Currently on the Needles


As you know, I'm knee deep in holiday knitting.  I have yet to knit:  two fair isle hats, a wurm hat, and a cowl by Christmas day (and maybe a pair of socks...).  Yet yesterday, I set aside some time to start a lace weight shawl for myself.  Many of you might think this is thwarting my self imposed goals, not so!  I consider this a self care knitting project.  I was quite joyful during my self indulgent hour of knitting.

The amethyst shawl is the Asana Shawl and I am thrilled to be facing miles and miles of garter stitch.  Who knew I'd be such a fan of this squishy stitch pattern.

I am still reading Alexander Hamilton and enjoying it immensely.  I'll be reading this for quite some time and I'm in this for the long haul.  I started Commonwealth a few days ago.  I have no opinions as of yet but so far I'm enjoying the plot.

Oh hey!  I'm having a giveaway hurry up to enter by Thursday midnight!

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Comments

  1. I love the color and design of your new shawl. I've never thought about a self care knitting project but I think you're right; a joyful hour can rejuvenate us to get going with some Christmas knitting!

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  2. That book is in my TBR stack too. Enjoy your knitting.

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  3. You have an ambitious knitting plan ahead of you for this month. I wish you luck!
    I'll be interested to hear what you think of Commonwealth.

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  4. That shawl is very nice, and a little self-care at this time of the year, when we are working so hard to make things for others, is important.

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  5. there's been a huge buzz about commonwealth around here (ann patchett owns the bookstore we go to in nashville!) anxious to see how you like it!

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  6. Wow! Your shawl is going to be beautiful!.

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  7. I likewise have some personal projects going while knitting gifts - it is helpful to keep the recipient guessing as to whether or not you are knitting for them!

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  8. I just finished a little ear flap cap for my God Daughter and that is the ONLY Christmas knitting I decided to do this year. I look forward to seeing how your projects turn out.

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  9. This is the perfect shade of burgundy for me! Definitely want to make something in this color as soon as possible :)

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  10. The color of your shawl is lovely. Sometimes you just have to make something for yourself.

    Reading: Nothing . . . it's been a hectic week of getting "business" done

    Knitting: Hated everything. Pulled it all off the needles and started a Bosc Pear Shawl and a pair of Owlie Socks. Now I need to find something simple for when I'm car knitting.

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  11. I've got multiple books going at the moment, and I'm hoping to get a YA post up today to share, but I'm just not sure it's going to happen! Our final humanities co-op class meets this afternoon, and I've much to do to get ready!! xo

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  12. Aw, garter for now...but looks like you will hit lace soon enough! I am woefully behind on my holiday knitting. So much so, that I now aim to finish by June.

    I am glad you are taking good care of yourself!

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  13. I love the color of your new shawl. I really enjoyed Commonwealth, I hope you do also!

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  14. I like the color of the shawl! we do need to take a break to knit something when inspired once an awhile it is good for us I agree. hope you enjoy the book! thanks for dropping by my blog :)
    Lisa

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  15. You are so right to have a little knitting break from holiday knitting ;-) The colour of your self indulgence looks beautiful and very festive!

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  16. Oh wow, Karen! So much holiday knitting to be done, but judging by your knitting speed, you'll be done in no time ;-) And the shawl you're knitting for yourself looks fabulous!

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  17. What a gorgeous shawl--the yarn is perfect!

    I loved Commonwealth. I hope you enjoy it, too.

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  18. I'm looking forward to your review of Commonwealth as it is on my list to read. You definitely need to spend a bit of time on yourself knitting a shawl ... that is how we survive all the crazy Christmas knitting!

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  19. I love that you are knitting something for you in the midst of holiday knitting..that is the ultimate in self care. It's a beautiful colour Karen.

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  20. It is so wonderful that you are taking care of your own wellbeing in this chaotic season, enjoy the precious moments you give yourself.

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  21. oh dear - i am glad i am not your knitting self. perhaps that is barely a challenge for you!! i really like the color of this yarn - very rich looking!!!

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  22. Good for you on treating yourself to a new shawl. I'm trying to finish up the last Christmas sock; what a broken record I sound like. I just finished my YA witch book.

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