Yarn Along

~ 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! ~

Yarn Along

For literal years I have been wanting to knit a particular cardigan inspired by an out of print vintage pattern that I can’t seem to get my hands on.  It occurred to me that I ought to try writing my own pattern, so that’s just what I am doing.  I cast on Friday night and am almost finished knitting the body of what will be Beatrix’s fall cardigan.  Blue is her color, and I am having a great time knitting this in some of Cynthia’s indigo dyed merino.  It’s the perfect shade of blue.  I am having so much fun knitting this sweater that I may finish it in the next week!  I’ll be excited and kind of nervous to show you.  (Make sure to check back this weekend for a giveaway from Brambleberry Yarns.  Cynthia dyed a skein of yarn especially for one of you to win!)

I haven’t read a chapter book aloud to my boys in awhile, and decided to pick back up with the Little Britches series because they are some of our favorites and we’ve not read beyond the first two.  We are reading The Home Ranch.  I also plan to start reading aloud Hilda Van Stockum’s Five For Victory, the first in her series about the Mitchell family.  It sounds like a sweet story that the whole family will enjoy.

(photo by Jonny)


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  1. Brigitte says:

    I am so glad to hear you mention LittleBritches. I didn’t discover the series until my youngest daughter and I read them together. We loved them.. They have really stayed with me. The boy/man is so clever and inspiring and lead such an exciting and inspiring life. The struggles, hard work and family values are vividly portrayed. I hope many of your readers also discover this series for themselves. They are not just for boys! (I homeschooled four daughters.)

  2. I just started “Little Britches”! What a great series, I can’t wait to devour them all!

  3. Oh wow, making up your own cardigan pattern? That sounds like an adventure. I hope it’s a wonderful one.

    And hooray for being a reading-out-loud family, too. 🙂

  4. Hi there! I was wondering at what age did you start reading books to your kids, like a whole book with a story divided in chapters… and what books did you use at the beginning? Many thanks!

  5. What a lovely colour. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

  6. Ginny,
    What a sweet picture. 🙂
    I attempted to knit with Bracken by my side last night and it didn’t work out. 🙂

    I LOVE the color of that blue yarn. We planted a dye garden this year and planted some indigo, which is thriving. I’m really looking forward to dyeing with it.

    Love, Taryn

  7. I am excited to learn about your creating your own pattern. I can’t wait to see it.

  8. Have actually been organised enough to join in this week, I’ve missed linking up. Looking forward to seeing the end result of Beatrix’s fall cardigan, I bet there’ll be a lot of oohing and aahing at the finished result.

    San x

  9. Can’t wait to see the finished product! and I hope you are going to make the pattern available!!

  10. I can identify with your picture – isn’t that how we get the most knitting done sometimes! =) I was so excited when my little one crawled on my lap and asked for a sweater out of the yarn I was knitting with… made me so happy! So sweet!

  11. love this photo. i’ll email you soon, off to work now! happy y.a.d. (yarnalongday) 🙂

  12. Pretty yarn….and writing your own pattern, impressive!

  13. Looking forward to seeing your cardigan…writing my own pattern?? Heavens…that would be a tangled mess of needles, fiber and a scramble of words – I leave that to talented folks like yourself….enjoy the day!!

  14. I’m excited to see how your sweater comes along.

  15. Good luck on your cardigan pattern; I bet it’ll be lovely!

  16. I can’t wait to see it! I’m waiting to link today because I’m giving one of the surprises I’ve been working on to the mama it’s for… My post will be up a little later!

  17. Good luck with the pattern. I find when I am writing a pattern that I will write it and rewrite it a few times before I am completely happy with it and then end up making a few of what I was creating because of all the changes. Love the yarn and can’t wait to see the yarn for the giveaway!

  18. I think it’s great that you’re knitting an original from a pattern that you love. Can’t wait to see the results!

  19. Wow! Can’t wait to see the new pattern! I’ve done some very very simple ones but can’t imagine writing one for a sweater!

  20. Writing your own pattern and a sweater pattern at that? I’m impressed, Ginny!

    We have a few in that series but somehow never read them. I really must pull it off the shelf and take a look. My boys probably would like it, and I haven’t read aloud to them in a very long time (other than our history or science oriented books, but certainly not a good story book).

  21. I love your blog! Thank you for hosting Yarn Along. It is quite stupid of me, that I don’t know how to copy the button as well as the link to your blog. So I copied the button and added some information of the button with hope that it works.
    Have a nice Wednesday!

  22. Phyllis says:

    I have been remiss in not thanking you sooner for the Merry Hall recommendation some time back. I read it, loved it, and am on to the rest of what Beverley Nichols wrote.

  23. I really love that photo. And I just have to thank you again for introducing us to Little Britches. I won your give-away for it last year, and we already read it out loud as a family to the boys. We all loved it.

  24. …nothing like multi tasking, the image says it all.
    Can’t wait to see your finished sweater.

  25. What a great photo you even got the cat to rub on his foot! AMAZING

    With All That I Am
    Carrie “The Handmade Homemaker”

  26. What a lovely photo! I love the color of Beatrix’s fall cardigan, very warm and rich! Can’t wait to see it finished 🙂

  27. How exciting, Ginny, to be knitting your own pattern!
    Can’t wait to see.
    Thank you for sharing your read aloud books as I am always on the look out for good recommendations.

  28. What a lovely action photo! The yarn is also beautiful. I’m looking forward to seeing your sweater!

  29. Beautiful color! Have fun designing!

  30. Wow, your own design! I can’t wait to see her wearing it. Keep up the good work!

  31. Have fun designing your own pattern. I love to make my own. There is always something I want to change… yarn weight, garment size, needle size….. I linked-up a post about a fair isle hat I designed to match a pair of mittens I knitted. Be careful, you may get addicted to creating your own patterns:)

  32. Really looking forward to seeing how your pattern turns out!

  33. First, I love that blue. Second – how neat is it that you’re writing your own pattern? I can’t wait to see how it turns out! xo

  34. I cant wait to see how the sweater turns out. Happy Knitting!

  35. I admire anyone who writes their own pattern… props to you! I’m sure it will be lovely, as is everything you knit.

  36. Looking forward to seeing the finished sweater! Next I am going to start a Tea Leaves and would like to complete one for all 3 of my girls by Christmas. Gulp.

  37. You are so brave to be writing your own pattern, and even more so to be attempting to knit it up with so many little hands nearby! Can’t wait to see it finished!

  38. I love writing my own patterns! I can’t wait to see Beatrix’s cardigan!

  39. How brave of you to write your own pattern! I can’t wait until I get to the stage where I have enough experience to attempt that.
    I love the blue you have chosen 🙂

  40. What a lovely photo Ginny! Reminds me a lot of my days at the moment (only I don’t have 4 other kids outside the photo somewhere…)
    And the blue of that yarn? Delish! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you make from your own pattern!!

  41. writing a cardigan pattern is very brave! One day I just might be so clever!

  42. That blue is lovely! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  43. Such a LOVELY picture!!! Good luck with the pattern!

  44. What a pretty color! I am eager to see the pattern you make. How exciting. My kiddos really enjoyed the Little Britches books. We listened to the audiobook and loved the cowboy sounding narrator.

  45. Lovely picture:) Good luck with the cardigan, I am looking forward to the photos of it!

  46. How exciting that you are designing your own pattern! I can’t wait to see how your project turns out, I am sure it will be beautiful.

    I love the colourway of your yarn.

    Take care

  47. What a lovely colour yarn, can’t wait to see your finished piece! I will be searching out the Little Britches stories now x

  48. What a perfect yarn for your Beatrix and how wonderful to write your own knitting pattern! Please don’t be nervous to show us, we are all friends and we are so excited for you.
    I love the Little Britches series, it was a read aloud in my family a few years ago when my guys
    were all still home.

  49. I love your picture and good luck with the cardigan. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  50. How exciting that you are creating your own pattern 🙂 I love the blue and I think she will be beautiful in it!

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