Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here. I would love for you to join me every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too! Share your photo on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

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I ordered a few skeins of Beaverslide worsted weight yarn in the Winter Wheat colorway a few weeks ago, with plans to knit something for one of my girls.  When the yarn arrived they didn’t love the color, but I did.  So, I ordered another few skeins and decided that I would knit myself a yellow Barn Sweater even though my original plan for this sweater was for it to be a more neutral shade.  I’ve knit a couple of sweaters in Beaverslide yarn, and while I really love the way it wears (it hardly pills) and feels, there isn’t much elasticity to the yarn, making it hard on my hands.  Someone suggested washing the skeins before washing, and I am doing that, in addition to knitting at a slightly looser gauge than the pattern calls for, but ultimately I believe I will just need to make this a slow knit, which is fine and totally worth it to own a sweater knit from such beautiful wool.

I was at a friend’s house last week and noticed a copy of The Rosie Project sitting on her table.  Her mom had passed it to her saying it was a funny story.  I borrowed it and read it over the past few days, and totally smiled all the way through.  It’s a romantic comedy and the main character has Asperger’s Syndrome.  Having family members with similar characteristics, I could really relate to some aspects of the story.  I’ve just started reading Counting by 7s, and I think I’m really going to enjoy it too.


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  1. “The Rosie Project” was great! Our book club read “I shall be near to you” and I thought of you while I was reading it. Check it out if you haven’t already!

  2. Hi Ginny, I keep meaning to ask you, do you think a beginner could knit a milo vest? I can knit, purl, knit 2 together and cast off. Love this little vest and would love one for my boy. Thank you

    • Definitely! That was one of my first projects. The only tricky part is casting on the underarms, but there is a good photo tutorial included with the pattern. You can do it!

      • You’ve inspired me with your encouragement. I’ve ordered some yarn, the needles and have studied the instructions. Yikes, I don’t even know how to kfab! Youtube here I come! I can do this!

  3. What a lovely knit!

    But what I really wanted to comment on was the books. I’ve read a bunch this year and while most of my reads have been pretty ho-hum, those two were some of the few I’d recommend. Counting by 7’s especially!!

  4. that will be such a beautiful knit! yay! those books sound just delightful! 🙂

  5. I think the color is gorgeous, it’s one of my new favorite colors and I am doing accents in my living room in that kind of shade. I agree with Karen that it strikes me as relatively neutral; it’s no fuschia at least! 🙂 I couldn’t help wanting to read that book since I have daughter named Rosie and now am drawn to all things “Rosie.” Although your thoughts and the comments from others here continue to make me want to read it all the more! Off to the library website!

  6. I am in love with everything in Madder Anthology 2. I might have to actually buy the book. And yet, I’ve never knit myself an entire sweater. I think I just can’t justify the time when I have all these kids to knit for!

  7. To anyone out there how did you hear about Beverslide yarn? I’m always wondering how all of you come up with these beautiful yarns? Are they at your LYS?

    Ginny always has a new yarn she’s using.

    Very interested

  8. Love that color! I can’t seem to get the linky to work on all computers that I use so I always have to wait until evening when I am home to link up.. oh well, better late than never right?! 🙂

  9. I love that color of yarn, it’s just asking to be knit into a sweater! Also, The Rosie Project sounds very interesting and I’ll be adding it to my list of books to read.

  10. love the colorway. that is going to be a beautiful sweater.

  11. mary louise says:

    i am happy to learn that you are making the barn sweater; i just purchased the pattern and love it! i plan to knit it in a neutral color, probably mushroom or taupe. beaverslide is an “outdoor” type of yarn, just perfect!

  12. I love the Barn Sweater and I think that colorway is going to be gorgeous!!

  13. I love the color. In all seriousness, how do you find time to knit and read? I need pointers. I’d love to hear.

  14. Yay! I am also read now Project ideal wife (The Rosie Project). It’s a good book. Pleasant, cheerful and informative. 🙂

    Hallo from Slovakia!

  15. Gwendolyn says:

    I just purchased the Barn Sweater pattern. I think that yarn is a beautiful color you’ve got. After reading the pattern, this might be a little over my comfort level, but now I’ve got it in case I make it some day. It’s such a pretty pattern. I got started on Clue 4 of the Tales from the Isle of Purbeck mystery knit along. I’m anxious to get this completed before this weekend when my daughter and her 3 little ones come back from their mini-vacation from Minnesota and Wisconsin visiting her siblings.

  16. I think it’s a pretty color! Course my sports teams of choice are usually wearing black and gold, so that color matches their uniforms!

  17. Beaverslide is a nice yarn. I made my husband a sweater with it a few years ago and I agree, it was hard on my hands but it made a beautiful and WARM sweater for him.

  18. What a beautiful color! I love stopping by here Ginny, it is always so refreshing. Thank you so much for sharing so much of your life with us. =)

  19. The Rosie Project…recently read and❤️❤️❤️

  20. Thanks for the link-up, Ginny. I can’t wait to hear what you think about Counting By 7’s.

  21. That is a great color. Must have been meant-to-be that your girls would not favor it too much. x

  22. The barn sweater has been on my to do list. Can’t wait to see yours and I love the color. Thanks for the book suggestions. I downloaded The Rosie Project I love a good funny book!!!

  23. Love the photo and your sweater will be lovely! I’m off to add The Rosie Project to my want-to-read list! I love getting book inspiration from others!

  24. I love the colour too, its lovely. Now the rosie project, Im not a fan of romantic comedies usually, but I have heard a few good reviews. I may well have to give it ago!

  25. we read The Rosie Project for our book club choice for June this year. I agree it was enjoyable an easy book to read.

  26. I adore that color, Ginny! Beautiful 🙂 I think that is a neutral color. I finished that bridal shawl and now am back to finishing a cowl hopefully today. Have a lovely Wednesday and thank you for hosting Yarn Along, I’ve met some lovely people through you 🙂

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