~ 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! ~
This week I couldn’t bring myself to work on the second fingerless mitt for this pair I am working on. What do you call that? Second mitt syndrome?
What I wanted was easy comfort knitting. Garter stitch. This shawl pattern fit the bill, precisely. The best part is that I finally started knitting with some beautiful yarn from my stash that I have been saving for years. The yarn was purchased with a gift certificate from a reader and I guess in a way I have been nervous to knit with it, wanting to choose the perfect project. Once I settled on knitting this shawl it became obvious that it was meant to be paired with my gift yarn. The colorway is so pretty, a variegated gray-brown. It’s called Grey Goose, so this will be my grey goose shawl. This project is exactly what I needed right now.
(If you are a beginning knitter, and know how to knit and increase via kfab (knit into the front and back of a stitch) this would be a great project for you! My Ravelry notes are here.)
I’m still reading Sylvia’s Farm. I started out with a copy from the library but ended up ordering a used copy for myself so I could underline! I find that Sylvia’s thoughts on the never-ending cycle of work that is done only to be undone on a farm, and how to make the best of it, really apply well to life raising a family. How can work that is monotonous and frustrating in it’s lack of obvious fruition be so life filling and even gratifying? Some of us must be meant for such work, right? And we do best when we learn to appreciate the work itself, the living itself, rather than the finished product. Maybe that’s why I wanted comfort knitting this week. I am not knitting towards a shawl, I’m just knitting for the love of each stitch.