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 started knitting furiously on my Tess of D’Urbervilles shawl during the snow storm, and I haven’t stopped.  I took it off the needles at one point to figure out how big it was and how many rows I needed to knit to get it to the size I want (I’m knitting at a tighter gauge than the pattern calls for, so I need more pattern repeats.)  And then I decided that I should add some stripes, so I dug some scraps out of my stash.  The addition of some color has made knitting the last of this shawl so much fun!  I’ve been neglecting other things to work on it, which is kind of okay right now because we are taking all these snow days.

I’m still reading The Shepherd’s Life, and I still love it.  So much to think about!


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  1. I am reading Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry, which I believe I first heard of here, from you. If so, I want to thank you because it is such a very beautiful book. I love the strong , loving community portrayed in the book and the complete loving acceptance of that Nathan and Hannah have for each other. I am recommending it to everyone I know!

  2. You must be a turbocharged knitter if you have already finished that shawl! I voted in favor of the stripes via Instagram. I think they add a bit of spice and character to the product. Beautiful work, yarn and shawl.

    Richard in Charlotte, NC

  3. Beautiful. I also have to say you are amazing at taking pictures of your knitting. I feel like every 100 pictures I take one actually looks good. You have an eye for getting just the right light, color and setup.

  4. One can never have enough shawls, can’t wait to see how yours turns out. I do so appreciate being able to participate in the Yarn Alongs! And, because, I didn’t get to say so before, Congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope to see little girl knits soon 🙂

  5. Your project sounds absolutely delightful — the pefect way to spend guilt-free snow days!! Btw, I’ve finally cast on the walnut dyed merino I picked up from your shop. Ginny, it is just lovely. So, so soft and the color is exactly what I was hoping for! Sharing a pic on my yarn along post today if you want to take a peek. 🙂

  6. I’m so looking forward to seeing the final product! 🙂

  7. This is my 14th time linking up with your yarn along, but I just wanted to say thank you so much for it! I am still a new knitter and I love seeing what others are making and reading. I so look forward to these Wednesdays posts. And my heart is pining away after some of that indigo yarn you’ve dyed. 🙂 Will keep my eyes peeled for your shop update on Friday!

  8. I get so much information on these prompts of yours. Thanks

  9. Must be shawl season! I like your colors. Kicking myself for not using color on my most recent shawl.

  10. Jennifer Cox says:

    I just picked up this book from the library. Really enjoying it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  11. Your shawl is so pretty! I just went and checked out the design and am thinking about knitting it at some point!

    Linda in VA

  12. I loved our short lived storm time here! lovely knitting, so fun! enjoy this time! that book does sound lovely!

  13. I was wondering what knitting style you use, English or Continental? Am I asking that correctly? Maybe I should ask if you are a thrower or a picker or maybe a flicker? I am trying to learn Continental so I can knit faster. Not sure if it’s a good idea or not especially since I am just not a very good knitter anyway.

    • Not sure what Ginny is, but a friend taught me “English” (aka right-handed) and I could not pick it up (and I’m right-handed). I was all thumbs. I finally decided I had to learn and went to knittinghelp.com (great videos) and picked up Continental immediately. I think it’s so much faster!

      • Thank you Barbara,

        I think I have the knit stitch part down but I would don’t think I am any faster at it and I sure am not faster at the purling Continental! I saw one way to do it on a youtube video and another in the Teach Yourself Visually book.

        But I am not going to give up.

        • No Linda, do not give up! Google Lorilee Beltman Continental knitting and watch her video from many years back ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuRLFl36tDY ). It is a short video but I think she will explain the Continental version of Purling better than any I have seen on YouTube. I myself have not bound off anything yet but I am still working in that direction. I think I have about 5 or 6 WIPs and go from one to another when I get bored with one. I have crocheted for about 9 years now but wanted to learn to Knit so bad as I like the smoother fabric of knit items. Best of luck in your knitting adventures!

          Richard in Charlotte, NC

  14. I have to add that book to my list. It sounds very interesting!

  15. After the excerpts on your Facebook page this week, you convinced me to buy that book! I’m eager to receive it and start reading!

  16. I love the shawl. I’m going to try and join in with this linky next week. x

  17. as long as the kids are fed then I say everything else can wait while you knit! you did say you were caught up with the laundry presnow storm so you should reward yourself!! lovely knitting. btw, I’m reading song of the lark on the kindle this week 🙂

  18. Stripes make everything better! And polka-dots. We might get a big snowstorm next week…my fingers & needles are crossed. xx

  19. There is nothing a like a good ol’ snow storm to get in some quality knitting time 😉

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