Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Yarnalong: "Knitting Yarns" and a Vijante shawl

Ginny of Small Things says: ~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

The knitting is my Viajante shawl (Rav link). Yes, I'm still working on it. I'm hoping to be finished by Pentecost, because red is the traditional color of Pentecost, but I've got so far to go.

I've hit my stride recently though, and am really making time. The recycled silk is a little hard to work with, because it's really not plied, and so it constantly wants to be two threads, rather than one single yarn strand. That means I can knit and listen to something, but not knit and watch TV, because I have to watch where the needle goes, even though it's simple stockinette. Oh well! Encourages me to use up those podcasts, right?

The book is "Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting". It was a Christmas present and I'm enjoying it (a book about knitting and writing. Of course I like it!). There's a huge variety in the essays: different worldviews, different topics, different takes. But even when I don't agree with the authors, I appreciate the little glances into their worlds. There is a lot of good writing in here - my favorite so far is one by Kaylie Jones about her Portuguese nanny, Judite. It was really touching.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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Stephanie Stoll said...

Wow! By the looks of the Ravelry pattern page, that's quite a shawl! Larger projects always seem to take a long time for me too. Love the color, by the way! Happy knitting!

Shirley Ann Vels said...

Lovely color! I hope you manage to get it finished by Pentecost too ;)

HillyT said...

I hope you get your shawl finished in time for Pentecost as well, you still have a few weeks! I was really pleased to see that book on your thumbnail as I've been considering whether to download it. Having read your review I think perhaps I will.

Donna said...

I just bought yarn for Viajante and it will be my summer knitting project. I am imagining it will take some time to knit up 1800 yards of lace weight yarn. Yours is looking lovely. I'm sure you will get it done in time.

Almond Tea said...

I love the knitting and enjoyed the book myself. Some of them were very moving stories.

Ali said...

Your shawl looks so delicate and a beautiful colour. I like the sound of your book, what a lovely gift. I will have to check it out.
Ali xx