Yarn Along


My needles have been on fire this week, or at least it feels like it.  I finished the mitts and am quite pleased with them.  Now all I need is some very brisk cold air to go along with them.  I am thrilled that they match many of my other accessories in my closet.  So what am I knitting?  I finished the one sock up there in the photo.  The socks are for my dad for Christmas and I have only to knit the second sock to match, easy peasy.  I've cast on and believe me I am motivated to get these socks out of the knitting bag.

My pink cardigan has seen some knitting as well.  I am knitting on dpns for a variety of reasons, one because I do not own a circular needle small enough (too cheap to buy) and I really do not like magic loop or two circulars....I know.  I am being stubborn and opinionated, but these dpns work for me and I get the job done.  It is only fiddly for about three rows then my mind and hands accept the fiddliness and the knitting becomes even and smooth and happy.

I have romantic visions of finishing both projects by next week......let's see if it becomes reality-nothing wrong with goal setting is there?

My reading is the same. The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is engaging and a nice read before bed.  I do love when the author flips from present time to the past.  I think it is one of my favorite ways to read a story and piece together a plot.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny

Comments

  1. Very nice cardi - Pretty colour.

    Nothing at all wrong with goal setting - Hope you make it.

    Enjoy your progress.

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  2. Good luck! Nothing like a Yarn Along to give you the impetus to get projects completed, I find :) Well done on the socks, so nice to get presents done early!

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  3. I really do love your cardigan Karen. I know what you are saying about the dpn's and I held off for so long, but with eight cardigans [now seven] to complete by Christmas I needed to move a little faster so finally broke down and bought a smaller circular. I don't get it, but I really don't like knitting sleeves, they take forever! I stayed up until 1 a.m. last night finishing my grey Annabel and getting it blocked. Now to wind more yarn for the next one.

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  4. I figure whatever works ;-) It's not being stubborn but knowing what feels best and gives yoy the best results. Good luck with finishing, I think you can do it.

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  5. I've missed the last 2 yarn alongs but I see you have been very busy!! I love the wool you used for the mitts....that pattern is in my favs too! Good for you getting Christmas presents completed....I wish I could say the same! Looking forward to seeing your cardigan all finished up!! Happy knitting!!

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  6. It took me a while to warm up to dpns. But now that I have, I agree. Fiddly for a couple rows and then we're good. (:

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  7. Look at you go! I am inspired :-)

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  8. I love the yarn of your pink cardigan, so wonderfully vibrant. Also, the mitts look fab, I meant to comment on them yesterday!

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  9. Love love love the new banner!!!! so seasonally beautiful!!! and of course, all the knitting is fab, too!!! can't wait to see that cardi!!

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  10. It always amazes me how fast you knit! Of course you'll finish the cardigan. Love the new photos in the banner.

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  11. OOOOOH! I love your new header. Have a blessed day! Tami

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  12. Wow- you have been on fire. My mom recommended that book to me.... eager to see what you think of it.
    Love your new header!!

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  13. i love that pink. very nice. i don't think it is stubbornness. if the dpn work, then use them. no need to use circular if you don't want too. looking forward to seeing the cardi completed. :)

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  14. I love the pink - and I'm with you on DPN's. I need them to knit the sleeves on a sweater but they're in use on some mittens right now. Too cheap to buy more and too lazy to learn another way to do it.

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  15. ooh pink, it is going to be so lovely! me too, dpn's, i guess some things just don't change once you learn them ;)

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  16. You are amazing! I'm in awe at how fast you knit :) I am still in love with that pink and since we are finally falling into a routine over here I might have some time to pick up a book or two :) Hope your week is lovely. Your new blog header is gorgeous my dear!

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  17. You have to do whatever works for you.

    Can't wait to see the finished sweater. :-)

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  18. Go go go, you can finish them! :) The cardigan is so bright and cheerful!

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  19. That's a beautiful pink yarn. I love magic loop, dpns not so much. Whatever works. Hotel on the Corner... is on my fall reading list.

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  20. Beautiful knits and I love your new header.

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  21. I find the dpns awesome for smaller projects. I don't mind magic loop for larger things, but with something as small as a sleeve, sock or mitten, I find i'm spending more time pulling that dang cord through than actual knitting! I do love circulars for keeping a project portable though without dropping my stitches;)
    I love your new blog header/photos!

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  22. You are on fire, you go!!! Love the new header :)

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  23. When it rains it pours! Glad you've been on such a knitting roll! Still totally in love with that pink!

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  24. Man, I wish I had that many projects going here! It's pouring in other areas of my life unfortunately, like repairs! Your knits are gorgeous and I love the mitts!

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  25. love that pink! i think i should make some sock for my dad too... let us know how you like this pattern.

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  26. Between you and Tracey, I feel so lazy! You girls rock on the knitting front...who am I kidding, you just rock! Can't wait to see the finished cardi!

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  27. Glad to hear you're liking the book! That pink is so pretty. Did you tell somewhere what yarn it is? Nice socks, too; I'll bet your dad will be pleased. I also like your new header. How'd you arrange the photos like that? BTW, I just noticed that you live in PA; my DH grew up there!

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    1. I used Picasa photo editing, which is free to down load and use.

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  28. I really like the gray and the new header.

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  29. What a lovely new banner, and lovely knitting! I wish my needles were on fire too!

    Your book sounds lovely and comforting - perfect for autumn reading under the duvet before bedtime.

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  30. Hope your romantic visions are fulfilled.

    and me? I actually got the yarn to make an Anabel sweater at last. I bought some Lopi Icelanding wool and started making it straight away...I'm so enjoying knitting it and reading two new to me knitting books.

    I hope you manage to get lots of knitting done over the weekend.
    Deb

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  31. I really enjoyed Bitter and Sweet. Good luck on your socks... and I can't wait to see your finished sweater! Knit faster!!

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  32. I love the pink cardigan. Beautiful color. I have seen the book you are reading and been tempted to pick it up. On you recommendation, I think I will next time I see it! Thanks and enjoy the rest of your week.

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  33. Did you get any further with your knitting since yesterday? I wonder if you'd sacrifice reading the book over getting the knit projects done by the weekend... :)

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  34. By the way, you new header is beautiful1

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  35. Thanks for stopping by at mine, Karen. And yes - I am working on the wurm hat :) Little one on the mend, fingers crossed - thanks for the well wishes :)

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  36. That pink cardie is going to be so cheerful this autumn!
    Love the new autumnal look by the way - we just collected our first conkers today, so I know autumn has arrived here too :)

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