Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still
melancholy that I love — that makes life and
nature harmonize. The birds are consulting
about their migrations, the trees are putting
on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and
begin to strew the ground, that one's very
footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth
and air, while they give us a scent that is a
pefect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious
autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I
were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking
the successive autumns.

~George Eliott

 I decided my granddaughter, Emerson,
needs an everyday sweater, something
that she can wear to school or play
and then just throw in the washer and
dryer to clean. I am knitting Ginny's
Sunday Sweater pattern, a pattern
I have knit before and love. I am
using Plymouth's Encore Yarn,
and while it's not my favorite, it's
perfect for my daughter, who works
full time, is getting her Master's and
does all the laundry.

I have been knitting very slowly and
carefully on my Rachel Shawl, a shawl
that I will donate to someone who is
battling breast cancer. I am taking it
slow, I am on 15 of a 21pattern repeat,
praying over each stitch and pouring
my love into every step of creating
this shawl. 

I am still reading The Secret History,
but since my only reading time has
been at night, it's going a little slow.

I have also been browsing The Unofficial
Downton Abbey Knits and have found
several things I want to knit. After
looking through this magazine I really
would like to see this show I have
heard so much about, I just need to
make the time. Am I the only one left
who hasn't seen an episode?

Okay, what's on your needles?


  1. You will love the show!!!! It is the best :)

  2. a while ago i found pbs running the entire second season online free....and i watched it, enjoyed seeing each episode back-to-back....but never continued with the rest of the series' weekly shows. loved the styling in the show the most!!! Emerson's sweater is coming along nicely!!!! Every female NEEDS a white sweater!!!

  3. You have got to see Downton Abby! I agree the ease of taking care of hand knits is important. Machine washable is going to be a breeze for your daughter who is busy. Love the pattern, Ginny did a lovely job on it. I've flipped through the magazine but didn't buy it....yet.

  4. You must stop everything and go watch Downton Abby! Right this very second! ;)

  5. You are not the only one left who hasn't seen Downton Abby. I've heard lots of good things, just haven't had the time to sit down and try to watch it. How sweet of you to knit the shawl for somebody going through a difficult time!

  6. Beautiful, just beautiful! You'll enjoy Downton when you have the time. I'll have to look for that magazine - it looks like fun. (I've been rewatching the show lately and would love something beautiful like that to wear!)

  7. I made my daughter's first sweater in Plymouth Encore and it lasted quite a long time. Very durable! I keep wanting to check out the Downton Abbey magazine. I will have to make my way to the bookstore very soon.

  8. Beautiful photo's, I wish we could get the Downton Abbey book, here in the UK. Deb x

  9. Hmmm, I think you might be the only person left on earth who hasn't seen Downton!! An everyday sweater is a wonderful idea ... especially when made with love.

  10. Prayer in knitting is such a beautiful thing. I hope you will show us your shawl before you send it off...

  11. i haven't watched the show either. lol maybe we shall have to watch it "together" and discuss. LOL
    one of the best things about knitting for others is that they are in your thoughts the whole time. like a prayer for their life and health.

    much love to you

  12. I haven t seen the show yet, actually I didn't even hear about it till now :D well, we learn new things every day... good luck with your projects - I love the purple yarn!

  13. your knits are so lovely tracey, reminds me of a poem my grandmother had taught me,...with every stitch there went a kiss...your daughter will love you for your thoughtfullness i'm sure. and the shawl, just so beautiful.
    and i curiously did see one episode of d.a. and have to confess it wasn't for me.

  14. Just watched the first 5 episodes of season 4 on ITV!

  15. I watched the first season on Netflix, but then they lost their licensing agreement and it disappeared from my queue. I'm waiting patiently for my name to be up at the library for season 2. I've since moved on to Call the Midwife. Love that one too.
    I love that you are donating a shawl to a breast cancer person. How wonderful and inspiring!

  16. Your photos are always so beautiful Tracey. And no, you are not the only one that has not watched Downtown Abbey...I haven't :)

  17. You're a wonderful giving woman. I know the items on your needles now will give love and that love will be felt by the recipients.

    And p.s. thanks for making me want that magazine; I'm such a DA fan. Kinda insane fan-girl ... can't believe I said that on the internet!!! LOLOL!

  18. Ooh! I had my eye on this pattern too for my niece. It caught my eye as well. I've used Plymouth Encore; it's a sturdy yarn and washes well.
    I have a baby cardi and a pullover on the needles.

  19. Gasp! Downton Abbey knits!