Wednesday, July 6, 2011


~ 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? Linking with Ginny

I finished my second sock late yesterday evening.
I had the thirteen year old  [who is thankfully
starting to feel better]  try them on and he
agrees they are a good fit, but a little
hot. I knew wool socks in July wouldn't
pair well together, but I'm hopeful in
January the socks will feel perfect. 
I have been browsing Ravelry and think
I am going to cast on this for my next project.
I have some grey alpaca in my stash that
will work nicely and it will save me a trip
to the yarn store.

I am almost done with reading
The Dirty Life and while I am
enjoying it, I do wish the author
had written a little more of the
joy's of farming and having animals
instead of so much 'sad' stuff.
I do not wear 'rose colored glasses'
against the realities of life on
the farm, but I do know there
are also a lot of joys to be
to be had too.  I felt like the
author could have included
a lot more of the happy times;
maybe I just haven't reached that
part yet or my experiences have
been drastically different.

What are you reading and knitting this week?


  1. Those sock definitely look nice and cozy. I'm sure they will be well worn over winter. Jacinta

  2. Congrats on finishing the second sock! They look fantastic. If I look at them and imagine a nice Michigan winter, I can feel just how warm and toasty they will be :)

  3. Tracey,

    Your socks look great!! It won't be long and those socks will feel toasty

    Blessings to you,


    A Knitters Notebook

  4. Your socks are the bestest!!!! I am so glad your son is on the mend. I think the shawl you picked out is really nice and using stash yarn is so much fun! Looking forward to some cast on pictures.

  5. Your socks look great! I love using up stash yarn - makes room for more yarn :)

  6. Hey friend! Sorry to be so absent from the bloggy world lately. Summer is busy, as we all know! Your socks look GREAT! Good for you to use up stash yarn!!

  7. The socks turned out perfect! It's totally understandable why they wouldn't be appreciatied in the heat of July, but I have faith that someone will be reaching for them come January. Can't wait to see you cast on that shawl...I think it would be lovely in gray!

  8. Wow! I am impressed. Knitting socks seem very complicated. They look great! And yes, come Nov. your boy will be thanking you. :)

  9. Yummy, yummy socks! Can't wait to see the shawl...gorgeous! I agree re: Dirty Life. I also felt like she tried to give an "insider's" look into her life while doing everything possible to keep the readers at a distance. Looking forward to your next read...

  10. ooh. You would love my friend, Cat Bordhi's books, I will look up a link.

    In the meantime, I just came up with an idea and I had you in mind...please share next week!

  11. The socks are wonderful! Great work! The shawl looks great too... hope it comes out wonderfully!

  12. Glad you shared the info about 'The Dirty Life', had considered reading it, but... You are right, there is much joy to be shared in the 'farming life'.
    Beautiful socks!

  13. Great job on the socks!

    I think that is a fine shawl to knit next. Best of luck!

  14. love the socks! I haven't been doing tons of knitting, too hot:) congrats on the engagement! So exciting!

  15. Your socks are wonderful!

    I've been making socks too and finished a scarf yesterday for my Etsy shop.

  16. the socks look great! they'll be appreciated later :)

  17. I hope your sweetie feels better soon. Those socks are gorgeous! Congrats on finishing them. That shawl looks beautiful.

  18. Congrats on finishing sock #2! They will be perfect for January. :) That shawl is a great choice- for next project. It seems like such a great size!

  19. You make a good point about The Dirty Life. I have to say that I knew that farming life could be very hard but I did not know the ways in which it was hard so I appreciated what she wrote, but I know exactly what you mean.

  20. The socks turned out beautifully! I had the same problem with The Dirty Life. Loved reading about how they met, loved reading about their cooking adventures, but that was about it for me! Glad your son is on the mend!

  21. The socks look wonderful! Glad you son is on the mend! Summer sickness always seems especially rotten. I'm excited to see that beautiful shawl!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book - I loved it but it sure felt like a bit of a downer at times.

  22. Those are beautiful socks! And I've wanted to read Dirty Life, but the realities of farming some are sad... I was hoping for more hopeful! We have friends who own a farm and though it's hard work, they view it as enriching and rewarding.