Wednesday, February 8, 2012


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 Ginny for the Yarn Along.

I need to apologize for
the grey pictures because
even though we don't have
the rain we need so badly,
we do have cloudy, grey
skies and I just couldn't
get a bright photo.

I wasn't going to,  I
thought I had talked
myself into waiting, but
I broke down and cast on
Star Crossed Slouchy Beret.
Since the pattern uses
size 10 and size 11 needles,
this should be a very
fast knit.  I feel very
selfish because I really
want to keep it for myself.

My Abigail is moving right
along and I am almost
done with the raglan shaping,
but with each row there is
an eight stitch increase so I
am not moving along as
fast as I thought, although
I have to say I am just enjoying
the process so there's no rush.

I finally opened my copy of
Coop which has been on
my nightstand every since
Amanda recommended it
on a past Yarn Along. It
took me a little while to
get use to the author's
style of writing as he switches
from his childhood to the
present, but now I am
really enjoying the book. I
have bonded with the people
on the pages and want to
learn about their stories,
their lives, what happens,
I'm hooked!


  1. I just love your knitting pictures, weather aside.. Love how the yarn colors mirror what's around you in your daily space. Happy knitting..

  2. What colours - the grey sky took nothing from them.

  3. Lovely pictures, the colours look gorgeous :)

  4. What gray sky? Your knitting is lovely and I am so happy that the knitting bug has caught hold of you :)

  5. i love it when knitting yarns match lovely colours in nature. inspiring ...

  6. I think these photos are gorgeous. Your projects look wonderful.

  7. The pictures look fantastic. Love the colours and how the match nature!

  8. The weather? I'm jealous of all the life! I love the purple yarn!

  9. wow, love the spring colours, we are all grey skies around here too so its good to have knitting to brighten things up.

  10. oh I love the pink/purple yarn! I was going to knit a beret for myself but then I realized I already have too many hats :P ...
    we have first day of sunshine after weeks of grey ( still no snow, just cold wind) I'm looking forward to spring already :)

  11. loved that book. truly. and the yarn looks so close to mine! lol love the way it matches the flowers!


  12. Ah, so beautiful. Are they magnolias? We're months away from anything like that!

    I just put Coop on hold at the library on your recommendation! And I'm starting a new pink spring pullover :-)

  13. Oh my goodness those first pictures are gorgeous! The yarn & flowers are beautiful together!!

  14. just look at all that spring!!! WOW!!!

    can't wait to see the beret--and Abigail will be done before you know it!!! Happy dance!

  15. I can't wait to see your finished Abigail. I've been eyeing that one. I'm guessing that pinky/purple yarn is for the beret? It's going to be gorgeous! I'll have to check out the book. It looks like a good read.

  16. What gray? All I see is color. Can't believe you're getting such beautiful flowers now. The Abigail looks wonderful - hope we can see it on you next yarn along? (that may be asking too much) The slouchy beret is such a lovely pink.

  17. Your Japanese magnolias are blooming. Those are some of my favorite trees besides crepe myrtle. The photos are wonderful and I love the yarn is the exact color of the blooms. Can't wait to see the hat. It's in my queue. I'll put Coop on my list. It's so awesome Abigail is coming along well-wanna see that one too.
    Happy Yarn Along to you too!

  18. I see you are also enjoying "Sprinter" right now (you will have to see my latest post!) Your Japanese Magnolias are beautiful and compliment your yarn perfectly! You are definitely on your way to becoming a Master knitter with all these projects....I have been distracted from knitting but need to get back into it! I miss it. Good luck and I look forward to seeing what your creations look like completed...knowing you ~ that will be tomorrow :)

  19. Love that color purple...and I;m not really a purple lover. ;-)

    Can't wait to see the finished results.

  20. Oh, I love the yarn and flowers together - such a perfect match! Thanks for giving us some flowers to look at - there are none here, although we do have a beautiful dusting of snow. Your projects look beautiful - love that beret!

  21. I don't knit, but I really wish I did. Some of my good friends are absolutely in love with it and are always talking about how peaceful it is.. but I just don't know if I'd be any good, and I haven't had alot of time to try..

    .. Reading though, reading I do. I love to read everything I can get my hands on and most recently read Cujo by Stephen King - it was very good, I'm not sure whether or not I was meant to feel sorry for the dog and cry at the end when he died but yeah, that's how I reacted.

    I've been overwhelmed with work since I finished that book so sadly haven't had a chance to start anything new, but I've been re-reading The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks in my spare moments which I highly recommend if you haven't read it yet..

    .. Sorry for the huge comment, I may have gotten a little carried away there

  22. I love your pictures and the knitting too :)

  23. I'm loving them both. Of course I peeked at the ravelry patterns so I'd know what I was really looking at. Of course, your yarn choices are yummy.

    Just look at your flowers... All sorts of good things to tickle the senses at Clover! We're still hoping for snow. Every morning the girls get up and report it looks a little more 'wintery' out there.

    Blessings, Debbie

  24. your photos are great and the light is just fine! you don't want open, bright sunshine anyway, it blows out the highlights. i usually look for open shade or shoot in the late afternoon golden light.

    and yay! coop!

  25. i am so excited to see this sweater on you tracey! and the hat too, which i think you positivly need to keep. beautiful knitting my dear friend!

  26. Your projects look wonderful and I love the colours and the flowers, so beautiful. I am really enjoying The Knitter's Life List.
    Take care

  27. Look forward to seeing the beret Tracey, never feel selfish for making something for you! Beautiful work : )

  28. Beautiful colour. If it is going to be quick to knit, I reckon you are fully entitiled to keep it all for yourself. Guilt free!

  29. What lovely colors (and the flowers aren't too bad either). I am knitting a sweater with 214 stitches. Some rows feel reallllllllly long.

  30. First of all, thanks for the beautiful pictures of spring flowers...can't wait for some spring flowers to start popping out of the ground here.

    And lovely colour you are working with and do keep it for yourself, you deserve it :)

  31. wow – great colours! all white around here ;-)

  32. The colours in your photos (and the photos themselves) are beautiful! I'm excited to see your sweater!

  33. Your magnolias are so beautiful and I love how you juxtapose them with your knits ... also beautiful! I loved reading Coop, such a good book.

  34. you're killing me with all that gorgeous color!
    it looks like it is coming along beautifully.

  35. The yarn is beautiful! And I really enjoyed Coop, although the jumping back and forth did take a little getting used to :-)

  36. That hat pattern looks WONDERFUL, and knit in that luscious colour you're using? - It will be divine. And your opening photo is incredible. So lovely to see flowers.

  37. Your photos aren´t grey, they are beautiful, especially the first one!
    It is nice to have more than one project, so you can change, if you´re tired with a single pattern.

    enim sou

  38. The sky may be a little grey, but those colours are amazing. You always manage to match your yarns to nature so beautifully.

    Now the sun has actually come out I've found myself thinking about things to make for next winter, walking down to the Post Office this morning I was wondering if I could replicate the bought big sloppy joe cardigan I was wearing and thinking about a slouchy hat too. I love the pattern you've linked to so may try that one out.

    Happy knitting,