Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yarn Along!

I am not organised enough, generally, to participate in any blog-hop type things...I always think of it the day after, then remind myself to do it the next week, then I forget...my blogging habits are sporadic, at best. But this week I'm doing it! I'm joining in on the Yarn Along (visit Small Things!)...I know I did more than the indicated one photo. But I just had to give y'all a closer look at my Scrap Cardigan.

I must say I am absolutely delighted with how it is coming along; I started it less than a week ago and am already at the point where I'll set the sleeve stitches on some waste yarn in order to work on the body. It's quick and stimulating (all those changes in colour, texture, and stitch patterns!), and quite easy, actually. I'm using bits from my stash: Studio Donegal, Tahki's Donegal Tweed, Briggs and Little, and lots of unnamed stuff that has collected over the years! This sweater is a great stash-buster...you can find the pattern on Ravelry.

If you haven't read "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley, get thee to a bookstore! I've just finished the sequel, "The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag", and Flavia DeLuce is among my top 10 favourite book characters of all time. I've just started "The Outlander" by Gil Adamson (not to be confused with Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander", which I've read several times!)...it kept me up later than usual last night, and I only put it down when I realised I'd read a whole page with well....my eyes closed. Ahem.

We're reading lots of winter-inspired stories with the kids; two of our favourites, being Canadian and all, are "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier, and "The Lonely Inukshuk" which was written by the students at Inuglak School. My wee ones love learning the Inuktittut names of the animals in the story! Of course, "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats is getting lots of read-time these days, too...

What better way to pass the winter, than by knitting and reading?


  1. Add eating chocolate to the knitting and reading and I am with you.
    Your sweater is a lovely rainbow of color!

  2. Oh my! The sweater is GORGEOUS, which leaves me dancing with happiness as I know I too am gonna knit me one :-) Can't wait to visit with you in real time, with knitting needles in hand.

  3. Love the cardigan you are knitting. I'll have to check out the link. As always, I enjoy the books you suggest and usually check them out.

    I'm reading The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees and really enjoyed it. I love reading stories about my favorite writers and wondering "what if" just like the author who wrote the book.

  4. oh la la... I was hoping to see this scrap cardigan I heard about ~ stunning! Love it!
    Reading a great book right now ~ Room ~ now just to get back to my knitting once again...
    Hope to see you soon.

  5. I'm working on the same cardi for my grandson's 2nd birthday this weekend. I had a ball of this lovely blue tweedy stuff (label long gone) that I wanted to use and this was it.
    I'm reading Roy MacGregor's bio of Tom Thomson. Nothing beats a great project and a great book to while away a snowy day!

  6. I love the colors of your sweater! So bright and cheerful for this time of year.


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