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
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!ReplyDelete
That book is in my TBR stack too. Enjoy your knitting.ReplyDelete
You have an ambitious knitting plan ahead of you for this month. I wish you luck!ReplyDelete
I'll be interested to hear what you think of Commonwealth.
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.ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Wow! Your shawl is going to be beautiful!.ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
This is the perfect shade of burgundy for me! Definitely want to make something in this color as soon as possible :)ReplyDelete
The color of your shawl is lovely. Sometimes you just have to make something for yourself.ReplyDelete
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.
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!! xoReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
I am glad you are taking good care of yourself!
I love the color of your new shawl. I really enjoyed Commonwealth, I hope you do also!ReplyDelete
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 :)ReplyDelete
You are so right to have a little knitting break from holiday knitting ;-) The colour of your self indulgence looks beautiful and very festive!ReplyDelete
Enjoy your busy knitting time!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous shawl--the yarn is perfect!ReplyDelete
I loved Commonwealth. I hope you enjoy it, too.
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!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
It is so wonderful that you are taking care of your own wellbeing in this chaotic season, enjoy the precious moments you give yourself.ReplyDelete
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!!!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete