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! ~

The funny thing is that I haven’t been knitting much at all this past week!  I did finish a Christmas sweater for Silas, and actually that was a little intense.  I’ll post photos and details on that tomorrow.  Since then, my knitting energy has been low.  I knit a sweet little pair of baby booties though (for a friend’s baby,) and am pleased with how they turned out!  I knit a pair of these for Silas when he was a little baby, and he wore them so much.  They knit up very quickly, and actually stay on babies’ feet.

I received a surprise birthday gift from a friend last week, a copy of The Knitter’s Book of Socks.  I sat down and started reading it like a fiction novel immediately.  This book is fantastic.  Clara Parkes really gets down to the knitty gritty, discussing what makes a great sock starting with fiber choices and discussing nearly every aspect you would need to consider when knitting socks, all without being all boring and textbook-y.  I am sure to have my second ever pair of socks on the needles soon.


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  1. Missed your birthday! Rats! I’m glad you had a good one, and I wish you a wonderful year ahead!

  2. Sorry about botching your list. You might consider deleting one of me.

  3. Ginny,
    Is there truly any other way in which to read knitting books? Cute booties, I liked how you made note that they actually stay on the baby’s feet.
    Blessings to you and yours.

  4. The booties are the sweetiest your friend is going to love them.

  5. Love all the Ann Budd books …. esp since they’re spiral and STAY open!

  6. Such a great book & adorable booties!

  7. Adorable booties! I think my new baby needs a pair. 🙂

  8. I’m glad to hear you mention this book today, I placed a hold on it at our library a couple of days ago before committing to buy one, and I already can’t wait to start reading it and making a pair of socks. Those booties look perfect!

  9. The best part of that picture is the wee hands! Happy and Healthy New Year to you, your family and lovely followers.


  10. Clara Parkes writes such smart books. I love her work!

  11. Love the baby booties. And I think I need your book 🙂

  12. I love Clara Parkes books. There’s so much to learn. Here’s to a new year of Yarn Alongs!

  13. My first time to participate in a long time and possibly ever on this blog. I hope to participate more in 2013. Happy New Year!

  14. Love those booties! I wonder if I will ever graduate to socks. They seem like they would take forever!

  15. Ginny,
    I just added those baby booties to my queue. They look so sweet. I have a friend due any day and want to knit something for her baby. I’m waiting to see if she’s having a boy or a girl because I might want to knit a vest instead. We’ll see.
    That book on socks looks so good. I need to check my library and see if they have it.

    I just cast on a Milo vest for Bracken and I’m excited. It’s my first vest.


  16. Clara Parkes puts out such gorgeous books!

  17. I love the booties. We were given a pair when our son was born nearly 3 years ago. They stayed on his feet so nicely. We’re having a baby tomorrow and I wish I could knit him some of these. Do you sell them?
    Btw, I just recently found your blog and really enjoy it.

  18. Thanks so much for hosting this each week! And for sharing your books and knitting with us!

  19. I’ll have to add that book to my wishlist, I have a thing for socks though I’ve only knitted one pair…

  20. Happy new year! That book looks fab – I love knitting socks, will have to look out for it. xx

  21. Love the booties! The reverse stockinette looks great…better, I think than the stockinette does in the pattern pictures. I’m really starting to be tempted to knit a pair of socks. I may have to check if my library has that book.

  22. those booties are great i love that yarn. what is it??
    the book sounds really good, i am going to have to see if our library carries it. 🙂

  23. Happy 2013! So nice to be back in the swing of things. Thank you again for hosting this yarn along. I look forward to it every week 🙂

  24. That book sounds awesome! And lovely booties! Happy new year 🙂

  25. Happy New Year and happy belated birthday! I was already missing the Yarn Along last week when I posted all my finished christmas projects 😉 Will post my new projects as soon as I get home and have taken a picture. Forgot to do that this morning.

  26. Melissa N says:

    My very first yarn along, hope I did it right ;o)

  27. The booties are gorgeous! And very well timed; my little guy is going to grow out of his newborn size ones soon. Some bootie knitting will be in order soon!

  28. Happy New Year! I love the booties–my 3rd grandchild is due in May and I have been looking at patterns for this new wee one–I have never managed to knit a pair….socks are on my bucket list for the year also. 🙂

  29. So cute!

    I hit a slow down patch in my knitting, too, but I think I am getting back into the swing of things.

    Have a wonderful day!

  30. Cute, cute, cute! That looks like an amazing book, to boot. (pun intended 😉 )

  31. Those booties are so cute!

  32. happy new year ginny ! thanks again for doing yarn along, wednesday one of my favorite days of the week due to yarn along. love the booties, do you have a link for the pattern ? have a great day.

  33. Hello Ginny,
    This are really the sweetest booties:) !
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  34. EEK! love those boots!

  35. I love socks, the Peeta pattern is one of my favorites, not for the novel character but the wheat pattern. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/peeta-socks

  36. I’m going to have to flip through that book the next time I see it! Looks good. Can’t wait to see the sweater tomorrow!!

  37. I just finished a pair of socks. Looks like a great book. Booties are adorable!

  38. My knitting energy has slowed as well. I think you deserve a break after the holiday! Those booties are adorable!

  39. I have a copy of Clara Parkes’ Book of Socks. In fact I’m currently knitting the socks called Hickory, although I can’t remember the designer. I’ve learned so much from Clara Parkes about knitting socks, and also Ann Budd.

  40. Aww! I love baby booties!

  41. Those booties are fantastic. I might just have to knit some for future babies!

  42. I’ve seen that socks book before and have always been tempted. I am loyal to Yankee Knitter patterns, and their sock patters are easy and versatile and can be modified so you don’t feel as if you’re working the same pattern over and over, but every so often I do want to branch out. I love the booties, too! Happy New Year!

  43. The Book of Socks sounds wonderful! I love all the pretty designs that people do with socks, but haven’t gotten that advanced yet…

  44. I love those booties! They look very much like the slippers I made for J&A last Christmas, but on a smaller scale. (They also look like they stay *on*, which I remember as being such a challenge with tiny feet and tiny socks!)

    That book sounds wonderful. I still have not cast on a pair of socks, ever. I think I may need to make that a resolution this year. Maybe a pair for each child’s stocking next year? That gives me all year to finish them. Hmmmm…. xo

  45. Love the booties! (Sorry if I missed a big something before…but are you expecting??!!)

  46. The booties are adorable. Love the colorway. The Book of Socks! I’ve never heard of that, but my sock knitting is getting a bit stale. I’ll have to add it to my list. 🙂


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