Currently on the Needles



I have finished knitting that second sock up there in my photo.  I only have to weave in the ends today and snap a few photos.  Done!  I spent most of last night knitting from the gusset to the toes.  I do love that part of the sock and now I need to rest my hands and switch to relaxed knitting, for some reason I tend to knit aggressively on sock projects.  Switching to wooden needles has helped immensely but I guess six-seven hours in one go is a bit much for the hand and arm muscles...

I'm about half way through the short story collection by Alice Munro, much darker than I thought it would be based on the title of the book.  However, as with all stories, some are good, some are weird and some are in between.  Also in the spirit of Christmas, I've decided to re read A Christmas Story the best story of redemption and human kindness.

How about you?  What are you reading and knitting?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

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  1. and i like the quilt under all the wooly goodness! i'll be tucking in ends today, too (umaro is finished)....now what? :) !!!!!

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  2. Love the socks! I am knitting up some little gnome dolls for my newest little one and my newest niece. And I just finished reading Frugavore, which is a great book that talks about making the most of a peasant diet.

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  3. Lovely socks. And you're right, using different needles can make all the difference.

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  4. I don't know why, but " I tend to knit aggressively on socks" really cracked me up. I do hope you have a relaxing project up next. I am knitting on a dress right now and last night just about lost it. I had bought some new needles and they broke right in the middle of the row! Grrr... Luckily it's not a difficult pattern and I was able to pick up the stitches pretty easily.

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  5. Love the socks, and yay for finishing them. I finished up my last minute knitting project last night, felt good to cast it off :) Have the most wonderful day Karen.

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  6. Love!!!! I'm trying to finish socks as well! Merry Christmas!

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  7. I find I have to switch between the sock knitting with small needles to a project with larger needles. And the cotton - that can only be worked on for so long. Must take care of those hands.

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  8. I have one more gift to finish up and then all of my Christmas knitting is complete! Is it bad that I am ready for a little selfish knitting?
    I hope you are enjoying a great day. When do the children arrive?

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    1. Our son arrives on Saturday and our daughter the following Tuesday :) I'm looking forward to a full house!

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  9. I totally forgo that today was Wednesday and I didn't get a Yarn Along post up. Oh well, I am working on project 2 of tincanknits.com. Nothing that I should be... that skirt for my daughter! :) Love the socks! Wish I could make those now!

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  10. you are right... there wasn't much happiness in those collection of stories !!
    Ms. Munro can really tap into darkness.
    in a happier note... your socks are looking beautiful !!!
    Have a great day Karen

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  11. That's definitely a long time to be knitting - not surprised you're feeling it! But the socks look great :) Hope you find something more relaxing to knit this week!

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  12. yay for finished socks!!!! :))))) that copy of the Christmas Carol is beautiful! have a great day!!!

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  13. Good job on the socks! I always enjoy seeing what you are reading. MY DH really liked the math one. I just finished Benedict Hall which takes place here in Seattle after WWI and loved it. I'm still working on March which pairs well with Little Women as it's all about their father who is absent in the book.

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    1. love your book themed knitting! glad your husband liked the math novel, I don't think my son started it yet.

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  14. Beautiful socks. I can't believe I've never read A Christmas Carol as far as I can remember, and I intended to try this year but it's just been too busy. Someday. I hope you have a really peaceful and blessed day!!

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  15. I'm trying to "rest y hands" after an 8 hour marathon to get two caps knit and into a package in the mail. They were blocked by placing them on a dog gate leaned against a box--with a fan blowing on them! LOL!!! The vest for my husband won't be done by Christmas but that is okay...will be done soon but I'm not going crazy finishing it. Remind me I need to get started July 25th instead of Thanksgiving next year! :-)

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    1. for that reason I try to knit all year round! then the pressure is off.

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  16. The socks are looking great. I'm currently working on a hat and it's just flying off the needles.

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  17. Lovely socks! I love the part from gusset to toe too! I just finished the two fox scarves as a Christmas present and Kntting from gusset to toe on my second sock of my December pair.

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  18. I'm not surprised that you are worn out after 7 hours knitting!! You deserve an evening off - unless you want to knit of course!! I know the temptations of yarn! The socks look so lovely and cosy and snuggly!! Happy Christmas! xx

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  19. Finished knitting my READERS wrap. A sort of stole with pockets! I'm about to wear it for the first time.
    Im not reading currently; too much to do this time of year.
    I love your socks

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  20. A Christmas Carol is a wonderful book and every year I look forward to the reruns of the old film starring Alistair Sim. Probably the best version I have ever seen even though it dates from 1951. One day I will have a go at socks. I have knitted since the age of 7 (so 54 years) but never tried socks yet!

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  21. Three cheers for the second sock AND A Christmas Carol! And Karen, your blanket in the previous post is absolutely amazing. I'm in awe.

    Stephanie

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  22. I want to read the Christmas Carol too! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

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  23. My re-reading for Christmas is always A Christmas Carol. LOVE it! I'm not sure I'll get to it before Christmas comes, though....seeing that there's always so much knitting to do!

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  24. There is something satisfying about finishing the second sock. I have recently cast on a sock, my first in a couple of years! Love the stripes on the yarn you have used :)

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  25. The socks are just beautiful. Love all those deep chocolate colors. That is my goal in knitting for 2015 : learn to use circular needles and knit my first pair of socks! Do you quilt as well? That table topper is just beautiful.

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