~ 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! ~
Seth finished reading High, Wide and Lonesome last week, and I couldn’t help but drop what I was reading for the moment (all those hard to remember long Russian names!) and pick it up myself. My favorite books are those that center around pioneers; homesteaders picking up and heading west, chasing a dream. I guess it all started with the Little House books when I was a child. Something that struck me in the first chapter of High, Wide and Lonesome is a scene in which the father and son in the story are heading out to their future homestead to build their house. They pass a man on their way, a stranger. After introducing themselves and realizing they will be neighbors, the once stranger hands over his house keys and invites the father and son to stay in his newly built home while he is out of town for the week and they are building their own a couple miles away. It just struck me I guess because these days sometimes it’s hard to even get a stranger to meet your eye, let alone smile at you. This man handed over his house keys, sharing not only his home, but actually his very bed as well. Trust and friendship, right from the start.
I’m trying to stay focused on finishing the girls’ bunny sweaters this week. It’s funny that at my current knitting pace it is taking me about as much time to say, get to the point where it’s time to divide for sleeves on a teensy sweater, as it would have taken me on a sweater several times that size a couple months ago. There’s a time for fast and furious knitting, and a time for just a little here and there. As I was taking this photo, Silas sat down to grab the sweaters asking, “Where mine?” He asks that question a lot lately, very sensitive to the new baby in the house and his new place in the family: still a baby, but not the only baby anymore.
I want to learn how to knit colorwork (I don’t even know if that is the right way to phrase it) so I can knit these mitts. Have you seen them? They are Gretchen’s latest pattern and I really want to knit them but I’m pretty clueless about this technique. Can anyone suggest their favorite colorwork “how to” book? I almost ordered the yarn yesterday (I’ve not knit with Brooklyn Tweed yet and really want to) after buying the pattern (it’s half price this week) but stopped myself realizing that I have far too much in my queue right now, and wouldn’t even know how to knit them yet! I better learn first, buy yarn second.