Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Yarn Along


With lots of down time over the holidays I did quite a bit of knitting. Every where we go people comment on Reece's cowl, so I decided to keep my hands busy knitting some up and hopefully sell a few to some friends. If they don't sell, no worries, I will put them aside for Christmas next year, my nieces and nephew will love them.

I was gifted quite a few books for Christmas and have been diving into them. I enjoyed giving this one a reread. I am loving and learning so much from this one, and can't believe I didn't find this one sooner.

My little man added to his book collection this Christmas as well. I have been reading The Rooster's Gift to him nightly. During the day it has been Owl Moon and Shall I Knit You A Hat.

What have you been knitting and reading?

Joining in with Ginny.

40 comments:

  1. Love seeing all the different colors you used, they are great looking cowls. And that is a wonderful way to get a jump start on next year's gift giving if they don't sell, smart woman you are there.

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  2. Really like your color selection!
    My kids LOVE The Rooster's Gift. It makes them giggle beyond belief. They adore our Rooster, Goldie. He is a sweet Roo so I think that makes it all the more special to them. A great message found there as well.
    Thanks for the other book links.

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    1. Thanks Dawn. The Rooster's Gift is a special book, Reece just loves it and is really attached to it. I think having a rooster helps make the connection real for him.

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  3. I love all your knits! Great colors - makes me smile after looking at the same yarn of my own project for so long. The boys and I read Shall I Knit You a Hat too. Such a sweet story.

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    1. Thanks so much. It was nice to use some different colours to knit these up. Shall I Knit You a Hat is awesome...it was a gift from his aunt and he loves it. I had never heard of it.

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  4. Your cowls are beautiful. I made some for the boys but they have stretched a bit too far and don't really stay close to their necks. Can I ask you for the pattern? and what type of wool you used.
    Also a book you may enjoy is writing motherhood by Lisa Garrigues.

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    1. Thanks Rosemarie. I will have to check out that book, thanks for the recommendation.

      Pattern, I just started knitting :)

      The ribbed ones: cast on 60 stitches, join for knitting in the round. Knit 2 purl 2 for 4 inches, cast off.

      The other ones: cast on 60 stitches, join for knitting in the round. Knit 2 purl 2 for 5 rows, then knit for as long as you like and finish with 5 more rows of knit 2 purl 2.

      The yarns are all chunky. I used US10/6mm needles. The green is a wool, the other ones are a wool/acrylic blend.

      Hope that helps, if you need more information let me know, happy to share :)

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    2. Thanks Kim. I will give it another go. Like I said the ones I made stretched out way too far. I am thinking of felting them. The boys think they might get too small though. But I told them that their little brother will still be able to use them.

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    3. No problem, happy to share. The one Reece wears, which is now two years old has not stretched out, so I am not sure. They will definitely get smaller if you felt them, but you could knit them a little bigger to start. Or the new little one could wear them too :)

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  5. Cute! I knit a bunch a couple years ago and they sold like crazy! Happy New Year!

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  6. what a good idea to knit to sell and if it doesn't work out, to gift! Lovely colors and it's nice to have something on the needles.

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    1. Thanks Karen. And yes nice to have something on the go, I needed to keep my hands busy with something and I am not sure what the next big project will be, so this worked perfectly.

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  7. thanks for the book recommendations!!! Use your words sounds very intriguing to me and I have put it on my list!!! And I love your knits! I am knitting the same throw I started a couple months ago. It's coming out lovely and I look forward to sharing it when I am done, whenever that may be lol....
    xoxo

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    1. I look forward to seeing your throw :) And I think you would like Use Your Words MJ, it is an interesting read and provides little exercises throughout to challenge you and take your writing to the next level...not that I think you need it, I love your style.

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  8. These look lovely! I don't knit but my mom made me a beautiful hat for Christmas, and I'm so glad I have a good knitter in my family:)

    Josie
    FineandFeathered.com

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    1. Thanks Josie. And if you don't knit, the next best thing is having a knitter in the family :)

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  9. What great colors! My little ones are big on cowls here too, I just finished up one of the twisted rib ones from Rhythm of the Family for my littlest guy, so quick and easy! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thanks Mackenzie. I knit the same one up before Christmas for myself, I love it!

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  10. Hi. I'm a sort of new reader. I like your philosophy. It's very similar to my own. I just had to comment that I like your reading list, but why don't they make books like this for older children? I'm a stage ahead of you. My boys are 6, 9 and 11. What you will find is that great books like those you mentioned seem to dry up once children reach school age. We homeschool. I am still creating those sort of environments on a daily basis. It would be nice to have some encouragement for these ages as well. Oh well, just venting. :)

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    1. Thanks Annie. I wish I had an answer for you. To be honest I have not yet looked much past my little man's stage, but your comment makes me want to start researching now. I love the books I am finding for him now, kinda sad to hear that it all changes. I will keep my eyes and ears open and if I find anything will be sure to let you know.

      No worries on the venting, happy you were able to get it out :)

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  11. those cowls look great. i love that multi colored one up front, nice yarn. :) great books as well.

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  12. Wow! You have been productive! Hope you are enjoying the new year!

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  13. Great book recommendations - thank you! And you can soon start an Etsy shop for your wonderful knitting :)

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    1. My pleasure Renee. And the thought has crossed my mind, so you never know :)

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  14. The cowls are lovely - thanks for the parenting book recs!

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  15. Oh...the colors- so beautiful. I'm with Karen, some good thinking for maybe future gifting.

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  16. Heaven on Earth is one of my favorites—I re-read it at least once a year!
    I love your cowls - the colors are spectacular, and the patterns seem so simple and lovely. xo

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    1. I think it will be one of those books I reread too. And thank you!

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  17. You are such a fast knitter! :) I love the cowls and it makes me really excited thinking ahead to all of the things I can knit for Izzy for next winter (I'm thinking I might have a little more needle time by then).

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    1. I am not that fast, just spent a bit of time in the car and stayed away from the computer over the holidays...makes a huge difference.

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  18. I love the one in the lower left hand corner! I found the writing book a few months back when Stephanie of Gypsy Forest mentioned it. I love that book!

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    1. My fav too! I love it too, so helpful and I have only just dug in.

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  19. Love all the colors! This would make lovely gifts, but I do hope they sell for you!

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    1. Thanks Courtney. Either way is good with me, I just needed something to keep my hands busy.

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