Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yarn Along--warm sweaters and cold, sweet tea

Joining Ginny again this week for her weekly Yarn Along.

Sebastian's Henley is coming along nicely, and I am knitting whenever I can, as I have set a goal of 6 sweaters in 6 months for myself.  I hope to have a sweater for each of the kids by the end of November, which might actually happen if I keep up the pace, stick to seamless sweaters (I hate seaming!), use heavy worsted or bulky yarn wherever I can and carefully do the dreaded gauge swatches so that the darned things fit the kids they are intended for!

The colorful little thing is a Plain Vest for Gemma's doll, meant for her birthday next month, but with all the other knitting, it may not happen!

I am also not sure I will get to read To Kill a Mockingbird with all this knitting to do.  I haven't read it since high school and with the weather really heating up around here, I am in the mood for a novel with a southern flavor.  I am not a southerner by birth, but when the temperature goes up and the cicadas and crickets are singing, and the humidity hits you like a brick the moment you step out, I get dopey and lazy and understand the southern mentality that embraces sweet tea, mint juleps, splashing around in the creek and not moving too quickly.  I have been drinking lots of iced green tea with a bag of lemon-ginger tea put into it for flavor.  It is divine...

Can anyone recommend some other good, southern literature?  Nothing too contemporary, nor as epic as Gone with the Wind...

If you enjoy reading and knitting (or crocheting), stop by Small Things and join in the Yarn Along...


  1. loved to kill a mockingbird! read it again in the last year too and it still sits so well with me. i love southern lit - my faves: eudora welty, flannery o'connor, carson mccullers. and you know it's funny, i'm a southerner still living in the south and i drink a lot of iced coffee to get me through the summers, my husband prefers sweet tea with mint from the garden, the kids like fresh lemonade. it's all about keeping cool!

  2. I was reading To Kill A Mockingbird too! until I lost it. It's got to be around here somewhere...
    I love the photo of your cows. What an idyllic setting.

  3. I read that book last summer and it was better than the first time around! I love Southern Lit but hate to be hot, go figure :) I really like the different hues in the yarn, very pretty.

  4. Dorthea Benton Frank and Pat Conroy are southern writers you might want to look at. I am not a fan of Conroy except Beach Music [a favorite], but I know a lot of people like him. Anne Rivers Siddon is also a southern writer. Mary Kay Andrews book Savannah Blues is pretty good as are all of her books.
    I make a pitcher of ice tea every day for this crew's a staple year round.

  5. I discovered listening to book while crocheting
    Love the colors of the sweaters. I am discovering now that making a gauge is something I should do BEFORE I try to knit something.
    God Bless

  6. I've been enjoying iced this week - and our temperatures are very modest yet.
    I love your sweater goal - I have a similar one- simply because of how the birthdays fall in this house and how everyone has requested a sweater...I've made two already with the next three to be ready in June, July and August. Yikes! At least the 6th isn't due until December!

  7. Your sweater goal is ambitious and inspiring! I loved 'To Kill a Mockingbird' but it has been since high school since I've read it. Good luck on finding some new southern reads!

  8. I think you will enjoy Mockingbird. I always love myself some Eudora Welty, Zora Neal Hurston, Flannery O'Connor and Maya Angelou. I am from the south and it's always neat to read those authors when it's hot.
    Your yarn and knitting are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by and chatting!

  9. Good luck with the sweater knitting. That sounds like some challenge!


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