It’s Wednesday and that means Ginny is rounding up the knitters and the readers for her Yarn Along. I am about half way through Raven Black and I really want to get it finished today. I am not totally loving this book, but I have started it and I want to finish it. And, if you are looking for some titles to round out your reading list, yesterday’s 10 on Tuesday hosted by CaroleKnits was all about 10 books that make you D.E.A.R. and the participants all had fantastic book lists – if you are looking for a book to read, head on over there and you will be sure to find a more than a few good reads!
On the knitting front – I seem to have stalled on knitting projects recently. I still have socks in the works, but I have been kind of aimlessly casting on, knitting a few rows, and ripping out. Swatching that is not working – pattern and yarn are not loving each other.
However, this swatching is working out beautifully. My sample is knitting up nicely. I should have this done and washed today. I won’t know that my yarn will match and work completely until I have washed it. Once I am certain that my handspun will work, I will be back carding the Shetland to get ready to spin. This week is supposed to be lovely here and yesterday afternoon saw the completion of the Pergola – and we both lived to tell about it!! I will have pictures later this week, but it will make the perfect place to card that Shetland!
I have been putting the waste wool from the carding process out for the birds, because they don’t think it is waste at all! In fact, they are gleefully snatching it up to line their nests! I know this because of the war we are having with Mr. Robin (who every year wants to build his nest around the light on our porch) thus far, we are winning, but the collection of nesting materials that the wind is blowing all over includes bits of papers from the neighborhood, sticks, grasses, and my wool waste! I would love to let him stay, but the first year he abandoned the nest due to our activity – this is the only door out to our back yard, which we use multiple times a day. I am hoping that our spending more time outdoors will move his efforts to a more suitable place.
And, speaking of Shetland/UK – Ann and Kay are in search of the Knitter’s Holy Grail – Kay is knitting a Kaffe Fassett design and Ann has cast on a Jade Starmore sweater. A knitter’s battle for the ages and a rabbit hole for this knitter to avoid! However, it will be fun to see these projects progress. Kay wants to wear hers to Rhinebeck! What say you Ann? Will you wear yours too? While I might have pulled out my Alice Starmore book, I am in no means jumping on this bandwagon. I have other sweater dreams dancing in my head!
Anyways, enough rambling for today – I have a book to read! Tell me – what knitting successes are you having?!
Love these two colors together! I’ve just finished my first fair isle project and I am so hooked! I will look up Starmore’s book on Fair Isle!
Fair Isle and probably all my other knitting projects on the agenda for my next life. In the meantime, I will thoroughly enjoy “knitting” vicariously with you. Hope your handspun works…it looks heavenly in the photo.
My fingers are crossed that your handspun will work because I think that will be a fantastic project! I’m knitting socks and a scarf. Nothing terribly exciting here, I’m afraid. All of my creative energy is going into home improvement stuff right now.
What lovely potential you’ve got going there! 🙂
Me? I’m still trying to finish a toddler sweater for my great niece (which makes me feel really quite old).
I’m also hoping that your handspun works; it looks beautifully soft in the photo and I bet it’s even better in person. The birds are surely grateful for the wonderfully warm nest lining you’re providing! I’m still working on my latest Hitchhiker and swatching for baby knitting but they’re both slow-going.
lovely knitting and how exciting to be using your very own handspun, I have a feeling it’s going to work out just fine 🙂
Those two yarns appear to me to be working well. I hate forcing myself to finish a book! Good luck. Have fun spinning outside. I am looking forward to it, it is a little too chilly here yet.
I can’t wait to check out the book lists! And the swatch is lovely!
I finsihed and mailed a pretty baby sweater for an April arrival. I am currently playing with fun yarn in a shawl pattern that is easy peasy