Yarn Along

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I cast on for a little Sproutlette dress earlier this week (the yarn is Quince & Co. Tern in rose quartz).ย  I finished the bodice and, only then, took a good look at what I had knit.ย  I realized that I had reversed the knits and purls on the wrong side rows of the chart and had to rip the whole thing out and start again.ย  It’s never quite so much fun to knit something twice in a row in my opinion, and I guess I learned a lesson about knitting from charts while doing math lessons with children.

I’m still reading The Life Giving Home, not quite halfway through.


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  1. What beautiful yarn! Lucky baby x

  2. I’m so glad I found your post about the Henny Hat, I knitted one and LOVE it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh yes, that is the nature of getting small glimpses into other people’s lives. They are never quite complete, no matter how genuine the author is. I’m afraid I wasn’t clear in my earlier comment. My comparisons were more along the lines of what I am able to realistically do in my own small home with nearly twice the number of children, also taking into account my husband’s personality type and those of some of my kids. I found that at times this book made me feel less content rather than more so, and honestly a tad bit discouraged, though at no fault of the authors. (We are facing quite a few challenges right now.) I wasn’t actually comparing myself to Sally, and maybe comparison wasn’t the right word to use to begin with. I have read some of her other writings and been truly encouraged. This one just isn’t quite suited to where we are at as a family right now. Thank you for your kind words!

  4. What a great pattern – so glad you shared this! Even though I read Tanis’s blog regularly, I missed this one. It may be just the dress my granddaughter needs for next Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry about the trip to the frog pond – you’ll be back on track in no time, I’m sure.

  5. What a beautiful colour!! Hopefully it seems much quicker the second time ๐Ÿ™‚ Kudos for knitting from a chart with little people around in the first place!

  6. So, tell me what you think of the book. I looked at the reviews on it after seeing it on your blog last week. The critical one had some good things to say. Curious what you think of it since I would gather after reading your blog for a few years that you aren’t about to throw the perfect party every month, etc.

    • Missy, I like the premise and her message. But, I found it didn’t quite speak to me. My life and family seem a little too different. To be fair, I stopped reading before halfway, so I can’t give a full review. I have heard very good things about the companion journal. I just think I’m in the wrong “season” right now…

  7. Lovely yarn! I love that pattern, too, but my baby (due in May) is a boy, so I won’t be kntting it this time! I look forward to your review of the book. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Sorry to hear you had to rip Ginny, but OH, that dress is worth is:)

  9. Oh dear. Well, at least that is gorgeous yarn that you are re-knitting…. What a perfect colour!

  10. Oh no! That kind of mistake at the beginning of a project is a pain. I love the colour of that yarn

  11. The yarn looks so lovely! Such a beautiful shade!

  12. Hi Ginny! Drat! Ripping out and starting again is aggravating but you’re a pro so I bet it made more sense to you than it would have to me! And during math? Yikes!
    The book looks good, too!

  13. Same thing happened to me last week–I reversed a set of directions whilst working on chemistry with my eldest and had to frog frog frog. Never fun. But what a divine little dress is the Sproutlette! Your baby girl will be such a sweet pea this summer in her mama’s handknits.

  14. lovely colour! yes, never fun to have to frog back. But it will be a beautiful knit! You have a lot on the go! God bless!!! you are LOVED.

  15. do you like the book? Just wondering.. Love the yarn, quince and co tern is my favorite of theirs by far!! I wound the yarn I bought from you and I am still narrowing down the shawls I’m thinking about. Getting close to a decision ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I hesitate to comment on the book yet. There are parts that are challenging in a good way, but others that are a little discouraging to me. Her family and home sound so *nice*. And mine seems so very different than hers. I have to be careful not to fall into comparisons. I am very excited to see what you knit with that yarn! (and I agree, Tern is my favorite Quince yarn!)

      • Oh, Ginny. I fall into the comparison trap. I have 5 boys. Competition and fighting are a daily (hourly?) occurance around here. I read of others lives and wonder what I’m doing wrong. But, then, I have to remember that we often don’t share the messy, too. I am glad you posted a little insight into the book as I have been contemplating weather or not to spend my meager allowance on it. Sometimes, I think my time would be better spent just praying more. I love that color of yarn!

      • I struggle with comparisons too, but they can really kill our spirits – you have a LOT of beauty in your life and of course life is messy, challenging and unexpected. Beautiful but hard. I look at my Mom (youngest of 8) and her siblings still love each other, the oldest will be 80 DV this May. You are giving them a huge gift in terms of family. I really love all you ARE giving them in other ways – freedom to do hobbies, sports, land, outdoors things, creativity, and of course your life in your community and home parish. these are all beautiful and wonderful things.

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