Yarn-along: road-trip knitting, Penderwicks and prepping

~ 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? Take a single photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~Ginny at small things

Wow … LOTS of knitting done this week since we did a marathon road-trip from Virginia to Georgia to South Carolina and back … all this past weekend. About 1500 miles driven by dh while I knitted merrily away, completing a couple of designs and getting one off to a great start.

1. “Lauren Marie’s Lace” is a baby blanket that I designed for my goddaughter whose ETA mid-October (God willing) that I charted before we left, started and finished while on the road. I finished off the edge with just a touch of blue (I’m sure my goddaughter will have a touch of tomboy in her!). Here’s a link to more info about downloading this design.

2. “Father’s Day necktie” is a blunt-edged cashmere necktie that I’d started about a week ago but finished last night. It’s done in natural Brown Ragg, held double, with a subtle knit-purl texture stitch. What man wouldn’t love this one? Here’s a link to more info about downloading this design.

3. “Outstanding in the Field” is a lap blanket I’m knitting. The intarsia sheep is in the center with knitting all round … finishing in a lace border. The work-in-progress is on circs which is why you can’t see that I’ve actually started the “fence” around the field. This is done in KP’s Swish (washable wool) and is such fun to knit!

On the reading table, we’ve finished the first Penderwicks and got a jump on Penderwicks on Gardam Street; Penderwicks at Point Mouette just arrived in the mail (and we’re chomping at the bit, but have promised NOT to read it until we finish #2!). Birdsall has such a wonderful way of writing … and these books make for great read-alouds! I’m finishing WordPress in Depth and also diving into Berquist’s classic Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum which I’ll use for the kids next year (with a bit of tweaking, of course).

So, what’s on your needles and reading table? Won’t you come play along with Ginny’s yarn-along?

19 Responses to “Yarn-along: road-trip knitting, Penderwicks and prepping”
  1. Tracey says:

    Your lap blanket is just beautiful! Where were you in SC? If I had known I would have met you and loaded you up with squash to take home. I have squash everywhere!

  2. Mary G says:

    Glad you like the blanket … I’m having fun with it (and because I stranded the green across the back of the sheep, catching the yarn every so often, the sheep has a nice texture to him!). My in-laws live in Central (BIL is a dean at Clemson) … where are you? We love squash … well, the kids don’t but dh and I do!

    Hugs and happy knittin’
    Mary G.

  3. the blanket for your god-daughter is beautiful!

  4. Mary G says:

    Thanks, it really came out beautifully … this one will go to my cashmere supplier (she keeps the samples) and I’ll make a fresh one for Lauren Marie!

  5. The Penderwicks are a fave around here! Looking good on the knitting!

  6. Rachel says:

    Wow, that baby blanket is absolutely stunning! Beautiful work!

  7. Mary G says:

    We are loving them … funny thing: when we were getting ready to move from SC to CO, we read the first one; the second one came out as we were getting ready to move from CO to VA …. when the kids heard about the third one they were a little worried we were moving again! We’re not! EVER!

  8. Mary G says:

    Thanks, Rachel … I love designing and knitting with someone in mind. Lauren Marie won’t be born till October, but I already know she’ll have that bit of tom boy that makes girls such fun! The pictures actually don’t do the blanket justice … but I wanted to get them posted for today’s yarn-along.

    Happy knitting!

  9. swanski says:

    I love anything to do with lace and the baby blanket is so sweet!

  10. Nin-Carol says:

    The baby blanket is fabulous. What a treat that will be.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Lisa says:

    Oh my goodness but that lace is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my yarn along post. I love this weekly opportunity to discover new yarns, patterns, and books! Blessings, ~Lisa

  12. meghann says:

    Oh, I love that baby blanket! It’s just lovely, and your goddaughter will certainly treasure it! xo

  13. Joy says:

    Love that blanket! So cute!! I can’t wait to read Penderwicks with my kids this summer. It’s on our list!

  14. Sarah Jane says:

    Oh, that lap blanket is adorable.
    And what a road trip. I have family in north Georgia love that part of the world. Glad you got lots of knitting in!

  15. ChristineC says:

    How did I not know there was a third Penderwicks? We, of course, love the Penderwicks and my 10 year old daughter seems to be constantly re-reading them. I’ll definitely have to find that one!

  16. Julia says:

    I love the lamb! It is so precious.

  17. Katie says:

    I just placed a hold for The Penderwicks at our local library. This sounds like a really cute book; thanks for the suggestion!

  18. Angela says:

    Incredible! You worked on so many lovely things! I enjoy and admire your designs very much!

  19. Mary G says:

    Thanks, Angela … I’ve been knitting for decades (!) and just love creating things … so glad you like them.

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