progress.  You may recognize the At Home socks from last week, the cabled ones on the right.  For the most part I have knit these at home, with the chart on my lap.  They are still cruising right along, and I think I’m on track for finishing the first sock tonight at knitting.  That bright, striped sock is the second in a pair that has been all over the place with me since February.  I cast them on as my Around Town, knit anywhere simple socks, and they have been just that.  I usually impose some sort of deadline or rule on my knitting (not sure why, as it sometimes creates unnecessary pressure), but these socks have been rule-free.  They’ve seen some action at playgroups, in a bar, in the car, and more recently, in my backyard.  The slow pace has been a comfort as I always know I have something simple on hand to grab when I need it. Things are going quickly now that I’m on the foot, and I’ve started thinking about my next auto-pilot Around Town project.  What’s your go-to project for easy knitting?

This week I’m reading Ape House, the most recent novel by Water for Elephants author Sara Gruen.  I loved that book, heartbreaking animal sagas and all, so I knew I’d enjoy this one to.  I’ve had it just a few days and am almost halfway through!  In it Gruen challenges us to think about the differences and similarities between humans and great apes, and how we treat and interact with both.  At times it makes me sad and uncomfortable, at others I feel great emotion and hope.  I love that in a book, so I’d say it’s well worth checking out.

What’s in your project bag and on your nightstand this week?