Yarn Along


At the beginning of the month when I was visiting my dad he said to me "I wear the socks that you made me last Christmas all the time".  As a knitter I heard "Please please please make me another pair!!" So that green yarn up there in the photo is the yarn that I will use and yes you read correctly I am officially starting my Christmas knitting.  I was thrilled to know he wears the socks.  My dad has become "knit worthy", not many people make it to that level for me.  To be knit worthy you have to express your love of the hand knit I made and then wear it.  So simple and yet people fail the criteria.

Oh and my citron shawl is nearly complete.  I started the seventh tier with the best intentions of knitting all of the rows but I had a sinking feeling that I might not have enough yarn. I ended up doing half of the tier and am now on the ruffle edge and it will be done by the end of today.  My pink cardigan has not been touched in a week so no news on that lovely project.

I finished When God was a Rabbit and overall it was nice.  I preferred the beginning of the book and the set up and introduction of characters.  The second half of the book just did not seem to go with the story for me.  The book that I started last night, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a rewrite of Jane Eyre. I have my fingers crossed that I love it.  This novel is set in the 1960's in Scotland.  I will admit that this book was hand picked by me based solely on the cover art and the texture of the cover!!  After reading the back snippet I had to buy it.  I hope it does not disappoint me.

What are you reading and knitting?

Joining Ginny

Comments

  1. Yay for socks! I need to learn to make them. Maybe I will try a pair for *my* father for Christmas…
    I have heard of 'The Flight of Gemma Hardy' and I want to read it. I'm looking forward to hearing your impressions of it.
    Have a lovely day, my friend! xo

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  2. I love how you describe your Dad as being 'knit worthy', that is a great way to think of people as you knit. I love knitting for the wee one and you know, she doesn't like anything I knit her so I guess she isn't knit worthy! The stinker!
    Hooray for starting your Christmas knitting, it will be here soon.

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  3. There's nothing better than hearing "I love the xxx you made me!" is there?
    Completely with you on 'when God was a rabbit' except that I didn't find the characters very well set up /described. I spent so much time wondering what they looked like and wished the author had spent more time on the characters of the parents, because they made little sense to me.

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  4. socks are on my list of Christmas knitting this year! - I should probably start really soon if I want to finish them in time.
    It's nice to have someone who appreciates hand-knits right? :)

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  5. I definitely buy books for the cover all the time :-) Nothing wrong with that! And for some reason, if the cover is nice to look at I tend to give the book a little more time before I turn it away (if I don't like it - which is a rarity for me!). And very cool that your dad loves the socks you made for him. It is nice to have someone appreciate your handiwork, and unfortunately doesn't happen all the time.

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  6. I love that term Knit Worthy!
    I knit my Mum a pair of cosy socks for mothers day and she wore them so much that they literally wore out! She was sheepish about telling me that they were beyond repair but I was so pleased that she loved them enough. I'm planning on knitting her several pairs for Christmas so that she can spread the use out and make them last longer.

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  7. Yay for knit worthy family members! I have recently discovered a few more in my family which is lovely, even if it means less selfish knitting! Good work on the Christmas knitting!

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  8. I love the term knit worthy. I don't have too many people who are. I knitted a hat and scarf for my mother and all she had to say was that it smelled bad. No more knitting for her. I knit a new hat for my husband every year as a birthday present, this year he requested fire engine red. Got the yarn and since it has cooled down significantly I am ready to go back to knitting. Love the color for the socks.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  9. You're Citron is growing! I hear what you are saying about people being worthy of hand knits. I feel the same way. So much time and love goes into projects, you really want them to be appreciated. I love that your dad is one of those special people. Oh and there is certainly nothing like a good book cover! Happy reading. Jacinta

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  10. We just talked about this very subject last night at my local knitting group. I agree that your dad is knit-worthy and deserves another pair. Also if he has smaller feet he moves up a notch too! I agree with your assessment of the book. I have moved on to another of Amanda's recommendations - Plainsong. i am eager to hear your thoughts on your book as it sounds intriguing.

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  11. Those are my criteria for hand knits too. Especially something like socks! I just started my Christmas list yesterday of things that need to be made. I REALLY should begin that now! One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre so I will have to check this one out!!

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  12. Oh yes I agree about the knitworthy people lol! Your yarns are great colours, and that book looks interesting...Jane Eyre is one of my favourites so any take on it makes it onto my list. Of course the cover is just as important, you have a good eye :)

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  13. You are so a woman after my own heart. Jane Eyre rewrite ~ I hope you love it ~ if you do, I shall follow your lead! And really, don't we all pick books on cover photos, paper quality, and texture?! (I recently had to return a book to the library because it was sooooo old the typeface was tooooo small for me to read...even with my specs on! awkward!) And finally, bless your dad. Dad's (or anyone) who love our handmades are the best. My dad always said, "gee, this is swell!" ~ it didn't matter was it was. :)

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  14. oh, yes, if you are knit-worthy---you will have my total attention!!!! great guy color for the socks! Can't wait to see citron finished!!!

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  15. 1960's Jane Eyre in Scotland? Wow. I'm totally sold. I'm heading straight to my library's online card catalog to see if they have it! (:

    Also, your dad is awesome (as are you). The only knit-worthy people I have are my little-little boys. Or really, mostly the Imp - he *loves* his longies and will chose them over any other pants every time. Though I guess all three of them do play with the plethora of toys I've made..

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  16. There are very few knitworthy people in my life, too. But they appreciate my kntting, so it's all good.

    That book sounds promising. I'll have to make a note of it on Goodreads.

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  17. I totally understand the whole knit worthy thing. I'm very fortunate that my family is. Please let me know how that book is. I'm interested.

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  18. I will wait till next week to hear how you are liking that book....it looks like one my daughter would love (me too but my reading is next to nill lately)! Ah I love your analysis of a knit worthy person.....so true!! Can't wait to see your citron finished....it's looking gorgeous!

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  19. The books sounds interesting. I can't wait to hear your take on it. By your definition my husband is not knit worthy. Of course I have only knit him a scarf (which I knew when I knit it that he wouldn't wear it) and one sock of the pair.

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  20. I thought that's how everyone picked books, hehe. I want to make a shawl for my mom and mother in law. Finding a simple one has not been easy. I'm still searching.

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  21. I pick books based on the feel of the cover too! Glad I'm not the only one. I missed yarn along this week as I'm doing christmas knitting too and the recipients are readers of the blog. Having fun looking at what you are knitting though x

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  22. Yes - there are only a few people in my life that I consider Knit-Worthy of my gifts. I bet you are excited that Citron is about done!

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  23. It is time for me to start my Christmas knitting too. I am making fingerless mitts for the cousins. Have a great day! Tami

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  24. That is what knitting is all about I think Karen...giving your knits to someone that really appreciates it. What a gift you have and what a gift you give.
    Happy Wednesday.

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  25. LOVE your definition of knit-worthy! It's so true. I also feel the same way for things I sew - some people just don't get it. (Glad you dad does!)

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  26. Thanks for the advice on becoming knit worthy!
    Currently reading Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.

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  27. Ha! I love those socks = knit me more socks! It would be funny to do a "knitter's translator" of common phrases and how we really hear them. :)

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  28. Ah, 'knit worthy' a very high accolade indeed. I like your style.

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  29. I can't believe that it is indeed almost time to start Christmas knitting again! There's nothing like wearing hand-knit socks! No wonder your dad dropped a subtle hint your way :o) - nice colour BTW

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  30. I still have yet to make a pair of socks... and I LOVE when people express their love for my knitting.... doesn't happen too often!

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  31. I am knit worthy...and I really love that shawl...*hint* hmm does that translate into..I want it! LOL

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  32. How wonderful that your Dad loves your socks!!

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  33. Count me in - your definition of knit worthy should be made official! And you're so right, very few fit the bill. The Jane Eyre rewrite sounds interesting - look forward to hearing what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog with a button suggestion!

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  34. I love it that your dad was hinting for another pair. And yay for getting started on the Christmas knitting, have fun!

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  35. I guess I'm way behind the curve again, haven't even thought about what I might knit as Christmas gifts. Guess I better start...

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  36. Ah.. those that are Knit Worthy! Yes, everyone I know gets measured to that. It's funny because I made socks for my dad to replace the sweater from last year and my stepmom wears them more than he does! She's the inspiration for my Christmas sock knitting (oh, I suppose I should consider starting that, you know, sometime before Christmas!).

    I'm glad your dad measures up! ;-)

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  37. I wish I had more knitworthy people on my list! My husband gets the most knits; a lot of knitworthy people I know already know how to knit themselves, so they would prefer to make their own knits.

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  38. So guess what?!? I pulled out my knitting needles last night! Yep, there out and I'm looking at them. We'll see if I get any further ;) Good for you to get a start on Christmas! I've got to make my list and get a'cracking!

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  39. Ah the Christmas knitting. Few knitworthy people in my family so it doesn't take me long. I'm knitting the muffatees for the giveaway on my blog - well starting them anyway - and re-reading Sense and Sensibility.

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  40. Knitworthy great term. Perfect time to start some knitting for the holidays especially for dad.
    Your shawl looks lovely in its almost done pose.
    Enjoy the book.

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  41. I love the green for your dad's socks. I'm thinking about Christmas but have yet to tackle any actual projects. There's still lots of time (or so I keep telling myself.)

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  42. I just happened upon your blog, checking out different yarn alongs, and had to comment because of your book choice. I just finished this after picking it up from the libraries new book section for basically the same reasons you did:). Anyways, I loved it. Such a great story and it read so smoothly. It kept me up late too, cause I just had to read a bit more. Alas I have not read Jane Eyre (though perhaps I should) so I don't know how it compares. Hope you enjoy it.

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  43. Yippee for the socks and the citron!! I blogged today about making my first pair of socks ever!! You must feel like a super hero everyday!

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  44. The book sounds interesting. I will look for it. So sweet that you are knitting socks for your dad. Enjoy the rest of thes week!

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  45. That is one of the best compliments a knitter can get isn't it :)
    I love the yarn you are using, it looks so lovely and soft.

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  46. I have similar criteria for gift knitting recipients! :)
    I should probably start thinking about Christmas knitting too, seeing that I will have my hands a little fuller soon.. :)

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  47. Ahhhhh - dads are great that way, subtle in a very loving kind of way but gosh, Christmas knitting. I guess it's best to be prepared.

    Nina xxx

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  48. I love that your dad wears your socks! I should make a pair for my dad for christmas... I bet he would LOVE them! I couldn't get into Gemma... I hope you like it!

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  49. Aaah Christmas knitting.nyou are the second one to mention it. I must get started. My daughter recently moved to Kansas so I know she would love something warm and wooly.nthis green yarn is beautiful, I'm glad your dad is knit worthy. I'm not sure if mine is. I need to ask mom if he's ever worn the ones that took me six months to knit on sz 2 needles! In between larger knitting of course. If they only knew the time and expense.

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