Wednesday, September 21, 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 finished the Shawl
I had been working
on and once it's done
blocking I will post
pictures. I had several
skeins of yarn left over
after completing the shawl
so I am using the same
yarn and cast on my very
first chart pattern. I am
knitting Elizabeth's Cowl
from Wendy Knits Lace.
It is a beginner's pattern
and after practicing a
few times, I think I've got it!
I have plans to knit
every project in this
book since they are
all amazing. I am
very pleased with myself
for finally knitting something
using a chart and a
little shocked at how
easy it is to read.
I had made chart reading
into something much harder
than it is.
I have started reading
The Catcher in the Rye
along with the fourteen
year old. It is a book
I read many years ago,
but reading it  now as an
adult I have a different
perspective. I am actually
enjoying the conversational
tone of the book quite
a bit, if not the foul
mouth of the narrator,
and I look forward
each day to picking the
book up.  Oh, and the
discussions I am having
with my son are great.
What have you been
up to this week?


  1. I haven't knit from a chart yet, so it's nice to hear someone say that it is not as complicated as you'd thought it would be! Maybe I should bite the bullet too ;)

  2. Congrats on getting the hang of chart knitting!

    Can't wait to see the shawl.

  3. I knew you could tackle a chart, you are a born knitter. I am looking forward to seeing your cowl. I think they would make great Christmas gifts!

  4. I'm new to charts too, really looking forward to seeing your cowl soon! :)

  5. I can't wait to see your shawl finished. I can read simple charts..and that what I like to make simple things. I have been eyeing a summer sweater for a while now I would like to work on it this winter so I can wear it the beginning of summer...I just have to save up to buy the yarn that I like.....

    Blessings to you friend,


    A Knitters Notebook

  6. Oh I am looking forward to the pics of your shawl! I need to learn how to chart read-scares the socks off of me.

  7. tracey that's wonderful! i am so pleased for you, it's one of the things i wish i could change so much, the fear or intimidation of knitting. and now you see, charts are actually so much easier than reading written instructions. yay! i can't wait to see your shawl and now i really want to see this book too. i'll have to check if our library carries it!

  8. I am so happy that the charting is going well for you! I really need to look for that book... wonder if it's in the library system yet?

  9. Cathcher in the Rye is just one of those must read books isn't it. I think my eldest girl will be ready for it in a couple of years.
    Can't wait to see pictures of the shawl!
    That knitting book looks wonderful :)

  10. Congrats on finishing the shawl! I'm sure it will be gorgeous and can't wait to see. I haven't read Catcher in the Rye for years. It is great that your getting some great discussions in with your son!

  11. Hmm...are you sure about that chart reading? I've always thought chart reading was something to be frightened of.
    I'm looking forward to seeing your shawl blocked and modelled!

  12. Beautiful pale blue! That will be a lovely cowl.

  13. beautiful colour - and I look forward to seeing the shawl too. xxx

  14. Can't wait to see the shawl. Oh, I do love a good read.
    Much love

  15. i wonder why I have a large exclamation mark next to my name! eeek!

  16. Can't wait to see the finished shawl. I've been spring busy this week.

  17. I love the color you're working with and I'm glad you finally tackled charts. Like you, I made them much harder than they needed to be, and now I love them. I've been thinking of rereading The Catcher and the Rye. I like the idea of rereading it with your child.

  18. it's funny how we make so much of things unknown and then come to find out, it's simple and we can do it. so glad you're enjoying your new book of patterns!

  19. Good for you for being bold and trying something new! I have the same problem -- I always build things up in my head to be harder than they actually are.

  20. I am excited to see your cowl (and shawl!)I tried to read Catcher in the Rye last year, but I just had trouble getting into it. Maybe I should try again?

  21. It's a famous book, I know, but I didn't read it. I'm curious about the cowl, knitting lace is so much fun. I haven't used a chart for a while, most of the times I'm reading what I have to knit.