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I started reading The Language of Flowers and it's a book that is hard to put down.  From the very first page the story has been engaging and I eagerly want to read more.  The book is about a woman who turns eighteen years old and the american foster system has failed repeatedly her during her childhood.  She has attachment issues because her mother abandoned her and the foster parents she was placed with were not the best.  I think what makes this a compelling read is that the author was a foster parent and has adopted a foster child (could be children, not sure).  So even though I have no idea how this book will end, I highly recommend it.

My knitting has been focused on three knits-two are photoed above.  My husband's socks-one done with the other on the needles.  My second citron shawl!  Oh how I love to knit this pattern and I love picking up this project, it does give me great joy.  My third knit not in the photo is the orange hat that is my knit and read hat.  I am thinking of always having a hat on the needles so I can do two things at the same time.  Then I feel productive and I get a piece of clothing in the process!

Yesterday I finished my sock tutorial on how I knit socks from the cuff down on four double pointed needles.  It's very old school but it's my go to way of how I knit socks.  Check it out if you are interested.

Joining Ginny


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  1. So lovely when a pattern is a joy to knit :) Will be keeping an eye out for book, sounds very good x

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  2. Sounds like a great book Karen, I love when I don't want to put them down.
    One day I will cast on a Citron of my own, yours is so lovely.

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  3. The socks look very cool! I love knitting hats too...never done one for myself, but I am feeling like this year could be the year!

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  4. I was actually thinking of using the indigo yarn for a citron. Still not decided. Too many other things on the needles. I too feel so productive when I can knit and read. I will add that book to my list.

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  5. I love the gray socks. Great texture in that pattern!

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  6. oh man, the Citron is a beauty, I'm just not sure if at this moment in my life I have the patience to knit it... maybe in fall...?? :)

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  7. Love the socks! And thanks for the book recommendation. I really need new books x

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  8. I really love how the socks turned out! And thanks for the tutorial! I will keep it in mind whenever I start my first pair of socks.

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  9. yay for a second citron!!! :) I love that pattern, too!!! socks look great!!! Happy yarnalong day!

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  10. This second Citron will be as lovely as the first!

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  11. Lovely socks. I like that shade of grey. Glad you are enjoying your book so far. Can't wait to see how your next Citron works out. Jacinta

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  12. Sounds like a very good book, I may just pick it up this afternoon. Thanks for the recommendation! Happy Wednesday to you :)

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  13. That book sounds really good. I think I'll check it out at the library. Lovely work on your knitting, too, as always! xo

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  14. I love reading and yarnin' but I am not nearly as talented to be able to do both at the same time! I do rely on books on tape, though. Is that cheating?! Thanks for the tutorial on the socks ~ that helps demystify considerably :)

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  15. I received that book as an Advanced Reader's Edition last summer to review. I absolutely loved it and could not believe this was the author's first published novel.

    Have you checked out the flower dictionary toward the back? I find myself using it all the time when I have to send flowers now. It's how I knew to put pink carnations on my dad's grave this Father's Day (pink carnations = 'I will never forget you').

    I can't wait to see the newest Citron. Love your hubby's socks, too.

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  16. I'd love to knit a citron one day, such a beautiful pattern!

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  17. Love the socks! I'll have to check out the pattern for my hubby! Citron is a fun knit and I should knit another one :)

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  18. Thank you for sharing about this book - sounds like something I would enjoy.

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  19. That sounds like an interesting book. I know a couple of people who were in that situation and they also went on to foster children and then eventually adopted them. I can't wait to see your latest Citron!

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  20. That's a really nice sock design - I'm looking for a nice design for socks for my Dad for Christmas.
    I clicked on your tutorial link but it seems to go to a hat page on ravelry?

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  21. that book sounds very interesting, I'll have to check it out. Love those socks btw, I may have to give socks a try again.

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  22. Sounds like a good book! I like the title. And the grey sock has such a nice pattern - I like the block effect. How does that look when stretched on the foot? I find some sock patterns to be too bulky looking and make my ankles look larger than they already are.

    p.s.- your link to the tutorial takes you to the hat on Ravelry.

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  23. I can see I'm going to have to get me some pretty yarn and knit me a Citron. Every one I've seen is stunning. The book does sound intriguing, thought a little sad because it points out how the system fails children, which breaks my heart.

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  24. That's a really nice sock pattern, I'm sure your hubby will love them. The book sounds very interesting, thanks for the tip.

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  25. I'm adding this book to my list (thanks!). I love knitting hats, too, and would love to invite you to join my KAL group on Ravelry. We're knitting the Miranda Hat right now and having so much fun. We'd love to have you!

    http://www.ravelry.com/groups/project-stash-kal

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  26. The book does sound pretty good. I"ll have to put it on my (very long) list of books to read!

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  27. I've yet to knit a Citron ... it's on my (very long) list of someday patterns. :) Yay for patterns where you can knit and do something else at the same time!

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  28. Love the shawl on your header! That's beautiful yarn. I love knitting shawls, I just can't think of enough excuses to make as many as I want :)

    I like to make my socks 2 at a time, so I don't use the double pointed needles any more. But it does feel so deliciously old fashioned when I pull out the dp needles :)

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  29. Lovely! I can't wait to see the second citron! Happy Knitting friend!

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  30. Your knitting is always so beautiful and inspirational. Looking forward to the day I can knit a sweater or shawl.

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  31. I'm going to have to check out your sock tutorial...I started a pair last year on circular needles but found that it was much easier once transferred to the four double pointed needles. I never finished them, but I want to pick them up again!

    That book looks good, i'll have to add it to my list:)

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  32. I think the citron is being added to my list, it looks so lovely. The colour you have chose is great. Happy knitting!

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  33. I used to knit socks the same way Karen, yours look beautiful! Love your passion for knitting.

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  34. Huh, I was actually just reading a novel (Where I'd Like to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell) about the foster care system, so your current read sounds like an interesting one to me.

    The texture of those socks looks just wonderful, really cozy and eye-pleasing, and hooray for the citron shawl, one of my many "reasons to learn to knit!" patterns.

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  35. Loved that book. The flower dictionary in the back is really fun, isn't it? Nive socks, and I really like the color for your new Citron!

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  36. Citron is on my list.
    I like doing socks on 4DB needles,but I want to learn two at one time on a long circ, so I can do sleeves.
    I also have a woe-be-gone sock wainting to be finished to make the pair for the Farmer, It's just not as interesting as a new shawl, :)

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  37. Oh that whispy yarn of yours!

    The book sounds quite interesting. I am going to put it on my list for the bookstore this week. I think it is something my Mom would also enjoy.

    Happy knitting!

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  38. Yay for the sock - it is looking deliciously warm.
    Hat knitting is perfect for multi-tasking once past the first couple of rows.
    Enjoy the book, it sounds interesting.

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  39. Your knittig looks wonderful!
    The book sounds very interesting. I have always wanted to foster.

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  40. Isn't it great when you can't put a book down. Cosy looking sock too!

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  41. i think you're the second person to recommend that book. i'm adding it to the list!

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  42. Thanks for the tutorial. I will knit socks; I will knit socks.
    xo

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  43. I just finished that book last week! I won't say anything, except that it was cool to see it in your Yarn Along. :)

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