Yarn-along … of sagas and ceremonies and shawls

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Yarn-along:  May 8, 2013

Yarn-along: May 8, 2013

Good morning!

Sagas: Our family read-aloud is still going strong (which usually doesn’t happen this time of year when the outdoors beckons … but we’ve had RAIN and it’s been nice to be indoors reading). We finished The Brotherband Chronicles: Book 1 on Wednesday and immediately ran and got Book 2 to continue the saga. These are so well-written and the women-folk enjoy them as much as the men! Flanagan is a great story-teller with a unique sense of place and character.

A family favorite from Austria, Dr. Michael Waldstein, shares our joy of Kotch's graduation

A family favorite from Austria, Dr. Michael Waldstein, shares our joy of Kotch’s graduation

Ceremonies: We spent much of this week on the road — driving down to Kotch’s graduation from Ave Maria University. It was a long haul (almost 2000 miles round trip) from Thursday afternoon to Monday morning, but it was so worth it. On our way back, we stopped at St. Augustine Beach to let the kids revel in the storm-churned ocean on a balmy, post-storm Sunday afternoon.

Summer in the Vineyard

Summer in the Vineyard

Shawls: With all that driving that dh did, I was able to get a bit of knitting done. I started (and finished) Summer in the Vineyard (done in Wolle’s Yarn Creations, colorway “afternoon”). This color-changing cotton is such fun to knit and blocks out beautifully! I have to finish writing and proofing the pattern and then will posted this gorgeous design on Ravelry and my Craftsy store.
Hugs 'n' Kisses shawl ... a great start for this one

Hugs ‘n’ Kisses shawl … progress on the road-trip

I also got a great jump-start on my Hugs ‘n’ Kisses shawl (done in Solitude Wool’s dorset-suffolk blend) … and thanks to the boys’ being in TaeKwonDo, I was able to knit a bit more on it last night. This yarn is wonderfully “skushy” and soft … I may need to get some more from the wonderful ladies up at Solitude!

So what’s on your book stand and needles? Wanna come play with us …

8 Responses to “Yarn-along … of sagas and ceremonies and shawls”
  1. Lydia says:

    The shawls turned out beautifully! Congratulations on the graduation! You must be so thrilled. What a special weekend!

  2. Emma says:

    Oh my, your knitting is beautiful. I just love the colors of the hugs ‘n’ kisses shawl – they remind me of the Welsh Flag.

  3. Heather says:

    Oh those shawls are amazing! So pretty! I especially love the different coloring. I haven’t heard of that series before, I might have to check it out.

  4. Diana says:

    Oh my goodness, Mary, I haven’t been on your blog in ages! I LOVE your shawl!! And now I am going to look up the book all of you liked as well. Nice catching up on your blog, I will be looking for that shawl pattern, it is gorgeous.

  5. Shirley Ann says:

    What beautiful shawls!

  6. Drive time is a great way to get in some quality knitting; your shawls are really beautiful!

  7. Sarah says:

    Oh wow, your Summer in the Vineyard shawl is breathtaking!! I just love the color- beautiful work.

  8. Mary G says:

    Thanks y’all … I am proud of how the Summer in the Vineyard turned out, so glad to hear others like it, too. The Hugs ‘n’ Kisses is going to be tough to finish only because it’s so warm and summery out that I want to start on something light and airy! But I will proceed as planned (I have to be tough on finishing projects … else I’d never finish anything!)

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