Currently on the Needles


My knitting has been fast and furious and yet I'm still knitting that cowl!  I am quite close to being finished and probably would have finished yesterday if life didn't get in the way.  Sometimes I would love to knit all the time and let the errands and tasks of life sit in the back seat.

So while I had that cowl staring me down saying "finish me, finish me".  I cast on those socks I've been meaning to start.  I loved grabbing my dpns and going at it.  The yarn is a an oldie but a goodie from the deepest part of my stash.  I love the red stripe the best.  I'm just knitting a plain old sock pattern that is memorized in my head for my foot size.  Super easy knitting :)

My plague book, Year of Wonders, is really good.  Who knew that a disease spreading throughout a small village would captivate my attention.  I love reading about how they treated that mysterious disease back then and how the people reacted with the threat of illness.  It's a good read and I'm nearly finished.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Comments

  1. I am still knitting on my hitofude cardigan and loving every minute of it! Just reading the pattern I kept thinking "how is this going to work out", but lo and behold so far it has every single time. Love the construction of it! Your sock yarn is great, my favorite is the red stripe, too. :-)

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  2. The cowl is going to be amazing. And warm!
    I have to pick up Year of Wonders.

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  3. still busy with gnomes.. and havent done any reading this week. garren has come down with a change of seasons flu bug so that has totally consumed any spare or non spare time ;)
    i like that red in there too!! looking good - i need to get me a sock pattern and needle together some too xxx

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  4. I love that you cast on a sock, and such a pretty one too.I find easy sock knitting quite soothing.

    I will be saying an extra prayer for you tomorrow my friend, hugs.

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  5. One of these days I am going to pluck up the courage to do socks, in my mind they are such a luxury. I love the yarn you have chosen.

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  6. I love that sock yarn Karen. What great colors. I agree - I would love to leave the errands behind and focus on knitting most days. I try to do that on either Saturday or Sunday each week. Not always very successful though!

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  7. On the subject of disease, I think you would like the book The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen. A town quarantines itself to keep their citizens safe but things happen. I'll leave it at that. :)

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    1. thanks for the recommendation, I'll add it to the LIST. :)

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  8. Geraldine Brooks writes soooo beautifully...you will have to try and get the year of wonders in audio ( I guarantee you will fall in love with Brooks again!!!)

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  9. Love the colours in your cowl and your socks are going to be fab.

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  10. Geraldine Brooks is one of my favorite authors; I've read all of her books and really enjoyed them. She has a new book coming out next month about Kind David called The Secret Chord .

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  11. Your sock stripes are like a standard, Crayola box. I'm still working on the niece's jumper. I finished last night a historical romance and will give my full attention to The Goldfinch on my Kindle.

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  12. Great progress! I've been churning through cowls lately, so I might have to start something else soon :) I hate to say it, but I haven't been reading much lately-although I just got a shipping confirmation for a book I preordered ages ago, so I might have to quickly finish everything I'm in the middle of now before it arrives!

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  13. All good things! Enjoy each moment, my dear.

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  14. I love your sock color. I am going to look up that cowl pattern in a few days. I had surgery on Monday and will be getting board very soon! Thanks for sharing your progress.

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  15. Fantastic socks!! Your plague book sounds interesting too! xx

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  16. Keep at it! :D I have recently bought my first pattern and yarn to make my first pair of socks but I've been delaying beginning because I don't have much luck knitting with dpns. How do you manage to keep good and even tension throughout? I always end up with an unsightly ladder where I moved from one needle to another, despite pulling tight between them :-/

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    1. practicing is good and when you go from dpn to dpn, don't pull too tight or let too loose. Pulling tight makes ladders as well! Keep trying!

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  17. I want to read that book. Enjoy all that knitting. I really like the sock yarn.

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  18. Karen, I continue to be in awe of your knitting skills! I wish I lived closer so you could teach me. : ) I am currently reading Judd Apatow's book, 'Sick in the Head'. I have never been a huge fan of his movies, but I've enjoyed interviews with him on NPR and am enjoying the book as well. xx

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    1. I wish you lived closer as well, who knows maybe I'll visit you one day! After the husband retires of course.

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  19. In my 'state of wonderment' (I'm reading State of Wonder)....I probably need to add your book to my to-read list! :)

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  20. Fun! I think you'd really enjoy The Doomsday Book after you finish Year of Wonders.

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    1. I'm adding it to the list, thanks!

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  21. I love the fun colorful cowl. The book you are reading sounds super interesting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  22. I love that you have your sock pattern memorized!

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  23. I liked that book too. Socks are something that does not tempt me

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  24. Glad to hear the cowl is almost done, it's been looking fantastic so far! And it would indeed be so wonderful if we could just knit all the time. I'm spending my knitting hours this week just on socks.

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  25. A young adult book called "Fever" (think that is the name) - is also a good one! I've been knitting a zillion things - starting this and starting that. One thing I'm doing is the Yin Yang shawlette - fun knit.. And I've got a baby sweater going - for no other reason than just to "try to do it"... and so many many other scarves and dishcloths and...and....
    One of the books I'm reading - a new stand-alone by Julia Heaberlin - called "Black-Eyed Susans" - so good!

    Linda in VA

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    1. I just read Fever and really really enjoyed it!

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  26. Knitting: Baby blanket with sock leftovers, Baby socks...dONE! and starting a new pair of socks with Birthday yarn. Reading THE MAN WHO LIVED WITH WOLVES

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  27. You've been up to so much! Where have I been?!? Socks, stripes and reading. It all looks and sounds fabulous!

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