Yarn-along: snowday (!), spring jacket, and stitchionaries …

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First true snow day of the winter (and it's March 6th!)

First true snow day of the winter (and it’s March 6th!)

Well, good morning! We woke to a lovely, fluffy snow fall … our FIRST this whole Winter. Even dh knew he couldn’t go in to school, so we’re having a true snow day … with promises of sledding and playing and fires in the fireplace and lots of knitting and crafting.

How is the weather where you are?

Yarn-along - March 6, 2013

Yarn-along – March 6, 2013

As you can see, I’ve finished my Spring Jacket I started last week. I think I’m going to make a polymer clay button to close it … especially since it’s just one big button I’ve imagined to go on this lovely bit of color. I love how the striping came out … the colors of this Kudo are gorgeous — it’s #061 and has bright blue and lime green and kelly green and deep purple. I like Kudo, a lovely blend of cotton/rayon/silk, altho one of the skeins seemed to be over-spun so I had alot of twisting of the yarn coming off the ball … which is a great pain … but I was enjoying the knitting so didn’t fling the thing across the room but rather, patiently (which is a BIG deal if you know me), untwisted and kept on knitting.

Spring Gate Farm's cashmere (50%), merino (25%), silk (25%) blend!

Spring Gate Farm’s cashmere (50%), merino (25%), silk (25%) blend!

Any suggestions on what to call this jacket? If I use your suggestion, I’ll gift you a copy of the design once I’ve posted it.

On to the yarn-along: yesterday we finished Borrowed House; boy, was that an excellent read. Definitely gives a great picture of life in Occupied Amsterdam during the WW2! We’ll start on Anne Frank: Life in Hiding today in lieu of reading the actual diary (which I always found a tad boring … but I have it in case one of the kids is interested in reading her actual words).

Me? I’m reading yet more diaries of the Civil War-era, written by folks who lived in Virginia. The two this week are written by a Miss Fanny Hume, a resident of Orange County (where I live). Her diaries, one from 1861, the other from 1862, are fascinating reading about the daily life, loves and losses of the conflict between the States.

The last book you see on the pile, Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (and her second and third books) are perfect for those who want to go beyond someone else’s design. I am getting ready to start a cashmere/wool/silk design, so these stitchionaries are invaluable references.

So, what’s on your needles and book-table? Wanna come play ….

8 Responses to “Yarn-along: snowday (!), spring jacket, and stitchionaries …”
  1. Tina says:

    What a love piece of knitting! I truly love the colors and the design ~ beautiful! I’m working on a scarf and reading The Third Gate by Lincoln Child. Your Civil War-era diaries sound quite interesting. Is there a particular book or collection you’re reading?

  2. I too love that yarn and the colors are beautiful. Cool idea on the button. I also love to read diaries and journals of women of the past.

  3. Anke says:

    I love how your Spring jacket turned out! The striping is great and the lace edging really makes it special.

  4. So pretty, all the snow! But I am glad we are going toward Spring here in Holland:)
    You’ve finished the Spring Jacket in a week? That is fast and it looks great!

  5. Kate says:

    Great colors in your jacket. As for what to call it… how about a breezy jacket. Enjoy your snow day!!

  6. Mary G says:

    Tina … I’m lucky to live in the midst of Civil War-ness so our library has lots of diaries, journals and well-researched books about the area. I love reading about life on “the homefront”, especially in personal reflections. I’ll check out The Third Gate … it sounds interesting.

  7. Alisa says:

    Gorgeous sweater!! The colors are amazing!

  8. Anna says:

    Beautiful jacket! I love the vertical striping, much better than horizontal!! I’ve been wanting to read more about Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan now that I am an adult. There are so many beautiful quoted by Helen Keller and we’ve recently been told our daughter is legally blind , even with her glasses. (She was adopted 2 years ago) I think there is so much we can learn by reading about other women and history. Enjoy the snow!

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