Tea and Jam Shawl


This week I have been feverishly knitting away on a shawl that is addictive.  The design is simple and easy to memorize and the construction allows a knitter to knit until the yarn runs out.  That kind of shawl knitting is the best.  One more row has been my mantra and still there is yarn galore!  The wool was bought at a fiber festival many years ago and originally intended for a pair of socks for my husband.  I changed my mind because he is hard on socks so now I only knit with dedicated sock yarn with a nylon blend for maximum life span.  Speaking of socks, he needs more pairs....soon after the shawl, right?

Currently I'm reading two books, the one in the photo- The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is excellent.  The ending is not far for me and the story has me savoring every single word.  It is a must read book and I haven't finished reading it!  My other book is on my ipad and is borrowed from the elibrary.  Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell is a gentle easy read and I've paired this book with my frantic knitting during the daytime.

What are you knitting and reading?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams


Comments

  1. The shawl is coming along nicely. I have one that I have recently picked back up and I realized that I didn't have much more to go. "One more row" is my mantra even when I know I should go to bed or change out the laundry. The book sounds very good. I'll have to check it out!

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  2. The color of your shawl is gorgeous!

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  3. I have heard that The Orphan Train is a good read...going to get that one from the library. Sounds like one I would enjoy! I love that blue yarn! Have a good day!

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  4. Goodness, the shawl is gorgeous! Such a beautiful pattern! Thanks for the book recommendation, I'll have to add it to my list. :-)

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  5. So you, too, are knitting in blue. Can't wait to see it finished. Thanks for the book recommendations, Karen. :)

    My knitting consists of working my way through my ufo's and is going quite smoothly. I've been updating Ravelry, but just couldn't get my act together to do a yarn along post this week.

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  6. Love love that color! So bright and happy on these cold days.

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  7. I am ashamed to say that I have a pair of socks on the go that I cast on over a year ago! I have many pairs of handknit socks and they are my absolute favourite - but I can't say I enjoy the process very much, I usually shoot through the first sock and then it takes forever and a day to complete the second LOL.

    Are you keeping this shawl or is your lucky daughter going to inherit it :)

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  8. That's such an amazing name for a shawl. I can't make socks with pure wool either because I'm so heavy on them too. That's what I'm making at the moment, and still reading about Livingstone. Like you I'm really enjoying it, so I'm savouring the pages...fortunately there are a lot of them!

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  9. I think I'll add Orphan Train to my list. Thanks for the rec! The blue of your shawl is lovely.

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  10. I have Orphan Train on my kindle right now but haven't started reading it yet. Glad to know it's worthwhile.

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  11. Look at you knitting like the wind on that shawl! I love patterns that you can end when you run out of yarn. It takes the pressure off. I will have to add Orphan Train to the reading list is you like it so much!

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  12. I have Orphan Train on audible, but haven't started it yet,; I'm glad to hear it's good.

    You always pick the prettiest colors for your projects and that blue is especially nice and will look so pretty on you.

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  13. I'm intrigued by your book recommendation, will check the Orphan Train out! and wow, you are knitting away on that shawl!

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  14. Orphan Train is on my list... better get it from the library if you say it is that good!

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  15. It's looking beautiful, such a lovely colour

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  16. Sounds like the best kind of pattern.
    I'll have to check the library for that book, sounds interesting.

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  17. I love the shade of blue in your shawl yarn. It is going to be one stunning piece of work! Your books both sound interesting as well.

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  18. Such a beautiful colour Karen. I am working on a shawl too, although it will take me some time. I have a hat on the go too, which I hope to finish up soon.

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  19. The shawl is beautiful! Could someone help me please? I don't see the name and tried tea and jam , etc on Ravelry and couldn't find it. Everyone else seems to know but my eyes aren't seeing it! Thanks....

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  20. Never mind! I clicked on shawl and there was "Sugared Violets"....Thanks

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    1. so glad you found it! It's a fun pattern :) Glad that you like it!

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  21. I have the Orphan Trail on my bookshelf of books to be read. I'll get around to it eventually. Wild has been there for 6 or 7 months and I just picked it up. I love the blue of your shawl. Such an electric color!

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  22. Eeeeap- your knits are always so beautiful Karen, gorgy color and pattern. I bet that it will come in handy to snuggle up in-this winter for you :)

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  23. I'm adding this pattern to my queue--what a gorgeous shawl, and I love your yarn and color choice, too. The Orphan Train sounds like a good book. I'm going to see if my library has it.

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  24. That blue is beautiful! Thanks for the tips about yarn for socks- the speed at which thw few pairs I have made got holes has deterred me from trying many times but this year I decided to knit more of them!

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  25. I love that blue yarn. I have been wanting to read The Orphan Train for quite some time but my library doesn't have it and I always forget to order it from another when I get home. I have to get on that.

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  26. That color is so energizing. love it!

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  27. He he I am glad I am not the only one who has the one more line mantra when I really should be doing something else......

    Beautiful colour yarn :)

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  28. I am ready for a nice gentle read, especially after reading Wild! I saw that you commented on it over at my blog...just want to warn you that it does have language and adult situations which could be offensive. I just want you to know in case you do decide to seek it out.

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  29. new books to add to my queue!!! :) Love the color----and construction of the shawl….ending a project with no bits left over. a dream!

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  30. Love the color of your shawl. It's such a vibrant blue.

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  31. Can't wait to see the finished shawl -- your projects are always an inspiration to me. I keep seeing Orphan Train here and there on the internet; perhaps it is a sign. Dang it! Not one month into 2014 and I already have a "to-read" list a mile long! (what a terrible problem, right? ;-) )

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  32. Oh that blue - I LOVE it. Can't wait to see your FO.

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  33. I love the name of this shawl! And the color is absolutely stunning! Can't wait to see it all finished! :)

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