Wednesday, September 14, 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.

Since beginning lessons with
the fourteen year old my
knitting is being done very
early in the mornings. I love
to sit at the table, knit and
watch the sun rise. It is a
beautiful, calming way to
start my day.
I am slowly making progress
on my shawl and with
my reading of Auschwitz,
although I am having to
make myself read this since
it really is so depressing.
On a good note, I
received a wonderful
and totally unexpected
surprise in the mail.
Gerry  sent me a copy of
Wendy Knits Lace.
I have been drooling
over all the beautiful
projects this book contains.
I have never used charts
before, but I now think I
understand them. I do have
a question for anyone who
might be able to help,
if you knit left handed,
should you flip the
chart knitting the pattern
mirror image? Most patterns
I have been able to adjust, but
am not sure about knitting lace from
a chart. My LYS is no help since
they only teach right handers or
they want me to knit right handed
which is just not going to work
for me as I am a true left hander.
I taught myself to knit last year
from YouTube videos so I don't
have a lot of experience. Any
help at all would be greatly

What have you been up to
this week?


  1. I love the colour for your shawl, its beautiful! I also agree about Auschwitz being depressing but its such a good read. My husband actually gave it to me for Valentines day a few years ago, not very romantic but it was what I really wanted!

  2. Oh Tracey, I love the colour you are knitting in. I knitted Jairah a hat last winter in a similar colour. As for knitting left-handed, well I am a lefty, but knit right-handed, but I would think you could flip the chart to mirror image it. As for knitting, I am at a standstill, as I have been sewing instead. Jacinta x

  3. What a beautiful yarn. I would say to flip the chart too. I knit RH though, so not a lot of help - and I don't yet understand charts ! xxx

  4. If you knit with RH needle making the stitches you read the chart from right to left. If you knit with LH needle making the stitches you read from left to right. This is on the right side of the project, wrong side is opposite. Email me if you have more questions :)

    I love your project and the egg is just too cute :)

  5. Tracey,

    I love the color you picked for your pretty!! What a wonderful friend you have sending you a knitting book...what a nice surprise!


    A Knitters Notebook

  6. Such a lovely shade of blue!

    I second what Karen said about the chart knitting as a lefty. The hand print on Chase's sweater was charted (the first time I knitted via chart) so I practiced first). Good luck!

  7. Lovely color! I have never tried any lace's so small and dainty and a bit intimidating. I may be more of a chunky yarn kind of girl :) The book sounds like a hard one to get through...what we won't do for our kids :)

  8. Love the eggs with matching yarn! Wish I could be of help wrt knitting lace left-handed. The image of you knitting the sunrise is beautiful! I'd love to head your way and help with the studio...let me know when it's cold enough to have a fire ;-)

  9. Beautiful knits. I love the idea of knitting early in the morning and watching the sun rise-beautiful.

  10. Very pretty-you're so motivated. Greg visited Auschwitz and said it was very depressing...even the photos he took were sad looking.

  11. oh tracey i am trying to visualze what it is like to be left handed knitter and with charts! i believe swanski is right, but the proof will be in the knitting when you see your pattern develop! maybe try a swatch of the chart.

    are those real eggs? and how pretty your wool is, what are you useing? and do you like this book? how sweet of your friend!

    p.s. when i am finished with 'how to knit a love song' i could send it on to you, and then you could send it on again...wouldn't that be fun?

  12. Beautiful photos, love the colours :)

  13. I'd love to see the statistics on lefties and Alzheimer's. I'm just certain that the work out your brains get is rendering you immune!

    Can't wait to see the lacy creations!

    Blessings, Debbie

  14. Beautiful, beautiful blue!

    Hope you can sort out your problem. I'm a southpaw who knits right handed so I have no to mention my fear of chart reading. ;)

  15. I'm no help with the left handed knitting, sorry. But in many ways, I don't see why not making a mirror image wouldn't work. I think it should. I would say, simply test out a swatch to see what you get. That's sort of what I like about knitting - being surprised at the developments. (of course not enjoying the mistakes!) That color is gorgeous.

  16. I am not any help with the lefty knitting, but changing the chart to mirror image was the first thing that came to mind as well. I hope you make it work, I love lace!

  17. Oh! I am so loving that blue yarn. And I love the pic of the eggs. Are they chix eggs?
    I can barely knit right handed so I won't be any help with the left.

  18. I love your photos - those eggs look beautiful with your gorgeous yarn!
    Sorry, I don't know about knitting left handed either. I hope you'll get to the bottom of it!

  19. I'm going to have to see if my library has a copy of that book -- and your color choice is amazing. So serene.
    Happy Knitting and thank you for inspiring me to knit in the early morning.

  20. Early morning knitting watching the sun rise sounds so wonderfully relaxing!
    I hope that you will be able to work out your patterns. I'm afraid I'm not sure what you would do!
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

  21. Tracy, there is a Wendy D Johnson Ravelry group
    Wendy Knits and there is one thread dedicated to Wendy Knits Lace here:

    Perhaps you could post your query there and maybe, just maybe, Wendy herself will answer your question about chart reading for lefties.

    I love this book Wendy Knits Lace
    not the book you are currently reading for schooling.

    Your photos are the utmost ! ! ! !

  22. Sorry I'm no help with left handedness or charts. Your photos are simply beautiful, and the colour of eggs and yarn just gorgeous.

  23. sorry i can't help with your lefty question... hope somebody else can!!!
    the color of the yarn is sooo beautiful, and that picture of the eggs... gorgeous! thanks for commenting so faithfully on our blog. i love catching up on yours, please excuse if i'm not commenting that much during the next weeks, i'm trying to limit my screen time here as good as i can. anyway, take care and "talk" to you soon!

  24. Like Lori, I am also trying to visualize what it might be like to be a left-handed knitter and I can not even wrap my mind around it.

    Those eggs are beautiful. What are they?

  25. What a lovely surprise from Gerry! I was just reading about that book some place a few days ago and then saw it at Barnes & Noble today. I hope you find your answer to the chart conundrum. Knitting at dawn sounds so wonderful, Tracey.