Yarn Along


A week ago, shortly after finishing this shawl, I decided to cast on another shawl.  If you know me, you know I love tiny needles and lace weight yarn and I tend to have a project on the needles at all times to satisfy my knitting desires.  When I saw this shawl in the "hot right now" category while noodling around Ravelry, I knew I had to cast on.  It's simple and it grows and it's a half circle, a perfect summer project! My ravelry page is here.

The Midwife by Jennifer Worth is an excellent memoir and a lovely read.  Call the Midwife TV series  is based on this book. (you really should be watching the show as well).  As I read this book I feel like she is personally talking to me face to face maybe over a cup of tea.  I am getting a history lesson without knowing I am and that's the kind of history lessons I like.  It's interesting to read how the tenement housing conditions were in the mid 1950's also with lifestyle choices and her long work hours.  There are two other books she wrote that I am itching to get my hands on.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny

Comments

  1. It's going to be a lovely shawl...were you knitting out on the lawn?

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  2. Oh my goodness, that is going to be another gorgeous shawl. You always knit beautiful things!!

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  3. another lovely shawl! I just friended you on ravelry ;)

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  4. That shawl is gorgeous! And yes, you do love those small needles! I really enjoy the PBS series. I have the book on hold at the library. I am eager to read it as well. It looks to be right up my alley.

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  5. Shawl looks lovely. I must get hold of that book some day soon! Heard lots about it.

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  6. yes, I've somehow missed that shawl pattern on rav.....glad you saw it, cause it's now on my fav list!!! so pretty!

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  7. that shawl is fab! i have heard the midwife book is really excellent. i watched the first season on pbs and really enjoyed it, watched while knitting all the holiday knits, knitting and crying. lol

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  8. What a beautiful shawl! I'm so glad you linked it- it's living in my queue now. :)

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  9. Love the shawl! Fingering weight is the smallest I have knit with. I too love Call the Midwife and have the book to read as well. Takes me back to my days as an OB Nurse!

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  10. Lovele shawl as always! :)
    I read some of her books - I'm so glad I didn't have to have a baby in the 50s!

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  11. I am putting this book in my To Read queue. Thanks for the recommend.

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  12. i agree it is a great read! i am planning on reading her other books this summer too.! at least one of them is one my summer reading list...

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  13. wow another lovely project...it's going to be beautiful. I just got a card through the door to say there's a customs charge on the Quince yarn I ordered so I have to go and collect it from the sorting office. So meanwhile it's socks and wash cloths and I'm looking for another pattern for some lovely bargain linen I bought.

    Reading? I'm reading lots of Debbie Bliss pattern books, and recipe books, like Bowl food and I've just started The Heat of Day by Elizabeth Bowen which was written and set in a similar time to the one you're reading. I've only just begun but so far am enjoying it.

    Happy shawl knitting.
    deb

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  14. Another lovely shawl! Looking forward to seeing it completed. I'm always so amazed at your beautiful lacework!

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  15. Beautiful! I know, knitting is such a wonderful thing to be done ~ I love it too. I do need to read that book, have heard such wonderful things!

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  16. I love the colors you've been using. Very earthy and serene. Reading? What's that? I'm afraid I've been consumed with a knitting chart. Can't tell you how glad I am to be past that. Not sure how much I care for those charts. My respect for your skills keeps going up!

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  17. those shawls are flying off your needles!! Just gorgeous and you have inspired me to cast on another shawl for myself!!

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  18. Lovely yarn color for your new shawl. I've added that pattern to my favorites. I love knitting lace.

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  19. I loved that book and I'm loving the show right now as well. So fun.
    Your shawl looks great.

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  20. You always have something gorgeous on your needles :) I haven't watched the show yet, but I think I should.

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  21. Life is just better with tiny needles and lace weight yarn. :) Beautiful progress on your shawl. I have that pattern queued.

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  22. I loved that book! And the shawl pattern is lovely!

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  23. I am a huge fan of Call the Midwife -- both the PBS series and the audiobook. I agree, it is just like having tea with the author. Beautiful knitting as always. Your craftsmanship is superb.

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  24. How lovely! I am very interested in the book, perhaps I will check our library!

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  25. Wonderful book! I got Mom hooked on the series, too (gosh I love Chummy so much).

    I love all of your shawls!

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  26. I love the series, I'll have to take a crack at the book!

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  27. Cool, I am glad to hear the book is good! I have seen some of the show on Netflix, but I am not all caught up. Seems like the book would be even better, in her own words! :)

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  28. I love your shawl! It's going to be gorgeous! ♥♥

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  29. Your shawl is looking very pretty. I have heard about the show but have not had the chance to watch it. Apparently there are some very pretty handknits in that show too. Thank you for your kind words too, it is nice to know that there are friends out there going through similar things too.

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  30. The shawl is lovely. Now that I'm finished with school, I definitely want to read The midwife.

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  31. What a great shawl! I've now added both the shawl and The Midwife to my list of must-do items!

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  32. Lovely pattern, pretty colours in your yarn.
    Enjoy the midwife.

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  33. Oh, I love that series! I shall have to look for the book. I love look of lace and small needles, but I must admit my mind wanders and I get lost in the pattern at times, or I get interrupted, then end up having to unknit and never end up with the right number of stitches again. How long did it take for you to really get the hang of lace knitting? Should I just keep trying?! :)

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  34. I love that show, too. I'm going to have to read the book, too!

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  35. That's the kind of history lesson I like, too--I've gotta get that book. I am fascinated by how much things have changed in my own lifetime (no cable t.v., cell phones, microwaves, etc. when I was a little kid). But, just a decade or two earlier--when my parents were growing up--things were *really* different.

    I'm putting the Moss Garden shawl in my cue--let us know how you like the pattern. What yarn are you using? I love the color.

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  36. Looks like wonderful knitting AND reading! I've been interested in the series, but there just aren't enough hours in the day! Maybe sometime soon!

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  37. I keep hearing so much about The Midwife and the Call the Midwife series. I need to add it to my reading list.

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  38. Your shawls are both beautiful! I need to pick up The Midwife, since Call the Midwife is such a gripping show!

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