Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Yarn Along--Knitting for Sanity's Sake

Yep, it's either knitting or taking up heavy drinking as a hobby, folks!

I'm sorry...it's just that time of year, y'know?  The weather has been either too cold or too wet for the kids to romp outdoors (I forced them out anyway yesterday, in many layers, but they came in after 30 minutes), they are feeling hateful about school and hateful toward one another, more snow is expected today, and the kids have taken whining and sulking to a new level.  The best thing I have done in the last week is to make a fresh batch of KoolAid-colored play dough.  We cut school a bit short yesterday, and the boys played with this stuff for four hours!!!

I'm joining Ginny again this week for her Yarn Along, looking forward to seeing what everyone is knitting and reading this week.


I am knitting a Tiny Tea Leaves for Gemma in Knit Picks Swish Indigo Heather.  It is really beautiful in the light--a deep blue with violet tones.  As I am lazy about testing out my gauge and becoming famous for knitting everything too small for Gemma, I decided to go ahead and knit a 4T size, although she isn't yet two.  She can use it next fall, and it will give me some idea of gauge for the one I want to knit her for the spring in a more springlike color, maybe in cotton.

My read-aloud for the kids is The Winter Room.  It is a very good, quiet sort of a book, but not to the point of being too much so for the boys.

For myself, I picked out Theology and Sanity.  It was on the giveaway table at the Fathers of Mercy after Mass on Sunday, and City Wife is reading it for her book club, so I decided I would read along from the sidelines.

And that's it for now.  Ginny has a giveaway on Yarn Along today, so check it out!

13 comments:

  1. The sweater is so pretty. I *love* the color! As for your book, my DH got that book for his birthday YEARS ago but has never read it. I had never seen it anywhere else but our bookshelf until I stopped by here today ;-) I will be curious to hear what you think of it.

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  2. The sweater is going to be beautiful! I've seen the tiny tea leaves pattern several times now and like it more and more every time. I was to lazy to test my gauge when I knit "my" cardigan. It turned out way to big and now I can't wear it. :-(

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  3. I love that yarn, I've been hoping to get some at a later time and seeing how lovely your knit is...well, I may make it sooner rather than later. I may never stash bust successfully with so much beautiful yarn out there!

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  4. Really beautiful color! Despite the beauty that spring brings, I'm longing for summer. The kids eat their breakfast in their swimsuits and then spend the whole day outside... we often eat lunch and dinner by the pool during the summer. Longing for those lazy days! +JMJ+

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  5. I bet that will make a beautiful sweater. I love the pattern and the yarn color! And your opening line made me laugh. I agree totally. It's that time of year.

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  6. The yarn you chose for your tiny tea leaves is beautiful. I love the pattern. I have made two alread, and I know there will be more.

    Blessing, Elizabeth

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  7. I love the yarn color...it is so rich!

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  8. THanks for the reminder that I have been wanting to make one of these Tiny Tea Leaves cardis! Yours is certainly coming along nicely. Beautiful.

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  9. that yarn is such a pretty color! i just printed that pattern off yesterday to put into the knitting queue - would like to make one for both of the girls for next winter.

    and i do love your opening line to this post! so funny but so true. when my husband complains about the ever-growing stash i remind him knitting is much cheaper than therapy!

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  10. Oh my goodness you are hilarious! I vote for keeping on with the knitting... but hmm, the drinking on cold dark winter days is oh so tempting *grin*.

    I just love the stitchwork for your sweater and the color is so pretty. I would love to do a milo vest but I'm like you and I want to have just the perfect yarn or I don't think it will be as cute as I'm envisioning it LOL. Happy knitting :)

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  11. Just wanted to stop in and say hi! I'm glad to meet a fellow lover of Jersey cows. The reading and knitting are nice, too. :-)

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  12. love the yarn!! wish i was skilled enough to make it.

    went to una's site and my kids started saving money for your etsy shop. i did not see the shop name or a link to it...perhaps i am just blind ;o)please let me know. i would love to support bret working from home.

    deb

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  13. What a cute cardi!! Love all your snow pics and the new look on your blog.

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