Yarn-along: Finished objects, fun reading and … secrets …

Before I start this week’s yarn-along, I’d like to ask you all a little favor: I am in the midst of deciding on a design for a design-along … here’s the post that explains what I’m talking about. Would you take a minute and complete a really quick poll (the link is on the bottom of the post mentioned). THANKS! I just can’t decide so I thought I’d ask y’all!

I wanted to show y’all the finished objects I’ve been showing you bits and pieces of:

Ever Warm ... Ever Cozy ... Ever Green Jacket

Outstanding in the Field blanket (48" x 42")

ETA: 06/03/2011: “Outstanding in the Field” is available.
ETA: 06/04/2011: “Ever Warm …. Ever Cozy …. Ever Green” is NOW available.

Here’s my yarn-along this week:

On the book table:

Yarn-along June 1, 2011

We are LOVING The Penderwicks at Point Mouette — a wonderful lead-in to summer reading! This is the third in the Penderwick series and Birdsall does a great job of not making her story-lines repetitive; she keeps the characters growing and developing and the events within the three books are different, but all good. I’ve just started reading the apocalyptic novel The Seraph Seal … it’s a tightly woven plot that (so far) is really a gripping tale! I’m enjoying reading a non-fluffy fiction story!

On the needles:
Well, almost on the needles: see that lovely pile of wisteria-colored eco-wool from Cascade? I just received the yarn yesterday (perfect timing since I took the Outstanding in the Field blanket off the needles last night!) and am anxious to get designing and knitting a hoodie — shh … it’s a secret. When you design for publication, often the publisher/editor doesn’t want you to show the design anywhere … in any form … or even mention for whom you’re designing until after publication. This seems silly to me as I think the more “buzz” the better the design will be received. However, since they sent the yarn … and I’ll get paid for the design at publication … I’ll behave and only show the yarn …. it’s just too beautiful to hide for now!

What’s on your needles and on your book table? Won’t you come yarn-along with Ginny and the others? Also, any comments or advice on my work is always greatly appreciated … feel free to leave comments below!

9 Responses to “Yarn-along: Finished objects, fun reading and … secrets …”
  1. Tracey says:

    The blanket came out even cuter than I imagined! What a talented woman you are Mary!

  2. Emily T. says:

    Every time I see that sheep I just giggle. He is way too cute! I love the jacket, also. I have one my Mom made me in a similar color and style that I love to bits. The Wisteria yarn is delicious! I was originally leaning toward a color like that for a sweater for myself, but it’s a reddish color instead (red is my true love).

    You’re so talented! I love looking at your projects. And I have taken your survey 🙂

  3. Mary G says:


    Yep, that big chunky, wool-filled sheep makes me smile too … he reminds me of the fat sheep from the show “Shaun the Sheep”! Thanks for the compliments on the jacket … it sure seems like it will be my go-to this Fall (altho it’s hard to imagine wearing alpaca/wool when it’s 92 out today … with a heat index MUCH higher!). I’d never done a zip before so that was fun to see that work the way it was supposed to!

    Happy knittin’
    Mary G.

  4. Mary G says:

    Oh, thanks, Tracey …. did you do the survey so you can help me decide which of the three to design?

    Hugs and happy knittin’

    Mary G.

  5. Heidi says:

    Mary, I love both of those designs! That sheep is too cute! I may have to make that for a sheep raising niece of mine.

  6. cpcable says:

    That blanket is just too much! I love the little sheepie!

  7. Rosemary says:

    So cool! I would love to be able to design someday, but that’s a long ways off! And I voted. 🙂

  8. Mary G says:

    Ah, thanks, Rosemary! I love designing — it’s such a marvelous chance to create and “make” the yarn adapt to what I see in my eye …

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