Knitting News


I finished this cowl (for me!) yesterday.  I loved the simplicity and the decadent wool blend.  Alpaca in anything is such a nice addition to wool.  The wool had a super high twist so the knitting was 'springing' away.  I chose not to block the cowl.

Ravelry notes are here




I'm itching to clean my house and put away the decorations but I still have family here until tomorrow, so I'm waiting not so patiently.  I do this every single year.  I start wishing for clean tidy spaces on the 28th or 29th and force myself to wait until January 1st.  This year I have to wait until the 2nd.  I've romanticized the organizing in my head and it is glorious. 

Once my viewing spaces are tidy, I predict a lots of productive knitting and NO cooking for at least a week as we tackle the leftovers and the freezer overload.  I have too much food in this house.


Perchance this cowl will be done tonight?   This cowl is perfect for distraction knitting, I tend to be able to knit and watch a movie without a problem.


My reading has been quite slow going.  With the house full of people I haven't had time to read much except for today.  I sat down with George Washington and had a grand old time reading about his retirement from being a General and his excitement to go back home (I think I might be like George).

I received Draw Your Day as a Christmas gift and cannot wait to read it.

I started The Clockmaker's Daughter a week or so ago and am having a hard time getting into it.  The problem might be me since I'm reading it right before bed and I fall asleep after a page or two.  Once my boring life is back, I'll read during the day and hope the plot captures my interest.

I have Magpie Murders on my Kindle and I LOVE it.  There is nothing like a mystery whodunit. 

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny

Comments

  1. Your cowl is so simple and very pretty. It looks very warm and cozy. I am starting to get itchy about straightening up the house too, but I will wait until the weekend. Your reading looks interesting. I am hoping to find a few interesting books to buy with a Christmas gift card.

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  2. That cowl looks so squishy and warm, and your 3-color cowl also. You'll soon be knitting to your heart's delight, especially after you're organized and with no cooking! Enjoy!

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  3. We too sent our last visitor off early this morning. A wonderful time had here since the 20th of December, it all went by too fast. The rest of my week will be to RELAX, take care of the little during the day and knit in the evening. I haven't work up any energy to put our little tree away as of yet, but know it will be done by the end of the weekend. Love your cowls, I'm looking at yarn to make me one, it is -11 degrees here....cold, cold. A warm is coming at the end of the week, time to get back to some serious walking! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  4. The cowl looks scrumptious! For some reason, alpaca itches me, which is too bad as others find it so soft. And alpacas are so darn cute!
    I bought myself Draw Your Day, and it is an inspiring book. I don't think I can really do it, though, with is really frustrating. I think I'd have to retire first.
    I loved knitting the three-color cowl. It is perfect distraction knitting.

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  5. Your new cowl looks so squishy! That will be perfect for when you go walking outside this month.

    I just picked up FOX 8 from my library. Looking forward to settling down with it after dinner tonight.

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  6. Your cowls are going to be great for winter wearing. The white alpaca looks so soft. Let's see, I am knitting on the same projects - the minimalist shawl, a pair of Christmas vanilla socks, and another pair of fingerless mitts for my SIL's Jan. birthday. I did get a sweater on the needles - just barely but need to finish the mitts to pop into the mail. I just finished The Hello Girls - fascinating nonfiction about young women who served as telephone operators during WW1 in France.

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  7. Your cowls are both lovely. You know I have that same itch to tidy up and put things away. I need to wait a bit longer. I'm knitting socks and still reading The Feather Thief.

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  8. Love your cowl, it looks so soft and I love the white color. I agree it starts feeling so disorganized and chaotic with all the holiday stuff still around. We had to clean up and put things away for guests for New Years and now we are almost back to normal. I am working on knitting finger-less mittens for my mom and reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. I agree the routine we had before the holidays need to come back in order to get things done. I have felt different since Christmas ,more lazy and not as productive so hoping this new year gets me going again! Happy New Year Karen!

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  9. I am reading the latest Louise Penny book but am falling asleep every night while reading. It isn't the book, just me and my nasty cold making me sleepy. Good luck with the clean up and by the way the sweater you are wearing is gorgeous.

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  10. I like your finished cowl and the the one in progress...they both look warm and cozy. I'm working on the second half of a pair of mittens for a friend . Hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

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  11. I am itching to get Christmas put away too. Today is the day. Then an afternoon of meal planning and some knitting. Enjoy your day.

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  12. Happy New Year, Karen! I was so thankful to put Christmas away - it felt extra good this year having a clean slate and house to begin the new year! I love that cowl, it looks so warm!

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  13. Your cowl looks so warm and cozy. I love the white, which is a perfect reflection of winter.

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  14. I just checked out The Magpie Murders from the library! I haven't started it yet, but it's great to hear you're enjoying it so far :)

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  15. Love that cowl! And I really want to read Clockmaker's Daughter, too. Report back on how it is?

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  16. That cowl looks so warm and squishy! I haven't tried alpaca before so I think it will be on my 2019 bucket knit list :)

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  17. I love the picture of your living room being lived in, instead of a spotless staged setting. Your knits look great. Happy New Year!

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  18. Karen, which patern is a sweater on the first pic? It looks so perfect. You know, I do love greens.

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    1. The pattern is from Ann Budd's top down cardigan book. The project page is here:

      https://www.ravelry.com/projects/swanski/basic-top-down-raglan---adult

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  19. That cowl look so cozy and warm. Beautiful!

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  20. Do share about that Draw Your Day book. I love seeing all the beautiful drawings bullet journalers do. Right now I don't have the patience because I'm such a perfectionist. So instead I use my stamps and inks to be artistic.

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