Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading (though not at the same time!), 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! ~

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Today is the 200th Yarn Along!  If I had my act together we’d be celebrating somehow, but I don’t.  Thanks so much for joining me here week after week!

I had lots of knitting time over the weekend while Gabe and Keats played baseball.  Their team played really well, which meant that they kept moving on to the next level, and I kept knitting!  They won their tournament and I made progress on two sweaters (Leksak, and Leaves or Not) and I knit a little stripey ball for Job.  The stripey ball is from one of my favorite knitting books, Knitting for Baby.  I think it must have been the first knitting book I was exposed to, and the first I purchased.  My friend Summer shared it with me many years ago after attempting to teach me to knit.  At the time, I found the whole process way too overwhelming and beyond my ability, but the cute baby projects in Knitting For Baby stuck in my mind.  Years later when I picked up the needles for another try, I soon after purchased this book in hopes of knitting some things for my own babies.  And I did.  I’ve knit several projects from this book, and I think it is worth having for the Stay-On Baby Booties alone.  The stripey ball is a fun way to use up scraps and a great first project for learning short rows.  I need to sew mine up, felt it, and stuff it before Job’s birthday next week.  As far as the book goes, it is written with the beginner in mind and progresses in a “teach you to knit” fashion.  New skills are learned as you knit your way through.

I’m still reading Alignment Matters and I just completely love Katy Bowman!  I’m attempting to take all her advice including going barefoot more which means I have a nasty blood blister on the bottom of my right foot now where I got stabbed by a stick!  No pain, no gain, right?  Ha!


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Fall Color {16 years!}

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Jonny and I celebrated our sixteenth anniversary last week with a long walk at beautiful Caledon (with the kids), and dinner out (without the kids).  We are clearly far better at spending time outdoors than we are dining out.  We were late getting back from Caledon and didn’t manage to get out the door until an hour and a half after our friend who was watching the kids arrived.  When we reached the restaurant where we had planned to eat, we discovered that it was live music night and it was really loud.  So we tried choice number two, next door.  It was closed for a private event.  It was around 9 p.m. at this point and I was so hungry and exhausted that I just wanted to go home.  I wasn’t a very fun date.  We ended up eating burgers, fries, and milkshakes at a high end burger joint.  I felt like a going-out failure but Jonny just laughed.  “This is way more ‘us,’ he said.  I guess so.  We just aren’t fancy night out people.  We finished our shakes and drove home, planning for a redo soon.  We need to aim for an afternoon date next time.  I think that would be more our speed.

16 years.  It feels like an accomplishment, but honestly, it makes us feel old.  We kept trying to remember the details of the day we got married (we eloped in the N. Georgia mtns.), and they are getting awfully fuzzy!  I’m sure we were laughing at ourselves then, just as we do now.


(Trying to get that perfect dorky anniversary shot.  Larkspur was our photographer.)

p.s.  Job’s sweater is here.