Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Currently on the Needles



I have three projects currently on the needles:  a scarf, a sweater and a pair of socks.  So naturally I cast on something new!  You know to chase away the end of winter blues.  I've been wanting to make another color affection shawl since I knit my first one. I loved the pattern, but the shawl felt too heavy to wear with nearly three skeins of fingering-it's a tad heavy, so I "lent" the shawl to my daughter who has a young strong neck :)

Anyways, this shawl is a lace weight version and I'm kind of excited about the process.  Already it feel light and airy! Last night I added the second color and who knew miles and miles of garter stitch could be so compelling of a knit.  The older I get the more I love garter stitch.

There is sweater progress of course and I posted about it yesterday here.  I am enjoying that knit process as well.

For my reading, well, it's the same and really I have nothing new to add to my critique.  The book is good and I'm a slow reader :)

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

35 comments:

  1. A lace weight shawl sounds heavenly Karen. It's pouring down rain and cold, [well, cold for here] so maybe I should cast on a new project to chase away the blues too.

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  2. karen.....love the color choices for your shawl! Perfect for end of winter into spring wear!!

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  3. I really like the color affection shawl and can't wait to see how your's turns out. You chose great colors for it! I'm still knitting on my scarf. Actually brought my knitting to Florida with me, but didn't take it out of the bag once. Too many other things going on... ;-)

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  4. I want to make another one too but I don't know if I want to do lace weight or fingering weight again. You are correct - it is really heavy on the neck, especially the way I wear mine, sort of like a scarf. Hmmm.... something to thing about. You chose some great colors for yours! And I am itching to cast on something new too in addition to working on my sweater. Must be the change in season.

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  5. You knit faster than anyone I know, so even if you have four projects going at one time, you'll finish all four before I finish one!! I do love a good mindless garter stitch too. So easy to do talk with others or watch tv.

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  6. Karen, it is definitely getting to be shawl knitting (and wearing) weather! And sometimes you just have to cast on something new! I love your color choices for the shawl.

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  7. Sounds gorgeous. I love that pattern, hopefully someday I'll knit one of my own.

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  8. i'm with you on the garter stitch….i never get tired of it!!! I think the color affection will be stunning in lace weight (and of course, you are knitting with my favorite colors in the world!!!!!)

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  9. I inherited a Color Affection Shawl from another knitting friend in a laceweight. It's super warm while being super light. I love the colors you've chosen for your newest one. :-)

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  10. You knit so fast! I really like the color of the yarns. It's going to be so pretty when finished.

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  11. Can't wait to see this as it works up. I LOVE that yarn AND the gray colors.

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  12. loving that color palette you've chosen!

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  13. I've had the Color Affection in my queue for a long while. I love the colors you've chosen. And I'll look forward to hearing how it works out in lace weight.

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  14. reading blogs and the CHEESECAKE Queen. Knitting poncho, stocking cap. Finishing them today I hope

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  15. I love those colors. I am always drawn to white and grey when it comes to yarn, I really don't know why. The book your reading looks interesting. I might have to check it out!

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  16. See I knew I was doing something wrong. Ever blog I have visited lately talks about knitting socks or at the very least having a pair on the needles. Must give into the urge.

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  17. Such gorgeous colours in your photo. Happy knitting!

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  18. Lovely! Your shawl makes me want to get back to my own color affection ... Maybe soon!

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  19. I do like the colours you've picked and look forward to seeing how it turns out!

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  20. Lovely! I'm currently working my way through the Golden Compass series. I'm half way through book three. Phew!

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  21. You always pick such soft looking yarns! I finally finished my mystery. I think I might take a break from reading to focus on my knits. Listening to Harry Potter 7 ... again with my son on the weekends, and thinking the Hobbit is next up. I think my next read will be a "reread" as well.

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  22. Great reminder to get back to work on my Color Affection. I'm reading The Light between Oceans at the moment.

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  23. This looks so pretty, can't wait to see how the colors come together! I always love when you do the light and lacy knits!

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  24. lovely subtle colours...it will be so soft and cobwebby. I love garter stitch...that's why I so like making annabels.

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  25. There is magic both in the finishing and in the beginning of a project, isn't there? I must have 20 different things going right now in various media, but that doesn't stop me from starting new ones!

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  26. Your shawl is going to be beautiful the colours are gorgeous, hope the weight is right this time :)

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  27. Pretty! It looks so soft and delicate

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  28. There is something about this weather that inspires one to cast on -- at least that what it does for me.

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  29. I'm a slow reader, too. Sometimes. Depends on the book and what else is happening in life. :) Lovely knits, as always!

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  30. Oh I saw that book on another yarn along post - glad to know you liked it.

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  31. I love garter stitch too- when I was younger I hated the look of it- I guess it really grows on you. Good that you have a young daughter with a strong neck...he.he.

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  32. So much fun and goodness here, Karen! I am knitting vicariously through you :)

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  33. What a beautiful colour combination for a shawl! Those colours will go with almost anything, I think.
    I too go through phases of loving garter stitch- it's so pretty and versatile!

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