Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yarn Along

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I'm still working on my secret project, which unfortunately will have to remain a secret for about two more months, so I don't have much to show in this week's Yarn Along post.  (I'm linking up with Ginny of Small Things today, and Beth's Fibers on Friday on Visions of Sugar Plums.)

I finished Nathan's vest (peep it on my knitting blog, which is now un-defunct) and started work on an off-white newborn baby sweater for my friend's church's mission.  I'm making some little changes to the church's pattern to make it a little cuter and more stylish (and interesting to knit), so I'll share it here when I'm done.  It's in Knit Picks organic Simply Cotton in color marshmallow, and I like it very much.  Working with cotton isn't as nice as working with wool, but I like this cotton very much -- it's easy on the hands and makes the softest, squishiest garment, perfect for the littlest of babes.

I also cast on a little square as a felting test for Nathan's slippers -- my own design.  I need to felt it down and see how much it shrinks before I measure his feet and start doing the math.  When you started knitting I bet you didn't realize how mathematical it was, did you?  : )  I sure didn't.  Good thing I was good at math in high school!

I'm still reading An Irish Country Village and I'm only slightly envious at how much faster than me my husband reads.  We went to the library a week ago, and he took out four really huge books, the fattest one by the verbose Tom Clancy.  The books are due back in three weeks and I was like, Are you sure you're going to be able to finish all these books in time?  Well.  He's already finished three of them, and I'm still on the book I started before our library trip!  Hah.  I haven't cracked my library book yet (although I glanced at the two knitting books), but I hope to start it soon.

My husband just zooms through books, chasing the story until the very end, whereas I take in every carefully chosen word and delight in the author's craft.  I mean, who doesn't?!  (Other than my husband.)

Before I sign off, I want to remind everyone that if you haven't entered my first two blogiversary giveaways you still have time!  Yesterday was a set of handmade notecards; the day before was a hank of autumn-inspired sock yarn, Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in colorway Playtime. 

Also, please check out the beautiful, naturally hand-dyed yarns sold by my newest sponsor, Brambleberry Yarns.  Cynthia from Brambleberry Yarns is offering Creating a Family Home readers a 20 percent discount until October 9!  Get the details and the discount code and learn more about this talented woman and her amazing craft here.  She dyes her yarn with plants!

P.S. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for two more Knit Picks giveaways and a Creating a Family Home original pattern giveaway!


  1. That baby sweater yarn is yummy looking--I want a sweater made from it. My husband is whipping through books faster than me since I took up knitting!

  2. You're very busy and productive with your knitting!

    I'm afraid I'm a story chaser too when I read - although it's hard to find time these days - and when I do - nothing else gets done till the book is finished!!

    Thanks for linking to the Creating Success Worldwide blog hop!! Hope you'll come back again next week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. I certainly didn't expect so much math when I started knitting, but it seems to sneak in there, doesn't it?!

    I read extremely quickly, although I've never thought of it as chasing the story before!

  4. I like to savor my books when I read them too. And you are right, I did not expect math when I learned to knit. I was and still am terrible when it comes to math, but thankgoodness my husband is a brain! xx

  5. I'm that way with books sometimes - sometimes I'll fly through them but sometimes other things just take priotity or like you said the words are just too good not to savor :)

  6. Looks like you've been busy! I agree - I didn't realize how mathematical knitting is. I'm having a yarn giveaway too - come & see.

  7. I've knit with that same yarn, so yummy! Your book sounds interesting. I read so slow these days that I stay away from things that require my full attention.

  8. That organic yarn looks nice...
    Off to check out you giveaways.
    Warm wishes,

  9. Yes... math. It was not my strong suit but I try not to let it paralyze me when knitting!

    I'm definitely going to sign up for the give-always, thank you!

    And Happy Blogiversary!!

    Blessings, Debbie

  10. cute vest! i wish i had begun knitting when my kids were babies instead of now as they are older! such cute stuff for little pumpkins!


  11. I love Knitpicks organic cotton. And I love the name marshmallow. It's really perfect for the color and comfiness.

  12. Don't feel too bad. My husband out reads me all the time. But he doesn't knit. So I figure it all works out in the end.

  13. So funny to read this now - I am currently work on slippers to felt...and puzzling over the math :)


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