Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yarn Along--Finally!

I have, in fact, been knitting recently--oftentimes with a baby sleeping across my knees--but it's harder to get up and chase sunlight around the apartment with a camera while holding a five- or six- or seven-week-old, and also my husband often takes the camera to work with him.

But today, Michael has slept through my shower, my lunch, and my doing the dishes, and he is STILL sleeping, so I am taking full advantage of that fact. :)

My pre-birth knitting projects (like Michael's elephant) haven't budged in the past month or two. But I did cast on a shawlette (Cloud Illusions by Book Knits) and a cowl (To Infinity and Beyond by Joji Locatelli).

The latter is for a knitalong; I'm using Malabrigo sock in the colorway Persia. Mmmmm, Malabrigo. ;) This skein was an impulse buy: I couldn't not have that color. (There may or may not also have been enablers in the yarn shop with me telling me that the color was "so you, Rosemary!") The problem with buying yarn on impulse because it is too beautiful not to is that then the pattern must live up to it: it has to be perfect, and perfect for this particular yarn. And of course, it must use only one skein.

So far this cowl fits the bill. It has cables and lace in a pattern that I feel works well with the variegated colors of the yarn.

My Kindle Touch has been getting good use, especially since I can borrow e-books from the library. Style, Sex and Substance is a wonderful book, and I'm really glad I bought it. It's worth the money. (How could it not be, with Jennifer Fulwiler and Simcha Fisher contributing?)

And now I'm off to see how much else I can get done while baby is sleeping.

(See what other people are knitting and reading at Ginny's yarn along!)


  1. lovely projects and I'm sure that malabrigo is so soft! It's nice that you are getting of snippets of time for yourself.

  2. So I kinda want to read Style, Sex, and Substance. I regularly read the blogs of several of the women who wrote chapters for it. But I have to say, Hallie Lord (Betty Beguiles) has almost totally turned me off the book. It is ALLLLLLLLLLL she ever talks about anymore on her blog, and she's become totally self-promoting, and it's really annoying! But looks like you have the "real" version of it, rather than an e-book. Could I maybe borrow it when you're done?

    1. I do have the real version, and you can certainly borrow it! I have promised it to another friend already, but I am giving it to her this week, and it's a pretty quick read, so I imagine she'll finish it soon. :)

    2. I'm really sorry that I've been annoying you Christine!

      I've tried to create a balance between non-promotional posts and promotional posts but it sounds like I haven't managed that so well. My apologies! It's so difficult to find that sweet spot that will allow me to do the promotion that I feel I owe my publishing company (and the other great women who contributed to the book), without irritating women like yourself whose blogs I love and who I've come to consider friends.

      I took a peek at my blog and it looks like I mentioned the book about 5 times in the last 15 posts (and most of those were mere mentions--because something in the book was relevant to the issue I was discussing--rather than a full post about the book) but I'll keep in mind that even that was a huge turn off for you.

      Again, I apologize for irritating you. This is my first time promoting a book and it's really hard to find a balance between wanting to share something that you poured your heart into and not over-sharing.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Oooh, that color does look beautiful! And, I'm reading the same, but its been pretty slow between picking up a similar sort of book in the middle, and moving and all... I'm on chapter 5 or 6, but I'm enjoying it so far :)

  4. Thank you so much for your sweet words about the book, OB!

  5. (How could it not be, with Jennifer Fulwiler and Simcha Fisher contributing?)

    What a kind comment! Thanks so much for your sweet words -- they were a much-needed ray of sunlight in my day. :)