Wednesday, August 31, 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? Joining with Ginny.

I completed my Pebble Vest
except for the buttons. It
is one of the most enjoyable
knits I have ever completed.
Usually I have to flip patterns
and make adjustments for
being left handed, but with
this pattern I didn't.
I am already thinking about
casting on another, this time
using a soft cotton or a bamboo.
OK, to be truthful, I will
more than likely do both since
it really is a cute pattern and
I had so much fun knitting it.
On my needles now is a long
term project, Checkers Baby Blanket.
I am using size 10 1/2 needles
and creamy off-white baby wool.
I wanted to have some mindless
knitting to keep my hands busy
since we will be starting our
school lessons next week.
I have just begun reading
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac.
I love the EZ's style of writing, like
we are sitting at my kitchen
table having a morning chat.
I am only on the first chapter,
but can already say with certainty
that I would recommend this
book to all knitter's, regardless
of skill or experience.
What have you been up to
this week? xx


  1. That creamy coloured wool looks so soft and snuggly :)

  2. I have just finished two of those little vests in cotton, blue and green for a summer baby. And now have a little hooded cardigan on my needles.

  3. I haven't added the knitter's almanac to my collection yet, but I think I need to! My needles are still are vacation at the moment, but with the turn of the season's I believe they'll be ready to start again soon :). Beautiful knitting, as usual :).
    xx oo

  4. Pebble vest is my all time favourite knit without a doubt. I love the green. I have knitted it in bamboo before and it turned out beautifully. I have borrowed Elizabeth's books from the library, but am yet to have one of her books grace my collection. Jacinta

  5. Mindless knitting hits the spot every time for me! Your vest is the best. The blanket will be done before you know it and I will willingly send you some fresh cold morning air if I could ;)

  6. Love the bright green of the Pebble. I think I may need to find something mindless to knit as well since we'll be starting up our school next week too.

  7. You have been so very the green yarn so pretty. I will have to try to find the book you are reading.


    A Knitters Notebook

  8. Gorgeous photos!
    I love pebble vests, and this one must be one of my favourites in that yummy green yarn - love it!!

  9. I have the Knitters Almanac in my amazon shopping cart though I have yet to purchase it...I keep saying this, but I've got to make that pebble vest.

  10. Nice Tracey! That vest looks so soft... and the blanket is just the right choice for mindless knitting while doing school. :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  11. I enjoyed Knitting without tears - you are right about her kind chatty style. Love those pebbles xxx

  12. oh how beautiful your vest is! such a pretty shade of green. i love when i like a pattern so much as soon as i finish i can't wait to cast on again! and the blanket will be such a comforting knit.

    i had this book many years ago, and loaned it out never to return. i need to add it back to my library, i have her other books and love reading them so much too!

    have a lovely day tracey!

  13. I "chatting" with EZ through her writing :-). That vest is sooo cute and cuddly! And how yummy that blanket looks. Happy schooling preparations.

  14. Love the bright green! I have heard so much about the pebble vest. Maybe I will give it a try. There's that book again! I think I'll have to give it another try :)

  15. pebble seems to be a favorite! you chose a beautiful color!

  16. Oh, that pebble vest is so sweet, and baby knits are so satisfying, near-instant gratification!

  17. I love the picture of the wool with the sun shining through. Baby knitting is so fun. Even if there is no baby to knit for all of it seems soft and sweet and happy.

  18. That green in the first picture is just perfect. It's my eldest's first day of first grade and I'm taking a break from trying to finish the now named "first month of first grade" sweater since I didn't finish it in time for this morning.

  19. the color on the vest is just lovely! maybe i will try it for a few baby showers coming up...


  20. Oh, it is so nice to hear about another left handed knitter! I know exactly what you mean about flipping patterns around. It can rather scramble my brain at times. A few years ago I taught myself to knit right handed so I could finally attempt following a lace chart without getting a headache. I still prefer to knit left handed though when I can. It is like much more comfortable. I'll have to check out the pebble vest as I have yet to make one.

  21. I love EZ's style of writing too--she is so quick witted. Sometimes I feel as though I might be insulted (although I don't really know why but that whatever she has said has come across so eloquently and with such humor that it only makes me love her more. Your vest is beautiful and photographed beautifully.

  22. Love those little Pebble vests!

  23. I love your Pebble! The color of the wool is gorgeous... xo

  24. Gorgeous little vest and the blanket looks snuggly already. Enjoy the knitting and the reading.

  25. I love that book, too.

    I like that color you chose for the Pebble. Love the color green.

  26. Love your cheery Pebble...that reminds me I have one awaiting buttons as well. Hopefully it isn't already too small for the babe.
    Sweet checkered blanket...I need to cast on some mindless knitting...