Today I'm linking up with Ginny over at her Small Things blog to join in with "Yarn Along." This is very much like my own "Making and Media Monday," but I never had a blog link-up for that. I thought I'd join in with other bloggers today and share. This is what Ginny writes about "Yarn Along":
The Yarn Along began in early Fall 2010 as a way to share knitting projects and good reads; motivating ourselves, and inspiring each other. Every week knitters, and a few crocheters as well, link up and share a photo (or two) of what they are knitting and what they are reading. Knowing that Yarn Along Wednesday is coming up is a great way to stay motivated to finish those projects! And I, for one, am always on the lookout for a great book recommendation as well.
In regards to my knitting, I am still working on my hat. That requires a bit more concentration, since it's got colorwork. Recently, I began volunteering at a neighborhood assisted living facility teaching (and sometimes just reminding) some of the residents how to knit. I needed a simple project to take along that I could pick up and put down as those in the group request help from time to time. So, I cast on a simple, vanilla sock out of some yarn I had in my stash from my Goodwill haul years ago. It is a "Three Sisters" sport weight superwash wool. That's not the strongest fiber for socks, but I'm going to get some help from my friend, Liz, showing me how to pre-darn and reinforce the spots that naturally wear out the quickest for me on my socks and hopefully that will help.
I finished my February Lady Sweater this past spring, but just hadn't gotten around to finding buttons for it. Thinking that I wanted to participate in this Yarn Along motivated me to go pick out some buttons and sew them on Monday night while I was watching "Rosemary and Thyme" on Netflix.
I am quite pleased with how the knitting turned out. I used Cascade 220 and chose red. I don't normally wear much red, but I started this sweater back in January. It was my new cast-on project for the new year and I know I was craving color in the midst of winter darkness.
I really like how the Cascade creates nice stitch definition.
The only think I'm not too pleased about with the sweater is that it feels slightly bulky under my arms. I think I could have done with perhaps 4 fewer garter-stitch rows there, but there's nothing to do about that now. I did try it on as I went, as it is a top-down construction and it appeared to be fitting well then. It was only after I attached the arms that it felt like there was a bit too much fabric under there. We'll see how I feel about it when I actually begin wearing it this winter.
Of course, once I was in the library, I couldn't help but sneak a glance at a few other book covers that caught my eye and, oh my, that is a slippery slope. So, instead of just having this book, I've got two others in line after it. I wonder if they'll just end up making a trip back to the library never having been opened. I hope not, but am thankful that they'll still be there if and when I want to read them again. And... if I do get to them, it's certainly more fodder for participating here! What are you reading? Send me a note here in the comments, or feel free to friend me on Goodreads; I love to talk about books!
Hope you're enjoying your week. It's a hot one here. Not to bad being inside putting the finishing touches on my school planning. Have a great day!