Yarn Along


I was knitting on this pi shawl last night and quickly discovered a teeny tiny mistake (knitting the wrong row of the directions).  When I mentioned this to my husband he replied jokingly "well apparently you aren't as good of a knitter as you think you are".  I'm still chuckling about that.  The pi shawl is NOT for television viewing, I'm still an expert ;)  I've had this shawl on the needles for quite some time.  Currently there are 588 glorious stitches on the needles and it is slow going.  It's a perfect winter knitting project.  I'll pick it up and do a row or two and then I'm off to knit on something else.

I finished my spring green colored cowl and posted about it here.  I've never met a more cheerful green!

I'm nearing the end of my book, Traveling Mercies.  I've thoroughly enjoyed her reflections and her journey of faith.  She injects humor while she weaves a tale but it's done respectfully.  I admire her faith and her positive attitude.  Give it a flip through if you see it at the store, I think it's worth the read.

What are you knitting and reading?

Joining Ginny

Comments

  1. I think we have the same number of stitches on our needles right now, Karen! I agree it is slow, but I do love how the whole piece slowly transforms over those rows.

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  2. Ha, husbands!

    For my morning knit I have been working on a worsted weight pi shawl, I call it my learning shawl. I had a total of 1080 stitches before I started the bind off. I am doing a 9 stitch sideways bind off and it is taking forever! Next I want to try something in lace if I can work up enough confidence. Your shawl is beautiful and looks so delicate.

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  3. It does look beautiful thus far! I picked up this book from the library yesterday! It looks good.

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  4. Oh it looks so pretty!! I HATE counting stitches never mind that many! I always seems to mess up in the middle and need to start all over again.

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  5. Golly that's a lot of stitches! I had trouble just counting the 90 of my cast on last night.
    Sounds like a really interesting read, maybe I can find it at our library. Of course right after I decide to take a break from nonfiction. :)

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  6. oh, Karen----it's lovely! i'm ready for a challenge next; I've been doing way too many mindless projects lately! (Please tell me I don't have to finish them all before starting something more fun!!!)

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  7. oh that's funny.....of course your still an expert!!! The shawl is coming along nicely...I'm working on my sweater the same way.....a few rows and then off to another project....keeps it interesting!! Have a super week!!

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  8. What a beautiful Shawl. I like the colour too!

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  9. The shawl looks so pretty and I'm pretty sure you'd have to be an expert to knit it. :-)

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  10. Your husband's comment made me laugh so hard, I almost spit my coffee out. Don't *do* that to me!

    Your shawl is lovely but I am, as always, awe-struck by what you can do with all that fine yarn. I started a shawl two summers ago - intended as a birthday gift for my friend…two birthdays ago! - and one of these days I will finish it… xo

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  11. I'm impressed with the little tiny stitches that you do in order to complete that shawl...!

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  12. Ooh, Karen - I did a little gasp when I saw your knitting, it's gorgeous!
    My opinion is that you can only become a true knitting expert by making lots of mistakes, otherwise how do we gain wisdom and experience?!

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  13. funny hubbys ;))
    good gracious, that shawl looks amazing! but 500+ stitches?? i'd be far too impatient for that. plus my knitting projects need to be highly compatible with tv watching as well ;-P

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  14. Husbands, they can be so funny sometimes! That yarn looks about the same size as the one I am using to knit D's sweater. :)

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  15. Your shawl looks beautiful. I love the color.

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  16. Your husband cracks me up! I'm worried about getting that many stitches on the citron and having to count them I always lose my place and have to start over.

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  17. Oh these husbands! That could have come from mine too :)

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  18. That shawl looks like real dedication. I would have a hard time doing it mistake-free as I would be too tempted to watch tv, talk, or just let my brain wander!!

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  19. The colours all tone beautifully in your photograph...the book and the yarn. It looks very fine the yarn and quite a detailed pattern so no wonder it's not for tv viewing. I have my head hung low as I admit embarrassingly that I'm still knitting christmas socks. And reading a lovely book by Vita Sackville West about an 88 year old woman.

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  20. Good grief! I have half as many stitches on my needles right now and it feel like I have just as many as you. ;-)

    It's a gorgeous shawl, though. I love that color green.

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  21. are you knitting leaves of grass? i ask because that is about how stitches i have on my needles for my pi shawl.
    your yarn choice is lovely. and tell hubby you remain a expert knitter now and always !

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    1. I am knitting EZ's pi shawl, leaves of grass is based on her math and technique. Loving it so far!!

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  22. Men! Very funny. I'm waiting to see all these pi shawls done before I start. I'm really very intimidated by it...maybe I'll go back to the comfort of a crochet project first. Loving all the greens you've been using.

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  23. Silly men. ;) That is a very pretty yarn...but so many stitches? And such fine yarn. As a novice knitter I find that very, very impressive...and a tiny bit intimidating! Glad you enjoyed your book ~ I am adding to my list. Still a bit to go on Prayers for Sale but I'm getting there ~ and enjoying the journey :)

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  24. 588 sts...swoon.
    Love the earthy color.

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  25. wow, 588 stitches, that is crazy. looking forward to seeing the finished project. the cowl is lovely as well. :)

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  26. love your pi karen, beautiful color! hee hee your husband is funny!

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  27. wow that's a lot of stitches, but it looks very beautiful.

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  28. i actually have two copies of that book in my to read pile (don't ask)!

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  29. Oh husbands can be so funny can't they? The shawl looks lovely.

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  30. LOL about what your husband said. Love the colour of this one you're working on now....
    Still reading the same book from Christmas, Birdsong. It's about war and I'm finding it hard to plough through it.
    Ronnie xo

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  31. Your pretty shawl and book cover match so nicely. And yes - you ARE an expert knitter! I love Pi shawls, but they do get a bit cumbersome when you get all those stitches on the needles.

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  32. It's lovely, Karen. More power to you with all those stitches. Glad you found the mistake now!

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  33. Ha! You are a brilliant knitter. That pi shawl is gorgeous and so graceful-lurve it! xxoo

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  34. I'm looking forward to seeing that pi shawl and I did see your beautiful green cowl this morning on Ravelry! Love the green! I read Traveling Mercies several years ago and really enjoyed Anne Lamott's style. You ARE an expert knitter!! blessings ~ tanna

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  35. The shawl will be beautiful - can't wait to see the final product. TV knitting is the best, but some projects just need so darn much concentration! :) I read that book years ago. Her raw honesty is to be commended.

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  36. HI Karen! Glad you liked Lamott. She does rock very much.
    XO

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  37. Hi there
    I hope you dont mind me stopping by to leave a comment. I just kind of stumbled on your blog and wanted to say how lovely it is. This shawl is so pretty - I love the yarn and can only hope to knit that well one day.
    I am currently knitting a spring sweater/top from Purl Soho which I got the pattern of from their blog, in a pretty duck egg blue - it is the first wearable item I have knitted which isn't a scarf or cowl so wish me luck :-)
    I am reading several books (I am a book worm)at the moment including Merry Hall by Beverley Nicholls (kindly recommended by a bloggy friend), Wilderness by Lance Weller (actually I have that on audiobook for my long drive to work) and The discovery of Jeanne Baret by Glynis Ridley.
    Well lovely to find your blog, I will be following from now on and have a great weekend.
    Sophie

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    1. thanks for stopping by, it's wonderful to "meet" new friends :) I do hope you love your new wearable knitted item!!

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  38. That shawl is truly gorgeous! I am nowhere near that level of skill myself--I am just learning colorwork, which is slow going! I love your blog (and the name of it!) and I love seeing all your beautiful projects:) I am glad you are enjoying Anne Lamott. I have a handful of her books I am meaning to get to, and I follow her on Twitter, where she is always giving great and honest writing advice. :)

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