Currently on the Needles


Even though I'm knee deep in a Hitofude cardigan knit, I cast on a new project.  I'm making a blanket for my nephew's baby and went into deep yarn stash to find this worsted weight cotton.  I love this simple garter stitch rib pattern and how effortlessly the blanket is knitting up.

I am reading short stories by Flannery O'Connor.  I bought this book last year while on vacation and it's been patiently waiting for me to start reading.  I guess I'd like to read one short story a week as a personal reading goal.  I want to savor the writing.  On my kindle I'm reading Persuasion by Jane Austen and haven't made as much progress as I'd like.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

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Comments

  1. Flannery O'Conner works her way into my soul. Persuasion is a great read, too. I'm just starting out with two new books, Mink River and How to be both. I'll see where they take me.

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  2. O-o-o-h Karen, I am loving the blanket, the design and the color. I'm glad there is some baby knitting in your days, it's the best.
    Enjoy your book, I think of Amanda [Habit of Being] every time I see Flannery's name. :)

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  3. a baby blanket is a nice break from the hitofude ( the color you are using for that cardi is one of my favorites!!)....and baby things are usually done in surprisingly short order. Enjoy the journey.

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  4. lovely yarn colour you're using, and it matches the peacock feathers on your book too lol

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  5. I love a baby blanket made with cotton yarn. I'm reading "The Shepherd's Life" by @herdyshepherd1. More at tamknots.com

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  6. You are such a prolific knitter!! I'm still knitting away on my little summer top, but I only have a few more rows to go. There's just not enough time in the day for me to knit right now, isn't that sad?

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  7. as usual your project is lovely! Your hitofude is coming along just beautiful as well! Love the color you chose for it!!

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  8. Oooooh, I love that book. It's been awhile since I've reread it and so I need to break it out soon. I consider Flannery a dear friend. :)

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  9. That's going to be a fantastic blanket! I don't think I've ever read much O'Connor, but she's been on my list for a while.

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  10. That's a real nice color yarn. I love projects like that - effortless yet satisfying. And I love how you just cast on another project in the midst of your sweater. Exactly what I would have done!

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  11. Beautiful yarn. and oh Persuasion! My favorite of Austen!

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  12. Ohh I really love Persuasion. The cover of this book is so beautiful, too. Lovely shade of blue. :)

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  13. I have seen so much blue today! Baby knitting is always such a joy and finishes quickly, too. Enjoy your weekly with Flannery, Karen. I might need to pick that up as I'm trying to expose my wanna-write-a-novel kids to the idea of writing "short" stories instead of going for a novel. :)

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  14. Cute baby blanket! And I love the idea of reading a short story a week!!

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  15. There is something immensely satisfying about baby knits!

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  16. You are on a blanket "roll" Karen, love the soft color. That book cover looks amazing...and so the book, thanks for the tip.

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  17. What a lovely blanket Karen - simple patterns are often the best in my opinion. I love baby knits, they are so quick.

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  18. Knitting mittens. Im on a mitten roll
    Finished Teresa Caputo's book: fascinating

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  19. it's lovely and that blue is calming!

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  20. Such a beautiful blanket-one that will be treasured for sure. I like your goal of reading one short story a week- Flannery is someone I have always thought I should read but haven't--hmmmm--maybe I will look into it!
    xoxox

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  21. That blanket is going to be beautiful! As your blog was loading up and I caught a glimpse of your book I was totally transported back to 1st year English in college. Can't beat short stories as a reading goal - good luck!

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  22. That simple garter/rib stitch is adorable! I am loving that blanket!!!

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  23. It looks as though the blanket is knitting up beautifully! Well worth the dig in your stash!! xx

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  24. Your blanket is going to be gorgeous Karen. I picked up a book of short stories on my last library trip, I have never been drawn to short stories, always preferring the long novel, but you know what I loved them. They are lovely to squeeze in here and there, and I am not left wondering what is going to happen next the way I am when I am reading a novel. They are easy to pick up and put down, much like some of my knitting :)

    Happy knitting and reading Karen. xo

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  25. That looks like a nice cozy blanket for a new baby or even a toddler. I also think simple patterns are nice. I'm reading Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Her unique style of writing is beautiful. I am knitting some wild and crazy striped socks from Knit Picks Fellici and a pullover sweater, Aggie. I am a little nervous about the fit of the sweater. Another row or two and I will be putting it on waste yarn to make sure the armhole is deep enough. Wish me luck!

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  26. Lovely blanket, nothing wrong with having more than one thing on the go :)

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  27. Oh I love the blanket you're working on ... it's going to be perfect when you're all done!

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  28. That's going to be a very pretty blanket! And you already know I love your Hitofude. I just started Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; it's different.

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  29. love how your yarn and book cover match so seamlessly (that's my new favourite word) It's good to alternative more complicated patterns with those that are more simple pick an put down projects. This is a lovely one.
    I've put down my simple sweater pattern because it's got to the divide for sleeves bit so I need to concentrate and my head is full of paint shades and preparation for a weekend visitor. I'm still loving "The tenderness of wolves" by Stef Penney and in no rush to finish it quickly. I want to savor the words too.
    debx

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  30. Whoops it's 5am and my spelling/grammar is never good at the best of times. That should be 'alternate.'
    dx

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  31. That is a lovely pattern for a blanket. The colour is divine :) Love how it matches the book!

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  32. I love FC. I think that "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is one of the finest short stores of all times. I can't count how many times I've read it -- and I never get tired of it.

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  33. that blue is beautiful, and your book sounds fabulous.

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  34. What a beautiful blanket, I really love the colour. A wonderful gift for a new baby.

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